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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

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Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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  1. Satan

    May 24, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    If there’s one silver lining in the Covid clusterfuck cloud, it’s that they now have plenty of time to make sure they write Mike’s exit properly. These last few weeks have clearly been setting the stage for it, and had the pandemic not only stopped production, but also altered the episodes that aired with all the extra flashbacks, we probably would have already seen Mike’s passing by now.

    So I hope they take their time, write the story out properly, bring Dante back Hell, bring Morgan back too. We all know he ain’t dead, and I hadn’t heard anything about Bryan Craig getting another gig after Grand Hotel bit the dust. The Corinthos clan can mourn the loss of one member and celebrate the return of two at the same time.

    • Valerie Dering

      May 25, 2020 at 11:33 am

      Well said i think so too

    • Patrick

      May 27, 2020 at 11:56 pm

      it certainly deserves root for; the most chemistry Max Gail share’ his grandson . Dante. I want Dante back

      even if it means miniscule Lulu… it’s something for Olivia.. god she’s an actor

      Dante brought ACT to the dullard Corinthos’ clan… they stink big

    • Timmm

      May 29, 2020 at 10:04 am

      Morgan? You are the devil!

  2. Rodd

    May 24, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    I totally agree. Everyone involved is doing such an amazing job with this story. And my hat is really off to Max Gail and the writers. Without saying a word as Mike, Max has just allowed himself to go there, to be completely immersed in what Mike is going through; the scruff, the glazed-over eyes with tears just on the brims, mouth always open, the winches. And the writers have totally nailed the conflict that Sonny is facing, how hard it is.

    Maurice, Steve, Rebecca, anyone involved when this story plays has just been fantastic.

    I lost my favorite uncle to Alzheimer’s and seeing this be given the time and attention this deserves, seeing played out so heart-wrenchingly is so amazingly cathartic.

    They win it in my book. Thank you!

    • Pat

      May 25, 2020 at 8:54 am

      Very good scripting on this horrible end of life story line. Went thru with my Mother and work in senior living facility. Great adaptation. Now… please kill that monster NELLE!!! So over her and the misery she inflicts.

  3. Pat

    May 25, 2020 at 8:40 am

    As always they are so true to whatever the emotion they need for the scene. They are amazing!! Cannot wait for shooting to start again!!! I started watching from the beginning and only missed out when I went out Into the real world after college. NO DVR then. Life with out GH is just not the same! Please hurry them up.

  4. Donna Fennell

    May 25, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Jason is the best and so is Sonny no matter what they do for a living,!

  5. gh#1

    May 25, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Heartbreaking story portrayed by wonderful actors, all three of them. Maurice is awesome and Steve Burton’s face and those eyes can say more than most actors can with a page of dialogue.

  6. Sheilah

    May 25, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Amazing performance. Enjoyed the real reaction of Jason. Sonny really acted believably sad. Very real and very touching.

  7. Lynda

    May 25, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    So emotional, amazing acting for both Maurice & SteveDefinitely sad, my husband & I both cried, great actors as always!❤❤Love General Hospital! So many good storyline stories.

  8. Timmm

    May 26, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Well, I hope the Sonny and Jason haters will have enough guts to stand up and tip your hats! They were both phenomenal!

  9. Patrick

    May 28, 2020 at 12:03 am

    they bore the stink out of you. i’m telling you

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So we had our own, if you will, “Virtual Winner’s Walk” albeit without the walk and without the glitz and glamour.  That being said, it all felt much more intimate as we spoke immediately following Friday night’s broadcast with these newly crowned winners:  Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’ Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott); Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie Logan Spencer); who tied One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) with the most wins by an actress in Daytime Emmy history with 6,  Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’ Bryton James (Devon), and Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’, Eva Larue (Ex-Celeste).  All four of these conversations were emotional, candid, and touching.

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