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GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

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Well, Alexis Davis certainly gave a ‘power performance’ of her own, with a night of sex with Neil that everyone thought tuckered the guy out and eventually killed him! But au contraire! As viewers of ABC’s General Hospital learned on Friday’s episode, Neil actually died of a drug overdose, shocking Alexis.

Through this week’s episodes, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner and GH mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn reminded us all as to why she remains one of the all-time leading actresses in the genre – able to go from the dramatic, to the comedic – with humanity every step of the way.

Alexis’ devastation played so beautifully by Grahn, showcased why this once invincible lawyer always seems to have happiness pulled out from under her time and time again; whether it’s a set of circumstances … or self-destruction and self-loathing, which Alexis often displays.

When Grahn sees that Neil (Joe Flanigan) is dead, and the aftermath in scenes with her on-screen daughter, Sam (Kelly Monaco), and later in the week with AA buddy, Dr. Hamilton Finn played by Michael Easton, Alexis is just gut-punched.  She has the realization how much of her time with Neil was wasted dancing around each other; rather than just acting on their feelings and their growing love for one another.

Now, with Neil’s death ruled a drug overdose … will all this lead to Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) being behind it ? If it does, will Alexis be the one to take the bad guy down?

Scene after scene in this week’s story arc, Nancy Lee Grahn delivered and that is why she is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

So, what did you think of Nancy’s performances this week on GH? Comment below.

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James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Gotta be honest…didn’t see Neil’s death coming.

Shari
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Shari

I sure didn’t either. Will really miss this relationship play out.

Echo
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Echo

I could not agree more. Those scenes will undoubtedly win Nancy Lee Grahn that elusive best actress Emmy for 2021. Graham’s confessional out on the balcony with Sam was a master class in acting (definitely worth replaying). There is no better actress working now in daytime.

Carolyn Harris
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Carolyn Harris

Nancy Lee Grahn performance was epic and very powerful

Patrick
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Patrick

because he’s a HOT guy ; “listen to that! ” you hear a roar of fan and spotlight . I don’t want to see Nancy Lee Grahn, that much… she’s a featured player… you tag her with some thing HOT and this is what we get ? there are – MANY ) actors who have to support – submit – to the “LEADS” .. case in point, expendable after the dust clears… with so many past on… the dullard await their turn : Sonny / Carly / Josselyn ; Michael / Finn / Franco / Peter / Jason / Sam… Read more »

DMRR
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DMRR

I agree with your “dullard” list-UGH!

Dan
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Dan

Nancy Lee Grahn was brilliant, as she always is when they give her good material. I’m not a huge fan of killing off Neil. I think Alexis and Neil had a lot of potential as a couple, that they barely scratched the surface on. Alexis needed a decent man in her life after all those years of screwing around with Julian. Neil as a character himself, I feel like there was a lot more there they could have done with him. Joe Flanigan did a great job portraying Neil with that sense of mystery that you always felt there was… Read more »

Rachel Gozun
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Rachel Gozun

I was a fan of Nancy with Neil. Now that he is gone I do not care what she does. Yes, she is a good actress but fans are devastated about Neil’s death. As he told her in their last therapy session ” it isn’t always about you.” I will not watch GH anymore. GH gave more time to Ryan Chamberlain and Shiloh. Goodbye GH. And if you do win another Emmy just remember how much Joe’s fans are hurting.

Rodd
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Rodd

She was wonderful in those scenes! Enmmy-reel. But, oh, how I wish they hadn’t killed off Neil! I LOVED Alexis and Neil together. And now they’ve wasted him (Neil)on this damn drug story that I absolutely HATE! I hope Alexis washer-lines Renault and brings him to his knees before kicking his ass to solitary confinement at Pentonville for life.

DMRR
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DMRR

I wish I could watch, because NLG is a powerhouse.

Gloria
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Gloria

I was so happy watching their reunion, I got chills! I said finally a storyline that does not involve criminals! A love story! I was floored that they killed Neil. Mistake! What on earth could be next for Alexis? She’s has the WORST life!

Pjsassy
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Pjsassy

Way..WAAAY too soon to have killed off Neil …if they’re gonna build in a storyline of drug overdose and it’s because of Cyrus we needed a whole ” before” …like Neil disappearing after this hot night (” going out for something at the store! Be right back,!” And it taking a few hours..) or unexplained behavior changes … something to give a few clues that is was drugs somehow..or his meds getting messed up due to tampering etc…THEN Neil dies to overdose and people have pieces to add up ..they could’ve got a big storyline involving drugs and Cyrus and… Read more »

Davy
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Davy

Totally agree!

SHIRLEY Herberger
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SHIRLEY Herberger

How does Neil die of a drug overdose? He was not one to take drugs.

