General Hospital blog - November, 2018

November 1st, 2018

Laura insists that the Floating Rib mental-health fundraiser/harvest festival isn't a campaign event, and she doesn't even think she has a chance to win the election, since she joined the race so late. Ned and Olivia show up to the event and he starts making promises about mental-health advocacy and matching donations from the fundraiser. Carly brings up Ferncliff, so Ned offers to put her and Laura on a taskforce to work toward accountability and stuff. Just as Ned is making himself look awesome, Alexis reveals that Laura's already polling at 28%. Laura steers the evening back to the fundraising/Halloween-y stuff, but the fun quickly ends when Carly kicks off apple-bobbing by finding Mary Pat's head in the apple barrel. Kim's ticked that Julian couldn't get through to Alexis about changing Oscar's mind, but Julian thinks they should spend Oscar's possible last months together instead of fighting. Drew feels the same way, inviting Oscar on a trip to see a meteor shower. Oscar thinks he's trying to get him out of town at the time of the trial, so he can't continue his fight for emancipation. Drew promises he didn't have ulterior motives and emotionally tells Oscar that he and Scout are all he has. Josslyn and Cameron are about two minutes away from being a real couple. Since Ava and Carly can't use their inside voices while bickering, Ryan is able to glean some information that helps him look like he supports Ava. Valentin almost wears Nina down for some romance, but she stops herself from putting herself in a position to get hurt again. Carly brings up the mystery patient again, and Ryan tells her to drop it already.

Ryan Chamberlain, the woke serial killer.

I figured Mary Pat's body was on the docks, but as soon as they brought out the barrel, I knew what was going on. At least it's better than having Josslyn and Cameron find her body.

Next I expect Ryan to try to kill Ava and frame Carly.

Please, please, please, can't the trial start before December 1st? I can't take another entire month of Kim whining.

[Insert Oscar the Grouch joke here.]

November 2nd, 2018

Ryan has spent the night hiding out, resurfacing to give the police his statement about Mary Pat. He mentions Carly's hatred toward her, and though Laura defends Carly's justifiable anger, Kevin makes a good case for her being a killer. He leaves, allegedly to go to work, but Laura almost catches him returning a hook (the murder weapon) to a crate on the docks. She asks if he's trying to avoid her, and he tells her he's decided he doesn't love her as much as he'd thought, so their marriage is over. Ava finds Mary Pat's body (topped by a pumpkin head) in her gallery, just moments before Nina arrives to tell her to stop talking to Sasha. The police have nothing to tie Ava to Mary Pat, but Chase does find blond hairs on the body. Carly's deeply shaken from finding Mary Pat's head, but not so shaken that she can't defend both herself and Sonny from Jordan's suspicions that they were responsible for the murder. Nina continues to try to keep her distance from Valentin, making sure Kiki, Sasha, and Griffin know that nothing happened when she spent the night at Wyndemere. Valentin summons Sasha to tell her that, in contrast to what he's said until now, he doesn't want her to stick around. The longer she stays in town, the more likely Nina is to find out the truth: Sasha isn't really her daughter. Griffin feels bad that he's the cause of Kiki and Ava's problems, but Kiki would rather have him than her mother, so she's not that concerned. Scott thinks Kevin's therapeutic methods (according to Ava) are suspect.

Ryan could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he'd dumped Laura sooner

Whoever wins the election needs to install more surveillance cameras around town.

I KNEW Sasha was a scammer. The whole thing happened too fast. So does this mean Kiki's still in the running to be Nina's daughter?

How does participating in the documentary help Felicia? Whatever – shut up, Scott.

November 5th, 2018

In light of the impending end of her marriage, Laura decides to stop campaigning, even though it's already Election Day. Lulu gives her a great pep talk and gets her in shape to make a public appearance as if nothing's wrong. Spencer eavesdrops on them, then tears into Ryan when he runs into him with Ava (because, by the way, Ryan totally wants Ava). He tells Ryan he's soulless and disloyal, and he and Ava deserve each other. Then he does something with a flash drive at the polling place, so I don't know what's up with that kid. Sonny offers Margaux a deal, promising to leave her alone if she leaves him and his family alone. Margaux won't accept, so he tells her he has proof that Jeanette had her husband killed because she was having an affair with Scully. Jason offers Carly support to get through her latest trauma, but draws the line at letting her find a way to get back into Ferncliff to look into the mystery patient. Somehow, he'll take care of looking into that himself. Curtis and Jordan go over Mary Pat's case, considering the sort of person who would/could decapitate someone.

Did Spencer just rig another election?

