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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna Reveals Herself To Her Secret Son; Finola Hughes Delivers Power Performance!

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If you watched last week’s episodes of General Hospital, you know that the truth finally came to light.  Port Charles knows that Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is actually Henrik Faison.

In the scenes where Peter aka Henrik and his bio-mother Anna (Finola Hughes) have a showdown on the pier, Henrik wants to shoot Anna thinking she’s trying to dupe him into believing she is his mother.  He is in for the shock of his life when Anna reveals that she actually is! This comes to light as Jason (Steve Burton) finds Anna and Henrik together, and wants to kill Henrik for his role in keeping Jason captive for five years.  Anna doesn’t want Jason to harm her son.

As Finn (Michael Easton) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) all envelop the scene, it is Finola Hughes who once again this week turns in yet another power performance as the emotionally overwrought, guilt-ridden mother, who must face the consequences of her actions with a son who despises her.  Add to that, the lies that she told to her family and friends, and the ramifications of what to do next now that Henrik wants no part of her, and this story point gave Hughes some material to sink her teeth into.

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Later, in an emotional scene with Finn, Anna doesn’t understand how she missed all the clues that Peter, who was hiding in plain sight in Port Charles, was actually Henrik.  She finally confesses that is why she pushed Finn away from any romantic entanglement. Then, in a painful recall, Anna explains her past with Cesar Faison, and how she gave up their baby.  She never tracked the baby over the years, and she thinks, if she had, maybe his life would have been different.

In a major showdown, Anna storms into Valentin’s (James Patrick Stuart) screaming at him that she almost shot her own son tonight!  She accuses Valentin of setting this all in motion, because he despises her, and he deliberately gave Peter to Cesar, and put him in the nefarious villain’s path.  Valentin confesses it gave him leverage over her. Anna is outraged that she handed a child to a “monster.” Valentin claims he has been haunted by his decisions his whole life.

All in all, whether you like the story turn …don’t like a rewrite of history … whether you’re on board with the story, (and many fans have not been) … Finola Hughes continues to show why she is one of the finest actresses of this genre, or any other.  Hughes plays Anna vacillating between emotional mother, tough agent, while displaying a vulnerability. And let’s be real … is there anyone stronger than Anna Devane?

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So, did you think Finola delivered this week’s Power Performance?  Comment below.

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Celia
Celia

Personally, I am not on board with this story. I am not in-like with Anna or Finn, as they are being written. Perhaps, I am the only one, but, this plot, story, whatever, is not interesting.
I do not like Peter….I’d rather have Faison back. The only consolation is Robert, and Drew…..watching Scorpio in action is a plus….and I want Drew to get his memory back.
And, speaking of passe’ actors, how about Laura and Liesl? I want them back….to be honest, more so than Anna….unless her persona goes back to its original form….or at least, the way she was when I joined this group.
Furthermore….let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Enough of the cat and mouse game between Ava and Griffin—let’s talk about Kiki and a baby with Griffin. Hmmmmm. Sort of like Carly—reversal roles…
Let’s talk about how silly and stupid this hush-hush business about Dr. Perv, with which Kiki has begged Michael to keep to himself.
Really? In these “let’s talk” times? How could her job be on the line? She has a cell phone….record the guy!!
This story could be so 21Century and then some; so indulging the times; so relevant with everyday life on the job. It would be great if Kiki, Michael and Griffin set Dr Perv up. Now, that’s a story!!!!!!! Give Kiki some spunk instead of making her look like a helpless girlie-girl. He is blackmailing her…DO SOMETHING KIKI…
I’d be on this perv’s back like ehite on rice….literally pulling his hair and pounding his fithy, sick head.
And…..C’mon, writers—-end this part of Anna’s story….at least, make it short.

Patrick
Patrick

SHUCKS – it’s too much. just after seeing the “thread” how GH has FALLEN to last and/or 4th. the new FEATURE @GH. Drew will align himself with Andre.. and do what it takes to get his memory back. STAT : every since DREW left Sam… he has become MORE watchable… and INTERESTING.. I love his camaraderie with Oscar. his RELAXED mode with Kim. it’s all systems go, isn’t it ?

