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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’ As Ava Learns The Devastating Truth About Ryan

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Last week on key episodes of General Hospital, the truth was finally out that Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) was masquerading as his twin brother, Dr. Kevin Collins, and that Ava Jerome (Maura West) was an unsuspecting victim in all of this.  As the week began, Ryan and Ava had gone over the bridge, but Jason (Steve Burton) was able to save Ava and pull her back to the bridge, and that set the stage for a powerhouse series of performances by West.

On the bridge with Laura (Genie Francis), who is trying to make Ava comprehend the harsh realization that she has been with a serial killer this entire time, and not the real Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), Ava doesn’t believe what Laura is attempting to tell her.  She believes that Kevin had a mental breakdown.  Laura explains to Ava that Kevin is at General Hospital, while Ryan has been posing as him.  In Ava’s version of the situation, she thinks the switcheroo happened in the last 48 hours when Ryan wanted to whisk her away to be married.  Laura then tells Ava that Ryan switched places with Kevin months ago, and she has never been with Kevin.

It is a horrifying reality for Ava to grapple with as she insists that Kevin loves her.  However, moment by moment, Ava can no longer deny that harsh truth that is right in front of her.  She had sex with her daughter Kiki’s murderer the night she was killed, and she has been sleeping with the wrong man this entire time.

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In heartbreaking scenes, Maura, along with another wonderful performance by GH icon, Genie Francis, illustrated the raw pain and devastation of a woman who has been so blindsided by love, violated, and deceived all at the same time.  The scene where Laura holds Ava on the bridge as she collapses with anguish was soap gold.  But, never underestimate Ava Jerome!  You know she will get her payback.

In another episode, a now drunken Ava heads to the GH to see Kevin for herself, but finds Franco (Roger Howarth).  First, she blames Franco, then he makes her understand that it was Ryan who murdered people and deceived everyone.  He was just helping the PCPD snuff out the serial killer.   She tells Franco that Ryan made her feel like a goddess and that he worshipped her and helped her in her time of need following Kiki’s death.  Ava tells Franco that she hopes Ryan’s still alive so she can kill him herself!

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And still in another moment, Ava runs into the real Kevin in the hospital hallway.  Ava loses her grip and slaps him in the face accusing him of killing her daughter.  Scott (Kin Shriner) pulls her off Kevin, and tries to get her to understand that Kevin was in surgery at GH when she was with Ryan in Niagara Falls.

Sitting down with Ava, Kevin apologizes for what Ryan did to her and everyone else.  Kevin thinks she needs to speak with a therapist, but not him and he will recommend someone.  Later, alone in the hospital corridor, Ava sees a poster of Kevin Collins and rips it to shreds as Scott comes by to calm her down. She sinks to the floor in sorrow over Kiki’s death, and how she ended up falling for Ryan.

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Scene after scene, moment after moment, you can’t get better than West.  Ava is a delicious complex character, who has been so unlucky at love, is so flawed, and at times so revenge-filled, and yet in the hands of the oh-so-skilled and talented Maura West, she has humanized Ava, so that we can’t help root for her to get back on her feet after she falls so far down, so we can witness what trouble she will stir up next.   All of this to say: Michael Fairman TV names GH’s Maura West the ‘Power Performance of the Week”.

So, what did you think about of Maura’s performances on  GH? Did Ava finding out the truth about Ryan live up to everything you hoped it would be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Steve
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Steve

Maura West, Jon Lindstrom and Genie Francis have been outstanding throughout this storyline. Do I wish Kristina Wagner had more scenes, of course. But, overall, this storyline is one of the best on GH on a long time!

Ivory
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Ivory

Yes!!!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I was waiting for Ava’s explosion and Maura hit it spot on as always. We are so lucky to have Maura still with us in daytime!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Maura West is a masterclass in acting, and is the best they truly have in daytime. ABC lucked out in securing her after Maria Arena tossed her aside like she didn’t matter. Ava Jerome is a bad-ass, and I love West’s effortless portrayal.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

As I’ve said, not so effortless in my book.

