In a tearjerker of an episode from ABC’s General Hospital, Monday’s broadcast featured so many gems and well-written scenes filled with heartfelt emotion and subtext, and delivered with exquisite performances from: Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), Jonathan Jackson (Lucky), Tony Geary (Luke), Leslie Charleson (Monica), and Billy Miller (Jason AKA Jake).
The moment every GH fans was waiting for since last Friday’s cliffhanger had Lucky reuniting Elizabeth with her believed-to-be-dead son Jake (James Nigbor). After first disbelieving Lucky that little Jake could be alive, Elizabeth finally came around, especially when little Jake walked through the door with Luke. The moment when Elizabeth asked if she could hug the son she grieved for over the past five years was riveting. Jake looked to Lucky to know if it was OK to hug his mom, and then Lucky says, “She gives really good ones.” Finally, Elizabeth got to hold her son in her arms. It was simply a hankie-filled moment times ten!
In yet another beautifully played scene, an overcome Elizabeth takes a beat with Lucky outside of the house to try to pull herself together fearing this will all be ripped away from her. She says, “I feel like I am going to wake up with an IV in my arm and this is all going to be a dream,” but Lucky reassures her that their son is home. The chemistry between longtime scene partners Jackson and Herbst was still palpable throughout, and as strong as ever.
Even Elizabeth and Luke shared a very important scene with so many undercurrents of their history, where it appeared to be the last scene between between Becky and Tony. Luke had a fantastic line of dialog when he said to Liz: “For such a tiny little thing … you have awesome resilience.”
Juxtaposed with all of this emotion was having Monica, played by the indomitable Leslie Charleson, back on the canvas sharing scenes with her on-screen son, Jason AKA Jake, although she has no idea that Jake is the boy she raised … and was the all-time shining star of the Quartermaine Clan. When Monica reminisced about Jason and her love for him, and her history with him to Jake, it was another lump in your throat, tug-at-your-heart moment, played endearingly by both Charleson and Miller.
And still later we come to the scenes between Jonathan Jackson and Tony Geary on the porch at Liz’s house, when Lucky admits he has demons too, that are keeping him running and not settling down. Luke tells Lucky that he is not like him, that Lucky is facing his demons, where Luke didn’t. Lucky says he is even scared to pass this darkness down to his sons.
Next, Luke told Lucky he loved him, and with tears in their eyes each of the men said they would be there for each other. Luke related: “If this battle gets bloody and you get weary, let me know … let me know, son … and I will be there (snaps his fingers) like that.” To which Lucky replied: “Maybe next time I’ll rescue you instead.” To which Luke says profoundly, “You already have.”
As the episode came to a close, it was Elizabeth and little Jake getting to know each other, when who should arrive on the scene …. Jason! Now mom, bi0-dad, and son are all in the same room together. What will Liz do next?
Kudos go to GH head scribe Ron Carlivati and his writing team for the script for Monday’s airshow. So, what did you think of the moment when Elizabeth was reunited with her son Jake? What did you think of the Lucky and Liz scenes? Monica and Jason (AKA Jake)? Lucky and Luke? How many hankies did you need for the episode? Share your thoughts and comments below!