General Hospital (GH) spoilers tease that Nelle Benson Jerome (Chloe Lanier) isn’t giving up on what she wants – and what she wants is custody of Wiley Quartermaine-Corinthos (Erik and Theo Olson). Despite Nelle’s half-heart pendant lucky charm, things haven’t been going her way in court at all.
For starters, Nelle did major damage to her case by marrying Julian Jerome (William deVry), who doesn’t have a stellar reputation in Port Charles. It took Diane Miller (Carolyn Henessy) about two seconds to make Julian look like garbage!
Then, Nelle’s own character witness turned against her. Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros) totally trashed Nelle as a lying, manipulator. The fact that Nelle blackmailed her way into her new marriage didn’t help – and neither did Nelle’s wild courtroom outburst.
All of this has added up to confidence for Diane, Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright), Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and Willow Corinthos (Katelyn MacMullen).
Since Nelle faced disaster after disaster in court, any judge would have serious reservations about handing a child over to this woman. However, this custody battle isn’t over yet!
General Hospital spoilers say Nelle will fight to the bitter end – and an old partner in crime could potentially help her out. GH fans will recall how Nelle and Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) worked together at one point, so Nelle will use that as leverage.
On Wednesday, August 5, Nelle will deliver strict orders. Valentin will be instructed to give Nelle what she needs or risk being blown out of the water. Nelle could destroy Valentin’s ELQ takeover plot and cause real issues for him if he doesn’t fulfill her demand. The question is: What’s the demand?
Let’s look at Nelle’s language here. Nelle will suggest Valentin should give her what she needs, so what does Nelle need? At the moment, that’s a victory and possibly some dirt.
Nelle’s hoping to score custody of Wiley – whether that be full or joint. Perhaps Nelle will rope Valentin into getting dirt on the judge and threatening him with it before the ruling.
A bribe is another possibility, but dirt seems like the best tactic here. That way the judge would have to face the threat of exposure. Money isn’t always a powerful enough motivator, but preserving your career and preventing a scandal for your family? That’s the kind of thing that can swing a case in someone’s favor.
Since Nelle’s exhausted all options and is in danger of losing, will she rely on Valentin to score the dirt she needs? That’s certainly something to consider, particularly since Diane thinks this case is a slam dunk. Diane warned Michael and Willow not to get their hopes up too high, but it’s clear that they all expect a win.
This is the perfect opportunity for Nelle to bust out a surprise strategy through Valentin – one that helps her score custody rights and rocks the Corinthos clan. Valentin might be willing to blackmail the judge since he’s so close to a victory of his own. We’ll provide updates as other GH news rolls in.
Do you think Nelle will win Wiley custody in a shocking courtroom upset? Even shared custody would be a shock for Michael and Willow at this point!
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