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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.

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.

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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General Hospital’s Kirsten Storms Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’

Leave it to a beloved MVP of General Hospital, Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones), to pull out all the stops in the culmination of Maxie’s storyline with Peter August (Wes Ramsey), and that’s what viewers witnessed this week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Maxie manipulated the manipulator during a stunning sequence of events.  In story, while recovering at General Hospital after giving birth in the woods, Maxie lays it on thick to ensure that Peter never gets near their baby Louise – who is actually being passed off as “Bailey”, the baby of Valentin and Brook Lynn – not kidnapped by the naughty nurse, Chloe (Kimberly J. Brown).  But in Maxie’s chain of events to Peter, she tears into him and tells him that Chloe kidnapped her, drugged her to induce labor, and took off with Louise.  Peter is stunned.  Maxie goes on to explain that Chloe said she was working for him and that Peter planned to take her and the baby out of the country,

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At that point, Maxie plays on Peter’s psyche, telling him she wishes the dark side of him would return to get the nurse for what she did.  It is then she gets Peter right where she wants him when he admits that Chloe isn’t the nurse’s real name.   Maxie then turns up the heat on Peter and reveals that Chloe must have been fed information on her from Peter! And that the only explanation is that Peter is horrible person.

Then, Maxie tells Peter their baby is gone, it’s all his fault, and he hopes he is terrified, and that she is repulsed by him, especially every time he touched her.  She then confronts him about killing Drew Cain, Franco Baldwin and anyone else who got in his way.   He says it’s not too late for them, and that he did it all for her and Louise.

Boom! Maxie has got Peter’s confession taped on a file on her phone which she immediately sends to Mac.  That sends Peter running and well, we know, or we think we know where that led, to Peter’s fall down the stairs thanks to Finn (Michael Easton).

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Later when Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) arrives at GH with baby Louise, she sits outside Maxie’s room as emotional Maxie sees her daughter in the arms of another mother, and is heartbroken that she can’t be with the little girl she just gave birth to.

Over the last three episodes. Kirsten Storms has reminded us all of why she has the innate ability and combination to play strong, determined, vulnerable, loveable and devastated with such ease.  Storms gave us a bravura performance to remember, slicing Peter’s charade in half, playing beats of Maxie’s fictionalized account, with Maxie’s real account of life with Henrik Faison aka Peter.   For all of this and more, Michael Fairman TV names Kirsten Storms work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Kirsten in the pivotal scenes with Maxie and Peter, and the emotional fallout that followed? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.  But first, check out some moments from Maxie giving Peter a piece of her mind!

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Roger Howarth Returns to General Hospital and Debuts His New Character

Thursday was a special day for longtime fans of General Hospital and those of fan favorite Roger Howarth.  Today, Howarth returned in his new role on the ABC daytime drama series, who’s name is “Austin” and that viewers learn is a doctor, and that is all we know thus far.

General Hospital and Howarth previously noted that even though he was killed-off a few months ago as Franco Baldwin after he was shot in a struggle with Peter August (Wes Ramsey) that he would make his re-emergence on the canvas sometime in May.

Now with summer right around, Howarth is back.  When we first see his new soap incarnation of “Austin”, he comes to the rescue of Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms), who has gone into labor and found her way into the woods to escape the clutches of evil Nurse Chloe (Kimberly J. Brown) and Peter’s machinations.

And … as she just so happens to need a doctor, lo and behold there is Austin in the woods from what appears to be a hike, who ultimately helps deliver Maxie’s baby girl.  Trouble is, at the end of the episode, it appears that baby Louise might not be breathing.

In a summer preview for GH, in the brand new issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands this weekend, GH head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor teased, “Roger’s new character has an interest in a prominent Port Charles family.  He’ll shake up the canvas in surprising ways as summer unfolds.”

