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RATINGS: It's A Good Week For General Hospital!

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The ratings are out for the week of August 12th -16th and the one network soap to gain viewers was ABC’s General Hospital!

GH added +83,000 in total viewers,  and moved well ahead of DAYS for the third spot! DAYS lost the most total viewers for the ratings period with -113,000.

What was also of note was the Tuesday episode during the ratings period that we loved that featured Kathleen Gati as Dr. Obrecht in disguise at Mac and Felicia’s pre-wedding party at the Floating Rib, was the most watched episode of the week for GH!  The soap also scored in the 18-49 key female demo adding +27,000 during the ratings week. And,  GH also added viewers in the 18-34 female demo.

Elsewhere, The Young and the Restless although losing -9,000 in total viewers remained at number one with 4,511,000, and while The Bold and the Beautiful  lost – 63,000 total viewers, it stayed in the number two spot with a total of  3,382,000.  Check out the entire ratings picture here via SON.

Now it’s time for you to be our Soap Opera Programming Executive Armchair Quarterback of the week! Do you feel General Hospital now on the upswing again? What are you enjoying most on your favorite soaps? What would you do to the storylines to increase viewership on our favorite soap? Weigh-in!

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mario danza
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mario danza

General hospital is on fire again. dr. o singing was hilarious. the lady can sing. lol. Robin will be back in the fall. ratings will go higher and higher. now please bring back robert scorpio now.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I believe Robert will be back in the fall…maybe he and Holly will be the ones who rescue Robin and bring her home…

mario danza
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mario danza

Yes yes i hope its true. robert needs to come back home. please more dr. o. i love her. i want to sing with dr. o. who knew dr. o can sing. i love her voice. great singer and she loves to dance to. lol.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

We also need more Dr.O

mario danza
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mario danza

Yes i agree . more dr. o . i want her to sing again. she can sing. i live dr. o.

Shay
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Shay

Oh yeah….we need waaaay more of the dark lady doctor!!!! Would love to see GH put out some musical video promos by the creepy chanteuse….traditional tunes like those suggested in the previous post saluting the great Gati, plus some fun pop songs. How about “99 Luftballoons,” or “Addicted to Love?” Lotsa fab ’80’s selections to choose from….maybe even with some duets with other cast members or group songs led by Dr. O.!!!!! Endless possibilities….

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Hahaha I loved Dr.O’s singing too!! I remember her dancing at the nurses ball!!!

mario danza
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mario danza

Yes dr. o loves entertainment. she can sing. yes i do remember dr. o dancing at the nurses ball. it was so funny. lol.

Davnee
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Davnee

Yes. Robert needs to come back soon. There are so many people important to Robert that need his help. Robin, Luke, Anna, Sean… I love it that so many characters keep mentioning his name these days. Every time someone says Robert it makes my heart skip a beat. If GH wants to increase its ratings then bring back Tristan Rogers and give the guy an extended contract. Poor Anna needs help at the PCPD. She still hasn’t solved who shot Olivia and now she has to figure out who shot Connie. The Jeromes have moved back to town. Anna is… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

Glad for GH. Love the show!

Jeffrey Anderson
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Jeffrey Anderson

me,too

Mary SF
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Mary SF

GH has come out of the summer doldrums with a bang. RIP Connie. It is always fun when all the secrets are revealed on screen.. Maxie and her baby. Britt and who her mother is. Derek figuring out he is Sam’s father. On Y&R it looks like all the drama is behind the scenes rather than on screen, but I suspect Mrs C’s memorial will bump up the ratings for that show soon. On GH looking forward to Dante and Lulu finding out Britt is carrying their baby. On Y&R although not thrill Dylan might be Nikki’s son she gave… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Every time the ratings get posted I get a chuckle over the reactions of something that is a roller coaster when it comes to numbers; up and down.. The only fan species who even pay rabid attention to ratings are soap fans.. When ratings are posted it’s usually a ”bash fest ” over blame and whatever, if down. Anyways, ratings and soap fans is a frantic thing .. lol I knew GH was doing well, needed no ratings to let me know that and even if GH had gone down, I would not care.. Love GH and the ratings up… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

The ratings are crucial; they should make a difference to you. They’re what makes the difference between the shows staying on the air or being cancelled ala OLTL and AMC.

PatF
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PatF

YR has been good. Just some crap days thrown in there every so often, especially when Burton’s on. I’m expecting it to get worse later this fall once Josh’s writing runs out and we are faced with Phelps’ new writer choice who I am sure will have NO YR history knowledge.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope its Morgan who shot Connie…he goes to prison and Johnny saves him from a prisoner attack…released from prison a grateful Sonny and Johnny team up to fight the Jeromes!!!

heidi
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heidi

Great story-line idea Jim!!!

