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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Jason-Centric Episode Filled With Hallucinations & Memories!

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On Monday’s General Hospital, the ABC series delivered a standalone episode set to have lasting ramifications.  Director Bill Ludel, who just received a Daytime Emmys for his work of last year’s 52nd anniversary episode, was at the helm of this one which was billed as the “Jason-centric” show.

And Jason-centric it was led by Billy Miller (Jason) as Jason tries to survive a horrific accident where the van transporting Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) has smashed into his motorcycle.  Jason also needs to help save the life of Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna) who is bleeding from a stab wound, and dangerously close to the van.

Bleeding, disoriented, and with yet another head trauma, Jason starts to hallucinate and first sees Robin (Kimberly McCullough) who tells him he knows what to do in the form of taking some risks to save Dante.  Between the hallucinations of various characters in Jason’s life, Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Michael (Chad Duell) are talking about Jason in scenes juxtaposed against the Jason moments.   Now Carly (Laura Wright) has “visited” Jason, and clues him on that in order to save Dante he must move the van.   But then as Jason stumbles with his headache getting worse and worse, he sees the van is leaking which means it could soon explode.

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Next, it’s Helena’s (Constance Towers) turn to mess with Jason’s head as he starts to fight out of the mind control, which has locked away his memories. Helena lets him know he will never regain them and calls him once again her, “Soldier Boy.”

She advises Jason to just get on his bike, ride away, and leave town.   Jason finds a broken route marker and decides to use that to lift the van away from Dante. But it’s Sam, who visits Jason next.  She tells him to not let Helena win and have his memories.  Then in the touching moment in the episode, played by Miller and Monaco, Jason tells Sam that he loves her, and is so worried about losing his memories again, and so he wants to make sure she knows how he feels about her right now.

Next, Jason gets the vision of Sonny, and it’s a key one to the story, as Jason is about to get on his bike and give up.  But then Jason recalls the night he and Sonny met that changed his life course forever.  Jason remembers Sonny helped him learn to survive and that “actions have consequences.”   Through Sonny’s word’s, Jason gets off the bike and does the superhuman feat – he forces the lever and somehow manages to lift the van. Jason gets Dante out of the way just seconds before the van explodes, and the episode fades to black.

So, what did you think of the Jason-centric episode?  What did you think about the performance of Billy Miller? Are you glad Jason is FINALLY getting his memories back?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first watch the moment between Jason and Sam where he confesses he loves her.

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Mister Media
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Mister Media

Let me preface this by saying that GH is my soap and it has the best cast in all of daytime drama. I think I understand what the writers were trying to do today, but they did not accomplish what they had hoped to. I found the writing cringe-worthy. It did not ring true on an emotional level and descended into gimmickry. Despite all of the hoopla that went on there was no core of truth that was explored or revealed. I guess it was all just a means to an end, that of having Jason recover his memory. I… Read more »

aria
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aria

well said, mister media!

Lana
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Lana

I’m also a long term GH fan and won’t stop watching but Jason getting sucked back into Sony’s delusional world is awful.

su0000
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su0000

I believe; that finally, people are realizing that Jean & Shelly are not the correct writers for GH..
GH is not a traditional soap, it never has been and never should be traditional..

GH needs new writers, the correct writers for GH are badly needed before GH can not come back from J&S’s dismembering of all that made GH great/different/unique and awesome!

Note; Since J&S- I have NOT laughed once, not even a chuckle..
I used to have a good laugh every now and them over whatevers, I miss the laughs !

Timmm
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Timmm

ANOTHER day and they just drag us along with this memory bullshit! What a waste!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

So good cop Nathan leaves a seriously injured Dante, an unconscious Jason and the cars driver who might not be dead yet at the crash scene to search for escapee Carlooser-dumb storytelling again!!!

