On Monday’s second episode of General Hospital Live there were plenty of plot developments and fantastic performances and only some very minor technical issues on the version we watched on the west coast.
First as the pick-up from Friday’s episode, Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) made sure she shot Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) dead, this time plugging him with multiple bullets! It was the end of the line for actor Jeffrey Vincent Parise who made Carlos such a memorable character. Once again, Finola Hughes delivered a top notch performance as Anna comes to realize she just exacted revenge for the death of her beloved Duke (Ian Buchanan), but at what cost? Later, Sloane (Grayson McCouch) finds her on the pier and says he will help her cover up the crime!
Meanwhile, the answer to who’s behind the door is revealed, when none other than Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst)is the groom set to marry Nina (Michelle Stafford) the bride, much to the chagrin of Franco (Roger Howarth). While Nina and Ric’s out of the blue relationship is thrown in Franco’s face, Roger Howarth, during the live show, gave a nuanced and stellar performance while trying to talk Nina out of a making a big mistake and to marry him instead. When the minister arrives to marry Nina, he asks which gent is the groom? Ultimately, Nina marries Ric! Say what?
Hayden (Rebecca Budig) is at Julian garage where Jake (Billy Miller) works and is about to tell him and Sam (Kelly Monaco), his real identity! But Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) who is becoming more unglued is begging Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) to silence Hayden if he ever had feelings for her! Liz hitting with some low blows to keep Jake AKA Jason!
Elsewhere, Sonny (Maurice Benard) has ordered a hit on Jake for “killing” Duke, and in great scenes featuring Laura Wright as Carly, she begs Sonny not to kill Jake, but Sonny informs her its too late. Shawn (Sean Blakemore) left an hour ago to do the deed. Only as Shawn went to fire on Jake, there is another gunshot and Hayden gets hit and takes a bullet to the head! The police and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) find Shawn outside the garage and arrest him. Shawn and Jordan have the moment of truth, where he figures out she is a cop!
When Hayden is wheeled into GH, Elizabeth, who is on duty, sees her as well as Sam and Jake , who tell Liz that Hayden was about to tell them something about Jake’s true identity. Liz is not happy!
Cut to Nikolas and a hit man who tells the dark prince that all was taken care of. Hayden was silenced and the police think Shawn Butler did it! Nikolas says this truth can never come to light!
The closing credits this episode are given to the audience by the very energetic and cute Nicholas Bechtel (Spencer Cassadine) who dances around the set showing the cue cards of the producers, writers, and the director of today’s episode.
So, what did you think of GH Live day two? Did you like the stories? What do you think about scheming Nikolas and Elizabeth? Nina’s wedding to Ric? Carlos dying? Shawn getting framed and taken into custody? Which performances did you enjoy the most? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!