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GH Recap – July 19 – July 23rd

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In Pentonville, Jason tries to get a guard’s attention with the recent Franco photo clue, but he is totally ignored. Dante enlists Claire to help re-release Jason.  Before permitting his release, Claire tests Jason’s commitment to apprehending Franco. Jason and Dante take off to find Franco in Los Angeles.  Liz and Nik welcome their new child into the world. Shirley notices that the ID bracelet for Liz’s newborn boy ends in the numbers 66. Maxie catches Lucky outside Liz’s labor room and calls him out on his conflicted emotions. Sonny puts Warren in his place, connecting that Kiefer learned to abuse because Warren abused him. Spinelli reveals to Sam he is hurt about losing Maxie. Carly suggests to Jax’s that they take things slow. Skye comforts Jax and suggests they go to Barcelona together to get her money. Liz and Nik decide they are ready to go home and arrive at the nursery ready to check out their baby and they discover he is missing. On her way to find out more about Michael’s condition, Carly overhears Patrick and Lisa arguing over their affair while Robin was in Africa. Michael shows up at the hospital after getting into a fight on his first day at community service. Maxie tells Matt she has come to realize he is the best choice for her. Carly wants Michael to live with her in Dante’s absence, but Lulu refuses to go against the Judge’s wishes which fuels Carly’s desire for vengeance further. Johnny does not want to give up on Olivia and arrives at her door with Italian pastries. Brook Lynn invites herself on a boat ride with Johnny. Claire and Sonny discuss the Franco case and conversation turns into a seduction match. Steve and Lucky decide to put the hospital in lockdown, requiring everyone to stay put while the police search room to room for Liz’s baby. Lucky, Nik and Liz confront Helena, believing she is responsible. Kristina arrives at the hospital after spraining her ankle at the tennis club. Warren lashes out at Kristina as she waits for care, demanding she release her medical history to him to clear his son’s name. During the hospital lockdown, Patrick is stuck with Carly, who admits she overheard his cheating predicament. Sonny wants to know what set Michael off, but Michael continues to evade the topic. Heartened by his progress with Kristina, Sonny wonders if he should be more proactive in helping Michael. Skye and Jax are en route to Barcelona to track Lorenzo Alcazar’s illegal fortune. Brook subtly tries to undermine Olivia and kisses Johnny on the beach.

Dante and Jason arrive at MOCA gallery in search of clues to Franco’s next move and meet Von Schlegal, Franco’s art dealer. Franco spies on Jason and Dante as they uncover his Port Charles “art” in the LA warehouse.  Dante warns Jason not to play into Franco’s plan. Dante decides to arm Jason with a gun, taking yet another risk on his future. Helena defends herself to Nik and Liz, swearing she did not kidnap their baby. Shirley convinces Maxie to take her to see Liz and Shirley passes away. Franco delivers a message to General Hospital via television monitors. Michael attacks Warren and Lucky, Ethan and Mac break up the fight. Warren goes on a rampage in the hospital with a gun. Tormented by guilt, Patrick wants to be honest but fears losing Robin. Johnny breaks away from Brook’s kiss and admits he is still in love with Olivia.  Jason gets a message from Franco and the situation comes to a head. Lucky, Nik and Liz realize who has taken the baby. Warren’s rampage at General Hospital leaves people injured.  While Jax charms the Contessa Fernanda de la Barca, who has control of Alcazar’s millions, Skye gets access to the Contessa’s office and steals back Alcazar’s fortune.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Family Says Their Goodbyes in Emotional Episode Filled With Touching Performances

For anyone who has been watching the emotional Alzheimer’s storyline play out on General Hospital, Wednesday’s episode was a key moment in the storytelling and for the Corinthos family.  To say that the cast delivered in this episode is an understatement; everyone had their moments, and of course, chief among them, Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Mike’s (Max Gail) life is coming to an end as his body is shutting down from the disease.  Stella (Vernee Watson) comes to Mike’s room at Turning Woods and tells Sonny that Mike is waiting for permission to let go.  She explains to Sonny that Mike is torn between this world and the afterlife.   Stella helps Sonny prepare for the final moments of Mike’s life, dimming the lights, giving Sonny ice chips to put on his father’s lips, and for Sonny to put on some of Mike’s favorite music – jazz.   She also gets Mike a blanket because he is getting cold.  Then in a touching moment played to perfection by Vernee Watson, Stella says her own goodbye to Mike and hugs Sonny and tells him how grateful she was to know Mike.

