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GH Recap – Jan 11 – Jan 15th

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Jason rescues Sam, only to realize that he played into Franco’s hands by being tricked into having saved Sam at Lulu’s expense.  Lucky accuses Jason of letting Lulu die when it appears as though she and Dominic might not have survived the explosion at the warehouse where she was being held.  To everyone’s relief, Dominic and Lulu stagger out of the rubble unharmed.  Sonny credits Dominic for saving Lulu’s life.  Jason warns Lucky he’s walking into trap as he’s about to enter Franco’s studio.  Franco sends someone a DVD.  Johnny realizes the body found in the wreckage at the warehouse is probably Claudia.  Elizabeth races to stop Nikolas from leaving town, fearing she might never see him again.  Kristina turns to Kiefer after her ordeal with Sonny and they have sex in his car.  After returning home, Kristina tells Alexis there’s no bond between her and her father and there never will be. Sonny warns Michael that Claudia’s body may have been recovered.  Jason knows Franco isn’t through with him yet.  Sonny tears into Jason for letting Franco get under his skin.  Sonny tells Jason and Carly they all need to work together to protect Michael.  Ronnie confesses to Dominic that he and Franco had once been friends.  Michael’s temper flares when Kristina makes disparaging remarks about Sonny.  Lucky confronts Nikolas about being in love with Elizabeth.  Lulu has trouble dealing with her emotions in the aftermath of her near death experience.  Carly attempts to help Lulu but Dominic is the one who gets through to her.  Patrick jumps to Lisa’s defense when Steve reprimands her and ends up clashing with Robin.

Johnny reveals to Dominic he knows Dominic’s an undercover cop but won’t blow his cover because he wants to see him bust Sonny for Claudia’s murder.  After reading the results of Claudia’s autopsy online, Spinelli informs Johnny and Dominic that she died from a blow to the head.  Lucky continues to struggle with his anger over Nikolas’ admission that he’s in love with Elizabeth.  Nikolas asks Elizabeth to give them a chance to have something together and tell Lucky the truth.  Jason remains unsettled by his “duel” with Franco.  Jason tells Sam he has no regrets about choosing to rescue her before Lulu because he loves her.  Lisa privately takes pleasure in watching Robin and Patrick bicker but her smile fades when they go into each other’s arms for a kiss.  Robin leaves for London with Emma to visit Anna.  Jax makes plans to take the family on a ski vacation. Dominic confronts Olivia for not telling him that Johnny knew he’s an undercover cop out to nail Sonny.  Olivia and Johnny grow closer.   Sonny plans on setting the stage to frame Franco for Claudia’s murder.  While at the ski cabin, Michael’s disturbed by memories of the night of the murder.  Sly, a forensics technician tells Mac all they need is a DNA match to the hair sample they found at the cabin to ID Claudia’s killer.  Lulu confronts Elizabeth, implying she must have led Nikolas on in some way.  Steve tries to offer advice to a distraught Elizabeth.  Lisa ends up in Patrick’s arms after taking a tumble while arranging furniture in her apartment.

Michael convinces Carly it would be best if he left the cabin and returned home.  Once back in Port Charles, Michael heads to the morgue with the intention of seeing Claudia’s corpse but is intercepted by Sonny.  Dominic overhears Sonny and Michael talking in the morgue.  Jason is adamantly opposed to Sonny’s plan to implicate Franco for Claudia’s murder.  Nikolas takes Lulu’s advice and decides to leave town, probably forever.  Lucky severs all ties with Nikolas but Lulu convinces him to say goodbye to his brother before he leaves.  Lucky goes to Wyndemere and gets a surprise.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Julian & Sonny’s Showdown Ends Tragically; Cyrus Reveals His Past; Curtis & Jordan on the Rocks

Friday’s General Hospital left viewers in a free fall, literally, following the conclusion of the long-awaited final confrontation between arch enemies; Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Julian Jerome (William deVry).

