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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: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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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