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GH's Finola Hughes & Jason Thompson named Power Performances of the Week – Three Weeks in a Row!



On-Air On-Soaps has been for the last two years giving credit where credit is due, because no matter who tells you different, daytime soap opera has some of the most phenomenal performers working in television, not to mention the hardest working.

And again this week, we are giving the Power Performances of the Week honors to General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna) and Jason Thompson (Patrick) for their heart-wrenching emotional scenes, following Robin’s funeral, where Anna lets Patrick have it after finding out that he cheated on Robin with Lisa Niles!


With Finola Hughes driving the scene, with amazing dialog and an even more stunning delivery, and Thompson’s Patrick being assaulted by Robin’s mother’s words, it was yet another classic scene by this duo.  And as a mother trying to deal with the fact that Robin never came to her when her marriage was falling apart, Finola Hughes had to cope and try to come to terms with the gripping realization that her beloved daughter never told her something so important.

The entire week of episodes however did belong to Hughes, as later she proceeds to drown her sorrows at Jake’s (now “The Floating Rib”).  Anna’s scenes with Tony Geary (Luke) were also filled with poignancy, as Luke tries to make her take look at why she is really upset, and in the process reveals, that he killed a little boy in a hit-and run, on the anniversary of little Jake’s death.   We would also give Geary honorable mention this week for these scenes.  But then again, when is Geary not good?

Also doing some touching work this week was Jen Lilley (Maxie) tried to convince everyone she is a murderer, and Steve Burton (Jason) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) when the two remembered and grieved for Robin and their son, Jake, at the bridge.

Jason Thompson also had some nice moments with the returning Rick Springfield (Noah), that were nicely understated between father and son.

Now below watch the amazing Power Performances of the Week clip between Finola Hughes and Jason Thompson which begins at 3:56 into the clip, after the set-up where Maxie inadvertently spills the bean about Patrick’s indiscretion, and then let us know your thoughts!

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Can I ask what are your thoughts of Maxie and her ‘break down’ at the funeral? I see her being bashed on some blogs, and that is bothersome to me. Curious how you all feel..

Also Michael..heard a rumor ..can you confirm? Rick Herbst is returning to GH?

I like jen lilley alot ,that poor girl does get put down,Alot ,go to her facebook page and tell her you like the work she is doing on g h,she really feels bad,I leave a post for her now and then ,she is really sweet.I also heard a rumor that rick herbst may be returning ,that would be nice.He is another character that was let go and I never understood why.

I love Jen Lilley. She’s doing a fantastic job. Maxie isn’t a easy role to step into. She shouldn’t be bashed.

I heard the RH rumor as well as another character from AMC. I didn’t watch AMC. RH would be a dream come true. Great actor. Could you see him & Molly going at it together?? lol
Jen is doing a great job, a blog I go to rips on her because they feel she ruined Robin’s funeral. I feel she had a melt down and it wasn’t the worse thing!!!!!!!

Debi,I would love to see Rick and Molly going at it together wouldnt they be a cute father and daughter?. about Jen lilly It wasnt just robins funeral,she was getting hell months ago for taking over k s part as maxi.I wrote her a few posts telling her I thought she was doing a beautiful job taking over,She liked what I said.People were really mad at her ,It is sad that there are people out there that would hurt someone with words like they did to her. like its her fault that ks is gone.Sad.I also told her that if k s comes back ron and frank should find a place for her in port charles,shes earned it and I want her to stay.

BarbT She is a great actress. Nobody can take that from her. I just don’t think her having a ‘melt down’ at a funeral deserves to be bashed like it is. People ‘melt’ at funerals!! Did she say she was staying in this role?? She nor Maxie are on opening credits.

Ric is such a great actor. I think imo that they are waiting to see if they are getting renewed before they make committments to other actors. Don’t you?

Anna scenes with Patrick were so good. Finola Hughes is an incredible actress!

wow, finola is at her A game… she’s SO good. jason thompson is doing a fantastic job as well. i feel not enough credit is going to the departed kimberly mccullough. everyone who acts opposite kimber is flawless — and clearly she inspires the kind of emotion that produces these powerhouse performances. kimberly is first and foremost the amazing actress in this storyline — or rather, in her whole run on GH and Nightshift. i really hope we see more of her — and her interactions with triston, finola and jason.

