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GH's Jason Thompson and Finola Hughes Named "Power Performances of the Week"!

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No, you are not seeing double! On-Air On-Soaps again names General Hospital’s Jason Thompson (Patrick) and Finola Hughes (Anna) this week’s Power Performances of the Week – two weeks running!  However, the scenes that they are being recognized for this past week are from episodes revolving around Robin’s funeral.

There was not a dry eye in the house, as so many viewers have tweeted us, when Patrick tried to get ready to go to Robin’s funeral and struggled to get ready while seeing visions of Robin (Kimberly McCullough).   But the most powerful and memorable moment occurred when a grief-stricken Patrick attempted to put his tie on.  With tears flowing, he sees a vision of Robin, and tells her, he doesn’t want to go to the funeral.   The emotions were so raw, so heartbreaking, and so touching.  Jason Thompson played a man completely lost without the love of his life, while trying to hold it together for his daughter, Emma, and preparing to go say good-bye to the woman who made him a better man.  It was Emmy worthy, to say the least, and featured five hankie moments.

And as for Finola Hughes, we have already given her kudos for her realistic portrayal of a grief-stricken mother, but when Anna addressed Robin’s family and friends at the funeral, nervously pacing at the same time, and trying to find the words to convey how much her beloved daughter meant to her, and all those close to her, Hughes also made us grab for the hankies! And who will ever forget the vintage Anna and Robin clips that were juxtaposed into her speech?  The one to this day that is a GH classic and that touches so many longtime viewers was when Anna and a little Robin run into each others arms after Robin was kidnapped! If Finola Hughes does not get an Emmy nomination next year, it will be deemed a crime!

Now, after the jump watch the scenes featuring Jason and Finola in this week’s Power Performances of the Week! Finola’s scene happens at 2:28 into the second clip. Then,  let us know if you agree with our picks.

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Alley

Very much deserved. FH and JT were simply amazing.

Debi

They were amazing. Patrick couldn’t have done a better job. That is how good he was. Him & Emma have chemistry like a parent and child!

My only complaint about all of this, was lack of people at Church, and switching to Ewan & Sam – Sonny & Kate scenes. Totally ruined it.

KatR

Jason Thompson in particular has rescued a story that was really not well thought out (Robin dies in a lab fire? What?) and has elevated it to “BJ dies/Maxie’s heart transplant” status. Just amazing.

Sue

Amazing moments, i waited till i had 3 hours clear to watch, well worth watching , GH just keeps getting better & better. Still missing OLTL but loving the changes on GH.

heidi

Agreed!!! They were very powerful performances and they both should win emmys! The whole cast that spoke at the funeral were great! Finally some appropriate time, attention and emotion for the death of Robin. I only wish Jason (SB) could have been there too!!!

Emily

Always like Anna and Patrick, the actors and characters. Not surprised about their extrodinary performances. Soaps are a great platform to witness and remember memorable moments/scenes. I have so many from GH, watching alot of’em all these yrs. I want to see more. Now, w/Patrick (esp) and Anna’s grief, more stand out memories that will stay in my mind for yrs to come.

Sharon

I agree!! JT and Finola were perfect!

Debbie Harris

I knew those scenes done by Jason T. And Finola H. were brilliant when I first saw them, but seeing them again made me see that they were Tremendous!! Just an Awesome job by both! Had me in tears a 2nd time. Kudos to Both!

Sandy

Michael, once again, you are so right with the performances of the week. Jason and Fiona were absolutely amazing. Anna’s eulogy for Robin was beautiful, and the flashbacks of a young Robin hugging her parents, and then being reunited with Anna after being kidnapped as a child…so perfect, especially with Anna saying how thankful she was to have been able to hug her daughter one last time before she died.

Jason once again was at his absolute best in the scenes where the vision of Robin woke Patrick up, then stood in the shower with him and, most heartbreakingly, the scene where Patrick was trying to tie his tie and she helped him. I’ve never been so broken by watching a scene as that scene…as this storyline…has made me. Patrick asking her if she was ready to go to the church with him, and her saying he had to do this on his own…and then him saying “I’m nothing without you, Robin.” It just proves once again that Jason Thompson can take what could be seen as the perfect scene, and make it even better.

