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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.
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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