Tuesday, August 25, 2015

At the Quartermaine mansion, Tracy watched Access Port Charles until the television announcer informed viewers that Fashion Cops had been preempted because another host had resigned. Annoyed, Tracy turned off the television as she grumbled about "those Hollywood types" needing to get their act together. She picked up a magazine but noticed Dillon's screenplay had been under it. Tracy debated whether or not to read the screenplay without Dillon's permission, but decided that Dillon couldn't object, since it had been left in the living room.

Tracy's brow immediately furrowed as she read the setting for the scene. "Int coffeehouse?" Tracy asked in confusion. "Interior," Paul clarified as he entered the room. Tracy was surprised that Paul knew what it had meant, so he explained that he had been trying to get to know their son better then mentioned that the movie would be shot in Port Charles. Tracy was hurt because Dillon hadn't told her about the movie.

Paul reminded Tracy that there weren't a lot of filmmakers in the Quartermaine family, but Tracy argued that Quartermaines had always followed their passions. She pointed out that Alan had become a doctor, Jason had become a hit man, and both of her sons had gone into the arts, so she couldn't have been prouder of both Ned and Dillon. Paul suggested that Tracy tell Dillon how she felt about their son when Dillon returned home. Paul assured Tracy that it would be soon, since most of the movie would be filmed on the Haunted Star. Tracy suddenly wondered where Dillon had gotten the funding for the movie; she feared that he had been foolish enough to sell Nikolas more voting stocks.

Paul explained that he had given Dillon the financial backing to produce the film. Tracy immediately became suspicious, but Paul assured her that he had obtained the money through hard work from a successful business that he had started a few years back, which he would likely lose in the divorce settlement, so he had decided to invest in his son while he could afford to. Tracy thought it had been an extravagant gesture, but Paul explained that it had been the least he could have done for Dillon, since he hadn't been around for much of Dillon's life. Tracy admitted that she hadn't made it easy on Paul by constantly traveling with Dillon when their son had been a child.

Paul argued that he could have tried harder to be a part of Dillon's life instead of focusing on building a life and family with Jenny. Paul assured Tracy that he considered it money well spent if it allowed him time with Dillon. Paul added that he also wanted to be there for Tracy to lean on if she needed it, but Tracy insisted that she didn't lean on anyone -- least of all him. Paul was certain that Tracy missed Luke, but Tracy became defensive. Paul admitted that he could use someone to lean on too.

Tracy appeared to waver as Paul leaned close as if to kiss her, but she pulled back at the last moment and laughed because she knew he had been trying to get her into bed. Paul argued that they had already slept together, but Tracy countered that "satisfied customers" always returned for more. Paul questioned the term she had used, but Tracy was certain that he knew what she had meant. Tracy explained that even if she had been interested in Paul, she wasn't ready to move on. Paul admitted that he wasn't either, but he was there to build a relationship with Dillon, which would be easier if Paul and Tracy were friends.

Tracy questioned how a friendship between her and Paul could ever be possible. Paul suggested that they start with dinner. Tracy smiled as she agreed. A short time later, Tracy and Paul sat down for a candlelight dinner. Paul offered a toast to the beginning of a beautiful friendship, but Tracy suggested that they drink to their son. Paul agreed then touched his glass to hers before they each took a sip.

At the courthouse, Morgan caught up with Kiki as she ran out of the courtroom. He asked where she was going. Kiki explained that she had to get to the police station to see her mother, but Morgan urged her to reconsider because he didn't think it was a good idea. Morgan reminded her that Ava had lied to both of them, but Kiki admitted that she understood why her mother had done it. Kiki realized that it had been the only way for Ava to see both Kiki and Avery without Sonny going after Ava. Morgan admitted that he was furious with Ava, so Kiki asked why.

