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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.

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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Family Says Their Goodbyes in Emotional Episode Filled With Touching Performances

For anyone who has been watching the emotional Alzheimer’s storyline play out on General Hospital, Wednesday’s episode was a key moment in the storytelling and for the Corinthos family.  To say that the cast delivered in this episode is an understatement; everyone had their moments, and of course, chief among them, Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Mike’s (Max Gail) life is coming to an end as his body is shutting down from the disease.  Stella (Vernee Watson) comes to Mike’s room at Turning Woods and tells Sonny that Mike is waiting for permission to let go.  She explains to Sonny that Mike is torn between this world and the afterlife.   Stella helps Sonny prepare for the final moments of Mike’s life, dimming the lights, giving Sonny ice chips to put on his father’s lips, and for Sonny to put on some of Mike’s favorite music – jazz.   She also gets Mike a blanket because he is getting cold.  Then in a touching moment played to perfection by Vernee Watson, Stella says her own goodbye to Mike and hugs Sonny and tells him how grateful she was to know Mike.

Carly (Laura Wright) had been by Sonny’s side every step of the way in the final days of Mike’s life.  At one point in Mike’s room with Sonny, she has a dream where Mike tells her she is his daughter.  It was another heartbreaking moment – this time played beautifully by Laura Wright.  Earlier, Michael (Chad Duell) said goodbye to his grandfather and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) had also come to Turning Woods, as has Brando (Johnny Wactor) to be there for the end of Mike’s life and to support Sonny

Sonny tells Mike, (who can hear, but cannot truly respond as the disease continues to shut down his body), that he has made peace with what went down between them when he was a child.  He tells Mike, “I just want you to go in peace and go with love.”  Later, Sonny had a recollection seeing his father pray in the back of the church when he was a child, which sparked an idea for him.   Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny know that Mike wants to be forgiven for his sins.

Then in the tearjerker, Father Ramos arrives to bless Mike and cleanse him from all of his sins, as Sonny, Carly, Michael and Josslyn witness it.

Afterwards, Jason realizes that Mike probably does not want to die in front of Sonny and tells Sonny to take a break, but Sonny does not want to – so Jason whispers to Mike that he should not worry that he will take care of Sonny. The two hope Mike will meet up with Morgan in heaven.

At the end of the episode, alone with his father, Sonny tells Mike not to be afraid, or to worry about him, and then remembers the night Mike walked out on him and his mother when he was a kid.  He says he knows his father always loved him … maybe too much.  We fade to black.  Maurice Benard’s work was again outstanding throughout these moments, making Sonny’s life-long pain, and love for this father, palpable.

As someone who went through this horrible disease with his mother, I can say, that GH played the beats of the story to perfection, honoring those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the family members they leave behind.

So, what did you think of this emotional episode of GH and the performances by the cast? Comment below.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just make this official as we tweeted about it last week when these scenes aired on Tuesday.  And let’s just say, that Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) could very well receive another Daytime Emmy nomination next year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, if these moments are part of her reel.  LoCicero was previously nominated in 2015 in this category.

Now on to that performance that had everyone a-buzz on social media after it aired.  In the scenes, Robert (Tristan Rogers) has worked his WSB contacts to get Olivia to Geneva to secretly see her son, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), who is suffering from severe trauma and PTSD and is at this facility for treatment.  After traveling half way around the world to get there, with anticipation and wanting to hold her son and be there for him – when she arrives the doctor (Christopher Cousins) tells Dante his mother is here to see him, but Dante refuses to let that happen.

When the doctor tells Olivia that Dante will not open the door to his room to talk to his mom and come face-to-face with her, she goes into momma bear mode, releasing such heartache and anguish, just wanting to see Dante, but she is met with a steely shut door instead.  But as viewers saw, the scenes were made all the more poignant by the split screen; where Dante is on the other side of the door – heartbroken hearing his mother’s cries.  Dominic Zamprogna, who is always stellar, was also moving in these moments.

However, it was LoCicero’s ability to call up such deep rooted love and pain for her child, that any parent could relate to, which broke our hearts, rang so true, and showcased Lisa.

Later in the week, we also see how Liv was there for Robert in return  – and the two are now off on a mission of their own to find Holly (if she is indeed very much alive) which is sure to put a further wedge in her marriage to Ned (Wally Kurth).  That begs the questions, too.  How would you feel about a Robert and Olivia pairing…or would you be rooting for Olivia and Ned to work through their issues?

Through it all, it was Lisa LoCicero who grabbed our attention, brought out the hankies for all of us, and truly compelled the audience.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Lisa’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Lisa in these scenes with Dominic? In case you missed them, you can check them out below, then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Britt is the New Chief of Staff; But Who is the New Head Nurse?

On Friday’s General Hospital, the staff at the hospital was in for a shock when none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud) waltzed in and announced that she was in the new Chief of Staff.  That left Finn (Michael Easton), Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) and Portia (Brook Kerr) reeling.

Apparently, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) believes in Britt, and since he is now running the hospital and already pink-slipped Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), putting someone with a sketchy past in that position, who might do his bidding for him, was the perfect move for the drug lord.

Britt tells the crew that she is horrified by the mismanagement that has been happening at GH.  She then tells Elizabeth and Epiphany to check their new schedules as outlined by the new head nurse.  When everyone fires back at Britt that Epiphany is the head nurse, Britt reveals that it is Cyrus’ decision since he is now Chairman of the Board at GH.

Then, in a shocking moment for each of them, Elizabeth finds out that Epiphany has been put into an administrative position, where she will not be with the patients, while Liz has been cut back to only two shifts a week demoted to the satellite crew.

Finn is also in hot water as Britt tells him they need to set up a meeting, while Portia’s fate seems to be that she is safe, when Britt says she believes in her, and so too, does Cyrus.

What did you think of Britt arriving on the scene as the new Chief of Staff?  Who do you think might be GH’s new head nurse? Share your thoughts on the staffing changes via the comment section below.

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