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GH Recap – Oct 18 – Oct 22nd

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Brenda tries to convince Dante of Sonny’s innocence in the car bomb case. Sonny pursues Brenda further only to have her reiterate that they have no future. Spinelli reveals that the Balkan has gone out of his way to be invisible even on cyberspace. Luke meets with Jason to talk about the Balkan. Brenda asks Jason to help keep her away from Sonny and breaks down emotionally. In only her underwear, Lisa appears to Patrick in the GH locker room. Lisa continues to push Robin’s buttons, and Robin slaps her. Robin incriminates herself with Steve when she thinks Lisa has told on her. After having sex, Siobhan convinces Lucky to take her with him to find Brenda and they discover she is in Port Charles. Luke asks Carly for a favor – a room at the Metro Court until Tracy takes him back. Ethan tells Luke about being beat-up by Johnny’s men loaned to the Balkan because of his father’s international activities with “Ronan O’Reilly.” Mayor Floyd asks Ronnie to do whatever it takes to push Dante off the police force. Conflicted over his past decisions, Dante takes out his guilt on Michael. Brenda finds herself close in a kiss with Sonny and breaks away, demanding that Sonny go away. Sonny decides to give Brenda space, but he is not giving up on them. After discussing with Luke, Jason updates Sonny on Brenda’s status with the Balkan. Brenda calls Robin and begs her to help keep Sonny away. Jason and Sam get passionate, but Sam refuses to have sex with Jason in the same apartment with Brenda. Ordered to kill Siobhan by the Balkan’s men, Lucky bluffs to save their lives. Later, Lucky insists Siobhan come back to Port Charles with him for their safety and to keep up their cover to the Balkan. Steve comes to Lisa’s defense with Patrick, who argues that Lisa is as crazy as ever. Lisa takes a room at the Metro court on the same floor as Patrick. Ronnie warns Dante that Mayor Floyd has it in for him.

Carly once again challenges Jax on his feelings for Brenda, only to discover he is remodeling the Metro Court to accommodate an apartment for Brenda. Michael admits that he finds Brenda attractive. Charmed by Brook Lynn, Nik continues to pay her to be his social escort to events. Epiphany warns Robin that if she keeps lashing out at Lisa, the crazy stick is going to point at her and no one else. Considering Lisa’s impeccable hospital record so far, Steve doubts Lisa is guilty.  Robin freaks when she thinks Lisa is messing with her patients. Tracy tells Luke she’ll consider marrying him if he returns her $10 million. Ethan concocts a plan to get his father back into Tracy’s good graces. Carly revels telling Claire that Brenda dumped Sonny. Claire asks Dante to investigate Brenda’s background for her personal reasons. Spinelli comes to Maxie and Lulu’s defense when Kate lays into them for not getting Brenda on the cover of Crimson.

Both Jason and Suzanne separately press Brenda to reveal the truth behind the Balkan’s attack on her, but Brenda refuses. Carly plants a passionate kiss on Jason to incite jealousy from Jax. Robin falsely accuses Lisa and starts to spin out of control as Lisa hoped she would. Robin confides in Maxie and then attacks Patrick for the end of their marriage. Just as Ethan and Maya kiss, Luke collapses in front of Tracy, convincingly feigning a heart attack. Ronnie sympathizes with Dante but tells him to focus on convicting Sonny. Sonny and Claire arrive for dinner at Chez Loire – each having received an invitation from the other in a setup.

Lucky meets with Jason, and they realize there is an opportunity to lure the Balkan with Brenda for both their benefit, but a hidden Balkan minion photographs them. Carly is convinced that the only way to save her marriage is to sleep with Jason, thereby motivating Jax to pursue her over Brenda. Brenda admits to Spinelli that she always hurts the guys she falls in love with. Sonny confronts Dante about Brenda, just as Brenda is visited by Lulu. Lucky asks Nik for Siobhan’s asylum at Wyndemere while Lucky tries to find Brenda for the Balkan. Tracy is convinced Luke is faking, until Lulu makes an emotional plea and Maya doctors Luke’s test results so it appears he really had a massive coronary. Tracy’s faith is renewed, and she promises to take care of Luke. Thinking the other sent the dinner invitation, Sonny and Claire realize Carly set them up. Sonny apologizes for breaking things off with Claire, and they agree to start dating again.

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

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Julian & Sonny’s Showdown Ends Tragically; Cyrus Reveals His Past; Curtis & Jordan on the Rocks

Friday’s General Hospital left viewers in a free fall, literally, following the conclusion of the long-awaited final confrontation between arch enemies; Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Julian Jerome (William deVry).

Sonny tracks down Julian to the footbridge with gun in tow. He tells Julian the only way for him to get out of this alive, and for all his crimes, is to help him take down Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) and implicate him as the person behind the bombing a the Floating Rib. Julian says if he talks Cyrus will kill him, anyway.  Sonny says Julian will finally have some redemption if he does the ultimate sacrifice in order to bring down the drug lord.