Carly (Laura Wright) had been by Sonny’s side every step of the way in the final days of Mike’s life.  At one point in Mike’s room with Sonny, she has a dream where Mike tells her she is his daughter.  It was another heartbreaking moment – this time played beautifully by Laura Wright.  Earlier, Michael (Chad Duell) said goodbye to his grandfather and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) had also come to Turning Woods, as has Brando (Johnny Wactor) to be there for the end of Mike’s life and to support Sonny

Sonny tells Mike, (who can hear, but cannot truly respond as the disease continues to shut down his body), that he has made peace with what went down between them when he was a child.  He tells Mike, “I just want you to go in peace and go with love.”  Later, Sonny had a recollection seeing his father pray in the back of the church when he was a child, which sparked an idea for him.   Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny know that Mike wants to be forgiven for his sins.

Then in the tearjerker, Father Ramos arrives to bless Mike and cleanse him from all of his sins, as Sonny, Carly, Michael and Josslyn witness it.

Afterwards, Jason realizes that Mike probably does not want to die in front of Sonny and tells Sonny to take a break, but Sonny does not want to – so Jason whispers to Mike that he should not worry that he will take care of Sonny. The two hope Mike will meet up with Morgan in heaven.

At the end of the episode, alone with his father, Sonny tells Mike not to be afraid, or to worry about him, and then remembers the night Mike walked out on him and his mother when he was a kid.  He says he knows his father always loved him … maybe too much.  We fade to black.  Maurice Benard’s work was again outstanding throughout these moments, making Sonny’s life-long pain, and love for this father, palpable.

As someone who went through this horrible disease with his mother, I can say, that GH played the beats of the story to perfection, honoring those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the family members they leave behind.

So, what did you think of this emotional episode of GH and the performances by the cast? Comment below.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just make this official as we tweeted about it last week when these scenes aired on Tuesday.  And let’s just say, that Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) could very well receive another Daytime Emmy nomination next year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, if these moments are part of her reel.  LoCicero was previously nominated in 2015 in this category.

Now on to that performance that had everyone a-buzz on social media after it aired.  In the scenes, Robert (Tristan Rogers) has worked his WSB contacts to get Olivia to Geneva to secretly see her son, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), who is suffering from severe trauma and PTSD and is at this facility for treatment.  After traveling half way around the world to get there, with anticipation and wanting to hold her son and be there for him – when she arrives the doctor (Christopher Cousins) tells Dante his mother is here to see him, but Dante refuses to let that happen.

When the doctor tells Olivia that Dante will not open the door to his room to talk to his mom and come face-to-face with her, she goes into momma bear mode, releasing such heartache and anguish, just wanting to see Dante, but she is met with a steely shut door instead.  But as viewers saw, the scenes were made all the more poignant by the split screen; where Dante is on the other side of the door – heartbroken hearing his mother’s cries.  Dominic Zamprogna, who is always stellar, was also moving in these moments.

However, it was LoCicero’s ability to call up such deep rooted love and pain for her child, that any parent could relate to, which broke our hearts, rang so true, and showcased Lisa.

Later in the week, we also see how Liv was there for Robert in return  – and the two are now off on a mission of their own to find Holly (if she is indeed very much alive) which is sure to put a further wedge in her marriage to Ned (Wally Kurth).  That begs the questions, too.  How would you feel about a Robert and Olivia pairing…or would you be rooting for Olivia and Ned to work through their issues?

Through it all, it was Lisa LoCicero who grabbed our attention, brought out the hankies for all of us, and truly compelled the audience.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Lisa’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Lisa in these scenes with Dominic? In case you missed them, you can check them out below, then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Britt is the New Chief of Staff; But Who is the New Head Nurse?

On Friday’s General Hospital, the staff at the hospital was in for a shock when none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud) waltzed in and announced that she was in the new Chief of Staff.  That left Finn (Michael Easton), Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) and Portia (Brook Kerr) reeling.

Apparently, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) believes in Britt, and since he is now running the hospital and already pink-slipped Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), putting someone with a sketchy past in that position, who might do his bidding for him, was the perfect move for the drug lord.

Britt tells the crew that she is horrified by the mismanagement that has been happening at GH.  She then tells Elizabeth and Epiphany to check their new schedules as outlined by the new head nurse.  When everyone fires back at Britt that Epiphany is the head nurse, Britt reveals that it is Cyrus’ decision since he is now Chairman of the Board at GH.

Then, in a shocking moment for each of them, Elizabeth finds out that Epiphany has been put into an administrative position, where she will not be with the patients, while Liz has been cut back to only two shifts a week demoted to the satellite crew.

Finn is also in hot water as Britt tells him they need to set up a meeting, while Portia’s fate seems to be that she is safe, when Britt says she believes in her, and so too, does Cyrus.

What did you think of Britt arriving on the scene as the new Chief of Staff?  Who do you think might be GH’s new head nurse? Share your thoughts on the staffing changes via the comment section below.

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