Usually when we name an outstanding performance, or as we dub it, On-Air On-Soaps Power Performance of the Week, it is usually reserved to single out one, or possibly two, standout performances on your favorite soaps.
However, this past week General Hospital’s riveting November Sweeps storylines provided opportunities for so many in the A-list cast to deliver stunning moments of heartbreak, betrayal, madness and mayhem, that they truly deserve recognition and a huge rousing round of applause.
For starters, there was Maura West (Ava Jerome). In an incredible rollercoaster ride, Ava is drugged against her will by Nina (Michelle Stafford), and her newborn baby taken from her with an assist from Madeline (Donna Mills). Later, Sonny (Maurice Benard) shows up ready to finally end Ava’s life for taking Connie’s. Now Ava has to try to talk her way out of that one! And lo and behold, after trying to get Michael (Chad Duell) who has shown up at the brownstone to kill Sonny, she escapes Sonny’s bullet by Michael telling her to leave! Maura once again showed her acting brilliance throughout.
Michelle Stafford (Nina) can play twisted, vengeful, and troubled like no other as Nina perpetrated one of the most despicable acts seen on the soaps!
As Nina is teetering on the edge of some altered-reality/fantasy state, she somehow thinks the little girl she has kidnapped from Ava’s is her baby with Silas (Michael Easton)! And then there was that little phone call with Franco (Roger Howarth), which touched upon that underneath it all there may be some humanity in this batty chick, after all!
Chad Duell (Michael) clearly had some Emmy-worthy material (as did so many others) doing some of his finest work to date, as Michael finally learned the devastating truth that Sonny killed his bio-dad AJ Quartermaine, and that his mother Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny have been having sex … literally in Michael’s apartment! This was all thanks to Franco’s revenge-filled wedding video disaster! After being blown away by all the lies his parents told him, Michael heads to the brownstone to find Sonny with gun in tow. Once face-to-face, Michael has the showdown with Sonny we have all been waiting for. Duell made the payoff of the long-awaited confrontation memorable, and it still will continue as it was Friday’s cliffhanger!
As for Maurice Benard (Sonny… what can you say? The guy is always good! Even though Ava admitted to Sonny that Nina took her baby – the one that could be Sonny’s or his son Morgan’s – he was still going to shoot her for killing Connie: “An eye for an eye!” Maurice also had powerful scenes with Morgan (Bryan Craig) earlier in the week when he explains the details of shooting AJ! But in the final moments on Friday, Sonny is in a weakened position as Michael relentlessly lays into him for his lies about killing AJ, and screwing Ava on the Quartermaine Crypts. We can’t wait to see Maurice on Monday’s episode!
And then there was the tour de force performance by Roger Howarth (Franco)! How many of us in the audience watched this with great delight, as he went from busting Carly and Sonny in front of Michael and the wedding guests by showing the footage of Sonny admitting he killed AJ! Later on, it got even more juicy with Howarth’s showdown scenes with Laura Wright over Carly’s betrayal. Still later, there was Franco turning the tables on his own loony-tunes mother Heather (Robin Mattson). Yet when all the revenge was completed, there was also a “moment of connection” with Nina when Franco made the phone call to her after the despicable mess he had caused. It was all Roger at his best!
Laura Wright reminded us again why she is one of the best in the genre! We had Carly owning up to her affair to Sonny at her wedding after it was exposed via the “eye cam”, while later telling Franco he was a “freak”, and playing the heartbroken and devastated mama bear after protecting Michael with cover-up after cover-up! It all came out in the open … thanks to Franco. Now her son never wants anything to do with her. Later, Carly is in for a shock of her life when she ends up locked up with Heather, Shawn (Sean Blakemore) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine).
And there were still many more morsels from the cast! Finola Hughes played Anna’s conflict and devastation that Duke (Ian Buchanan) lied to her with his alibi for Sonny to the hilt. Robin Mattson as whacked-out Heather Webber was entertaining as usual and a key pawn in Franco’s plans! Bryan Craig played Morgan’s scenes with Sonny with high intensity. And what can you say about Donna Mills (Madeline)? She can play a steely conniving witch like no other!
So much great material to play, and so many dramatic and fascinating performances from the cast of GH. So, without question this week’s Power Performance of the Week has to go to this ensemble cast of General Hospital! It was must-see TV and must-see acting at its genre-best!
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