Elizabeth Owning Esme Was Pure Gold — and Robert’s Trap Made for a Good Friday Cliffhanger on General Hospital
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After last week’s amazing episodes of General Hospital, this week felt a little scattered. Dex and Joss continued to burn up the screen, literally with his fever. Both Gladys and Nina’s characters feel like they are going backward. Elizabeth won the week with her masterfully owning Esme. Finally, Friday’s episode up the action and gave us a good confrontational cliffhanger.
Holly’s Raising Suspicions
Laura’s suspicions about Holly finally started to rub off on Robert, who seems to be taking his rose-tinted glasses off where his ex is concerned. It really came as no surprise that Holly was the one who shot Lucy and framed Anna, wearing an Anna mask no less. And while Days of Our Lives is notorious for using such masks, Faison and Obrecht have a history of using them as well. Watching Holly once again betray Anna by revealing to Victor, and later agent Whitten, where Anna was hiding was heartbreaking to watch. This is eating Holly up, and Emma Samms is fabulous at portraying the conflict in Holly. However Robert came out on top and brilliantly set Holly up, delivering a fake safe house address, and now knows Holly has been working for Victor. I can’t wait for Monday and to see how she explains herself.
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As for Lucy, we know she’s not dead, and I’m surprised no one has thought to go scout out Cassadine Island at this point. My guess is not only is Lucy there, but whoever Victor is holding over Holly’s head. In last week’s column, I really hoped Victor has Luke hostage, but it could just as well be Ethan.
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Jeff made his way to Port Charles to try and talk to Elizabeth, but Carolyn stayed home. Why? Is she allergic to the water in town or something? Finn decking Jeff was great, and Jeff’s explanation that Reiko was lonely and that’s why she cheated seemed like a bunch of BS. It took some balls for Jeff to actually ask Elizabeth to give him another chance to get to know her. And Liz walking out on Finn when Nikolas beckoned her, without an explanation, was a palm-to-forehead moment. They’re becoming another Chase and BLQ, with the show just throwing out obstacles left and right for them. Frankly, it might be time for both of them to call it quits. Bring back Hayden for Finn, and then do something to Austin’s character to put his life on the line. Then bring Andre Maddox back and reveal he’s got a flash drive of Franco’s memories, and they can save Austin by putting them into his brain.
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Esme Got Played
It was pretty obvious from the get-go that Esme was faking being in some kind of pregnancy distress. Still, Elizabeth saying she was going to have to perform a c-section without anesthesia was a great way to put the fear of God into Esme. It was glorious to watch Esme scream, “Get your paws off me and my baby!” However, I’m not liking Nikolas pulling Elizabeth into his scheme, because he’s right and she’s now an accessory to his crimes. Then again, Esme is such a liar, would anyone believe her if she told the cops he held her prisoner? And if we are supposed to start feeling some kind of sympathy for Esme as her maternal instincts and emotions kick in, well I’ve gone none to offer her!
Greedy Gladys and Nosy Nina
I had really come to like Gladys’ character and her personal growth since Liam and Brando’s deaths. Now I’m feeling a bit betrayed as she regresses. Sadly as Sonny put it, underneath it all, Gladys is still Gladys. Now she’s going to do what, gamble Sasha’s money away playing poker in Ms. Wu’s secret games? Given all of Mike’s problems with gambling, this seems like the one thing Gladys wouldn’t do.
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A good portion of the audience already doesn’t like Nina, and now the writers seem hell-bent on making everyone hate her. Nina needs to stop running and telling people other people’s business, otherwise, she really will lose Sonny. I hope her vow to stay out of other people’s business was sincere and that she sticks to it because watching her be her own worst enemy is tiring.
Nurse Joss to the Rescue
Last week I joked about all the situations Joss and Dex have found themselves in where he’s shirtless. After coming down with an infection, Joss was forced to nurse the mostly naked Dex except for his tight black undies back to health. That of course meant giving him a bed bath with a cool cloth. Delirious Dex calling her his beautiful guardian angel was sweet. And even if he won’t remember it, as Joss noted with a big smile, she would. It’s so clear that they’re going to end up together and break Cam’s heart. I hope Joss has learned from her parents’ mistakes and will break up with Cam before anything happens between them. But this is a soap, and we know that won’t happen!
A Visit to Pentonville
Trina’s visit to Pentonville to see Spencer was touching and gives hope that they can have a relationship once he gets out. Spencer’s not being forthcoming about his real feelings for Trina shows he’s still on some level trying to protect her and let her go on with her life and be happy. However, that’s also the thinking that got him into trouble in the first place. Esme mentioned to Nikolas that Spencer was going to be soon, and it would be nice to see a Sprina reunion for the holidays.
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Britt’s Illness and Cody’s past
Watching Britt’s Huntington’s Disease progress so quickly is hard to watch, especially with the holidays upon us. Why they had to give her an actual real disease is beyond me because there is no cure for it. If they just made up a disease, then they could eventually have had Finn discover a cure as he did for Blackwood’s Syndrome.
Cody continued to show he was not a completely heartless ass in realizing something was wrong with Britt and seems genuinely concerned about her. Still, he lied to Mac, who is in a world of pain right now, so he’s not getting a pass until he sets everything right. He also went and tipped Sam off about something in Dante’s past, which likely is what Cody took the fall for and is in his juvenile arrest record that Spinelli dug up. I’m still not a fan of Sam and Dante as a couple, but this could be a good story if it’s written well.
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That’s all I have for this week General Hospital fans. As always these are my opinions alone and love reading yours in the comments.
Before you go, check out this gallery of Days of Our Lives stars honoring John Aniston.