Sonny tracks down Julian to the footbridge with gun in tow. He tells Julian the only way for him to get out of this alive, and for all his crimes, is to help him take down Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) and implicate him as the person behind the bombing a the Floating Rib. Julian says if he talks Cyrus will kill him, anyway.  Sonny says Julian will finally have some redemption if he does the ultimate sacrifice in order to bring down the drug lord.

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Next, Julian seems to agree and then collapses, and we are to believe, at that point, that he has died, but when Sonny reaches down to check his pulse, Julian lunges at Sonny! Then a fight ensues and the gun goes off.  We don’t know whether it was Julian or Sonny who was shot.

 

However, it is Sonny who is alive and Julian has been shot dead in the stomach.   Next, Jason (Steve Burton) comes across the two on the footbridge.  As Sonny and Jason see each other, the bridge collapses underneath Sonny and Julian … and they go overboard!  Jason yells “Sonny!”

Back in Port Charles, Curtis (Donnell Turner) is hurt and betrayed by Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry), because she hid the truth from him that Taggert was alive.  She says she is sorry, but she did not want anything to happen to her husband, so she kept him out of the plans and to not let him in on what she was doing to protect Taggert.  Curtis says she never gave him an option and it is not OK about her consistent lies when comes to Taggert and her feud with Cyrus Renault.  There looks to be real trouble in paradise here.

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At the long-term care facility in Vermont, Laura (Genie Francis) is an for an earful once Cyrus enters Florence’s room and he and his brother Martin (Michael E. Knight) go at it, reliving old wounds about their father.  Cyrus admits to Laura he figured out she was his half-sister and knew if he fed her bread crumbs she would make it to Vermont and figure it out.

Next, things get heated as we learn Cyrus was the odd man out in his relationship with his father, Gordon Gray.  Martin tells Laura that Cyrus intentionally ran down their father with a car.  Cyrus says it was accident.  in these scenes,  Jeff Kober delivered a top-notch performance revealing not only Cyrus’ inner pain and past, but leaving the audience and Laura still not trusting him and still fearful of him.

This episode seemingly marked the end of William deVry’s run of Julian Jerome who throughout his time in the role gave viewers memorable performances. William showed us the complexities of man caught up in the mob, but who loved his children in his own way, even through countless mistakes, bad decisions, and criminal moves.  And let’s not forget, Julian was one-half of the former fan favorite duo, Julexis with Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis).  Kudos to Will for a job well-done.

So, what did you think of the ending of Friday’s GH?  Will you miss Julian? What do you think will happen next to Sonny? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Learns She Has ‘Family Ties’, Julian’s on the Brink, Trina Gets to the Truth

On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, two characters were floored at some major revelations; while another continues to run for his life.

First, Laura (Genie Francis), who is snooping around the long-term care facility, is in Florence’s room, when she hears someone beginning to come in.  She hightails it to the bathroom, only to find out and overhear Martin (Michael E. Knight) speaking to his mother, Florence!  When he goes to get her some water, Laura has no choice but to pop out of the bathroom, just as Curtis (Donnell Turner) bursts through the door to tell Martin to keep quiet about everything from this point out.

After Curtis leaves to head back to Port Charles to help Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry), it leaves Laura and Martin to have a heart-to-heart. Martin says how much Florence misses his father, which prompts Laura to tell him that she is his half-sister,  Gordon Gray is her father.   He goes on about how Gordon had a wandering eye, which Laura sadly says she is a by-product of.  She asks Martin why Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is paying for Florence’s care.  Enter Cyrus, who reveals that Florence is his mother, too! This shocker leaves Laura stunned that the man who is out to destroy Port Charles is her other half-brother.

 

Meanwhile, Julian (William deVry) who previously was visited by the ghosts of Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan), Connie Falconeri from Bensonhurst (Megan Ward), and the love of his life, Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) … while in a delusional state … is somehow still alive at the bus station.  He is bleeding out from his gunshot wound.  When a stranger comes to the bus station, Julian asks what time it is, and finds out he missed his bus to Montreal.  Now, he offers the stranger 100 bucks for his ticket, so he can get on the next bus.  Meanwhile, Cyrus’ henchman is on the scene ready to silence Julian, but Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason (Steve Burton) arrive leaving Jason to take out the gunman and Sonny to go after Julian who got away,   Eventually, Julian and Sonny come face to face, but Julian looks to be on his last leg.