Congratulations to Jason & Fiona on this much deserved honor!

Sandy

Should be “Congratulations to Jason and Finola,” not Fiona. My apologies for this spelling error.

Cathy

Simply amazing work! Kudos!

missy

Heartbreaking Emmy Winning Performances by both Finola and Jason! So talented

Suzie

Couldn’t agree more with the accolades for these two phenomenal actors and their performances. What a week for GH and their loyal viewers !!! If you don’t watch GH,
nows a great time to come on board 🙂

KaShi

Wonderful performances. I would much rather have Robin alive, but these performances were certainly Emmy worthy.

Kara

Watching the tie scene again and still crying just as hard as the first time

Cathy

Met Finola at Super Soap Weekend ten years ago at Disney’s Calif Adventure. A very nice person and so glad to see her back on GH just in time for Kim’s exit.

Jules

That tie scene should go down in the history of GH as one of the greatest moments. I was absolutely gutted watching this widower long for his wife back. Jason slayed it. It was one of my most beautiful moments I’ve ever seen on television, and I was genuinely moved to tears and choked up by it. Superb work.

Debi

I was quite surprised at the numbers. Though without a doubt the Robin death story was ridiculous, along with Robert’s 2 day appearance, and the fact it took 3 weeks to bury her, I still see tiny improvements. So I did expect better numbers.

Never mind the hideous DID storyline with Kate that Ron is known for. We didn’t care to see it. We wanted more Robin’s death played out.

The BEST of the past 3 weeks were the videos of Robin along with other people (past) who were the core of GH back in the day. That was wonderful to see. Anna & Patrick were PERFECT actors.

Yes I am surprised the numbers didn’t go up a pinch.

And now we have a tacky rooftop party to look forward to with a bunch of ‘fill in’s that will be paid $1 for there scenes.

kay killgore

Both FH & JT are what has made this story tolerable! Kudos!!

TinaP

Well deserved by both, Finola Hughes and Jason Thomas, they have simply been outstanding in their performances. They are the reason I’ve been tuning in!

Jan H

Couldn’t agree with you more!! JT and FH have been beyond amazing! I will be stunned if JT doesn’t get an emmy for these!!!

carol

Jason and Finola were great this past week. Too bad GH had to wait so long for her funeral and to make the death of this wonderful character more about Jason and the disrespect to her husband by a selish Sam. It would have been nice to have more family interaction than have the leech Liz be at the house and making decisions. Jason and Kimberly gave us SCRUBS. Thank You for that, Best of luck to Kimberly in her Directing career. We will miss you. Thanks for 6 plus years Jason & Kimberly The tie scene only should win Jason his Emmy.

aria

I totally agree with the praise, JT/FH were awesome, i can’t say it enough, GH needs to put FH on contract asap, and keep her around, as for JT, its obvious he brought so much of his personal feelings into patrick lost. It’s clear he truly misses his acting partner. It’s also been great seeing those old clips from GH great past, Keep it up GH.

memetoo

ITA. Beautiful performances by both Finola and Jason.

Vicki

Amazing performances by Jason & Fiona. Patrick struggling to get ready for the service was gut wrenching. The tie scene had my chest hurting. Having lost my SO suddenly almost 8 years ago, these scenes portrayed my feelings then. He is so lost. I cannot put into words how moved I was by Jason’s performance.

ethel

michael you are so right – acting at it’s best – phenomenal!!

Debi

Michael, I have a question. I know that there is suppose to be a decision made in 2 weeks about GH. Could tptb extend them for 6 more months, and then see how they are doing before cancelling?

cindy

I agreee both actors did a fantastic job.
I love Finola Hughes and her acting in these scenes didnt surprise me. She is an incredible actor and she really delivered.
I’m so glad she is back on GH.

