The glitz, the glamour, the calamities, the storylines, Lucy Coe, the return of Robin and Emma, and the opening number were all part of the first installment of GH’s 2016 Nurses’ Ball!
And it all got off to a fast start when red carpet staple host/correspondent, Donny Sheldon was joined this year by Good Morning America’s Abbie Boudreau and Crimson’s editor-in-chief, Nina Reeves (Michelle Stafford). As Port Charles most famous and infamous residents walked the red carpet, it was Nina who was inept, awkward, and thus Stafford who had some of the best one-liners of the episode!
We literally laughed out loud as Stafford clumsily played Nina in the spotlight shoving the microphone in the guests faces, and then adding her two cents’ worth, especially when she saw Hayden aka Rachel Berlin (Rebecca Budig), Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth), the Elizabeth/Hayden same dress debacle, and her arch-enemy Ava Jerome (Maura West)!
Anna (Finola Hughes), who runs into Andre (Anthony Montgomery) at the bar outside the ballroom and where there is clearly some chemistry between them, has to stop her conversation with the good doctor when his date Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) shows up. She thanks Anna for keeping her date company. This makes Anna go inside the empty ballroom where she sadly remembers Duke. But, Anna’s spirits are lifted when Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) pop out behind the curtain to surprise her! Later, Maxie (Kirsten Storms) shows up with Griffin (Matt Cohen) on her arm on the red carpet, because Nathan (Ryan Paevey) is in the hospital, and she says she can’t show up to the Nurses’ Ball alone. Robin gets to meet Duke’s son for the first time.
Next, in a touching moment after Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Billy Miller) arrive, Jason tells Robin his memories are coming back. He expresses he knows how important this evening is to Robin, and what it means to her. It was a nicely played moment by Billy Miller.
Meanwhile, it’s Brad (Parry Shen) and Lucas’ (Ryan Carnes) wedding night, and we learn that Lucas previously told Brad that they needed to spend the night apart, because if they see each other before the wedding it’s bad luck!
Well … they run into each other backstage at the ball with Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) in tow. Bobbie seizes the moment to toast the guys and welcome Brad into the family. Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) clearly has plans to interject herself into the ball on stage. We later learn she has planned her own rendition of The Sound of Music‘s “Edelweiss” complete with puppets in each hand. Luckily for the audience in the ballroom, she is whisked away by a bunch of masked male nurses.
Ava has reminded Carly (Laura Wright) via text she is coming to take baby Avery in the morning, thus sending Carly on a mission to find evidence that Ava killed Connie Falconeri. Alone in Ava’s room, Carly finds the flash drive in a drink shaker and gloats about it in a fun moment played by Wright. Carly heads back to the Nurses’ Ball dressing room and finds a laptop where she connects the flash drive only to be shocked by what she sees! Is it Ava and Paul (Richard Burgi) having sex?
As per usual, Lucy (Lynn Herring) is a bundle of nerves prior to making her grand entrance on the stage at the Nurses’ Ball. She says a special mantra to herself: “Keep your clothes on.” When Lucy hits the stage and welcomes everyone to the ball, she introduces the staff of GH with the opening number. Lead by Nurse Epiphany Johnson (Sonya Eddy) with Felix, Amy (Risa Dorken) and Bobbie, and even Andre in the mix, the group performs a GH rap on the history of General Hospital from Steve Hardy to Lassa Fever! When the number is complete, Bobbie is backstage and she completely passes out!
Meanwhile, Lucy had just revealed a very special surprise on stage as the curtain opens and we see the attendees’ reactions as we fade to black! To be continued…
What was your favorite moment from the GH Nurses; Ball 2016 Part One? Let us know in the comment section below. But first watch a few clips from the episode below!