By Marlena De Lacroix a.k.a. Connie Passalacqua Hayman
They showed her from her legs up, clad in a drop dead red halter dress. This week on General Hospital, Ava Jerome was revealed to be the sister of the new power broker in town — Derek Wells. As played by soap veteran William deVry, Derek has a shady past: he really is one of GH’s old mob chiefs. He was revealed to be the once thought dead Julian Jerome. His “little sister” Ava has been in town for a while, gathering power little by little.
This reveal was so captivating because it was so well planned. For the past few months, GH has been slowly building up the new central character Ava, as played by daytime superstar Maura West (who became famous playing the wily Carly Tenney on As the World Turns and later the murdered Diane Jenkins on The Young and the Restless.) Making Ava a central powerful character is a stellar choice by GH because daytime talent doesn’t get any better than West, a very accomplished actress and an expert at playing femme fatales and strong women on soaps.
When Ava came to town, she was a New York art dealer and the mother of Kiki Jerome (played by Kristen Alderson.) At first Ava was shown to be a conniver, trying to get Kiki to vote her portion of the ELQ stocks with Tracy. Later, Ava was revealed to be the ex of Franco, who was presumably Kiki’s father. (It has since been shown that Silas Clay, another of Ava’s ex’s, is secretly Kiki’s biological father.)
But the GH audience was shown that Ava is much more than all this. On the one hand she is seen trying to form an alliance with Franco against Tracy, while on the other she is the woman who tried to shoot him, hitting Olivia instead. Her responsibility for this crime has never been exposed, at least so far. Ava has been revealed to be an active member of the Jerome crime family, and the spotlight on West as a central GH character is shining even more brightly.
Quite deftly, GH has developed Ava into a very complex character, full of contradictions and mysterious as yet unanswered questions. She’s has become a very intriguing woman indeed – and much more fun than a conventional heroine.
So, Thinking Fans, what do you think of the Ava as a powerhouse GH character? Are you rooting for or against Ava? What do you think of West in the role? Discutez, s’il vous plait.