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GH’s Finola Hughes Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

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Once again, as she has many times previously, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna) is our pick for the Power Performance of the Week. This time, Hughes, brought the emotional heartbreak, guilt, the steely resolve of super spy Anna Devane, all rolled into one as Anna helped end the life of super villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey) aka Henrik Faison.

It seemed fitting that in the end, as Peter is near his last breaths (after being clubbed over the head by Felicia and taking a fall), that it was Anna who was by his side, but not how you might expect.  Feigning that she called for an ambulance and the paramedics to help Peter, when she in fact didn’t, proved once again Anna can be as tough as they come as she was going to take care of Peter once and for all, by simply preventing anyone from coming to save him.

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Peter, knowing the end is near calls Anna a killer, and she responds, “Depends on your perspective.”  What Hughes does so well is give Anna the appearance that she often has it all under control, when we, the audience, know she’s conflicted and she is breaking inside.  After all, Anna had believed for quite some time that Peter was her son with Faison, only to find out later it was her twin sister, Alex, who was his bio-mom.

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When Anna showed Peter some understanding as he is dying, she expressed, “No one deserves to die alone, not even you.” Anna did take Peter’s hand in his final moments. Later, walking away from his dead body, and in tears, and she says goodbye to him in a full-circle moment. Finally, the bad guy had been apprehended and he can’t hurt anymore people that Anna loves or feels responsible for.

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Next, a guilt-ridden Anna returned to Port Charles, and Robert (Tristan Rogers) was there to catch her in her emotional time of need.  In wonderfully played scenes between Finola and Tristan Rogers, Robert says to Anna, “I see him (Peter) sitting on your shoulder, dripping doubt into your ear.”  Anna responds, “Will you answer me something honestly? Do you not think that I bear some responsibility for the way that he turned out, and all the blood he spilled?” Robert tells Anna that no, she does not, and she nearly got herself killed for it.   The emotional high point occurred when Robert tells Anna that the “next time she gives her heart to someone, give it to some guy that deserves her love.”  Hughes’ reactions as Anna listens to Robert intensely, and is overcome with tears, was beautifully played.

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH’s co head-writer, Chris Van Etten shared on Peter’s demise, “We always knew that the final moment had to be between Anna and Peter.  There was no other consideration.  The story started with Anna, and it has to end with Anna.”

So, what do you think of our pick for Finola Hughes as the Power Performance of the Week? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Finola was her typically amazing self. Anna got some of her groove back this week after being weakened by Heinrik over the past 4+ years. When she told him that the ambulance was not coming, I said out loud “it’s about time Anna F-n Devane is back!”

Kudos to the writers for focusing on the Scorpio family unit this week. All the beats were played. Felicia, front and center again, from dealing Heinrik’s final blow to a loving wrap up chat with Mac. Robert and Anna’s conversation and Maxie’s unification with Bailey Lu (a much better name choice).

This all leads to the bigger question… what’s next?

I’d give Kristina Wagner an honorable mention as well, as she showed that Felicia is tough as nails! And I loved seeing Robert on four shows this week! Sincerely hoping that he, Mac, Felicia and Anna will be front and center for “Ice Princess 2: The Wrath of Cassadine!”

Yes it was a very good scene but I also feel it was truncated and should have been longer. Finola was typically excellent and managed to give Peter a shred of humanity at the end. Many of us don’t believe we’ve seen the last of Peter but, for now, I enjoyed his demise. I am surprised dimwit Dante hasn’t arrested Felicia yet. But give him time. I can see him also arresting Brook Lynn and Chase for fraud or something equally stupid.

Finola Hughes is my favorite actress on GH. There is something so sincere and authentic in her delivery that blows me away and this was no exception. Awesome job! How perfect that Anna was there to see Peter’s demise. As an aside, I’m grateful this storyline is over as it went on far too long

I would pick Kirsten Storms as the “power performer of the week”. Her work telling Peter she plans on escaping and especially when Peter was going to shoot her were the best of the week for me! Finola was fine too of course, just Kirsten was better!

