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Thursday, January 19, 2017

At Ko Shing, Olivia assured her brother that she could make time for him because they were family. Julian was curious if she'd been avoiding him, but she chuckled and reminded him that she'd be a fool not to keep him at arm's length after he'd tried to assassinate her years earlier. However, she doubted that he wanted to talk about his attempt to kill her and suggested they discuss the future -- including Jason's. Julian made it clear that he refused to kill his son-in-law because Sam loved Jason. "As you wish," Olivia casually replied.

Olivia offered to move down the list of family members and mentioned Leo. Julian knew Olivia had been behind the attempt on his son's life, but Olivia clarified that Leo had only been given sugar tablets and feigned hurt that Julian would think so low of her. Julian suggested they talk to Anna, since Olivia had been responsible for Anna losing Duke's child. "Don't ever say that bitch's name to me again," Olivia growled before adopting the veneer of civility once again to remind her brother that the situation with Leo could have been avoided if Julian had followed orders. Julian advised Olivia to talk to him personally if she had a problem with his "job performance," because his family was off-limits.

Olivia warned Julian that she intended to have her revenge, but she agreed to back off because she had other uses for Julian. Julian reminded her that he would not kill Jason, but she insisted that she couldn't have anyone finding out about her until she was ready to make her "grand entrance." Julian explained that it would be too dangerous to kill Jason because Jason had a partner who had strong ties to the police commissioner. Julian warned Olivia that Jason's death would just confirm that Jason had been on the right track, which would lead both Sonny and the police right to Olivia's door. Olivia realized that Julian had a point, so he advised Olivia to draw the attention away from herself by pinning the bomb on someone else.

Olivia reluctantly agreed to give Julian's suggestion a try, and they discussed the details. The conversation turned personal when he talked about his love for his children. Julian felt bad that Olivia had been cheated out of experiencing that kind of connection. Olivia agreed that she had been cheated out of a great deal during her exile on the other side of the world, but Julian reminded her that it wasn't too late to find love. Olivia agreed, but she wanted those who had "screwed" her over to pay first and know that she was "Queen of the Jerome family."

After Julian left, Olivia retreated to her office. She was alone as she approached a cabinet while grumbling to her "darling" about having to deal with Julian. She explained that her work with her brother had been a means to an end and promised to make Julian pay for what he'd done to them. Olivia opened the cabinet to gaze at dozens of framed photographs of Duke through the years that had been altered with imposed images of Olivia where Anna had been. Olivia smiled as she reminisced about how she and Duke had "set Port Charles on fire" with their infamous tangos. Olivia's smile faded as she insisted that she and Duke could have had a good life together if it hadn't been for Julian and Anna.

Olivia recalled the past when Anna had accused Olivia of slithering into Anna's husband's bed, but Anna had objected to Olivia filling Robin's head with Olivia's "sick perversions." Olivia had advised Anna to calm herself for the sake of Anna's unborn baby, but Anna had assured Olivia that the baby was fine. Olivia pushed the memory away as she vowed that Anna would suffer "and suffer -- and suffer."

At Alexis' house, Alexis read Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, but she grew impatient when she read the step about taking a moral inventory. Alexis recalled her tearful confession to Julian about killing Tom, but she pushed it to the back of her mind and slammed the book shut. Moments later, Alexis stared intently at a bottle of cooking sherry that she'd found in the kitchen. Alexis looked up when the doorbell rang. It was Ava looking for Julian. Ava entered the house and demanded to know where Julian was because he hadn't returned any of Ava's phone calls or text messages.

Alexis claimed that she had no idea where Julian was, but Ava threatened to check the backyard for a newly dug grave. Ava was certain that something had happened to her brother because she was the only person who knew about Alexis and Julian's "twisted" arrangement. "Trust me, a sister knows," Ava said. Alexis ignored Ava's histrionics and asked if Ava wanted to leave Julian a message. Ava announced that she would wait for Julian to return then smiled knowingly when her eyes landed on the bottle of sherry. Ava picked it up and immediately confronted Alexis about sneaking a drink, but Alexis denied it and claimed that she'd found it and had intended to pour it out.

Ava didn't believe Alexis because the bottle of sherry had been in the living room rather than in the kitchen, next to the sink. Ava invited Alexis to take a drink and promised not to tell anyone -- including Julian -- provided Alexis didn't run anyone over again. Alexis ignored the taunt and refused to take the drink. Ava wished Alexis luck with sobriety, but she doubted it would last. Alexis questioned Ava's certainty.

