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GH Recap – July 12 – July 16th

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Franco confronts Jax with Josslyn in the park but swears he means them no harm. Jason and Dante with Spinelli’s help, connect “66” to a county road with an old mansion rented in Franco’s mother’s name. Lucky questions Johnny about the car bomb but believes Sonny is truly responsible. Claire finds Michael with Sonny and threatens to report Michael to the judge, thereby revoking Michael’s release. Johnny interrupts Sonny wooing Claire with a home cooked meal. Patrick puts off lovemaking in the supply closet for later and Robin is confused as to why he is turning her down.  Michael gets Kristina to admit she likes the boundaries Sonny has set for her because it shows Sonny cares.  Michael tells Kristina he intends to take his place in the mob under Sonny once he completes his sentence.

Jason and Dante arrive at the Route 66 mansion and Jason finds a flyer announcing a live performance at Jake’s by artist Kalup Ishmael. Franco rents out Jake’s for the night just before Jason, Dante, Lulu, Matt, Maxie, Maya and Brook Lynn show up. Sam prepares for a romantic night with Jason, but Franco appears at the door. Jax and Carly verge upon a reconciliation when Skye interrupts. Kristina is assigned a new study partner and is ready to reassume her studies. But when her partner Taylor reaches for a book, Kristina freaks out thinking Taylor is about to hit her. Shirley is pleased to witness Nik and Liz having a genuine connection. Liz stands up to Helena, who contemplates revealing the true paternity of the baby. Ethan arrives at the hospital needing stitches in his hand from a reckless accident.  Jason, Dante and Lulu watch Kalup Ishmael’s performance of “Route 66,” and they wonder how the song fits into the other Franco clues. Sam is prepared with a gun when Franco arrives at her door. Franco warns Sam that if she apprehends him, Jason will have to go back to Pentonville.  She is shaken and allows Franco to leave. Franco meets with Kalup after his performance at Jake’s and recruits him for his masterpiece. Claire drags Sonny in for questioning; warning him Lucky has a lead which could implicate Sonny in Johnny’s car bombing. Sonny pulls Claire into a hot kiss and Claire further pretends to fall for Sonny. Michael advises Carly to give Jax another chance and she asks Jax for a family sailing day. Kristina opens up to Alexis about what happened at the library with Taylor. Helena remains spiteful of Liz, plotting the downfall of the Spencer family. Ethan confronts Maya and finally gets her to talk about her tragic romantic past.  Dante, Jason and Spinelli begin to unravel Franco’s clues, determining that Franco is trying to lead them to a location according to the song lyrics of “Route 66.” Franco pays a visit to Lulu, who is alone at Kate’s office. Claire assures Lucky that she is not falling prey to Sonny’s charms. Steve finds it hard to hide the truth from Robin when she questions him about Patrick and Lisa’s successful surgery on Shirley. Jax is overjoyed at the potential reunion between him and Carly. Spinelli advises Carly to pursue Jax if she wants him back. Liz starts to feel contractions and goes to the hospital, preparing to give birth. Spinelli tells Maxie that he is letting her go. Jason, Dante and Spinelli put together that Franco is committing murders and chronicling crime scenes in cities along Route 66, mirroring the song lyrics.  They conclude his final destination must be Los Angeles. Franco threatens Lulu that he may kill her on the spot to torture Dante. Now that Franco’s clues are understood, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to take Jason back into custody and return him to Pentonville. Jason receives another crime photo from Franco of his toy monkey in a public plaza (The Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles). Claire suggests Sonny walk away from the mob so he can have the relationship he wants with his kids. Lisa revels in every opportunity to put Patrick on the spot when he is with Robin. Sonny and Kristina connect when Sonny understands what she went through when Taylor inadvertently echoed her experience with Kiefer. Warren Bauer informs Alexis the wrongful death suit against her is in progress. Despite taking medication to slow down the delivery, Liz has no option but to go into early labor.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL 15000th Episode: Laura Faces Being Ousted as Mayor as Port Charles Bands Together in Support of Her

Finally, after many preemptions, General Hospital’s 15,000the episode aired on Wednesday. In it and front and center in the standalone episode was GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

In story, after a scathing op-ed is run in The Invader from a group of citizens called “The Friend of Port Charles”, they take aim at Mayor Laura Collins and want a recall to replace her. When trying to figure out who was behind the story, Laura’s friends and the citizens of the town, band together to keep her from being ousted and to figure out who would attack her in the press like this.

