Kirsten Storms shone as Maxie let go of her rage
When GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Maxie found something to smile over — only to have it tied to Henrik! — Kirsten Storms dove into her character’s quiet fury, and with a hand just about always touching that baby bump, let Chet talk her character down to win this week’s Gold Star.
Heart Broken, Mind Made Up
The LEAF foundation created in Nathan’s honor had Maxie practically glowing… until Peter revealed that Henrik was the benefactor! After raging to her new friend, the widow took the matter to her late husband. Nathan’s untimely passing has brought a lot of heightened emotions to the screen, but this time, Storms didn’t go big. Though both pain and anger were plain to see in her performance, they were tempered by Maxie’s proximity to her beloved husband’s grave. Nathan had always had a way of grounding her, and just being by his resting place seemed to calm her. But it didn’t change her mind.
Having just wished Nathan were by her side, Maxie looked startled and maybe even a bit hopeful when the bushes rus-
tled. Instead of Nathan, of course, Chet ap- peared to offer her a reality check. Hand on her belly, Maxie was touched to learn that Nathan had inspired him to get sober. But when Chet turned the conversation back to her and her baby, the widow faltered when she accidentally said “we” instead of “I.” The tiny hiccup was imbued with tremendous pain. And when Maxie tried to tap into her gratitude for the funds Chet and Amy donated, she only slipped back into grumbling over Henrik in a tone that let Chat know her decision was made.
After resisting Chet’s arguments to keep an open mind about the money and Henrik, Maxie finally confessed she was afraid to let go of her anger. And as he cautioned that it was keeping her from truly mourning Nathan, she finally heard him. After marveling over how much they’d each faced since high school, she admitted she wouldn’t change anything — because the gifts outweighed the pain. Empathizing with Chet’s experience, she agreed it was easier to be grateful than lost in sadness. She even agreed that the donation’s origin shouldn’t be her concern and, with a smile, choked up over Nathan’s goodness.
A Moment Of Connection
Maxie returned to Peter and announced that she’d accept the fund. But when he pushed her about her feelings for Henrik, she barked and asked why. Well, we all knew why! But Peter only cautioned her against her rage. Then the baby did a “full body roll,” and Storms completely sold the moment. We believed there was a baby in there. And as Peter felt that baby kick — just as his brother had before dying! — their bond seemed to deepen. We weren’t sure exactly what the meaningful look they exchanged signified… but after watching Storms take her character on this quiet journey, we couldn’t wait to see how she and Maxie would handle the truth.
Seeing Storms’ work was believing Maxie’s pain.