Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital was one of the saddest we have seen in a long time, and with it brought outstanding performances by those in the Corinthos and Jerome clans on the ABC daytime drama series.
First, Laura Wright (Carly) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) delivered gut-wrenching moments. Viewers learn that after Carly found out that Morgan died, she was given a sedative to calm her down and to help her rest. When she awoke the next morning with her mother, Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) by her bedside, Carly thinks she was having a bad dream, and she can’t wait for Morgan to get home to tell him how much she loves him. Bobbie tells Carly to snap out of it, and that Morgan is not coming home. Carly rushes downstairs where she sees Sonny’s muddied jacket. Carly is now allowing herself to let the realization of what happened to Morgan start to set in.
But later in the saddest moment of the episode, Dante comes to see Carly to hand her Morgan’s cell phone found in the wreckage, only she wants to know details of what happened. Carly learns Morgan was the victim of a bomb explosion in Julian Jerome’s (William deVry) car. Carly wants to throw up and needs air. She starts to give details about how Sonny (Maurice Benard) wanted to seek revenge on Julian, but Dante tells her to stop talking about what she knows, or he will have to lose his brother and arrest his father all on the same night. Dante is grief-stricken, angry, and beside himself. While, Carly is trying to cope with the unimaginable – her son killed by a bomb explosion meant for Julian.
In a heartbreaking turn by Wright, Carly looks all over her house for a charger to plug in Morgan’s broken cell phone, so she can listen to the messages on it. When she does get the phone connected, she is sitting on the floor listening to the message she left Morgan, and just then Sonny walks in. Maurice Benard playing Sonny’s pain, understated and in tears, watches as Carly lets him know that she knows that there was a bomb meant for Julian in the car that killed their son.
Chad Duell (Michael) proved once again why he can always bring the drama, when Dante tells Michael that his brother died, and via a bomb explosion. Michael is wracked with quilt that he didn’t see Morgan spiraling out of control and that he should have paid more attention. When Sonny comes to the police station, Michael is irate and blaming Morgan’s death on Sonny.
And in another stellar performance Hayley Erin’s Kiki, learned from her mother Ava, that Morgan died. Kiki can’t breathe. She has been trying to reach Morgan all night and has been worried sick. She is also wracked with quilt over wanting to be with Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) over Morgan.
After she goes to tell Dillon what happened to Morgan, she can’t be with him and gets in the elevator and collapses sobbing.
And Maura West showed the complexity of Ava, when she runs into Bobbie at the Metro Court. Bobbie confronts Ava and wants to know if she ever loved her grandson. Ava replies, she did, and adds that Morgan was probably the only person who ever saw any good in her. She cries.
Finally, Dante alone loses it in the interrogation room at the PCPD. Lulu (Emme Rylan) happens upon the scene, and we are reminded by Dante that when he first came to town Morgan was the first Corinthos he met. Lulu hugs Dante. At the end of the episode, Carly holding a picture of Morgan in front of Sonny, smashes it to the ground screaming, “You killed him!”
Laura Wright, Dominic Zamprogna, Maurice Benard, Hayley Erin, Maura West, and Chad Duell each added to the high intensity of this riveting drama, while the audience gets to see their favorites shine with heavy dramatic material.
So, what did you think of the performances on Wednesday’s episode of GH in the aftermath of Morgan’s death? What moment broke your heart? Share your comments below.