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AMC Recap – July 11 – July 15th

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Jackson wants some answers from “Erica” before making love to her; he suggests she get professional help to deal with the kidnapping. Jane/Erica says working at the hospital is all the help she needs.  Jackson asks her to talk to him but she says needs time. Jackson admits to Greenlee that he doesn’t buy Erica’s excuse for her strange behavior and fears he’ll never get her back. Greenlee tells her dad to fight for the woman he loves. Greenlee says Erica didn’t go to the spa and they wonder where she went and with whom. Madison asks Greenlee is she’s going to give her idea another chance and Greenlee admits she likes her pitch and is impressed by Madison’s transformation. Angie tells David she doesn’t doubt his talent as a doctor. He says the first patient he ever lost was his father who committed suicide. Giving Angie back her vision means more to him than she realizes. Griffin admits to Kendall she’s the reason he came back to PV and kisses her. They agree to take things slow. Ryan fills Griffin in on their plan to stop David. Griffin now understands David’s paranoia. Ryan explains their concern regarding David and Griffin agrees to help them out. Kendall looks at a photo of her and Zach after Griffin kisses her goodnight and her love for him is still there. Amanda tells JR she has HPV and it can cause cancer. She gets upset when he makes the situation about him and Marissa. JR asks if she plans to tell Jake what happened and Amanda’s not sure. JR goes to get tested but Cara says there isn’t a test for males. Jake tells Angie he’s working on having another baby with Amanda and has planned a romantic dinner for them.  Amanda tells Jake she doesn’t deserve all this. Madison tells David his advice worked. Jane is jealous when she sees David with the “fierce” looking Madison. She tells David that she handled Jackson by saying hospital business is helping her recover so now they have an excuse to spend time together. Greenlee overhears the two making plans for their next meeting.

Kathy wakes Tad from his dream about Dixie to ask if Cara’s mad at him since he slept on the couch. Tad says he and Cara are taking a time out. Tad tells Cara he will keep her safe and stay married to her. She apologizes for using the word “grateful” because he means so much more to her. As Cara prepares Kathy for school, Kathy shows her a picture of her mom, Dixie. Tad looks at a picture of him and Cara and then one of Dixie. JR dreams about a wedding night with Marissa and when he awakes he shares it with her. Marissa questions if Bianca scripted that for him too. She wants to know how much Bianca helped him. Marissa says he used Bianca and Scott was right, he is as bad as Adam. She wonders if there’s anything else he’s keeping from her. Marissa admits to Scott she doesn’t blame Bianca or JR but herself for being scared and taking JR back. JR finds his cousin comforting Marissa and thinks it’s a classic Chandler move. Scott surprises him by saying that he’s not like Stuart and JR isn’t half as bad as Adam. Adam would be disappointed in JR and Scott rubs it in that JR doesn’t own the mansion and that he’s just a tenant. All the stress leads JR to go and buy a bottle of alcohol. He stares at it until AJ shows up and says he’s so happy he and Marissa are back together. JR dumps the booze in an urn. Amanda has a nightmare in which her family is all around her and JR enters, saying they are all diseased. Jake tries to calm her down when she wakes up. Amanda hurries out while Jake’s in the shower and he goes to the hospital looking for her. Opal sees Amanda at Krystal’s and Amanda admits she had a one night stand but doesn’t say with whom. At the hospital, Jake and Tad share their feelings about their respective relationships and Jake is glad that Tad is the kind of guy he wants Cara to be with. He hopes Tad doesn’t let his past keep him from appreciating what he has. Jake talks to Cara and says if Tad makes her happy then she should go for it. In talking to Opal, Tad realizes he wanted Cara’s gratitude but he never wanted that from Dixie. Alone in the park, Amanda’s hearing voices of Cara telling her she has an STD and Jake saying she’s having a bad dream. When Jake shows up she tells him she has an STD. Bianca drops off to Scott a picture Stuart had given to her. As he’s about to go and get Marissa, Bianca says they need their distance. She admits playing Cyrano for JR and Scott’s upset JR used her. Bianca says she did it because she thought she could bring out the best in him and Scott hopes Marissa has seen there is no good in JR. JR asks Bianca why she told Marissa she was behind everything. Bianca tells him to stop thinking he’s the answer to Marissa’s prayers and hopes when Marissa finds the right person she knows and trusts it. JR thinks Bianca’s referring to Scott. Marissa finds Bianca in the park and says she misses her and that her better judgment is telling her to run from JR. Marissa takes Bianca’s face in her hands and kisses her. Dixie tosses and turns as she starts to come out of her sleep all while saying Tad’s name.

