Esme Warns Nikolas That Her Father Will Punish Him for Locking Her Up — and [Spoiler] Is Shot in the Stomach
Tuesday, October 18, 2022: Today on General Hospital, Cody and Britt make a discovery among Peter's things, Victor invites Lucy on a sunset cruise, and Valentin boards Victor's jet worried he's walking into a trap.
Outside Kelly’s, Britt thanks Cody for offering to help her sort through Peter’s things. She notes most people don’t want anything to do with Peter. He won’t be scared off by Peter or Faison, because he could be related to Leopold if not Mac. Britt thinks he seems intrigued about her family and wonders why he wants to help her. He thinks they are similar, as he too has a past and knows what it’s like to try and move on from it. Cody tells her it’s not too late to just throw away the things her brother left her. She’s thought about it but wants to look through them one last time in case she missed something.
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Cody and Britt head to her room at the Metro Court, and she grabs the box that Peter left her. In it she finds an old ATM recipient, a money clip, and a stub from a parking garage. There is a set of keys as well as his passport. Cody identifies one of the keys is to a safe deposit box. She wonders what could be in it. Cody suggests some things are better left unopened. However, Britt wants to find it and see what’s inside.
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At the Metro Court restaurant, Victor and Lucy grab a table. Victor suggests they continue their interrupted cruise and take a sunset sail around the harbor. He says it could be conducive to doing business.
Lucy says she’d need to change, so he suggests they meet at pier 55. She reminds him that bartender was stabbed there, so Victor says he’ll have someone standing guard. She agrees to see him later and heads out. Alone, Victor makes a call to someone and tells them Lucy accepted, and they know what to do.
Ava meets Scott at the bar, and he advises her to cut ties with Nikolas. Ava informs him that she’s not staying at Wyndemere anymore. Scott notes that was the wrong move because if she stayed in the house she’d have leverage. He feels she needs to file for divorce before Nikolas does, especially given he’s been running around on her. Ava tells him nobody is to know about that. Scott hates seeing her protect Nikolas, and she needs to find someone who deserves her. She says Nikolas wants to work things out, and she doesn’t know yet what she wants.
Later, Victor joins Ava and Scott, and Scott blasts him as another Cassadine who Ava needs to get out of her life. Victor agrees with Scott and tells Ava he plans to make sure she’s well taken care of in the divorce. Ava explains she and Nikolas aren’t talking about divorce anymore in case he hadn’t heard. Victor thought Nikolas told her that he is in fact moving forward with the divorce. Ava storms out, and Victor asks Scott if it was something he said. Scott warns Victor whatever he is up to that he will protect Ava.
Lucy heads to her home and changes. She ignores a call from Anna, who leaves her a message to do as she says and stay away from Victor or there will be serious consequences.
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Valentin stops by Anna’s place to tell her that Victor is sending him away to see Charlotte, but Anna warns this could be a trap. Valentin thinks it’s possible, but he needs to take that risk because he misses his daughter. She wants to go with him, but he can’t take her because of Victor’s terms. He hates to leave her, and they share a kiss. She cries if he doesn’t come back then she’ll never forgive him. He kisses her again and heads out.
Anna makes a call and tells someone that Valentin is in trouble and needs their help. She later makes another call to check up on Lucy and learns from her office that she’s meeting Victor on Pier 47 for a sunset cruise. She races out.
Later, Victor’s man Johann breaks into Anna’s place and searches for something.
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At the Wyndemere, Nikolas speaks with a contractor about repairs on the house and tells him to not touch the north tower as it will have to wait until spring.
Later, Nikolas visits Esme in her locked room and brings food, which he expects her to eat all of to nourish the baby. As he goes to exit, Esme grabs a candlestick and tries to club him, but he uses the tray he brought the food on to slap it away. He calls her a psycho and tells her nobody missed her when she was gone, and the only ones who want her are the PCPD. Therefore, she is better off here than in lockup. She wonders what will happen after she has the baby. He says the baby will be given a great life, but she is expendable.
Nikolas also says locking Esme up here will prove whether or not she is the hook killer. She swears she isn’t the killer and asks what will happen to her baby after it’s born. Will he give it up, or will he raise it with Ava? He tells her that is none of her concern and reminds her no one will miss her. Esme seethes that’s not true because her father knows she’s alive and back in town. She bets he didn’t see that coming. Nikolas accuses her of lying and reminds her that she claimed her adoptive parents were dead and that she didn’t know who her biological parents were. She admits her adoptive parents are dead, but her biological father is alive and a very powerful man.
Esme tells Nikolas if he doesn’t let her go then he won’t like how his story ends. He says her future is up to him after she gives birth, and then they’ll see if her imaginary father comes to her rescue or not. He leaves and locks her in.
Alone, Esme rants she’s a prisoner surrounded by Ava’s tacky taste in art. She gets an idea and pulls one of the wires used to hang the paintings off of one. She uses the wire to try and pick the lock to the door.
Downstairs, Nikolas finds Ava at the front door. She says she thought he was done keeping secrets from her.
Valentin boards Victor’s jet and finds a glass of champagne waiting. He sniffs it but doesn’t drink it. He calls Anna to tell her whatever she’s doing that he’s with her in spirit.
Back at the Metro Court, Johann meets with Victor and tells him it’s done. He also says Anna went to Pier 47 to find Lucy. Victor is pleased, as she will be nowhere near Lucy.
Down on the pier, Lucy arrives at Pier 55 and nobody is there. She calls her office and learns Victor’s invite said to meet at Pier 47, but she knows that is wrong.
Lucy sees someone arrive and asks, “What are you doing here?” A gloved hand points a gun at her, fires, and she’s hit in the stomach.
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