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

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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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Jimmy
Jimmy

What a set-up for next week! February Sweeps might be over, but GH is definitely heating things up heading into March. Something tells me Ryan is going to kidnap Carly, there will be a car accident involving Ryan/Carly and the Teen Scene heading up to Niagara Falls, and it will result in Carly losing her baby. I can’t see GH giving Carly a successful pregnancy this late in her life with the multitude of issues that could arise and create really good drama between her and Sonny. I just don’t want to see this story lead to Sonny and Margaux hooking up.

As for the Ryan story, there are so many balls up in the air right now, with all of them sure to come crashing down sooner rather than later. The build up to this moment has been excellent, and I’m most looking forward to Ava’s wrath when she realizes she’s been having an affair with the psycho who killed her daughter. Maura West will rock those scenes, as she always does.

The most maddening part of this story for me is what has been done to Franco in the process. I realize it was necessary for this part of the story to work, and bringing in Franco and Lulu’s history to conflate the memories of her two attacks (the first by Franco years ago and the second by Ryan) was smart, yet also beyond maddening because we all know Franco didn’t do it.

And after years of being the town pariah, I want Franco to have his happily ever after with Liz. He’s earned it, and his redemption story has been superbly done. The best thing to come out of this is that Drew never believed Franco was guilty, solidifying their growing bond, which is one of the highlights of GH right now. Given their shared childhood trauma at the hands of Jim Harvey, it makes sense that they would share a bond. Liz, Nina and Ava have all been skeptical since day one about Franco’s guilt too, and let’s not forget that he’s still grieving for Kiki. Plus, we still need a proper “Friz” wedding! This is why I don’t believe Franco will die.

I’m really looking forward to next week’s episodes, and this story reaching its conclusion!

Celia
Celia

I follow you to the letter, Jimmy….I like Franco; always have …….because I love Roger.
I didn’t know the original Franco……did not watch GH at the time.
However, in my opinion, I don’t think Franco should come out the hero, if this is the writers’ intention.
The story did not follow the path I wanted it to LOL) …..so many other more feasible choices. This congregating in Niagara Falls follows no pattern; unless crazy Ryan planned to throw Ava “overboard”. Surprisingly enough, he didn’t do it to Carly…..and, here I thought he was the fiendish, most unscrupulous monster this side of the Falls.
I hope that by the time Ryan is “over”, no one else will die—no one I like, anyway…LOL.❤️

Satan
Satan

So the entire Ryan Chamberlain storyline comes down to propping Frankie’s pets Frodd & Ava, while characters who were actually involved in the original Ryan storyline, like Felicia & Lucy, are rarely seen.

If Ryan had actually killed Frodd & Ava, that would have been an improvement, of course. Except then they would be in Hell, and become MY problem.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Satan, this is one time I agree with Satan! 🙂

Jimh
Jimh

While there has been some improvement it should had been Felicia confronting Ryan…still the story has flaws as no worker at the mental hospital ever figures Kevin’s patient was Ryan..too much involvement with Carly and Ava in this when original Ryan story characters like Lucy and Felicia are barely seen…Mac should had been the commish…had Ryan caused Drew to swerve his car into Mac in an attempt to kill Mac who figured out Kevin is really Ryan but now in a coma ect…Ava could had found Felicia as Ryans real obsession…Spenser figures the truth and Laura confronts Ryan and Kevin at the same time not knowing which is which,,,she is holding a gun that Spenser tries to take from her knowing who the real Ryan is but the gun goes off on a Friday Cliffhanger with the viewers not know who actually got shot…anyway, where is TJ when his mom is hospitalized!!!!

Celia
Celia

TPTB never learn, Jimmy–they never listen to you!! I believe everything you say!!
I don’t know Ryan’s “association” with Felicia too well; but, enough to agree with you. It would have been poetic justice for her and Mac figure out the Ryan/Kevin mystery–To make Franco the hero would be going against all that’s reasonable. It’s still not too late….we shall see.
I, also, think Anna is Alex ( or she has her sister’s memories) and vice versa–which means, Peter is Alex’s son, not Anna’s. But, Griffin may very well be Anna’s and Duke’s son. I find all this and the Ryan’s such asinine stories—-yet, I will just roll with whatever , anyway….
Faison’s infatuation was with Alex? Oh, Lordy Lord, Jimmy—-I’m confusing myself. LOL.❤️

Jimh
Jimh

now im confused…lol

Celia
Celia

PS, Jimmy,
I was thinking that it would be apropos if Kevin were the one to have the last ‘hurrah’, where Ryan is concern—-considering Ryan incarcerated him and put him through hell—anyone whose life was directly affected by crazy Ryan will do!! Anyone else but Franco !!