GAWD : I am truly sick of Alexis by now. why does that not happen… because I enjoy seeing her stupid ?!?! ONCE AGAIN she disses Julian… he shows up dastardly primed and wowzah.. complete with CAlla Lillies ? so far so good.. SHE is the ONE who goes in for the kiss… she balks and ROAR !!!!! ???? she does it again… WHO NEEDS THIS ? for Julian… as he tells her he’s just not complete without her… shows him the door… FORGET ABOUT IT. OVER you Alexis… GH has go to dump Alexis and with dumped Finn. let these two partay till the show has it’s last harrah. BAM! ’nuff said on these dead two

Celia : do we all honestly think – at this point in time… over three years now.. since this regime took over .. after RC left ? that they have the energy drive and bullet to show any thing? I say this because I am also sick… of what may never be for Ava… A solid give and take… surprise surprise for Ava worth… she nurse balled it.. sung and danced a storm

one MORE sick… and this is the best doozy. Laura Wright Carly. IF EVER – THERE IS TIME… TO ACT. Frank Valentini you trudge your #1 act and spokesperson when you think she’s necessary … to get the show sparked. i’m tired of her.. justly so… your mind must be mush… to day in and day out.. FEATURE the twosome you thought… would bring you accolade award and your showmanship SUNK

if this show is in fact in the brink of cancellation… it’s all on “YOU”. you featured Sonny and Carly. these two will go down infamy of killing the show they – trot trot trot – one’s always humbled and the other pom poms so loudly SCREECH i’m sick of Carly.

THIS is your time Laura Wright to enter that mental institution and … oh ….

what will the GH writers parade ?

Harry
Harry

Patrick, Anna is one of my favorite characters but I don’t like her in this story at all. If you told me a year ago I would be fast forwarding through her stories, I would have told you that you’re crazy. And now she’s suddenly in protective Mama bear mode over this cretin? I don’t buy the story, it’s not character driven and it’s full of more holes than Sponge Bob. And I am sorry as I know I am in the minority but I just don’t feel that Parking lot Peter is strong enough of an actor to rise above this badly written story line. Yesterday he was in a scene with Tristan Rogers, and it was clear he was out of his depth. Peter sounded like he was reading and when a stiff reading of lined is juxtaposed against the natural flow of dialogue as delivered by Rogers, the contrast is glaring. He’s just not very good (in my opinion, of course). Now, I have done another complete 180 on Alexis. She has been annoying me with her adolescent behavior but yesterday, while talking to Kevin, she spoke about her proclivity to be drawn to bad boys who are bad for her. Alexis showed her vulnerability and she was quite sweet in her scenes yesterday. I do love her friendship with Finn. I almost feel Nancy asked for this scene and it was badly needed. Her dialogue was well written, well acted and believable. So every now and then GH does get it right.

Patrick
Patrick

harry : thanks for posting… I can’t always be debby downer.. after all .. on any given day… the doling of nuggets every now and then… surprise. I like.. and even appreciate the light hearted juxtapose… with both Alexis and Finn. as I’ve posted.. since GH MUST have these characters in our orbit.. then so be it… I’m just GLAD and even surprised that posts have shared that these two have something. flesh that out more. if posts cannot see JUlian and Alexis; AND think Anna and Finn have something… argh! as you posted.. ie: Heinrick w/Robert. no point… WOAH. seeing Finn with Anna. same difference. Anna was so in her element with Paul Hornsby… AND I see a natural connect with Valentin.

Patrick
Patrick

forgot to add. however, one finds Alexis character.. be it fiction or otherwise… I hate the virtuoso… Alexis ! have some FUN. any way.. I hated the way Ava … groveling back to Griffin… still love the comment from Scotty awhile back… wanted Ava to go out with him for dinner and drinks… Lamented.. Griffin has no personality. Roared. so she shows up naked. I don’t know if Griffin went all the way… as just last night he bedded Kiki. retread.. coming from Ava being stung

Harry
Harry

Patrick, Celia and dmr, we seem to be on the same page here. Griffin is a weak character. He puts on an this pious act and yet, he seems morally challenged. He was a priest when he slept with Nathan’s first wife, Claudette. And now, because he split a whole bottle of champagne with Kiki he jumps into bed with her? Not only can he not hold his liquor, he can’t keep his zipper up. When you couple his morally corrupt behavior with his uppity, pious and judgmental character, what you have is a weak character with not much of a future ahead of him. I agree about Ava and Scotty–perfect match and a whole lot of fun.

Celia
Celia

Great post, Patrick!!

dmr
dmr

Harry, I agree. Parking Lot Peter does not have the acting “chops” to pull of this storyline. That point is proven when he is in scenes with actors such as Tristan Rogers. Wright’s boyfriend acts creepy like Norman Bates while reading Shakespeare. He’s just awful.

Celia
Celia

Oh, how I agree, Harry!!
What’s the point of repeating things over and over again? An effort in futility, I say….so, go with the flow?
And, who says you’re in the minority?
How does a mother ( Anna) suddenly become obsessively protective of a child of whom she did not even know the gender of said child?
Wouldn’t she have confided in someone? Too out there in space somewhere.
I’m glad we both saw Alexis’ vulnerability…..it took me a few years, but, I really, really like her. I finally got into her head. I’ve always liked Nancy, but Alexis, sans Julian, came out as herself and I like what I see.
Now, you, Timmm and Jimh usually have a good handle on what’s to come. I do not like Peter, nor his story and all the trimmings…..
However, we’re stuck with him……who do you think kidnapped him? Faison? Liesl?

