The Friday cliffhanger of ABC’s General Hospital was a doozy!
And at the epicenter of it was a several minute performance by daytime treasure Genie Francis (Laura) who unleashed a gut-wrenching turn upon Laura learning from Ava (Maura West, who was also excellent in this episode) that her son Nikolas (then Nick Stabille) was shot by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and fell off the balcony to his “death”.
Once Valentin follows Ava downstairs, after she tried to seduce him and knock him out, Laura has some choice words for him while her world is rocked to the core learning Nikolas is “dead”! She spews at Valentin: “You say you hate the Cassadine’s because they wouldn’t acknowledge you, but look at you! You are just like them. Mikkos would be proud. My son wasn’t. He was different. He was a good man. He would have welcomed you into his family with open arms, but you didn’t want that. You didnt’ want it, did you? You didn’t give a damn about a family! You want blood … you want power … you want money … and you took my son! I will never cooperate with you! Never, never! You took my son damn you, and you might as well kill me too! I will never cooperate with you. Never, never!”
Valentin calmly tells Laura, “I think maybe you want a demostratation of what happens when you don’t cooperate with me. So, I hope you enjoy joining your son.” As Valentin aims his gun at Laura, wouldn’t you know! Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) steps in and pushes Laura out of the way and takes a bullet. As the episode fades to black, Laura is shocked to see Kevin has been shot! Genie Francis reminded us all in those moments of the power of her performances when given material worthy of her talents. GH fans have patiently waited for Laura to have some major story, and it looks like this may give this Daytime Emmy winner some material to seek her teeth into.
Also in this episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) caught Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) and Parker (Ashley Jones) making out in the hallway of the hotel. He looks shocked too! What will happen when he confronts Kristina? Meanwhile, poor Lulu (kudos to Emme Rylan for having to recite those directions multiple times within the Cassadine Compound. We couldn’t haven’t memorized that!) ends up in a maze of sorts and trips upon a skeleton of a body. Who’s is it?
Best line of the episode has to go to Ava as played by Maura West when she said to Valentin: “I understand vendettas, just Google me.”
So, what did you think of the performance of Genie Francis as Laura unloads on Valentin for killing Nikolas? Did you enjoy the performance of Maura West? Are you glad Parker and Kristina finally hooked up? Will Sonny try to understand his daughter’s sexuality? And, will Lulu get more than she bargained for trying to escape? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!