Jimh
Jimh

Kiki’s gran Dee should had been mention being her grandaughter was murdered..Scott wasnt around when son FRanco was stabbed and no mention of his mom Heather-at least she could had been told off screen

Celia
Celia

Yes, Delia should have made an appearance….
Does she even know Avery? You’re right, Jimmy……at the very least, both Delia and Heather should have been mentioned.
Considering Heather seems to be up to par with whatever happens in Port Charles………And, the fact that she has the ability to come and go as she pleases, one would think she’d sneak into Franco’s hospital room—-guard or no guard…

Shay
Shay

Absoluement, CeeCeeGirl!!! There’s no way in Hades that Heather would not have at least had knowledge of Ryan’s existence and all of his previous activities in the cuckoo’s nest….that woman’s legendary antenna picks up all, far and wide….always has, always will!!! To have excluded her from this scenario was inexcusable! Ditto for Dee!!!! Their progeny had pivotal roles in Ryan’s crime spree….the fact that their prospective presences were ignored is but another travesty attached to this much-flawed and inexplicable storyline.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You got that right. We USED to have cliffhangers. Plot so diluted now that no one cares. TPTB have forgotten the tenets of writing a gripping storyline–and PLAYING IT OUT dramatically. Sigh!

Jimh
Jimh

The show needs us to be wanting more…not making it a bore!!!!

Harry
Harry

I agree, Jim. But yesterday’s show (Monday, March 4) was pitch perfect. Who would have thunk that Sonny and Robert could have such a wonderful bromance? Robert is cooler than the other side of the pillow and he makes Sonny look cool. Frank and the writers if you are listening, more please. This could be the start of a beautiful relationship.

Jimh
Jimh

Nope…cant happen…Jason would be jealous that Robert is getting too close to his love Sonny-lol

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Harry–you’re a man after my own heart. As usual, I agree with you–couldn’t agree more re Robert and Sonny. (And I just love that expression “cooler than the other side of the pillow.” Now, that’s one I haven’t heard before! 🙂

Shay
Shay

And to think that Robert Scorpio once existed to put men like Sonny in the slammer….now he’s all buddy-buddy with this thug??? I realize that needs must, but how the mighty have fallen… albeit whilst still maintaining their undeniable cool.

Celia
Celia

PPS (LOL), Jimmy,
It looks like our Jason ( such a softie) will come out the hero– at least, Laura will take some of the credit.
But, Gee-Whiz—-why is it always Jason smack in the middle of everything?
Not only will he take Ryan in, but he will also save Ava and Carly….
Uh-oh, Jimmy….this just came to me…..What are the chances Ryan will disappear in the depths ( Ha!) of the Niagara River? No body to be found! Oh, no!! Not again??

Jimh
Jimh

I hope Ryan survives…not only has he got to kill off more bores like Willow and Chase,he has got to be around when Ava gives birth to their baby-lol

Celia
Celia

LOL, is right……You may get your wish, Jimmy—-if Ryan’s “body” is a no show; he may go back to PC to do just that. But, would he be that stupid?
Ava pregnant with Ryan’s baby? Hmmmm–intriguing thought!!

carol
carol

I fear for Carly’s baby…easy out for a tough story line

Bostonnc
Bostonnc

Loving this storyline and can’t wait for tomorrow! GH has been amazing.

Carrie
Carrie

Ryan will be killed, and one of his kidneys will go to Jordan.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Say what????!!!!

Celia
Celia

Good thinking, Carrie—
Yet, knowing how weird GH is about Faison and his masks; memory-approptiation; twin-blindness etc.; would it be too much of a stretch { if living with Ryan’s kidney(s) } to think that sooner or later, Jordan will turn into a “Mrs”. Hyde?

