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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Maura West Delivers Masterful Performance As Ava Is Busted By Sonny and Carly!

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When the big moments are set to reveal the long-awaited pay-off and the emotional stakes are high, if you are an executive producer, you want Maura West (Ava Jerome, GH) on your show, and your team.

This three-time Daytime Emmy winning and most accomplished actress throughout her daytime drama career has delivered these moments time and time again. Each a gift to the fans and the audience who invest in the characters she has played.

On Friday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, Ava Jerome had to face the music, and the verbal and emotional onslaught of grieving parents, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright) for her part in the demise of Morgan Corinthos. These scenes gave West a platform to showcase Ava’s guilt, self-loathing, and conniving as she is finally busted!

It all went down when Sonny and Carly confront Ava in the Jerome art warehouse. They accuse her of having tampered with Morgan meds to keep him away from Kiki (Hayley Erin).  Ava says she was protecting her children. After continually coming at Ava armed with the truth of her misdeeds, Ava breaks and admits she switched Morgan’s pills.

Then in heartfelt moments played by Laura Wright and Maurice Benard, Carly and Sonny come at Ava with how she stole Morgan’s victory from him after he returned home from being put away. They quote entries from his diary to Ava to drive that point home.  Caught and in tears, Ava says she’s grieved too for Morgan, she cared deeply for him, and that he wasn’t supposed to die. Sonny says Avery will be crushed when she learns what a monster her mother is, since Avery loved spending time with her big brother.

Carly is over Ava trying to play the victim, or for them to feel sorry for her.  She tries to pull Ava into a fight, in which Ava almost participated in, but instead she smashes the lantern she has lit and it explodes into fire as Carly is propelled backward and hits the ground. Did Ava get away?  We will have to tune in next week to find out.

On-Air On-Soaps for one, was looking forward to seeing this moment play out on-screen and it did not disappoint.  It was fascinating to watch in the hands of Maura West.

So, what did you think of the showdown scenes between Ava and Sonny and Carly?  What did you think of the performances of Maura West, Laura Wright and Maurice Benard? Share your thoughts in the comment section below

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su0000
su0000

Ava/Maura is awesome!
Ava is a great character.. Maura a phenomenal actress.
GH is very fortunate to have Maura.

I hope Ava bitchslapps Carly and ehh even stomps her.. carly has been annoying like fingernails down a chalkboard.
Ava needs to stifle her ..

I want Ava and Sonny as a couple- always have and will.
Carly and Sonny are so has-been, been there done that 200000000 times repetitive couple.
nuff of Carly and Sonny they bore the bejesus outta me!
they are the same old love gone problems for decades, nuff of them!

GO AVA!!!! you take that Carly bitch down and then have great sex with Sonny, lots of sex with Sonny!!! GO AVA! you`da power, tap dance all over that Carly hag!! HEH!

Patrick
Patrick

if you rule me with sonny and Ava

i’m going to cry

su0000
su0000

Hi Patrick ..
Ava tops the whiny bitchy loud mouth that never has silence Carly.
Carly has become an irritating bitch and not a tough bitch she’s a hag.

Ava and Sonny were hot in the crypt and they would make for a great couple under new actual drama writers.
Carly and Sonny (in past years) don’t even hot kiss they are sexual duds together. …
They are like brawling roommates- roommates from hell .. never romantic or sexual, just roommates.

Phil
Phil

I love Maura West, but I will not root for her and Sonny! Sonny and Carly are meant to be together, plain and simple! Laura Wright is also a phenomenal actress… GH is lucky to have the cast that they have!

su0000
su0000

hi Phil ..
yes, GH has a great cast, but- they are given horrible material blahhh..
Sonny and Carly’s time should end. that couple is worn and torn and needs to be gone. They are same old crap for decades- been there done that 2000000 times with them, never changing.

Sonny and Ava would be something NEW and whole lot of new is desperately needed.

Laura is great also. Perhaps its style that I prefer Maura.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Sonny and Carly are so boring, The rinse and repeat cycle became boring 5 times ago. Plus, these two have zero chemistry.
Most viewers could GAS about Sonny and Carly. These two are dragging down the show and the ratings. Time to let them go.

su0000
su0000

The writers J&S are so inept!

Ava is being taken down for messing with Morgan’s pills.
remember;
Kiki and Morgan messed with Michael’s pills ..
Carly and Sonny have selected memory.

GH needed new better and improved writers yesterday !
Jean and Shelly are the wrong type writers for GH, totally wrong.

Celia
Celia

Yes, yes, yes, su…..from day one, I said Maura killed every scene when I first saw her on GH. I was familiar with her work from Y&R, who did not realize what a wonder the show lost by killing off Diane/ Maura.
No, no, no, su….Sex in the crypt was perverse, depraved and sick. Schifoso!!!!!!
At the risk of sounding like a prude ( and I don’t care), I suppose it all hinges on one’s perspective, interpretation and moral code, with a dash of one’s faith.
A crypt, a cemetery, a Church, a Synagogue, or any place of worship, are sacred grounds. To desecrate such a Holy place was both irreverent and sacrilegious. Admittedly, one must have scruples and a soul to observe such ‘Godly’ sanction…..thus, it mattered not to them.
Ava and Sonny as a couple? I agree that Carly is a shrew and I am sick of the repetitive Sonny-Carly song and dance….but, Ava? Hmmmm, su. Ava is too much woman for Sonny. She will chew him up and spit him out, even if he arms himself with all the Viagra in the world. Ha!!
Later.

su0000
su0000

hi Celia ..
I liked the crypt sex it was widely nasty! lol
Ava and Sonny were not making love they were pure urge and that was awesome.
It was exactly how it should’ve been with them, dirty and spontaneously wild.

Ava and Sonny would be an intense couple, never boring and I think they are perfect for eachother..
Married mobster,s how exciting. The merging of the Jerome and Corinthos families !

At the least they would have great sex understand each other LOL ..

dmr
dmr

Maura always delivers. She is an unstoppable force. I am sick to death of Carly and Sonny and the “Morgan Hour.” I disliked Morgan when he was alive and I dislike him even more, now that he’s dead.

Celia
Celia

Ahhh, su, su, su,
I am all for hot, wild sex ( albeit, not just with anybody), but, I do believe you’ve missed my point.
It wasn’t the sex, it was the LOCATION.
As far as the intensity of their animalistic rutting, su? They are two peas in a pod. The intendity had nothing to do with passion, but all to do with an angry need—Tom-cat and kitty in an alley of Anytown, USA.

Shay
Shay

Oh, you are too funny, CeeCee!!! And also spot on!!! I tried to expound upon your own disgust for the notion of revisiting the circumstances of that heinous crypt tryst and its highly inappropriate location via a Sonny-Ava reunion, but alas, it failed to make post. Needless to say, I wholly support your point of view about this most unholy alliance that took place in the holiest of places….it’s a memory best “laid to rest”—no pun intended—and forgotten! As for Ava, I think her next sexual foray should see her being “serviced by Curtis.” That would make for a truly high-energy coupling, eh?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

su, do you think Maura West is indeed leaving GH since “Ava” has burns over 50% of her body? Is that a way for TPTB to bring in another actress to play Ava? What say you?

reellyred
reellyred

I would love to see ava and sonny together

Ric
Ric

Wow another amazing performance by Maura West! It’s just my opinion so don’t get mad, but Laura Wright and Maurice Bernard are not even in the same league as her .