I agree Richard. Ms. Storms’ performances since the first unveiling of Peter have been astounding. She’s found levels of depth and pathos that were always there but really burst out in this story. I don’t put much stock in awards anymore but if she isn’t rewarded with an Emmy this year, they should just retire the award forever.

AMAZING!!!

Doesn’t Felicia get consideration for Power Player of the week…

She’s the one who sent Heiny back to Hell, after all!

I agree. Felicia always rises to the occasion.

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An award for holding someone’s hand?
Where’s the credit due Felicia, she’s the one that slayed the dragon? It hardly took five minutes for him to croak, and no way would help have got there in that time. Maybe Anna could have tried something other than holding his hand to save or comfort him, in turn helping herself from feeling so much guilt. Felicia isn’t regretting what she did to save her daughter, and no one blames her. Maxi by the way sent Anna the lipstick message that led Anna and her posse to Peter’s hideout.

Sing it, Violet! I’m so happy Felicia got her due. And Anna too. Sisters doing it for themselves.

Violet…Yes, an award. Anna and Peter’s handholding scene was perhaps the most poignant act I’ve seen on GH. Simple and touching even with the baggage that lead up to this point. It made me even shed a tear for what Peter could have been if his life had been different.

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I love Finola Hughs too and I too shed a few tears but not for Peter but for all the lives he took and wrecked without a backward glance, even his own child having to grow up realizing what a monster her father was.

Violet…It goes without saying about all the damage Peter did. And there is always the ripple affect that spreads to the unintended like friends, family and community. I like Nina, but the same ripple affect idea has spread to others because of her choices and reasons. At least no deaths unless Carly’s eyes could kill.

Rose: “ripple shmipple” Nina’s “crime” was nothing compared to Sonny and Carly’s crimes. All this whining from the characters (and Carly/Sonny fans) is laughable. Sonny can threaten to kill Nicolas and no reaction; Carly can kidnap an old woman from a nursing home and nutthin’. Carly lie to Nina about Nelle being her daugher? Meh. But NINA” OMG..how “dare” she not reveal a truth! Paleeeez…the Port Charles hypocrites are cringe-worthy….as IF Carly didn’t keep Michael from AJ, keep Avery from Ava, try to change Spencer’s paternity results, drug AJ, try to kill Tony and Franco, kidnap an old woman, etc, etc…

Rebecca1…All right, All right…Nina’s not always perfect, but I like her anyway. But she isn’t even close to Carly who I can’t stand. Thanks for the complete dossier on Carly. I’d almost forgotten some of her misdeeds. As for Sonny, if it wasn’t for Nina, some of Mike wouldn’t be transferring into Sonny. But enough to get involved with Sonny?

Rose; that was so not the “complete” dossier on Carly, lol. Those were just some of the highlights. “Mike” was always a part of Sonny, the part of him that got buried, or never had a chance to awaken, when he chose the criminal path. Mike’s someone he’ll never share with Carly; even with all their decades together his time as “Mike” and his complete happiness in Nixon Falls will always be a cherished memory with Nina. But underneath it all the darkness is still there. I just hate the thought of her going over to the dark side with him & getting tangled up in the mob stuff if/when he returns to that life full time. Nina deserves better. I’m rooting for a Jax recast…

Rebecca1…I think you are right about Sonny. I do remember he resented how his stepdad treated him and his mom. I think that is what took him over to the dark side…to get back at him if I am right. But it never excused the strip/girly clubs he had and how he used girls at that time. So now he is showing a mix of Sonny and. Mike. But like you I don’t want Nina to get entangled with him either. I wouldn’t mind a Jax recast. Again, he’s not always perfect, but I mostly liked his character. Sad, evil days for the world right now. Let’s hope for some sort of karma, soon.

Absolutely, FH was and is amazing. But can we please talk about the dynamics which exist between Anna and Robert? All it takes is an exchange of looks between these two and their history, their connection their knowledge of each other just leaps up to form a crescendo of understanding. And yet, no words were spoken.

