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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Outside Kelly's, Laura complained to Kevin about Andre's recommendation for Charlotte to stay with Valentin. Kevin suggested they not question Andre's résumé, prompting her to wonder if Kevin thought Andre had been right to keep Charlotte from Lulu. "Yes, I do," Kevin quietly answered. Laura was disappointed, but Kevin explained that the judge's decision had been based on what was in Charlotte's best interest. Kevin urged Laura to be patient and trust Lulu's ability to forge a relationship with Charlotte. He reminded Laura that she'd given Lulu similar advice, but Laura admitted that it wasn't easy to follow because she worried that Valentin would find a way to rig things against Lulu unless someone stopped him.

Kevin suspected Laura had a plan. Laura insisted that she needed to protect her granddaughter from the man who had murdered Laura's son, but Kevin was concerned that Laura's efforts might hurt Lulu's case. "Sometimes, the best laid plans are the ones to come back and bite you," he warned her. Laura thought it was time for Valentin to learn a lesson. "Fair enough," Kevin conceded, but he asked to be included in the plans because he wanted to help.

Laura smiled. "Deal," she replied. Seconds later, Kevin's phone vibrated. He checked it and announced that he was needed in court to testify at a mental competency hearing. Laura gave him a hug and thanked him for his support.

Inside Kelly's, Michael and Nelle exchanged stilted greetings as Nelle got Charlotte settled at a table. Michael was curious about the child, so Nelle revealed that she'd been hired as a full-time nanny. She acknowledged that it wasn't her dream job, but it was a live-in position that would allow her to pay bills and save money. Michael was surprised that Nelle had decided to stay in town, so she wondered if he wanted her to leave. Michael evaded the question by pointing out that it might have been easier to start over in a town where she wasn't despised.

Nelle claimed that she wanted to make amends, which she couldn't do if she left. Michael was surprised that Nelle would even try, since his mother hated her. Nelle sidestepped the issue of Carly by clarifying that she'd never meant to hurt Michael and Josslyn. Nelle insisted that she wouldn't feel right if she didn't try to make amends, but Michael advised her to focus on her new job because the kindest thing she could do for the people she'd hurt -- including him -- was to leave them alone. Nelle's eyes filled with tears as she assured him that she would respect his wishes.

Michael assured Nelle that she wouldn't have to turn the other way if she saw him because the town was big enough for both of them. Nelle promised that a peaceful coexistence worked for her. Moments later, Charlotte ran up to ask if she could have some hot chocolate. She wondered if Michael was Nelle's boyfriend, but Michael told Charlotte that he and Nelle were just friends. Nelle instructed Charlotte to order two cups of hot chocolate -- and a cookie -- to go. After Charlotte scampered off, Nelle thanked Michael for not involving Charlotte in their problems.

Meanwhile, Laura entered the diner as Nelle walked away from Michael. Laura watched Nelle with Charlotte then stepped outside to call Lulu and leave her a voicemail message asking Lulu to meet her at Kelly's. After the call, Laura returned to the diner in time to say goodbye to Charlotte as Nelle hustled Charlotte out the door. Laura seized the opportunity to question Michael about Charlotte's new nanny.

Michael was surprised when he realized who Charlotte was, and he offered Laura his sympathy because Dante had filled him in about the court hearing. However, Michael assured Laura that Nelle was a qualified nanny. Laura sensed there was tension between Michael and Nelle, so he confirmed that he and Nelle were no longer friends.

At Crimson, Lulu exited the elevator, marched up to Nina's office door, and knocked. She was surprised when Dillon opened the door. Dillon explained that Nina was out, but he offered to call her if Lulu needed to see her. Lulu declined, but she confessed that she'd intended to tell Nina what she thought about Nina backing Valentin's lies. Lulu didn't care how sweet Nina was to Charlotte or how many toys Nina bought for the little girl because Nina was not Charlotte's mother. Lulu began to cry as she asked how the judge could have ruled in Valentin's favor.

Dillon was shocked by the revelation and sat Lulu down to find out what had transpired at the court hearing. Lulu tearfully filled him in and added that she'd been given limited supervised visitation with Charlotte for the next six months. Dillon thought it was encouraging because it meant that the court hadn't ruled entirely against Lulu, but Lulu was offended that her visits with Charlotte had to be monitored. Dillon urged Lulu to calm down before she did something crazy. Lulu admitted that it had probably been for the best that Nina hadn't been there.

Dillon offered Lulu some words of encouragement by reminding her that Maxie had gone through a similar situation when she'd tried to get visitation with Georgie. Lulu insisted that their situations were different because Lulu was fighting the man who had murdered her brother. Dillon conceded that Lulu's situation was dire, but he reminded Lulu that Maxie hadn't gotten visitation with Georgie until Maxie had played by the rules and followed the judge's orders. Dillon advised Lulu to follow Maxie's example, but Lulu explained that Valentin and Nina would have six months to develop a deeper bond with Charlotte, while Lulu was left with only one day a week. Moments later, Lulu's phone chimed.