As for the storyline and being a long time viewer of GH the hypocrisy of Carly and Sonny baffles me, they are no better than Ava & Sonny has does worse & and thank God Ava stood up to Carly who I can’t stand.

I just don’t understand how the writers continues to cram these two down our throats, stop trying to make this Sonny & Carly hour & focus on Laura, Monica & all the other characters that made GH One of the best shows still on the air.

If GH wants to survive and stay on the air TPTB need to get rid of the current head writers they are only bringing down GH just look at the numbers!

ppage
ppage

I agree. Laura and Mauice are good (Maurice phoning it in from time to time – and Laura always good). But Maura is in another league.

Would actually like to see Ava and Sonny as a couple (unless Nick Stabile returns as Nikolas – they had great chemistry!)

Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) is another true talent. Like Valentin and Nina together
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I also wish they would give Roger Howarth better material. He’s done all he can with Franco. He needs something else. Hmm, maybe some type of story with Maura and Roger.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

In these particular scenes, I thought Laura Wright was quietly effectively and her heartbreak came through as real. Maura, as I said in an earlier post, was over the top with her screeching and screaming.
Yes, the writers did literally wear this storyline out as they are wont to do. Drains the audience and tests their patience; as a result, the s/l loses any affect it may have had.
Said the same about the Nurses’ Ball–much too choppy to have any real impact.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Laura Wright is a really good actress. But honestly? I could care less about Carly’s “heartbreak.” She barely batted an eye when Monica lost her son…AJ…who both she and Sonny tortured for years and finally killed…one doing the deed, the other keeping silent. I just want Ava to bring Carly downnnnnnn…

rebecca1
rebecca1

On another note, Nancy, I agree with you about Maura’s screaming. Waaay too over the top. Reminds me of Florencia Lozana (Tea, OLTL). Both very good actresses but in my opinion need to tone down their portrayal of angst, anger, etc. If they want to convey hysteria they’ve nailed it! 😉

dmr
dmr

Nancy, I agree, the Nurse’s Ball was too “choppy” due to the constant interruptions of what TPTB consider to be drama and good story-telling.
Rebecca1, BOY, do I agree with you about Carly and what she did to AJ back in the day. Although, I only apply my sympathies to Sean Kanan as AJ. I deeply disliked Billy Warlock as AJ.

dmr
dmr

Not many actors are in the same league as Maura. She is an amazing actress. Comedic gold when paired with Kin Shriner.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Agree completely. I’ve never seen Sonny or Carly be remotely comedic about anything. The characters take themselves way too seriously for that. Ava is given a wider range of emotions to play with. Since Maura West can really do it all, GH is very lucky to have her. I just wish she wasn’t stuck interacting with the Corinthos clan, who are a humorless bunch at best.

Remy
Remy

Maura West THANK YOU!

This is what was needed another “lackluster” nurse’s ball.

Still wish the show would explore the Nicholas/Ava relationship, rather it be Tyler or Mr. Stable in the role.

Ava roaming around Sonny/Carly orbit is old and tired, either Carly and Ava are going to fight and give us a classic bitch battle or just continue to bait each other.

Outside of this plot point, lets get a true Ava Jerome Story with Maura front and center instead of supporting a mob story that is really a sob story. If it can work for Jason, im sure it can work for Ava.

ppage
ppage

Except for Valentin’s song which was very well sung, and very moving…And the brief appearance of Robin, the Nurses’s Ball was a dud. Kiki and Dillon’s dance/song was brutal (sorry, David Bowie!)
Did love Nina’s dress and Kelly’s gold dress with colorful jewelry which was different and fun!

gloria
gloria

I thought Kiki & Dillon were terrific! Kiki has really grown on me & I love her with Dillon. I loved Nina’s dress too. But yes, the ball was not as great as past years.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

The character of Ava can’t be redeemed; thus, she merits no empathy nor sympathy from me as the audience. True of a lot of characters in these “new” approches to soaps. More’s the pity.

Remy
Remy

Well Sonny and Carly have been redeemed plenty of times, why not Ava?

Maura rose to the occasion and didn’t disappoint. She stole the whole scene, making Carly and Sonny grief understandable but kind of a “here we go again moment”.

Moving forward, hope we will receive an Ava Jerome storyline instead of Ava supporting a storyline.

janet
janet

I don’t agree. Ava switched pills.Sonny takes a gun and shoots AJ dead, in cold blood. Then if that wasn’t enough he goes to the hospital room where aj is dieing and threatens him. Carley did push alcoholic AJ pouring drimks over him, etc.All the things she did. Ava can’t be redeemed ???? She switched some pills. Morgan stole the car.if he wasn’t like Sonny he would still be alive. I don’t even like Ava, but fighting with those two calling her names, names of things they have both done worse. What a joke.General gangsters can’t be redeemed. At least Maura West can act. Don’t believe it, watch her on camera with these two dogs.

Shay
Shay

Amen to that notion, Nancy! I find it impossible to emotionally invest in the shallow, soulless and quite frankly, despicable, characters that GH has rolled out with regularity over the past few years. Save for the few remaining legacy players that we’ve known and loved for eons, I simply don’t give a fig about what happens to most of these “people.”

Steve
Steve

@janet

No question, MW is an outstanding actress.

Sonny will never be redeemed in many of our eyes. Ava not only switched the Morgan’s pills which caused his downward spiral, she murdered Connie in cold blood and led everyone to think AJ did it. This led to Sonny shooting AJ in Ava’s apartment mostly due to her deception. And, she’s never paid for the car accident that caused Jason’s facial reconstruction.

As good as Maura West is, Ava is just a bad person

Boop
Boop

Sonny’s character can’t be redeemed either; however, he still has the police dept. in his pocket and is able to take matters into his own hands without any consequences. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander! ( a true saying)
Sonny hasn’t paid for AJ’s death; so, what’s the difference? Sonny killed AJ because he’s a killer! Not for what Ava said or did! He , Carly and the writers made AJ look as if he was scum and not a Q!

Lil' Angel
Lil' Angel

Maura West acted circles around MB and LW. Ava should be at the center of storylines, not at the perimeter of Sonny and Carly’s for the sole purpose of propping them up. It’s a complete waste of MW’s talent.

And can we stop with the discovery of an unknown journal trope? It would be much more effective if they showed Morgan writing in it when he was alive.

And I’m really tired of Carly bringing up Ava murdering Connie when AJ’s killer is standing right there.

ppage
ppage

yes…..yes…and yes!

Ric
Ric

Yes give MW a story all her own, one she can really sink your teeth into and let everyone see what you can do!

Lil' Angel
Lil' Angel

Aaaaaaaannndd, let’s not forget that Morgan was also fond of switching pills!

