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

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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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Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Lisa LoCicero brought the Bensonhurst out of Olivia, and I am completely here for it! It was about time, too!

Kay
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Kay

I have a always thought this actress was underrated just as Elizabeth Hearst I did not see itch’s I am not watching much tv theses days but good wishes to her!

Kay
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Kay

Geeze sorry not watching much tv these days ! Congrats

TVJeff
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TVJeff

Lisa and Wally need to be on contract. I prefer Ned & Olivia on my screen much more than many other characters!

Satan
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Satan

Wally’s not likely to be on contract since he’s still appearing regularly on Days. This was less complicated in the pre-COVID time, when Days had a ridiculous taping schedule, which was up to 9 months ahead of air dates before everybody had to stop production for a while. Upside of that being that Days never ran out of original episodes, but now they’re back on the same timetable as everybody else.

Wally seems happy with working on both shows, so I’m not going to ask him to choose between Ned & Justin.

Pam
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Pam

I agree!!!!

Steve
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Steve

These days a contract means less than it used to. What matters is if you are driving story. Ned and Olivia have been front burner since the show returned in August. Emmy-wise, Wally could almost submit himself for lead as Ned and supporting as Justin.

Jon Lindstrom (recurring) rightfully submitted himself as lead for 2018 and 2019 as Ryan was the main storyline.

James Patrick Stuart has never been on contract, yet Valentin does not feel like a recurring character.

ann boever
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ann boever

keep Ned & oliva together to love them two for good

Cheryl Massarelli
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Cheryl Massarelli

I loved loved her performance! I was cheated on back in the day and her words and thoughts were just like mine!!! Absolutely fabulous performance! Love her

rose
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rose

First I thought Lisa/ Olivia was great. But coming from the kind of adulteress family like the Q’s, and he adding to this before with Monica, there is a little room for Ned to wonder about the Olivia/Robert trip. As far as Olivia and Robert’s casino/search for Holly, it was a throwback to some of the most fun I’ve seen on GH for years. But Robert is too much of a travelling man for Olivia. I guess I would rather see her give Ned another chance. Do GH and B&B compare notes when timing their storylines? Recently the altzimer (sp?)… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rose
I agree with everything you said. Also, isn’t this the second recent Power Performance of The Week for Lisa/Olivia? I just love this gal. She makes those Q’s look so uptight and stuffy, it’s even rubbing off on Michael. You hardly ever see him smile anymore. I have read a few people saying that Olivia is loud , obnoxious, etc., but compared to Carly for example, I’ll take her any day. I say no to her and Robert. I like them much better as loving friends, not lovers.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Wow! You are so right, Violet. Olivia is a real powerhouse and Lisa’s performance was truly original and heartbreaking. It reminded me of the movie SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME when Lorraine Bracco found hubby Tom Berenger cheating and punched his lights out. And you’re right about Michael, too. His personality has vanished.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
Thanks so much but this is getting tiresome, ha! Again today, Lisa/Olivia gave it her all. Another gut wrenching performance! I can’t wait until the next one, when she lets Alexis feel her wrath. Just hope she remembers that Ned was part of that disaster, he wasn’t forced. Gee, Robert is looking better and better.

antonini melinda
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antonini melinda

Robert is way to old for her. That’s ridiculous.

Steve
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Steve

While LiLo is a big fan of Tristan Rogers, I agree that pairing them together might be a bit off.

Olivia’s first onscreen GH romance was with Johnny (about a decade younger). After she briefly reconnected with Sonny. Now she’s settled with Ned, who despite being about a dozen years older, the relationship works since Wally and LiLo have a wide range.

Then again, anything’s possible when the actor playing your son is only 9 years younger than you.

The real spark for Robert right now seems to be Jackie. And, eventually Holly’s return.

Vic Rich
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Vic Rich

Olivia & Ned should not give up on their marriage. Robert & Holly always & forever!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Steve
I also liked her a few years ago with Scott Reeves. I thought they were a cute couple. Too bad they hauled him off to prison, while keeping so many other real murderers on the show forever.

Harry
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Harry

Robert Scorpio is not too old for anyone because…..he’s Robert Scorpio!

Fancy
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Fancy

You tell them HARRY!!! I consider that comment ageist……
And truly Bensonhurst OVER ACTS…She’d be far more effective if she took it down a notch.

Norma Lopez
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Norma Lopez

Keep Ned and Olivia together.

Debra
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Debra

I hope Olivia will forgive him and they will rebuild their marriage. She is over looking the fact she left with Robert and he never saw her calls because if brooklyn. They have all made mistakes. Poor Leo is in the middle of the crap.

Julia
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Julia

Keep them together.

MB
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MB

When Olivia when Into details about all the moments they could have stopped..like when the belt buckle was being undone..it was epic..what an amazing actress!

Wayne hazelton
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Wayne hazelton

Wouldn’t it be something if sonny comes back and becomes part of Olivia life again.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

That was water under the bridge, no pun intended. They were just teenagers when she got pregnant and had Dante, that Sonny knew nothing about. I do like them together though.

Sandra
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Sandra

Agree, Great performance!

Marsha Eastwood
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Marsha Eastwood

She hit it out of the park!!!

Kathie
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Kathie

That was truly her best performance ever. She played the wronged wife to the max!!! Award winning performance.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

When did Olivia and Alexis become friends? Olivia went out of her way to be there and to prove Alexis’ innocence. I know I was done for storyline purposes, but I ain’t buying it! Alexis is always so damn snooty, so this didn’t ring true for me.

Judy Drucker
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Judy Drucker

I, too, thought it was one of the best performances I’ve seen in a very long time.

4real
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4real

No,No,No Olivia has too much class to go backward , that’s why she left Sonny. Leave Ned standing right where he is looking dumb. Olivia get your child move out and don’t look back. Listen anybody can do good when you are in love bliss but when you do good when all hell breaks out defines who you are as a person. I would let him see me come up smelling and looking better than ever. His lost not your baby.
By the way your performance was perfect, simply perfect.

Rodd
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Rodd

She totally rocked it!

Angela
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Angela

Congratulations well deserved!! Once again kudos to the writing team giving their actors great writing & dialogue!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Angela
Yes, their writing was good, but we have to praise the director too in getting the best from Lisa which she gave. Brava, Brava

Colin
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Colin

Those scenes were pure SOAP OPERA!! THE juxtaposition of Ned and Olivia in the living room with Alexis and Tracy in the foyer were what soaps are all about!!! Forget back from the dead, doppelgangers, mob shootouts, and all those things that execs seem to think viewers want to see! This was stunning, meaningful human drama centered on characters we love and care about!! I have waited for a LONG time for this show…or ANY SHOW to tell this type of story!! Bravo!!!

Fancy
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Fancy

Bensonhurst would be great with Robert….they click…Those individuals who say Scorpio is tooooo old for Olivia are ageist. Ned’s behavior and response to his marriage vows is sad.. He should have known instinctively that Olivia wouldn’t cheat…she’s incredibly loyal all the way around…. I sincerely hope she gets even with both her husband & Alexis who has gotten on my last ever loving nerve.

Dan
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Dan

I just caught up with these shows from when the reveal happened. Nothing like a good soap reveal that has been months in the making, when it’s done well, and this was done very well. Lisa LoCicero was fantastic, Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot, Nancy Lee Grahn, everyone was perfect. These scenes were so well written, and just another shining example of why GH has the most talented and deepest cast on daytime. Bravo!

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