At the hospital, Stella was happy to receive a good report from her doctor. Marshall appeared, and Portia asked if he had given more thought to genetic counseling. Marshall tried to reassure Portia that he didn't need a reevaluation and that he was at peace. Marshall politely asked Portia to drop the matter, and Stella told Portia to respect Marshall's privacy.
In Jordan's office at the Port Charles Police Station, Curtis gave Jordan an invitation to his and Portia's wedding. Curtis grew angry when Jordan said she couldn't "protect" Curtis' family, an indirect reference to Jordan's suspicions that Trina was Curtis' daughter.
Curtis yelled at Jordan, and he accused her of keeping secrets from him again. Rory entered as Curtis left in a huff. On Curtis' way out, he told Jordan not to forget to RSVP to the wedding. Later, Jordan stared at the invitation for a long time before she eventually used a pen to check the box marked "regretfully declines."
At Rice Plaza, Ava took Trina shopping. Dressed in winter clothes, Ava showed her fondness for Trina when she remarked that she always enjoyed spoiling her "little girl." Rory appeared, and Ava left for a moment. Rory asked Trina to go with him to a nice dinner for their three-month anniversary, which Trina seemed to have forgotten.
Trina thanked Rory for having always believed in her innocence, and they finalized plans for dinner. Rory left, and Ava rejoined Trina. Ava said she envied Trina. Trina said that Ava was a beautiful woman, but Ava replied that beauty was overrated and that she would happily settle for "a guy like Trina had." Ava listed all the qualities she saw in Rory, but she noticed a distant look in Trina's eye.
Ava asked Trina to tell her what was on her mind, and Trina admitted that she hadn't been able to stop thinking about Spencer. Ava remarked that Spencer was still weeks away from being released from Pentonville, and she added that complicated men created chaos. Ava thought it was best if she and Trina avoided those kinds of men altogether.
Earlier at Rice Plaza, Eileen had whispered to Victor that the necklace had been destroyed in the fire. Victor had screamed that it was unacceptable, but he added that his plans were still intact. Victor reminded Eileen that her job was to keep Laura distracted, and Eileen replied that she had pulled the necessary strings.
Victor walked away, and he spotted Ava. The two talked about love, and Ava accused Victor of having never experienced true love. Victor said that when Ava was free from Nikolas, perhaps there would be hope for Victor and Ava.
Ava said that her marriage to Nikolas wasn't over, and she asked what Victor would use to hold over Nikolas' head, since Esme was still alive. Victor remarked that he wouldn't need to coerce Nikolas into a divorce if Nikolas had moved on. Victor walked away, and on his way out of the plaza, Eileen whispered to him that a favor she had called in had been handled. A pleased Victor left the plaza.
At Pentonville, Cyrus noted that Spencer had kept his distance since Victor's last visit. Spencer said that Cyrus had been out of line for having suggested that Victor was responsible for the attempt on Laura and Martin's lives, and he defended Victor.
Cyrus said he hoped his bond with Spencer would continue after Spencer's release from prison. Cyrus then produced a small ring-sized box, and he slid it across the table. Spencer said that he was uncomfortable taking a gift from Cyrus, who revealed that the gift was for Trina.
Spencer thought the gift, a matching pair of turtle doves, was a good idea. Still, Spencer surmised that he had caused Trina enough damage and that the best thing to do was to stay away from Trina forever. Cyrus encouraged Spencer to take the gift and to follow Spencer's heart. Just then, Victor entered the room, and he scowled at Cyrus.
Cyrus started to leave, but Victor asked him to stay to hear an announcement. "I have some news about my great-nephew's future," Victor exclaimed.
Elsewhere at the plaza, Alexis had tried to get Finn to open up to her about where things stood between Finn and Elizabeth. Finn said that the man Reiko had slept with was Elizabeth's father. Finn added that there was more to the story than just adultery, but he didn't divulge Elizabeth's full involvement. Finn claimed he had "stopped trying" with Elizabeth. Alexis asked if Finn loved Elizabeth. Finn refused to answer.
