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51 January 18th, 2018 GH’s Ava Has Been Cleansed By Fire & Ready For A New Start! What Did You Think Of The Avasode?

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Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital served up the standalone Avasode featuring Maura West (Ava Jerome).

In story, Ava goes under the knife to restore her face and remove the last of the burns she suffered in the art warehouse fire quite some time ago.  Once again, West delivered another multi-layered and riveting performance. While under anesthesia, Ava goes on a journey and in essence an attempt at a rebirth.  During her self-discovery trip, she encounters many angry residents of Port Charles, who she wronged in one way or the other.

Laura has some choice words for Ava for selling out Nikolas and Spencer. Ava recalls Nina wanting revenge on her from taking her husband, Silas. Let’s not forget Nina taking Ava’s baby right out of her womb!

Later, Morgan shows up at Ava’s door.  He is alive and survived the car explosion, but says someone is after him.  Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Bryan Craig made a return for this episode, and once again delivered in his scenes opposite Maura West.

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After summoning all of Morgan’s family and more to the art gallery to make an announcement that Morgan is alive, he is nowhere to be found.  Instead, Ava gets a visit from a bloody Connie Falconeri (Megan Ward) reminding Ava that she shot her, because she knew about her plan to pass off Kiki as a Quartermaine, not only because Connie knew that Derek Wells was really Julian Jerome.

In the key moment in the episode, Ava lashes out and confronts everyone for their sanctimonious attitudes towards her when they each have done terrible things in their own right.  Those people would include: Sonny, Kiki, Julian, Nina, Carly, etc.  Throughout the episode Ava continues to see a dark-haired girl who is later revealed to be a grown-up version of her daughter, Avery.   The young woman calls out her mother for her misdeeds. However, Ava fires back that her soul has been cleansed by the fire, and ready for a new start, while she refuses to be defined by her past.

In the present time, Griffin and Ava celebrate alone as Ava’s face is restored.

So, what did you think of the episode? The performances of Maura West, and Bryan Craig?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Carol says:

    Performances by all involved were wonderful especially Maura. When viewing the flashbacks of Ava with blonde shorter hair, she looked amazing. I really thought that for the big reveal with her restored face they would put her hair back to blonde for more of a stronger impact.

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  2. Debra m says:

    I was disappointed in the episode. Not Maura’s fault. The writing could have been better. The actress playing Avery, was that Maurice’s daughter? She looked alot like him.

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    Bobbie P replied

    That wasn’t Maurice’s daughter for she was played by Celesta Deastis!

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  3. Jamesj75 says:

    This episode did a great job in showcasing Maura West’s talent, as promised!

    My only regrets?
    1. Sonny and Carly were included… yawn… puke… [items thrown at TV]…
    2. It was only a dream state in which Ava told off these jerks (above and others)…

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  4. Fanny says:

    As usual Maura West delivers. Ava a tattered soul, searching for redemption
    hence her involvement with padre. Forced to face follies & foes, will she
    Constru this as a simple nightmarish episode during her op….or travel the
    road of accepting responsibility for her major gaffes.

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    Celia replied

    Hey, Fanny,
    I agree with everything you said…. Her major gaffes were bigger than Colossus. LOL.
    Nonetheless, I believe she has accepted responsibility. Maura is meritorious of an Emmy—yet, not everyone will agree. Sometimes we do change our minds about a character after witnessing
    a “change” where he/she displays certain nuances which compel us to reconcile those virulent thoughts we may harbor toward a character.
    But, obviously, we are not all of the same mind…..as we have seen on this site, many are very dismissive, to say the least. Opinions are personal, and as such, they differ. I accept that.
    Also, I agree with Carol….Ava/Maura needs to go back to being a blonde—she suits it better.
    Later, my lady.

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    Fanny replied

    @Celia aka CeeCee aka SWEETS…
    ABSOLUTELY agree ….Maura should return to her glory blonde day’s.
    She can even try out platinum blonde a la Monroe or West.

