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GH Recap – Feb 21 – Feb 25th

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Following the Balkan’s orders, Shawn attempts to kidnap Brenda. But before he can complete his mission, Carly arrives and threatens Brenda with the damning evidence of Brenda’s love child with Dante (inadvertently saving her from the Balkan). As Carly is about to expose the secret in front of all assembled, Brenda objects to her own wedding. Jason and Sam are one step behind Theo, but Sam manages to get a drop on Shawn. Jason arrives as Shawn turns the table and takes Sam hostage. Lucky and Siobhan work in concert to overtake the Balkan’s men and free Siobhan’s sister, Megan. Siobhan won’t let Lucky leave for the States alone. Terrell makes a move on Lisa – but gets derailed by Johnny. Lisa and Johnny have a heart to heart, and they combust into lovemaking.Brenda and Dante explain the truth of their past. Apologetic, Brenda heads up the aisle in dejection – only for Sonny to stop her and claim his undying love and they are announced husband and wife. Having a strong moral code, Shawn agrees to switch sides and work with Jason and Sam against the Balkan. Theo mourns the death of his grandchild and remains one step ahead of everyone. Terrell gets harder and harder for Lisa to control. Lucky proposes a green card marriage to Siobhan when she is stopped trying to enter the United States. Liz is set on a course to wonder once more about Aiden’s paternity.

At the reception, Sonny confronts Carly, but she is unrepentant. Jax arrives at the wedding and realizes he cannot win Carly back. Sonny and Brenda share their first dance as husband and wife. Theo continues to plot his revenge on Brenda for killing their son. Jason and Shawn are ambushed in a Balkan trap as Theo gets the drop on Sam. Dante is determined to make things right with Lulu, even as Tracy demands that Dante leave her stepdaughter alone. Dante shows up at Lulu’s apartment and she punches him out. As Lisa offers solace to Johnny, Maxie enlists Matt to help her prove that Johnny is covering for Lisa. Patrick and Robin grow closer as they are reminded of their wedding. Kristina and Ethan share a dance at the wedding reception, strengthening their friendship. Michael lights up when Abby arrives at the wedding reception, and they dance. Luke gives Carly props for the effort to stop the wedding – and offers to school her on more trickster ways. As Liz revisits the idea of Aiden being Lucky’s son, Lucky is assuring Siobhan that even if Aiden had turned out to be his – things would have ended between him and Liz. Siobhan remains vague about agreeing to a green card wedding. Nik confides his regrets to Brook Lynn at the wedding. Robin and Sonny’s children make a heartfelt toast to the newlyweds. Sonny and Brenda leave for their honeymoon when history repeats itself. Jason barely survives a barrage of gunfire. Shawn is wounded but makes it to the road only to take Carly hostage, forcing her to hide him in her guesthouse. Jason storms in to save Carly. Dante takes full responsibility for the mess of secrets and lies and Lulu is heartbroken. Patrick tells Robin just how much he loves her. Steve and Olivia talk about their stance on kids. Michael is pleased when his parents welcome Abby warmly. Michael and Abby get honest about their feelings for one another. Kristina catches the wedding bouquet and chides Ethan that they will get married one day. Tracy is pissed at Luke for not shielding Lulu from heartbreak.

In the aftermath of the wedding, everyone is reeling from what happened. Sonny, Robin, Edward and Jax are beside themselves with grief, anger and disbelief as Ethan ushers Kristina, Molly and Morgan home away from danger. Michael is the only one who can calm his father down. Jason worries that the Balkan’s intentions don’t add up. Jason gets a call from Franco and Sonny discovers that the body is not who they think it is. The body turnout to be that of Sam! Lulu arrives outside of the Archer Pavilion to comfort Dante after the tragedy, despite her feelings of betrayal.

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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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