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GH Recap – Dec 28th – Jan 1st

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Jason tells Johnny the truth about what happened the night Claudia was killed after Johnny confronts him with the photo he received of Claudia’s empty grave.  Johnny attacks Jason but eventually begins to calm down.  Jason speculates as to why Franco would have sent Johnny the photo.  Franco rents one of Sonny and Jason’s warehouses.  Sam gets an unexpected visitor.  Sonny plays along with Lisa when she assumes he’s the restaurant manager after she walks in looking to have dinner.  Sonny deliberately pushes Olivia’s buttons when he notices she’s jealous over seeing him flirting with Lisa.  Maxie helps Lulu get ready for her date with Dominic.  Dominic whisks Lulu off into the night but won’t reveal where he’s taking her.  Patrick and Robin are blissfully content as they celebrate their one year wedding anniversary.  Jason gets the sense that something isn’t quite right when he finds no trace of Sam in her penthouse.  Lucky tries to reach out to Michael after he’s pulled over for drunk driving but takes him home instead of arresting him.  Sonny and Carly try to get through to Michael.  A brooding Johnny tells Olivia he found out who killed Claudia but won’t share the information with her because of her connection to Dominic.  Lulu groans with displeasure when she realizes Dominic is taking her to an opera for their date but surprises herself by enjoying the experience immensely.  Dominic and Lulu come close to making love for the first time but the limo driver’s untimely interruption puts a stop to their plans.

Elizabeth surprises Lucky by recreating the night they spent together over ten years ago at Luke’s old club, but this time an empty Jake’s serves as the venue.  Lucky is touched when Elizabeth presents him with his old guitar and begins to sing to her just like old times.  Kristina and Molly set Alexis up on a date with Mac and she reluctantly agrees to go.  Mac and Alexis’ car breaks down but they enjoy themselves dancing to the car’s radio.  Kiefer leaves Kristina in tears after he storms off when she doesn’t want to make out with him.  After jumping to the wrong conclusions about each other, Max and Diane kiss and make up.  Maxie’s determined to make amends with Spinelli.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Esme’s Veiled Threat to Nikolas, “I Want To Tell Ava and Spence We Slept Together”

Everything’s coming up roses for Esme Prince (Avery Pohl), or at least it seems to be after Monday’s episode of General Hospital.

After Esme drugs Oz, he begins to pass out while she hides as Curtis (Donnell Turner) breaks down Oz’s door. When Curtis enters the apartment, Oz utters, “She gave me something,” and then passes out.  Next, Curtis calls 911 due to an unresponsive Oz, and he is soon whisked away by paramedics to GH, while Esme escapes sight unseen.

Elsewhere, at the lobby of the hotel, Ava (Maura West) and Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) are joined by Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) where they go over the events that transpired at Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) trial.  At the same time, Nikolas gets a text message from Esme who is now outside the hotel and tells him to come out and meet her, or she will come inside.

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Once outside, Esme tells Nikolas that their secret is heavily weighing on her and wants to come clean to Ava and Spence. Esme tells Nikolas: “I want to tell Ava and Spence we slept together,” which mortifies Nikolas! He goes on to tell her it was a one time thing that will not happen again, so there is no need to bring it up.  Next, Esme opines about feeling lost without the internship at Spring Ridge.  So, what’s a guy to do?  Tell the woman he slept with he will make sure her internship is reinstated by tomorrow! All fake smiles and crocodile tears, Esme’s machinations is working wonders for her.

At GH, TJ (Tajh Bellow) tells Curtis that they had to put Oz in a medically-induced coma, and they will have to see what drugs were in his system at the time he passed out. Curtis is sure Esme Prince was behind this and wants to prove the connection between her and Oz.

Now going for the trifecta, Esme calls GH and gets Dione at the nurses’ station.  Esme pretends to be Oz’s daughter where she learns that her ‘dad’ is in a coma.  That’s music to Esme’s ears and she is all smiles – grinning from ear to ear.

Share your thoughts on Esme’s reign of terror, and what you think will be her next move and ultimate downfall, in the comment section below.

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GH’s Brook Kerr on Portia/Stella Scenes Over Esme Targeting Trina, Shares: “Overwhelmed with All the Love and Support … My Heart Jumped When I Read That Material”

If you caught last Friday’s episode of General Hospital, you saw, and heard, how the writing team at the ABC daytime drama series wove into the fabric of the upcoming Trina courtroom drama, race relations in our country and the justice system.

The words were spoken by Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) mother, Portia (Brook Kerr), who is beside-herself with worry now that Trina’s court date is here. She shares how she believes Trina was targeted by Esme (Avery Pohl), when Esme decided to plant the phone that made it ‘appear’ that Trina was the person who taped Cameron (William Lipton) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) having sex and had it go viral.

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In key scenes, Portia shares her worries with Stella (Vernee Watson).  She expresses that Esme knew Trina would have a more difficult time facing the justice system, because she is black. Portia voices that members of the jury may fail to realize Trina’s innocence and as a mother, feels she has failed Trina, because she never prepared her for the harsh realities of the world.  Portia goes on to say that Trina grew up with a very sheltered life, and now she realizes that may have been a terrible error on her part.

Stella, always the voice of reason, disagrees. She tells Portia that she knows that Trina understands the world, and most importantly, try as she may, she can’t shield her daughter from everything that life throws at her.  She also shares that she knows the justice system isn’t always fair to people who look like Trina, but that she has to believe that in 2022 things are changing, and that Trina will be acquitted.  As Portia is in tears, Stella hugs her and assures her that Trina is a fighter. Throughout the scenes, Brook Kerr definitely delivered and now has material to submit for next year’s Emmys!

Over the weekend, Brook Kerr took to Twitter after seeing the reaction to the scenes. Kerr shared:I’m overwhelmed with all the love and support I’ve received from yesterday’s episode… My heart jumped when I read that material. And to be able to do it with @VerneeWJohnson_.  I’m catching up and y’all got me crying now… Thank you to the whole #gh family”

So, what did you think of Brook Kerr’s performance in the key scenes? Glad that GH touched on racial injustice? Comment below.

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