Tuesday, October 18, 2016
by Nel

At Maxie and Nathan's apartment, Nathan lit candles and prepared dinner as his way of making up for being so protective of Charlotte. Maxie said Claudette had a tendency to elicit to the not-so-nice side in everyone. Nathan realized their lives had changed because he'd discovered a daughter he hadn't know he'd had. They started to undress, but there was a persistent knock on their door. Claudette was there with Charlotte and asked Nathan and Maxie to get to know the girl. Claudette said she had things to do because when the hospital had shut down, so had her job. Outside Nathan's door, Claudette exhaled deeply.

Inside the apartment, a smoke alarm went off, and Nathan dashed into the kitchen. Later, there was another knock on the door, and Maxie signed for a rush envelope from the DNA Testing Center. Maxie hid it under some papers. Nathan noticed Charlotte holding an envelope and took it from her. Nathan asked if Maxie had run a DNA test without his permission.

Maxie admitted she had and pointed out that the longer it dragged out, the longer Claudette got to manipulate everyone. Claudette was a pathological liar, and she'd been using Charlotte as a tool in her game. Nathan was angry and refused to read the results. He crumpled the envelope and threw in down. He said he'd get a DNA test the right way.

At Volonino's Gym, Anna punched the bag while Griffin held it for her. Anna was very agitated and told Griffin that she thought it was over -- Julian had walked, and she'd thought she'd figure out a way to accept it and let the cops handle it. She'd planned to stay "the hell out of it" -- but innocent people had died because of Julian. Anna said she hadn't done enough to keep Julian off the street. Griffin saw the pain but had no idea what Anna was talking about.

Anna told Griffin that Morgan was dead. Morgan had stolen Julian's car, which had been wired to explode. Morgan had become collateral damage in a hit on Julian because Sonny had been out for blood. Anna felt responsible, as well, because she had known Sonny would retaliate and had done nothing. She felt Morgan's death was on her hands, and Sonny was responsible for the death of his son.

After Anna left, Griffin took out his frustration by punching the bag with bare hands. Claudette arrived. Griffin advised her he was busy. Claudette reminisced about a similar place; she told Griffin she wanted him and would find a way for them to be together. Griffin advised her there was no "we" and to stop reminiscing about what had been.

Griffin said the only consistency in his and Claudette's lives was her steady stream of lies. Claudette assured him there were no more lies because everything was in the open, so they could start over. Griffin reminded her that he was a priest. Claudette asked him how many times they'd had that argument. She pointed out that he'd left the church years before and asked if his holy orders were just a faded memory.

Griffin admitted they had been until recently. Claudette said she'd dropped Charlotte off with Nathan and Maxie to see how they would get along. Griffin asked if Claudette intended to leave Charlotte with Nathan and Maxie permanently. Claudette said that her priority was to do what was best for Charlotte. Griffin asked if abandoning Charlotte with a father she'd just met was best. Griffin asked if Claudette would leave Charlotte with Nathan and run away with Griffin, confident that Charlotte had everything she needed, except her mother.

Claudette said that Nathan had already fallen for Charlotte and was caring, involved, and attentive toward her. Charlotte was safer without Claudette drawing attention to her. She didn't trust herself with Charlotte. She confessed she'd made mistake after mistake, and Nathan was a good person. She rolled her eyes at the thought of Maxie, but Claudette could tell Maxie was a good mother to her own daughter.

Claudette told Griffin that the only time she'd been good had been when she'd been with him. She said she wasn't a good person, but Griffin made her better and the kind of parent Charlotte deserved. Griffin said he couldn't save Claudette's soul and wasn't sure he could save anyone anymore. Claudette said, "Let me save yours," and they kissed.

At Kelly's, Anna was on the phone with Robert and told him she'd give him an answer when she was ready. Andre arrived and noted that Anna looked exasperated. Anna told him that Robert wanted her to go back to work for the WSB, but she hadn't made a decision yet. The WSB was recruiting a new crop of agents, and Robert wanted Anna to train them. Andre said that was in her wheelhouse. Anna agreed, but the training was in Geneva.

Anna admitted that her kneejerk reaction was to say no, but the long arm answer was yes -- maybe. Anna said that every corner she turned in Port Charles was a reminder of the ways she'd compromised herself, and she felt she no longer had a purpose in Port Charles. Andre asked if Anna only had two choices: live where she didn't know anyone or live where she felt she had no purpose. Anna agreed. Andre said that the Anna he knew would find a third option.