If Ava hooks up with Ryan, she's going to end up with a wrecked face again, courtesy of Laura and Lulu.

You can tell Laura and Lulu are related because they have the same "you will listen to me, child" look.

Ava's just allowed to hang out in a crime scene?

November 6th, 2018

Curtis notices some hijinks at his polling place and brings them to Jordan's attention. Spencer has infected the computer system with a virus, and since no one can be sure if votes entered before that were valid, the election has to be postponed. It's not clear if this was part of his plan, but that'll allow more time for Laura to gain support. Ned, Laura, and Jordan make public statements vowing to bring the hacker to justice. Anna's plan to draw out Obrecht involves making it look like Britt is sick. Brad gets recruited to help with the plan, which means he now has someone else to spill the beans to about "Wiley." Michael understands why Lucas doesn't want Julian in his life, but he's sad that Lucas doesn't get to have his father around while he's starting out as a parent himself. Lucas seems disappointed as well, and though he can't have Julian around the baby because he promised the birth mother he wouldn't, he's willing to fit Julian into his own life. Chase and Willow are basically buddies now, and Lulu is all for the possibility of them going out. She encourages Chase to ask Willow out before someone else can. Five seconds later, Willow encounters the third side of this potential love triangle: Michael. They don't let on to Lulu that they met at the grief support group, and after some initial awkwardness about it, they start hitting it off. Spencer still hates Charlotte, which is a really bad look for him, because she's not the one who killed your father, dude.

The Cassadines are Russian, so technically, the election was hacked by Russians.

"Get out. I have a beheading to solve." Just another day at the PCPD.

"How can you not trust me?" Britt. Britt, I...I just...I'm speechless. I wish you were, too.

God bless Finn, who continues to be the best part of every scene he's in.

Willow didn't even blink at the news that Michael is Lulu's "cousin/brother-in-law," so she's going to fit in well in this town.

November 7th, 2018

Carly objects to Jason's plan to have Curtis pose as a rep from a security firm and distract Ferncliff staff while Jason and Sam break in to find the mystery patient. The three convince her that the plan will work, and they're right (though I'm about 99 percent sure Kevin isn't in the room when Jason and Sam gain entrance). It's Nikolas' birthday, so Spencer mentions him a dozen times. Britt also mentions him while trying to convince Brad that the baby swap will work out better than her scheme with Rocco did. She even gets him to believe that the baby's better off with him and Lucas because being related to Sonny would put him in danger. Britt and Spencer reunite and both lament that things are so different from they were back when Britt was lying to everyone and passing Rocco off as her own. Bobbie finds a spoon Michael got for Jonah and accidentally gave to "Wiley." He's grateful to have it back but assures her that he's found a way to deal with his grief. Then she tries to encourage him to give Francesca another shot. Laura's about to talk to Ryan about how there's a third person in their marriage when Carly interrupts to say something about Ferncliff that I missed because of a news break. Nina and Maxie agree that they have a problem staying away from the men they most need to stay away from. For some reason, Nina thinks the solution is to invite Peter to attend Jordan and Curtis' wedding with her. Lulu worries that her articles about Ryan inspired Mary Pat's murder.

Nikolas was mentioned more in this episode than in the entire past year. Time for my periodic reminder that I've never been convinced that he's really dead.

Britt: "Congratulations, you've completely rendered me speechless." Brad, teach me your ways!

Also, stop taking advice from Britt "Possession Is 9/10ths of the Law" Westbourne.

Are we looking at a Chase/Willow/Michael/Francesca love square or something?

Yes, Nina, it's not Maxie's business that you spent the night at Wyndemere, but it IS your business that Peter and Maxie hung out.\

Lulu doesn't think it would be a conflict of interest for her to write about Britt? Uh-huh.