    Fanny replied

    P.S. Definitely Emmy worthy… Should be a compilation of the 10 best scenes
    Performed by a single actress…I honestly believe she deserved to win last year..

  5. Soaphound says:

    Other than seeing incredibly sexy Bryan Craig, I was disappointed in the episode. Too much back and forth…I nearly took a Dramamine halfway through. And was anything resolved?

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Didn’t impress me either.

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  6. Mary SF says:

    If this was the show’s lame attempt to redeem Ava not sure that it work– it seem more about Ava defending her actions rather than repenting from them– I guess how they write the character going forward will tell whether Ava has really changed or is trying to appear she has changed because that will get her something- because in the end Ava has always been one of the most self absorbed characters on the soaps today

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    Shay replied

    Very well put, MarySF! I remain as unconvinced of this character’s supposed reinvention to the side of right as do you. Quite frankly, the entire Ava-centric effort seemed more an unnecessary, self-indulgent bid for yet another Maura West Emmy nomination than a worthy standalone GH episode of substance. Color me not impressed by either the scenario…….or the transparent reason behind it.

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    Jimh replied

    i agree…

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Agree with you. Can’t redeem “unredeemable” characters.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Mary SF…

    This is just my take but: I don’t think the episode was meant to be about Ava defending or repenting. It was a psychological journey into her guilt, which she has harbored for a very long time. She showed some remorse, not much, but some, over AJ and Connie. But Morgan? She was destroyed in her unwitting part in that. She certainly didn’t mean for him to die (she cared for him so deeply) and, while I think ALL of these actions were abhorrent they are certainly no more so than Carly and Sonny, her mortal enemies…who have possession of her daughter.

    As for being self-absorbed, Ava, herself, has questioned her own vanity asking herself if fixing her outside would wipe out the ugliness she sees within…should she pay for Morgan’s death by wearing what she considered ugly on the outside/her face? Much more introspection than we’d ever get from Sonny, Carly…and of course not a shot of remorse ever from pathological Faison or our supposedly dearly-departed Helena.

    I find Ava to be likeable and in her insecurity vulnerable, someone struggling to be better, who WANTS to be better…and who is… in my opinion, better than Carly.If, however, she returns to a one-sided LOL, “evil-doer” she may take her place beside Carly in my eyes. Though she’s never as smug..only one time recently when she lashed out at Alexis for no apparent reason…for wanting to help Julian in jail. Made no sense for her to react that way and in that moment she lost all my sympathy. But then it returned. ;)

    So, for me, her defending herself wasn’t to absolve herself of her crimes, but to show the guilt, the remorse…and the utter frustration that I, too, feel: that Carly and Sonny are never called out for their hideous crimes, while they make her out to be the pariah. She was screaming inside her head at the hypocrisy that they would call her soulless, selfish, a murderer, someone who hurt their son…and yet, they seemingly forgot all their crimes (including AJ which I would have loved for her to throw in their face)l

    There are three types of “people” on GH..the truly good as in Laura, Monica, our beloved LIla and a few others. Then there are the truly non-redeemable…Helena, Faison (LOL, in my book Carly) and then we have those that straddle the fence…Ava, Julian, Jason, Franco…characters who are criminal yet have a conscience and seem to be, at one time or other, tortured and conflicted by their choices. Which make them interesting.

    If they were all good, we’d be watching The Brady Bunch! ;)

    A belated Happy New Year!

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  7. su0000 says:

    I want the REAL Ava back !!
    I’m so sick and tired of the redeeming of great characters.
    Ava is a Jerome as is her brother.
    Both have been turned into boring stagnate saints with drab personalities/wallpaper.

    Ava and Julian used to rock it but for some reason, the writers are catering to the holy coumity of fans and eventually it will kill off the soaps that desperately need intrigue, adventure and spellbinding drama that only the good/ bad layered characters can bring, and that’s the excitement.