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Yes, Anna and Robt. forever but I also love the smiles from both he and Olivia when they are together. So cute!

Finola Hughes could be reading a disctionay adn she would get my vote for Performer of the Week – she is tha good! Yet again, her beautifully nuanbed performance showed why Anna Devane is one of, in my book THE most, compelling and beloved characters in daytime.

Could not find another place for this. “What is thy name hypocrisy?, thy name is CARLY! or something like that. She was totally unbelievable today talking to Britt about them declaring Jason dead so soon. How long did she wait to write Sonny, personally and legally out of her life, a few weeks? This woman is a piece of work and nuDrew whom Ive come to like is falling for her needy crap.She can mow someone down with a look and the next minute she’d her crocodile tears all over her prey of the day, makes me sick!

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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David Gail, Former ‘Port Charles’ Star, Cause of Death Determined; Mother Speaks Out on Dangers of Pharmaceutical Addiction and Fentanyl Epidemic

David Gail, who played Dr. Joe Scanlon on Port Charles (1999-2000), and who also appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, cause of death has been revealed. The actor passed away on January 16th at the age of 58.

According to the toxicology report, Gail died of anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which is a brain injury caused by a a lack of blood flow, following resuscitation from cardio pulmonary arrest due to the drug intoxication. The report also revealed that drug intoxication with amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl, were also involved.

Gail’s mother, Mary Painter, spoke to Deadline on the findings and opened up to what led to David’s ultimate passing. Gail was found unresponsive by emergency personnel who attempted to save his life. Eventually, he was put on life support where he remained for several days till his death.

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In her statement, Painter shared, “It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way. David became reliant on medicine many years ago, after multiple surgeries on his hands and wrists. He lived in enough pain to prevent him from working for almost a decade, with relief only achieved through full disability, physical therapy and pain medicine.”

She then added, “He struggled to stop taking pharmaceuticals and did before turning toward a more Eastern pain management including acupuncture and natural medicines. I can only assume that his former opioid dependence played a part in self-medicating from uncontrolled sources.”

David’s mother expressed a very important social message for our time about addiction that she hopes other parents remain aware of: “David’s death shines a light on the countless innocent victims of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic that has taken so many of our sons and daughters. Please keep David and others battling pain or dependence, in your thoughts and prayers.”

Gail’s other TV credits included parts on: Savannah, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Perfect Opposites.

What do you think about the poignant statement offered up by the late David Gail’s mother, Mary Painter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Spinelli Serenades Maxie Then They Kiss! Are you in Favor of a ‘Spixie’ Reunion?

Spixie fans finally got their wish, sort of, on Thursday’s February 22nd episode of ABC’s General Hospital.

While Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) have been each others orbit and married to other people, have had children, and been each other’s best friends, it’s apparent that they belong together, or do they?

In story, Spinelli took to the stage on Karaoke night when he, Maxie, Cody (Josh Kelly) and Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) went out together.  When Spinelli sang, it featured a touching solo performance by Bradford Anderson, where Spinelli wears his heart on his sleeve for Maxie.

Maxie is all smiles watching Spinelli sing, and afterwards he walks towards her. The two talk about his living situation and how he would do anything for her. Maxie says she always knows she can count on him. She admits she loves listening to him sing to her, and she loves having him around. Spinelli says he considers her more than a friend. The two eventually share a kiss, but Maxie runs away.

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The pick-up of the story happens on next week’s Tuesday, February 27th episode when in teasers, Maxie and Spinelli get closer.

Looking at the history of Spixie: they first got together from 2008-2010 when they were engaged. Then, in 2013 the duo had a one night stand. Next, they dated again in 2015, and flash-forward to 2024, and it looks like Maxie and Spinelli might be willing to try their romantic relationship one more time.

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So, do you hope Spixie gets back together, or do you want Maxie and Spinelli with some other characters on the Port Charles canvas? Let us know. But first, check out the scene where Spinelli sings to Maxie below.

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