Rodd
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Rodd

Scott, I totally agree with you!

Suzie rm
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Suzie rm

Great actress, but sometimes can be a bit over the top.

Bradley
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Bradley

West is a good actress, and this site usually churns out one of these type articles about her performance annually. Yes, she will be nominated for an Emmy (again). But the award will go to the actress capable of dialing it back and not chewing the scenery (not Maura West).

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What I said, Bradley! Go, Genie Francis!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What I said, Suzie!

Satan
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Satan

This whole story was way too much about Frodd & Ava, and very little involvement from the few people still in Port Charles who actually remembered Ryan Chamberlain from his first time Port Chuckles.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You said it again, Satan!

Harry
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Harry

I agree with Satan, and I will probably go straight to hell for saying so.

Purisima Fossas
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Purisima Fossas

Ava deserves an award for her performance day after day.
She is extremely talented and lives her character to the max.
At the beginning did not care for her character,,,was I wrong,,,,,.
I know it will be a nemorable episode as she get her well deserved revenge with Ryan.
YOU ARE AMAIZING.
ACADEMY AWARD WINNER, FOR SURE.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Well . . . .

Celia
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Celia

I agree, Purissima. While I love and admire Genie, she does not compare to Maura. We are entitled to our opinion, afterall. I remember when Nikolas died, Laura was stone cold. I suppose she was in shock?….Held back her grief because she’s a lady, as I have heard? I simply do not see it that way—apples and oranges!! Well, Ava reacted exactly as a mother who just lost a child would …..spontaneously and naturally. Furthermore, it is a double blow for Ava. Not only was her child murdered in a most gruesome way; Ava took her killer to bed. The… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

You must not remember or was watching when Lucky “died” in a fire. Genie’s scenes, especially in the hospital morgue, as she lashed out at Luke and Sonny, showed a mother’s visceral rage and contempt for the two “murderers” she allowed into her children’s lives as respectable men and male role models. The scenes were agonizing and jarringly realistic with not much to remind a viewer that this was just a tv show. Laura’s heart was irreparably broken, and I felt it. I imagine a lot of viewers would agree. Having said that, I’m curious how a nice article celebrating… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I agree with you wholeheartedly, Scott…as always. However, I was not the one to discredit one actress to bolster another. My reply was in response to the comparison between the two by someone else… I merely stated my opinion, after the exagerated adulation over the same actress, repeatedly. We all have favorites, albeit I adore Genie. No, Scott, I was not watching when Lucky “died”, LOL….which, incidentally, you have proven my point, that no one can understand the pain of a mother who lost a child; nor delve into her deepest desperation. I am one of those mothers. Therefore, I… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Correction–I meant Maura West.
Believe it or not, One of my clise friends’ name is Maura Wells!! LOL. It just came naturally writing it.

Wavytae
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Wavytae

Maura West deserves the Emmy this year no doubt about it from start to finish she has been golden! She’s more deserving of the Emmy this year then her last win for crypt sex scene she destroyed each episode she was in!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Tell me now, isn’t it Laura that has suffered the heartbreak? First, she was living with an impostor (thankfully, not sleeping), her daughter was almost killed, and she, herself, was imprisoned by the serial killer. BUT, she kept her head and played it very realistically, even feeling compassion and empathy for Ava–who thought she was going to marry Laura’s “ex.” Now, you tell me who the real heroine of this story is? PS “Ava” DID did do a lot of chewing of the scenery! I’ll give her that. But that wasn’t what was required. Kudos to Genie Francis who held… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Maura West as Ava is an amazing actress…..for a cartoon character. I agree with your every word, Nancy.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Thanks, Harry!

suzierm
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suzierm

I agree. Genie never plays it over the top. She is always overlooked and it is sad and unfortunate

Jimh
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Jimh

Her acting was good-i agree-but unfortunately they made her the front and center star of the story…not Genie..not John…and Kristina W.and others involved in the originally Ryan C. story were barely used as background props!!!

