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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In Metro Court's elevator, Maxie beamed with happiness as Felicia, Lulu, Robin, and Nina gathered around her as they made their way to the restaurant. Maxie couldn't believe that she and Nathan would finally be married. Lulu smiled and reminded her best friend that that the surprise wedding had been Nathan's doing, while Robin promised that Maxie would soon be married.

In the restaurant, Dante asked if Nathan was nervous. Nathan shook his head and admitted that he was excited to be marrying Maxie. Spinelli alerted both men of the bride's imminent arrival just as the elevator dinged. Spinelli quickly ran over and blocked Maxie from exiting the elevator and ordered someone to blindfold Nathan because they couldn't test fate by not honoring all of the traditions. Dante grabbed a napkin and turned it into a makeshift blindfold. Satisfied, Spinelli stepped aside to let the ladies exit the elevator.

Maxie looked around in awe at the restaurant's transformation into an elegant winter wonderland and admitted that everything looked spectacular. Nathan's eyes remained hidden behind the blindfold as he assured his soon-to-be bride that nothing was too good for her. Moments later, Mac arrived with a special guest -- Georgie. Delighted, Maxie reunited with her daughter. Tears filled Lulu's eyes as she watched the tender moment. Lulu excused herself to see to some last-minute preparations and walked away. Nearby, Felicia's phone rang and she stepped away to take the call.

Mac took an opportunity to have a little chat with Nathan. Nathan remained blindfolded as Mac warned his future son-in-law to make certain that Maxie would always be happy, or Mac would hurt Nathan -- badly. "Understood," Nathan answered as Maxie walked up to let Mac know with just her tone that the warning hadn't been necessary. Mac smiled and asked Maxie to grant him one last honor -- he wanted to walk her down the aisle. Touched, Maxie assured Mac that she wouldn't have had it any other way.

Moments later, Anna and Emma arrived. Robin greeted her family and chatted with them until Griffin arrived. Robin noticed that the wedding preparations had ground to a halt and went to see if there was a problem. Emma perked up when she saw Charlotte and ran over to say hello. Anna and Griffin exchanged pleasantries until Anna realized that he hadn't heard the news about Claudette.

Nearby, Lulu smiled as she watched Charlotte, but her smile faded when she noticed Valentin staring intently at her. However, all heads turned to Felicia when Felicia announced that they had a problem. Felicia explained that Lucy had been visiting Serena, but Lucy's return flight had been rerouted to Corinth due to bad weather, which meant that Lucy could not make it back to Port Charles until midnight. Maxie decided it was fate, and she and Nathan were not meant to be married, but Nathan refused to give up hope. Robin returned to the room and tapped Mac on the shoulder to find out what had happened.

Mac explained that they didn't have anyone to officiate Nathan and Maxie's wedding, but Robin disagreed and reminded Spinelli that he'd recently been ordained and had married Jason and Sam. Spinelli assured Nathan and Maxie that he would be glad to marry them, but he worried that it might be awkward for the couple because of his history with Maxie. Nathan and Maxie were eager to get married and didn't have a problem with Spinelli officiating the wedding. With the problem solved, everyone took their seats. Griffin stopped Anna to ask what she'd intended to tell him earlier, but she assured him that it would wait.

Nearby, Valentin suggested that Charlotte and Emma sign the wedding registry, while he had a private word with Lulu. Lulu waited until the girls were out of hearing then warned Valentin that it was time to tell Charlotte the truth that she was Charlotte's mother. Valentin disagreed and made it clear that he would determine when the time was right, but Lulu accused him of stalling and vowed her daughter would be with her soon. Lulu told Valentin that he was not wanted at the wedding, but Nina appeared and informed Lulu that both Valentin and Charlotte were her guests.

Lulu refused to ruin Maxie's wedding and walked away, but she stopped at the bar to pull herself together. Dante saw her in tears and quickly walked over to console his wife. Meanwhile, Nina asked about Valentin's exchange with Lulu. Valentin explained that Lulu had wanted to tell Charlotte the truth about Lulu being Charlotte's mother. Nina immediately insisted that it was much too soon and went to check on Charlotte. Anna seized the opportunity approach Valentin and quietly let him know that she was close to uncovering the truth about their past.

Anna vowed that as soon as she had the answers, Valentin would pay the consequences. Valentin chuckled and reminded Anna that not every sinner paid for their crimes then pointedly added that she knew that truth better than anyone.