    GH has not one, not one, exciting character and that includes the devil himself Valentine= false advertising.

    I do not want the Nun Ava, I don’t want to sing along to Ava Maria, I want the great Ava Jerome!! She was two sides of the coin switching back and forth.

    ( even Sonny has been pussyfied, shameful)

    Give me some bad boys to hate and love to pieces..
    And she which the old bitching hag Carly is wearing very thin.. She is not scary she gut retching annoying..

    I want my GH back!!! not this junky PSA junk..

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    K/kay replied

    Did not see it but I guess Kelly pooped in franks Cereal where was SK ABC better start reeling this guy in or talk show or game show is on the horizon maybe that’s what they want

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    Celia replied

    Do you know the version of Ave Maria, in Latin????—-just joshin’, SuzieQ.
    I think you have a point….as I had intimated, is Ava being redeemed because of Griffin? The irony here is, Griffin is excommunicated….regardless of how TPTB present his leaving the Church.; regardless of the fake priests/bishops/monseigneurs ‘they’ bring as a cameo appearance, does not change canon law…..neither here nor there , Griffin is a good person, Christian, if one goes that far.
    However, I do not appreciate the offense on my sense and sensibilities about my faith that is presented in a ‘shady’ light. That’s all.
    Even if you look online, you will find misinformed facts.
    I am curious to see if the ‘new’ Ava will make as much of an impact as a cleansed, reformed ex Mob Moll, or will she replicate Rosetta Cutolo? …..pulled the wool over the authorities’ eyes, and everyone around her…
    Looking forward to what the writers have in store for her.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Hey there, su0000,”
    Don’t believe there is much chance of seeing “Nun Ava.” Now I would go for “None Ava”! :) :)

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  8. Ric says:

    I loved it, anything she does is great! Maura West is an amazing actress.

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  9. jeanine girard says:

    Let’s just give Maura West the Daytime Emmy now and call it a day! Bravo!

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    James R. Poissant replied

    In my opinion, Maura should always win a statue every year she’s on daytime. I’ve loved all her characters she’s played and she really does give it more than everything in her perforrmances.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Whoa! Hold those Emmys, partner!

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  10. toscanti says:

    Fantastic! Bryan Craig (Morgan)is must see and plays so well opposite Maura West (Ava). Emmy worthy performance!

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    Debra m replied

    I agree. Ava had much more hot chemistry with Morgan then Griffin. He is too good. The character needs more of an edge. Wish Maura would go back to her blonde hair. That orangey red shade is awful and distacting.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Hold those Emmys, redux!

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  11. Jules says:

    Maura was fantastic!

    The episode was not.

    I enjoyed the Megan appearance though. That was surprising.

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  12. Rebecca1 says:

    Couple of thoughts:

    Maura was great. I really felt Ava’s self-entrapment…the house of horrors of her conscience.

    It seems as if the writers are appeasing those of us who want someone, ANYONE, to put Sonny and Carly in their places but doing so only in Ava’s mind is frustrating for me as a viewer. She needs to take that knowledge and shove it in their faces when she’s awake. She needs to point out that what she did to Morgan’s meds was not with the intent of killing him but an attempt to protect her daughter from what she feared would be an unstable, troubled life. However, it was Carly and Sonny who tortured Monica’s son, AJ, who ripped his son from him, made him believe he’d fallen off the wagon…to protect Michael. And then they killed him. Both Sonny and Carly will go to any nefarious level to protect their kids…so how dare they accuse Ava of doing the same…etc, etc…it needs to be shouted!

    Bryan Craig stepped right back into Morgan’s shoes without skipping a beat. Terrific actor; he deserves to come back.

    Megan as Connie was a bit off for me…though I loved her in the role originally and am happy for her that they invited her to do the part. Seems like she was unjustifiably let go the first time. I preferred her over the too-tough Kelly Sullivan’s rendition.