Morgan explained that what Ava had done to him had been "way worse" than what Ava had done to Kiki. Confused, Kiki wondered what her mother had done to Morgan, so he carefully reminded Kiki that he and Ava had once been lovers. According to Morgan, Ava's deception had been a deep betrayal of their past relationship. Kiki acknowledged that Morgan had a right to be hurt, but Ava was Kiki's mother, so Kiki remained determined to see her. Kiki invited Morgan to go to the police station with her, but Morgan declined.

In the courtroom, Scott asked Judge Chua to drop the murder charges against Franco, but Franco jumped up to loudly confess to Silas' murder. Scott ordered Franco to sit down, but Franco refused because he wanted the judge to lock him up and throw away the key. Scott explained that Franco had only confessed to the murder to protect Nina, but both the judge and Ric wanted to hear what Franco had to say. Franco claimed that he and Silas had argued, so Franco had stabbed him.

Scott pointed out that there was photographic evidence pointing to Nina as the killer. Franco claimed that Nina had arrived while Franco had been washing his hands. According to Franco, that was when Ava had snapped the picture. Franco insisted that he had been surprised when he had returned and found Nina trying to help Silas, so Franco had threatened to stab her too if she hadn't returned to Shadybrook. Franco appealed to the judge to release Nina from police custody, but Judge Chua opted to let Ric make the decision.

Scott objected because he suspected that Ric would do whatever was possible to protect Nina, but Ric surprised both Scott and Franco by announcing that it would be best for all three of the suspects -- Ava, Nina, and Franco -- to remain in police custody until the police could sort things out. Judge Chua agreed, so she ordered that Franco be locked up at the police station.

At Greystone Manor, Carly entered the living room, eager to tell Sonny something. He revealed that he had news, too, but Carly insisted on going first because Madeline had offered surprising insight into Morgan's situation. Carly explained that she had bumped into Madeline at the hotel, and the two women had discussed their children. Carly revealed that Madeline had noticed that Nina had been troubled during Nina's teenage years, but Madeline had tried to blame others for Nina's actions. Carly had realized that she and Sonny wouldn't be doing Morgan any favors by blaming Morgan's erratic behavior on people like Denise.

Carly was startled when Sonny blurted out that Denise did not exist; Ava was alive. Sonny quickly filled Carly in about Ava's remarkable survival from a near drowning, Silas' discovery that Ava had cancer, and Silas' decision to kidnap Avery to give Ava a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Carly was speechless, but Sonny vowed to make Ava pay for killing Connie. Carly suddenly realized that Sonny had known the truth about Ava's deception all along, but she was curious how Ava had managed to fool a DNA test. Sonny wasn't certain about the particulars, but he had been told that Ava's blood had changed with the bone marrow transplant, while Ava's hair, skin, and saliva had remained the same.

Sonny regretted not demanding another DNA test to prove that "Denise" was Ava. Carly wished that the police and Morgan had listened to Sonny. Her expression turned horrified when she suddenly realized that Morgan hadn't slept with Kiki's aunt; he had slept with Ava again. Sonny and Carly talked about how Ava had manipulated their son then expressed concern about how Morgan would handle the news. Sonny feared that Morgan would want to kill Ava with his bare hands.

Carly realized that they still didn't know who had killed Silas. "Actually, we do," Morgan said as he entered the living room. Morgan filled his parents in about what had transpired in court, including the picture Ava had snapped of Nina clutching the murder weapon while leaning over Silas' body. Morgan was agitated and upset, so Carly wrapped her arm around her son and promised that they would get through it as a family. Sonny squeezed Morgan's shoulder to show his support.

On the Haunted Star, a man approached Lulu to ask where to store a piece of film equipment. Lulu was taken aback when he referred to her as "Toots." Dillon heard the exchange as he entered the bar, and he quickly gave the man instructions. After the man left, Lulu asked if the man had been part of Dillon's film crew. Dillon assured Lulu that he had a "no jackass" policy then added that the man was from the rental company that had provided everything Dillon would need to film the movie. Satisfied, Lulu shifted gears to remark that he was running late.