B.J. Reese

I’ve never been a big fan of the character “Patrick”, but Jason Thompson really showed me what *he* can do in the past week. I can’t remember when I have seen such moving and believable performances. He has simply been terrific. I sure hope he wins an Emmy for this work. He so deserves it.

Finola is always good, so there was no surprise there. 🙂

Michael S.

Finola and Jason knocked it out of the ball park! Such raw emotion and totally real. These performances are why I watch GH!

I do think that Jen Lilley deserves an honorable mention for her performance too. She actually humanized Maxie and was totally convincing of a person racked with guilt and who’s grip of reality is unravelling before our very eyes. I was skeptical when she came on board to fill Kirsten’s shoes but she’s done a bang up job recently.

Lisa

The acting since Robin’s death has been superb.
Finola’s performance as an anguished mother struggling to come to terms with the death of her only child were bar none.
But I think my heart is really aching for Patrick…I have replayed many of the scenes from the last few episodes and I weep every single time.
Kudos to Jason Thompson for knocking it out of the park.

Rae

Jason and Finola have been superb! Jason, in particular, has had me crying my eyes out! He has been absolutely OUTSTANDING – the scenes when he was trying to get to Robin , finding out Robin was dead and breaking down at the sight of a body under the tarp in the lab, telling Emma about her mommy – he has knocked them all out of the balpark. But the scene when he was trying to fix his tie – it blew me away! I don’t think I have ever seen an actor show such raw emotion – he better win an Emmy for this – he completely deserves it!

Lisa

Agreed Rae…I just watched it again – and am in tears …again.
I’m just wowed by the performances.
Emmy worthy !!

Christy

wow and after watching yesterday’s show – that was some great acting on the hospital? roof between Finola and Jason – Again! let’s see if they get the honor 3 times in a row!

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GH’s Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Talk Their Love Connection & The Demands Of Daytime

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After presenting for the first time together, at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys since they’ve been a couple, Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter aka Henrik) of General Hospital have certainly been in the throes of a romantic, fun, and cherished relationship. The two former stars of Guiding Light reconnected last year at Emmy time. Now, sharing their over one year anniversary, Michael Fairman TV caught up with Laura and Wes to get some insight into what makes their relationship work amidst the hustle and bustle, and pace of both being on a network television daytime drama series, and with the pressures of Hollywood where often relationships between two actors seem to start hot and heavy but then fizzle out.

If you caught this week’s GH, you witnessed that the town of Port Charles has found out that Peter is the notorious Cesar Faison’s son, and the ramifications that will be felt for weeks and months and potentially years to come. Meanwhile, Carly is in all sorts of trouble, thanks to naughty Nelle (Chloe Lanier). Nelle is making Carly look awfully unstable and what happens next could change Carly’s life forever.

So, what do these two lovebirds have to say about their relationship and their passion for working on the soaps? Check out what they had to share below. 

Wes, you had met Laura originally years ago on Guiding Light.

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Wes: Yes, 15 years ago in New York.

And what did you think of her then?

Wes: Well, I was smitten, but I had to keep it to myself.

You had to keep it under wraps, huh?

Wes: Yep!

Laura: I was married then.

Wes: She was pregnant with her second child.

Laura: And he’s a good Kentucky boy.

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Wes: Uh-huh! But we would run lines in the green room and I would try very hard to make sure she didn’t catch me staring at her… too often. But we laughed, and had great conversation.

Laura: I would always say, “Wes, will you run lines with me?,” because I would want to run my lines.

Wes: We never had story together, but she always knew I was game to hang out with her for a moment.

It’s good when you’re in a relationship with someone and you can laugh with them. You seem to be able to do that a lot!

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Laura: Oh, gosh. I think that’s all we do.

Wes: Yes, yes, yes, yes…

Laura: Like, we belly laugh. It gets to the point where people would think we were ridiculous. We’ll say things and just think it’s the funniest thing ever and people would be like, “You guys have a problem …” and we’re like, “Yeah.” (Laughs)

Laura, and then he comes back into your life years later…

Wes: That’s right, it was Emmy weekend 2017.

