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GH Recap – April 16 – 20th

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Sam almost confides in Alexis but is stopped by an encounter with Heather.  Meanwhile, Sam goes off to open the test results privately – and runs into John McBain.  Jason tells Sonny about Kate’s bizarre behavior.  Sonny confronts Michael about his relationship with Starr.  Starr questions McBain on his personal interest in Sonny.  Another Vaughn’s girl suffers an attack, and Delores realizes Dante, Lulu and Ronnie have their suspicions. Dante and Ronnie return with damning evidence.

Sam runs into McBain on the docks, and she opens the paternity test results in his presence. She crumbles into his arms on the reveal: Franco is the father. The question remains: will Sam tell Jason the truth? Heather Webber comes close to telling Jason the truth herself, but she stops short. Sonny presses Kate on what she wanted to tell him (she was going to tell him about Connie). Meanwhile, Carly once again asks Johnny point blank: did he plant the gun in Kate’s office? Sonny is found not guilty, setting Starr Manning and Johnny Zaccharra off in front of the courtroom. Starr vows to make Sonny pay. Later, Michael finds Starr packing.

Sam comes clean with Jason, telling him the news that Franco is his brother. Jason grapples with the fact that not only is he related to a psychopath, he killed his own twin brother. Later, Jason wonders how this affects the DNA paternity truth … and Sam confirms his worst fears. Before Kate can reveal the truth about Connie to Sonny, Olivia interrupts. Kate finds herself in a losing battle with her alternate personality. After Connie emerges, she plans to give Sonny a memorable birthday. Hurt by Carly’s allegations, Johnny reminds her of his alibi: her. Their feelings for one another renewed, Carly tells Sonny to back off of Johnny. Michael tries to convince Starr to stay in Port Charles, pledging to help her find the real killer of her family. EOD, Starr shows up at Johnny’s door. Under duress from Johnny, Steve gets involved in shady mob business. Meanwhile, Olivia asks Sonny for help with the Johnny/Steve situation. Maggie makes the mistake of calling Heather “crazy.” Later, Heather charms her way through Ewen’s psychoanalysis.

After the bombshell that Franco is Sam’s baby’s father, Jason is reeling. He’s hit harder when he realizes Sam has kept all of this from him, just as she did with Robin’s death. As things settle in, Jason and Sam are in a private hell. Anna talks McBain out of taking revenge on Sonny. Later, McBain agrees to give himself 60 days to incarcerate Sonny according to the law. As Sonny assures Michael that Johnny is no longer a threat, we see Johnny fueling Starr’s hatred of Sonny — and they shake on a deal. Shocked by seeing how Patrick is living these days, Epiphany calls Patrick out on wallowing in his grief. Meanwhile, Spinelli tells Matt he thinks Patrick murdered Lisa, only to reverse his opinion by the end of the episode. Jason looks at the sonogram of his dead brother’s baby. Sam is worried that her baby might be evil. Jason wants to believe this child is his in every way but he makes it clear that he doesn’t want Sam to protect him. Sam thinks they should go to Sonny’s party.  Alexis drops off acquittal papers at Sonny’s as Connie tries to hook up with Johnny. Johnny tells Connie no again. Connie eavesdrops on Alexis and Sonny and later tells Alexis about the party tonight. Connie invites Sam and Jason to the birthday party. Everyone is gathering at the Metro Court for the party: Connie suggests a wardrobe change to Alexis. Michael tells Sonny that Carly is coming to the party san Johnny. Sonny tells Jason that Kate has stopped seeing her shrink. Connie attacks the birthday cake and leaves.

Dante and Ronnie bust a black market organ operation moving through GH. They pay Johnny a visit; tell him how they made this organ bust. Back at the PCPD, Dante comments that he’s isn’t so sure Eddie is the attacker.  Meanwhile, Lulu goes to see Luke. She believes the wrong man was arrested in the stripper attack case and that the real attacker is Ronnie! Luke’s advice is for her to talk to Dante about Ronnie. Lulu heads back to the PCPD and checks the duty rosters for a pattern when Ronnie wanders up.

Michael tells Carly about the birthday party Kate is throwing tonight at the Metro Court. Michael believes his mother is dating the man that tried to frame his father. Carly decides to go to Sonny’s party. Carly goes to see Johnny, who has trashed his penthouse after Dante’s visit. Carly admits she has real feelings for Johnny. She then leaves for Sonny’s party. Johnny calls Sonny and tells him he will get him where it most hurts. Later, Connie shows up at Johnny’s

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  1. tash1020

    April 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Disappointing, GH won’t bring Jack Wagner back as Frisco and Kristina Wagner as felicia. But they vring all these OLTL characters on the show. Not fair 🙁
    Wish they bring him back.