All I can say is that GH better be smart and quickly sign Finola Hughes to a contract because she is a keeper!!! She has been simply amazing since her return, no matter who she’s had scene’s with she’s made the screen light up. Congratulations to Finola Hughes and Jason Thomas who has also been outstanding through out this storyline, they truly are power house performers.

Tina, I agree and in fact have stated here that they should put finola Hughes on contract, she simply rocks.

Debi, I see the same thing also about Ms. Lilley’s portrayal of Maxie personally I think she is doing a good job and it is not her fault Ms. Storms could not continue in the role, for the record Ms. Storms was a recast also. I think it is wishful thinking about Rick Hearst but we should know Monday when they are announcing casting news!

Oh forgot to add good choices Thompson is hitting it out of the ballpark.

I thought Anna with Luke was amazing!

Oh me too! Just the scenes of them sitting together at Jake’s & talking about old times & today’s current sad times-just two old friends catching up-that to me was SO OLTL if anyone knows what I mean. Connections! History! Just real soap scenes. Loved it.

Anna and Blair together would be interesting!

i always think luke is flawless, but in his scenes with anna i thought finola hughes was the better actress. tony geary underplayed too much… he seemed barely affected 🙁

Finola huges is one of the best actresses going ,She stands out in every scene she is in,I hope that she stays with general hospital,I heard anna say last week she would like to stay to be close to her grand daughter I hope that means she is ,The scenes with her and jason thompson are so touching ,also with anothony geary.So finola huges once again proves shes a winner and I would love to hear that she will continue to have many adventures in port charles.

Watching YOUTUBE At first I didnt see it AT ALL because she seemed to thrown in.
I find myself feeling for Luke more then Patrick, though he pain is felt.
Luke, Tony Geary’s pain is more. But Geary makes whatever scene work, I think.

Ah… my prediction last week is a reality! After that scene of their argument about his cheating on Robin, I figured they get performance of the week a 3rd time! Hope that ABCD is taking note!

Finola Hughes is a FORCE!!!

Anna should the new “Erica” or “Viki” of GH.

Anna can just be the heroin she always was as Anna!

i co-sign this…………..

Any day where Finola Hughes is on, is a GREAT GH day!

Agree again Michael!!! Finola was fantastic in every scene, but especially with Jason T and Tony G! If she doesn’t get a contract… I hope it is just because she does not want to commit. Steve B and Becky H were great too! I am agreeing with everyone on Jen Lilly… she is taking a hard role and doing very well with it… I just wish Kirsten S was back in the role because there is something she does with that role that just makes you love her even when she is not so loveable. Finola and Jason T deserve the kudos!!! Great performances and again so glad to see the right emotion and time and attention to Robin’s death played out! Thanks everyone at GH for a great week!!!

Finola Hughes is the best thing to happen to GH! She is such a fierce, soulful performer -impossible not be drawn in by her.

I thought the scenes with Tony Geary and Finola Hughes were amazing, old -school, soap opera drama. They had genuine compassion for one another…their lines were deep, full of passion and a genuine friendship between the characters

What was great about all the scene with Robin passing are the flash backs seeing Robert, Anna and Robin when they were young. Also the scene with Jason and Robin. I like when a character who been on the show for a long time and they can show the flash backs with the original characters. GH stars are wonderful actors.

finola hughes and jason thompson prove that GH needs to get away from its mob obsession. they are the true soul of GH now and hopefully in future!

Jack Wagner, Frisco, booted off, Dancing With The Star’s….!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Receives a Haunting Letter About Austin’s Murder

On Thursday’s November 30th episode of General Hospital, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is on the case of who shot Austin (Roger Howarth) and pays a visit to Ava Jerome (Maura West) at Wyndemere.

Dante asks Ava when was the last time she saw Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt. She asks why and what is going on with Austin? Dante tells her he’s dead, and assumes she must already know, especially given her non-reaction to the news.

Ava tells Dante she was last with Austin two days ago at her gallery. When he questions her if security footage can back that up, that would then give her an alibi. However, Ava explains she left out the back, and that the surveillance camera has not been working. Since the murder happened in Pautauk, Dante tells Ava they will want to question her.


She responds that a lot of people in town knew Austin from Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and on. However, Dante points out that Ava was the only one that was kidnapped by Mason (Nathanyael Grey). Ava says she will have her lawyer ready.

As Dante exits, Ava looks through her unopened mail. She finds a letter addressed to her and it says inside on note paper, “You’re welcome.” But that’s not all, inside the letter is a polaroid of Austin’s dead body.


