Friday’s episode of General Hospital meant the official goodbye of Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Carlos Rivera. After his long reign of terror and all the twists and turns, Carlos finally succumbed to stab wounds via Julian Jerome (William deVry) that would keep him quiet for good. As Carlos still had a few breaths in him, and as Anna (Finola Hughes) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) were trying to get a deathbed confession out of him (that Julian ordered the hit that killed Duke), Dr. Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) reveals he is a Roman Catholic priest and needs to give the dying man his last rites.
Anna is shocked! How could Duke’s son actually be intervening and keeping her from getting justice for his father and the love of her live, to administer Carlos the proper religious send-off? Griffin asks Carlos if he has anything to confess, and just as he is about to say something in true soap opera style … he dies. Anna and Sonny are beside themselves. Father Munro now continues with the rites.
Later, Anna is devastated that the one chance they had to nail Julian is gone thanks to Griffin! When Griffin goes to the hospital chapel to pray, Anna finds him there. She feels completely duped by the man she welcomed into her life. He reveals that he isn’t a practicing priest but everyone, including Carlos, has a right to the sacrament. He says he wants to help Anna forgive and move on with her life. Then, in the best line of the episode, Anna says: “She finds his lectures insulting!”
Sonny and Anna meet up and he reveals that since Julian had motive to kill Carlos, she may just get justice after all. Anna goes into see the lifeless body of Carlos where she is angry and distraught and vows to get not rest till she brings Julian down.
Meanwhile, Julian is in very hot water. After lying to Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) as to his whereabouts when Carlos was attacked, she confronts him about where he was and why he was leaving now to go check on Carlos at the hospital. Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) stops by to let them know that Carlos is dead. When Jordan questions Julian’s whereabouts in the wee hours of the morning, he says he was at Crimson and that Alexis and Nina (Michelle Stafford) were there as well. Alexis says she saw Julian around 2:30 a.m. Jordan says Carlos was attacked before that. Alexis blurts out that she locked up Julian’s gun earlier so there is not a chance he could have been involved.
Oops, Alexis! Jordan says Carlos wasn’t shot, but stabbed multiple times with a very distinct blade. She advises Julexis to get a lawyer. Alexis, now becoming unglued, pulls out the dagger that Helena used to kill her mother … and realizes it must be the murder weapon that Julian used!
This episode featured another brilliant star-turn by Finola Hughes. Watching Anna agonize for justice has been heart wrenching in the hands of this one-of-a-kind actress. And we had to say goodbye to the amazingly talented Parise, who you never know could pop up in certain characters minds as they deal with the aftermath of his Carlos’ death.
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