While investigating the murder of Tom Baker, Franco decides to become a P.I. His new venture is a smashing success as he begins to take on cases. But Julian Jerome decides to take matters into his own hands and ruin Franco’s business. Will Julian succeed in ruining Franco’s business, or will Franco be the hero of Port Charles as a P.I.?
Franco Baldwin – Roger Howarth
Julian Jerome – William DeVry
Elizabeth Webber – Rebecca Herbst
Alexis Davis-Jerome – Nancy Lee Grahn
Jason Morgan – Billy Miller
Sam McCall-Morgan – Kelly Monaco
Sonny Corinthos – Maurice Benard
Carly Corinthos – Laura Wright
Michael Corinthos – Chad Duell
Nelle Hayes – Chloe Lanier
Scott Baldwin – Kin Shriner
Nathan West – Ryan Paevey
Maxie Jones – Kirsten Storms
Claudette – Bree Williamson
Valentine Cassadine – James Patrick Stuart
Nina Reeves Cassadine – Michelle Stafford
Franco enjoyed investigating Tom Baker’s murder that he decided to become a P.I. So after he got his license to investigate crimes, he hung up a shingle outside his studio, Franco Baldwin, P.I.
As soon as he open his doors, a young lady came into his studio, out of breath.
“Are you Franco Baldwin?” the lady asks.
“Yes I am.” Franco replies.
“I need your help!” the lady says, afraid.
“What can I help you with?”
“My boyfriend is trying to kill me!”
“Have a seat!” Franco says to the scared lady, as she takes a seat across from him. “Now why do you think your boyfriend is trying to kill you?”
“I witnessed him kill someone!”
“And just who would that be?”
“I saw him kill Julian Jerome!”
“What?” Franco says in disbelief. “Julian is dead!”
“Yes. I saw it with my own eyes!”
“And you’re boyfriend is the one who did it?”
“Yes. And now he wants me dead!”
“Do you have a safe place to go?” Franco asks the lady.
“I’ve been staying at my sister’s.”
“Okay, can you still stay there?”
“Yes. So far my boyfriend hasn’t found me. I took a risk coming here.”
“Well, let me escort you back there and I’ll get on the case.”
After Franco escorted the young lady to her sister’s, he didn’t realize he was being followed. By none other, than Julian Jerome, who had faked his death so he could ruin Franco’s P.I. business. The lady was a front so Julian could make sure Franco’s business was ruined. He couldn’t have Franco messing around in his affairs and spying on him.
As soon as Franco left the young lady’s home, she quickly left her home and went to Derek Wells Gallery via the text she received.
“So, did Franco fall for your story?” Julian asked the girl, who took off her disguise to reveal herself as Blair Cramer.
“Yes, I think he bought my story.” Blair said to Julian.
“Good, Ms. Cramer, because I have more for you.”
“And what would that be?” Blair asked worried.
“I want you to kill Franco!” Julian ordered.
“Kill Franco!” Blair said, confused as to what Julian wanted. “I thought that murder wasn’t in the plan?”
“Well, Franco is a loose cannon and I can’t have Franco messing around my business.” Julian explained.
“I’m sorry, Mr. Jerome, but I can’t fulfill the assignment.” Blair flat out told Julian.
“Well, Ms. Cramer, I say you will, or I will reveal your secret if you don’t! Do I make myself clear!” Julian demanded.
“Yes, Mr. Jerome.” Blair agreed. “This Franco will be terminated!”
“You may leave now!” Julian told Blair, who left Derek Wells Gallery to fulfill Julian’s request and kill Franco.
After Blair left, Julian was leary of Blair’s capability to fulfill the mission. Something about this Blair Cramer was somewhat odd. But he couldn’t figure it out.
Back at Franco’s studio, Franco walked into his studio to find Liz dressed in nothing but a towel.
“I’m sorry ma’am, but I think you’re a little underdressed.” Franco said.
“I’m sorry sir, but I really needed your help?” Liz said seductively, Franco pulled her into a kiss.
“Well, I’ll say that was just awesome.” Liz said when the duo finally came up for air.
“Thank you ma’am,” Franco said, “but I’m afraid that I’m just not that kinda guy.”
“Oh snap!” Liz said. “I was hoping for your help!”
“Well, how about you meet me at The MetroCourt at 5 pm for drinks and maybe a night out?”
“I think I will take you up on that.” Liz said. “It’s a date!”
Liz gave Franco a kiss before heading out of Franco’s studio, where she bumped into Blair, but not knowing what she had planned via Juilian’s orders.
As Liz went back to General Hospital, Blair headed inside Franco’s studio to kill Franco.
“Put ‘em up!” Blair said to Franco, who was surprised to see her.
“I’m sorry, but who are you?” Franco asked as he put his hands up in the air.
“I’m about to kill you and you ask who I am?” Blair asked.
“Yes, because I don’t think you’ll go through with it and pull that trigger.”
Blair stood holding the gun, her hand shaking to the point, that she couldn’t get her finger on the trigger to pull it. Franco reached out and grabbed the gun from Blair’s hand.