That sets up a few sentimental flashback clips featuring the three current longest-running members of the cast, Genie, Kin Shriner (Scott) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie).  Viewers get a glimpse of Scotty and Laura’s wedding, and then Bobbie’s contentious and duplicitous side when she fought for the love of Scotty against a teenaged Laura.

As Laura tries to determine who is behind the op-ed, Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a lead from Ms. Wu (Lydia Look) that Laura’s half-brother, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is behind it.  Laura then heads to Pentonville to confront Cyrus.  She asks if he’s the brains behind “The Friends of Port Charles”.

Cyrus insists he is only an advisor. He goes on to say that this is a group of people who are disillusioned by the way she is running the town.  Cyrus gets angry and vengeful, and emotional, when saying the police department is corrupt and how ELQ and Cassadine Industries gets tax breaks at the expense of less fortunate people, etc.  Laura can’t figure out if these people in the ‘friends’ group have such high moral value why would they hire a criminal, like him, as an advisor?

Renault goes on to say that it’s up to God and preaches she needs to be less self-righteous.  Laura throws back to Cyrus that where was God in that scathing op-ed, that he did filled with such hate?  Laura then forgives him and walks out, which stuns Cyrus.

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Later, Scotty in front of Laura, Bobbie, Anna (Finola Hughes), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring), proposes to Liesl (Kathleen Gati), but she turns down his marriage proposal.  Liesl feels they have a good thing going , so why mess it up with a marriage at this point. The two kiss.

In addition, Laura meets up with Maxie (Kirsten Storms), who are visiting an institutionalized Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Maxie brings her some cosmetics from Deception because of the bad lighting in the facility.

The softball game was the throughline of the episode, and at the end, we saw the payoff, when all the characters converged on Charlie’s giving their support to Laura, who says she is ready to write her rebuttal.

Then in a voice-over from Laura, she speaks to the essence of Port Charles and its residents which included: that they have a strong community that she is proud to be a part of it and she speaks to her legacy over generations.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) proposes a toast to Laura, as she notes that if she loses the recall then so be it, adding that if the person who replaces her is a Port Charles lifer, like she is, then the town will continue to prosper.

So, what did you think of the 15,000 episode milestone episode? Did you enjoy the performance of Genie Francis? Did you like the way much of the cast was utilized, or did you feel otherwise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Josh Kelly Makes His General Hospital Debut: What Are Your First Impressions of Cody?

After parachuting on to General Hospital on Wednesday’s cliffhanger, on Thursday during the pick-up of the action, we learn that the man that landed in the pool and knocked over a drunken Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) was none other than “Cody”; as viewers welcomed former One Life to Live favorite Josh Kelly (Ex-Cutter Wentworth) to Port Charles.

In story, Britt wants the parachuter arrested and tells Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) who is present at the social mingle party to do so.  However, the man, Cody, looks at Dante and clearly they know each other from the past.  To try to calm things down, Dante hand-cuffs Cody.

Later in the episode as Britt laments about Cody – clearly the two have an attraction to one another – Sam (Kelly Monaco), Dante, and Cody are now at Charlie’s sharing drinks.

Cody reveals he really thought that Dante was taking him into police custody, and thanks him for getting him a change of shirt and out of the party. As the three chat, Dante informs Sam that this is his childhood friend, Cody Bell.

It is clear there are some things from the past that Dante might not be too proud of when Cody adds, “And got in a lot of trouble with.”

So, what do you think of a Cody/Britt potential romance? Excited to see Josh on GH? What do you think went down in the past between Cody and Dante? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes from Cody’s entrance!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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Cameron Mathison talks with Michael Fairman on taking on the role of GH’s Drew Cain, the latest developments in Port Charles for Drew. his busy career outside of soaps and the loss of his mother and his public battle with cancer.Leave A Comment
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