The show opens with the caption: Valentine’s Day, Part 1.
At the hospital, Terry teases Liz that she has a date with the guy she texted on the app, and that she will let him know after seeing a patient. Finn arrives and sees Liz yawning. He says she shouldn’t be tired since he was the one who slept on the couch.
Liz continues to yawn and doesn’t know what’s wrong with her. Finn notes that Valentine’s Day is his anniversary with Franco. Amy and her brother Chet arrive, and Finn says they haven’t seen him in a while. Chet works with his sister to organize a clothing drive for vets. Liz excuses herself to see a patient, and Amy asks Finn how things are going between him and Liz. Finn is surprised to learn that everyone at the hospital knows he and Liz are an item. Amy just wants everyone to be happy, and that includes her brother who won’t let her trick him. Finn excuses himself to go to a patient.
In the locker room, Terry shows her dress to Liz. She reveals that the dating app does not allow them to exchange photos, but they have been exchanging messages for weeks and they know everything about each other. She says her date will meet her at Charlie’s bar in a teal shirt. Terry looks at the clothes Liz brought to donate to Chet’s clothing drive and finds a torn dress in a bag. Liz is shocked because this is the dress she married Franco in. Liz doesn’t know how it happened, but considering it’s her birthday, it seems like an omen. Terry offers to reschedule his date, but Liz says no. She claims she noticed a tear in the dress when she picked it up from the dry cleaners, and she just didn’t notice the extent of the damage. She pushes Terry to go on the date, which she does.
Later, Finn finds Liz in the locker room and says he’ll call her tomorrow and wish her a happy Valentine’s Day. She stops him from leaving and knows they haven’t made any plans because the day isn’t easy for her, but she thinks a quiet family dinner with him, Violet, and the boys is just right. what she needs. He says it looks perfect and he will see her later. He leaves, and Liz continues to stare at her torn dress.
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Portia meets Taggert at Port Charles’ Grill. She worries about Trina and the trip she took with her friends because she didn’t tell her a word about what happened. Taggert is sure they can get their daughter back on track if something goes wrong. Trina arrives for dinner and Taggert toasts Trina and notes, “If Spencer can’t see her for what she’s worth, then it’s her downfall.” Trina realizes that’s what it’s all about, and her own parents think she’s pathetic and pining for Spencer on Valentine’s Day.
Portia knows something must have happened on her trip, and Trina admits that Esme did a nasty stunt at the cabin. Portia says this girl is jealous and threatened by Trina. Trina apologizes for a moment, and Taggert can’t help but notice that Portia seems more lighthearted and happy. Portia thinks it has to do with seeing Curtis. Portia urges Taggert to get out and start dating. The doctor receives a text message, a patient emergency, which derails his plans for Valentine’s Day. She asks Taggert to give Trina a card she brought and explain that she had to go. On the way out, Portia calls Curtis to explain her situation and tells him she’ll make it up to her. Trina returns to her father and the two enjoy dessert together.
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Nina arrives at Wyndemere to see Ava, completely unaware that it’s Valentine’s Day and Ava has plans with Nikolas. Ava realizes something big must have happened if Nina forgot what day it was and invites Nina in. They discuss what happened with Maxie and Peter and that their lead got cold. Ava ends up asking what’s going on with Sonny. Nina blurts out, “Sonny and I slept together and Carly surprised us.” Ava is stunned, savoring Carly’s pain and thinking it means Nina and Sonny can be together.
Nina feels horrible about what happened, but Ava tells her she wanted him, and now that she has him, what is she going to do? Nina tries to think about what’s best for Sonny. Ava warns her that if she gives Sonny and Carly time and space, they might be fine, so don’t let them. Nina doesn’t want to cause Sonny any more trouble or take advantage of his pain. Nina says for once that she won’t look for Sonny and that she will accept how things are. Ava feels she is making a big mistake.
At the Metro Court, Sam finds Carly at the bar tearing up heart-shaped paper napkins. She assumes that Carly isn’t a fan of Valentine’s Day. Sam asks how things went between her and Sonny. She tells Sam, “I met him in bed with Nina.” She says seeing them together gave her the clarity she needed. She asks her assistant to call a divorce lawyer while they talk.
Sam thinks it was quick and asks if it’s the right decision. She advises Carly to take a minute before setting in motion something she can’t take back. Carly’s assistant returns, so Sam gives them privacy. The assistant says the lawyer has an appointment tomorrow morning. Carly realizes that doesn’t leave her much time. She agrees to make an appointment.
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Sam returns and Carly confirms the meeting is set. Sam again suggests to him not to do anything that could end his family. Carly just needs this to be over so she can move on with her life. Sam advises her to go to the meeting with an open mind and not to make any decisions.
Sonny brings flowers to Phyllis at Charlie’s and wanted to check if it was her first Valentine’s Day without Lenny. Phyllis laughed that he hated the holidays. She asks how is Sonny and if he is still taking his medicine? Sonny confirms that he is. She asks about Carly, and Sonny says he and Carly are as far apart as they’ve ever been. Phyllis thinks something must have happened. Sonny reflected on his feelings for Nina. He can’t shut them up, but no matter how much he tells Carly he loves her, she won’t listen. He feels he has to accept that his marriage is over.
Phyllis calls bull and notes that he didn’t do everything to save her marriage. Phyllis tells Sonny that he’s not being honest with his wife about helping Nina when he went off his meds, and he continues to rationalize his bad decisions. She says he can’t rebuild his marriage without trust and he doesn’t trust Carly. Sonny doesn’t know what to do. Phyllis isn’t going to give him permission to give up on his marriage if that’s what he wants. Sonny receives a notification and learns that Carly has an appointment with a divorce lawyer. Carly mistakenly put the date on their shared calendar for the kids. Phyllis knows Carly is hurt, but reminds her of what Lenny always said: “It’s not over until it’s over.” She leaves him, and Nina walks in and sees Sonny.
Terry arrives at Charlie’s and Chet sits next to her at the bar in a teal shirt. She looks at him and smiles.
To be continued…
See you next time general hospital: Terry is impressed with Chet. Esme surprises Spencer for Valentine’s Day. TJ says to Molly, “She might be home sooner than expected.” And Nina tells Sonny that they both know she has a vested interest.
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