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GH Recap – Aug 22 – Aug 26th

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Before Lucky can visit Siobhan, Anthony visits her in her hospital bed.  Siobhan leaves a message.  Skye harbors Jax safely and in secret.  Carly faces off with Sonny for being a murderer.  Jackal, P.I., pauses over the bakery name “Luzetta’s.”  What is the gumshoe onto? Liz fears Lucky will blame her for some recent issues.  Will Lucky find Siobhan’s mysterious message?  Carly and Shawn discuss family as Sonny takes vigil in his greatest regrets at the GH chapel.  Sonny gets Michael on his side.  Maxie takes Jackal, P.I., to Georgie’s grave in hopes that will jog his true identity.  Abby calls Michael out on his irresponsible support of his father over Jax.

Skye delights when she discovers Tracy trying to cover her tracks about Gino Soleito.  Later, Skye meets up with Anthony to discuss the terms of their scheme as Johnny arrives to overhear.  Dante arrives to hear Sonny and Carly fighting about Jax.  An emotional glimmer of Spinelli shines through – and is gone again.  It gets ugly between Abby and Sonny.  Later, Abby runs into Johnny, and they discover they have a lot in common.

Despite his seizures, Jason tries to conduct business from his hospital bed.  Sam puts her foot down, and the two share a romantic moment planning their wedding.  Later, Robin arrives with a shocking explanation for Jason’s seizures.  Drugs threaten to take a place in Lucky’s life again.  Meanwhile, Steve questions Liz and Matt over missing drugs at the hospital.  Matt discovers Siobhan’s note and shows it to Lucky  – what does it mean?  Jackal, P.I., continues his stakeout of Luzetta’s, making himself at home in the dumpster.  Mac comforts Alexis as she mourns missing Jax.  Diane and Max break up.

At the hospital Patrick, Robin and Matt discuss Jason’s surgery. Robin would like Matt to assist Patrick, but Patrick bristles at the suggestion. He argues that his little brother would be too busy competing and would be a distraction. At the nurses’ station Elizabeth frets that Steve and Epiphany will discover she was the nurse who stole the drugs. Matt calms her down; she got them for Lucky, so she shouldn’t worry. Carly catches up with Michael to tell him that Sonny is manipulating him, but Michael accuses her of being one of her “I hate Sonny” rampages. He knows Carly will forgive Sonny sooner than later. Carly admits that was true in the past, but says this time is different. Matt and Elizabeth join Robin and Patrick as Patrick repeats that he does not want Matt assisting him in surgery. Matt argues that Patrick needs an extra pair of hands and eyes and Elizabeth agrees.  Meanwhile Jason and Sam debate on whether Jason should have surgery. Jason wants to make this decision with Sam; what does she think? Do they risk the time they have together now or try to buy more time later? Later Sam joins the group by the nurses’ station. She announces that Jason has decided to have the surgery. Carly overhears and slips away as Monica tells Sam that she made the right decision. Patrick and Matt continue to argue until Matt angrily agrees to stay out of the OR.

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Carly sneaks into Jason’s room where she can’t help but dump her worries about Michael following in Sonny’s footsteps. Sam enters and chastises Carly for making Jason worry before his operation. Carly realizes Sam is right and leaves. Sam takes a moment to thank Jason for every day they had together and how she looks forward to the rest of their lives together. She leans down to kiss him, but a nurse interrupts. It’s time to head to the OR.

As Jason is wheeled away, Robin urges Monica, Carly and Elizabeth to not watch the surgery. Instead go home or somewhere safe and think of Jason. Patrick warns Edward that Jason may not wake up the same person, which gives Monica hope. She wonders if it’s bad to wish for the old Jason back. Edward grimly warns Monica to be careful for she wishes for.  Sam returns to Jason’s hospital room where she looks at a photo of them from their vacation in Hawaii. She has a fantasy where she and Jason are married and have moved to Hawaii. Jason spends his days surfing while Sam searches for sunken treasure. Her latest adventure includes a tribal mask that leads reveals the coordinates of an old World War II ship (that is rumored to have gold) when placed over a map of the area. Jason excitedly agrees to go with Sam as a stranger lurks nearby, listening. Elizabeth heads to her art studio where she remembers Jason seeking shelter there after he had been shot (many, many years ago). She has a fantasy where Jason is an architect and she is a successful artist. Jason announces he has to move to Tokyo for his next project. Elizabeth agrees to go with him as we learn they have no kids and live a very bohemian lifestyle. Jason urges Elizabeth to finish her last piece for her upcoming art show as he removes his clothes. It turns out Jason is also Elizabeth’s muse. Later Jason finds Elizabeth’s unopened package of birth control.

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Monica returns home where she gazes at an old photo of Jason. She has a fantasy where Alan (who is alive in this alternate world) brings Jason into the living room. Here’s to the new Chief of Staff! Tracy and Edward join them in a toast as Monica subtly removes the champagne flute from Jason’s hand, indicating he could have a substance abuse issue. Sure enough, later Monica sees Jason snorting cocaine. Carly enters Jake’s where she has a fantasy of Jason as the new mob boss. He enters Jake’s to play some pool with Carly. Jason tells Carly he couldn’t have secured all those territories without her and almost kisses her. Carly smiles; the sky is the limit as long as they are together! Later Michael walks in and barks at his mother. Back at the hospital Patrick goes to remove the foreign particle in Jason’s brain, but he begins to bleed.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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