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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… Read more »

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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!”

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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.

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Rgreen

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

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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!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

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.

angela
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angela

AMAZING!!!

Satan
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Satan

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

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

Harry
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Harry

I agree. Felicia always rises to the occasion.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

OMG
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.

Harry
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Harry

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

rose
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rose

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.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

rose
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.

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rose

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.

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Rebecca1

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,… Read more »

rose
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rose

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?

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

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… Read more »

rose
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rose

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… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

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.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

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

AnnaFF
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AnnaFF

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.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

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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