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General Hospital Recap: Dante and Nathan show their not so good sides, Crazy returns to Port Charles


When you’re good to mama, mama’s good to you

I never thought Port Charles would be lacking in the crazy department, but this last month we really were going through a dry spell! No Ava Jerome, no Franco, no Nina Clay – not even a Heather Webber cameo! On the last day of the week, we were thankfully blessed with every single one of these loony characters and wow, was it refreshing after so much dizzying back and forth with mobs this and mobs that. Ava resurfaced in Pentonville after having a nightmare of her daughter Kiki commandeering her baby sister Avery as if she were the parent. Unfortunately, it’s hard to feel sympathy for Ava after every stunt she’s pulled, but it’s extremely enjoyable watching her literally beg through her eyes for that attention. She wouldn’t be getting any sympathy from Madeline Reeves however. In prison garbs but in fabulous layers of makeup and a freshly cropped blowout, Madeline appeared in Ava’s doorway to torment her about her dreams, expertly shifting the blame that Ava threw her way onto her daughter Nina Reeves too. Apparently, it was practice for her upcoming trial which she vows to throw by claiming that any of her criminal actions were all made under threats from her wacky daughter – which is actually about 75% of the truth.

When the guard returns and Madeline leaves, he surprises Ava by cornering her with a knife! Terrified for her life (especially after finally feeling some semblance of safety after months), she’s got nowhere to hide until the guards is called to an emergency in another ward. Whoever sent the dirty cop truly wants the job done as he only leaves Ava’s cell after promising to come back for her. Though you can’t really feel sorry for someone who put themselves in this place, it’s still fun to root for Ava! Whenever someone backs her into a corner, she always finds the most interesting way out of it. Her only issue is that it’s usually deadly and probably unnecessarily so! Just watch out, her defense mechanisms are set to high!

Screenshot 2015-01-23 23.13.16Meanwhile across town, Nina Reeves is getting on surprisingly well with Heather Webber at the sanatorium. We see the two of them innocently playing Battleship making them almost seem sane rather than detached from reality. As one would expect, they begin to bond almost immediately, especially when Nina begins to gush about Franco being the only person who hasn’t betrayed her and how he has helped her through so much. It’s clear she misses him. He misses her too because we’re also treated to Franco threatening Sonny Corinthos to get access to his contraband phone so he can get in touch with Nina. Though they both are crazy in their own ways, their dependency on each other feels like the only normal thing they’ve got going and that’s kind of beautiful. They’re not desperate for each other but they know they just function best by the other’s side. Heather, who had been betrayed by her son during his big Halloween scheme, perked up when Nina mentioned his name but played it off as if she was just a passing fan of his art and not his birth mother. It’s apparent that she’s scheming up something new after Nina just lets out a landslide of feelings, listing out her mother Madeline’s misdeeds against her, her husband’s crimes of passions and the mistress that kicked it all off; Heather just wants to help Nina through this difficult experience she’s found herself in. To culminate some already creepy scenes, we end with Heather a.k.a. Diana Taylor, cradling the grown woman in her arms, cooing her into placidity while vowing to become her new mother on the inside. Talk about wild!

Heather Webber doesn’t breathe without having a motive behind it but just what could she be after? Would she possibly hurt Nina to indirectly hurt Franco for turning against her or will Nina become a conditioned weapon for one of her big schemes? You’d think that the Port Charles medical community would understand that putting their mentally ill patients in the same vicinity only equates into bizarre, wild umbrella storylines. To me, the reintroduction of these characters feels like it’s almost time to say goodbye to the Fluke saga. Finally.

Once again, these recaps are not blow for blow recaps and contain my own feelings toward the storylines this week. Use my points to kick off a conversation! Comment or tweet me if you agree or disagree with me, I want to know what the readers have to say. Your input is what makes this all the most fun. See you next week!

Coryon Gray
Coryon Gray joined TV Source Magazine as a staff writer in October 2014. Prior to TV Source Magazine, he's written for and moderated Asian entertainment blogs and forums. On top of writing duties, Coryon is also a panelist for the TV Source Podcast, Soap Countdown Podcast and Our Take Media.

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