<p>“John, you were my mentor and acting partner. You taught me without having to say a word. You were a father figure who I tried to make proud. John, I feel so grateful and honored to have known you, laughed with you and called you my friend. RIP.”</p>
<p>“Rest in peace, John. It was an honor knowing you and working with you. Thank you, for always being so kind and for always making me laugh. You will be greatly missed.”</p>
<p>“A tall tree has fallen in the forest of imagination, where we wander in memory for the pleasure of recalling moments and people we love. For the cast crew and numberless fans of John Aniston, sometimes Victor Kiriakis, he will always be there, with a hero’s handsome good looks and a villain’s scathing wit!” <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck8qSLjJAmP/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=dbb450d5-f529-4e89-b0f1-df07a9323605" target="_blank">Read their full statement here.</a></p>
<p>“We’ve lost a dear man. John Aniston was as kindhearted and humble as he was gifted. John was a consummate actor; so relaxed, focused and committed. His power was in his easy-going attitude. You never saw the work, even in the days of cue cards — for which John was the master!” <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck-Hc88uxDd/" target="_blank">Read his entire statement here.</a> </p>
<p>“My heart is so full when I think of this wonderful man, John Aniston! I have nothing but incredible memories of a man who was so professional at his job and always walked in with the best jokes. No one could tell a joke like John! He taught me how to be a better actress. When I would get a note from a director that I didn’t understand at the time, John would say ‘Just act faster.’ Ha! It actually works!” <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck8tvkfJ4MS/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=fee3481e-bfd2-49af-a349-4a79cfd98b08" target="_blank">Read her full statement here.</a></p>
<p>“I am so happy to have had the chance to work with John Aniston,” says the Emmy winner, who has long since returned to her original soap role as Laura on <em>General Hospital</em>. “Such a wonderful man.”</p>
<p>“John, thank you for making me laugh <em>every</em> time I saw you (best joke teller ever), for always being playful and terrifically creative in our work and inspirational as a friend. What an extraordinary life you lived. I feel lucky and privileged to have known you. Rest in peace.”</p>
<p>“What a force this lovely man was. And the nicest, sweetest guy around. He was the master of this daytime art form, and all of us at <em>Days Of Lives</em> can’t imagine Salem without him. I know we will think and talk of John often in the days and months to come and Victor Kiriakis will live on forever in our fictional little town. We love you, John, rest in peace.”</p>
<p>“To know John was to love John. I feel incredibly lucky to have been working with this kind, funny, generous man for all these years. Always with a new joke, a sweet word of encouragement, or a much needed bear hug. John was a consummate professional and forever a classy guy. I will miss him terribly, but will always hold him close to my heart. Rest well, John. Thank you, for everything. And we’ll always ‘see you back in Salem.'”</p>
<p>“Rest in peace, John. It was an honor to work beside you and be your nephew. Kiriakis forever.”</p>
<p>“A great talent, and more importantly, a great man, has left this earth. John was always so incredbly kind. And funny. I was always uplifted when I was in his presence. There is going to be so much more laughter in the afterlife now. RIP, John.”</p>
<p>“It was such a pleasure getting to work with John Aniston! He will be missed! May he rest in peace!”</p>
<p>“I will miss this gentle giant so much. He reminded me that ‘work’ can be ‘play;’ and we are so damn lucky to do what we do. Thank you. Grandpa Vic for allowing me to play with you over the years.”</p>
<p>“John was funny and sharp and an inspiration to all of us. You always knew you were going to laugh a lot when you had scenes with him. Sending my love to his fans, friends and family.”</p>
<p>“This man taught me so much. The best joke teller in the world. A master actor. A great man. RIP.”</p>
<p>“Rest in peace, my favorite ‘frenemy,'” shares the actor, who has since joined <em>General Hospital</em> as a <em>different</em> Victor. “We had so many fun times, and laughs, whilst eagerly plotting each other’s downfall. You are loved and already missed by all of us.”</p>
<p>“I am so saddened by the loss of John Aniston. A veteran and consummate professional. He was such a delight to work with and gave me wonderful parting advice when I left <em>Days</em>. I adore you, sir.”</p>
<p>“I’m so grateful to have had the privilege and opportunity to have played opposite this legend on <em>Days of Our Lives</em> for a couple years in the role of Deimos Kiriakis, his/Victor’s bastard brother, and even more so to have begun my stint on the show performing my very first scenes in Salem alongside him. John couldn’t have been more gracious nor more giving towards me as the newbie on the show.” <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ck9P_7tyHnD/?utm_source=ig_embed&ig_rid=6602e289-51cf-4c60-9fdd-f542128b0a1f" target="_blank">Read the full message here.</a></p>
<p>“Thank you for sharing your quick wit and wordly wisdom with me, John. Your humor and heart will always live on in those who were touched by your presence.”</p>
<p>“Rest in peace, John. It was a pleasure working you. You were always so kind and made everyone around you laugh. You will be missed!!”</p>
<p>“[John Aniston was] a legend. Always had a kind, encouraging word or something funny to say if you ran into him at an awards show. What a huge career.”</p>
<p>“God bless you, John. Class, grace, and made me laugh a whole lot when I first got to Salem. You will be missed.”</p>
<p>“John Aniston was one of the kindest, most generous actors I’ve worked with. Such a gentleman. I loved sharing scenes with him and seeing his smiling face on set. He certainly made me feel at home on <em>Days</em> from day 1 and I appreciated him. Rest in peace, John.”</p>
<p>“John Aniston was my TV dad for over 3 years. I was nervous. He was kind. And so, so funny. He is missed.”</p>
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