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GH Recap – Aug 23 – Aug 27th

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Johnny arrives at the ER with a serious gunshot wound.  While Johnny struggles in the ER, Sonny claims he wanted peace, convincing Dante that he shot Johnny in self-defense. Ronnie disposes of Johnny’s gun into the river. Ronnie arrests Sonny and tells Dante that Sonny lied and Johnny was found unarmed. Brenda refuses Von Schlegel’s offer to be the face of Franco’s art masterpiece.  Jax warns Claire about Sonny’s patterns with women. Through a gunfight, Jason helps rescue Sam from Lopez and his men, but the couple runs into trouble when a police officer stops them on the side of a dirt road. Patrick finds Emma with Lisa back at their home.  Lisa makes a veiled but very unsettling threat. Sonny continues to plead his innocence that he shot Johnny in self-defense and asks his son to uncover the truth. Sonny and Diane are surprised when Claire reveals her evidence of recorded conversations in which Sonny planned to murder Johnny and then claim self-defense. While Johnny is in surgery, Lucky’s investigation leads him to question the absence of Johnny’s gun. Michael pleads his father’s innocence to Jax and Dante. Brenda is pressed to give Murphy an answer to his marriage proposal, but she remains noncommittal. Jason and Sam act their way out of getting arrested carrying contraband. Sam twists her ankle and Jason carries her safely to a wooded campsite and they share a romantic evening by firelight. Patrick and Robin confront Lisa for essentially kidnapping Emma, but delusional Lisa feigns innocence.  Patrick confesses his infidelity and Robin is shattered.  Robin kicks Patrick out.  Kristina stands vigil outside the ICU after Johnny’s surgery.  Ethan arrives and assures Kristina she is not to blame for her father shooting. Jason and Sam come under fire. Lisa overhears Robin telling Maxie that she kicked Patrick out.  Maxie counsels Robin not to rush to judgment. Maxie asks Lucky for help in digging up dirt on Lisa. Robin warns Lisa that if she comes near Emma again, she will kill her. Lisa approaches Lucky at the PCPD saying that Robin threatened to kill her. Robin melts down on Patrick in front of everyone at the hospital. As Dante and Lulu are about to reconcile, Brook Lynn shows up insisting that just because Dante was drugged, it doesn’t discredit the fact that Dante truly wants her.  Lulu suggests they take a break, but Dante works hard to convince Lulu otherwise. Dante and Lulu make love. Michael discovers Carly is paying Brook Lynn to seduce Dante, and he confronts her. Nik overhears Liz admitting that she will always associate Wyndemere with betraying the love of her life.

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Sonny, faced with serious murder charges, maintains he shot Johnny in self-defense.  Unable to get in touch with Jason, Sonny asks Dante—not as a cop, but as his son—to believe him. Sitting at Johnny’s bedside, Olivia begs Johnny to live so she can tell him how much she loves him and so they can be together. Trapped, Jason and Sam barricade themselves inside the cabin while Lopez’s men continue to shot at them. Patrick begs Robin to give him another chance, swearing he loves her – but Robin refuses Lisa files a report with Lucky that Robin threatened to kill her, and she believes her life is in danger. Lisa discovers her locker trashed and covered in blood. Brook Lynn denies Michael’s accusations, giving nothing away that Carly put her up to breaking up Dante and Lulu.  Lulu confronts Brook Lynn and warns her to stay away from Dante. Nik makes an unselfish move and arranges for Elizabeth’s sister, Sarah, to invite Elizabeth and the kids to come stay with her.

Dante tells Sonny that he believes his story. As Diane berates Sonny for trusting Claire Walsh, Sonny flashes back to the time he discovered Brenda wearing a wire. Brenda reminisces of the time Sonny and her first made love.  Brenda accepts Murphy’s marriage proposal, and they make plans to return to Rome. After a passionate kiss with Sam, Jason decides to slip out a side window for a sneak attack on the Lopez’s men. Lisa immediately blames Robin for trashing her locker. Both Robin and Patrick recognize they are dealing with someone who is mentally deranged. Despite all of Patrick’s apologies, Robin will not forgive him. Lisa throws herself in front of Robin’s moving car, making it seem like Robin tried to run her over. Brook Lynn admits to Lulu she is officially giving up on Dante – but Lulu does not buy it. Brook Lynn bluffs to Carly that she succeeded in breaking up Dante and Lulu so she will pay her.

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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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