Leslee
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Leslee

Love this idea!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks…

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think it’s Ava. It can’t be AJ…( I LOVE AJ and hate all the AJ bashing) and I doubt it’s Franco (they need to redeem him for Roger to stick around…if they cart him off to jail or he’s the victim of Sonny’s revenge that won’t happen…unless they still attribute it to his recent surgery and devastation over losing Kiki..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I heared it was her from my niece who read a spoiler somewhere but it could be wrong

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I think it will be Ava too. Sonny and Olivia were trapped in the elevator together so they are ruled out as suspects. Doubtful Julian would be the killer since the actor has signed a long term contract– also he was with Alexis at the time of the shooting. That leaves, AJ, Franco and Ava unaccounted for;who had motive to kill poor Connie. It won’t be Franco after all the writers did to get him on canvas and redeemed,plus they want to keep RH there. So that only leaves AJ and Ava– AJ is too obvious, so by process of… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe Kate shot Connie to get rid of her so Kate can have Sonny…lol

Mary SF
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Mary SF

You jest, but it is a possible– maybe not for the reason you stated, but it could have been a suicide. With the stress of AJ threatening to kill her and all the guilt she was feeling over betraying Sonny and having been a lousy mother to her son being thrown into her face– she could have disassociated, and one of her alters, killed the other, using AJ’s gun that he left behind- he gets blamed– he confesses to it, because he was so drunk he thinks he actually believes he did it– eventually Olivia has some kind of vision… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I was thinking about a possible suicide and was discussing it with my sister and niece last night but my niece continues to insist its Ava. Connie does seem to be under a lot of stress so i definately agree with you Mary a suicide is what happened here!

Charday
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Charday

Enjoying GH recently…less of Franco, please!

su0000
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su0000

noooo.. Franco is going rock!!
When the tumor was taken out the old Franco was flushed..
This Franco will be an active Q!
And RH will own 2013 Franco character– it’s coming! it will be awesome!!

Tay
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Tay

I hate that Michael seems to have no qualms about what he is doing to his brother. Michael is like AJ in that he is making his brother hate him. I wish Morgan would ask Jax to adopt and say screw you to his father.

Tristan
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Tristan

GH ratings went up this week? Well…duh!!!!! It was a week that featured the beloved GH vets: Anna, Duke, Mac, Felicia, Lucy and Kevin, plus Maxie and Dante and Lulu, Luke and Holly. What was missing? Franco, and the terrible trio of Morgan, Michael and Kiki. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what characters create ratings spikes!!!! And which ones DO NOT!!!!!

Nan
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Nan

Perfectly stated! I tuned in daily which I don’t normally do but with the vets having a s/l I m in again! It’s so interesting to me that the network wants ratings up with the mid range34-49 or so up, easy just give s/l to Anna, Felicia, etc bc those characters were the ones he grew up with and watched them evolve instead of drop off the canvas bc they hit their 40s! I love RH from OLTL. He is beyond talented but this whole Kiki, Franco etc makes me ff scenes.

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
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KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

General Hospital is wonderful to watch.

Serena might be coming back

Lucas is coming back

Sam father is front and center

The Cassidines are coming back

John Eric
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John Eric

This is exciting news! Serena should return, hopefully played by Carly Schroeder again. I read not ling ago she’d be willing to return and I think her and Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) are still close… I had a feeling Bobbie’s son Lucas might be coming back to Port Charles soon….his biological father is the presumed dead–and recently returned–Julian Jerome (William deVry), AKA Derek Wells. Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) was believed to be the father at one point. Lucas’s birth mother, Cheryl Stansbury, was Tiffany Hill’s (Sharon Wyatt) sister, who was involved with both Julian and Robert before she died. I… Read more »

jake r
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jake r

@John Eric THANK YOU for mentioning Victor Cassadine! I have been mentioning to the GH writers (NOT that they read my tweets) that Victor was NOT killed on Ice Princess Island (unlike Mikkos and Tony) but was in fact sent to prison. I think 32 years later, he would be getting released now and could easily be planning some masterful revenge storyline. I don’t know why the writers insist on bringing back villains like Julian Jerome (whom we saw get killed on screen) when they could bring back LIVING bad guys! And since Thaoo Penghlis isn’t on DAYS anymore, I’m… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Here, here on the Thaao Penghlis idea….Victor was the most debonair and least diabolical Cassadine, not to say he wasn’t still devious and dangerous. Would love to see him back to wreak some havoc on PC….

JohnEric
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JohnEric

It’s a shame Sharon Wyatt (ex-Tiffany Hill Donnely) is not in better health. If you recall, Tiff debuted as Victor Cassadine’s girlfriend, who Robert Scorpio stold from him, then dumped for Jackie Templeton (Demi Moore). I also imagine Victor would cause some trouble for Tiffany and her current husband, Sean Donnelly, who we saw recently!

heidi
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heidi

GH is the BEST!!!

shelly
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shelly

Right now, GH is the best on-air soap. When I attempt to manipulate my work schedule around a show, that’s a good thing. Btw, I haven’t heard much Katie hype lately. She still around?

su0000
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su0000

You dont have to manipulate your work to watch GH..
you can watch it any time free on Hulu or on the ABC site .. 🙂

Charles E.
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Charles E.

