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“GH” Rundown for the week of April 1-5:

“Imagine how many lives have been touched, how many stories have passed through this place in 50 years.” – Elizabeth Webber

Celebrating 50 years.
This week the 50 year anniversary celebrations continued in high gear. Compared to other major “GH” milestones, this particular year stood out in the way of great storylines that tastefully encapsulated 50 years of history into a short period of time. The writers were able to keep relevancy between the old and new happenings in Port Charles. As outlined by Patrick in his tribute to Steve Hardy during Audrey’s visit, these are the stories that “General Hospital” is known for and it is hard to find a better week of late where that legacy was honored as much as it was this week.

Stories of rivalries.
Port Charles abounded in rivalries from love rivalries to bitter family enemies. While Luke and Laura met their fate up against the evil Helena Cassadine, Carly’s willpower was tested when Jax announced his engagement to her rival, Brenda Barrett. It’s a sore spot for Carly and unfortunately she can never do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may without her intervention. We could revel in her correct assumptions that Brenda was just not into Jax though. The parallel scenes of Jax at Carly’s and Brenda at Sonny’s was just too much, but in a good way. The viewers knew it from heart but it was worth the wait to see it happen again. It didn’t go off without a hitch for Brenda. Sonny was impressive with his obligatory congratulations almost followed up with a “Don’t let the door hit you in the…”

Meanwhile Alan Quartermaine, Emily Cassadine and Rick Webber visited Tracy and Monica from wherever it is ghosts hang out. The haunting bit might have gotten too stale for viewers if not for the addition of Emily and Rick. Rick and Alan buried the hatchet and Emily persuaded longstanding rivals Tracy and Monica to make amends for Alan. The two hugged (awkward). Afterward Monica was sure there was something in Pickle-Lila making them delusional. It was a cleverly done nostalgic scene, the kind of thing you’d expect to happen at the Quartermaine’s.

Stories of love.
There was so much love this week that Felicia realized she had to make a choice and pick just one man. Carly had enough love for Jax that she didn’t want to sign the divorce papers again. Sonny had enough love to wait for both Connie and Kate, regardless of which one returned to him. Emily had enough love to tack on a visit to Nik from beyond. A whole bunch of people loved Robin so much that they resurrected the Nurses’ Ball. The only question fans have now is do Luke and Laura have enough love between them anymore to make it right?