Lulu glanced down and saw she had a voicemail message, so she thanked Dillon for listening, but she admitted there were other options. Dillon advised her to be careful.

Later, Lulu joined Laura at Kelly's. Laura told Lulu about Charlotte's new nanny and added that the young woman might prove useful to them.

At Anna's house, Anna admitted that she needed Liesl's help because Anna was desperate for answers about Valentin. Anna offered Liesl tea, but Liesl told Anna that Anna had wasted her time because Liesl didn't know anything about the man. Anna was surprised that Liesl hadn't bothered to get to know Valentin, since he was married to Liesl's niece. Liesl admitted that Nina had never made much of an effort to include Liesl in her life. Liesl had met Valentin at Nathan and Maxie's wedding, but their conversation had been superficial.

Anna handed Liesl a cup of tea as she asked if Helena or Victor had ever mentioned Valentin, but Liesl didn't recall hearing Valentin's name. Liesl asked if they were done, but Anna quietly admitted that there was one other person close to Liesl who might be able to shed some light on Valentin -- Cesar Faison. Liesl refused to reach out to her beloved on Anna's behalf because he was finally over Anna. Anna was pleased to hear Faison was over his obsession with her, but she was desperate for information. Liesl was curious why Anna thought Cesar might know something, so Anna tactfully reminded Liesl that Faison had once worked for the WSB before joining their rival, the "DVX."

Anna needed confirmation that Valentin had flipped and gone to work for the DVX. Liesl laughed because she realized that Anna truly needed her help. Anna conceded that Liesl was the only person who could reach Faison. Liesl claimed that she wouldn't have the first idea where to find him, but Anna knew he was traveling with Liesl's daughter, Britt. Liesl warned Anna that she would want something in exchange for contacting Cesar. Anna readily agreed to Liesl's terms, but Liesl revealed that she wanted all the charges against Cesar and Britt dropped.

Anna admitted that she didn't have that kind of power, so Liesl started to leave. Anna warned Liesl that Liesl's loved ones were in danger because Valentin was a Cassadine, and he'd eventually make Nina unhappy, since his life was built on a web of lies. Anna reminded Liesl that Nathan cared deeply for Nina and already had reservations about Valentin, which wouldn't bode well for Nathan if he were to confront Valentin for breaking Nina's heart.

At the bar in Metro Court Restaurant, Nina asked Valentin to let her know the next time he planned to confront Anna. He assured Nina that it wouldn't be an issue again, but she was skeptical that Anna would let things go. Valentin assured Nina that he would find a way to make certain that Anna had stronger proof of his desire for peace if necessary. Moments later, Nora walked up to let Valentin know that she was headed to court to pick up the custody decree, which would make everything official. Valentin assured Nora that he'd already arranged a visit for Lulu and Charlotte. Nora was pleased because being magnanimous would work in his favor.

However, Nora reminded both Valentin and Nina that the judge wouldn't just be reviewing Lulu's conduct in six months -- Valentin and Nina would also be under scrutiny. Nora advised the couple to make every effort to adhere to the spirit of the decree because it would be to Valentin's advantage. She reminded both Valentin and Nina that the goal was for Charlotte to get to know Lulu, which would ultimately be to Charlotte's benefit. Valentin promised that he'd always tried to get along with Lulu, but Lulu wanted nothing to do with him. Nina added that Lulu was incredibly hostile toward Valentin, so Nina worried that Charlotte would pick up on it.

Nora reminded Nina that a court-appointed social worker would monitor Lulu's visits to make certain that nothing happened. Nora was confident that Lulu would do everything in her power to honor the judge's orders, but Valentin and Nina argued that Lulu was incapable of providing Charlotte with a loving and stable home because Lulu was erratic. Nora pointed out that many said the same about Valentin. Nora warned Valentin and Nina that Lulu's team would make every effort to dig up dirt on them and advised them not to get in trouble.

After Nora left, Nina was concerned about what Lulu's attorneys might find out about Valentin's past, but he assured her that he'd taken steps to keep his past buried. Valentin refused to let anything jeopardize his future with Nina and Charlotte. After Valentin and Nina were seated at a table, Valentin questioned Nina about the new nanny and why she'd been concerned about the nanny ending up in his bed when he only had eyes for Nina. Nina explained that Nelle had had trouble with the Corinthos family, and she reluctantly admitted that she'd offered Nelle the job in a moment of anger.

Nina explained that Bobbie had warned Nina that Lulu would object to Nelle being Charlotte's nanny, which had infuriated Nina. Nina had offered Nelle the job because Nina felt it wasn't any of Lulu's business who they hired to take care of Charlotte. Moments later, Nelle and Charlotte walked up. Charlotte happily greeted her father with a hug as Nelle introduced herself to her new boss. Nina decided to fetch something from her office and took Charlotte with her to give Valentin time to talk to Nelle.