Boop
Boop

I totally agree! Plus, the writers make it seem as if Morgan was innocent; he stole Julian’s car! That’s known as grand larceny! These are terrible writers because in reality , Morgan would be arrested if he was found!

Steve
Steve

Okay folks, who bears the most responsibility for Morgan’s death? Breaking it down by percentage might be good…

Olivia (ordered bomb in car) 50%
Morgan (stealing car) 20%
Ava (switching meds) 20%
Julian (not revealing Olivia was alive) 5%
His driver (left keys in car) 5%

Celia
Celia

Boop and Seve,
Hi, guys,
I had replied to this, but I do mot see it.
I wonder; if Morgan’s pills had not been switched, would he have stolen Julian’s car?
I have never liked Morgan, but, to be fair, I find him faultless in this. He was not acting rationally.
Furthermore ( not to defend Ava’s argument), instead of Sonny and Carly go into one of their inane discussions about their sainted children, namely Morgan; they should have done something as soon as they noticed Morgan’s erratic behavior.
But, as Sonny and Carly are wont to do, they lay blame on everyone else’s feet except their own.
I dread Avery’s story, as she is Sorased….imagine her fate; conceived in a crypt, among the dead…..ewwww….that’s some stigma—Creepsville, NY.

John
John

She was brilliant! A true Judith Light moment !

Brenda Garces
Brenda Garces

su0000
you need to watch the show more Ava uses her kids as a crutch What type of human being would switch pills to fake ones to a bipolar patient,
Carly;s gonna beat her ass and then if that don’t happen she is as good as dead cause Sonny will take care of that

ppage
ppage

yes, but we’re talking about acting skills, not the characters themselves

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You said it, Brenda. Switching those pills (how long ago now?) doomed an already-doomed characters. Aloha, Ava!

Kevin
Kevin

Ava’s gonna burn…BADLY

Boop
Boop

Sonny should be in the same furnace!

su0000
su0000

hi Brenda ..
Ava is/was a masterful mobster that wouldn’t hesitate to put Carly down.
J&S have turned Ava into a weak unrecognizable powderpuff.
IF, the real Ava were to burst out she would indeed hurt Carly, bad.. she would most likely plot carly’s death.

I want the real Ava back !!!

J&S have destroyed GH and turned it into a retirement home for priests and nuns .

Boop
Boop

I agree that Ava and Julian should be tougher mobsters ; the writers make everyone afraid of Sonny.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey, GH could use some priests and nuns, su! 🙂 Remember the sister on DOOL many classic years ago?!

Celia
Celia

Too late now, su. But, you’re right. Ava is not Ava of old, anymore, albeit the performance has not waned, in my eyes.
Her world is crashing—yet, there still is Julian. Will he avenge his sister? Goes against the grain, if he does, considering she inflicted her suffering upon herself. But, crime familiese are all about ‘returning the favor’; not about reason.
I know we do not see eye-to-eye where Sonny is concerned. You admire him and his lifestyle, LOL.
However, to me, he has proven, once again, that he thinks with his stony, obsidian black heart ( if we can call it that).
He could have ended Ava life and her suffering. Yet, he chose a punishment worse than death for her. Life!!
Ava paid the piper, time and again—-losing Avery, possibly Kiki, and now her “skin”, literally.
What about Sonny? Was losing his son punishment enough? You bet’cha. YES!! For normal, grieving parents….
….but, Sonny is not your “soup du jour” parent. If he cannot give up a life of crime, revenge and debauchery, for the sake of his children, then his life of evil is stronger than the love for Morgan et al.
I doubt the PTB are ready to let Sonny, and what he represents, go. They need him as is. Defective.

cooks7570
cooks7570

Doesn’t Sonny do the same thing with his kids.

Boop
Boop

We’re in agreement about that!

Celia
Celia

Hi, Brenda,
I, know, how you feel…that’s how feel about Sonny, the devil, and Carly, the ‘devilette’.LOL.
Keep in mind that Sonny and Carly are no better than Ava. It’s a soap. We cannot lose dight of that, albeit I may also be guilty of that fact.
We need to remember that the writers switched the pills. I fall into that same pit, but I straighten myself out as much as I can.
These characters in question are all baddies….they look even worse to us if we do not like them. I like Ava, I do not like Sonny or Carly. They lord it over everyone as if they, and they alone walk on water. No way!! Their aura is murky, and impenetrable.
I realize my unfairness, but, to parrot ppage, we are discussing Ava’s non-pareil artistry….the actress, not the character.

Celia
Celia

Sight

Celia
Celia

@Ashton Cripton.
Hi, Ashton,
Why do you find your own statement ironic, as pertaining to these actresses? Are you an actor, yourself? Otherwise, I don’t see the irony.
I’m somewhat confused ?
However, I agree that a performance should have no bearing on the redundancy of a storyline, as long as the actor/actress delivers…..albeit, and needless to say, the viewer gets bored. Our attention span has waned with the ‘winds of change’.
Women, especially, do not just siit around, accepting the status quo, any longer—we multi-task —we have careers outside the home. We want, once in a while, at least, instant gratification eith something new. LOL.

Jake
Jake

I just love Maura West she has made Ava one of my favorite characters. I know she is no saint but damn she can act. I know Ava needs to pay the piper but I would never want PC to be less this citizen.

ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET
ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET

For once, I think Laura Wright deserves accolades for her performance in this scene. She had me riveted. I’ve come to like Maura West a bit more since she’s been on this show ; she is good and sometimes better. I have enjoyed Ava with Scott. However, I find her acting predictable ( as typically are Maurice and Laura ). Maura resorts to screaming and shrieking when she’s up against it, and uses certain old Hollywood campy, facial, eye and mouth expressions (as does Maurice who also uses grazing flicking fingers and hands on forehead and face along with the dangerous big dimple smile) . I think Maura would be a much better actress if she broke out of the signature style she created for herself. Same for Michelle (Nina)..
Just an aside,
I really like the the actress who played Carly’s lawyer for a minute, and I actually thought it was a great pairing for Sonny-she is a Latina, and more of a match for Sonny who is also Latino and I hope tptb pursue the relationship.

ppage
ppage

I liked Martina too.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So agree with you re Maura’s acting, affectations, dress, etc.
Disagree with you re the actress who played Carly’s acting. I found it pedestrian and lackluster.

ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET
ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET

I agree with you about Laura for the most part. For me in her case there have been exceptions to the rule when it was unintended and effective..this was one of those times. I have to say I’ve always liked Laura since Loving/The City but her performance of Carly has become too predictable and staid .

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“who played Carly’s LAWYER”–meant to say 🙂

ASHLAND CRIPTON
ASHLAND CRIPTON

Just because an actors or actresses performance(s) are “too predictable”, that means that their acting isn’t GOOD? Listen, I get it that everybody has their rights to their own opinions…. but that is ironically WHY I am sharing my own right here!! …. If their acting WASNT “too predictable”, than I feel that just so many people out their would be crying out for the actors and / or actresses and or characters to instead be “sticking to their ROOTS”. Lolz.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Maura West delivered a tremendous performance. Her talent oozes from the screen. When she is given the right material to play no one on this show (aside from the equally great Finola Hughes) does it better. More Ava, please!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I much prefer Finola Hughes understated style. And she garners sympathy in her portrayal of Anna.

