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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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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 Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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NATAS President, Adam Sharp Talks On Daytime Emmy Review Findings & Plans For Change To Competition Process

In the aftermath of the letter that was sent to NATAS from daytime drama executives and producers demanding immediate change to the Daytime Emmys contest procedures, guidelines, or they would boycott participating in the upcoming 46th Annual competition, earlier today NATAS and its new president, Adam Sharp, released the findings of an independent investigation into the allegations levied against the academy and its annual competition.

After the full findings came to light , seemed to address most of the concerns raised by the four network soaps, Michael Fairman TV spoke with Adam Sharp to dive into what the reports means for change and evolution of the Daytime Emmys, and if it can resolve the issues so that General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Days of our Lives will come to the table and participate in the only kudofest honoring excellence in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes for daytime programming,

Here’s what Adam had to say about the key points addressed in our conversation below.

Transparency was a key issue noted by the soap producers in their concerns levied against NATAS.   One of the points centered around if NATAS had prior knowledge of the winners before the opening of the envelopes at the ceremony and the integrity of the contest.  What can you detail what the investigation found?

ADAM:  On the matter of whether anyone had prior knowledge to the winners, the reports clearly state that there is no evidence to support that. To the concern raised on the arm’s length distance necessary between us and the accountants we use to tally the votes, again there is no evidence to suggest that there was anything short of what you would expect of the standards of the competition. What it did find was that there were processes that either by virtue of generosity and us trying to be helpful when they asked, or by a lack of documentation to make people aware of policies and procedures, that created the appearance of unfairness, or unbalance in the process that may have been completely unintentional.  For example, the report noted that we did not have a published procedure for appealing decisions or filing any concerns or complains.  Some of this started because of one entrant in a digital category that raised concerns, and it was certainly elevated when the four soaps sent their letter, but without a published procedure, you’re really putting the onus on the entrants to know who to call and how to bring their concern.  So, that creates a system where there’s an imbalance because someone who doesn’t know who to call, doesn’t get the same hearing.  Likewise, if someone has made a mistake or technical error in their entry, and they happen to have entered the process early, and we catch it, we, in the past, have gone back to people and said, “Hey, I don’t think you intended to do this.  Would you like to resubmit?”  But if someone is entering at 11:59:59 on deadline night, they won’t necessarily have that.  Again, completely unintentional, but it could be argued that it created an imbalance or bias in the process, and the report made that clear.  For those types of things, we are going to crack down and be more consistent about our policies.  I told Brent and David that it’s going to mean saying no a lot more often in terms of giving waivers and extensions, and the types of things that we have done in the past to help people along. It is going to mean being more transparent and public about what our policies and procedures are so that every entrant has the equal set of knowledge to work from.

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Does this mean a demotion for David Michaels, Senior VP Daytime Emmy Awards?

ADAM:  Absolutely not.  That’s something that I want to put a very strong pin in right here.  David led the 2018 Daytime Emmys to record participation and a growing audience.  This new resourcing of the team allows him to be more singularly focused on doubling down on that success for 2019.  The Daytime Emmys are the only entertainment award show to have posted year-over-year audience growth from 2017 to 2018, and more than 30% increase in the number of entries.  The report rightly noticed that we did not do enough administratively to scale to that growth and to bring the resources to manage that added audience, and that added interest from competitors.  So, now we are going to make sure that David and Brent Stanton (Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards) each have the support and focus they need to be successful.

When the letter from various soap producers pointed out a “conflict of interest” for having the executive producer of the Daytime Emmys ceremony also be the awards administrator, many were wondering how that would shake out, or how NATAS planned to deal with this complaint.

ADAM:  Obviously, “conflict of interest” is a legal term of course, but I think that what the reports found was that it was not a conflict of interest.  It was a conflict of time, and many of the more specific errors that were raised in the report, as I said to David, occurred in the 25th hour of the day.  So, that is where it was really a resourcing problem, and a lack of procedure and policy problem.  The lack of resourcing created the environment for something to go wrong, and the lack of policy and procedure created an ad hoc nature for how we address those problems and made that ad hoc response open to questions because there was no prior documentation that this was how these things should be handled.  So, hopefully we have addressed each of these areas going into 2019, and that gives us a chance at a fresh start with the community.

 

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In response to the internal investigation findings, you mentioned you would bring additional resources to the Daytime Emmys, additional help in the operations, and you would add a “second pair of eyes”.  Would you potentially let people know who is in those positions that would be working with David Michaels and Brent Stanton?

ADAM:  Yes, so we are absolutely at a minimum committed to adding one full time position, and a handful of part time positions for that initial vetting process of the competition; that review of entries to make sure they meet the technical requirements, rules, and guidelines of their categories.  Now, in the past, there would be one individual, one set of eyes conducting that review, but now, we are modifying our policies such that before any adverse decision is made, such as disqualifying an entry, a second pair of eyes review it and give their independent assessment of the technical criteria and qualifications of the entry, so that there can be more confidence that multiple perspectives were employed before making any decision that could have an adverse effect on an entry.

Could a daytime drama actor participate and submit their work on n their own without the show being a part of it, if let’s say, the soaps won’t participate as a whole? And on that note, what would be the plans moving forward for the Daytime Emmys if the soaps decide not to participate in the competition?