Also in story, Molly (Kristen Vaganos) has a meltdown when she has to start the finding a surrogate process all over again, and is found crying on a park bench by her sister, Kristina (Kate Mansi). Will this be the conversation where Molly will take up Kristina on her initial offer to carry the child for her and TJ (Tahj Bellow)?


In another key moment, James thinks Cody (Josh Kelly) would make a great big brother, which then gets Felicia (Kristina Wagner) flashing back to when Cody told Mac that it turns out Mac is not his bio-dad. Felicia senses something is not right. Is she finally on to the fact that Cody lied to Mac? Stay tuned.


So, who do you think sent the letter to Ava about killing Austin? Is it Nikolas? Cyrus? Mason? Could it be Ava herself, who doesn’t remember she did the deed, or could it be someone else? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Pays Tribute to Tyler Christopher at End of Episode, ABC Exec Nathan Varni Shares: “You’ll Always Be In Our Hearts”

If you caught the end of the Monday, November 27th Thanksgiving episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama ended the show with a special dedication to Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas Cassadine), who passed away on October 31st at the age of 50.

With a very touching title card, and a photo of Tyler from his younger days as the dark prince of the Cassadine clan, it read, “In Loving Memory of Tyler Christopher.”

On Tuesday, November 28th, ABC Current Series executive, Nathan Varni, who oversees Grey’s Anatomy, The Conners, Station 19 and General Hospital for the network, shared on X some additional thoughts on Tyler’s contributions to the GH family.

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Varni expressed: “This lovely tribute card was shown at the end of yesterday’s episode of GH In loving memory of Tyler Christopher. Thanks for bringing Nikolas Cassadine to life on our screens, you’ll always be in our hearts. RIP.”

Tyler played the role of GH’s Nikolas from 1996–1999, 2003–2011, and lastly from 2013–2016. He also took on the role of Connor Bishop from 2004–2005. The late actor took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2016 for his work as Nikolas.

Share your thoughts on GH honoring Tyler at the end of their Thanksgiving episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Scarlett Fernandez on Charlotte’s Mindset: “She Completely Believes That Anna is Out to Get Her”

Once returning to General Hospital, Scarlett Fernandez (Charlotte) has been involved in a juicy storyline, where an impressionable young Charlotte Cassadine has been persuaded almost brain-washed, if you will, via a letter from Victor Cassadine from the grave.

In it, he implores Charlotte to keep Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) away from her father, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart). So, taking that to heart, Charlotte burned Anna’s house down and much more.  When she gets shot by Anna after intruding into the super spy’s apartment, the stakes get even higher.

Valenin had figured out that Charlotte was stalking Anna and trying to do her harm, but did not inform Anna. That has caused a major rift in their relationship.  Meanwhile, Laura (Genie Francis) and Valentin confronted Charlotte after she returned home from the hospital.

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In her latest interview with Soap Opera Digest, Fernandez shared on getting to play this kind of story: “It’s definitely an honor because when I was little, I was getting storylines, but this is just crazy! I kind of feel like I’m treated like an adult on the show now, almost, and it’s just been great. I’ve been given great stuff and the fact that Frank (Valentini, EP, GH) and all of his co-workers have trusted me has just been an amazing feeling.”

With everyone confronting Charlotte on her dirty deeds against Anna, and her denying it, Fernandez weighs-in on just where Charlotte is at this point in her mind: “I think that she definitely realizes that the people around her don’t believe her and don’t trust her and I think that really frustrates her because she completely believes that Anna is out to get her. So that (the adults in her life don’t believe her) is hard for her.”

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There is also burgeoning chemistry between Jake (Hudson West) and Charlotte! So what does Fernandez think of that? Is she using him, or could be the beginning of young love? She expressed: “I think it’s definitely a little bit of both. I think that maybe she and Jake are partners-in-crime, but I also think that Jake has or will have a good influence on her. She just really needs someone to be there for her and for her to be able to confide in and I think that he has been that.”

So, have you been enjoying Scarlett’s performances as a troubled Charlotte? Would you like to see Jake and Charlotte have a ‘date’? Do you think Charlotte needs deprogramming to help her out of the grip that Victor has on her; as she believes Anna is the cause of all the trouble that will come her father’s way, if she doesn’t find a way to get rid of her? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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