November 8th, 2018

Margaux's so eager to find out the truth about Marino's death that she's willing to team up with Sonny. He wears a wire and goes to visit Jeanette in hopes of getting her to admit that she put a hit out on her husband. It doesn't quite work, but Margaux hears enough to believe her mother's hiding something. Kevin's room is now occupied by Nelle, who's managed to fake-crazy her way out of Pentonville by pretending she thinks Jonah's still alive. Jason: "Carly did this, too, and she was better at it." He and Sam get Nelle to admit that she's trying different things so she'll one day get out and be able to destroy Carly's life even further. The head nurse overhears and realizes she's faking. Now Sam and Jason think they're dealing with a conspiracy – someone moved the mystery patient and put Nelle in his place, which can't be a coincidence. Jordan and Chase go to Franco about Mary Pat's murder, not because he's a suspect but because they need his insights as a former serial killer. Franco thinks Mary Pat's murder was just the beginning of the killer's crimes, and that the killer is probably hiding in plain sight and is someone they wouldn't suspect. Hilariously, he keeps advising them to talk to Kevin for more profiling help. But before they can do that, they go to see Carly, since forensics has found her DNA on Mary Pat's body. Kim wants to tell Josslyn about Oscar's illness so she'll talk him into getting treatment. When she goes to see Josslyn, Carly advises her to respect Oscar's wishes and stay out of whatever's going on. Kim realizes that Josslyn has seemingly moved on with Cam and decides not to get her involved. Daisy helps Oscar deal with a headache, and gives Kristina a book that she says will explain her meditation practices, or whatever. That plus her constant mentions of her housemates makes me really suspicious.

Ugh, aren't we done with Nelle?

I love that Curtis is basically being completely honest and "pretending" he could be an impostor. If he got caught, he could just say, "Well, it's your fault for not having better security."

Franco ate a Fudgesicle – drink!

Yeah, Daisy's totally in a cult, and Kristina's totally going to join it, probably accidentally. It would be just like Kristina to get involved with a cult and not know it, wouldn't it?

November 9th, 2018

Jeanette admits that she got Scully to kill Marino, but she and Scully didn't stay together because there was no one to pin Marino's murder on, since his body was gone. (I don't know.) Thanks to Sonny's wire, the confession is on tape. Margaux's furious and kicks her mother out of her own house so she can drink and read the incriminating letters. Ava spells out her revenge scheme to Ryan, who tells her he can no longer be her therapist because he can't be objective anymore. Her plan might be over before it starts, though, since Kiki catches Sasha hitting on Griffin and alarms go off in her head. Carly and Diane tell the police how crazy it would be to suspect Carly of Mary Pat's murder. Jordan and Chase actually agree, revealing that they think someone's setting Carly up. Carly points the finger at Ava, thinking she's playing a long game to get Avery back. Nina hires Sasha at Crimson, then introduces her to Franco. The exes are pleased that they're both happy, though neither seems that confident that it'll last. The writers haven't found anything interesting for Terry to do, so she and Elizabeth do some recapping for us.

Sonny: (blows up Margaux's life) "So I'm gonna go now..."

If only I cared about Margaux, her plot might have some effect on me.

I didn't know it was possible, but Ava's even more twisted than I thought. "I'm going to get my daughter's boyfriend to cheat on her, like I think he did to me, even though we were on a break at the time, and obviously she'll run to me for comfort, and then we can reunite, even though I'll have been responsible for her pain. It's foolproof!"

Looks like Ryan has two empty spots on his list of victims. Does he take requests?

Way to take half an hour to tell Carly she's not actually a suspect, Jordan and Chase.

November 12th, 2018

Sonny falls asleep at Jeanette's and dreams that Mike stopped him from killing Marino, sending his life in a completely different direction. He's a police sergeant who's married to Olivia and living in Brooklyn, while Dante (who's married to Sam, somehow) lives in Port Charles. The Jeromes run the mob there, Jason's their enforcer (and Ava's boyfriend), and Dante's an eager lower-level employee who's secretly turning them in to the DEA via Jordan. He and Sonny don't get along because in this world, Dante is an ambitious jerk. Anna's the commissioner but not doing much in her role, and Alexis is the DA but is only allowed to do exposition. Sonny pleads with the Jeromes to cut Dante free, because I guess this version of Sonny isn't that bright. He meets Carly, who's married to A.J., drinking to cope with her miserable life, and upset with the Jeromes for somehow running Michael out of town. They get busted, and Dante tells Sam they're going to make a move to take over the organization. She thinks this is their chance to flee and be safe, but Dante wants power, so he cuts her loose. He lures Jason to the docks and shoots him, trying to get rid of the one person standing between him and power. Sonny tries to stop him from finishing Jason off and accidentally shoots him, prompting some January 2010 déjà vu in the form of Olivia yelling that Sonny shot his own son. Sonny's dream returns him to 1985, and this time he stops Mike from stopping him from killing Marino, since his decisions are his own to make, no matter where they lead him.

When I first heard about this episode, I figured it would be dumb, but the more I thought about it, the more interesting it sounded. To be honest, though, I didn't care much about what Sonny's life would have been like if he hadn't mobbed up. I wanted to know about the domino effect and what other people in his life would be like.

Too bad the center of his episode was someone who's not on anymore because they haven't let him do anything this interesting for the past two years.