Bianca pulls back from the kiss and says she can’t do this; she doesn’t want to lose her best friend. Marissa’s hurt while Bianca thinks its better this way. Marissa tells Scott she just avoided making a huge mistake. Scott thinks she’s referring to JR and says he’s no good. Jake tells Amanda that he knows it must have been hard to hear from Cara that she has an STD and stresses that she must tell her former partners, including JR and David. Amanda admits she slept with JR after watching him and Cara in the tent. Jake blames JR for taking advantage of Amanda and blames himself for driving her to this after indulging in a fantasy of what he and Cara had. Jake says he doesn’t hate her but she feels a rift between them. Jake confides in Tad that Amanda slept with someone else but doesn’t say it was JR. Tad advises Jake to ask himself if he still wants this marriage. David finds JR just as he’s about to attend an AA meeting and Tad tells him to leave JR alone. Tad wonders what has JR on edge and all he’ll say is that Scott is undermining him as he tries to make things right with Marissa. JR’s staring at a drink on the bar and says he’s not bad enough to be Adam’s son but not good enough to be Dixie’s. Tad thinks if JR takes a drink he’s just confirming the voices in his head that are telling him he’s no good. Amanda finds JR and tells him she told Jake the truth and that he forgives her. She asks if he told Marissa about the STD and he says no. JR finds Marissa and asks her to admit there is something between her and Scott. She tells him it’s not Scott, its Bianca (Bianca overhears them talking). Bianca asks Kendall for some advice on love. Kendall admits she has feelings for Griffin and is upset that he’s put up a wall between them. As Dixie sleeps, she remembers holding JR as a baby and saying what big plans Adam had for him, but that he is her little boy too. She mutters in her sleep for Tad to save her baby.

JR thinks Marissa’s just trying to get back at him when she says she has feelings for Bianca and believes it’s just a front to cover that it’s really Scott she wants. Bianca and Marissa just stare at each other after Marissa’s declaration and JR thinks they’re playing games with him until Marissa says she’s falling in love. JR turns the tables and accuses Bianca of using Marissa to get back at him for what happened with Babe. Marissa tells JR she’s sorry; she wanted a new start and thought it could be with him. JR tells Marissa to get out, and alone, he takes a drink. Jane starts coming onto David and he pulls away, saying he has a meeting. Her mission is no longer to be the most famous woman, she just wants David, and if he doesn’t stay she will tell everyone she was blackmailed. David shoots back that Kendall could go to jail if the truth comes out but Jane doesn’t care about Erica’s family. In order to get Jane back under his spell David kisses her. As they begin to make love the fire alarm goes off and they go running out of the room only to find Greenlee. She questions how Erica could do this to her father and slaps David. David tells Jane she can blame what’s happened on the stress she’s been under. Griffin tells David they have a problem that Greenlee has started to remember. David thinks Ryan is getting too close. Opal tells Jackson she feels like she’s lost her best friend. Jackson’s tried to get Erica help but it hasn’t worked. Kendall asks Griffin what his deep, dark secret is and Griffin says he’s boring and has no secrets. She knows he’s holding something back and says he’s acting like Zach. Realizing what she’s said, Kendall fells bad that he came back to PV for her and she brought up Zach. Jane shows up at Kendall’s and finds Bianca, Opal, Jackson and Greenlee and they admit this is an intervention. Jane insists she isn’t drinking or popping pills but Kendall says it’s about something more dangerous, David.