Laura: I totally was not expecting it at all. Even when I gave him my number I walked away going “huh…”

You mean you thought he wouldn’t call?

Laura: No, I didn’t feel that… because he hit on me hard. He’ll tell you that.

Wes: I still am hitting on her.

Laura: I remember I walked away quick after he got my number. I was like, “Oh, my God … I gotta go.”

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Wes: There was an assertiveness on my part that was for sure 15 years in the making. I did not expect to run into her. I also did not expect for her to tell me that she was recently single. In that split second, it was one of those, “stop the presses!” moments. Like, you need to give me your number, I’m taking you to dinner.

Laura: I go, “Oh, be quiet! Are you like, 32, because I can’t do that.” (Laughs)

Wes: And I said, “Far from it.”

Laura: He’s like, “I’m getting ready to be 40.” And I’m like, “I can do that!”

Then, on top of all of this, Wes, you land a primo role on General Hospital. That of Henrik aka Peter, Cesar Faison’s son.

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Wes: Yes, a dream come true.

Laura: I’m going to jump in and say it’s a role that he worked all on his own for. He had to screen test against 8 plus guys, 3 different auditions, 2 different days.

Wes: That’s true.

Laura: I can’t say strong enough that the best actor got the role. Meaning, Wesley is so talented and has the ability to give this character the depth, and emotion, and layers that it needs to tell the story that needs to be told. I just think he’s incredible.

So, did you know from the get-go who you were going to be playing?

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Wes: I did not.

Laura: I did! (Laughs)

Wes: I’m thrilled that the writers have been giving me such incredible material to dive into.   Each month that goes by, it becomes more and more complex, and more and more layered and intense. I love the depth… I love the conflicts… I love the humanity… I love the desperation… I love the psychology behind it. It’s a very interesting story and a great journey to tell.

Laura: I was getting ready to say, where you mentally have to go to be the son of Faison and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)! To blend that together is amazing. It’s incredible to watch.

You used to run lines together on Guiding Light. Do you run lines together now on GH? It’s like a full circle moment.

Laura: We do, and we carpool.

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Wes: Something we were trying to manifest together. We thought it would be a lot of fun to work together one day.

Laura: The last week we worked, we didn’t. He worked all afternoon. I worked all morning. I was like, “Are they doing this on purpose?” I was so mad! I was like, “Why are you in the afternoon everyday?” (Laughs)

Wes: She lost her chauffeur. (Laughs)

Laura: I did! He always drives us to work. I also love when we both have afternoon calls, because we love having mornings together. So, I didn’t get my morning, nor did I have my chauffeur!

So, two actors can have a good relationship? You see so many Hollywood relationships with actors and they go bust. But that’s not always the case …

Wes: Oh, my God, yes.

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Laura: I’m going to say this; I think I can see it being more difficult for daytime

actors, because the work we do is so intense. I know the weeks he’s getting ready to go into, and I’m getting ready to go into. Where we go emotionally and psychologically to tell these stories, on the level that we tell them, as quick as we tell them, you kind of have to become really in a headspace. The fact that we can …

Wes: … the long hours …

Laura: Yes, and exhaustion! You really have to go, “Wow! It’s not about me right now. It’s about us individually as actors.” Thank God, we know the workload. I know what he’s getting ready to go through.

Wes: I have always had so much respect for Laura’s work. On Guiding Light, I’ve always been in awe of what she’s capable of doing. So, the level of respect is obviously there. But also, the understanding whatever it is that you need from a personal assistant in one moment… or a life partner in another moment … or a best friend in moment … or whatever it is in order to get through the day-to-day and the week-to-week, so we can do what we love to do. We know we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love.

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Laura was such a great co-host on my Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Nomination Specials, in particular when she talks about acting. It’s so rewarding to hear the other actors who are guests on the show listening to what Laura has to say about her craft and respecting the hell out of her.

Wes: Without a doubt. You can’t watch her work and not be in awe. It speaks for itself.

Laura: I just love the journey of going to the places that we go; to bleed for it.

Wes: Leave it all out on the floor.