In the hallway, Andre greeted Jordan and admitted that he looked forward to the surprise wedding. Andre's smile wavered when Curtis walked up to ask for a private word with Jordan, but he relaxed when Jordan assured Curtis that it was fine to talk in front of Andre. Annoyed, Curtis informed Jordan that he'd arranged for her to meet with Buzz, but they'd have to leave town on a moment's notice. Jordan objected, but Curtis explained that his contact only felt comfortable moving Buzz from the shelter during a specific window, and Jordan was expected to attend the meeting alone. Jordan told Andre about the informant and asked Curtis where Buzz was.

Curtis insisted that the fewer people who knew, the better, but he agreed to tell Jordan once they were on their way to the meeting. Andre advised Jordan against it, but Curtis ignored him and told Jordan that he would let her know when it was time to leave. After Curtis left, Andre warned Jordan that she'd be compromising her ethics and safety by blindly following Curtis, but Jordan explained that it was imperative to talk to the witness. Jordan was curious what Andre expected her to do, so he admitted that he wanted her to chose not going with Curtis -- and staying with him. Jordan argued that she had to follow up on every lead. Andre agreed, but he thought it was a mistake to trust Curtis.

A short time later, the wedding ceremony started. Jordan's cell phone buzzed and she quietly excused herself. Andre was disappointed when she whispered that Nathan would understand.

Meanwhile, Mac walked Maxie down the aisle as Nathan smiled with happiness at the altar. After Mac and the other guests sat, Spinelli began the ceremony by talking about how Nathan and Maxie had found hope and had built a future together. He then asked if anyone objected to the marriage.

"Stop!" Liesl yelled as she suddenly appeared in the back of the room. She was out of breath and upset as she glared at Nathan. Confused, Maxie admitted that she'd thought that Liesl had approved of the union. Liesl conceded that she had until she'd been left out of all the planning and had received an invitation through a text message while she'd been in surgery. Anna then Nina revealed that their wedding invitations had been sent by text message too. Nina asked her aunt not to make a big deal out of it, but Liesl was hurt because she'd expected more, since she was the mother of the groom.

Liesl thought it was obvious that her attendance had been of zero importance to her son because the bride's parents had been seated in places of honor, but there hadn't been a seat for her. Nathan felt bad for Liesl and explained that it had been a crazy day, and everything had been last minute. Nathan assured his mother that it would mean the world to him if she stayed. "Me too, Schwiegermutter," Maxie added. Liesl was touched that Maxie had referred to her as mother-in-law in German and happily took a seat vacated by Felicia. Liesl was honored that she would soon be related to the Aztec princess.

After Nathan returned to Maxie's side, Spinelli invited the couple to exchange vows. Nathan talked about how he'd met Maxie when he'd needed her most and how she'd showed him how to open up his heart again. Nathan revealed that he'd felt an instant connection with Maxie and credited her with giving his life light, joy, enthusiasm, and love by always remaining positive. Maxie smiled and confessed that he'd always been her hero in every way possible because of who he was and how he'd helped her recognize that she had the strength to save herself. Nathan and Maxie each remembered all the special moments that had led them to that moment, and they smiled.

After Nathan and Maxie exchanged traditional vows, Spinelli invited Nathan to kiss the bride. Nathan passionately kissed Maxie as family and friends clapped.

Meanwhile, Anna suddenly had a flashback to her birthday at the WSB Training Academy when she'd looked at her broken watch in a room. "I have -- waited so long for this," Valentin had said as Anna stepped back in horror. "No. Stop!" Anna had cried out as he'd advanced on her. Shaken, Anna pushed back the memory and looked at Valentin's back. Sensing her eyes on him, Valentin turned and smiled at her, but her eyes quickly slid away.

Later, Spinelli officially introduced the newlyweds and announced that the bride intended to keep her maiden name. Everyone clapped as the happy couple kissed. Robin quietly asked if Spinelli was okay. He assured her that he was, but he admitted that he'd expected Jason and Sam to attend the wedding. Robin confirmed that they had been invited.

Elsewhere at the hotel, Olivia received a phone call from Ned about Leo. Olivia assured him that she would meet him at the hospital and quickly ended the call.