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

And, again, Patrick, I must salute you! Your commentary to Valentini on Carly and Sonny are insightful and spot on!

KM Chiz
KM Chiz

I wholeheartedly agree. I’ve always been a Finola Hughes fan and will forever be. I love the character of Anna Devane and struggle to find any enjoyment with the current storyline. However, I can’t deny how absolutely fantastic Finola’s performances have been and for that reason alone I have developed an appreciation for GH’s decision to take us down this dark and twisted path.

Patrick
Patrick

A – N – Y ; drama ; that could have ensued ; between Anna and SON… has spiraled… LAY blame on Valentin. WITH all the cards stacked up ; for Wes Ramsey.

1. he’s the one who “rescued” Jason. Faison ordered him to kill Jason… alas, Jason was institutionalized and drugged. YAWN 5 years later (etc… etc… etc ) guess we have to read the book on all of his trials and tribulations… I need a hero… I wonder if he’s good in bed

blah blah blah… thereby each character … that coulda woulda shoulda went at it with each other… don’t have to. all the questions all the anger all the reasons to “hate” each other

went out the window as soon as Anna told Heinrick … it was all Valentin fault. Valentin threatened your adoption family and returned you to Faison

when the “arrest” and discovery was going on… ADD the interrogation room at PCPD.. I saw NO eye connect that meant any thing. NO FEELING… can you imagine the same thing going on with Michael Easton… Anna has two sons

theres an interesting article out on the internet:

@SHOWBIZ 411 by Roger Friedman : HEADLINE

ABC Daytime Is Down to Just One Show– “General Hospital”– as “The Chew” is Cancelled, “The View” is Under ABC News
■Media
■Television

by Roger Friedman

EXCERPT: “…Now “General Hospital” teeters on the brink of extinction. After falling to 4th place out of 4 soaps two weeks ago, the show made slight rebound to 3rd place for the week of May 7th to the 11th. But the total viewership, at 2.290 million, is down at least 400,000 viewers. ”

ROUGHLY – ESTIMATED : GH is down 400,000 viewers. SO NOT GOOD. this sickens me. HELP . Frank VAlentini – THINK

I detest when an actor and/or character is so propped. per his article with Laura Wright. it was so bubblegum and
disgust… to show such little regard for this genre… Like I am more likely to say… with FV dullard showcase. simply collecting a paycheck.

dmr
dmr

Laura Wright has to make him look good and successful. He was an out of work actor, dropping her off at work, when he got the job-in the parking lot. It’s embarrassing. She’s 47. Now, she has him on every GH Fantasy Event bill. He’s 40, never been married, no children. He’s wet behind the ears to say the least, and needed a job.

Harry
Harry

I have heard of stage mothers but stage girl friends?

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

“stage girl friends”: HYSTERICAL!!!

On a weird tangent, something I have wondered about and now finally put into print: is it at all possible that the character name “Peter August” is a nod to the wonderful Peter Taylor character who had an affair with the great Augusta McLeod character in the 1970s? I personally suspect it’s coincidental as the 1970s are largely forgotten by TPTB. But for this long-ago viewer, it’s a comforting thought…

Shay
Shay

Greetings, Gentleman James! I found your “tangent” anything but “weird!”…CeeCee and I have often surmised upon such matters, speculating over esoteric meanings in what the GH writers concoct…it is a tantalizing notion and harmless fun! Alas, I do believe we give them far too much credit….the main aspects of the show’s storylines are barely coherent these days, hence I fail to see where any spare ounce of imagination could be afforded to the minute details. As for the “Peter August” name, I recall a particular lively conversation where Celia and I opined that it could have been derived from ancient Roman history, as in “Caesar/Cesar Faison” and so on and so forth…given the mention of Peter’s dramatic Shakespearean exploits at his Swiss boarding school, perhaps we were not too far off. Or, as you say, it was just another coincidence!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Who CARES what his personal life is?! He’s an actor! Either like the character or not, but I don’t think whether he’s been married or not in real life is crucial to story!

ABC is a major network and soaps are a dying genre which are struggling to survive. I doubt they said, “hey, Laura’s got a new boyfriend. He’s got some experience. Met him in the parking lot. Think we should hire him and develop a really big story around him?” Ya? Okay, let’s do it!”