    • barbara t

      April 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      KRISTINA WAGNER is expected in port charles soon,I love the one life to live characters they are mixing very well with the general hospital people.gh is watchable again.

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Robert Drowns His Sorrows Over Holly’s Death; Sonny Poses A Heartbreaking Question To Mike

On Wednesday’s all-new episode of General Hospital, emotions were running high some marred in booze and others marred in uncertainty.

First, reeling from the news of the death of his former wife, Holly Sutton, Robert (Tristan Rogers) is having one too many beers while in the company of his brother, Mac (John J. York), along with Felicia (Kristina Wagner).  As Robert continues to drink, Felicia reaches out to Anna (Finola Hughes) to come to Robert’s rescue, even though she had quite the complicated history with Holly.

While at the Floating Rib, Robert is trying to come to terms with the news of Holly’s death and is clearly gut-punched and not handling it well.  Enter Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Peter (Wes Ramsey), as Robert tries to process how a scoundrel like Peter is alive, while someone like Holly is dead.

Ah, but Peter may have something to do with Holly’s death, when he meets up with one of his thugs.  Peter tells the dude he wanted Robert to be distracted, but wasn’t wanting Holly dead in the process.  The guy swears he had nothing to do with what appeared to have happened to Holly. When he leaves, Peter gloats that this unfortunate turn of events can actually work to his advantage.

Later, Felicia tells Anna they should plan a memorial for Holly.  However, a clever Anna read the WSB report on Holly and thinks there is more to the story that meets the eye.  Is Holly actually alive, or will Anna find out Peter was involved?

Meanwhile, Sonny (Maurice Benard) is visiting with a despondent Mike (Max Gail) as he realizes his father is slipping further away from him.  Sonny shows Mike a picture of Dante, and relates to his dad, how Dante and Mike spent time together, but Mike is not engaging with him.

Then in a heart-tugging moment, Sonny asks Mike, “How do you want to live the remaining time you have left?” He wants to know if he would prefer to just have his life come to an end, or continue. Just then, Mike whispers in Sonny’s ear “Yankees”, to which Sonny figures Mike would want to watch the Yankees game on TV.  Earlier, Sonny was concerned when he spoke to nurse Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), that his dad was only eating apple sauce that his baby daughter eats – an all too familiar sign of someone on the decline from Alzheimer’s disease.

When Carly (Laura Wright) shows up, Sonny tells her Mike wanted to watch a Yankees game, but Carly thinks Sonny is hearing what he wants to hear.  Sonny tells his wife that Mike is not ready to give up and he’s not ready to make a decision on Mike.

The episode featured solid performances throughout from Tristan Rogers, Maurice Benard and Max Gail.

Now the questions remain:  What will Anna dig up on the death of Holly?  What should Sonny’s next move be for Mike’s care? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny is Hit with a Dose of Reality as Mike’s Condition Deteriorates Further

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital featured top-notch performances by Maurice Benard (Sonny), Max Gail (Mike) and Rebecca Herbst (Liz) portraying significant and important beats in the ABC daytime drama series, Alzheimer’s storyline.

We have to give kudos to GH for not skipping over key observations and changes the person suffering from the disease, and their loved ones, endure,

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In story, Elizabeth had come to Turning Woods to spend some time with Mike and to help Sonny.  While there, and as viewers saw previously, Mike would not swallow the water that Sonny tried to give him   It didn’t work so well when Liz tried either, but being a nurse, she knew to wet a towel and to try to get some water in Mike’s mouth that way.

Sonny reveals to Liz that Mike had a small stroke, and agrees with Liz’s assessment that he seems mostly unresponsive.  It is then that Liz takes Sonny outside of Mike’s room and knows she has to have a serious talk with him; to make him fully aware of what is happening to Mike.

Liz tells Sonny that Mike needs to stay in one place at this point, and that Sonny should look into palliative care.  She also shares her concern that Mike does not have a DNR in place and he needs one.  Sonny is, of course, overcome.

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One of the most horrific signs in the progression of Alzheimer’s is when the person afflicted can’t remember or get the signal from the brain to want to eat or swallow, and things don’t get better from there.  Liz tells Sonny that Mike is now having trouble understanding how his body is supposed to work.

After Liz leaves, Sonny attempts to get Mike to eat some of Olivia’s special meatballs. After initially not getting anywhere with Mike, he comes to realize and admit they smell like home and finally take a small bite.

The scenes were poignant and effective, especially for all of us who have dealt with loved ones who are suffering with or have died from Alzheimer’s.

What did you think of the scenes featuring Maurice, Max and Rebecca? Comment below.

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