“My boss is going to kill me!” Blair said sobbing.
“Your boss ordered you to kill me?” Franco asked her.
“Yes, he doesn’t like your new P.I. business and wanted you out of commission.” Blair revealed.
“Just a guess but does your boss have the initials, JJ?”
“Yes, how did you know?” Blair asked him.
“Just a hunch.”
“I don’t know why I agreed to Mr. Jerome’s mission.” Blair revealed. “I knew the first time I saw you, I wouldn’t be able to do what he wanted.”
“The first time we. . .” Franco began to say, then it hit him what she was saying. This woman was the young girl he had found and tried to help. So it was all a set up and she was working for Julian Jerome. But why? What did Julian have on her?
“Ma’am, can I have your name?” Franco said, already in detective mode.
“It’s Blair. Blair Cramer.” Blair said.
Then it hit him. “You’re not the Blair Cramer from Llanview?”
“Yes, I am. Why?”
“Because I knew you’re boyfriend.”
“I’m sorry. My boyfriend?” Blair asked confused.
“Yes, your boyfriend. Father of your two children—Todd Manning.”
“How do you know Todd Manning?” Blair asked confused.
Franco thought back to his days in the marines and to the day he met Todd Manning. He couldn’t believe the resemblance they both had. It was like they were brothers. They looked so much alike. He wondered what had happened to Todd Manning, besides marrying and having kids.
Franco remembered the day he and Todd Manning met. They pulled pranks on the drill sergeant switching places with each other to fool the drill sergeant and their comrades. It was great fun back in those days.
Franco’s reverie was interrupted by a knock on his door. When he went to answer it, he did a double take and was surprised to see Todd Manning at his front door.
“Todd?” Franco asked surprised to find him standing there.
“Franco, I need your help.” Todd pleaded.
“I’m sorry, you need my help?” Franco asked.
“My girlfriend.” Todd told him.
“Yes. She’s having an affair and I want to know with who.”
“Blair’s cheating on you?”
“Yes. She skips out on me at odd hours and she flakes on sex with me.”
“That’s your proof?”
“What else could it be?” Todd asked.
“Well, maybe she has a job?” Franco encouraged Todd to think something other, knowing what Blair tried to kill him because of Julian Jerome.
“A job?” Todd asked confused. “Why would Blair need a job? I give her everything she needs?”
“Maybe she needs more in her life than love to validate her.” Franco offered suggestions.
“My wife needs more than me?”
“Or maybe she was forced to do something she didn’t want to do?” Franco hinted.
“What would she be forced to do?”
“Who would she kill?”
“Me.” Franco confessed.
Todd spit out the water Franco just gave him, “I’m sorry, are you saying my wife was here trying to kill you?”
“Why would she kill you?”
“Because she was forced to. . .by a guy named Julian Jerome.” Franco told him.
“My guess is Julian had something on Blair.” Franco told Todd.
“What would this Julian Jerome have on Blair?”
“I don’t know but I was about to find out when you happened by.” Franco said.
“Well, find out and let me now.” Todd said. “And it was good to see you.”
“Yeah. You too.” Franco and Todd shook hands.
Well, it looked like he got his first case. Franco just didn’t think it would involve someone from his past.
Franco wanted to get to work on his case for Todd Manning, but Elizabeth came to him with a more pressing matter: why Liesl Obrecht was so intrigued about her sister’s arrest.
“Franco, I know you have other cases to work on, but I really need you to find my sister, but more importantly, I need you to find out why Liesl Obrecht wanted my sister behind bars?” Liz said heartbrokenly.
“Yeah, I was just thinking about that one when I saw her at the hospital yesterday.” Franco told her.
“So you’ll find out?”
“Anything for you you.” Franco said giving her a kiss.
“Thank you.” Liz said gratefully, with a kiss. “Somehow, I knew I could count on you.”
“Well, as much as I love your kisses, I’d better get to work getting the information you want.”
Franco left Liz at the hospital and went into undercover mode to follow Liesl Obrecht. He needed to know what she was up to.
He was shocked to find that he had followed Liesl to Finn’s hotel suite at The MetroCourt.
“What was she doing at Finn’s suite?” Franco said to himself as he watched her sneak into Finn’s suite.
But Franco got the shock of his life when he accidentally overheard a conversation between Nathan and Amy talking about his role in “Ask Man Landers.”
“Nathan is ‘Man Landers’?” Franco whispered to himself. “Shocking!”
That news would have to wait for now! Obrecht was more pressing than Nathan being ‘Man Landers.’ He had to keep an eye on Liesl and find out what she was up to. He waited for Liesl to leave Finn’s suite, then got his credit card and sneaked inside to see what Liesl was doing in Finn’s suite.
He was shocked to find a note lying on Finn’s table that read:
How does it feel. . .to lose what you love most!”
So, Hayden wasn’t her target! Finn was. Liesl wanted to hurt Finn by getting to Hayden!
Franco pulled his cell from his pocket and pushed Liz’s button, “Liz, I found what Obrecht was up to and you’re not going to like it.”