Laura: I know that process. So, when I see another actor that’s bleeding, I just bow to them, because I know what it takes to go there. I know the work that Wesley does. When I see that he’s spent at the end of the day, I’m like, “Babe, I so get it.” So, I can see where it could be really difficult for people that haven’t been there, because it’s a lot of work and you’re spent. It’s hard! For us, that works.

What do you think of Laura and Wes’ love connection? What do you think of the latest developments for GH’s Carly and Henrik? Comment below.

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2018 Conclusion: Anna Learns Henrik Is Her Son, Maxie Has Her Son, Ava Wows, Mike & Sonny Duet!

In the most moving and exciting episode of this 2018 GH Nurses’ Ball, all roads lead to the truth about Henrik and how he is really living his life as none other than Peter August (Wes Ramsey).  First, Robert (Tristan Rogers) who has punched out by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) on stage drags him outside of the ballroom for his part in the cover[up.  Robert is worried about Anna’s (Finola Hughes) safety. Nina (Michelle Stafford) confronts her husband about how long he’s known who Henrik is.  She later figures out why he has been trying to whisk her and Charlotte out of the country.

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Onstage Mike (Max Gail) takes a mic, and makes a moment of saying he has Alzheimer’s and then launches into the song he remembers,“The Summer Wind.” As he sings, he imagines being accompanied by a big band as he proceeds to deliver a showstopper.  Suddenly, in reality, Mike is lost and disoriented … scared he stares around at the audience.  Sonny (Maurice Benard) gets up to the stage to help his dad by cluing him into the lyrics.  Sonny sings with Mike and gets him through the song.  They receive a standing ovation.

Ava (Maura West) who is preparing to perform her number comes across a moment between Kiki (Hayley Erin) and Griffin (Matt Cohen) backstage where they are in a hug.  Little does Ms. Jerome know that Griffin was consoling Kiki after her lewd run-in with Dr. Bensch (James DePaiva).   Then it is Maura West, who truly brings down the house for this year’s ball with her Ava’s rendition of “You Don’t Own Me.”  That tune was certainly a nod to all those that Ava feels have wronged her.  Yup! Sonny, Griffin and Kiki we think are some on her list!   Dressed in a white pant suit and accompanied by a bevy of male dancers, West knocked the interpretation of the song out of the park, to make it work for her character and the Nurses’ Ball.

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Elsewhere, Maxie (Kristen Storms) has gone into labor, and Peter is right there safely delivering her baby boy. Maxie is taken by paramedics to the hospital, while Peter calls Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) at Maxie’s urging to let him know what happened.  Spinelli has just found out, through Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) that Peter is Henrick!

Anna is walking into a trap on the pier as she waits for Henrick. When he appears, he has no idea that Anna is his mother, and thinks it’s all been a set-up.  He points a gun to eliminate her once and for all, but Anna says she has something to tell him.

The Nurses’ Ball concludes with a touching finale of “Champion” featuring: Epiphany (Sonya Eddy), Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Amy (Risa Dorken) and the other nurses.

So, what did you think of the final episode of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2018?  What did you think of the musical performances? Do you think Maxie’s baby will be OK? Will Anna be able to tell Henrik that she is his mom? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ryan Paevey Sends Out Touching Tweet On The Birth Of His TV Son On General Hospital!

On yesterday’s GH, viewers saw the tender moment when Maxie (Kirsten Storms) delivered her baby, who is the bio-son of her late husband, Nathan West.

When Maxie finds out she had a boy to carry on the legacy of her beloved husband, she is overcome.

Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan), who left the series earlier this year, took to Twitter upon seeing the episode and the image of the little baby that is his on-screen offspring.

He expressed: “Welcome to the world, little one …. it’s a scary place sometimes, and i so wish i could have been there to show you all the good stuff. Your mother loves you,and will take care of you and teach you …. watch out for her her for me will ya?”

Aaawww.  So many GH fans have been touched by the gesture, and how nice it is that it makes the whole journey and end of Nathan’s West story heartbreaking and bittersweet.

Were you touched by Ryan’s tweet?  Missing him on GH? Comment below

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