    Was disappointed they didn’t bring back Sean Kanan; seems like the bad blood was between him and Ron. He was a pivotal character who she helped destroy in the end.

    All in all a good way to show that Ava Jerome is a conflicted, multi-faceted character. As is Julian..as opposed to the pure evil that was Helena, is Faison and seemingly Cassandra (who I believe we will see again at some point).

    I think it won’t be long before Ava has to tackle with Griffin and Kiki’s growing attraction. Started out innocent but it seems they may be heading down that road eventually. Is that a good thing? Repeating the mother/daughter competition? With Ava and Kiki…could be. Perhaps Ava will fall back to the dark side and wind up with the shady land developer…

    Oh. I can’t stand the disloyalty that Kiki shows to Ava and Julian (I have no recollection of Julian ever being anything by kind and helpful to Kiki…especially when Ava was in a coma) and yet she looks at him with disgust instead of pointing out his good points…but yet she has deep affection for Carly and Sonny. Same with Sam who rejects her own father but is besties with Carly and Sonny. Why is it Michael can forgive ALL that Sonny and Carly do but Sam, Kiki, Molly (whose dad, Rick, is no saint either…he did threaten to kill her dear Aunt Carly…) can’t seem to do the same for their family. Next time Ava takes a trip down the echos of her mind she needs to ask THAT!

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  13. Phyllis says:

    I love GH. Any actor, any SL. Good to be reminded the misdeeds people do. At 60yo I sometimes forget. Hope GH is on forever.

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  14. cmp874 says:

    I loved the episode! I knew of Maura West, but I did not watch the other soaps that she appeared on. It wasn’t until I saw her on General Hospital that I had gotten to see her practice her craft and she is spectacular! The wise GH viewers knew talent when they saw it and took to this fine actress very quickly, even if her character did some pretty vile things.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I didn’t see MW on any other soaps–but must say that I’m not enamored of her acting or craft–a bit histrionic for me–and I don’t feel anything for the character; she doesn’t engender any empathy or identification for me.

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    cmp874 replied

    You must have missed her performance then, when Nina held Ava captive during which Ava went into labor. I think that performance was probably MW’s best while appearing on GH. Even though Ava is a vile character, I felt sorry for Ava while that was going on. However, to each his/her own. I am still glad you watch and support GH.

    dmr replied

    I feel that way about Carly..

  15. rose says:

    I thought the “Ava show” was really well done. And Maura West was wonderful. Reminded me of Dicken’s Christmas Carol when the ghosts of Christmas past came to visit Scrooge. Is she redeemed? Don’t think she can completely get rid of some of her worse tendencies.

    Glad to see Griffin is on her side…at least for now. He is also going through his own life change since he realized he could not fulfill the requirements of being a priest. At least he quit the priesthood, instead of others who had their own flaws that were covered up or not exposed.

    I have never been a Morgan fan, but I thought Morgan/Bryan coming back was very effective. Wonder if this is a one episode appearance for him only?

    But wish they had Kelly Sullivan playing Connie, and AJ/Sean back to back up Ava when Sonny and Carly played their usual holier-than-thou attitudes.

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    dmr replied

    I agree with you, about Morgan. I was never a fan of the actor or the character; however, I think for the one episode, the appearance worked well. I wish that Ava mentioned how The Dimpled Don murdered AJ, too.

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  16. elm1951 says:

    all i want to know is why tptb/writers felt that the character of ava deserved a stand alone episode?? there are other characters that deserve that honor – i mean who in the world is she besides an unredeemable villain which is jmo – i have been watching gh since the beginning and all i could do was smh………………………..wow

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  17. Alan says:

    Maura West was amazing as usual.

