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GH Recap – Jan 3 – Jan 7th

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Carly and Jason race off to rescue the children, but they unwittingly head on the wrong road.  Dante gets the bad news and Brenda comforts him in her arms. Steve and Maxie manage to tend to wounded Matt, but Olivia remains in critical condition.  Michael, Kristina, Molly, Ali and Taylor look for missing Morgan. Sonny’s meeting with Theo is cut short when he and Alexis get news of the bus accident. Brook tries to stick close to Nik, but Liz seeks comfort from Nik over Cam. Lucky and Siobhan call for rescue help at PCPD. Luke considers using his honeymoon with Tracy as a cover for a jewel heist. Michael finds Morgan with a broken leg and carries him back to their makeshift camp. Michael and Molly find a cell phone and call 911. Taylor attempts to keep Kristina warm, but their physical closeness resurrects memories of Kiefer’s abuse.

Maxie and Matt grow closer as Steve comforts Olivia, who is critical. Dante and Brenda are first to arrive on the scene, and Dante rushes to Olivia’s side.  Carly and Jason follow to reach Morgan. Olivia is helicopter lifted to GH. Carly feels a mother’s regret that she was not on the bus with Morgan and for putting Olivia in harm’s way as well. Molly is beside herself when Brenda asks Molly and Kristina to be her bridesmaids. News of the bus accident brings Patrick and Robin closer, and for a moment all the doctors, including Lisa, work together. A feeling of kinship emerges as families gather at the hospital, supporting each other during this time of crisis. Abby inadvertently introduces herself to Sonny when she admits she is at the hospital for news on her friend, Michael. Patrick performs emergency surgery on Olivia, but Dante fears he is going to lose his mother.  Lulu arrives to comfort Dante during this difficult time. Carly and Sonny see to it that Morgan gets the best care, enlisting visiting pediatric surgeon Terrell Clark. Jason shares a tender moment with Jake as Sam looks on. Ali suddenly collapses. Brenda and Sonny share a romantic connection at the hospital as they bond over Sonny’s struggles to protect his children from harm. Maxie refuses to allow Lisa to help Matt, and Maxie realizes just how deeply she feels about him. Lisa and Terrell know each other from their past. Liz notices how close Lucky and Siobhan are as they comfort Cam. Nik purposely makes himself scarce at the hospital, and Brook Lynn calls him out on his self-flagellating behavior.

Dante sits vigil by Olivia’s bedside, forced to face the painful truth that he may lose his mother. Sonny comforts Kristina. He also protects Dante from Theo’s questioning. Steve offers Terrell a trial position in pediatrics. As Patrick and Robin inch closer to reconciliation, Lisa reveals her directive to Terrell. Ethan rejects Edward’s Machiavellian offer, hoping to move in with Maya somewhere other than the Quartermaine mansion. Tracy claims to be unphased by Luke’s honeymoon antics, but Edward is dubious. As Michael assures Abby that Sonny will not interfere with their relationship, Carly is having a meltdown about Abby to Sonny. Kristina and Michael have a revelation about their life attitude. Spinelli offers Diane an outlet for her writing prowess – help him co-author the exciting adventures of Jackal, P.I.

Molly starts to act bizarrely and Michael fears she may be suffering PTSD over the bus crash. Brenda begins wedding preparations but is hurt that Jason, Spinelli, Suzanne refuse to support her marriage to Sonny. Theo insists on questioning Brenda and Dante about the death of Banovic. Terrell charms his way into Robin’s life. Theo arrives to pursue his malpractice suit against GH, but Robin manages to talk him out of the case. Carly and Sonny argue over Michael and Abby’s relationship and what to do about it. After yelling at Sam, Carly tries to pay Abby off to leave Michael alone.  When she refuses to take the money, Carly threatens Abby. Jason happens in on Spinelli and Diane in a compromising position as they write their fiction novel together.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Dante Comes Home; But He’s Tortured In More Ways Than One

Lante fans got their long-awaited reunion, of sorts, on Friday’s episode of General Hospital which also leaves viewers with a major cliffhanger as to what has happened to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) since his time away from his wife, family and friends.