You may not like Wes but he was on soaps for years. He was also on Charmed for several. If you look up his IMDB page you’ll see a whole list of his acting credits. Many shows. He dropped her off at work? You take one cute comment from the interview and run with that? People who freelance, consult, take different gigs don’t have a 9-5 schedule. So he drove her to work. LOL…

Harry
Harry

They need to end the Peter/Henrik story pronto but it seems to be never ending. They need to sign on Tristan Rogers and promote the hell about the real return of Robert Scorpio, WSB agent hero and give him a story which doesn’t SUCK! “If you build it, the people will come.” Field of Dreams.
I can only hope the real bas ass, Dr Oberet, kills Peter.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I can hardly remember a time when people weren’t griping about stories. I truly am amazed that some of you keep watching. I’m not telling anyone NOT to watch, that would only hurt me and other viewers who actually like the show.

It’s amazing how differently we see characters, actors, stories. But typical. Look at how differently we see Trump or any other public figure, which is why the country will always be divided and so will our opinions of actors, their abilities, the characters they play, etc. But since we go around in redundancy I’ll add MY redundant comment:

I think Wes Ramsey is doing a great job. There’s an air about him I like. I’m almost mesmerized by his physical stature his quiet demeanor, the earnest look in his face when looks at Maxi, the hurt look in his face when Anna, Valentin, Dante confronted him either with the truth or accusations.

I love the story. I don’t care if “Anna never would have slept with Faison.” Finola has been playing this role on and off for decades. She’s older, more vulnerable, she’s gone thru Dukes death, her cancer, her daughter and grandchild moving out of state, Frisco, Robert, Sean, etc have been gone for years, etc. So, if she’s not kicking ass all the time like she did 20 years ago I’m okay with that. There’s no WSB presence on the show anymore but rather just the mention of it. So if she cries…and cries and cries and cries…I’m okay with that, too. That’s the more realistic, human element of her. Just like when Alexis turned to alcohol. It doesn’t mean these women aren’t strong anymore. It means they’re human and they break just like the rest of us. And, Anna’s had a lot to cry about! And I don’t care if we never heard of her “child” before. It changes nothing for me of her history, just adds to it. I think it’s a fresh story that involves everyone from Anna, Faison, Valentin, Peter to Maxi, Nina, Dr. O, Griffin, Drew, Sam, Jason…and brought back Scorpio!

I’m not anxious to see this story end and I’m hoping they keep Peter on, Perhaps Dr.O will finally get her revenge on Anna, or Maxi`s plan takes a fatal turn. Hope not.

Wish there were more positive viewers on this site. I know they’re out there because I’ve read comments on other sites. But it seems some would rather stay silent then get caught in the crossfire.

Frustrating that soap sites have become critiques of negativity. “All news all the time” is more like “all stories all complaints all the time”.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Correction…would rather stay silent

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Great post, rebecca1!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Abruzz you silent lurker, you! You always just pop up; I guess you “stop in”, 🙂 when you have the time. If you really want to get out the popcorn go to the Madonna/Aretha tribute page.. That’ll keep you riveted!

Hope all’s great with you; I think GH has been really good (though I’m still willing Carly back to Ferncliff.)

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Hey Rebecca! I pop in here and there! Thanks for pointing out that post. What a hoot!! Bahhwwaaahhaa! You did good – as usual – fighting the good fight!!!

Changing the subject – Who do you think will be Nina’s daughter? Can’t wait for that story – finally! L8tr!

rose
rose

Rebecca1…I just caught up with this comment. Very good post.

Shay
Shay

@Rose….I’ll say this much….at least when we have our “conversations,” we respectfully express our opposing views and then graciously move on until next we meet…and I appreciate that! It certainly beats calling in the reinforcements to back up the personal bile that some cannot seem to abandon.

rebecca1
rebecca1

You really need to check yourself. There is NO ONE on this site who is as offensive as you. And though you have tried to rile YOUR “reinforrcements” I FEEL your disappointment when they won’t join in the “fun” that you so sorely miss. Whether it’s the three day “bash” or the Alexis drama…or mocking my humor with james and jimh on the Colonel Sanders thread..it IS YOU who cannot control herself.

Get on board or keep trying to reinvigorate animosity. I have no doubt you’ll choose the latter; you don’t seem able to control yourself.

rose
rose

Shay…A place we can agree…I don’t know if you have heard of this, but on NBC news this morning they had a story about one of our favorites, Maggie Smith, and her friends Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright. They have come out in a film called “Tea With the Dames” where they are having a girls day to share stories at Joan’s “house,” she at one time shared with “Larry.” Now just to find where it is showing.

Connie
Connie

Yes she did

ChenJade3
ChenJade3

Amazed at some of the comments below, how did “did you think Finola delivered this week’s Power Performance?” become so personal about the actor who plays Peter? Some of the comments I’m sorry, are downright ugly. I’ll answer the question at hand YES Finola did deliver, she delivered in spades! Like the story or not, Finola made it all worth watching, powerful does not even come close to describing it, for me she was amazing. She brings Anna to life each and every time she’s on screen. Love Finola and yes I still love Anna Devane.

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