A lot of great stuff, but it’s heartbreaking to see A.J. being such a bad freefal- he is very much the Job of the show. People seem to forget that all his problems began before he was born because of the whole Lesley/Rick/Monica/Alan thing. What he really needs is sessions with Kevin Collins to stop all this self-loathing and learn to fight back in the right way. His future with Elizabeth is still iffy- if they do break up, put him with Sabrina- after all, she’s gonna need solace once Robin returns to Patrick!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I too love AJ. Never understood the AJ bashing…with all the characters that betray ie cheat, kill, backstab, for some reason most despise AJ. It’s like the fans have been brainwashed and jump on the bandwagon. For me, AJ’s always been a sympathetic character. He’s not evil…he’s hurt, lost, insecure and searching for love and acceptance. When Micahael was taken away from him it was heartbreaking…he tried soooo hard to claim his son…he went to every length. With the return of Sean Kaanan AJ is an equal force in the looks department, built, handsome…yet he’s vulnerable….trying so hard to be… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

I love AJ! SK hasn’t hit a false note since he has returned in the role, and I am tired of him being everyone’s punching bag!!! (Particularly Tracy’s…..) It’s about time the guy catches a break….after he escapes the bad rap for Connie’s murder, I wish nothing but good things for him, perhaps some success in business and a happy love life…at least for awhile!!!!

Aria
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Aria

GH is hot again just wish Kelly Sullivan wasn’t being killed!

Shay
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Shay

And that they eliminated “Sapprina” instead….still holding out hope for that one!!!!

Jeffrey Anderson
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Jeffrey Anderson

oh,pleaseeeeeeeeeeee bring that one and only Robert Scorpio and Robin one more time to put the end of Dr. O,Britch, Jerry Jacks.. I’m glad Luke killed Helena C off the canava..too bad for Kelly Sullivan’s time to go to say Goodbye next week.. I will be cried just like Jason Morgan killed off from Faison 🙁 I just wish Jason come back to GH,b/c he was my favorite character of all time.

liz
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liz

Welcome back GH!!! sorry but the show lost me for a while . A great big thank you Kimberly McCullough for coming back, I want my SCRUBS

Max
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Max

OMG liesel singing “is that all there is” at the pre-wedding party was the most fun I had watching GH Since we lost Tod. I am starting to Love Brit and her Moma!

Horselover
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Horselover

GH has been fantastic the last couple of weeks. Lots of vets and less of the OLTL3 and newbies. Hope TPTB are paying attention.

mark
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mark

fridays show (yesterday 8/23) was riveting tv, in fact thursday was too the georgie stuff was just incredible. its what soaps try to do but it never really hits the mark but it did on gh.

i never thought id say this but I LOVE DR O. She is just so evil and funny! lol and I love Britt! Can you believe? I hated her a few months back.

At Days: sorry and sad about Chandler leaving!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is just THE BEST!

KarenB
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KarenB

I heard that Kimberly McCullough is just coming back to wrap up her storyline with Patrick.

Tristan
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Tristan

You heard wrong. She has signed a contract for an extended stay.

MK
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MK

It was Classic GH with Anna, Luke, Lucy, Holly, Felicia, Duke all front and Center! OK, GH keep it up, you know where the magic is.

Judy
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Judy

Gh is great, didn’t expect Connie to die but I liked Olivia with Sonny anyways. Not happy Robyn is coming back! Really like Patrick and Sabrina much more! And I’m thinking that Brit”s baby is Dante and Lulu……Brit implanted there goods to have this baby. Spinelli and Maxie get to have their Georgie. Hope one day Jason will be back and dumps y&r!

Cheers!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Simply put, GH is gaining in numbers because TPTB are giving us longtime viewers what we want. Luke and Laura–Genie Francis and Tony Geary–acting together again. What a tour de force from Genie. She laid all of her emotions bare–and she is drawing Tony Geary ever so slowly. We want L and L together as before, and we want to see Tony and Genie giving it all they’ve got–and they’ve got plenty! Always did have, always will. The created 2 indelible characters that can never be broken apart. If the writers continue to give them meaty scenes, GH will be… Read more »

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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Briana Nicole Henry on Her Decision to Exit GH: “I Decided It Was Time to Move On”

On Monday’s episode, GH viewers learned that Jordan will need to start dialysis and treatment at a specialty clinic in Albany from kidney damage and suffering renal failure.  But on Tuesday, fans of the ABC daytime drama series learned that Briana Nicole Henry has left the show, all her decision, according to her post on Instagram.