JR asks Maya to lock the door after she catches him taking a drink. Tad shows up and he instructs Maya to get rid of the alcohol. Mookie finds her in the parlor and wants to know what’s going on and he grabs her by the wrist and asks why she’s hiding stuff for JR. JR tells Tad he doesn’t need to be checked on but Tad says he promised Dixie he’d take care of him. Tad admits that his relationship with Dixie may have been the best one he’ll ever have. JR fesses up to having just one drink and says that Marissa’s a lesbian. Jesse expresses his fears to Brot that if Angie gets her sight back she will realize Lucy is not theirs. In need of another job now that Mookie is working at the Chandler Mansion, Maya asks Frankie if his parents still need a babysitter. Frankie realizes her boyfriend must be the father of the baby she gave up. David tells Angie her stem cells are accepting the treatment and she thanks David and says he may have saved more lives than he’s destroyed. David says he didn’t save the people he loved the most. Angie tries to get him to open up but a phone call ends their conversation. Jane’s offended when Greenlee says David has her acting strange, not like herself. Jane says that she has changed since the kidnapping and maybe Jackson just doesn’t like it. Greenlee warns Jane that David will use her. Bianca and Kendall wonder why their mother hasn’t been there for them lately and Jane says they are grown women. Jane tells Opal that she’s sick of being her Gal-Pal. Kendall thinks “Erica” is sick. Just as Jane is telling everyone she loves David, he shows up. Jackson’s shocked by her confession and the fact that Greenlee knew about the two and disgusted, he leaves. Greenlee can’t believe she used to defend David and says there is no good in him. David makes his own announcement and gets down on one knee and proposes. Erica tells Ben she has to be honest about herself when writing her new book. She feels guilty for blaming her mother for her father’s absence. Confiding in Ben, Erica says she always wanted a loving father and talks about how she was raped which resulted in Kendall’s birth when she was only 14 years old. Erica says she thinks the reason so married so many men was because she was looking for a father figure. As Erica’s spilling her feelings she and Ben are startled by a knocking sound on the other side of the wall. A groggy Dixie reaches up for the star she drew on the wall and bangs on it, saying she has to get home.

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You wrote, “Marissa finds Bianca in the park and says… that her better judgment is telling her to run from JR. ” Marissa only said that her better judgment was telling her to run, and I’m pretty sure she meant run from Bianca and her feelings for Bianca. Hence Marissa’s statement that she would now “do the opposite” of what her better judgment was telling her to do, which leads her to kiss Bianca rather than run.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’ As Ava Learns The Devastating Truth About Ryan

Last week on key episodes of General Hospital, the truth was finally out that Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) was masquerading as his twin brother, Dr. Kevin Collins, and that Ava Jerome (Maura West) was an unsuspecting victim in all of this.  As the week began, Ryan and Ava had gone over the bridge, but Jason (Steve Burton) was able to save Ava and pull her back to the bridge, and that set the stage for a powerhouse series of performances by West.

On the bridge with Laura (Genie Francis), who is trying to make Ava comprehend the harsh realization that she has been with a serial killer this entire time, and not the real Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), Ava doesn’t believe what Laura is attempting to tell her.  She believes that Kevin had a mental breakdown.  Laura explains to Ava that Kevin is at General Hospital, while Ryan has been posing as him.  In Ava’s version of the situation, she thinks the switcheroo happened in the last 48 hours when Ryan wanted to whisk her away to be married.  Laura then tells Ava that Ryan switched places with Kevin months ago, and she has never been with Kevin.

It is a horrifying reality for Ava to grapple with as she insists that Kevin loves her.  However, moment by moment, Ava can no longer deny that harsh truth that is right in front of her.  She had sex with her daughter Kiki’s murderer the night she was killed, and she has been sleeping with the wrong man this entire time.

