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GH Recap – Dec 13 – Dec 17th

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Sonny and Brenda declare themselves and make love. Jason and Dante stake out the GH loading dock where the body of Aleksander is to be collected. Jerry Jax appears to take possession of the remains. Johnny appears indifferent to Lisa’s bind over the antibiotics.  Just as Steve is about to dismiss her, Johnny comes through with an unexpected save for her career. Robin and Patrick have another moment of near reconciliation. Michael confides in Sam about his growing feelings for Abby, Carly threatens Abby and demands the relationship with her son ends immediately. Lucky warns Luke that he will use whatever force – legal or otherwise – to make sure his father appears at the altar on December 21. Tracy confides in Brooke Lynn that she believes Luke will stand her up. Siobhan witnesses Lucky and Nik in reconciliation. Johnny’s call for help derails Ethan’s chance at romance with Maya.   Jerry escapes from Jason and Dante after killing an innocent civilian and driving off with Aleksander’s body.  Jason, Dante and Lucky corner him, only for Jerry to drive off the road in flames. Lisa manages to avoid disciplinary action thanks to Johnny’s help. Patrick and Robin fight over how to deal with Lisa. Sam is conflicted by Michael and Abby’s pairing but resists Carly’s grilling. Carly asks Luke to dig up dirt on Abby. Abby unwillingly tries to turn down Michael. Luke feels pressured to clear enough money to pay for his wedding to Tracy. Brooke Lynn and Nik discuss their past loves and empathize with one another. Siobhan asks Nik to help get Lucky off the Balkan case.  Later, she questions Jax for info about Jerry.

All await confirming news that Jerry Jax is dead, but he is not.  Instead, Jerry shows up at the Jax home, proclaiming his hatred for Brenda as he holds Josslyn close. Sonny and Brenda fall deeper back into love, even as it may seem she is finally safe and able to go back to Rome. Sonny gives Brenda a Christmas present. Theo announces that he is suing General Hospital for malpractice. Steve, Patrick and Lisa are all named in the suit, but Theo spares Robin due to her compassion for him. Michael questions Abby’s sudden change of heart but she is vague.  Glum, Michael ends up in a close call fight with Bryce over Kristina, and Abby saves the day. Luke fights his instinct to flee before the wedding. Claire mentions to Sonny that she is being transferred to Alaska.

Jax threatens Jerry, saying he will not let Jerry harm Brenda.  Jerry puts a gun to Carly before taking off – warning he will stop at nothing until he gets Brenda. Sonny asks Jax for info on Jerry so they can bring Jerry down once and for all. Brenda is mysteriously being sued for the wrongful death of Banovic. Robin tries to sway Theo out of his malpractice suit, but he will not hear of it. Michael and Abby grow closer when Michael convinces her to give him another chance and go out with him. Nik asks Alexis to draw up a contract for Brooke Lynn’s work-for-hire.  Alexis tries to dissuade them both out of their arranged relationships. Theo arrives at Diane and Alexis’ law offices, prepared to help with Brenda’s wrongful death suit and help with Sonny’s international affairs. Brenda cracks under Carly’s relentless accusations, finally admitting the truth of the Balkan’s son. Jax buys a gun, ready to take down Jerry to protect Brenda.  Lulu worries that Dante is presently in love with Brenda. Liz witnesses Nik and Brooke Lynn growing closer, and she does not like it. Luke expresses his doubts about Dante to Sonny. Lucky receives a phone call from Siobhan’s family in Ireland. Despite Alexis’ reservations, Diane hires Theo as temporary legal relief.  The Balkan’s identity is revealed when Jerry has a phone call with the criminal mastermind and it turns out to be Theo Hoffman!

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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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