Why wouldn't Michael be under Jason's protection in this alternate universe?

Strange that Sonny thinks he would be with Olivia, not Connie.

At first I thought Dante and Sam would be the weirdest alternate-universe couple. Then came Jason and Ava.

Oh, freaking A – if Sonny weren't in the mob, Robin would be dead?

Yeah, no way Carly would have stayed with A.J. just because she didn't have Sonny to fall for.

Was alterna-Julian not alterna-Sam's father? It didn't seem like it.

November 13th, 2018

Margaux and Sonny's temporary peace is already over, since he thinks she was involved in the decision to question Carly about Mary Pat's murder. When they get back to Port Charles, Sonny tells Carly and Jason everything that happened, and says he thinks he's off the hook for everything. Carly, however, thinks Margaux will take out her anger at her mother on him, and will find something else to bust him for. Meanwhile, Jordan tells Margaux that she'll have to decide if she wants to turn in her mother to get justice for her father. Cameron offers to take a step back from his and Josslyn's fake relationship while she's dealing with Carly's issues. Josslyn wants to keep it up, so when they run into Oscar, Cam says they're together. Monica finds out about Oscar's lawsuit and tells Kim that Emily also declined cancer treatment, but changed her mind when a loved one talked her into it. Somehow this leads to Drew and Kim discussing the flash drive, and how Drew feels like a hypocrite because he's making Oscar do something to improve his life while refusing to do the same for himself. But he's not going to get the flash drive, so it doesn't matter. Carly, Jason, Curtis, and Jordan discuss Mary Pat's murder, trying to figure out how framing Carly fits into it. Alexis lets Oscar know that being independent means doing a lot of boring adult stuff. Julian thinks she's using this as a way to subtly show him that he's making the wrong decision. Okay, Mike, you have a week to change Stella's mind about going to the wedding.

"Killing Marino wasn't my choice." did it. It doesn't matter that it wasn't your idea. The whole point of the dream was that Sonny made the decision to kill, and set this life in motion. "It was my boss' idea" won't hold up in court.

Does Drew not talk to Monica, even though they live together? How did she not know about the trial?

Was Zander the one who convinced Emily to get treatment for her cancer? I can't remember if it was him or Nikolas. If it was Zander, then cutting to Cam right after Monica mentioned him was a nice little wink.

If Julian says "cortado" one more time, I'm going to lose my mind.

November 14th, 2018

All the Aiden-related angst finally gets to Elizabeth, and she takes it out on him. She confides to Laura that she feels like a failure as a mother and isn't sure how to fix things. Laura encourages her to talk to Lucky, but just as Elizabeth is about to call him, Willow calls to tell her they need to talk again. (Hopefully about Charlotte, because it's becoming pretty clear that she's the reason Aiden's acting weird.) Lulu, Stella, Michael, Chase, and Finn all do presentations for Charlotte and Aiden's class' Career Day. Finn gets off to a rough start when Franco randomly sends him to the wrong classroom, making him late. Then Finn has to sit through presentations that are much better than his, since they include costumes, science experiments, and dogs. Chase gives Finn a hand at working through his nerves by suggesting that he talk about the time he saved Tracy from brain worms. But they run out of time, and now none of those kids is going to want to be a doctor, I guess. Finn's day then takes an even more bizarre turn when Curtis gives him some big news: He heard from Hayden. Anna tells Peter that Britt is horribly sick, and also he and Lulu are allowed to write about her in the paper now, not that there's a connection there, of course. Peter catches on that she wants him to plant a fake story for some reason, and he's not about to do anything to help her. Chase subtly flirts with Willow, then asks for her number to give to Finn so he can set up a repeat performance in the classroom. Finally he just admits he wants to call her. She's willing to go on a date, so...sorry, Michael. Valentin tells Sasha again that she should leave town before anyone busts them. Sasha thinks they're in the clear since they're the only two people who know she's not really Nina's daughter. Maxie bugs Peter about whether he's going to the wedding with Nina, while Curtis bugs Nina about why she hasn't RSVP'd yet. It becomes a moot point when she agrees to be his best person in Drew's place, so her attendance is guaranteed. Peter agrees to go with Nina, which of course makes Valentin jealous. Curtis thinks Nina and Sasha are rushing things. Scott thinks Franco should turn to him for parental advice, even though Scott raised exactly one of his children and has no experience with what Elizabeth and Franco are going through with Aiden. Franco admits that he wants to solve everything so Elizabeth will see him as an adequate parent.

Hey, when did Charlotte become a jerk?

Franco messed with Finn because...?

