The August 23 episode of "General Hospital" was filled with power, emotion and explored elements of the human heart in such an impactful way that the show may have wrapped up a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Drama in a single episode. That is just how emotionally charged the entire episode was.
Applause to Bradford Anderson. He really showed his range as an actor drifting between the emotions of anger and delight as the character of Spinelli finally found out that he is the real father of Maxie's (Kirsten Storms) baby. Spinelli believed it was "beyond the realm possibilities" that the baby that was supposed to belong to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) and Lulu (Emme Rylan) could be his. He also couldn't believe his girlfriend Ellie would keep something like that away from him. But finally Ellie was able to explain to him how the conception of the "bundle of joy" that laid in the arms of Dante and Lulu happened and why Maxie kept it away from him and why she felt she needed to keep it from him. For Ellie, it was about love and also a fear that she would lose Spinelli to a woman who probably holds his heart the deepest. Yes, Ellie was selfish, but part of her was being protective of a man who probably holds her heart dearest. Spinelli is a father, he is experiencing the greatest feeling in the world; a feeling he can't even explain. At the same time, the tears he cried in Friday's episode were partly tears of confusion and great disappointment. As he processed it all, the emotion of conflict wondered its way into his heart, because this new truth would affect the happiness of one of his dearest friends.
The story and episode became even more impactful as Maxie woke up wondering where her little girl was. As Felicia and Mac sat by her bedside, they witnessed her attachment to a baby she supposedly carried for someone else, and became concerned. It was obvious that the bond Maxie formed with her "Georgie" through nine months of her life would be a difficult bond to break, especially because the baby is really hers. Maxie's brush with death put things into perspective inside her heart. It was painful to watch her call for a child everyone believes is not hers. The saddest and most dramatic part of it all, is that no one is going to believe her and attribute her truth to her being too attached to baby "Georgie". How will things transgress once she is face to face with Spinelli with him now knowing the truth? How will the miracle of a new life change the bond between two characters who love each other, but never loved each other enough at the same time? Will this finally lead Spinelli and Maxie to a synchronized love?
And then there was A.J. Quartermaine (Sean Kanan). Drunk, outraged, disappointed, filled with anger, he stood at Crimson with a gun aimed at Connie Falconeri (Kelly Sullivan), a woman he is blaming for ruining his life. As Connie pleaded with him to put the gun down, A.J. exploded with a personified pain as he emptied all the words of emotion he was feeling and suffering. Much of it would be identified as the alcohol talking, but most of it was years of being beaten on and sacrificed for the happiness of others. To many in Port Charles, A.J. is a loser, a joke of a man who will always be on the losing side. The downward spiral of A.J. is more than about Connie publishing the article about Kiki not being a Quartermaine, its more about being driven off the road of his own path to towards redemption. But, as usually, turning to alcohol for comfort and allowing it to control his actions and thought process will probably lead to trouble. As he threatened Connie, she was able to dial Sonny's (Maurice Benard) number on her cell phone. When A.J. found out, he became more angry and got close to Connie with a gun pointed at her.
At General Hospital, Sonny was trapped in an elevator with Olivia (Lisa LoCiero). There didn't seem to be a point to this scene except to further the sudden bond between Sonny and Olivia, who continued to see visions of the "wolf dog" and worried about the safety of their new grandchild. Sonny tried to reach Connie as her call came in, but in classic modern soap fashion, his cell phone lost reception. Sonny, who is claustrophobic, went into an attack with Olivia calming him down. Finally they were able to get out of the elevator. Sonny went to Crimson and found Connie laying on the floor with a wound to the abdomen. Olivia got back on the same elevator she was trapped in and saw an image of blood pouring in from underneath the doors of the elevator.
Elsewhere in Port Charles, Derek Wells (William deVry) was surprised to learn that he was a match for Danny. Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) showed him gratitude. Later Alexis told Derek about Sam's father and the few details she remembered. One major detail she remembered was his name being "Julian" which triggered a paused response and reaction from Derek who also remembered the one night stand over 30 years ago. Dante and Lulu continued to bond with the baby. They contemplated names for their little girl. Lulu suggested Jacquelyn which reminded Dante too much of Spinelli, and later they started to give in to the idea of naming the baby Georgie. Michael (Chad Duel) talked to Kiki (Kirsten Anderson) about A.J.'s alcoholism and his need to help his father. They also discussed their relationship and romantic bond. Kiki made it clear she is married to Morgan and will honor her vows. At the end of the episode, a drunk A.J. returned to the mansion, falling into the arms of Michael.