Ava explained that Julian was Alexis' enabler, and as long as he kept Alexis' secrets buried, Alexis would not be accountable for her actions. Ava admitted that Julian's goal was to restore Alexis to the way she had been before he'd destroyed her life, so Ava suspected that Alexis was playing Julian to make certain that he remained silent about the drinking. Offended, Alexis assured Ava that living with Julian was "no day at the beach," but Ava didn't believe her because as long as Alexis' daughters didn't know about their mother's drinking then Alexis could easily make the choice to drink again.

Alexis argued that she'd chosen not to drink, but Ava didn't believe her because the longer Julian kept Alexis' secret, the longer Alexis had to perfect various tricks and innovative ways to sneak alcohol. Alexis thought Ava had nerve, lecturing her about alcohol, since Ava always had a drink in hand. Ava refused to apologize because she'd never ended up in a dive bar or run a man over. Alexis handed Ava the bottle of sherry, but Ava scoffed because she needed more proof -- like Julian moving out and Alexis being honest with her daughters.

After Alexis marched to the bedroom, Ava settled down to read a magazine and wait for Julian. Julian walked through the door and asked what his sister was doing there. Ava ignored his ire and explained that she'd been trying to reach him since the previous day. Julian grumbled and asked where Alexis was. "Swilling hand sanitizer?" Ava suggested. Julian was not amused, but Ava wanted to know where her brother had been. Julian would only tell her that he'd been busy, so she filled him in about her visit with Sam.

Ava demanded to know what kind of trouble Julian was in, but Julian advised Ava to back off and drop it. Ava refused because Sam had mentioned that a woman had planted the bomb in Julian's car with the intention of framing Sonny. Julian reiterated that he wanted his sister to stay out of it and quickly hustled her to the door. Alarmed, Ava warned him that Sam would not drop the investigation, but Julian assured his sister that he would handle his daughter. Ava told him that she was afraid. Julian admitted that she should be and closed the door. Ava's expression filled with concern as she stood on the porch.

Inside, Alexis entered the living room. Julian was curious about her first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Alexis admitted that she'd nearly confessed to the group about what she'd done to Tom, but Julian assured Alexis that it wasn't necessary. Alexis acknowledged that Franco would likely be arrested for the crime and admitted that if she were drunk, then she'd be able to live with it -- since Franco hadn't paid for any of his crimes -- but she had no idea how she would handle the situation sober. Julian promised Alexis that she would not be alone.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth paid Sam a visit at the penthouse. Elizabeth was relieved when Sam told her that Jason wasn't home, since it would make what Elizabeth had to say easier. Intrigued, Sam closed the door and asked what was so important. Elizabeth explained that Franco was in trouble, but Sam didn't have any sympathy for the man and refused to discuss him. Elizabeth asked Sam to put aside the fact that they'd been talking about Franco and focus on Elizabeth's desire to help someone who'd been falsely accused of a crime. Sam suggested that Elizabeth go to the police with her concerns, but Elizabeth explained that she couldn't because Franco was protecting the killer.

Elizabeth told Sam about Kiki's revelation that Franco knew who had killed Tom and his desire to keep quiet because he'd deeply hurt the woman's family and refused to put them through more pain. Sam was shocked when Elizabeth added that the woman was Alexis. Sam argued that it was impossible because she knew her mother better than anyone. Elizabeth disagreed and told Sam about seeing Alexis recently, and it appeared that Alexis had been crying and in a fog. Elizabeth admitted that she cared about Alexis and had noticed that something had been off with her for months. Sam conceded that it was true, but it didn't mean that Alexis was a killer.

Elizabeth added that if Alexis had killed Tom, then Elizabeth was certain that it had been self-defense. Sam seemed shaken at the idea that Alexis might have been raped. Elizabeth reminded Sam that they both knew what Alexis was going through if Tom had attacked Alexis. She urged Sam to help Alexis.

At Metro Court Restaurant, Griffin chatted with Nina about Charlotte, but Nina quickly realized that Griffin hadn't heard about Claudette. Concerned, Griffin asked what had happened, but Nina was reluctant to tell him. Griffin pushed until Nina told him that Claudette had died and that the drowning had been ruled a suicide. Griffin couldn't believe it because Claudette had been an excellent swimmer. After Nina left, Griffin went to the bar and ordered a drink.

Meanwhile, Spinelli invited Nathan and Maxie to the dance floor to enjoy their first dance as husband and wife. While Nathan and Maxie swayed to the romantic ballad, Dante and Lulu shared a tender kiss. Nearby, Mac gave his wife a loving kiss. Anna stood near Valentin's table and heard Charlotte talk about how pretty the bride looked, which triggered a flashback of Valentin advancing on Anna in her room at the WSB Training Academy. "No! Stop!" Anna had cried as she'd backed away from Valentin.

Anna jumped when Andre walked up and greeted her. Andre asked if she was okay. Anna smiled, but it didn't quite reach her eyes as she told him that she'd been thinking about the past.

