Friday’s episode of General Hospital was one of the best installments of the ABC daytime drama series in some time which featured stand out performances from the cast, led by Bryan Craig’s emotional and gut-wrenching performance as Morgan, who has been suffering from a manic episode after going off his meds.
Now in the darkest place imaginable, Morgan made his way to the GH rooftop and is preparing to jump off the ledge and end his life. While he is struggling to take that one fatal leap he is joined on the ledge by a bloody Kiki. This is all in Morgan’s imagination, but he believes this is happening right now. Kiki tells Morgan it is his fault she was shot, because he is sick, but they can fix the situation if they jump together and end their lives. Kudos in this part of the scene also goes to Hayley Erin who played a frightening version of good girl Kiki.
Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) after having a tense discussion with Sonny (Maurice Benard) at the hospital, just wants to wash off Kiki’s blood that is all over her hands. In another symbolic scene, Carly scrubs and scrubs the blood off of her so hard that she ends up burning her hands. Griffin (Matt Cohen) happens upon the scene and takes care of Carly’s hands. She lets him know she did not appreciate being lied to that Sonny could truly walk, and that as his doctor, Griffin lied, too. An overwrought Carly calms down for a minute and then apologizes to Griffin, and knows none of what happened with Sonny is his fault.
Back on the hospital roof, Andre (Anthony Montogmey) finds Morgan ready to end his life. He gets Morgan to open up about how he got to this point. Morgan recounts … not being able to get aroused to be able to have sex with Kiki, because of his meds … wanting to prove that he is man … wanting to show his father that he is good for something and can take care of the business … but that he screwed everything up and Kiki got shot. Andre tells Morgan to think of a happy time in his life prior to this whole bad chain of events. He recalls Christmastime with baby Avery. Michael (Chad Duell) who left Morgan for a few minutes to get Sonny, returns with him. Sonny ties to talk Morgan down, but when that doesn’t work, and in a heart-tugging performance from Maurice Benard, Sonny gets on the ledge with Morgan and says they will jump together. Morgan finally comes down from the ledge into the arms of his father. Later, when Morgan comes back into the hospital, in another tearjerker, Carly runs to her son with open arms after realizing what has just transpired. Laura Wright played all her scenes throughout the episode to perfection. Morgan is now under Andre’s care, and the crisis is overted and now Morgan can hopefully get the help he so needs to live his life.
And then there was Maura West (Ava), who delivered another sublime performance, as the mother who is praying that her daughter Kiki will not be paralyzed and will survive her near death experience for taking a bullet meant for Morgan. Ava blames herself for all of her bad deeds that this may be payback. She also lashed out at Paul (Richard Burgi) and promised she will bring him down if she is implicated in the arms deal. Paul comes up with an immunity deal for Ava and gives it to Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) at the PCPD, which makes it impossible for her to be touched for any involvement with the arms deal.
Jordan tells Anna she has enough evidence to arrest Paul for what happened with Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise). Anna says she can’t do that, as then she’ll have to arrest her as well. Anna relates that if she and Paul are arrested then Julian and Carlos will get away with killing Duke. In a heartbreaking moment, Anna pleads with Jordan to give her more time, and then she’ll have plenty of people to arrest. Jordan gives Anna only a few weeks and tells her she is truly pushing the boundaries of their friendship.
And just who is Claudette? After Maxie (Kirsten Storms) tries to propose to Nathan (Ryan Paevey) while he is on painkillers recovering from his gunshot wound received at rhe church, as he drifts off in his hospital room he says, “I love you too, Claudette.”
Finally, when Griffin gives Ava an update that Kiki is out of surgery and the bullet has been removed, he tells her Kiki is now in the ICU. And in a hankie-filled closer of the episode, Ava gets into the hospital bed with her daughter and begins to sing her a lullaby. While she sings, the narrative of the other storylines are also being played out, which brought together the entire episode in a dramatic and compelling way.
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