Talk turned to Alexis' coverage of the killer, and Finn speculated that Esme had gone to see Nikolas at Wyndemere on the night Elizabeth had been attacked at the pier. Finn said he didn't trust Nikolas, and he told Alexis that he was bothered that Elizabeth trusted Nikolas -- Elizabeth's friend of over 20 years.
Alexis wondered why Esme had been on the pier, as well as where Esme might be. Alexis' phone chimed, and she left to tend to business at the Invader. Finn remarked that Alexis had given him another piece of the puzzle that he had overlooked, and he left for Wyndemere.
At Wyndemere, Nikolas had phoned Elizabeth to check on Esme. Elizabeth was worried when she found Esme "unconscious" on the bed after learning that Esme's prenatal vitamins had all disappeared. Elizabeth thought that Esme might have swallowed the entire bottle of vitamins, and she said that Esme's stomach would need to be pumped. Just then, Esme jumped up, and she yelled for Elizabeth not to go near her.
Esme said she had thrown the bottle of vitamins away, but not before she had taken one. Elizabeth took that as a sign that Esme cared about the baby. Esme swore that she wasn't the Hook killer, and she told Elizabeth to ask Nikolas what had really happened on the night Esme had gone over the parapet.
Esme mentioned Ava's name. Elizabeth wondered what Ava had to do with anything, and Nikolas yelled for Esme to shut up. "Don't be shy. Tell Elizabeth how you and Ava thought you were rid of me forever until you discovered that I was carrying the heir to the Cassadine throne," Esme said.
Elizabeth was taken aback by Esme's claims, and she asked Nikolas what Esme had meant. Nikolas told Elizabeth that he would explain everything later, and he asked Elizabeth to go to the hospital to get more vitamins. Elizabeth thought Nikolas was trying to get rid of her. Nikolas said that Esme had shown signs of wanting to be a mother for the first time, and he wanted to seize the moment. Elizabeth sternly told Nikolas that their conversation wasn't finished, and she left.
Alone in the tower, Nikolas warned Esme that she had made a mistake. Esme said that Nikolas didn't scare her, and she thought that Elizabeth was too dedicated as a nurse to let something happen to Esme. Nikolas asked what Esme wanted.
Esme stated that one year for Christmas, a neighbor had taken her to choose a tree to chop down. Esme talked about how much the occasion had meant to her as a lonely child, and she pleaded with Nikolas to take her with him to find a tree that she could choose to have delivered to her room.
Nikolas waited until Esme had finished, and he coldly walked out of the room. Afterwards, Esme envisioned Ryan in the room with her. "Ryan" asked what Esme had planned with her idea to pick out a Christmas tree. "Don't worry, Daddy. I know exactly what I'm doing," Esme said confidently.
Downstairs at Wyndemere, Nikolas heard a knock at the door. Nikolas opened the door, and he saw Finn.
At Spring Ridge, Heather was stunned that Jeff had gone to visit her. Heather reminded Jeff that they shared a son together in Steven Lars. Jeff told Heather to stay away from his family, and he mentioned Heather's run-in with Cameron at Kelly's. Heather said that Jeff didn't care about his family, and she recalled that Jeff had "cut and run" from his family years earlier.
Just then, Ryan was wheeled into the room. Jeff glanced at Ryan, and he asked if Ryan was who Jeff thought he was. "The one and only," Heather remarked. Jeff again warned Heather to stay clear of his family, and he started to leave when Heather reached for his hand. Heather tried to flirt with Jeff, who seemed repulsed by Heather's advances.
After Jeff left, Heather approached Ryan. "If you could speak, I imagine we'd have quite a lot to discuss," Heather whispered to Ryan, who blinked his eyes once in response. After Heather walked away, Ryan balled his hand into a fist.
Later, at the hospital, Elizabeth stopped in her tracks when she spotted Jeff, who started to approach her.
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