In story, Lulu (Emme Rylan) goes into panic mode when it appears someone is breaking into her home.  When Dante walks through the door her shock turns to happiness.  She runs into his arms and they kiss.  Dante feel guilty for not being there for his wife, when she needed him most – after she was attacked by Ryan – and apologizes for leaving her and not being there to protect her.  Then, Dante gets a call from Frisco, who congratulates Dante on a job well done in terms of his assignment to bring down Raj and his undercover work.

After escaping Turkey with his father, Sonny (Maurice Benard), and heading home to Lulu, something seems off.  While they have a happy reunion, complete with making love, there is clearly a sadness in Dante’s eyes.  We get a glimpse as to why, when in bed with Lulu, the camera pans to his back and we see multiple scars on his back, which would indicate he may have been beaten while being held in captivity during his mission.

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Zamprogna reveals what’s to come this week on all-new episodes of GH, which will illustrate how troubled Dante has become: “He’s trying to hide how disturbed he, in fact, is from his experience (abroad).  He’s so happy to be with his family. He missed them. He wants to be with them.  But as happy as he is to be back, there is something wrong that needs to be addressed.”

In the Sneak Peek for Monday’s episode, General Hospital released a clip, where Dante is seen and heard repeating, “I will complete the mission” and then appears to have shot Lulu.  But is this all in his head?

As viewers know, Zamprogna is back for a short run on the show, and not back full-time.  This week, also saw the talented and popular actor receiving another Daytime Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category.

So, what have you thought of Dante’s return thus far? Do you think he is suffering from PTSD … or something else? Are you happy Dom received an Emmy nod for his performances in 2018? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.   First, watch the sneak peek for tomorrow’s GH.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’ As Ava Learns The Devastating Truth About Ryan

Last week on key episodes of General Hospital, the truth was finally out that Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) was masquerading as his twin brother, Dr. Kevin Collins, and that Ava Jerome (Maura West) was an unsuspecting victim in all of this.  As the week began, Ryan and Ava had gone over the bridge, but Jason (Steve Burton) was able to save Ava and pull her back to the bridge, and that set the stage for a powerhouse series of performances by West.

On the bridge with Laura (Genie Francis), who is trying to make Ava comprehend the harsh realization that she has been with a serial killer this entire time, and not the real Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), Ava doesn’t believe what Laura is attempting to tell her.  She believes that Kevin had a mental breakdown.  Laura explains to Ava that Kevin is at General Hospital, while Ryan has been posing as him.  In Ava’s version of the situation, she thinks the switcheroo happened in the last 48 hours when Ryan wanted to whisk her away to be married.  Laura then tells Ava that Ryan switched places with Kevin months ago, and she has never been with Kevin.

It is a horrifying reality for Ava to grapple with as she insists that Kevin loves her.  However, moment by moment, Ava can no longer deny that harsh truth that is right in front of her.  She had sex with her daughter Kiki’s murderer the night she was killed, and she has been sleeping with the wrong man this entire time.

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In heartbreaking scenes, Maura, along with another wonderful performance by GH icon, Genie Francis, illustrated the raw pain and devastation of a woman who has been so blindsided by love, violated, and deceived all at the same time.  The scene where Laura holds Ava on the bridge as she collapses with anguish was soap gold.  But, never underestimate Ava Jerome!  You know she will get her payback.

In another episode, a now drunken Ava heads to the GH to see Kevin for herself, but finds Franco (Roger Howarth).  First, she blames Franco, then he makes her understand that it was Ryan who murdered people and deceived everyone.  He was just helping the PCPD snuff out the serial killer.   She tells Franco that Ryan made her feel like a goddess and that he worshipped her and helped her in her time of need following Kiki’s death.  Ava tells Franco that she hopes Ryan’s still alive so she can kill him herself!

