The blonde beauty came dressed to kill when she reconnected with Ryan Chamberlin.
Ava Jerome Cassadine, played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner Maura West, once again had to come face to face with Ryan Chamberlin, the man, who killed her daughter. The General Hospital star shined as a woman intent on never letting Ryan get the better of her again, earning Soap Hub’s Performer of the Week honors for GH in the process.
Maura West – Performer of the Week
Ava welcomed Kevin Collins’ (Jon Lindstrom) and Mac Scorpio’s (John J. York) request to confront Ryan (also Lindstrom) in order to find the evil Esme Prince not just voluntarily but happily (Avery Kristen Pohl). Ava accepted Kevin and Mac’s request to play bait and traveled with them to Spring Ridge, the jail institution where Ryan is currently housed, motivated to assist surrogate daughter Trina Robinson (Tabyana Ali).
Ava arrived in command, ready to play some mind tricks of her own with the ostensibly unconscious Ryan, instead of cowering in front of him or telling him how deeply he hurt her by killing her beloved Kiki (Hayley Erin).
Ava remarked, “I’m familiar,” implying that she was also aware of Ryan’s propensity for trying to manipulate others, as Ryan’s assistant explained to her that one blink from him meant yes and two indicated no. The assistant attempted to explain what Ryan was saying, but Ava cut him off and made it clear she was in charge. Oh, I don’t give a damn about his blinking. I’ll be the one speaking,” Ava growled.
“Oh, he understands all right…he’s just toying with me,” Ava offered after the aide tried to explain why Ryan wasn’t responding to her. Ryan may have her and everyone else fooled that he is mostly immobile but that’s all he’s got on Ava. She knows that Ryan not only understands her but she’s getting under his skin, too.
Watching Ava try to coerce Ryan was like watching a verbal (well, non-verbal on Ryan’s part) chess match. Each move is carefully calculated. The episode’s director keenly kept the two characters mostly in close-up. So much of West’s performance was done with her eyes. We saw Ava realize when she was making progress with Ryan and when she was stymied.
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