A Daytime Emmy nominee this year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category, Briana shared the news on her departure expressing: “I suppose it is that time isn’t it. As I celebrated my third year of being on General Hospital yesterday, I also watched my last episode as Jordan Ashford air. People kept asking me how it felt to have ended my time on the show, and it wasn’t until yesterday that it really sank in, as I watched Jordan’s goodbye to her family and knew the tears you saw were real tears between not just colleagues but friends. I decided it was time for me to move on from @generalhospitalabc and I got nothing but love and support from everyone involved. Not to mention was given the most beautiful send of that left me quite literally shaken.  I’d like to take a second to thank every single person in my @generalhospitalabc family that helped me make GH my home over the last three years, especially @fvalentinigh . From the crew, to my cast mates to our security guard Emma, there were multiple people on any given day that brought such a smile and warmth to my heart.”

Briana finished her post with, “When I started GH it was my first opportunity as a series regular, and to get the opportunity to throw myself into Jordan for the last three years and work with some truly incredible actors has been an honor. Thanks for holding space for me to grow. I am a better actor because of the time I spent within those walls and will forever be grateful for the way the show nurtured and challenged my ability.  To the fans, it took me a while to win you over, but once you saw my heart you made me feel so much love. I hope I brought something unique and honest to your beloved character of Jordan Ashford, she’s one helluva woman. Until next time loves 👋🏾.”

This will be the second Jordan to exit General Hospital.  The role was originated by Vinessa Antoine, and Henry took it over for the last three years.

So, sad to see Briana leave GH? Should the show recast? Comment below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Jason asks Carly to Marry Him and She Responds “With All My Heart”

The stage is set now for General Hospital’s Jason/Carly/Sonny/Nina story to explode as things heated up between longtime friends and former lovers, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) just as Jax (Ingo Rademacher) is in Nixon Falls pleading with Nina (Cynthia Watros) to come clean and tell “Mike”(Maurice Benard) that he is indeed, Sonny Corinthos.  Here’s what went down on Friday’s episode …

Back in Port Charles, at the demolished former “Jake’s”, Carly and Jason’s old stomping grounds, Carly and Jason share a kiss. Carly says she can’t believe this is happening after letting him know that all of her old romantic feelings for him are starting to come back. Apparently that is true for Jason too, as the ABC daytime drama series finally reaches back into the history of these two characters who were in love, before Carly slept with Sonny.  Back in the present day, Jason asks Carly to marry him, and she responds, “With all my heart.” But now, Carly is starting to feel more excited about what started off as a business arrangement between the two of them to retain the Corinthos family hold over the five families and the territory in Sonny’s absence.  Carly says she wants their wedding day to be about them, and later they can come to Jake’s just by themselves.

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In Nixon Falls, Jax (Ingo Rademacher) is trying to get through to Nina, who has admitted her duplicity to him and how she has fallen in love with “Mike”.  When Jax informs her that Carly and Jason are getting married, she thinks that’s great then she and “Mike” can have a future together.  Nina wants Jax to just forget this conversation, and seeing Sonny, and do this for her; after all she went through in losing her child, Nelle, and her relationship with him. Then Jax asks her to think about Donna and Avery and Wiley, his children and grandchild, who don’t know he is alive and will never get to know him. Nina cries that Jax has won, and that she will tell “Mike” the truth in private (but something tells us, she is going to make “Mike” walk-in on Jason and Carly’s nuptials, so that she has a shot of keeping him all to herself by the betrayal he will witness).  Jax says he is not leaving Nixon Falls till she tells Sonny the truth, but she somehow she still got him to leave through her pleading to let her do this alone.  As Nina thinks “Mike” is walking in the front door of the Tan-O, in walks Peter (Wes Ramsey)!

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Meanwhile, Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is rushed to General Hospital unconscious with Portia (Brook Kerr) not far behind, after being trapped together.  More bad news is revealed when Austin (Roger Howarth) gets the blood results back for Jordan and tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) that Jordan’s levels of carbon monoxide are 58% which is not good for someone with one kidney.  Austin relates that if Jordan’s kidney function doesn’t improve, they’ll have put her on dialysis.  TJ (Tajh Bellow) comes to see his mom, and sits by her bedside in tears.  Later, Curtis breaks down in tears holding Jordan’s hand to come back to him, and she opens her eyes, as Portia walks in on the scene.

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Three of the five families plan to take over Port Charles and split the territory after their secret meeting, where they plan to blow up a warehouse while Carly and Jason are distracted and at their wedding; the families also received a message from Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) while in prison.  Who will stop the “hit”?

So, what do you think of Carly and Sonny getting close? What did you think of the performances of Laura Wright, Steve Burton, Cynthia Watros, and Donnell Turner within this episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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