Dylan
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Dylan

What an absolutely on point assessment!!!! What most fans want, and have for decades now, is for Jason to return being the golden boy, the doctor, the leading man, the hero, not a heartless brain damaged murderer for hire. I get that it’s obviously a mandate from above that Sonny has to be the epicentre of all things, but that is where the hypocrisy ends any chance of the show having ANY kind of emotional core of truth. I cannot relate to murderers, and therefore, trying to present them as heroes just kiboshes and ruins the show for me! Jason’s… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

I would LOVE to see Jason become a strong GOOD man again and not a glorified thug and killer.

aria
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aria

the episode did not deliver, its overrated, its going to be satisfying to those who love him as stone cold, w/ sam, and his friendship w/ sonny or is it bromance? and bff carly. so that half of the audience is going to be thrill, yet, the other half it completely leaves us out and uninterested because this new team is doing exactly what the old team did, wish is just concentrating on the awful 4some we had to endure and watch bully their way with other characters, its sad because the audience at least a great part of us… Read more »

Julie
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Julie

YES! The “Uncle Michael” line irked me too. Sigh.

Elyse M Worth
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Elyse M Worth

Just because Danny and Michael are cousins, with the age difference I can understand Sam tell Danny to say “hi” to uncle Michael.
I come from a big Italian Fanily and have cousins in their 70’s to 100 years old, I’ve always called auntie or uncle. It’s a sign of respect.

Wpbpatfl
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Wpbpatfl

Despite the good acting, the appearance of Helena, whom I love, and my desire for Jason to get his memories back, I didn’t think it was a particularly interesting episode. Too much time spent trying to rescue Dante, and I kept wondering why Nathan would go off and leave his partner in such a bad predicament..

Marie
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Marie

I too was thinking Nathan would never have left Dante stranded like that.

Greg Lynch
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Greg Lynch

I found this episode very frustrating mainly because of Billy Miller’s mumbling through his lines. The background music didn’t help. I had to rewind each scene with Miller at least once to try and make sense of what he was saying. Billy is a terrific actor but his poor enunciation in my opinion is holding him back. My partner who watches GH with me rather reluctantly has often complained about Billy’s mumbling in fact today he said “I think he needs some voice coaching”. Again, I genuinely like Miller and am not meaning to cast him in a bad light… Read more »

jeremy
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jeremy

what kind of episode was this.. OMG, Mondays episode was unwatchable and DUMB!!!!! Sorry, I had to FF through some scenes. It was indeed

Timmm
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Timmm

I couldnt FF because I thought, stupid me, something significant would be revealed!

Marie
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Marie

Agreed. I like Billy Miller but I always need to turn on subtitles for his scenes.

Timmm
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Timmm

He had the same damn problem on Y&R, mumble, mumble, mumble!

su0000
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su0000

hi Mister Media
Quote you—
Let me preface this by saying that GH is my soap and it has the best cast in all of daytime drama. I think I understand what the writers were trying to do today, but they did not accomplish what they had hoped to. I found the writing cringe-worthy. It did not ring true on an emotional level and descended into gimmickry ““““““end

As I said; the dialog is horrible- robotic ..

Robot = no emotions, nothing deep, No Life..

su0000
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su0000

Also;
again–
I believe; that finally, people are realizing that Jean & Shelly are not the correct writers for GH..
GH is not a traditional soap, it never has been and never should be traditional..

GH needs new writers, the correct writers for GH are badly needed before GH can not come back from J&S’s dismembering of all that made GH great/different/unique and awesome!

Note; Since J&S- I have NOT laughed once, not even a chuckle..
I used to have a good laugh every now and them over whatevers, I miss the laughs

su0000
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su0000

ooops! to be ”dialogue” ..

Georgia
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Georgia

I loved this episode! It’s so good to see Jason with the people that have mattered the most in his life. It was even better to see Sam and Michael interacting and talking about Jason. The two people that he loves unconditionally. Can’t wait to see what else Jelly have in store for Jason and Sam!

Liam
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Liam

Definitely more May Sleeps than May Sweeps. I do not think I’ve seen a GH show so boring in quite some time. It’s sad because while I’m happy they brought back Robin and Helena, it was a wasted effort. Maybe it’s about time for people to really rally around the idea that Jason-centric episodes (or a show centered primarily around Sonny/Carly/Jason/Sam) is really not in the best interest of the fans and the show (even though some of us have been rallying around this for years). I understand that there should be leads who drive story, but how many more… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

May SLEEPS. Liam that is great!

su0000
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su0000

hey Liam ..
Good One !
”May Sleepers” — Jean and Shelly’s sleeper sweeps .ahaa!

Now, we, I have no doubt J&S were ‘rightly’ fired from Y&R after putting everyone in a coma !

