‘General Hospital’ Week In Review: You’re Dead To Me

Carlos’ twin brother Joe comes to Port Charles.
Carlos’ twin brother Joe comes to Port Charles.

Last week’s General Hospital had quite a few surprises as things got deadly on Cassadine Island, Julian took some drastic measures and dopplegangers turned up in Port Charles. It was a weird week for the sudser to say the least but mostly in a good way. Where some of these stories are heading is anyone’s guess.

Jeffrey Vincent Parise was back this week as Ghost Carlos and his never before mentioned twin Dr. Jose “Joe” Rivera. The choice to bring back Parise in a new role has not been without its controversy. I have enjoyed Parise’s work as Carlos and think he is a terrific actor. What makes it such a hot topic is that GH just did this with Michael Easton in March. If the show wants to keep an actor around, they shouldn’t write the character into a corner. Carlos was killed, brought back to life and then killed again. A bit of an overkill both literally and figuratively. All that being said, I think Parise did a great job with his new character. He’s playing Joe differently than Carlos and I’m glad they brought on another doctor. I hope GH doesn’t just put Joe into Carlos’ same orbit. Parise could generate chemistry with a lot of the show’s leading ladies.

There was a lot that happened this last week on GH and I wasn’t able to write about all of it. If you would like to share your thoughts on anything I did or did not mention, please leave a comment below or tweet me and we’ll chat.

General Hospital Week In Review for the episodes that aired July 18th-22nd.

Break Your Heart

Griffin and Finn are perplexed by Julian’s episodes.
Griffin and Finn are perplexed by Julian’s episodes.

Julian’s journey has taken a sad turn. Less than a year ago, he was walking down the aisle with Alexis, happily in love and ready to be a family man. Boy did the tides change quickly and all because of his own wrong actions. Julian has hit his rock bottom. Lucas rejected him, Olivia won’t let him see Leo and Alexis dumped divorce papers on his hospital bed while he was sleeping. The only thing Julian has left to hold onto is the hope that he’ll stay out of prison. Unfortunately for him, his well-maintained physic is getting in the way. Julian manages to push back his day in court by damaging his heart with some sort of drug. It is a risky thing to do and could very well backfire. But if he doesn’t accidentally kill himself someone else might…

I was kind of excited when at first it appeared that Sonny was going to have Finn kill Julian in exchange for ZenZen (the drug that Finn is taking to keep his made-up disease in check). It seemed like a very Sonny thing to do and would have perked up the whole Finn story line. Alas, Sonny just wants Finn to make sure that Julian gets well enough for his day in court. What a snooze! Anyways, Griffin and Finn both are a little thrown off by Julian’s condition. I have the sneaking suspicion that they won’t find out what’s really going on soon enough.

Something else that I thought was interesting was that Julian has the same patient number as another patient, Richard Fitzgerald. Maybe that means nothing at all but I wonder if it could later connect the story to the hospital murders. What if the killer gets his targets mixed up?

Fall Of The House Of Cassadine

The Cassadine Island story line upped it’s suspense factor this week beginning with Nik’s second untimely death this year. Valentin made Nik sign over his inheritance, threatening to kill Ava if he didn’t comply. Nik signed the papers and then got into a struggle with Valentin. Valentin shot Nik and he fell to his death from the window. Is Nik really, most sincerely dead this time? Doubtful.

Ava uses her charm to tempt Valentin.
Ava uses her charm to tempt Valentin.

Ava’s self-preservation mode kicked into high gear. She used her charms to get Valentin into bed and, when he had his guard down, whacked him across the face with Helena’s diary. Her escape was intercepted by the henchmen and she joined the guests downstairs where she informed Laura that Nik had been killed. Ava was very tender with her words to Nik’s mother. One of the most important redeeming qualities of Ava’s has always been her gentle approach to parents who have lost or might lose their children. I like that the writers remembered this about Ava. A lot of the writing for her works against this trait and I would like that to change.

Laura broke down upon learning the news about Nik. She screamed at Valentin and he aimed his gun at her. Kevin stepped into the path of the bullet, saving Laura and getting shot in the shoulder. Meanwhile, Lulu, who escaped during an earlier diversion, stumbled across a corpse in the catacombs. Just who’s body is that and what happened? I like that this gothic adventure is finally getting a bit goth.

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Jenn Bishop

Jenn Bishop was TVSource Magazine's Soap Editor. She's a thirty-something fan girl of soapy television and anything involving Joss Whedon. She began sharing her views on daytime soaps in 2012 with her blog Save Our Suds. A former philosophy major, she loves discussing different view points with fellow TV addicts and aficionados. When not watching television, she enjoys art, live music, exploring the Midwest food scene, and drinking too many lattes. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceJenn.