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GH Recap – May 14 – May 18th

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PCPD, Kate admits to Alexis her fears that Connie is responsible for Cole and Hope’s death — as Todd overhears. Meanwhile, Tea and Carly face off. Later, Todd informs Tea of his discovery, but she refuses to listen. So Todd tells Carly.  Patrick remains stuck in his grief and requests Epiphany reassign his patients. When Elizabeth finds out he has refused to operate on Ewen, she pays a visit herself.  McBain comforts Sam as she spends her birthday alone, missing Jason. Meanwhile, Jason finds support from Liz as she cares for Emma. Later, Sam returns to her room and encounters Jason, who has come to with her happy birthday. Luke and Anna encounter Liz with Emma and Aiden, and they end up babysitting their grandchildren together. Later, Heather witnesses the happy domestic scene. Olivia finds the timing of Maggie’s death and confession to be disturbing, but Heathers insists they concentrate on Steve.

Despite the betrayal, Sonny asks Alexis to help defend Kate. Meanwhile, Johnny tries another tactic to win back Carly, only for Todd to intervene. Later, Johnny and Sonny almost come to blows — but in an attempt to do right by Carly, Johnny tells Sonny he should forgive Kate instead. As Starr confides in Kate about her recent loss, unaware Kate may have caused it, Michael insists to Sonny he has no qualms testifying against Starr, as Todd overhears. We realize, along with Michael, that Molly and TJ have been secretly dating behind Shawn and Alexis’ back.

Carly gives Michael good advice about his motives to testify against Starr. Meanwhile, Tea tries to convince Starr to discredit Michael, but she refuses. Todd attempts to emotionally blackmail Sonny – if Michael backs off Starr, Todd will back off Kate. To Elizabeth’s relief, Patrick pulls himself together to operate on Ewen. Despite his promise, Spinelli names Matt as Lisa Niles’s murderer in court. Meanwhile, Maxie breaks the same news to Matt, who has been wholly unaware.

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Kate prepares to confront Connie with the help of a psychiatrist, and Sonny admits to Kate he hired Alexis for her. Later, Kate demands to know if Connie is guilty. Kate almost comes clean to Starr but can’t bring herself to it. Later Starr is arraigned for the attempted murder of Sonny, and she pleads … not guilty. As Maxie admits her cover-up for Matt, Spinelli is forced to name Matt in the courtroom. The judge agrees to free Maxie if she signs an oath confirming Matt as the killer. Later, Mac and Felicia hope Spinelli will get through to Maxie. Luke stops Tracy from making a messy murder of Anthony. Later, Anthony overhears their plot to get rid of him.

Anthony overhears Tracy asking Luke to whack Anthony. Luke will get Anthony out of Tracy’s life in exchange for Tracy promising not to try to kill Anthony herself. Tracy wants to know what Luke’s plan is. Luke admits he doesn’t have one yet, but will handle him in own way.  Alexis and Sonny enter the other side of the lineup room and see Kate yelling at the two-way mirror, yelling at Connie, demanding to know what she did. Sonny rushes in to comfort Kate but meets Connie instead! Connie is able to keep Alexis out and proceeds to tell Sonny everything: she needed to get Sonny to dump Kate. Sonny knows it was Connie not Kate that slept with Johnny. Connie knocked out Ewen. Sonny grabs Connie: what did she do the night of the accident?! Later, Connie tells Sonny that it was her that night that tried to kill Anthony!

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Anthony shows up at Johnny’s place and tells him that strange things have been happening. He now has proof that Tracy is trying to kill him; he’ll have to give Tracy her divorce and move back in with Johnny. Johnny isn’t cool with that. Anthony snaps, grabs Johnny, and tells him he’s tired of the whining about his childhood. Johnny falls to the ground as Anthony pulls a gun on him. Anthony is ready to shoot Johnny, but Johnny laughs, tells him to go ahead, it would make them even. Ultimately, Johnny tells Anthony it wasn’t Sonny that tried to kill him, it was Johnny!

Todd tells Tea he knows who killed Hope. Todd tells Tea about Kate and her split personality. Todd explains the offer he made to Sonny, but admits that it would appear that Sonny does not care for Kate like he used to. Maxie is grateful to Spinelli for getting her released without revealing Matt. Spinelli has to admit that he did reveal that information and Maxie now has to testify against Matt for her freedom. Maxie feels like everything is falling apart and it’s all Spinelli’s fault.  Meanwhile, Matt is talking to Elizabeth, and before he can admit he was the murderer, Patrick joins them with the news that Ewen’s surgery went well. Elizabeth moves off to check on him. Patrick is there for his brother, but Matt decides not to admit he’s the murderer.

 

 

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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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GH's Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver "The Power Performance of the Week"

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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