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In heartbreaking scenes, Maura, along with another wonderful performance by GH icon, Genie Francis, illustrated the raw pain and devastation of a woman who has been so blindsided by love, violated, and deceived all at the same time.  The scene where Laura holds Ava on the bridge as she collapses with anguish was soap gold.  But, never underestimate Ava Jerome!  You know she will get her payback.

In another episode, a now drunken Ava heads to the GH to see Kevin for herself, but finds Franco (Roger Howarth).  First, she blames Franco, then he makes her understand that it was Ryan who murdered people and deceived everyone.  He was just helping the PCPD snuff out the serial killer.   She tells Franco that Ryan made her feel like a goddess and that he worshipped her and helped her in her time of need following Kiki’s death.  Ava tells Franco that she hopes Ryan’s still alive so she can kill him herself!

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And still in another moment, Ava runs into the real Kevin in the hospital hallway.  Ava loses her grip and slaps him in the face accusing him of killing her daughter.  Scott (Kin Shriner) pulls her off Kevin, and tries to get her to understand that Kevin was in surgery at GH when she was with Ryan in Niagara Falls.

Sitting down with Ava, Kevin apologizes for what Ryan did to her and everyone else.  Kevin thinks she needs to speak with a therapist, but not him and he will recommend someone.  Later, alone in the hospital corridor, Ava sees a poster of Kevin Collins and rips it to shreds as Scott comes by to calm her down. She sinks to the floor in sorrow over Kiki’s death, and how she ended up falling for Ryan.

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Scene after scene, moment after moment, you can’t get better than West.  Ava is a delicious complex character, who has been so unlucky at love, is so flawed, and at times so revenge-filled, and yet in the hands of the oh-so-skilled and talented Maura West, she has humanized Ava, so that we can’t help root for her to get back on her feet after she falls so far down, so we can witness what trouble she will stir up next.   All of this to say: Michael Fairman TV names GH’s Maura West the ‘Power Performance of the Week”.

So, what did you think about of Maura’s performances on  GH? Did Ava finding out the truth about Ryan live up to everything you hoped it would be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Is Trapped With A Serial Killer

Ava Jerome (Maura West) got an eyeful on Thursday’s episode of General Hospital when she finds Carly (Laura Wright) gagged and knocked out in the trunk of “Kevin’s” (Jon Lindstrom) car.  Just then, Carly begins to open her eyes, but Ava is stunned when she finds “Kevin” standing behind her.   When Ava is trying to process what she just saw and her groom’s reaction to the sight of Carly in the truck of his car, he tosses it off, and lets her know he has a handle on everything and to go back to their motel room and wait for him.

Later, in their motel room in Niagara falls, Ava considers calling 911, but in that moment decides against, and begins to think that “Kevin” has had a mental breakdown as he has in the past.  When he shows up, “Kevin”asks Ava to trust him,  But when Ava asks why Carly was in the trunk of his car, he responds that it’s a wedding gift for his bride-to-be.

Meanwhile, the manhunt is on for Ryan Chamberlain as the real Kevin Collins has now been admitted to General Hospital.  Chase (Josh Swickard) fills Lulu (Emme Rylan) in on what is going down and she finally remembers it was Ryan, not Franco (Roger Howarth), who stabbed her, and she was his victim when Ryan hypnotized her to believe Franco was the serial killer.

Laura (Genie Francis)is on her way to Niagara Falls with Jason (Steve Burton), who is going to find Carly and bring her home as he is worried sick about his best friend.  Cameron (William Lipton) who is in the Falls with Joss (Eden McCoy)and Oscar (Garren Stitt), who has had a major seizure, runs into Ryan, but doesn’t know it, until he has a phone call with Liz  (Rebecca Herbst) who fills him in that Franco is not the murderer, but Ryan is.  Cameron has the tip to help all, with the name of the motel where Ryan is at.  Liz phones Laura and she and Jason head off to find the motel..