Anna called Robert and told him she'd rejoin the bureau but didn't want the teacher's position. She had something else in mind.

At Metro Court, Tracy asked Finn if he'd seen Lucy Coe. Finn admitted he hadn't. Tracy told Finn that Lucy thought Tracy was the only person who could buy and save General Hospital. Finn started coughing. Hayden arrived, and Finn asked for a moment alone with Hayden. Tracy left them. Hayden told Finn he didn't look good and asked him about his research breakthrough. Finn admitted it had been a false alarm, and he'd tested it on himself, which upset Hayden.

Finn admitted that because the hospital was closed, the closest thing he had to a research facility was his suite. Hayden was concerned that if he kept it up, he'd wind up killing himself. Finn advised Hayden that running clinical tests on himself was the only shot he had. Finn assured her he'd been taking care of himself. Finn said the FDA or any other approved organization wouldn't touch his research due to the risk factor. Monica and Tracy cut him some slack, but he wouldn't get the same privilege anywhere else under the circumstances. He'd get less done there than he would in his hotel room.

A gentleman arrived, and Hayden introduced Finn to Evan. Finn extended his hand, but Evan ignored it. Evan complained about the valet parking. Hayden assured him they were excellent, but Evan asked if she thought he'd let a valet go for a joy ride in his Ferrari. Hayden asked Evan to grab a table. Evan assured her he already had, showed her a wad of money in a clip, and left. Hayden wished Finn a good night and joined Evan.

Hayden listened to Evan babble about someone refusing to sell their shack that was in the middle of a fairway and compromised the whole course. He said he and his family had been vilified because they had money, but they never asked him about the foundation he ran for his father's business. He told Hayden he read thousands of grant proposals for math geeks, science, and medical researchers. Hayden asked if Evan decided who got medical research grants. He admitted he did, and they were a sweet deal because it was a tax shelter for billionaires like his father.

Hayden told Evan about her friend who was in dire need of a medical research grant. She explained that he was trying to find a cure for a debilitating disease, and the clock was ticking. She asked if he could expedite it and get his father's foundation to give money for his cause. He said absolutely. Hayden said she didn't know how to repay him, but Evan said, "Sure you do."

Hayden asked Evan if he had any idea how gross he was. Evan said he could say the same about her -- she'd heard he gave away money for grants and was all over him. He wanted her to see it as a business transaction. Hayden said there was another word for that kind of transaction. Evan asked why words mattered. Hayden confirmed that if Evan gave her the grant if she'd... Evan stopped her and told her not to say it but to show him. Hayden threw her drink in his face. She said the next time a woman showed interest in his work, he shouldn't assume she'd be willing to pay for it with sex. She got up and left.

Finn sat down at a table close by, and Tracy joined him. Tracy was happy he'd hashed out his personal life. Finn denied any hashing and said it wasn't personal. Tracy said she knew sparks when she saw them, and he and Hayden had sparks. Finn advised that Hayden was on a date with a tool. He called Evan a tool, not because Finn was jealous but because it was an accurate statement. Evan was a tool, and Finn didn't want to talk about Hayden anymore.

Tracy advised Finn that the board of directors didn't want to reopen the hospital until the person who'd attacked Bobbie Spencer and Lucas Jones had been caught. Every day the hospital was closed, they were hemorrhaging money. The board was considering selling the hospital for the condo conversion. Tracy was sorry because she knew Finn needed access to a lab for his research. She assured him they'd find another way, and she wouldn't give up on him or the hospital. Finn started coughing again. Tracy gave him a glass of water, and Finn assured her he was fine.

At the elevator, Hayden saw Finn having a coughing fit and returned to Evan's table. She told him they could go somewhere private, and he could tell her what he needed from her for an immediate cash grant for medical research -- no questions asked. He asked why she thought he'd help her after what she had done. She told him to take her someplace private, and she'd explain.

At another table, Elizabeth told Franco that Tracy had confirmed the hospital wouldn't open until the person who'd attacked Bobbie Spencer and Lucas Jones had been caught. Franco said he might know someone who knew a little something about what had really happened and asked Elizabeth to trust him. Franco said he might know a way to make sure the hospital opened, and Elizabeth wouldn't have to move away. Franco's response made Elizabeth nervous. Franco assured her she didn't need to worry. He asked her to stay there until he returned. Elizabeth saw Hayden, said she'd go to Kelly's, and asked Franco not to blow up the world.