Phil
Phil

Finola Hughes REALLY is in a class of her own… the brightest spot on a shining cast!

Tristan
Tristan

Absolutely agree, 100%, re: Finola Hughes!

Carol
Carol

Maura West is the greatest actress on soaps and today proved it.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I just don’t see it–at all. Maybe she was good in another soap as another character, but not as Ava. I haven’t seen other performances by her.

Boop
Boop

Your opinion, Nancy.

ppage
ppage

she and Jane Elliot

Phil
Phil

Finola Hughes

su0000
su0000

Ava/Muara rules!
Maura is the best of the best (( superb acting..

Celia
Celia

You can say that time and again, Carol. Maura West’s every scrne is effortless—acting is definitely her calling.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

How hypocritical of Carly to tell Ava, “You can’t use your children as an excuse for all the things you do. Own it!” Ummm, Carly and Sonny, look in the damn mirror.

Right now, Maura West is about the only reason I’m still watching “GH.” She is incredible.

Ric
Ric

I agree with you 100% she is the only reason I continue watching, as a loyal GH viewer for years when I heard Jane Elliott was retiring I said I never watch it again, however then I remembered Maura, I and change my mind! No one can ever compare to the amazing Jane Elliot, but Maura sure brings it.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I agree with you, Kevin O, but I do want to point out that this is SO consistent for Carly. Her inability to see her own hypocrisy has been a constant for her character throughout the years, no matter who was writing the show and which actress was playing the character. (Doesn’t make it any less boring or eye-roll-worthy, but it does demonstrate character consistency.)

There’s no reason some other character couldn’t call her on it, though. That would be a nice addition to the mix.

Donna L
Donna L

I loved the scene today with Ava,she an incredible actress! GH is so good when she is on! Carly and Sonny should look in the mirror,they are no better than Ava! Maybe even worse!

JK
JK

MAURA WEST IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!! TREMENDOUS PERFORMANCE….SHE IS THE GREATEST SOAP ACTRESS AND THERE ARE MANY GOOD ONES RIGHT NOW.

Kalle
Kalle

Pure Drama! I loved it. There will be Emmy Nominations coming!

Mateo
Mateo

Maura West. Just dayuuuummmm girl! You totally owned the scenery in those scenes. Maura West is the current day Beverlee McKinsey. And I don’t say that lightly. Maura always knows the word restraint and uses her skills when it’s the perfect time. She held her own against Maurice and Laura in the beginning. But when she let go, everyone had to stand and watch. The makeup was stunning with her eyes all filled with running make up and tears. She truly looked like she was at her own hanging. Then she just brought the house down. Let’s face it: while the writing for GH is said to be so awful, Maura manages to make those words come to life. She runs with it all. She can act anything. When Morgan’s death was first announced, the scene with her falling to the floor in agony was so real I had to empty a box of Kleenex solely on her. When she handled this scene I didn’t think the tears would ever stop. She just owned the world then. This scene reminded me of when Beverlee McKinsey took down Michael Zaslow on Guiding Light. She started off restrained and then pulled out the big guns. And you believed it all. Maura West better use these scenes for her Emmy reel for next year because if she doesn’t win for this then NO ONE ELSE deserves to. I love GH. Even when writing is weak or when stories drag on a little too long. They have the greatest cast in the world and Maura West is miles and miles ahead of everyone else there. I won’t shade Laura Wright and Maurice Benard. They are classic staples of daytime. I have no ill will against Sonny and Carly. They are a couple for the ages. Ava Jerome needs a strong story line. I agree with one of the commentators here who said she had heat with Nikolas Cassadine. She and Nikolas were magic. She needs that. Don’t make her too good now. Keep her fired up and conniving. No one does it better but give her something good to chew on. Maura West has earned it.

Ric
Ric

Well said!

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

Wow! Spot on with the comparison to Ms. McKinsey! Was a big fan of hers. No matter what her character(s) may have done, you still were blown away by what she brought to the screen. Same with Ms. West! They both are one of a kind actors in a whole other realm! Totally agree with the need to bring Nicholas back to be paired with Ava: their chemistry was ridiculous! Love to have them get Nick Stabile back where he belongs. At this point any storyline they cook up to get him back on the canvas will work for me. Those scenes by Ms. West were so amazing, I don’t think I took a breath. She put on a clinic, just give her the Emmy now.

Patrick
Patrick

“…Those scenes by Ms. West were so amazing, I don’t think I took a breath. She put on a clinic, just give her the Emmy now. ”

loving all the high praise for Ms. West.

how will Frank / Jean / Shelley turn this around?

Patrick
Patrick

DOUBLE on the “well said”

NICE stuff.

Dan S
Dan S

Exactly!

Boop
Boop

Bravo! I loved Beverlee!

ASHLAND CRIPTON
ASHLAND CRIPTON

I agree with this posting completely and 100%! SO SO spot on! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Mateo, I don’t think they can make her “too good”–can’t even make her “good”? How do you (even the GH writers) make a killer “good”? And I’m speaking of a LOT of GH characters here!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I think MW is a wonderful actress– but unfortunately the material was so predictable and done so many times in various situations I was totally unmoved by the three of them– Now if Ava had confessed from the get go instead of trying to cover it up– been sincerely repentant as she faced grieving Sonny and Carly —I would have love that kind of scene– but this showdown was dragged out for months while we had to go through the farce of musical pill bottle– with Lucy and Ava and Scott–and the whole Olivia Jerome detour– just to end up where we are– so sorry you can give a performance worthy of an Oscar and I would still have hated it.

dramafan
dramafan

I agree Maura west did an amazing job with her material.She masterfully played several almost simutaneously. Unfortunately the only way she will be able to get out of the corner these awful writers have put in is if Morgan is not truly dead.Otherwise I see no way out for the character.

There is a difference between Ava and Carly. Ava is evil as evidenced by what she did to Morgan and her cold blooded murder of Connie.Carly is simply a tiresome harsh miserable bitch but not evil.

Ava is also different from Sonny in that while her murder of Connie was evil and cold blooded Sonny’s Murder of AJ had extenuating circumstances.He went to Ava’s and saw what appeared to be AJ strangling Ava and she did egg sonny on to kill AJ so that her murder of Connie would continue to be placed on a dead AJ.Sonny truly believed AJ murdrerd Connie and shot him almost in a state of temporary insanity.

I know some readers will string me up for defending Sonny and Carly but this is how I see it. Even though I don’t like Carly I genuinely like and think Laura is a great actress.On the other hand I am not fond of Maurice’s acting.He appears to be unprepared, not learng his lines and he constantly flubs his lines. It is very irritating!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Carly’s not evil?

Dumped a drugged A.J. in an alley, and set it up to look as if A.J. had started drinking again [Aug 1997]

Seduced her mother’s husband to get back at her mother for putting her up for adoption. (1996)

* She shot Tony Jones, her ex, after he was not sent to jail for kidnapping her son. (April 24, 1998)

* Pushed Courtney Matthews’ car off a cliff to cover up Courtney’s involvement in Elizabeth Webber’s hit-and-run. (September 12, 2003)

* Set fire to Ric Lansing’s apartment in an attempt to destroy a file that incriminated Sonny. (November 2004)

* Ordered a hit on Franco

* Kept Sonny’s secret that he was the one who killed AJ Quartermaine.