Harry
Harry

Or…..Valerie will be killed and her kidney will go to Jordan. The actress is leaving. Ryan can’t die–supernatural villains like him live forever.

Carrie
Carrie

Or, sadly, it might be Oscar. Drew and Kim will offer one of Oscar’s kidneys to Jordan. There may be some tear-jerking scenes between Drew and Curtis.

Tara
Tara

Yeah but Ava and Carly don’t even like each other so why would they team up against Ryan? The only way for Ryan to end his conclusion if Ava is the one to kill the guy first before he kills somebody else, he will be tough to beat of course so I think Ryan should kill himself before he goes any further

Mags
Mags

I do believe, at some point, there has to be some sort of truce between Carly/Sonny and Ava. They may never be besties but, they cannot carry on this feud for ever. If you were in a fight for your life along side of someone that you can’t stand would you not team up to save yourselves? My guess is that, rather than team up, Ava will somehow be instrumental in saving Carly. Not sure that CarlyJason will ever acknowledge Ava is capable of good (remember, Jason has no gratitude for her role in saving him) but Sonny may. Which could then lead to friction between Carly and Sonny. And the beat goes on. As far as the kids, I’m still not certain what type of trouble awaits them. I’m just glad that Franco will be okay.

aria
aria

I’m loving the storyline winding down, there’s so many ways it could end, I don’t care if Ava, or Kevin, or Laura or even Franco have Ryan brought to justice, as long as they don’t turn this into Carly or Jason saving the day. If the storyline is coming to the end(its played out way to long). please do it justice and don’t make it anticlimactic by now throwing Carly and Jason in the mix. as soon as I saw carly in the Friday cliffhanger my first though was oh here we go again, they are going to set up Carly needing to be rescued and of course carly can only be “saved” by Jason . if so, it will be a dissappointing ending.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed! LAURA should be front and center! Yet, she’s been off-screen for the better part of two weeks now. Kevin is HER husband. This should be Laura’s story. Yes, so very disappointing. And it so dissipates and dilutes the story line. Not exciting–just tedious and stale and–dare I say it?–boring. TPTB should know you do NOT stop and start an exciting plot line. You use a linear device–to keep the momentum going. Otherwise, it’s has none and just peters out with the audience shouting at the screen: GET ON WITH IT!

Rodd
Rodd

This story was being drawn out at time and I thought it would never end. But suddenly, it’s taken on a new life and has gone places I didn’t imagine it would. This is how it should have been all along. When a story is planned out, all those pesky schedules and ratings weeks should be planned for. Writers need to give us exciting stuff like they’re writing now throughout the entire story. Play it less if you don’t have the actors or time’s too long between hitting key dates with key story points. Plan it out!

As much as I’ll groan about GH’s writing being a mess, I whole-heartedly think they hit it out of the park when they hit their stride. They’re doing that now with a number of stories.

Can’t wait to see the next episode!

Celia
Celia

Hmmmm…I don’t know–will everyone come to the convlusion Ryan is not Kevin, at the same time?
Too many inconsistencies. For a minute I had thought that Franco would have found himself within the bowels of Ferncliff; thus, finding Kevin and Laura, unwittingly ‘saving’ him.
Who will be Jordan’s kidney donor? Franco?
Oh, and…this memory thing with all the twins? Bullcaca!! Mundane and medically inexplicable. Just sayin’. It’s a soap!!

Satan
Satan

The blind virus has a purpose… they just haven’t got to that plot point yet. Remember when Dr Kim was researching various “experimental” cancer treatments, which use a virus to target tumors??

With both Drew and Jason as compatible blood donors for Oscar, the virus probably still present in their bodies will be used to formulate a cure for Oscar. And of course, the other result from all the memory swapping potential is that Anna will turn out not to be Whiny Heiny’s mom after all, she just “remembered” Alex giving birth to him.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Celia
I am laughing so hard, I am almost convulsing, at your word. It’s probably a typo, but funny non the less. Please don’t be angry, you probably know by now, I have a crazy sense of humour.
I think Aunt Stella will be Jordan’s donor, tieing her even closer.