Rose
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Rose

I liked this episode. It wasn’t just Jason’s breakthrough with the past…but some of the positive things about himself from his relationships with key figures in his life… Robin, Kelly, Carly, Sonny (yes, even Sonny, but that doesn’t mean he has to fall into his criminal orbit again)…that gave him the extra push he needed to free Dante. And a chance to break Helena’s “Soldier boy” mind control spell over him. But I do wish the writers would find other ways to have big stories happen than accidents on the dark roads around Port Charles. And I’m not going to… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

I’ve noticed that many comments to this article and the previous one about Robin appearing to Jason seem to think just because Sonny “offered his advise” that Jason was back under Sonny’s wing. If you listen to what Sonny actually said it was “how to survive, and actions have consequences” among other things. Nothing wrong with that, no kissing the ring from Jason. I don’t want Jason back in the mob, but I’m going to hope that he takes some of the good from wherever he got it and moves on with his new life. For me, hopefully more Quartermaine,… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Rose, I loved this episode. Billy Miller moved me very deeply, especially in the exchange with Sonny. He looked up at Sonny like a lost son; it was a heartbreaking moment. And the next episode he was so kind and gentle with the injured Dante. I know I’m biased as a Billy-addict, but it does not diminish the greatness of his work lately. Maybe all these months of torture are about to pay off?

Sean
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Sean

Due to the hype my expectations were high for this Jason-centric episode. They were not met. This time last year GH had their “Best show” Emmy episode in the can. I hope they don’t submit this one. Yawn. With the exception of Laura Wright and Constance Towers the acting was not on point for me…..and this is from a lifelong GH super fan.

aria
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aria

yes, i hope they don’t try to submit this for an emmy, they got lucky they won for last year, thanks to the anniversary show. because what they submited for a second episode did not win them the emmy, thats for sure…

Wil
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Wil

I’ve said this before, but Sonny, Carly, Jason and Sam are legacy characters–vets. I do want Jason to connect with the Quartermaines. But I want him to connect with the Corinthos’ too.

Dylan
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Dylan

Hi Wil. Just wondering…what do you consider to be a legacy character? I would DEFINITELY not consider Sam a legacy character! She has only been in town for 12 years. She came on as a con woman with ties to NO ONE, and was eventually shoehorned into the Cassadine family through Alexis after several rounds of rewriting her so-called history. Carly, okay, but only because she is Bobbie’s daughter, and Bobbie has been on the show for 40 years. Sonny….sorry, I just can NOT correctly call him a legacy character. Yes, he has been in town and on the show… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Legacy characters for me are those who were introduced first year, their relatives, and offspring. The rest, like Anna, Sam, the Cassadines and Corrinthos, have made enough of a presence and mark on the stories that they become supporting legacy. Sort of like Henry VIII through to current Queen Elizabeth. But you can’t ignore Diana, Camille and many others that have woven into the fabric over the years and have had some staying power. Just too bad the Q’s didn’t leave as many heirs. This may not work for everyone, but it’s good enough for me unless the writers really… Read more »

Wil
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Wil

I think that requiring ties back to the 70s is a little extreme. LOL. Sam, to me, having been on the canvas for 12 years straight, was with Sonny, who’s been on for 23 years, has kids with a legacy character, adopted Michael, a legacy character. A combination of time on the show, and how deeply they’ve become invested into the Port Charles canvas makes a legacy character. The Quartermaines, who I love, have been decimated by previous regimes. I’ve been waiting for the writers to resurrect some of them, but they’re not interested in that it seems. New characters… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

@Rose “Just too bad the Q’s didn’t leave as many heirs. ” the expectation levels were at their BIGGEST EVER… for fans of General Hospital… to bring alive… Jason QUARTERMAINIA was welcomed @Dylan, post above… “…What most fans want, and have for decades now, is for Jason to return being the golden boy, the doctor, the leading man, the hero, ” he goes on to further state: “… He is a legacy character on General Hospital…he was going to be a doctor. He should be Chief of Staff, ” THIS alone… with ONE character… would have added volumes of complete… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

the funny thing of it is… as actors

who “play” male leads… what’s their shtick…. doing stunt scenes… playing with guns ??? showing old dimples… grinning near ear to ear with that almost puppy dog leap

it has to become lost art

where’s human emotion… man up buck up… get near women and children… fight for “world peace”

love LGBT youth…

care about healthcare

focus… emotion that’s relative

Rose
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Rose

Patrick…I’m finding holding on to legacy anything is hard,,even 20 years out. We can all have our ideas about who should be with whom, what profession, crime lords or not, etc., but regardless it’s especially comforting for our soaps to keep to their roots as much as possible…using my real life example Queen Elizabeth, family, Tudors…even with their scandals over the years which can rival any soap.