Sonny’s murder of AJ? Sonny had been gunning for AJ for years. He kidnapped him, hung him on a meat hook, threatened him at gunpoint to sign over his parental rights and finally found the excuse he needed to kill him.

Sonny and Carly? They’re barely tolerable.

As you said, this is how you see it/them. Just not sure if you’re a longtime viewer and know their history. They have done many “evil” things and never own up to it. At least Ava was genuinely devastated. What she did was wrong. Evil? I don’t think so. Misguided and completely wrong on every level. But she certainly didin’t want Morgan to die and felt great remorse. Carly and Sonny over what they did to AJ? Nothing. They’re soulless….

Rhonda
Rhonda

Yes, yes and yes, Rebecca. Thank you for saying it for me and so well too. You mention crimes Carly committed which completely forgot about.
Carly has always been a huge hypocrite. I really can’t stand the character despite liking Laura Wright’s acting.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I totally agree, Rebecca. Ava has done some incredibly despicable things (e.g., killing ConnieKate), but for Sonny and Carly to claim some kind of moral high ground is utterly ludicrous; they’ve done as bad or worse. And what they’re criticizing her for in this particular case was pretty lousy, but not in the same league as some of the things Sonny and Carly have done. I can’t justify Ava, but I truly can’t justify S&C’s incredible hypocrisy (other than the fact that, as I pointed out elsewhere, it’s remarkably in character for Carly through the years). It is laughable.

Steve
Steve

Well said, dramafan. You summed up all 3 characters quite nicely. I’d add hypocrite to Carly’s description.

Boop
Boop

I can tell by your comments supporting Sonny that you are a Sonny fan. You’re making excuses for a murderer! You have no objectivity!

Timmm
Timmm

I like Sonny and Carly and not Ava but I respect her talents. I wouldnt want to be friends with none of the three, though!

Celia
Celia

Hi, dramafan,
Sorry, but I must disagree, with all due respect…..and, of course, you are entitled to your opinion….no worries. I, for one, will not “string you up”, LOL.
…. murder is murder…no extenuating circumstances about it. That’s like saying a woman is a little pregnant. She either is or isn’t. LOL….. it’s the only parallel I could think of, right now. LOL.

Agreed, Laura is great…I really like her. But, as Carly, she demoralizes me. She’s kind of a He-woman. Does that make sense?
And, Carly is no innocent bystander, caught in the middle, here. She is a criminal, an evil-doer en par with Ava in many instances….not just “a harsh miserable bitch”. My opinion…..She is spitefull and vengeful. Baaad combination.

Deborah
Deborah

The mascara they used on Mara west,I hope it didn’t burn her eyes.she did a fabulous job on her she is a very good actress and now usuing jake. Jakes magic tricks and Helena cassaadine canoe appearance was So hum hum.i feel sorry for the little boy. I hope the writers clean this up or have already . Miss Jane Elliot ,but I wish her well on her retirement .respectively pastor hartwell

DBallard
DBallard

Maura West made me feel bad for Ava after the science was over , I have followed her career since atwt she has been a blessing to watch over the years. I hope this leads to a great story to get her back in the Emmy run! I’m personally tired of Sonny and Carly thinking they are pure good Sonny has killed more than Ava… Carly has done horrible things also.

soapgal
soapgal

In this eppy I felt the pain of the parents , their anguish & their sheer disgust over finding out what Ava had done, but then I waited to see Ava deliver her heartfelt sadness & remorse over what she had done to Morgan & knew without a doubt she could deliver it , but all Ava did was scream her lines & do a whole lot of hollering ,it was like a WTF moment where you had to stop and wonder what exactly happened to the actress , this was a case of what should of been.

Patrick
Patrick

I think that she can still go their , effectively ( the remorse, anguish, pain, sorrow ) I certainly know how much Ava LOVED Morgan. and still see it from Carly point of view as a parent.

the heat of the moment thing… all she could think of was knowing she did it…. how to get out of their…. and her priorities, fighting for her life for Kiki and Avery.

you could easily reverse this and it’d be Sonny and Carly… who hollered the same scenes .

you could easily see the build up … the frenetic play… how Ava was corralled, cornered, and by admitting “that she did it” her fierce portrait ( lioness) .

Laura to Carly : ” you will pay” and you will continue to pay ” etc… etc…

do I have dread for Ava character ? absolutely. JUST NOT

@ the expense of more Sonny and Carly. GH “end all and be all ” dullard

Sonny and Carly exact a lot of energy…. GH isn’t about this…. forever? WHY?

they are so one note. so now that they’ve both exacted justice. hell even slept with someone else. will this be the tour de force reacquaint themselves

blech

sidebar: I don’t know what to think… of how the snores will play this out. I just want, for this trio to END. Sonny Carly and ava going their own way… and just showing off screen Ava with visitation with Avery. BRING BACK NIKOLAS

this is the best way to tie this all up and upchuck anything left. Maura West and Tyler Christopher for the WIN.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Patrick, I liked your comparison of Jessica Lange (whom I love) and Maura West.
I never cared for Ava and thought the cartoon like writing they gave her made her insufferable. But West is super talented and if anyone saw her on As the World Turns they can tell you she’s a really gifted actress.

Celia
Celia

Hi, soapgal,
Yes, one would have expected to see a repentant Ava; however, what we did see was a cornered tigress in all her glory.
What I took away from watching Maura in this scene was brilliance!! Her delivery was ferocious in her ‘screaming’.
Personally, Carly and Sonny , albeit grieving parents, were more like Laurel and Hardy……I felt neither the grief nor the sadness radiating from them, in this scene…..both lost the ‘touch’ I has seen previously, for a nano second. Sonny is not scary to me; just a foolish two-bit criminal without a conscience. He and Carly are made for each other,; from the same cheap, dirty, worn-out cloth…..partners in crime… poor AJ!! So, for them to throw shade on Ava is monumentally hypocritical. They are no different from Ava.
They stand in judgment over Ava? A ‘Comedy of Errors’, I say.

