Abby puts Michael at ease. (Soaps.com)

“General Hospital” weekly rundown for March 28 – April 1:

Port Charles continued to grieve the loss of Jake, as Luke continued to deny he had a drinking problem. Last week gave us more intense performances as this story played out, but I took issue with a few things as well. Let’s break it all down.

Denial.

If you watched the show last week, you know how amazing the scenes between Lucky and Luke were, as Lucky confronted Luke about killing his son after having too much to drink. If nothing else, this storyline has given us some compelling stuff. I also really loved the scene between Luke and Tracy. She assured him she would stick by his side, as his devoted, loving wife, but she wouldn’t let him slide on the alcohol issue. After years of being a functional drunk, Luke has to truly face his demons on this one, but he refuses to even consider he might have a problem. I find it all pretty interesting that the story of Jake’s death is turning into a story about Luke and his denial. I’m anxious to see where it will go from here.

There was one person who didn’t blame Luke though, as Elizabeth assumed the blame herself for not paying close enough attention to Jake. I agree she shouldn’t have let him play by the open front door, but I would have expected a grieving mother to lash out at the person responsible for running over her 4-year-old son, not immediately absolve him of any responsibility. Maybe she’s in denial too.