Celia
Celia

Bullcaca? LOL…no, not a typo. My sense of humor is just as “crazy-weird” as yours–
Have you ever seen the Liberty Insurance commercial with the cyclist along the Hudson? His calves? I break into peals of laughter just thinking about those satirical calves….laughing right now!! The thing is, my laughter is so contagious ( LOUD), people start laughing without knowing why….
Aunt Stella? Oh, Lawd!! That’s rich!!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Celia
Read your comment starting with “Hmmmmm, I don’t know. Will everyone come to the same CONVLUSION Ryan is not Kevin at the same time.” I think you were typing CONCLUSION, but I read it as CONVULSION, with your typing VLU, instead of VUL. Only in my weird mind, did I mix up the two words, leaving me in hysterical laughter, with my cat looking at me like I’d lost my mind. Please , let’s just forget the whole thing, seeing as I seem to be the only one seeing the twisted word. I know bullcaca and loverly, especially when applied to the aforementioned characters. I hope the DOD SL doesn’t make me as crazy as this one.
Oh yes, Aunt Stella is a strong possibility.

Celia
Celia

Oh, my Lord!! Miss Violet……that IS a typo!! I hadn’t even realized.
I get it–I unwittingly created a double ‘entendre’–and, as yours, I find humor where others do not!!
I like COVULSION better. So a’ propos–it fits!!
This is nuts!! Everyone’s headed for Niagara Falls…
I am trying do hard to follow the reasoning. Was Ryan’s intention to just step over the Peace Bridge and VOILA’ , he and Ava are in Ontario, Canada? Away from the law?
Big coincidence for the kids to follow the same path….not only are they all convulsing, but also, the entired scenario is a convoluted mess!!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Celia
Thank you for rereading your comment. Was thinking that you were thinking that I’d really gone around the bend.
I’ve been reading all kinds of scenarios to this Ryan ending. For one, he dissapears, another is he’s shot, etc. I want to see someone get the satisfaction of getting him, be it Ava, Laura, or? As far as a kidney for Jordan, even with a dead body, they can’t just take a kidney from him, without consent,right? Could Kevin give his o.k, being next of kin?

Celia
Celia

Violet,
I had this feeling that Ryan would disappear…..isn’t that his modus operandi?…..whether planned or not!?However, I find it neither mystifying nor ‘cute’….it’s actually a recycled plot….
The story should end with Ryan dead sprawled on some boulder…..better yet drift downriver; emptying into the great Falls and swallowed by the heavy pressure of the cascades!! Too cruel? Oh, well….
I hope he is found for Jordan’s sake….if he is a match, that is!! But, there’s no prolonging. Cells die if too much time goes by.
So, yeah, Kevin could give permission. I doubt Ryan is a registered organ donor? Too funny!!
When there’s no next of kin, to sign off; there’s CORE—-surprisingly, GH has not mentioned this? It’s make believe soapland…..TPTB make their own rules….
Jimh suggested a ‘little’ Ryan or Ryanette to be borne by Ava….how about that? And the saga continues? Before long the baby will be ten, and Ryan will return to claim his prize.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Celia
I don’t know about anyone else, but this “end” of Ryan was a total let down, after all the months of murder and mayhem, leading up to the finale, and no body. WTH! I agree with you. I also wanted to see him at least drowned.
Oh, speaking of which, I almost peed my depends when Jason was telling his Loverly about saving Ava, and he said ” well I couldn’t let her go, in front of Laura” Does that mean he would have, if Laura hadn’t been there? Also Oscar’s talk with Drew was nice, but with all of Drew’s double talk, did he ever really answer his son’s question of should he our shouldn’t he? Hope Oscar was less confused than I was.

Celia
Celia

Ahhhh!!…..on second thought, Violet, can you possibly mean “loverly”? Nah–not a typo either. Loverly–“rly” , the tail end of Carly. LOL. You got it the first time. LOL.
Those two crazy kids are nuts about each other and no one gets it–not even themselves. HaHa❤️

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

But the most pertinent question: WHY were the real Kevin and Laura AWOL off screen for so many days? TPTB have forgotten the rules of the game. You need to keep the momentum going–not just stop the action for two weeks. Poor, poor execution of a plot that we are all weary of BECAUSE of its execution. Missed again! Laura should be front and center always; after all, Kevin IS HER husband. “Murder” of a character!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

O.K, I’ll be the first to say it. They finally found a way to shut Carly up, and keep her out of everyone’s business.