    As for the writing, not so much. The episode was choppy and clearly a dream so any sense that it might have been happening in real time (and therefore any subsequent suspense) was gone minutes into the episode. I would have preferred for Ava to have gone into surgery at the end of Wednesday’s episode and have her wake up at the start of Thursday’s show to create the illusion that the events occurring were real. And who didn’t see that “twist” at the end with the bartender being the Avery in Ava’s dream? For me, the whole thing felt like the show’s attempt to create an Emmy reel.

    And of course what would a GH episode be without the show propping up Saint Sonny — this time with him preaching that Ava was worse than him because he is honest about his crimes. If he’s so honest and forthright maybe he needs to honestly tell Jason that he killed his brother…

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  18. Timmm says:

    Not a fan of the character of Ava BUT Maura was great, Bryan was actually tolerable, LOVED Connie, the original resurfacing AND the actress who played Avery was amazing! Find her a role! It reminds me of GH50 when they found Chloe Lanier [NELLE] who played young Patricia Spencer so well!

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  19. nancy dillingham says:

    Looks like TPTB are doing to Nelle’s character what they did to Ava–making her amoral and one-dimensional. Too bad. Would have been much more interesting if they had made her more complex. The young actress has much potential in the right hands with the right writing and direction. Sheer evil is never interesting or engaging.

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  20. nancy dillingham says:

    Well, here’s a novel idea indeed: They could have given Genie Francis a stand-alone episode before sending her off to the black hole–taking care of Spencer for 6 weeks with his two (huh!?!?) broken legs! Say what??????????????

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    K/kay replied

    She is on recurring which means she is gone

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    K/kay replied

    A nice lady but they treat Tristan Rogers the same way good luck SB can’t save this show no matter how much he thinks he can. By the war he was released from his contract from y & r Sally had the good sense to show him the door

    nancy dillingham replied

    There goes the last reason for watching GH! So wrong! So long!

  21. Satan says:

    Good to see Morgan Corinthos and the REAL ConKate again.

    Aside from that, the episode was exactly the steaming pile of dragonshit I predicted it would be.

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  22. Nik says:

    Did not like it because it had no conclusion, did she get her face fixed? GH used the wrong “Connie” to haunt Ava. They use the first actress who played Connie not the one Ava killed. They should’ve brought back Ava momma, I am sure Ava dogged her too.

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  23. Kevin O. says:

    This episode was incredible, one of the best “GH” has done in a long time. Great acting by Maura West and great writing by the staff. It’s the first episode that I watched bits of for a second time in years, if not decades.

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  24. Satan says:

    Nothing character Ava gets her own episode. Two days later a true GH legend gets kicked out the door.

    Tell me what’s wrong with this picture.

    Time to fire Frank, and purge all the interlopers from this show and make it fucking General Hospital again.

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    Shay replied

    From your fiery lips to the Soap God’s ears, Satan! The Ava-centric episode was a complete waste of time which could have been better dedicated to the real stars of GH…i.e, those who made it great in its heyday, not the force-fed newbies the current showrunners insist upon shoving at us with every possible scenario they can seemingly cook up!

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  25. Ricky says:

    It is amazing to me how these so called GH “fans” are always bashing this show. I enjoyed the episode with Ava. I had no idea that “Connie” and “Morgan” were coming back in the episode. Great secret. I enjoy all of the episodes. GH is on fire. I don’t see myself fast fowarding thru scenes anymore. We need to be like sports fans: Stick and root for your team whether they win or lose. That what real fans do. You can’t please everyone all of the time. I’m sticking with GH.

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  26. dmr says:

    I love Maura West; therefore, I love Ava Jerome. Maura just owns the room when she enters it and I loved the episode. I thought it was really interesting and I loved how it involved so many characters, and the young girl who played Avery really spooked me at the end!

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  27. Max Daddee says:

    Unimpressed with how the writers crafted this one. Seemed like filler that could be shown on a holiday. Poor writing seems to lead the way at GH these days. Writing out Genie Francis is a huge mistake.

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