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And still in another moment, Ava runs into the real Kevin in the hospital hallway.  Ava loses her grip and slaps him in the face accusing him of killing her daughter.  Scott (Kin Shriner) pulls her off Kevin, and tries to get her to understand that Kevin was in surgery at GH when she was with Ryan in Niagara Falls.

Sitting down with Ava, Kevin apologizes for what Ryan did to her and everyone else.  Kevin thinks she needs to speak with a therapist, but not him and he will recommend someone.  Later, alone in the hospital corridor, Ava sees a poster of Kevin Collins and rips it to shreds as Scott comes by to calm her down. She sinks to the floor in sorrow over Kiki’s death, and how she ended up falling for Ryan.

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Scene after scene, moment after moment, you can’t get better than West.  Ava is a delicious complex character, who has been so unlucky at love, is so flawed, and at times so revenge-filled, and yet in the hands of the oh-so-skilled and talented Maura West, she has humanized Ava, so that we can’t help root for her to get back on her feet after she falls so far down, so we can witness what trouble she will stir up next.   All of this to say: Michael Fairman TV names GH’s Maura West the ‘Power Performance of the Week”.

So, what did you think about of Maura’s performances on  GH? Did Ava finding out the truth about Ryan live up to everything you hoped it would be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Is Trapped With A Serial Killer

Ava Jerome (Maura West) got an eyeful on Thursday’s episode of General Hospital when she finds Carly (Laura Wright) gagged and knocked out in the trunk of “Kevin’s” (Jon Lindstrom) car.  Just then, Carly begins to open her eyes, but Ava is stunned when she finds “Kevin” standing behind her.   When Ava is trying to process what she just saw and her groom’s reaction to the sight of Carly in the truck of his car, he tosses it off, and lets her know he has a handle on everything and to go back to their motel room and wait for him.

Later, in their motel room in Niagara falls, Ava considers calling 911, but in that moment decides against, and begins to think that “Kevin” has had a mental breakdown as he has in the past.  When he shows up, “Kevin”asks Ava to trust him,  But when Ava asks why Carly was in the trunk of his car, he responds that it’s a wedding gift for his bride-to-be.

Meanwhile, the manhunt is on for Ryan Chamberlain as the real Kevin Collins has now been admitted to General Hospital.  Chase (Josh Swickard) fills Lulu (Emme Rylan) in on what is going down and she finally remembers it was Ryan, not Franco (Roger Howarth), who stabbed her, and she was his victim when Ryan hypnotized her to believe Franco was the serial killer.

Laura (Genie Francis)is on her way to Niagara Falls with Jason (Steve Burton), who is going to find Carly and bring her home as he is worried sick about his best friend.  Cameron (William Lipton) who is in the Falls with Joss (Eden McCoy)and Oscar (Garren Stitt), who has had a major seizure, runs into Ryan, but doesn’t know it, until he has a phone call with Liz  (Rebecca Herbst) who fills him in that Franco is not the murderer, but Ryan is.  Cameron has the tip to help all, with the name of the motel where Ryan is at.  Liz phones Laura and she and Jason head off to find the motel..

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When Jason and Laura arrive at the cabin, Laura stays in the car as Jason grabs his gun and heads to Ryan’s room.   When an unnerved Ava tries to  tell “Kevin” that he must let Carly go and bring her back to Port Charles safely before they get married, he informs  Ava there is nothing for her to worry about.  He has already taken Carly five miles east of the motel.  Next thing you know, the scene transitions to a shot of Carly lifeless on the ground.  We go back to Jason, who kicks down the  door to Ryan’s room with his gun drawn.

So, what did you think of Ava’s reaction to a kidnapped Carly in the trunk of Ryan’s car? What will happen when Ava realizes she is with Ryan Chamberlain? Share your thoughts as this story heads to its major conclusion, or is it?

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Airdates: Wk of 3-11-2019

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