So, were you happy to see Roger back on GH today? Do you like that he is seemingly playing a doctor? Share your theories on his new character”Austin” via the comment section. But first check out, Howarth’s debut as Austin in the clips below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sean Donely’s Funeral Brings Unexpected & Emotional Moments for His Friends and Loved Ones

If you caught Friday’s emotional episode of General Hospital, it was the airing of the highly-anticipated tribute episode to the late John Reilly with an homage to his beloved character, Sean Donely.

What made this such a well-conceived hour of television was it truly harkened back to the 80’s hey day of GH, had a built-in story that brought Reilly’s real-life daughter, Caitlin Reilly, into the fold, found ways to integrate classic clips of Sean and his spy friends and colleagues, and viewers even got to hear the voice of the one and only Sharon Wyatt as Tiffany Hill Donely.

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The episode starts in Ireland where Sean’s gravesite service has concluded and things are icy between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Felicia (Kristina Wagner).  As Anna tries to reach out to Felicia she is not having it, but Mac (John J. York) hopes the two longtime best friends will find a way to work this out.

Meanwhile, Annie (Caitlin Reilly) points Sean’s friends (who have traveled all the way from Port Charles to Ireland to be there for the funeral) to the Inn where they will be staying.  Robert talks to Annie about applying to the bureau. She says she went through the training program, took the oath, but was never called for the final test. She just assumed she didn’t make the cut.  Robert also explains they need access to some of Sean’s old files on another matter of dire consequences, but Annie won’t give up the code.

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As Laura (Genie Francis) goes outside to call Tiffany, we hear the voice of Sharon Wyatt talk to her dear friend, the Mayor of Port Charles, and Laura tells Tiffany how much she misses her old friend, as Tiffany recall her life with Sean and viewers see a montage of Sean and Tiffany scenes through the years.  Next, Laura is grabbed and a clue is left behind in her room – a Mexican flag and a toy gun as a remembrance of when Sean ran illegal arms and was on the wrong side of the law.  Next, Monica (Leslie Charleson) is seemingly grabbed, and a clue is left behind, a trinket from Mount Rushmore.

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Later, Felicia rips into Anna for allowing Peter into their lives and not protecting Maxie. Anna promises Felicia she’s trying to put Peter behind bars for good and to find justice for Maxie.  As Felicia and Anna flashback through moments in their lives with Sean, Felicia tells Anna that he would not have wanted them to be at odds and so she forgives Anna, and the two women hug as Mac looks on.

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Mac is the next friend of Sean’s to apparently get kidnapped. That is followed by Robert (Tristan Rogers) getting conked over the head.  Annie finds Robert’s phone, and she finds a magnet in Anna’s purse which wiped out the computer earlier that Anna and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) were trying to access to check the security footage at the Inn.

Annie now believes Anna and Robert are in on what’s happening. Anna again says she wants access to Sean’s file, but Annie refuses to grant access to her. She says she’s loyal to the WSB. It is then Anna tells Annie that this was her final test for the WSB and she passed it!  As all of Sean’s friends who ‘disappeared’ return to watch, Robert gives Annie her dad’s WSB badge number and they congratulate her in a very hankie-inducing moment.

Later, everyone gathers to toast Sean, as they raise their glass it is Tristan Rogers, who broke our hearts when he says there will never be another one like Sean.  In real life, Tristan was close to John Reilly and publicly had admitted how devastated he was by his former castmates passing.

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In Port Charles, it was nice to see Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) part of the tribute episode to, and in a touching scene BJ’s heart that beats inside Maxie was brought up reminding everyone of that emotional story as well.

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The episode was filled with several hankie moments and how wonderful was Caitlin Reilly as Annie!  Her dad would be so proud.  And as for Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner, Tristan Rogers, Kimberly McCullough, Leslie Charleson, Genie Francis, Sharon Wyatt by audio, how touching it was for longtime viewers to see all of these GH veterans together to remind us all of what brought us into GH in the first place.

Kudos to head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and their team for a clever way to honor Sean Donely with the passage of his daughter into the WSB.

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So, what did you think of the John Reilly tribute episode, the performances, and the story? Comment below. But first, watch some moments from the beginning of the episode where Laura calls Tiffany.

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