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Next, Julian seems to agree and then collapses, and we are to believe, at that point, that he has died, but when Sonny reaches down to check his pulse, Julian lunges at Sonny! Then a fight ensues and the gun goes off.  We don’t know whether it was Julian or Sonny who was shot.

 

However, it is Sonny who is alive and Julian has been shot dead in the stomach.   Next, Jason (Steve Burton) comes across the two on the footbridge.  As Sonny and Jason see each other, the bridge collapses underneath Sonny and Julian … and they go overboard!  Jason yells “Sonny!”

Back in Port Charles, Curtis (Donnell Turner) is hurt and betrayed by Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry), because she hid the truth from him that Taggert was alive.  She says she is sorry, but she did not want anything to happen to her husband, so she kept him out of the plans and to not let him in on what she was doing to protect Taggert.  Curtis says she never gave him an option and it is not OK about her consistent lies when comes to Taggert and her feud with Cyrus Renault.  There looks to be real trouble in paradise here.

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At the long-term care facility in Vermont, Laura (Genie Francis) is an for an earful once Cyrus enters Florence’s room and he and his brother Martin (Michael E. Knight) go at it, reliving old wounds about their father.  Cyrus admits to Laura he figured out she was his half-sister and knew if he fed her bread crumbs she would make it to Vermont and figure it out.

Next, things get heated as we learn Cyrus was the odd man out in his relationship with his father, Gordon Gray.  Martin tells Laura that Cyrus intentionally ran down their father with a car.  Cyrus says it was accident.  in these scenes,  Jeff Kober delivered a top-notch performance revealing not only Cyrus’ inner pain and past, but leaving the audience and Laura still not trusting him and still fearful of him.

This episode seemingly marked the end of William deVry’s run of Julian Jerome who throughout his time in the role gave viewers memorable performances. William showed us the complexities of man caught up in the mob, but who loved his children in his own way, even through countless mistakes, bad decisions, and criminal moves.  And let’s not forget, Julian was one-half of the former fan favorite duo, Julexis with Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis).  Kudos to Will for a job well-done.

So, what did you think of the ending of Friday’s GH?  Will you miss Julian? What do you think will happen next to Sonny? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Learns She Has ‘Family Ties’, Julian’s on the Brink, Trina Gets to the Truth

On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, two characters were floored at some major revelations; while another continues to run for his life.

First, Laura (Genie Francis), who is snooping around the long-term care facility, is in Florence’s room, when she hears someone beginning to come in.  She hightails it to the bathroom, only to find out and overhear Martin (Michael E. Knight) speaking to his mother, Florence!  When he goes to get her some water, Laura has no choice but to pop out of the bathroom, just as Curtis (Donnell Turner) bursts through the door to tell Martin to keep quiet about everything from this point out.

After Curtis leaves to head back to Port Charles to help Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry), it leaves Laura and Martin to have a heart-to-heart. Martin says how much Florence misses his father, which prompts Laura to tell him that she is his half-sister,  Gordon Gray is her father.   He goes on about how Gordon had a wandering eye, which Laura sadly says she is a by-product of.  She asks Martin why Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is paying for Florence’s care.  Enter Cyrus, who reveals that Florence is his mother, too! This shocker leaves Laura stunned that the man who is out to destroy Port Charles is her other half-brother.

 

Meanwhile, Julian (William deVry) who previously was visited by the ghosts of Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan), Connie Falconeri from Bensonhurst (Megan Ward), and the love of his life, Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) … while in a delusional state … is somehow still alive at the bus station.  He is bleeding out from his gunshot wound.  When a stranger comes to the bus station, Julian asks what time it is, and finds out he missed his bus to Montreal.  Now, he offers the stranger 100 bucks for his ticket, so he can get on the next bus.  Meanwhile, Cyrus’ henchman is on the scene ready to silence Julian, but Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason (Steve Burton) arrive leaving Jason to take out the gunman and Sonny to go after Julian who got away,   Eventually, Julian and Sonny come face to face, but Julian looks to be on his last leg.

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Mac (John J. York) has dragged a very much alive Taggert to the PCPD and demands to know who helped him fake his own death.  Taggert is now played for several episodes by Asante Jones subbing for Réal Andrews.  Portia (Brook Kerr) and Trina (Sydney Mikayla) show up at the PCPD to warn Jordan about Cyrus’ latest ploy.  However, when they arrive they are shocked to see a very much alive Taggert.

An emotional Trina demands an explanation from her father … why he stood by and watched his family grieve for him, without telling her the truth and why he had to remain hidden.  Taggert pleads with her to understand it was for her own safety.  She does not want to hear it and leaves the station with Portia.  In these scenes we must give praise to Sydney Mikayla who delivered a daughter’s hurt and betrayal when she had to play it against Jones, not Andrews, whom she had previously developed an on-screen chemistry with as father/daughter.

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So, do you like that GH tied Cyrus, Martin and Laura together? How much more suffering can they put Julian through?  What did you think of Sydney Mikayla’s performance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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