If you have seen Friday’s episode of General Hospital (8/23) you know it was a fast-paced ride, with stories intersecting and heightened dramatic tension, and stellar performances, that made it one of the best episodes of the summer in soaps!
There were several standout moments given to us by several actors: First, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), when Spinelli finally learns the truth that he is the bio-dad to Maxie’s child, which is now in the hands of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) and Lulu (Emme Rylan) was pretty spectacular. How he should find out the truth made this all the more dramatic! It was Ellie (Emily Wilson) who confessed her part in the cover-up and how she came to know that Maxine was carrying around this bombshell of a secret. And the end of the episode, Dante and Lulu hear Spinelli going off on Ellie and come out of the hospital nursery to ask what is going on? Will Damian tell them? What will happen when he confronts Maxie?
As for Kirsten Storms (Maxie), she has broke our hearts over the past several episodes, and on Friday’s episode we leave it with Maxie screaming for her baby … her and Spinelli’s baby … but everyone now thinks she is just delirious and they gave her sedatives! Storms also was perfect in the scenes where she was once again reunited with her sister, Georgie (Lindze Leatherman) on Thursday’s episode when Maxie had an out of body experience!
And how about Maurice Benard (Sonny)? It’s never a good thing to have Sonny in confined spaces, but no one places that wounded little boy and the panic that comes from abuse, better than Benard. There were a few heart-stopping moments in the scenes with Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), and in the end when the elevator opens, he is on his way to see Connie (Kelly Sullivan) to work things out with her! Only … Connie has been shot and is lying in a pool of blood! When we last saw her, she was being threatened by another solid performance by Sean Kanan as a completely drunken AJ, who wants to kill “the bitch” as he called her. Kudos to Kelly Sullivan also. We still can’t believe they have killed-off this amazing talent!
And if all that was not enough, we have “Derek Wells” aka Julian Jerome (William deVry) finding out he is Danny’s bone marrow donor match! Then, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) fills him on the night Sam was conceived and what do you know? “Derek” is starting to look like he may remember that night too! How will this all shake out? Will Sam (Kelly Monaco) meet her father? How will “Derek” explain to Alexis that he is Julian? Will he hide it? So many cliffhangers, and that’s what good soap is all about.
We can’t wait till Monday to see the pick-up of all the drama. Kudos to GH executive producer Frank Valentini, and head writer Ron Carlivati, for ending the summer with a kickass episode that reminds us all why we love soaps!
So what was your favorite moment on Friday’s episode? Who gave your favorite performances? What do you think will be the fallout from all these plot points? Weigh-in below!