Yooooo, Hayden follow-on! Awesome!

Is it just me or does Chase get more adorable every time he's gone?

Willow gets 200 cool points for saying she'll go out with Chase if he brings Thor.

Maxie, please tell Peter about how you were also abandoned by your mother, but you got over it.

What's wrong with Scott? There was a bowl full of apples, but he ate a bagel instead!

November 15th, 2018

Willow tells Elizabeth and Franco that Aiden's being bullied, but she won't name the bully. She gives them some ideas for helping Aiden, not wanting to get the bully's parents involved just yet. Franco doesn't like her tactics and is totally ready to throw down with whoever needs to be thrown down with. Carly is officially cleared of Mary Pat's murder, so that's one problem solved. The other problem, of course, is still Margaux, whom Sonny feels bad for, since her mom had her dad murdered and all. Carly has no patience for that and tells him to get her to back off. Jordan wants Ryan's help profiling Mary Pat's killer, which he sees as a great opportunity to know where the investigation is going so he can stay a step ahead. Finn is in no rush to read the letter Hayden sent him, since he's past their relationship and happy with Anna. This means he probably won't take her up on her invitation to meet her in Rome so they can follow up on some "unfinished business." Franco tells Ryan he wants to solve Mary Pat's murder, but Ryan tells him that could jeopardize all the hard work he's done to become normal. Margaux bugs Drew about having honor and following a code and stuff, then taunts that he must not remember that part of being in the Navy. He tells her definitively that he's not taking her deal. He then makes up for missing Curtis' wedding (seriously, why can't he spare, like, an hour for it?) by paying for the honeymoon.

Can't wait for the eventual Franco/Valentin face-off. I would have no idea who to root for, though.

Carly: "It's worse than I thought." What, Margaux's annoyingness? Yeah, I know.

I haven't heard anything about Rebecca Budig coming back, so I don't expect that to go anywhere.

(Regina George voice) Franco, stop trying to make "Trick-or-Treat Murder" happen. It's not going to happen.

November 16th, 2018

Willow brings in Lulu and Valentin for a parent/teacher conference about Charlotte's bullying. Nina invites herself along and grows more and more indignant about the possibility that Charlotte isn't a little angel all the time. She even questions Willow's qualifications for getting involved, since she doesn't have children. Valentin and Lulu kick her out, since they think Willow's concerns are valid and want to take her recommendations. Later, Valentin tells Nina that he appreciates her defense of Charlotte, though I'm not sure if he's really okay with her behavior or if he's just using the opportunity as another way to try to win her back. Kiki confronts Sasha for hitting on Griffin, and first Sasha says that she thought they were just having a casual thing, like Ava said. Then she criticizes Kiki for having trust issues because of Griffin and Ava's relationship. The two make up and agree to forget it, but Kiki still wants Sasha to move out. Ava chats with Ryan, who offers her some pills after sensing that she's having trouble sleeping. Sasha yells at Ava for using her to break up Kiki and Griffin, so Ava decides to get revenge by drugging her with the pills. Sonny warns Margaux not to keep digging into Marino's murder, since she's just going to keep uncovering painful things. She takes exactly the wrong tack, asking what he would want Avery to do if he were in Marino's place and she were in Margaux's. Sonny says he hopes that Avery would leave her father's death behind her and have a happy, meaningful life. Sam and Jason tell Michael that Nelle faked her way into Ferncliff and declared continued revenge on Carly. Michael's pretty unconcerned, as he's ready to leave Nelle and his guilt connected to her behind. As another step forward, he pays Willow a visit. Franco starts art therapy with Aiden, who draws himself much smaller than his brothers and talks about how he likes that his family's nice to him. Sam and Jason are going to hang out on Thanksgiving, yay!

Willow has handled this whole Charlotte/Aiden thing really well, especially considering some of the...more difficult personalities involved here. On the other side, Lulu and Valentin impressed me by believing her and agreeing to handle things the way she suggested. They could have easily sided with Nina and said Charlotte couldn't have done anything wrong.

Also, did I share my Willow theory? I think she's Wiley's birth mother.

I'm waiting for Lulu and Elizabeth to arrange a play date for Charlotte and Aiden.

Fun fact: If Ava hooked up with Ryan, he would be the third serial killer she's slept with (at least).

What's the point of drugging Sasha? They're just sleeping pills, right? Well, as far as Ava knows. It's entirely possible that she just accidentally killed Sasha.

I need Griffin to get his job back so Kiki will stop asking when he's getting his job back.

Franco ate something – drink!

The Wyndham's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Gag.

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