Harry
Harry

Violet–that must be a huge car trunk if it can fit Carly’s gigantic mouth in it!

Celia
Celia

HaHaHa…..Miss Violet…. Shhhh!!….Jason may hear you talk about his “loverly” ….he won’t like it!! Too funny!! ❤️

Caleb
Caleb

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a Laura, Ava, Carly showdown with Ryan with each woman getting in their licks… but then they part, and it’s freakin Felecia, standing there with a gun (she’s overheard it all somehow) and gives the monologue of her career (“oh so you forgot about me, huh, well, I sure as hell haven’t been able to forget about you!”) and then she shoots the maniac dead in his tracks. All the woman vow to carry the secret to the grave (since, Ryan was unarmed) which binds these women for several storylines to come…

I know none of this will happen but the GH in my head is pretty awesome.

Harry
Harry

A serial killer and his fiance are off to get married in Niagara Falls with a bound and gagged woman in the trunk. What could possibly go wrong?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Harry, you DO have a way with words! I just love your posts–sharp, pungent, creative, witty–never mean. What more could a girl ask for? (Double smile!)

Shay
Shay

Especially since Niagara Falls is frozen over this time of the year. Not that GH will deign to acknowledge that fact! For them, it’s all balmy temps and the water is freely flowing in their version of upstate NY, even though there’s actually a polar plunge occurring in “realville!”…..

Celia
Celia

Hi, Shay,
We keep missing each other….how are you?
You’re certainly right about the state of NY ‘s “state” of frozen wonderland—-but, I don’t think the falls ever freeze—-even in extreme temps, do they? ….a little ice here and there, maybe.
I’ve visited family in Toronto many times in winter……No freezing, It’s the Law of Physics!! LOL……albeit, I do wish GH would wake from its fairyland dreams—some reality, once in a while would be welcomed.
I cannot seem to take Sam, Jason, Shiloh &Co. seiously—-Sam is still driving me crazy with her monotone mumbling; Jason’s eternally, frozen ( worse than the polar plunge) stare; the twins, Alexis playing cat and mouse with this new guy sporting a hair-do a’ la Emu; and Franco, the hero. Did I overlook anything?
Soon, mia amica.❤️

Celia
Celia

Too bad Laura will not have the chance to confront Ryan and punch him in the mouth.
I must say……even with her face stained with grime and soot, Genie Francis still looks beautiful!!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Celia
I don’t know why Ava couldn’t hold him, while Carly hits him you know where, with one of her clunky shoes. As Ryan said, now that she’s had more room to stretch out, and give her mouth a rest, she should be ready to do some damage. I am sure Laura will get her chance, when she and Jason get to N.F if he’s still alive.

Celia
Celia

I’m actually afraid of Carly, Violet…..I am just over five feet!! LOL.
Yet, I could take Ryan just as you described it—had one or two such run-ins during my College days. Ha!! Have no idea what became of them……
So, women of Ava’s and Carly’s caliber, should be an easy feat taking him down…yeah!! Woman Power!! LOL.

DMRR
DMRR

This week was good, until Friday, and Creepy Peter was back on.

Harry
Harry

How many times do we have to endure Parking Lot Peter and Maxie talk about another storyline we don’t care about? That is the storyline of Valentine, Sasha and Nina. They managed to be redundantly boring–like watching a super boring scene in a house of mirrors at the town fair.

DMRR
DMRR

Also, not surprised that Dante couldn’t pull off an undercover sting. He never solved a crime in Port Charles. -#keystonecop

General Hospital

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

Bryan Craig Talks Javi In ‘Grand Hotel’, Recasting GH’s Morgan, And His Post-Daytime Career

When Grand Hotel finally makes its highly-anticipated debut this summer (Monday night, June 17th) on ABC, soap opera fans will see some very familiar faces in primo roles as this sudsy drama, based on the Spanish series Gran Hotel, tells the story of a family-owned hotel in Miami, the people who run it, and all of the secrets they keep from one another.

