General Hospital Recap: Jennifer Smith and Valentin Return

Drew arrives at Portia and Curtis’s housewarming party. Drew asks Curtis about Marshall, but Curtis says nothing else happened and Sonny wouldn’t help him. Drew thinks it’s for the best, because he doesn’t want to owe the mob. Curtis considers Selina’s offer.

TJ checks in with Trina. She says she’s trying to enjoy the party, but all she wants to do is scream to the world that she’s innocent and was framed. TJ understands that he was in a similar situation when he was his age, but not as bad.

Stella talks to Portia and reiterates again that she misjudged her, and her initial concern about her and Curtis getting together was that it was so soon after her divorce. Suddenly, Stella has a vague memory of taking the divorce papers from Jordan’s office.

The doorbell rings and Stella asks who else Curtis has invited. Curtis says nobody, answers the door and finds Marshall there. TJ reveals that he invited Marshall, so Curtis asks him in.

Continued: Kirsten Storms talks about her mental health

Portia checks in with Trina. Trina feels supported by everyone who believes in her, but she can’t stop thinking about Spencer assuming she’s guilty. Portia explains that part of growing up is learning who her true friends are. Trina thinks part of Spencer believes in her, but he’s also bound to keep Esme happy.

Curtis chats with his father and reveals that he and Portia are hoping to take a vacation. He says Portia has always wanted to go to Buenos Aires and asks if Marshall has been there. He says a long time ago and apologizes.

Marshall heads out to the patio and pulls out his pill bottle. Stella walks up to him and asks him what he’s doing popping pills out in the open. He says it’s just his heart medication. Stella hopes it’s nothing else, and she needs to know that it won’t blow up in her face and affect her relationship with Curtis and TJ. Marshall tells Stella he appreciates what she did for Curtis and TJ in his absence, but if anyone is part of their family, it’s him. He gets in.

Stella follows Marshall and discovers that the family is gathering for a family photo. Suddenly, Aunt Stella appears in a bad mood and collapses.

At Wyndemere, Nikolas is surprised to see Ava again, especially after making his feelings known about Esme. Ava has realized that some things are more important and declares that this is her home as well. Laura suggests Esme give them some privacy and they walk into the lobby.

Spencer returns and Laura leaves to meet Kevin for dinner. Spencer explains to Esme that he went to the gym and had a lot of thinking to do. Esme admits they’ve been saying horrible things to each other lately, all because he’s falling for another girl. She asks him to admit it.

Spencer admits her feelings for Trina are complicated. Esme is crying, he now knows that she is not responsible for this video, so is there a way forward for them? Or should she leave Port Charles and cry without a baby, nothing keeps them together. She tries to storm out, but Spencer stops her. He asks her to stay so they can work things out with each other, one step at a time. They are kissing.

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In the living room, Nikolas thinks Ava talked about Esme, but Ava didn’t. She won’t let the off-brand sociopath drive her out of her home and marriage. Ava reminds him of what she is capable of and what he is capable of. She says he’s smarter than that, to fall for Esme’s trap. Ava informs him that as long as he protects Esme, they won’t share a bed.

Nikolas reminds her that the evidence points to Trina, but Ava says evidence can be planted. Nikolas notes that Spencer wants to support Esme and that he needs to support his son. He asks her not to back him into a corner where he has to choose between her and his son. Ava says there are plenty of rooms she can stay in while she watches things and until he opens his eyes.

At the Metro Court, Victor meets Yohan to explain to him that he has to leave town for a business trip abroad. Yohan reminds him that Anna, Laura and Robert are trying to connect them to what happened in Austria. Victor says there is nothing to connect them to and they will soon have a new suspect to blame.

Laura arrives and sits down at the bar. Victor apologizes to Yohan to join her. Laura knows he heard about Esme’s possible pregnancy and reveals it was a false alarm. However, she is upset that he offered to take care of it for Spencer. Victor thinks she wouldn’t want to see Spencer tied to Esme for life.

Laura knows what it means for a Cassadine to handle something, and she wants better for Spencer and Nikolas. Victor agrees, and he cares deeply about the next generation and leaving them a better world. He asks Laura to imagine them not as enemies but working together towards a common goal.

Anna calls Valentin and leaves him a message asking when he will be back. She heads for Sam’s house, where Dante is. Sam explains that she had Spinelli monitor the Dark Web and they are trying to connect Luke’s murder, Victor’s return, and the Ice Princess’s theft. Sam reveals that Spinelli got a hit at a black market auction and a description that sounds like the Ice Princess. Anna reads it and believes they found it. Anna says Duke left her a large sum of money in his will, which she invested in cryptocurrency. She thinks they should use it and bid for an invitation to the auction.

Anna and Sam make a big GH

Later, Sam’s computer rings and they are invited to the auction. Sam says it takes place in a hotel in French Polynesia. Anna will arrange to fly there. She goes out and calls Valentin back. She leaves another message worried that he is so unreachable.

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At Sonny’s gym, Selina meets him to discuss business. Selina is working to fund a new operation, a high-stakes poker game, that will start small, but grow over time. Sonny says she’s never mentioned the game before. She notes that it will not conflict with her business and she will still offer her a portion of the profits. He reminds him that there are no drugs at the games, and if he finds out that there is trafficking, he will arrest him. Selina agrees and feels they have a deal. They tremble on it.

Selina talks about the importance of their working relationship, especially with a stranger who is building up a presence in the west. Sonny says Brick mentioned a rival family on the West Coast. Selina notes that people who hoard power in secret are usually the most dangerous. They both agree to keep each other updated if they hear anything.

Continued: Who is Jennifer Smith?

In a seaside hotel in French Polynesia, Jennifer Smith makes a phone call to her “darling” and explains to her that she won’t be there very long. She explains that she is attending this auction because the Ice Princess was so dear to her ex-husband. She feels it belongs to her, then corrects herself and says, “I mean, us.” She explains that if they get this diamond, it will allow them to expand their operations, show that they are a force to be reckoned with, and finally strike Port Charles.

Jennifer orders another drink, and a naval officer comes over and says the drink is on him. He asks if the empty chair at the table is taken. The man turns out to be Valentin.

See you next time General Hospital: Michael makes an offer to Smoltz. Willow tells Harmony there’s no way they’ll get along. Valentine flirts with Jennifer Smith. Victor swears to Laura that he is serious about working together. And Sonny advises Nina.

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