After Nina and Charlotte left, Valentin told Nelle that Nina had spoken highly of her. Nelle decided to be honest with Valentin about why she'd left her previous job, but he assured her that it wasn't necessary because he already knew about the circumstances and was willing to give her a chance anyway. Nelle promised not to let him down. Valentin smiled politely as he assured her that he knew Nelle would take good care of Charlotte because he would make certain that no one found Nelle's body if anything happened to his daughter.

Nearby, Liesl overheard Valentin's threat. After Nelle left the table, Liesl called Cesar to tell him that the last person he'd expect needed his help.

Meanwhile, Nelle entered Nina's office. Nina was eager to hear about Nelle's chat with Valentin. Nelle admitted that he was a dedicated father, but Nina smiled and promised that her husband was a teddy bear. Nelle was glad to hear it.

At the courthouse, Griffin approached Olivia Jerome as she waited for her attorney to arrive. She admitted that he reminded her of his father, but he informed her that he was there to testify against her. Olivia suspected that he -- like his father -- couldn't stay away from her because Griffin could have provided an affidavit instead of testifying. Griffin reminded her that Duke was dead, but Olivia merely smiled and reiterated that he looked a lot like Duke. However, she admitted that she couldn't see a trace of his mother in him. Startled, Griffin demanded to know what Olivia knew about his mother. However, Nora appeared and ordered Griffin to back away because her client was not in her right mind, and Nora didn't want him upsetting Olivia before the hearing.

Moments later, the district attorney arrived. Nora complained about Griffin's conduct, so the district attorney dragged him to the other side of the courtroom and explained that even though Olivia was a raving lunatic, her attorney was a shark. The district attorney warned Griffin not to help Nora's case by instigating Olivia. Meanwhile, Nora instructed Olivia to remain quiet while Nora did all the talking. Olivia agreed because she was a "sensitive soul" who couldn't go to jail.

After Judge Sanchez entered the courtroom, he listed Olivia's multiple aliases then the slew of charges she faced, including 350 counts of attempted murder for the bomb at the hospital. Nora carefully hid her shock as Olivia smiled sweetly. After the judge was through, he invited Kevin to take the stand. Kevin testified that Olivia seemed unable to grasp that her alleged actions -- including Morgan's death -- had been wrong and deserving of punishment. Nora smiled with satisfaction as she asked if Kevin were suggesting that Olivia lived in an alternate reality.

Kevin assured the judge -- and Nora -- that Olivia was lucid and had a clear understanding of reality, but she lacked a moral code. Nora wondered if Olivia was fit to stand trial. Kevin acknowledged that Olivia had stayed at various sanitariums over the years, but the district attorney argued that Olivia had a history of faking insanity to avoid going to jail. The district attorney was curious if Kevin could say for certain that Olivia hadn't faked her recent bout of insanity. "No, I can't," Kevin answered.

After Kevin's testimony, Griffin testified about the abduction. Nora questioned him about Olivia's state of mind and how Olivia had mistaken him for Duke despite Duke having been decades older than Griffin. Griffin explained that he'd pretended to be his father to save Anna. After Griffin's testimony, the judge took a short recess.

Later, Judge Sanchez returned to the courtroom to render a decision. Griffin was shocked when the judge deemed Olivia unfit to stand trial and remanded her to D'Archam Asylum until she was mentally competent. Olivia was delighted with the decision and smiled as the hearing ended. Griffin ran over to ask Kevin how long it would be before Olivia could stand trial. Kevin warned Griffin that it might never happen because some people were too far gone.

Meanwhile, Olivia wondered if she would see Nora again. Nora assured her that she would -- if the situation warranted it. Nora announced that she was headed home to her husband. "Tell that old cowboy of yours I said hi," Olivia said. "Excuse me?" Nora asked. Olivia looked startled because she had no idea what Nora was talking about. Nora wished Olivia luck. Olivia grinned as Nora left.

Later, Griffin stopped by Anna's house to tell her about the court hearing and the judge's decision. Anna smiled because Pentonville was like a resort compared to D'Archam Asylum. Anna hoped that Olivia stayed locked up. Griffin shared what Olivia had said about his mother and wondered if Olivia could have known her, but Anna doubted it because Olivia had met Duke after he'd left Scotland. Anna suspected that Olivia had simply been trying to get to him then shifted gears because she wanted to talk to Griffin about Valentin.

At Metro Court Restaurant, Nora dropped off the custody papers and asked if the other matter had been addressed. Valentin assured her that the money had been wired into her account, and he promised to add a large bonus if everything was to his satisfaction. Nora promised that Olivia would not spend a single day in jail because his associate was on her way to D'Archam Asylum and likely wouldn't see the light of day again. Valentin was pleased.

On the next General Hospital...
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• "Nelle is working for Valentin Cassadine?" Sonny asks Laura.

• "I think my marriage is over," announces Carly.

• Scott suggests that Lucy reconsider.

• Jason doesn't want Jake to be around Franco.

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