Outside Kelly's, Elizabeth bumped into Laura. Elizabeth asked how Lulu and Dante were doing. She'd heard about Morgan. Laura admitted they were having a difficult time accepting Morgan's death. Laura told Elizabeth that she'd decided to sell Wyndemere. Elizabeth said if that was something Laura felt she needed to do, then she had Elizabeth's support.

Franco went to see Heather. Heather asked if he was still dating Elizabeth Webber, and Franco confirmed he was, but there was a problem. Elizabeth was thinking of moving to Rochester, since General Hospital was closed and she needed to take care of her kids. Heather said she was sure Elizabeth was a fabulous mother, but she didn't need to move because they'd caught the hospital killer and put "that nut job' away. Franco agreed, but they'd never caught the nut job that had attacked Bobbie Spencer and Lucas Jones. That case was still open, and the hospital was still closed. The police had no idea who'd done it.

Franco accused Heather of knowing who had attacked Bobbie and Lucas. Franco admitted he had no idea how Heather had done it, but he knew it had been her. Heather said they both had vivid imaginations. Franco reminded Heather that the last time he'd visited her, Heather had mentioned that she'd done something to protect Franco when she'd thought Franco had been the hospital killer. Heather asked if he thought she'd had other people killed to divert suspicion away from him. Franco said that was exactly what he thought, because she kept implying that she'd done something to help him.

Heather admitted she'd tried to inject Bobbie, but Lucas had entered, and she'd injected him instead. Heather qualified her actions and said they'd both lived. She admitted she'd been looking out for Franco. She had known he'd be at the Nurses Ball and would have a very public alibi, so if she'd killed Bobbie the same way the other murders had been committed, then Franco would be free. Heather said that Lucas had returned to get his keys and had messed everything up. Franco said that whatever her twisted logic had been, he knew that she'd done it out of some kind of maternal concern. Heather agreed and said that a mother always put her children first.

Franco appreciated what Heather had done, but he needed her to confess. Heather refused and said she'd do anything but that. Franco reminded her that General Hospital was a vital part of the Port Charles community, and if she didn't confess, the hospital would remain closed. Heather said the only reason he wanted the hospital reopened was so that he could continue dating Elizabeth. Heather felt Franco chose Elizabeth over her.

Heather said if she confessed, she'd be stripped of her privileges, and it would be the end of her excursions. Heather said she'd fall on a sword for Franco, but not for Elizabeth. Franco said Heather had left him no choice, and he left.

Laura said the Cassadine estate was intact, but there was very little cash on hand. Laura advised that her first priority was Spencer, and she wanted to take care of him, but if she sold only one property, she could preserve the rest of the Cassadine estate. She felt that was what Nikolas would have wanted.

Laura went on to say that she didn't want to live in the same house with a woman she couldn't stand. Elizabeth said that Laura wouldn't get any objections from her about evicting Hayden. It was safe to say that there would never be a sibling relationship between her and Hayden. If Hayden wound up on the street, she'd have to find her own way out because Hayden was not Elizabeth's responsibility. Elizabeth had never met anyone more selfish.

Elizabeth told Laura she'd dropped off some treats for Franco, and he'd insisted they go out to dinner. Laura was surprised Elizabeth was with Franco. Laura said she knew what it was like to fall for someone who had a dark side. Laura said it was important that Elizabeth saw the good in Franco. Elizabeth confirmed that she saw the goodness in Franco, and she saw it in his eyes and the things he did. She hoped the people closest to her could see Franco the way she saw him, and she said he made her happy.

Franco arrived at Kelly's and saw Laura and Elizabeth. He stayed in the shadows. He eavesdropped on their conversation. He heard Laura ask if Elizabeth had fallen in love with Franco, but before Elizabeth could answer, Laura received a text message from Lulu and had to go. After Laura and Elizabeth said their goodbyes, Franco stepped out of the shadows and told Elizabeth he thought he had what was needed to reopen the hospital. He showed Elizabeth his phone on which he'd taped something Heather had said.

Back at Nathan and Maxie's apartment, Maxie picked up the DNA results and told Nathan that she wouldn't let it go. Maxie read the report and told Nathan he wasn't Charlotte's father.

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On the next General Hospital...

• Maxie wonders if the man is going to kill her.
• Lulu has something important to discuss with Laura.
• Jason suggests leaving Port Charles to Sam.
• Claudette tells Griffin that she and Charlotte need to leave Port Charles "now."