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Great episode and Great week! This show is on fire right now! Can’t wait for Tuesday! I have some issues with how rushed the reveal was from a story standpoint, with a few nitpicks about what was missing that could’ve enhanced the scenes, but it still turned out to be a captivating soapy faceoff with top notch acting and dialouge. Carly and Sonny confronting Ava about Morgan’s death was excellent! What a flaming blazing hot Friday cliffhanger in more ways than one. I would have much rather Ava waited till Carly started attacking her to resort to throwing the lantern on the floor but it does create one interesting dilemma. Sonny and Carly are right near the exit area of the warehouse door and Ava is on the other side of the room with only a fire separting them. We have two grieving parents having to make a choice in letting the person who put their child’s death into motion either burn to death or save her life. Wow! Awesome dramatic setup right here! Maura West, Laura Wright, and Maurice Benard were the acting trifecta! Firstly, the smart decision to not turn this into another gun waving sideshow was the right call, and the lack of seeing a pistol crammed in Ava’s face for an hour was a nice change of pace. We weren’t overrun with a death threat every segment and frankly only remember one that was direct at the end. Secondly, the choice to make this a more subdued encounter worked so well, and Carly and Sonny’s more controlled reactions were perfect. Did they still yell and scream? You bet they did and it was darn good. Carly: For once, stop blaming everybody else, and own it. Own it!!! Sonny: Admit it Ava, your the reason Morgan spun out of control, and you messed with his medication. Say it. Say it!!! Maurice was truly awesome in that scene with the “Even if I have to write it in the sky!!!” about how the whole world will know what she did to Morgan. Carly and Sonny taking turns reciting pages from Morgan’s journal was chilling intense brilliance with Ava standing in between them. Quote: “Sonny: I couldn’t sleep last night cause I was so full of energy that my body was buzzing”, Carly: I don’t understand. I’m taking my meds. I’m going to therapy. What’s wrong with me?” Sonny: I hate myself” End Quote. That was an excellent scene! Sonny was right in the point he made about how “Morgan was looking bipolar in the face and was winning the battle” and Carly finished it off emphatically by saying until Ava rigged the game and stole the victory from him. Solid lines! Elizabeth Korte and Kate Hall are the best script writers in the business. I really loved the part when Carly got right in Ava’s face with tears in her eyes, but a stone cold look on her face saying how she thought her hate for Olivia would… Read more »

ASHLAND CRIPTON
ASHLAND CRIPTON

Maybe Ava having to be put into a wheelchair, like Sonny was?

ASHLAND CRIPTON
ASHLAND CRIPTON

Although, in the end of THAT arc, come to find out… that Sonny was faking at the very least some of his “crippledness” and of being in that wheelchair of his when he was “in it”. Lolz.

Patrick
Patrick

WHY doesn’t any one get; that not one character , (besides their kids ) even care to befriend, visit, be a part of willingly either Sonny or Carly ? ( I love Bobbi). why are these two held in such high regard… to see who either or can *uck over ? this is not a serial these two make ?

forever and a day… September, 2017 the renewal season for the oh so bland, dour, and just plain stink on sh*t.

Jean and Shelly … the blame game has got to start sometime… Frank Valentini

they have let go or fired… TREMENDOUS PRESENCE

Morgan, Dr. Joe, Paul, Sabrina, Nikolas, the Baker brothers, could Ava be next

I suppose it’s to our advantage that so many of the cast is left off because they are not being written

what the f is going on ?

what triggers all the air time … what reason are they heralded.

Sonny and Carly
Jason and Sam
Finn and Hayden
Michael and Nelle
Franco

they have no value

all the rest of the cast are supporting… how blah is that… to know that this is what General Hospital is

Patrick
Patrick

one assessment : 3 characters alive; missed, move, and frontburner

Kevin
Lucas
Ava

3 characters who are the most mentioned

all for varying degrees of emote.

Kevin… what a huge catch and coop for the actor herself… Genie Francis
makes her job that much easier. dang it and WOWED over Jon Lindstrom

I do not know what the deal is ? is it money… PAY HIM. I so agree with post(s) he’s worth so much more than doling out advice to Lulu and helping Laura in this custody over Charlotte. that’s asked and answered. what a natural actor

Lucas : solid , real actor.. again, REELS natural and in his own element. plus.. I love Brad and Lucas. and it’d be great to keep interaction and history WITH HIS Mother… Bobbi. again.. Lucas is wasted… as supporting prop for Carly and Sam. Lucas … HAS MORE credibility as a doctor @GH… than Finn and Griffin.

Ava: this is the real sticking point… and a huge responsibility in how Frank Valentini / Jean Passante / Shelly Altman. WRITE !!!!! ??? !!!! it’s so easy to write for dull characters…. F/J/S simply have got to get Ava out of the Corinthos orbit. why do I continue to post this ? because every character is propped and used for supporting

Maura West is tantamount to thee best you’ve got on that canvas as a whole. I was SO EXCITED watching when Nikolas in full beard found out on that plane to LONDON. god I couldn’t believe it when I saw the chemistry with Tyler Christopher and Maura West. GOLD.

Celia
Celia

Hey again, Patrick,
See that? You saw something between Tyler and Maura. I saw it between her and Stabile…LOL.
Well, I hope Nik is alive and well, somewhere on that Greek island.
Hmmm…..Gee, Patrick…Sonny Kiriakis and “company” crashed on a Greek island. Do you think the skull they found is Nik’s?? HaHaHaHaHa.

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

So agree!!!!! This coming from a long time viewer lapsed viewer. Caught an episode late summer with Jon Lindstrom and Genie Francis (Kevin and Laura) and the show went back on my DVR. Frankly I’m tired on waiting for things to get better. I will give it a few more weeks, but why this show does not see what they have is beyond me.
The focus on Sonny and Carly is not working

gwill
gwill

MW was amazing on ATWT, she is amazing now. However what she needs is an amazing love interest. Who could they pair her with on the show now? Valentin? The only other Actor of her calibur.

Celia
Celia

That could work, gwill, albeit I think Nina and Valentin are two lost souls, who came together as one in passion and a life of suffering; as someone already pointed this out.
There is the perfect mate, companion, lover, and friend for Ava. Nikolas Cassadine.
However, the accord, the affinity, the tolerance and spark happened with Nick Stabile.
So, unless Nik, as in Stabile, returns, Ava will aimlessly roam the ‘halls’ ( I did not want to say ‘streets’–too derogatory. LOL) of PC. Well, unless she’s off to the Hoosegow.

Steve
Steve

Celia

For most viewers like me, it’s either Tyler Christopher, or no Nik.

Celia
Celia

@Steve.
Hey, Steve,
I can certainly, understand that. I am relatively, a newcomer…..Tyler never did it for me. We do not choose whom we like.
You guys were used to Tyler as Nik, I wasn’t. It’s that simple.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCeeGirl….It’s not just “you” as a self-admitted “newcomer!” Despite being a longtime GH viewer, I can honestly say I’m not wedded to the notion that Nik is either Tyler Christopher or bust…Even though I rail against the influx of inane “newbies,” I’ve never been against an inspired recast…To wit: for better or worse, Laura Wright made Carly her own after other actresses previously filled those shoes , Richard Burgi arrived in Port Charles as a fabulous Paul Hornsby, and Nick Stabile performed in a perfectly acceptable manner as “Rent-A-Nik!” Believe it or not, our favorite legacy characters of past and present like Laura, Rick Webber, Monica—and yes, even Heather and Jerry Jacks!—were/are portrayed by actors who replaced other players who were originally cast in their roles, yet they’ve managed to make their own incredible and indelible impressions as the aforementioned now-GH mainstays. Given that Prince Nicky is such an essential Cassadine in the scheme of all things Port Charles, it is time for him to return to the canvas, whether in the old, familiar form or in a revitalized version…I tend to favor the latter, but for me, the character is actually more important than the actor….there is still too much to be addressed regarding his mysterious “death” and its supposed aftermath, not to mention his part in Helena’s “demise?”

