The killer prepares to strike again

General Hospital Recap for Friday, September 23, 2022
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Friday, September 23, 2022

At the hospital, Elizabeth stared at the sketch of the woman she had drawn from memory, and she wondered who the woman had been. As she stared at the sketch, Elizabeth was startled by a nurse. Finn stood over the nurse's shoulder, and he stared at Elizabeth.

In Finn's office, Elizabeth said that while she didn't know who the woman at the foot of the stairs had been, the woman hadn't been a stranger. Finn's phone chimed, and Elizabeth went to hand the phone to Finn. Before she could, Elizabeth noticed a young woman's face as the wallpaper on the phone. Finn shared that the person in the photo was Reiko, his deceased ex-wife.

Elizabeth remarked that Reiko had looked very young in the photo, and she nervously asked what had brought Reiko to Finn's mind. Finn said he'd thought of Reiko because he had been on the Mariana Islands in Guam during his internship with Doctors Without Borders. Finn recalled that a doctor he'd known then had died from a poisonous snake bite that had venom similar to the venom found in Brando's body.

As Finn spoke, Elizabeth became more distraught. Clearly shaken, Elizabeth said she needed to go home to rest. Finn responded by telling Elizabeth that she was "incredible" and by physically grabbing her for a kiss. Elizabeth pushed Finn's hands away, and she left.

Later, Elizabeth went to a closet in her home, and she stared at an old photo album. Elizabeth found a photo of her and Sarah from the Mariana Islands. The photo was dated 1997 -- the same year that Elizabeth had left Jeff and Caroline's home to return to Port Charles.

On the deck of the Haunted Star, Valentin and Anna avoided detection when Valentin sneaked up behind Johann and shoved him into the water with his foot. Inside the ship, Victor told Lucy to always be honest with him. Lucy pleaded for Victor to give her a hint of his plans and what he had in store.

Just then, a deckhand raced into the dining area to interrupt Victor and Lucy with the news that someone had gone overboard. Lucy spotted Anna and Valentin hidden in a corner by the bar, and she convinced Victor to momentarily help with the rescue operation. When Victor disappeared from sight, Anna and Valentin asked Lucy to return to the mainland with them. Lucy refused to leave because she wanted to learn all of Victor's mysterious plans.

Valentin and Anna left before Victor returned with Johann, who was coughing and shivering. Lucy tried to comfort Johann as Victor questioned him about what had happened. Victor learned that Johann had been drinking a bottle of beer when he'd gone overboard. Johann left to be seen by a medic. "Something's off," Victor said after Johann left.

Lucy wanted to resume her dinner with Victor, and she started to flirt. Lucy claimed she wanted to know what a future with Victor might look like. "Let's find out," Victor said with a grin.

Later, on the docks in the Waterfront district, Anna said that working with Valentin had been fun, but she expressed worry for Lucy. Valentin said that it had been Lucy's decision to stay on the ship with Victor and that if Lucy needed their help, they would help her. "I worry that it's not if, but when," Anna said glumly.

At the Metro Court bar, Diane complimented Alexis for the Invader's article and coverage of the serial killer. Nikolas approached Alexis at the bar, and he said he needed her help. Diane left. Afterward, Nikolas said that Ava's attack had crystalized how much he wanted to hang on to Ava. Nikolas asked Alexis to tell him if he should give up on his marriage to Ava.

Alexis remarked that she didn't want to know what Nikolas had done, but she said that Nikolas needed to give something to Ava as a gesture of swallowed pride to get Ava back, since Ava would have to swallow her own pride to forgive Nikolas.

At the hospital in Ava's room, Nina brought yellow roses to Ava. Nina invited Ava to stay with her after Ava was discharged from the hospital, but she quickly surmised that Ava still wanted to return home to Wyndemere. Nina wondered if Ava was making the right decision, and she deduced that Ava was still in love with Nikolas.

Nina said that she would never judge Ava if Ava chose to forgive Nikolas. Ava worried that Nikolas might betray her again, and Nina reminded Ava that both women had been through a lot and that both were still intact and together as friends.

As Nina prepared to leave, Nikolas asked to speak to Ava alone, and Ava agreed. Ava told Nikolas that it would take more than words to make things right between the two of them. Nikolas handed Ava an envelope. Nikolas said the envelope was proof of how much he loved Ava.

After Nikolas had left Metro Court, Alexis saw Gregory. Alexis shared that Jordan was unhappy about the Invader's article on the serial killer but that most people were happy to have been warned about the attacker. Gregory asked if Alexis had given more thought to writing an open letter to the killer in an effort to provide the police with more clues.

Alexis thought that if she and Gregory wrote to the killer and kept him or her engaged, it would start a distraction. Alexis said that she had been a lawyer for a long time, and she didn't believe that the killer was done.

At the garage, Sasha sat alone in the dark. Sonny and Sasha hugged one another, and they talked about Brando. Sonny said that Sasha had been the best thing that had ever happened to Brando.

Sonny spoke to Dex when Diane entered the garage. Diane announced that she had been retained to represent Sasha, since Martin was out of town, and she asked to see Sasha. After Sonny ordered Dex out of the garage, Sonny expressed that he was still furious at Diane for how she had grilled him on the stand during Nina's custody hearing.

Diane said that her actions against Sonny in court hadn't been personal and that she had only defended her client. Diane recalled that she had done many things for Sonny over the years, and she listed some of the times that she had gotten Sonny out of trouble with the police. Sonny still disagreed that Diane hadn't made things personal during Nina's trial.

Diane turned to leave to avoid further conflict, but Sonny asked Diane to stay for Sasha's sake. Sasha reappeared, and Diane recalled that Sasha's agreement to avoid prison had stipulated that Sasha needed to have a legal guardian. Since Brando had died, Diane said the judge who'd agreed to the guardianship would have to reevaluate the agreement.

Diane asked where Brando had kept his copy of the guardianship decree. Sasha said that Brando had likely kept the decree in his office at the garage. Diane got Sasha's approval to search Brando's office for the paperwork. Sasha said that she should head home, and Sonny agreed to drive her. Before Sonny left, he thanked Diane.

Sonny then told Dex of his plans to take Sasha home. Sonny instructed Dex to wait until Diane had finished before Dex locked up. Sonny and Sasha left the garage together. "Don't worry. I'll take care of things here," Dex said as Sonny and Sasha walked out.

Later, as Diane started to comb through a stack of papers, the killer appeared from out of the shadows. With Diane's back turned, the killer entered the garage. The killer prepared to raise the hook.

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