General Hospital Recap: Nik, Liz and Hayden keep Jake’s secret, Anna mourns the loss of her lover

Loose cannons

Nikolas Casadine, Elizabeth Webber and Hayden Barnes (if that’s even your real name!) are all playing a very dangerous game with Jake’s life. All three of them know his true identity and all three have chosen to keep quiet about it for various selfish reasons: Nikolas wants to gain control of ELQ, Elizabeth wants Jake all to herself and Hayden is seemingly just out to cause a ruckus. The three of them are loose cannons all in their own rights which only means their shared secret will come out in a big way and only in a matter of time.

Hayden revealed herself to be the next new inhabitant at Wyndemere to Lulu Spencer-Falconeri and Valerie Spencer, surprising the two cousins. Nikolas had to come up with a thin story claiming he knew Hayden from his time in Europe and that they reconnected. Lulu barely buys the story but she has to leave to be by Olivia’s bed side before she can protest more. When she and Valerie head out, it leaves a smug Hayden alone with Nikolas, complaining about the self-righteousness that seems to run through Port Charles. Ironically, Liz a.k.a. the Queen of Sanctimony arrives soon after. She’s worried about Jake being named a suspect for Duke’s killing but even when Nikolas warns her about that dangerous lifestyle, she can’t seem to turn away. It’s been very clear since she learned that Jake was Jason that nothing would be able to keep her away from the man – not even a stray bullet flying her way in another of these frequent mob shootouts. All she’s worried about is making sure Jake gets off the hook and that Hayden keeps her mouth shut, she doesn’t want her happiness to be ruined.

When Hayden resurfaces, she immediately tears into the two of them for keeping this big secret away from all of Jason’s family. She makes a lot of sense, bringing up the fact that Elizabeth and Nikolas were friends of Jason’s and had friends who knew Jason. Hayden’s just a stranger so her being tied up with this secret is no big scandal. Although I doubt she’ll actually go through with it, Hayden stomps off to go tell Jake the truth, ignoring Elizabeth’s plea which was just so satisfying. Liz knows that she already has a future with Jake locked in, but if the past is anything to go on, then she knows that with Jason it’s a little more uncertain. At one time he may have chosen her but there was always Sam Morgan and Carly Corinthos-Jacks waiting in the wings too. Her desperation was once only about having a man, really any man in general but it has run much deeper now that she knows the man in her grasp is really Jason.

Now, I’m not historian when it comes to General Hospital but the way I’ve always seen things, Carly and Sam are kind of Jason’s biggest loves but not so much Elizabeth. Their history runs deep and they even shared a son at one point, but there’s no denying that she just seems to be number three after the other two ladies in his life. With this information in her hands, Elizabeth has finally got one up on the other two. I can’t be the only one who has noticed that little glint of crazy whenever Elizabeth goes in about how she’s meant to be with Jake… or Jason. As the situation continues to develop, it’s like the three players who are in on the scheme seemed to grow more and more unhinged. One thing’s for sure is that when the truth is finally revealed, Port Charles will never be the same! What do you think about these three withholding Jake’s true identity from him and his loved ones?

Access Port Charles LIVE!

For its 52nd year, General Hospital took its viewers way back to a time when live episodes of soap operas was the norm. In the vein of stage plays, actors would act out their numerous pages of dialogue live on air for millions of watchers at home. When it was announced that General Hospital would air two special live episodes, immediately I had a lot of worries for these actors. Even when taped in advance, there can be unnatural pauses or stutters. So how were they going to perform on a live episode?

Although the saturation of mob tales was not to my liking, the actual production of the live episode was amazing and surprisingly seamless. Everyone did such a great job. There were only a few seconds of camera mishaps here and there that would clue in an unsuspecting viewer on it being a live broadcast. If anything the crew and cast must be applauded for taking on such an effort for it really paid off in the end with the show both looking and sounding great. Hopefully next week’s live show can keep the momentum going!

Once again, these recaps are not always 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!

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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.