On the dance floor, Spinelli invited Mac to join Maxie for a father/daughter dance. Felicia beamed with happiness as she assured her husband that she approved. Maxie took her father's hand and admitted that it didn't matter what his title was -- dad or Uncle Mac -- she'd always known he'd be there for her. Mac told Maxie that all he'd ever wanted was for her to feel safe, loved, and protected. Maxie smiled and told him that she loved him. Mac returned her smile and danced with her. Nearby, Nathan invited Liesl to dance. Liesl was delighted and admitted that she had never dreamed that she would have a relationship with her son or attend his wedding.

Nathan assured Liesl that they would make many more memories together. After the dance ended, Spinelli invited all the guests to join the wedding couple on the dance floor. Everyone began to dance except Charlotte, who ran out to the terrace because she wanted her father to point out her star -- Polaris. Valentin explained that it was too cold and advised his daughter to return inside because the bride would toss the bouquet soon. Excited, Charlotte ran inside, but Valentin lingered outside and looked up at the night sky as be recited Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. "I am as constant as the northern star, of whose true-fixed and resting quality. There is no fellow in the firmament," Valentin quoted.

Moments later, Griffin stormed out and angrily confronted Valentin. Griffin was unaware that Charlotte had returned and peeked through the crack in the door as he grabbed Valentin's shirtfront and accused him of murdering Charlotte's mother. Horrified, Charlotte ran off and didn't witness Valentin easily turn the tables on Griffin. Valentin repeatedly punched then kicked Griffin in the stomach as he warned Griffin to never mention Charlotte's name again. Griffin crumbled to the ground as Anna and Andre stepped out onto the terrace and saw the brutal attack.

Anna yelled at Valentin to stop beating Griffin as Andre pulled Valentin away from the injured doctor. Infuriated, Anna blasted Valentin for attacking someone weaker. Anna pointed out that Valentin was trained to fight and accused him of being a "vicious thug." Valentin was shocked when Anna slapped him and ran over to check on Griffin. Anna added that Griffin was a good man, and Valentin disgusted her.

"Th-that's what you always s-s-said about me," Valentin stuttered as he breathed heavily and tried to straighten his tie with shaking hands. Anna and Andre noticed that Valentin was rattled and had stuttered, but they ignored it. Instead, Anna continued to push Valentin's buttons by suggesting that he only felt powerful because he'd attacked someone untrained. Anna hit a nerve when she accused Valentin of being twisted. "Twisted?" Valentin angrily asked.

Anna refused to apologize as she and Andre helped Griffin to his feet. She insisted that Valentin was dangerous because he had attacked a defenseless man. Valentin was curious when she had started to care about men like that because Valentin had never mattered to her. "I was invisible to you!" he shouted. Anna suddenly recalled how she'd rebuffed Valentin's advances on her birthday when they'd been at the WSB Training Academy and how he'd been disappointed by the rejection.

Anna remembered being shocked by Valentin's desire to spend the day with her and how horrified she'd been by his disfigured appearance. "Oh, I remember, " Anna said as she looked at Valentin with tears in her eyes.

Inside, Dante and Lulu watched Charlotte. Lulu's expression filled with sadness because she couldn't comfort her daughter, but Dante assured Lulu that they would prevail in court, and Charlotte would be with Lulu soon.

Meanwhile, Nathan and Maxie cut their wedding cake. Afterwards, the single ladies gathered behind Maxie as she tossed the bouquet. Robin decided to improve Emma's chances of catching the bouquet by distracting a determined Liesl. "Look, David Hasselhoff," Robin yelled as the bouquet sailed through the air. Liesl looked away as Emma caught the bouquet. Afterwards, the guests followed the newlyweds to the elevator, tossed petals, and wished the couple well.

Nearby, Lulu noticed Charlotte run down a hall. Lulu followed and saw Charlotte slip into a linen closet. Lulu debated what to do then decided to loudly complain about the cold and a need for a blanket. Charlotte opened the door and held out a tablecloth. Lulu smiled and took the offering as an invitation to enter the closet to check on Charlotte. Charlotte was seated on the floor with her knees bent and her head hidden from view. Lulu sat down and gently struck up a conversation with her daughter by asking why Charlotte was upset.

Eventually, Lulu managed to gain Charlotte's trust enough for Charlotte to confide that she missed her mother. Lulu empathized but explained that Charlotte still had a mother. "It's me. I'm your real mommy, " Lulu said.

On the next General Hospital...

• Nathan and Maxie spend their first night as husband and wife together

• Elizabeth runs into Brad at the Floating Rib during her search for Franco

• Scott questions Gene about Alexis

• Charlotte gets upset and refuses to believe that Lulu is her mother

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