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GH Recap – April 19 – April 23rd

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Jax stonewalls Ronnie from finding Michael on the island.  Jason calls Max and instructs him to move Michael to another location.  While talking to Morgan on the phone, Michael reveals the name of the place where he’s hiding out.  Carly has the jury eating out of her hand by the time she finishes testifying.  Realizing she’s been outmatched by Carly, Claire tells Dante that Sonny will walk away a free man unless she gets Michael on the witness stand.  Diane capitalizes on Carly’s testimony and rests her case, confident that Sonny will be acquitted.  Sonny impulsively pulls Carly into a kiss.  With his video crew in tow, Warren rips into Mac, accusing him of protecting Alexis for personal reasons.  Warren publicly accuses Alexis of murder and vows to get vengeance for Kiefer.  Sam slugs Warren when he implies Kristina got what she deserved.  Molly asks Jason to handle Warren.  Kristina’s emotionally wrecked as she remembers Kiefer beating her .

Over Diane’s objections, Judge Carroll agrees to Claire’s request for a twenty-four hour extension in the trial to give her the chance to try and track down Michael.  Dante struggles with his conscience after he manipulates Morgan into revealing Michael’s new location.  Dante comes face to face with Michael.  While eavesdropping on Claire and Jax, Morgan realizes that Dante tricked him.  Skye reaches out to Kristina when she goes to revisit her former home.  Thinking she knows how to help Kristina find some closure, Skye takes her to the Haunted Star to talk to an equally guilt-ridden Ethan.  Ethan is great with Kristina and both are left feeling better after their talk.  Alexis is shaken by Warren’s wrath as she knows he isn’t going to back off until he makes someone pay for Kiefer’s death.  Lucky warns Ethan and Luke that Warren is screaming for blood, alleging a police cover-up and claiming Ethan was the one who beat Kristina.

Michael confesses everything to a disbelieving Dante and even gives him the blood stained shirt he wore on the night he killed Claudia.  On the plane back to Port Charles, Dante admits to Michael he’s not sure what he’ll do if he gets definite proof of Michael’s guilt.  Maxie confesses to Jason that although she loves Spinelli, she fears he won’t be enough for her in the long run.  Johnny plans on buying a lavish new penthouse and wants Olivia to move in with him but she tells him that will never happen.  Maya questions Luke about Edward. Dante admits to Lulu he’s wrestling over what to do if Michael is telling the truth and did indeed kill Claudia.  Dante confronts Sonny after getting proof of Michael’s guilt.  Sonny’s fate rests in the hands of the jury after Diane and Claire deliver their closing arguments.  Helena pays a visit to Luke, who wonders what she’s really up to.  Olivia tries to explain to Johnny why she can’t move in with him.  Lucky notices Elizabeth’s growing attachment to Shirley, a terminally ill cancer patient. Maxie’s surprised to find Michael with Lulu.  Lulu pleads with Maxie not to tell Jason where he can find Michael, insisting she let Dante handle things.  Sonny tells a skeptical Jason he feels confident Dante won’t turn Michael in.  Dante explains to Lulu he’s facing a no win situation.  Dante and Lulu find Michael missing when they return to her apartment.  Michael makes a call asking someone to come pick him up.  Carly’s torn over her conflicted feelings for Jax.  Skye asks Luke to help her track down Alcazar’s illegal hidden assets.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Esme’s Veiled Threat to Nikolas, “I Want To Tell Ava and Spence We Slept Together”

Everything’s coming up roses for Esme Prince (Avery Pohl), or at least it seems to be after Monday’s episode of General Hospital.

After Esme drugs Oz, he begins to pass out while she hides as Curtis (Donnell Turner) breaks down Oz’s door. When Curtis enters the apartment, Oz utters, “She gave me something,” and then passes out.  Next, Curtis calls 911 due to an unresponsive Oz, and he is soon whisked away by paramedics to GH, while Esme escapes sight unseen.

Elsewhere, at the lobby of the hotel, Ava (Maura West) and Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) are joined by Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) where they go over the events that transpired at Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) trial.  At the same time, Nikolas gets a text message from Esme who is now outside the hotel and tells him to come out and meet her, or she will come inside.

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Once outside, Esme tells Nikolas that their secret is heavily weighing on her and wants to come clean to Ava and Spence. Esme tells Nikolas: “I want to tell Ava and Spence we slept together,” which mortifies Nikolas! He goes on to tell her it was a one time thing that will not happen again, so there is no need to bring it up.  Next, Esme opines about feeling lost without the internship at Spring Ridge.  So, what’s a guy to do?  Tell the woman he slept with he will make sure her internship is reinstated by tomorrow! All fake smiles and crocodile tears, Esme’s machinations is working wonders for her.

At GH, TJ (Tajh Bellow) tells Curtis that they had to put Oz in a medically-induced coma, and they will have to see what drugs were in his system at the time he passed out. Curtis is sure Esme Prince was behind this and wants to prove the connection between her and Oz.

Now going for the trifecta, Esme calls GH and gets Dione at the nurses’ station.  Esme pretends to be Oz’s daughter where she learns that her ‘dad’ is in a coma.  That’s music to Esme’s ears and she is all smiles – grinning from ear to ear.

Share your thoughts on Esme’s reign of terror, and what you think will be her next move and ultimate downfall, in the comment section below.

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GH’s Brook Kerr on Portia/Stella Scenes Over Esme Targeting Trina, Shares: “Overwhelmed with All the Love and Support … My Heart Jumped When I Read That Material”

If you caught last Friday’s episode of General Hospital, you saw, and heard, how the writing team at the ABC daytime drama series wove into the fabric of the upcoming Trina courtroom drama, race relations in our country and the justice system.

The words were spoken by Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) mother, Portia (Brook Kerr), who is beside-herself with worry now that Trina’s court date is here. She shares how she believes Trina was targeted by Esme (Avery Pohl), when Esme decided to plant the phone that made it ‘appear’ that Trina was the person who taped Cameron (William Lipton) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) having sex and had it go viral.

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In key scenes, Portia shares her worries with Stella (Vernee Watson).  She expresses that Esme knew Trina would have a more difficult time facing the justice system, because she is black. Portia voices that members of the jury may fail to realize Trina’s innocence and as a mother, feels she has failed Trina, because she never prepared her for the harsh realities of the world.  Portia goes on to say that Trina grew up with a very sheltered life, and now she realizes that may have been a terrible error on her part.

Stella, always the voice of reason, disagrees. She tells Portia that she knows that Trina understands the world, and most importantly, try as she may, she can’t shield her daughter from everything that life throws at her.  She also shares that she knows the justice system isn’t always fair to people who look like Trina, but that she has to believe that in 2022 things are changing, and that Trina will be acquitted.  As Portia is in tears, Stella hugs her and assures her that Trina is a fighter. Throughout the scenes, Brook Kerr definitely delivered and now has material to submit for next year’s Emmys!

Over the weekend, Brook Kerr took to Twitter after seeing the reaction to the scenes. Kerr shared:I’m overwhelmed with all the love and support I’ve received from yesterday’s episode… My heart jumped when I read that material. And to be able to do it with @VerneeWJohnson_.  I’m catching up and y’all got me crying now… Thank you to the whole #gh family”

So, what did you think of Brook Kerr’s performance in the key scenes? Glad that GH touched on racial injustice? Comment below.

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