Dillon explained that he had been delayed because Valerie had dropped the bombshell that she was pregnant. Lulu was stunned, so Dillon admitted that he could barely process it. However, he realized that it wasn't hard to believe, since he and Valerie had been out on three dates. He figured it had been about time he had put a baby in Valerie. Lulu's eyes narrowed when she realized that Dillon had been joking. She accused him of being a jerk, but he was unapologetic because Lulu had been pressuring him to settle down and have children.

Lulu insisted that she simply wanted Dillon to be happy, but Dillon explained that he was happy making movies. He pointed out that not everyone needed a spouse and children, and he was curious if it had really been about him or Lulu's fear that Valerie might still have feelings for Dante. Lulu deflected by asking why Dillon wanted to know. He admitted that he had noticed the tension between Lulu and Valerie over Dante. Lulu denied it and reminded Dillon that Dante and Valerie had only shared a single kiss.

Lulu assured Dillon that she and Dante had put the kiss behind them, and she was ready to get to know her newfound cousin. Lulu promised that she simply wanted Dillon and Valerie to be happy, but Lulu agreed to stop interfering in their relationship. Satisfied, Dillon changed the subject by talking about his movie.

In the interrogation room, Valerie absently rubbed her belly as she read her electronic tablet. She looked up when Dante suddenly entered the room. After they greeted each other, Dante was curious why she was in the interrogation room. She explained that she had decided to take a coffee break to look over real estate listings because she had temporarily moved in with Carly when Nikolas had invited Hayden to live at Wyndemere. Dante offered to fetch Valerie a cup of coffee, but she declined because it might keep her up all night.

Dante shifted gears by assuring Valerie that Carly wouldn't expect Valerie to rush to find a new place to live. Valerie smiled because it was clear that Carly loved having a full house, but Valerie admitted that she wanted to be self-reliant rather than depending on others for housing, especially since she had overstepped her boundaries with the Spencers already. Dante sobered as he and Valerie talked about their one-night stand. Dante realized that things hadn't been easy on Valerie, but he warned her that it had been a mistake for them to sleep together.

Dante insisted that he and Valerie had to forgive themselves in order to move on. Valerie's smile was strained as Dante confessed that his relationship with Lulu was stronger than ever. Valerie appeared to brace herself as she prepared to tell Dante something, but he became distracted when he heard a commotion in the squad room.

In the squad room, a police officer escorted Ava to a desk. She complained about the man being too rough with her, but he ignored her as he ordered her to take a seat. Ava resented being arrested when she had provided crucial information about Silas' killer. Ava insisted that Nina, not Ava, should be in handcuffs. As if on cue, Nathan arrived with Nina.

Nina's hands had been confined to handcuffs as she glared at Ava. Ava immediately began to taunt Nina, so Nina asked her brother to get her away from Ava because Ava was a "lying witch." Nina was determined to make certain that Ava would not get away with Silas' murder, but Ava accused Nina of being the killer. Ava explained that Nina would go down because Franco had betrayed Ava. Nina argued that Ava had murdered Silas to keep Silas from exposing Ava's secrets, but Ava insisted that Nina was a "lunatic" who was beyond saving.

Nina lunged at Ava. Nathan and another police officer were forced to pull the women apart as Ava and Nina continued to trade insults. Eventually, Dante stepped out of the interrogation room to find out what the ruckus had been about. Nathan quickly explained that Nina had been arrested for Silas' murder and that "Denise" had been revealed to be Ava. Dante was shocked as Nathan explained how Ava had managed to fool a DNA test.

Meanwhile, Valerie entered the squad room to find out what had been going on. Dante introduced Valerie to Connie's murderer. Ava argued that the only killer in the room was Nina. Ava claimed to fear Nina and demanded that she not be locked up with Nina, but Ava had a quick change of heart when Dante threatened to send Ava to county lockup. After Nathan left to book Nina, Dante ordered Ava to sit then assigned a police officer to keep an eye on her.