Rodd
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Rodd

It was totally gut-wrenching to watching Ms. West put it all out there! How could you not be impressed by her?

I also thought that the dynamics between her and Genie have been extremely interesting. They have me hooked.

Melissa
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Melissa

Maura is always a class act in my book. Not to mention one of the most gifted and genuine actors in daytime. As she’s said, writers write, actors act. She simply shows up and always puts her 100+% effort into her work. I’d like to see her rewarded for it. Not to mention the kindest person I’ve ever met in my entire life.

Genie has been amazing during this story as well (and Jon). I don’t think you need to tear down one to recognize another though.

rose
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rose

Melissa…I’m with you on your comment. I’m not keen on this story, but whether you like her or not, Ava, as her own worse enemy, is still part of Port Charles for a reason. Between Maura, Genie, and Jon, the three have all been excellent, imo. I will even include the meddling Carly, or Lulu as the intrepid reporter. But would have liked more Felicia.

Carol G. Kelly
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Carol G. Kelly

Maura West is the gift that keeps on giving. GH is lucky to have her. She has been nothing short of outstanding in the story which is not a surprise as she gives everything to her performances on any given day. I believe as many have said that she deserves and will win her fourth Emmy this year.

Patrick
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Patrick

bearing in mind that Jon Lindstrom darker side enveloped Ava … unfortunately and sadly and it’s “sicko” how Ava lost her daughter that much more. the gut wrenching … what does @GH have more in store for ? can you believe all the kowtowing.. she’s had to do for Carly and Sonny over Avery… believe you me Ava will do that to be near her daughter.. it just spells lame nevertheless… AVA is thee standout @GH who PROPS the dullard and thee show, if you will just saying after watching this tour de force with Jon and Maura.. notwithstanding Genie… Read more »

DebD
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DebD

I loved Maura’s and Genie’s performances. It actually gave me chills and I watched twice. Was Maura a bit over the top?, yes, but for crying out loud this is a soap opera, not an academy award winning film. Most of the storylines are over the top, so j’y not the performances?. Genie’s performance was beautifully matched with Maura, both shining in different ways. Laura was so compassionate and generous, in light of her own loss, which was a tribute to the way her character is drawn. Ava on the other hand is a completely different character. Deeply flawed, spiteful,… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I also , truly , liked the scenes w/ Scotty , Ava, the real Kevin. God cannot any one else see just how much Scotty is in love w/Ava ?! at the very least try again at showing these two with more scenes… lord knows she needs that much more comrades without Kiki. any way… the way Ava contains herself… and equals her match play with Kevin .. and any one else… is sublime to watch .. as she exits her scenes .. just to get out of them.. is masterclass. then she falls apart or her vengeance is riled… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

the
ava/ryan story has kept me watching and both actors deserve an emmy.

Jerelene
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Jerelene

I hope Ava gets a Emmy for when she saw Keke body on that strecher… performance of a lifetime!!!!

Dan S
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Dan S

Maura’s performance throughout this storyline has been brilliant day after day. While there may be a few flaws in the storytelling and way too little airtime for Felicia and Mac, this has been one of the best umbrella storylines in recent GH history and it has delivered in every way. Everyone, especially Ava, Laura and Carly hit it out of the park. And Ryan is still out there so there is more to come and I can not wait.

Celia
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Celia

You are a thoroughbred, Maura—-more power to you for having Jon and Genie working alongside with you!! Creme de la creme!!
On another note– is Willow a victim or a foe? Is Shiloh Willow’s deceased baby’s father?—–

Ann
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Ann

Maura West’s performances were very heartfelt. I had to rewind several times – brought me to tears each time. Awesome performances for sure.

aria
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aria

Maura West is always good, so are her co stars, no one is good alone, so I always cringe when someone gets single out.