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When Jason and Laura arrive at the cabin, Laura stays in the car as Jason grabs his gun and heads to Ryan’s room.   When an unnerved Ava tries to  tell “Kevin” that he must let Carly go and bring her back to Port Charles safely before they get married, he informs  Ava there is nothing for her to worry about.  He has already taken Carly five miles east of the motel.  Next thing you know, the scene transitions to a shot of Carly lifeless on the ground.  We go back to Jason, who kicks down the  door to Ryan’s room with his gun drawn.

So, what did you think of Ava’s reaction to a kidnapped Carly in the trunk of Ryan’s car? What will happen when Ava realizes she is with Ryan Chamberlain? Share your thoughts as this story heads to its major conclusion, or is it?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Carly Catches On To Ryan Leading To Dire Consequences

All of Ryan Chamberlain’s (Jon Lindstrom) recent machinations may come back to bite him this week on General Hospital. as all roads will lead to dramatic episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.  As GH Co-Head Writer, Shelly Altman tells Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now: “This is a can’t-miss week. So many trains are running down tracks that are certain (to collide) with a big bang.”

Viewers were left with an exciting cliffhanger on Friday’s episode which saw Carly (Laura Wright) standing behind Ryan in the parking lot now knowing that “Kevin” is Ryan.  How did we get here?  Earlier, after Carly finds Jason released from the hospital, she tells him about Franco’s (Roger Howarth) interview with Lulu (Emme Rylan) and that Franco called Ryan Chamberlain by the name of Tom Wilson.  She recalls the man in the room next to her when she was locked away at Ferncliff was named Wilson.  Jason (Steve Burton) begs her to stay away from the mental facility and to not put her unborn baby at risk.

Ava (Maura West) comes upon “Kevin” being bandaged at GH up after he claims Franco injured him when he went to confront him following Franco’s confessional interview of the serial murders, which was a set-up by Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) to lure the real killer out   After dancing around why he went to see Franco and “risking” his life, he asks Ava to run away with him tonight to Canada to get married.

Mac (John J. York) and Felicia (Kristina Wagner) try to help jog Lulu’s foggy memory about the night she was stabbed and attacked, and remember discovering there were two more potential victims in Ryan’s killing spree making it 9, when there used to be only 7.   Felicia asks Lulu how she learned about these new victims, and she explains Laura (Genie Francis) saw a list of Ryan’s victims in Kevin’s office.  Everyone wonders how Kevin got the names.  C’mon Lulu, get it together and remember what happened to you, the answer is right in front of you!

Liz (Rebecca Herbst) is stunned when Franco appears at her door, stabbed and bleeding out.  After tending to his wounds, she calls the paramedics, but before he passes out he tells her he did not do commit the murders, but Ryan Chamberlain did.   When Chase (Josh Swickard) arrives on the scene she relates what Franco said to him, but passes it off as Franco being delirious from his stabbing.

After Ava agrees to marry “Kevin”, she heads home to pack, but tells him she’ll meet him back at GH.  On her way to the elevator, Ava runs into Carly and announces to her enemy that she and “Kevin” are getting married, and exits.  Then, Mac and Felicia arrive as Carly thinks this is too insane to be true, and Felicia thinks Ava must be lying.

In Jordan’s hospital room, Nina (Michelle Stafford) goes through Jordan’s purse in order to get her keys so she can get Curtis (Donnell Turner) some new clothes while he is waiting for his wife to come out of surgery. However, she sees Jordan’s phone has a voice mail marked “urgent” and hands it to Curtis who looks very distressed.

In the hospital garage, Ryan stores his lock box containing all of his victim’s licenses in the trunk of his car.  When he closes the trunk, Carly is standing behind him.   Showdown time!

So, will Ava and Carly have to team up to bring down Ryan?  How do you think Ryan’s reign of terror will comes to a conclusion? Share your thoughts via the comment section below?

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