General Hospital (GH) spoilers for Thursday, July 30, tease that the ABC soap is winding down their run of repeat episodes. There are only two more to go before the return of new episodes starting August 3, so be sure to tune in if you missed anything or need a reminder of all the action. Here’s what’s happening in Thursday’s General Hospital encore, which first aired on May 20, 2020.
At the bar of the Metro Court, Nikolas Cassadine (Marcus Coloma) finds Ava Cassadine (Maura West) and brings her up to speed on his run-in with Franco Baldwin (Roger Howarth) at the boxing gym.
Ava makes a comment about hoping Nik didn’t use Franco as a punching bag. Nikolas pushes Ava buttons by asking if there’s something he should be fighting with Franco about – or perhaps someone…
Talk turns to Spencer Cassadine’s (Nicolas Bechtel) letter, which stipulates that Nikolas must divorce Ava if he wants back in Spencer’s life. Nikolas is concerned that his son won’t want him without the Cassadine fortune.
Ava suggests that’s not true, but Nikolas contends that she can guess again if she thinks she’s getting everything.
At GH, Elizabeth Baldwin (Rebecca Herbst) defends Nikolas’ attempt to change during a conversation with Franco. After Franco insists that Nikolas drove Hayden Barnes (Rebecca Budig) out of Port Charles and left Violet Finn (Jophielle Love) without a mother, he wonders how Liz could consider being friends with Nik.
Elizabeth concedes that Nikolas is selfish at times, but she also sees kindness in him and knows he wants to do better. Liz thinks Franco can understand having complicated feelings for someone due to his own feelings toward Ava.
Soon after, Ava brings Franco a check for $15,000 and talks about the upcoming portrait unveiling. Ava expects lots of work ahead for Franco, but Elizabeth has some complaints.
Liz doesn’t like the fact that Ava’s playing up Franco’s past and feels it’d be better for him to move forward. Elizabeth thinks Ava needs to try bringing out the best in her own husband, but Ava suggests Nikolas doesn’t have a best. Franco offers a strange look when Liz argues that she’s seen it.
Ava hopes that Liz will come to the portrait unveiling and heads for the exit. Franco reminds Elizabeth not to forget the flowers he brought her, but Liz seems aloof.
Over with Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan), she shows up at Laura Collins’ (Genie Francis) place to debate Nikolas, Ava and the upcoming party. Lulu doesn’t think it’s appropriate for the mayor to attend and seemingly give Ava her approval.
Laura’s adamant about showing her support for Nikolas and refuses to ever give up on him. Next, Nikolas himself arrives seeking guidance about Spencer’s ultimatum. Laura feels like Nikolas needs to be a good father first and foremost. Everything else will fall into place if he does.
Once Nikolas leaves, he decides to give Spencer a call and announces that he has a response to his letter. At Turning Woods, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) gets choked up as he tries to advise Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).
Sonny’s waited too long to talk to Mike Corbin (Max Gail) about his final wishes and doesn’t know what Mike would want.
Although Jason can’t speak for Mike, he has sympathy for Sonny and hates that Mike didn’t make his wishes known sooner. Jason thinks Mike would want whatever Sonny wants, but Sonny’s still having a hard time.
In a moment alone with Mike, Sonny talks about a signed Mickey Mantle card and wonders if his dad recalls it.
At the courthouse, Willow Corinthos (Katelyn MacMullen) gazes at a picture of herself with Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) on her phone. Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) confesses to deleting the pics he had of Sasha Gilmore (Sofia Mattsson) after the wedding. Willow decides it’s time for her to do the same.
Michael and Willow put their focus back on Wiley Quartemaine-Corinthos (Erik and Theo Olson). Although Michael’s worried about mud slinging on Willow during the hearing, he’s hopeful about the future. Michael thinks they should take Wiley to do something fun when all this is over.
Martin Gray (Michael E. Knight) coaches Nelle Benson Jerome (Chloe Lanier) privately as she prepares to testify. Nelle’s first try isn’t sincere enough for Martin’s taste, so he offers some pointers.
Julian Jerome (William deVry) walks in after taking a shot to give him courage. Martin pushes Julian to accept some mints before Nelle reminds Julian of the importance of victory. Julian agrees losing isn’t an option.
After court resumes and Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright) is on the stand, Martin tries to do damage using Carly’s past. Carly plays it cool and contends that she’d never stoop to Nelle’s level.
Michael also testifies and is asked about his new marriage. Martin pushes Michael on the topic of his wife and whether he’s IN love. Michael admits he isn’t, but he does love Willow and they’re putting Wiley first.
Once Willow’s on the stand, Martin highlights the reason she was fired from the elementary school. Willow’s forced to admit that some of the parents felt she was ignoring their wishes.
Martin uses that to his advantage and wonders if Willow would ignore the wishes of Wiley’s parents, too. He’s curious who would protect Wiley in that case, but Diane manages to turn things around.
Diane presents the principal’s glowing letter of recommendation and has Willow read a positive review from her current position. After Willow’s done, it’s Nelle’s turn to testify. Willow takes her seat by Michael and holds her new husband’s hand.
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