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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: 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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