At the hospital, tensions were high when Julian asked to have a word with Jason and Sam. Julian stepped out of the elevator, but Sam made it clear that she wasn't interested in hearing her father's lies. Julian insisted that it was important, and both Jason and Sam needed to hear what he'd to say. Julian assured them that he hadn't planted the bomb and admitted that he'd been the intended target, but Jason and Sam weren't impressed because they'd already uncovered the information on their own. Sam showed Julian the picture that Jason had found in Rudge's pawnshop before it had burned down and admitted that there'd been something familiar about it. Julian recognized the photo and told Sam that it was what he'd been trying to tell her.

"It's all about family," Julian said, but Olivia suddenly exited the elevator and ran to the nurses' station to ask about Leo. Julian, Jason, and Sam overheard Olivia ask about Leo and immediately approached her to find out what had happened. Olivia tearfully explained that she had no idea except that Ned had called to let her know that there'd been an emergency with her son and that he'd meet her at the hospital. Julian's expression filled with concern. Moments later, Ned walked up.

Ned revealed that he'd gone to Olivia's apartment to pick Leo up from the sitter and had found Leo on the living room floor with a bottle of aspirin next to him and a few tablets in his hand. Ned had had no idea if Leo had taken any of the pills, so he'd rushed him to the hospital. Julian demanded to know where the babysitter had been. Ned explained that the babysitter had gone to the kitchen to investigate a noise, but Olivia was furious that the woman had left her son alone. Ned revealed that the babysitter hadn't seen the pills earlier, but Olivia wasn't satisfied. Moments later, the doctor approached to announce that Leo's stomach had been pumped and that he was expected to make a full recovery.

The doctor added that it didn't appear that Leo had taken any aspirin. Olivia was relieved and followed the doctor to see Leo. Julian remained concerned as he trailed behind Ned, who entered the room to check on Olivia and Leo. Olivia was grateful that her son would be okay and cooed to him. Ned noticed Julian in the doorway and quietly walked over to invite him to visit with Leo. Julian thanked Ned for saving Leo's life, so Ned admitted that he cared about Leo. Satisfied, Julian conceded that Ned would take good care of Leo if anything should happen to Julian. Ned frowned at the odd statement, but Julian asked Ned to take care of Olivia, too, because she was a wonderful mother.

After Julian left, Ned returned to Olivia's side. Olivia was grateful that her young son would recover. She acknowledged that Julian was Leo's biological father, but she thought Leo would be lucky to have a father figure like Ned in his life -- if Ned was up to it. Ned smiled and kissed Olivia. After the kiss, Olivia warned Ned that Julian might pose a problem, but Ned disagreed and told her about his exchange with Julian. Olivia conceded that Julian loved his children, but Ned sensed that there had been something else on Julian's mind. Olivia couldn't imagine what could be more important than having one's child rushed to the hospital.

At the elevator, Jason and Sam stopped Julian to continue their earlier discussion, but Julian insisted that he had to take care of something. Jason wanted to know what Julian had intended to tell them earlier, but Julian claimed that it no longer mattered in light of what had happened to Leo. Sam reminded her father that he'd mentioned it had been about family and the car bomb. Resigned, Julian told Sam that he'd wanted to warn her and Jason that things had changed with the crime organizations, and family members had become fair game. Julian advised Jason and Sam to drop the investigation because the people who had targeted him might decide to retaliate by going after Sam or Danny.

Moments later, Julian slipped into the elevator and left. Jason and Sam agreed that Julian had been hiding something and that Julian had been on the verge of telling them something important. However, Jason asked Sam to back off from the investigation because the doctor had ordered her to take it easy until the baby was born. Sam agreed to rest provided Jason promised to get to the bottom of things. Jason agreed and kissed his wife.

In the Asian quarter, Rudge entered an establishment called Ko Shing to report to his boss that the situation with Julian had been handled. Rudge was surprised that Julian had drawn a line at killing his son-in-law, but he was certain that Julian would reconsider when his own son paid the price. Rudge's boss sipped her tea then sighed with annoyance.

A short time later, Julian stormed into Ko Shing, demanding to talk to the boss. Rudge appeared and informed Julian that Julian had been expected, but their boss was busy. Julian didn't care and insisted on seeing her. "Calm yourself, Julian," a woman said as she entered the room and dismissed Rudge. Julian turned to face a woman who looked like his deceased sister Olivia. She smiled at Julian and assured him that she'd always make time for him because they were family.

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