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Thank you, Shaybelle,
Effectivelly expressed comment. Yes, there have been many recasts who have filled their predecessors’ shoes impeccably and effortlessly…one being, Nick Stabile.
However, my point fell through the cracks; that is….Stabile had a greater connection with Maura….a very sensual current was at the ready….right there on their fingertips.
I did not feel that ‘rush’ with Tyler; albeit, I did see the spark between him and Rebecca B.
And, yes, I agree with you re Prince Cassadine. He should return, in whatever ‘form’. LOL.
Removing him from the scene so abruptly was unfortunate. But, The Soap Gods, whom I have dubbed these writers from the onset, can manipulate anything from their ‘exalted heights’. Right!!??

Ghlover
Ghlover

It’s time GH moves Ava in another story. MW is the best actress in daytime period. She should be mixing with Valentin and Nina instead of Anna. She does not NEED a male lead but it would be fun to see her fall in love again ( i believe she really loved Morgan). I like the idea of a priest helping her find love again…

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

The “priest” and Ava? Ye Gads!!

Timmm
Timmm

If they brought back Nicholas back Ava could easily be in the mix with Nina and Valentin.

Celia
Celia

Oh, yes, T….with the return of Spencer, chances are Nik will, also, make an appearance….and, I bet Spencer knew sbout it.
Ergo, ( lol) a great family reunion.

aria
aria

Michael, i read the post before i had seen the episode, and so when i saw the episode i went in thinking maybe you were embeleshing a little but it was a great scene, and I was very pleased. Maura west was great as were Maurice and laura. As a viewer i was pleased.

ASHLAND CRIPTON
ASHLAND CRIPTON

Maura West. Wow. Just WOW! Such an amazing and true talent that General Hospital had “picked up” at the hands of the Cartini Generation of General Hospital. I feel she and Nancy Lee Grahn are at a pretty close tie right now with being THE BET actresses on the Port Charles and / or the Port Chuck and / or the “General Hospital” canvas right now. The reason(s) Sonny and Carly judge Ava and throw Shame towards her so much, is because them too have done some at least somewhat similar things to what Ava has done and continues to do on this show (“GENERAL HOSPITAL”). Ava is a monster, comes from the obviously ruthless Jerome mob crime family. I mean, heck, she has a blonde (blonde kind of like Ava’s being a blonde, just as well) sister with whom is and or seems to be like at the very least TEN TIMES more crazy than she (Ava, herself) is and / or appears to be! Sonny became a monster, I believe, because of the amount of both physical (and probably also emotional abuse, just as well) abuse that he witnessed his own Mother having to ensure from the lecherous men that she was with. From what I remember in the story and / or storyline, Sonny has had trauma from I believe having flashbacks ab witnessing how his Mother “Adela” may have actually been murdered by at the hands of this apparent guy named “Deek”. Regardless, though, the things that Ava is doing and or has been doing that have affected and or impacted Sonny and Carly and their family and / or friends “around them” is kind of Sonny’s and Carly’s own karma… In a way… For and / or through what they have done. Ava may be doing a wee bit more “ruthless” things these days and / or right now, but the stuff Sonny and Carly has done within both of their pasts (both separate and together with one another and / or with each other. It is ironic how the character of Scotty Baldwin has been helping Ava keep this “Morgan Corinthos pill switching” secret “under wraps” because this has to do with the death of Morgan, himself, with whom is the Son of The Mob Don, Sonny Corinthos… and Sonny was the cause of why and or how the character of Serena Baldwin died at a very young age way back when… And I believe it was at the hands of a car bomb, just as well! And Serena happens to be the daughter of both Scotty, himself, and as well as the spunky character of Lucy Coe. I think that it would be kinda cool if it was found out that not only is Morgan Corinthos really alive and actually not dead, but also Serena is alive somewhere a well. They both come back together, but they have their own story arc and / or storyline arc where the setting happens to be… Read more »

Steve
Steve

Ashland

FYI, Serena is alive and well. She is mentioned occasionally by Scott and Lucy. You might be confusing her with Scott’s other daughter, Karen, for whose death he blamed Sonny.

Morgan should be added to the AJ and Sabrina pile of dead characters that are rarely mentioned.

Oh, any any discussion of the best actresses currently on the show must include Finola Hughes!

Timmm
Timmm

Ava gets her Emmy reel submission but heres hoping she goes away. Good actress but she is like Gloria on Y&R, you can only take them in bits and pieces because of their over the top characters. [Cartoon-like]

Gia
Gia

Watched Maura West on As The World Turns and now on GH>

She continues to lift the bar higher!

An amazing actress.

JK
JK

THIS WAS ANOTHER BANNER DAY FOR MAURA WEST….WHAT AN ACTRESS!!

yen
yen

Is Maura West leaving GH?

Celia
Celia

The door is wide open, yen. It seems that way, doesn’t it? As I mentioned a few days ago, as did Timmm, If Maura exits the show depends on wether her contract is renewed or not.
If we are to believe that Ava has third degree burns on fifty percent of her body, and if she survives, the outward beauty will be as monstrous as her inner-self.
How can Ava live with that? And, in a prison, to boot.
I think this is the opportune time for the truth surrounding Kiki’s birth to rear its revealing head.
I still believe she’s Nina’s daughter. The only impediment is that I never saw an affinity/ connection between them.
It was tried early on, but then the notion dissipated without taking root.
We shall see. I don’t really like the idea of losing Maura, but…..

Steve
Steve

I think if MW leaves, it would be her decision, as Frank is a big fan of hers. Although Ava has done many horrendous things, Maura captivates with whatever the writers through at her (exception being Denise Demuccio, which no one could sell). MB doesn’t have that distinction which is why many are now frustrated with Sonny.

Celia, I appreciate your affinity for wanting parentage stories (Nathan, Kiki). I just think that once Silas was killed off, the thought that Kiki might be Nina’s daughter died with him.

Alan
Alan

It’s the soaps — burn victims always recover with nary a scar (DOOL’s Julie, ATWT’s Barbara) or get a handsome new face (Y&R’s Adam) so I have no doubt Ava will be her beautiful self by Christmas.

As for the Kiki being Nina’s daughter, I don’t think the show will ever revisit that potential plot since Ron is gone and the current incarnation of Kiki is too bland to be Nina’s daughter. I think it is more likely that Morgan will turn up alive and it will be revealed that he is Avery’s father and Carly switched the results of the paternity test.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….I honestly believe that the character of Ava has run her course…there is no redeeming her, no matter how terribly she suffers for her misdeeds. It seems an exercise in futility to try to save her at this point…if this storyline is a device for the demise of Ava, I can go with it. Especially if this maneuver is solely designed to hold Maura West hostage through a sticky contract renewal…just let her leave, sobeit!…The absence of her character could open new opportunities for other players stuck in old, stale holding positions…namely, Kiki, who, I still maintain, should really be Franco’s daughter with Ava….there is just a natural affinity between these two with their father-daughter dynamic, and if Ava actually dies, that would at least leave Kiki with one parent instead of being an orphan….Plus, as I have mentioned time after time, this would give us Heather as Kiki’s granny….and considering their striking resemblance, it would make perfect sense, not to mention, some cracking good storylines!