ADAM:  If an actor or actress wishes to enter on their own with their soap still not participating: our rules permit anyone to enter independent of their program.  So, there is not a requirement that a show participate for an individual performer on that show to participate.  That said, they need to have the actual material to submit, and certainly a performer on that show is not necessarily the owner of that show and the owner of that content.  So, the question of whether they would have the necessary access to and rights to the video material to submit, that would be a question to the show producers as to what they would allow of that. In terms of the Daytime Emmy ceremonies moving forward without the soaps, the old saying goes, ‘the show must go on,’ and hopefully, it won’t come to that.  We have had constructive conversations with each of the broadcast soaps and believe our response and support goes a long way to addressing their concerns.  So, we are looking forward to having them.  Of course, they have a number of colleagues in digital drama, children’s programming, gameshows, and the rest of daytime television that we still expect to have a robust program at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys in May of 2019.

You had mentioned that when you saw the results of the report that you felt it was very thorough, and you felt it pointed out things that needed to be fixed.

ADAM:  Yes, the report was exceedingly thorough and fair.  It delivered criticism where criticism was due, and there were a number of areas where we should have and must do better in the management of the Daytime Emmys and our other awards competitions.  I think the report certainly examined every issue that had been raised by members of the Daytime community and then some.  It allowed us to think about what actions we can take as a team to address each of those points.  I don’t think any awards show in our space has ever undertaken such an in-depth introspection of their procedures, yet alone made it public.  So, hopefully we are a trend-setter here.

The report indicates that NATAS will work more closely with the Television Academy (ATAS).  That seems to always be a point of contention.  How do you see yourself improving participation with them to engage that academy in more of the process?

ADAM:  So, the relationship between the two academies has strengthened incredibly in the past year, largely through the leadership of our respective chairman, Terry O’Reilly, the chairman of NATAS, who was elected earlier this summer and Hayma Washington at the Television Academy.  Obviously, they are going to have a new election soon as Hayma is retiring from the role.  So, we can continue that momentum into 2019.  What we note in our response to the report, was that one element of concern raised in the letter from the four soap producers was the mix of Television Academy members on our judging panels, and we want to be responsive to that.  We are prepared to make Television Academy membership a much higher priority in our consideration of judges for these panels, but obviously accessing that membership and engaging that membership requires a deeper partnership with the Television Academy, and we will see to that.

You are starting the call for entries on Monday, November 12th.  If the daytime dramas don’t participate within the timeframe you’ve given, do you see yourself adjusting the timeframe for the soaps if they were to say, “We want to work somethings out before we commit,” or are you just going to move forward if they are not participating in the deadlines you’ve set?

ADAM:  Our deadlines are going to be rather firm for all entrants.  We have a show date set for May and a process that moves backward from there in terms of the time that is needed.  Certainly, the fact that we have added additional review steps and procedures makes that timeline even more critical.  So, we are not going to be in a position to be extending extensions really to anyone.  In fact, the report specifically discourages granting extensions to anyone because that could create the appearance of unfairness that some types of entries get more time than other types of entries.  We welcome everyone, and if by the entry deadline there are particular genres, programs, or individuals that choose not to participate, we will miss them, hope they attend the show in May, and hope we can reengage them for 2020.

If the soaps did not participate in the 46th annual Daytime Emmys, but decided to come back later, it is my understanding that there would just be one drama category whereby web series and daytime soaps would be competing together in that.  Is that potentially what could happen?

ADAM:  I don’t want to go too many branches down off a tree of ‘what if’s,’ but our policies and guidelines do allow that if a category does not have a sufficient number of participants to be competitive, then that category can be eliminated or merged with another category or have its entries moved into another category for the competition.  So, we will look at all of the categories once we have the entries to see which ones remain viable and which ones do not.  Certainly, the fact that we do have digital drama categories gives us a place to contribute to have a drama competition regardless of what mix of entries we have.  I suspect that once you combine those, it becomes very difficult to uncombine them in the future, but obviously the call to entries is revisited every year, so, I can’t think of any long-term prognostications beyond 2019.

Since you are relatively new to your position with NATAS, you probably weren’t expecting that the producers that signed the letter demanding that change and issues be addressed in regard to the Daytime Emmys or they would boycott, would be something you would be dealing with off the bat.  How did you feel about it?

ADAM:  Well, I’m obviously rather new to the role.  My first day as interim president was the day after the Daytime Emmy show this year.  I was only named the permanent president last week.  It was certainly a trial by fire.  I would not say that I had enough history with the daytime drama community to have any expectation one way or another, and I think that is also true of our chairman, Terry O’Reilly, who came into office on July 1st.  That said, in a world of looking for silver linings, I think it gave us an opportunity for a blank slate and a fresh start.  By the community raising these concerns to our attention, and allowing us to conduct this deep review and make it public and be responsive to the issues they raised, it gives us a lot more opportunity to strengthen that relationship in 2019 than if a lot of these concerns had just continued to deteriorate and be whispered about at various cocktail parties, but never really spoken up and therefore, never really addressed.  So, while it was a painful process and there were parts of this report that were difficult to read, I think it gave us the opportunity to start from scratch and to put some of that history behind us.

So, do you think NATAS has addressed the concerns of the daytime dramas? What did you think of the points raised by Adam Sharp in this interview? Do you hope the Emmys will continue as usual with all four network soaps participating? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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