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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Felicia, Robert & Holly’s Masterplan Revealed Featuring Heart-Tugging Moments from Tristan Rogers & Emma Samms

Wednesday’s General Hospital began where the previous episode left off, with an on-fire, Holly Sutton (Emma Samms), literally! As the action picks up, Robert (Tristan Rogers) covers Holly with blankets to try and douse the flames.  The paramedics announce Holly has suffered second-degree burns over 75% of her body.

When the ambulance takes off, Robert goes with it. Meanwhile, Jordan (Tanisha Harper) and Mac (John J. York) are looking for evidence from the cabin fire … and wonder where the necklace has gone?

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Later, the ambulance pulls over to the side of the road, and one of the drivers is none other than paramedic Felicia Scorpio (Kristina Wagner)! Felicia reveals herself as does Holly, who is perfectly fine, and Robert, who was in on the entire ruse to get Holly safely out of the country and away from Victor Cassadine (Charles Shaughnessy).

Viewers learn in flashbacks how this trio worked together to pull this off: Felicia showed up at the cabin with fire retardant clothes for Holly to wear and revealed how she planned to set the stove to start the fire.  We then learn that Holly and Robert staged Robert’s drugging and mugging, in order for Holly to steal the necklace and leave it inside the cabin for the PCPD to find.  It was Holly’s plan to ensure that Victor would have no further use for her.

Next, Robert gives Holly the keys to a car that can’t be traced; as she is to drive to Canada with a new ID and completely disappear.  Felicia adds that records will show that Holly was taken to a burn facility halfway around the world, freeing her to find out just where Victor is holding her beloved son, Ethan.

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Holly has a surprise in store for Victor on her departure! In a flashback, Holly meets up with Selina Wu (Lydia Look) on the pier and gifts her with one of the jewels from the necklace in exchange for poisoning Victor for her. Holly tells Selina she won’t find her son alive and well if Victor is dead, and assures Selina the poison will not kill Victor, but will be payback.

As the episode comes to a conclusion, and if you are a longtime fan of GH, you probably reached for the hankies in touching and beautifully-played moments between Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms.

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In the story, Holly apologizes to Robert for all the trouble she has caused, but the two share a passionate kiss before they say their final goodbyes. BUT .. you didn’t think Holly would try to get away without one last scheme? She had the necklace in her pocket the whole time, begging the question … was she  going to take it with her? However, Robert knew Holly had the necklace and asks her to hand it over to him, which she does.

For her final moments, Holly walks off into the fog, which could only signify that this guest star turn for Emma Samms has come to its conclusion.

So, what did you think about the twists on today’s episode? Did you think Robert, Felicia and Holly were in cahoots? What did you think of the final scenes between Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms? Comment below.

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GH’s Holly Set Ablaze; Show Reveals Stunt Double For Emma Samms From Major Cliffhanger

If you caught the end of Tuesday’s fiery episode of General Hospital, you know that Holly (Emma Samms) who was cornered by the PCPD, ended up on fire when the cabin she was in went up in flames!

In the cliffhanger, Holly was seen on fire coming out of the cabin.  Of course, viewers knew that a stunt double would have to be called in to tape such a moment, and that is exactly what the ABC daytime drama series did.

On Wednesday, GH’s official Instagram released a photo of Samms and stunt performer Colby Lemmo stating: “We’re seeing double! 🔥 Let’s give stunt performer @colby_lemmo a hand for helping bring yesterday’s explosive finale to life. 👏👏👏 ”

Lemmo has performed stunts for major motion pictures and TV shows  including: The Mandalorian, Westworld, Criminal Minds, 9-1-1. and many others.

Now the question becomes, what will happen to Holly? We know that Emma Samms only returned to GH for a limited-run to reprise her signature GH role.

Does this mean that Holly might be recast with a new face, if she is badly burned and disfigured … or is this just an exit strategy where the character gets sent away to heal from her burns … or was that not really Holly who came out of the cabin?  Three possible theories that fans are pondering.

So, what did you think of the fiery conclusion of yesterday’s GH? What do you think will happen to Holly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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