Celia
Celia

LOL, Steve. Having an affinity with someone or something does not relate to wanting anything.
I do not have an affinity with either Kiki or Nathan. Our familial backgrounds are as different as night and day….having nothing in common; not a want or wish or hope…..the point of the word, “affinity”….a camaraderie, or common ground for having similar tastes, feelings etc.
As I stated, there was no sign of AFFINITY between Nina and Kiki, as the storyline of Kiki’s parentage evolved.
What drew me towards that route was the fact that, nuKiki is tall and lanky as Nina, in contrast to Alderson, whose stature was more Ava-esque. I think like a woman, Steve. We women notice these banalities. LOL.
I know it’s all in my head, Steve. It’s a soap; except that it would be some revelation, wouldn’t it? Especially because it is a soap—sky’s the limit. One never knows….

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hiyah, Shaybelle,
Oh, believe me, I agree that Ava’s absence may give way to other storylines which have become “stale”, waiting off-stage.
I suppose, this “burn excuse” could be the perfect gimmick used while awaiting any contract negotiations.
However, as far as Maura having run her course? I tend to agree with Alan.
Firstly, I could never tire of Maura West. And, secondly, why hasn’t Sonny run his course? Rhetorical question. I know you feel the same way for Sonny, as I do.
As Alan said, there is a double standard. Now, my Shay, I know you do not ‘idolize’ Sonny….
So, I do follow your reasoning concerning Ava. It does seem that her story(ies) has run out . But, Ava is a CHIMERA (Ha!)… she can definitely re-invent herself. Besides, she needs to ” ‘splain ” how she ended up with Nina’s daughter. DOUBLE LOL. ( Fifi with a bone, I am).
Au revoir, ma belle.

Steve
Steve

I can’t believe I’m going to say this…
What if there really is a Denise Demuccio out there? One who is less ridiculous than the last one and has dyed hair instead of a wig. Gives Maura a character without the baggage.

Okay, back to almost reality, Maura would be a big loss, but it would remove another mob character from the canvas. You take the good, you take the bad.

Shay
Shay

Oh, CeeCeeGirl….Just from the GH threads here alone, I think it’s pretty obvious that Sonny has “run his course!” Many of us have expressed our utmost disgust with his character, as well as Carly’s, on umpteen occasions….apparently to no avail! But that doesn’t mean that we have to willingly suffer other overbearing players simply because we are seemingly stuck with Old SonnyBoy ’til the cows come home! (He may be an onus, but at least he’s an original GH onus!) Ava is a deplorable, diabolical diva of deep depravity without a clear direction in sight….her departure would be no great loss for Port Charles…and that is a fact, regardless of some posters’ overwhelming fondness for her portrayer, Maura West. (I am separating the two….) Really, this soap has become far too overrun with outsiders whose characters frankly don’t blend in with the fabric of the GH canvas and they are simply sucking the air out of the entire show….I know Ava was a semi-legacy role as an imagined bonus Jerome designed solely to showcase West, but really, her presence is simply not essential, just like the party-crashing bore that is Nina and the obnoxious annoyance otherwise known as Hayden….all of these characters could leave tomorrow and the show could go on without missing a beat and be all the better for it.

Scott5
Scott5

I wish I could have seen it as Maura is a phenomenal actress, but Maurice sucks the life out of any scenes that contains Sonny not to mention sucks the life out of GH. I will NEVER watch GH again until I hear that Maurice is left the show. Sonny is a hypocritical B*TCH. Wake me up when Maurice has left.

Alan
Alan

So let me get this straight: Ava killed Connie and she is a murderer but Sonny killed AJ and he is a respected member of Port Charles? Ava switched Morgan’s pills and she’s a villain but Morgan switched Michael’s pills and that’s not a thing because he got later the bi-polars and is the deceased son of Saint Sonny?

The double standards on this show make me sick.

Celia
Celia

Yeees!!!! Where have you been all my life, Alan????!!!!
Now, I see why there’s an AFFINITY between you and me. We see eye-to-eye. Or, I-to-I…LOL.
Your explanation in the futility of my expectation ( Kiki and Nina as daughter and mother) is sound. I accept that. But, the impossible does not exist on soaps.
At one point, I even suggested Nelle and Kiki, as sisters, struck a chord with me. I remember Jimmy ( not jimh) had a proposition about Nelle. Not that she and Kiki were sisters, but that Nelle was Nina’s daughter.
My point? Sometimes, we, as viewers, get a feeling about certain characters.
Will I put the Kiki/Nina relationship to rest? I doubt it. HaHa.
Bye, Alan. I do like both you and your no-two-ways-about-it posts. Gimme more, LOL!!!!!!

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dmr

YES! & no matter what Carly or Sonny do, it is JUSTIFIED and out of LOVE for their children, because they are such WONDERFUL parents. So, when Sonny slept with Ava, knowing that Morgan cared for her, that was OKAY and to be forgiven. When Sonny hung AJ on the meat hook and stripped away his parental rights, and then later killed him, again, that is OKAY and to be forgiven. & when Carly drugged AJ and poured vodka all over him to make it look as though AJ had fallen off the wagon, again, OKAY. But, when Ava switches pills, Morgan/Kiki switches pills, etc., etc., the double standards come in swinging full force.

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you know it, dmr! (tina, tina, tina, ahem)….

it’s what I’ve been saying!!!! for Sonny and Carly to repeatedly talk about what Ava did by switching Morgan’s pills…when Carly doused a recovering AJ with alcohol and let him believe he had a lapse…as did everyone around him…AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!…so freaking frustrating!!!

I’m starting to believe the writers don’t know the history of Carly/Sonny/AJ…seriously. I can’t believe that they could be so inept to think it’s okay to write as if the past never happened. I’m also surprised that the actors don’t point it out when the writers seem lacking… I assume a majority of the viewers go way back and remember the horrendous things both Carly and Sonny did to AJ…and I STILL can’t understand how Monica didn’t lash out at Sonny and have an ongoing hatred.

Can I get an UGH???!!!

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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ABC Names William Burton As The New Head Of Daytime

Over the years there have been several changes to ABC Daytime, and now comes word over the last 24 hours that William Burton has been promoted to Senior VP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC.  Burton starts in his new role immediately.

Deadline first reported the executive level move by the network.  Burton had previously been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime since earlier this year as SVP Daytime following the departure of former Daytime head Rebecca Campbell.

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Those duties have now been formalized in Burton’s expansive new role,  In terms of General Hospital, the creative aspects from the network are still being handled by ABC head of current programming, Vicki Dummer.  Burton has been behind the business operations of ABC Daytime including the daytime drama.

In addition, Burton will oversee the creation and production of syndicated programming across ABC platforms including the upcoming daytime talk show from Tamron Hall that is in development for a potential debut in the fall of 2019.

So, share your thoughts on Burton being named the new head of Daytime for ABC via the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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