As far as real world stuff, I’m sure we both have a lot to say…but not for MF.

JK
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JK

I LOVE BILLY MILLER AND SHOULD BE THE THE LAST TO CRITICIZE, BUT THIS EPISODE AND THE ENTIRE STORY IS NOT WORKIN!G…..

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Personally because of the recast and the fact that no matter how much Billy Miller tries we will never be Steve Burton’s Jason I think it is a big mistake to have Jason get his memories back. As Jason with no little memory to his past, this version of Jason had a chance to go where the old Jason character could not. I realize some fans of the old Jason might be thrilled that the character will get his memories back, but frankly I think it would have been better for the long term development of the character that he… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I was hoping GHs episode meant i was hallucinating…Steve Burton’s Jason as Sonny’s sidekick worked when it begun and lasted longer than it should had-the well run dry and i was glad when it was over…Billy is soooooo different in the role and he doesnt fit well with the Corinthos-the writers shouldve took his Jason in a different direction whether he became a doctor or involved with ELQ…i liked Billy in the beginning now im hoping his Jason turns out later to be an imposter and not Jason at all!!!…You are correct, Days was far better with the return of… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

ooops I posted this wrongly below;
problem is;
Jean & Shelly should have never put Billy/Jason with Sam; not working.
I believe RC had no intention of reuniting Sam and Jason, that is why he put Liz in Jake/Jason’s orbit.

Sam and Jason are no longer, without Steve B there is no Sam and Jason..
RC had it right- J&S messed it up forcing Billy/Jason with Sam..

Timmm
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Timmm

As I have stated more than once, when Jason picks a memory and goes with it as his character, Billy Miller’s contract will be up and we will all have wasted 3 years on this story and have to replace our speakers on our TV’s because we had to turn them up so loud when Billy was on screen!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I just put on my closed captioning…but sometimes that doesn’t even work when the words don’t show up correctly…one time a character said,”Why bother?” but on closed captioning it came up as, “Wine Obama!”..lol

Timmm
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Timmm

Mine said “President Trump!”

Pat
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Pat

I did not care for that episode at all. Went on way to long. I miss the writing on Ron Carlivati

Alan
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Alan

I miss the good old days of soaps when real stories were carefully crafted with emotional payoffs instead of these ridiculous “very special episodes” that the writers think will gain them an Emmy.

As for Sonny pointing out that “actions have consequences” — what a joke! Sonny murdered AJ Quartermaine and then served twenty minutes behind bars before having his sentence commuted for an “act of bravery” he committed after HE ESCAPED FROM PRISON. Oh wait — maybe Sonny meant that actions have consequences if you’re not a Corinthos…

Andy G.
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Andy G.

A Jason-centric episode on GH? In other words, it was a day that ended in “y.”

Dylan
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Dylan

LMAO! You spoke VOLUMES in a very brief post!!! Kudos to you, bro!!!!

Ces
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Ces

I love Billy Miller but feel bad that he has to say the same lines over & over. He’s becoming the John Black of GH. Actually was bored to tears on Monday’s episode til his seen with Kelly (which I wish wasnt a hallucination!) . Nathan leaving Dante makes zero sense! Thumbs down to this episode.

Ces
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Ces

*scene*

Ghlover
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Ghlover

What did he remember? Do we know if he remembers the Q’s?

dmr
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dmr

As I began watching the episode, and knowing from the spoilers that it was about Jason getting parts of his memory back, my hope was that he would remember his medical training (way back when, while a Quartermaine) and attempt to save the lives of those hurt in the accident (with his past knowledge/use of medical skills). A few minutes in, and it became the Jason, boring/monotone Sam, Sonny, Carly, and Michael show and I was completely turned-off by the episode. I had it on in the background as I cleaned my kitchen, barely paying attention to it. Then, I… Read more »

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Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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