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Mac (John J. York) has dragged a very much alive Taggert to the PCPD and demands to know who helped him fake his own death.  Taggert is now played for several episodes by Asante Jones subbing for Réal Andrews.  Portia (Brook Kerr) and Trina (Sydney Mikayla) show up at the PCPD to warn Jordan about Cyrus’ latest ploy.  However, when they arrive they are shocked to see a very much alive Taggert.

An emotional Trina demands an explanation from her father … why he stood by and watched his family grieve for him, without telling her the truth and why he had to remain hidden.  Taggert pleads with her to understand it was for her own safety.  She does not want to hear it and leaves the station with Portia.  In these scenes we must give praise to Sydney Mikayla who delivered a daughter’s hurt and betrayal when she had to play it against Jones, not Andrews, whom she had previously developed an on-screen chemistry with as father/daughter.

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So, do you like that GH tied Cyrus, Martin and Laura together? How much more suffering can they put Julian through?  What did you think of Sydney Mikayla’s performance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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General Hospital’s Genie Francis Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Sometimes in daytime when it rains it pours and viewers can be treated to a plethora of performances all in one week.  Such was the case this past week which saw brilliant work from: General Hospital’s Genie Francis (Laura) and Maura West (Ava), and The Bold and the Beautiful’s Matthew Atkinson (Thomas).

However, there is something to be said when television and soap opera icon, Genie Francis, is given the ball and material worthy of her talents.  It’s not every week, or every month that the character of Laura is front and center – but from the looks of the story that GH is weaving they are doing a deep-dive into Laura’s childhood and teenage years which was fraught with drama –  a foreshadow that there is more exciting story to tell with Francis.

Last week’s Monday November 30th, and Tuesday December 1st episodes brought with it the emotional fallout, and farewell for the character of Lulu and her portrayer Emme Rylan who was written-off the show.  The vehicle to do so was the bomb that Julian (William deVry) planted at the Floating Rib on the orders of Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober).  The injuries she sustained in the blast wind up putting her in a coma and having to enter a long-term care facility away from Port Charles.

 

When Tracy (Jane Elliot) arrives in Port Charles to be there for Laura during Thanksgiving, the hug alone at the hospital between these two characters was enough to bring out the hankies.  Tracy considers Lulu a daughter to her.  Lulu’s father, Luke, is MIA, so Laura has to carry the burden, make strong impactful decisions and act fast to save her daughter’s life, and do the right thing no matter how difficult this will be for her as a mother.

Throughout the two episodes we watch Laura’s grief and her resolve.  When she learns that a bomb has caused the explosion at the Floating Rib and that Cyrus may have been behind it, she is livid, a mama-bear who will get her daughter justice.  But lo and behold, who should have the guts to walk up to Laura and offer his apologies and concern for Lulu … Cyrus!  In the hospital, Laura wallops the drug lord right in the face vowing that no one will stop her from taking him off the earth after she gets the evidence that he was the mastermind behind the bombing,

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Laura also had the horrific task of telling Lulu’s best friend, Maxie (Kirsten Storms), that they are going to move Lulu to a long-term care facility and that she needs to say her goodbyes.  One by one people go to Lulu’s bedside including: Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy, and Nikolas (Marcus Coloma).

When it is Laura’s turn (as the care facility has come to take Lulu away), she cries by her bedside begging Lulu to come back to everyone that loves her.  In a heartbreaking moment, Laura tells a despondent Lulu that she has rejoiced every day since she was born and she knows that her daughter is a fighter and will never just give up and will come through this.

As Lulu’s loved ones gather in the hospital corridor to watch as Lulu is transported to the facility, Laura watches grief-stricken.  As the elevator closes she breaks down in front of Kevin (Jon Linstrom) emotionally- spent and devastated.

In all of these scenes, Genie Francis was magnificent and broke viewers’ hearts right along with Laura’s.  So with that said, Michael Fairman TV names Francis’ work, The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Genie’s performances? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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