Brought to you by executive producers Eva Longoria and Ben Spector, the show explores the family dynamic of the Mendoza family. Longoria herself will play a mother in four episodes of the show, as well.

General Hospital fans will take note that Daytime Emmy-winner, Bryan Craig (Ex-Morgan Corinthos) is front and center in the cast as Javi Mendoza, the troubled son of the family who has some major obstacles in front of him.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Craig during the recent ABC TCA’s Press Tour for the network to get some insight into his new role, how he would feel if GH would recast the role of Morgan (he recently propped up former DAYS star Billy Flynn as a potential viable candidate) and what it has been like post-daytime in his burgeoning career in film and TV.  Here’s what he had to say about his TV life past and present.

What has this experience been like for you taping the episodes of Grand Hotel and working with such a stellar cast?

BRYAN:  It’s been incredible   It feels like it went by so fast.  It’s an awesome group of people.  We’ve got a fun show.

How would you say your character of Javi Mendoza stacks up against GH’s Morgan Corinthos?

BRYAN:  I think it’s one of the most layered characters that I’ve ever played.  There’s a lot going on with Javi.  He has a big disability, kind of like Morgan did.  It’s a physical disability, and there are a lot of challenges that come along with that.  He also has a substance problem.  So, some of the same issues and in the same world that Morgan was in.  Javi is a very troubled character, but he is also a lot of fun, and a ladies’ man … and sleeps with a lot of women! (Laughs)

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Do you think the audience will care for Javi, though?  

BRYAN:  Oh yeah, one hundred percent.  He was written in a very kind-hearted manner.  He’s a great guy, who has had a tough life.

Did they put you through a audition process to nab the role in Grand Hotel?

BRYAN:  They had read hundreds and hundreds of people for this role.  I came in at the tail end of it, and then the process went pretty quickly.  I read once, and the next think I knew, I was in a room with Eva Longoria and director, Ken Olin.  Then two days later, I was testing with Eva, and then I got the call that I had the part.

You’re a part of the core family, the Mendozas, on Grand Hotel, and on GH, you were part of the Corinthos clan.  How do the family dynamics stack-up?

BRYAN:  It’s pretty special.  There are a lot of similarities.  It feels like we have kind of shifted GH into prime-time.  In Grand Hotel, we have Demián Bichir, who plays Santiago Mendoza, and he is my Sonny Corinthos now.   They gave us a very heavy, heavy storyline … just like they gave Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and me.   So, I think the fans are really going to buy into it.   ABC, (I think) wanted to marry that bond a little bit, and I feel it was very apparent in the writing.  This network has been very good to me.

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Did you know that your co-star Denyse Tontz was in Prospect Park’s All My Children reboot as Miranda Montgomery and had a soap past, as well?

BRYAN:  Yes! I did know that.  Denyse plays my sister on Grand Hotel and we work together a lot on the show.  There were quite a few people on the show who came from soaps.  Even some guest stars who came in were big in soap at points.

So, this kind of all  worked out for you!  You left General Hospital, and landed a major primetime series, plus your other movie roles!

BRYAN:  It was a scary move, but it worked out.  I did a few things; a couple of movies, and I did a show for CW for a while, and then this.  So, it’s been back-to-back.  I’ve been fortunate.

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How would you feel if General Hospital, ultimately, recast the role of Morgan?

BRYAN:  You know, if it was to behoove the show, then so be it.   I feel like it was a pretty nice end for me there, but I can’t sit here and be selfish and be like, “I’m the last person who could play that role!”  Would that be awesome?  I mean, yeah!  But, who knows?  They’ve got to do what’s best for the show.

GH’s Maurice Benard had great story in 2018 with the Alzheimer’s storyline involving Sonny’s dad, Mike Corbin (Max Gail).  Had you been checking it out at all?

BRYAN:  I know!   I do keep up with Maurice a lot.   We are good friends.

To remind those who have not seen the trailer to Grand Hotel check it out below.  Will you be watching Bryan in his exciting new role on Grand Hotel? Will you be OK with a Morgan recast on GH, or hope the show will wait for Bryan to return one day? 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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