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GH Recap – March 12 – March 16th

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Sonny and Todd get into a competition about who’s more dangerous, but when Sonny tries to leave the courtroom, Todd draws a gun. Meanwhile, Carly and Blair realize they share a common bond: scary ex-husbands. They drink and swap stories. Michael struggles to tell Starr that his father may be responsible for her loss, and Starr reacts angrily. She ends up checking out of the hospital and they both head to the courthouse. Blair and Carly head there as well, and at the end of the episode, everyone converges as Todd threatens Sonny, and a gun is fired. Dante and Lulu are puzzled by Delores’s behavior. Later, Johnny tries to get Delores on his side, hoping she’ll get him info on Sonny — but she turns him down. Ewen visits an agitated Kate, and they discuss his dissociative personality disorder theory. Could she have shot out Anthony’s tires during her blackout? Kate insists on her theory that it was Johnny. Later, Ewen sees Johnny arrive to Kate — or is it Connie? Steve confesses to Olivia that he murdered a scumbag patient back in Memphis so that his organs could save Maggie’s deserving child patient. Olivia reels from this bombshell.

The gunshot that rang out at the end of yesterday’s episode was fired by none other than John McBain. He gets everybody’s attention and ultimately directs the local cops to place Todd under arrest. Starr isn’t remotely ready to let Sonny off the hook for killing her family, however, and we also discover that there is a dark past between McBain and Sonny.  Despite Matt’s concern and Ewen’s counsel, Maxie remains guilt-ridden over Robin. Elizabeth shows up with some kind words that Robin told her over the years about Maxie, but Maxie flees in tears. Johnny gets deeper into Kate/Connie’s crazy, privy to both ladies in one sitting. Anthony tries to convince Johnny to take up Connie’s sex offer. But when Johnny begins to get hot and heavy with Connie, Kate emerges and chases him away in a panic.  Olivia stumbles onto a way to make Johnny take the squeeze off Steve after overhearing Tracy and Anthony discuss the car accident.

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All of Robin’s family and friends prepare to their goodbyes at her memorial service. Jason is determined to see Robin after Spinelli slips up that something is wrong. Spinelli and Sam argue about Sam telling Jason that Robin has died – Spinelli thinks Jason deserves to know the truth, but Sam knows he’ll try to attend the funeral and that could compromise his health (and she doesn’t want to lose Jason). Later, Sam finds Jason putting his clothes on, ready to go see Robin. Despite Mac and Lulu’s best efforts, Maxie refuses to attend Robin’s funeral, still driven by her guilt. Edward briefly collapses, leading Monica to prevent him from going to Robin’s funeral. Edward, Tracy and Monica mourn Robin in their own way. Anna and Luke reunite, and he supports her as she prepares for the funeral. Patrick is haunted by visions of Robin as he prepares for her funeral. Liz and Matt do their best to support him. Liz tells Matt it’s nearly been one year since the death of her son, Jake, and she’s naturally thinking about him.

Robin’s funeral begins, and Mac, Elizabeth and Sonny all pay tribute to her. Determined to keep Jason in the dark about Robin and her funeral, Sam gets Alexis and Molly in on the ruse. Monica questions Sam whether that is a good idea, but Sam won’t budge – she thinks learning the truth could compromise Jason’s help. Carly has other ideas, and manages to sneak into Jason’s room by disguising herself.  Spinelli attempts to convince Maxie to come to Robin’s funeral, but Maxie – motivated by her guilt – refuses and won’t listen to Spinelli. We see that Maxie is really not in good shape, emotionally speaking.

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Maxie melts down at Robin’s funeral in more than one way.  Sam searches for Carly, inadvertently catching full sight of Ewen. Sonny questions Kate on her involvement with Ewen.  Sonny takes a business call with a “surprising” visitor.  Carly tells Jason, Robin is dead.

 

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It’s been quite the week in Port Charles. I’m actually not sure what day it is there! Is it the day after the Metro Court party or 2 days after? How many days since Jasonr’s surgery? I’m confused!! No matter, stellar performances by all this week. Anna, Patrick, Carly, The Q’s Sonny & Kate especially Connie( and I love Kelly Sullivan) Johnny, Maxie and OMG Luke being a rock for Anna – who’d have thought? Great stuff!!!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny is Hit with a Dose of Reality as Mike’s Condition Deteriorates Further

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital featured top-notch performances by Maurice Benard (Sonny), Max Gail (Mike) and Rebecca Herbst (Liz) portraying significant and important beats in the ABC daytime drama series, Alzheimer’s storyline.

We have to give kudos to GH for not skipping over key observations and changes the person suffering from the disease, and their loved ones, endure,

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In story, Elizabeth had come to Turning Woods to spend some time with Mike and to help Sonny.  While there, and as viewers saw previously, Mike would not swallow the water that Sonny tried to give him   It didn’t work so well when Liz tried either, but being a nurse, she knew to wet a towel and to try to get some water in Mike’s mouth that way.

Sonny reveals to Liz that Mike had a small stroke, and agrees with Liz’s assessment that he seems mostly unresponsive.  It is then that Liz takes Sonny outside of Mike’s room and knows she has to have a serious talk with him; to make him fully aware of what is happening to Mike.

Liz tells Sonny that Mike needs to stay in one place at this point, and that Sonny should look into palliative care.  She also shares her concern that Mike does not have a DNR in place and he needs one.  Sonny is, of course, overcome.

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One of the most horrific signs in the progression of Alzheimer’s is when the person afflicted can’t remember or get the signal from the brain to want to eat or swallow, and things don’t get better from there.  Liz tells Sonny that Mike is now having trouble understanding how his body is supposed to work.

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After Liz leaves, Sonny attempts to get Mike to eat some of Olivia’s special meatballs. After initially not getting anywhere with Mike, he comes to realize and admit they smell like home and finally take a small bite.

The scenes were poignant and effective, especially for all of us who have dealt with loved ones who are suffering with or have died from Alzheimer’s.

What did you think of the scenes featuring Maurice, Max and Rebecca? Comment below.

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