Concerned, Valerie assured Dante that she was there for him if he needed to talk. Valerie reassuringly squeezed his arm, but he stepped back and announced that he had to find Lulu to share the news with her. Valerie revealed that Lulu and Dillon were on the Haunted Star, moving in film equipment. She admitted that she had planned to meet Dillon, so she invited Dante to tag along.

On the Haunted Star, Dillon revealed that he had made some changes to a particular scene in the screenplay, based on Lulu's notes. He asked if Lulu would read through the scene with him to make certain that the changes worked. Lulu was surprised that Dillon would want her to play the part of Marjorie, the woman who had broken his heart, because she feared that he might see her as Marjorie. Dillon insisted the screenplay was fiction, but Lulu disagreed, since it was clear that the character of Declan was Dillon.

Dillon promised Lulu that she was not Marjorie. He explained that a person couldn't write about something personal until they'd had distance from a difficult situation and knew that the person they had written about was no longer a part of their lives. Dillon admitted that he had always known that he would see Lulu again. Lulu relaxed as she sat down with the script.

The scene appeared to strike a chord with Lulu when the characters talked about chasing their dreams. As Declan, Dillon admitted that "Marjorie" had been one of the wildest and most fearless girls he had ever known. Lulu, reading the dialogue, explained that she had grown up, but "Declan" accused her of no longer taking chances and believing in herself. However, he promised that he still believed in her. Dillon reached for Lulu's hand as he revealed that he had returned to help her be who she really was. Lulu pulled her hand away as she looked into Dillon's eyes.

Moments later, Dante and Valerie arrived. Lulu jumped up to greet her husband, and he told her about the stunning turn of events at Franco's trial when Denise had been revealed to be Ava and that Ava had led them to Silas' real killer.

At the police station, a police officer announced that the police commissioner had wanted Ava to wait in the interrogation room because Jordan had some questions for Ava. Kiki arrived and quickly followed her mother into the interrogation room. After the police officer secured Ava's handcuffs to the table and left, Kiki asked if Ava had killed Silas. Ava insisted that Nina was the killer, but Kiki wondered how she could trust her mother after Ava's lies and Connie's murder.

Ava tearfully promised that she would never take her daughter's father away from Kiki and begged Kiki to believe her. Kiki's eyes filled with tears as she assured Ava that she did. However, Kiki was curious why Ava had returned to town instead of living life a free woman elsewhere. Ava explained that she hadn't been able to stay away from Kiki and Avery. Ava wrapped her free arm around Kiki as Kiki leaned down to hug her mother. Ava promised to make things up to Kiki, but Kiki confessed that Morgan had been more upset about Ava's deception than Kiki had been.

In the police station's lockup, Nina objected to being put behind bars. She implored Nathan to find the evidence that would exonerate her and prove that Ava had killed Silas. After Nathan agreed and left, Nina began to vent her frustration by tossing things around her jail cell. She froze when she saw Franco escorted to a cell across from hers. After the guard left, Franco asked if Nina was okay.

Nina asked why Franco had confessed, so Franco admitted that he refused to let Nina take the fall for killing Silas. Nina argued that Franco was innocent, but Franco didn't care. He regretted that his father had thrown Nina under the bus and promised that he wouldn't have agreed to let Scott represent him if he had known. Nina was glad that Scott had tried to clear Franco's name and took solace in knowing that Franco believed in her. Nina reminded Franco that they were in it together, so they would get out of it together.

"Right?" Nina asked. Franco softly smiled as he agreed.

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On the next General Hospital...

• Carly fears that things are about to blow up in Morgan's face
• Madeline tells Ric that she had to do whatever it took for them to get Nina's money
• Nathan is confident that Ric will lead them to Silas' killer
• Lulu suggests that Maxie audition for the lead role in Dillon's movie