Satan
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Satan

Well, actually….. All we really know about Neil is that he was a shrink, he had a thing for Alexis, and he had lost a child at some point in the past. Aside from that, his character is a blank slate, and Hell only knows what his back story might be. For one thing, I find it hard to believe that he would have his medical license yanked, just because he was found to be “dating” one FORMER patient, so that raises the question of whether he had some other “medical ethics” issues in the past which put him on… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I truly was into this couple—Unlike her “relationship” with Julian. Hmmmm—-Alexis killed Neil with sex? LOL–too bad—they gave scenes with substance and import—-but, as far as Nancy ravishing the audience with a “power-performance”? —-not so much!! My opinion.

Shay
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Shay

Underwhelming indeed, CeeCeeGirl! My thoughts exactly! This is simply one more illustrative instance of Alexis doing what she does best…turning a night of rousing rumpy-pumpy into a life-destroying event. LOL! When I first set my eyes upon the previous post trumpeting yet another disastrous outcome of this wanton woman’s well-documented sex-capades, that awesome ‘80’s hit, “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight” by Cutting Crew immediately came to mind! (By the way, the group recently released an orchestrally-based reboot of the tune…it’s amazing!) On the other hand, this would be a magnificent starting point for a serial killer “Death By… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

You are too funny, Shaybelle—-ma belle amie!! It’s been too long–you have a way with words; and yes, agreed!!.
How old are these people? Not to sound ageist, but I can only hope my husband will be able to “deliver” in his sixties. What else can a girl ask? LOL.
Nonetheless, Neil did not strike me as an opioid addicted derelict. Cyrus ( what a truly bad actor) probably had his claw in this imbroglio. Here comes another fatuous plot/ storyline. What’s the connection between the two? Could Kim Delaney’s character be tied to Neil, somehow??
Later, cara❤️

Celia
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Celia

PS, Shay—-it just struck me— ( though constantly at the back of my mind)—-this latest Alexis-fling-gone-bust, is most-likely a prelude to many pre (all-too–consuming) sexual interludes with Julian. She and he will be a couple again.
Are you ready for it, Shay?? Bet you can’t wait!!

Suzanne
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Suzanne

Great performance by Nancy. She made me cry.

Nik
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Nik

Alexis was just being Alexis to me but I could not feel her pain. The actress could’ve dug much deeper in the moment. Although this is a soap opera, I think Ava would’ve carried me to the limit if she had done the scene. (“carried me” means to make your audience feel the pain/happiness so much that it makes you uncomfortable/jump with enthusiasm).

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I have been hoping that Dante’s Dr. will return with him to P.C. The first time I saw him I could see he and Alexis as a couple. I hope TPTB see it also.

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Nancy Lee Grahn Kicks-Off Her 25th Year as General Hospital’s Alexis; Thanks Fans & Shares: “What a Ride”

She’s one of the best of the best!  And on Saturday, Nancy Lee Grahn acknowledged the start of her 25th year as Alexis Davis on ABC’s General Hospital. 

Nancy, who daytime fans first loved on One Life to Live and then Santa Barbara, came to Port Charles and quickly became one of its leading mainstays.

On Twitter, marking the occasion, Nancy thanked her fans with this: “Wow! I start my 25th year on  @generalhospital  today. What a ride. It’s been one of my greatest pleasures to be connected to & supported by such a beautiful, loving, loyal #gh audience. We are and have always been in this together. I hope you can feel my most sincere virtual hug.”

Currently in story, Alexis just lost the new love of her life Neil and on Friday’s episode of GH, Alexis was blamed for his death by Neil’s brother when she tried to attend his memorial service.  Later, she landed at the Floating Rib with Valentin – but when he got into it with Ned and stepped outside, Alexis ordered a drink.  Not a good sign for this recovering alcoholic, and all this came on the heels of Alexis learning she has osteoporosis.

Through the years, story after story, beat after beat, we are lucky to have Nancy on our screens with her consistently riveting and honest performances.

What has been your favorite Alexis storyline through the years?  And … make sure to wish Nancy a ‘happy 25th’ via the comment section below.

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GH Alum Hayley Erin and Adam Fergus Tie The Knot

The former Kiki Jerome of General Hospital, Hayley Erin, is married! The news actually came via her own Instagram post when she wished her new hubby, actor Adam Fergus (Ex-Supernatural) a happy birthday while on their honeymoon.

The post by Hayley said: “I had to pop in and wish my husband a happy day of birth… I fuckin love you man @adamfergus ♥️ And many thanks to the incomparable @sheenfalls for our honeymoon.”

In addition, Erin shared several other pics – one of which was Adam’s with his wedding band on.  =Fergus expressed to his bride: “You’re simply the best.”

None other than the actress Erin replaced on GH, Kristen Alderson, also commented on the wedding news sharing: “Husband!?! Yay!!! Congratulations!!!!❤️❤️❤️You two are beyond amazing together, so happy for you!”

Check out Erin’s Instagram gallery post below.

Then, share your congratulations and well-wishes for Adam and Erin via the comment section.

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The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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