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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 Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sasha and Valentin’s Secret Out Of The Bag: So Where Is Nina’s Real Daughter?

As many had suspected, there was something up in the relationship between Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and relative newbie to Port Charles, Sasha Gilmore (Sofia Mattsson).

The young woman who was introduced on the show back in the middle of September, and “turned out” to be Nina’s (Michelle Stafford) biological daughter (the one she gave birth to years ago), is not telling the truth, nor is Valentin,

At the end of Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Sasha is visiting Valentin at Wyndemere, where he tells her he wants her to go back to where she came from, and that if she sticks around, the truth will come out.

A confident Sasha says she won’t blow this and that no one will ever find out that she is not Nina’s daughter.  Thus meaning, Valentin set this whole ruse up to wrangle Nina back into a romance and marriage with him.

But as for Sasha, she clearly is intent on not leaving town, and getting her claws into Griffin (Matt Cohen), even though he is dating her “sister” Kiki (Hayley Erin).

Even Ava (Maura West) is telling Sasha to go after her daughter’s man, because, as we know, Ava is a woman scorned in regard to Griffin. And let’s not forget that Ava and Nina are longtime nemesis, too.  Adding to the confusion and deception are those second DNA results that came back positive to prove to Nina that Sasha is her bio-daughter, but she clearly isn’t.

So now that we know Sasha is a fake, that begs the questions … Is Nina’s daughter even alive?  If she is alive, where is she, and who is she?

Share your thoughts on where, or who Nina’s real daughter is, and what you think of the collision between Valentin and Sasha, via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Should Drew Get The Flash Drive Back, But Lose The Last Five Years Of His Life In Doing So?

On Friday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, Drew (Billy Miller) is faced with a dilemma that could change the course of his life forever.  It all comes down to DA Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), and her vendetta against Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), and how she is leveraging her possession of the flash drive that holds all of Drew’s memories and the key to his past.

In a confrontation at the Metro Court, Drew comes over to talk to Margaux, where he says he is not sure why he hasn’t taken it upon himself to turn her into the cops.  She adamantly points out that she is an attorney, and that he has no evidence that could be used against her in a court of law.  While she goes on about making Sonny pay for what he did to her father, she tries to get Drew to come along with her in her vendetta.  Drew refuses, not because of Sonny or Jason (Steve Burton), but he does not want to do this to Sam (Kelly Monaco) and have Danny be without his father.

Drew then stands up to her and tells he he knows she has been manipulating him for months. Even knowing she has the key to his life with the flashdrive that hold all of his missing years, Drew tells Margaux that she can hold this over his head, but even if he had the flashdrive there is a chance that the procedure to restore his memories could go wrong, and the sad fact that in doing the procedure, he will definitely lose the last five years of his life and all of those memories with Sam and more.  He says to Margaux that those memories mean everything to him.

A confident and irritated Marqaux tells him she is sure he will want the flash drive one day and that he knows her terms if she was to give it to him – helping her bring down Sonny and Jason for the murder of her father.   Drew is left with a difficult decision, while Margaux gets into an elevator and begins to cry over wanting to avenge her father’s death.  But little does she know, that evidence could prove that he was not the man she thinks he was.

So this begs the question to GH fans: Would you like to see Drew retrieve all of his memories as Andrew Cain, at the cost of losing the last five year of his life since being in Port Charles …  or should Drew leave his mind and memories alone and just go forward keeping the last five years in tact, and foregoing what other important history in his life that he may need to know now, or in the future? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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