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Nancy Lee Grahn dug into Alexis’ con­trol is­sues

GEN­ERAL HOS­PI­TAL’s Alexis had an epiphany in ther­apy, and while it wouldn’t im­me­di­ately help her fam­ily, it led to a big win for Os­car — and a Gold Star vic­tory for the lawyer’s por­trayer, Nancy Lee Grahn!

A Julexis Mo­ment

Af­ter the ac­tress con­jured up some Julexis chem­istry with William deVry in a beau­ti­ful scene about the exes’ evolv­ing re­la­tion­ship, Os­car’s predica­ment came up, and Alexis ap­proached the topic as both an at­tor­ney and a mother. While pro­tect­ing her po­ten­tial new client, she tried to learn all that she could from Ju­lian.

But when she met with Os­car, she cut right to the chase and urged the teenager to re­mem­ber that his par­ents were act­ing in his best in­ter­ests. Once Os­car dropped the C word, how­ever, her de­meanor shifted. The can­cer sur­vivor tried to give him some hope… but, still op­er­at­ing from a mother’s point of view, sug­gested coun­sel­ing in­stead of her ser­vices.

Kristina Lashes Out!

When Alexis vis­ited Kristina, she was clearly des­per­ate to con­nect with her

daugh­ter. Grahn played the scene with a gen­uine awk­ward­ness as Alexis re­vealed that she’d found a lead on a job — one Kristina hadn’t asked her to find and wasn’t a fit for — and then let slip a Park­er­re­lated in­sult. Stunned by her gaffe, Alexis im­me­di­ately tried to back­track. And when Kristina lit into her, Alexis didn’t even de­fend her­self. Her head bowed, she mut­tered to her­self, let her daugh­ter storm off, then checked back into ther­apy!

A Break­through!

Af­ter Grahn had a bit of fun with Jon Lind­strom (Kevin/Ryan), she let her char­ac­ter ram­ble — giv­ing equal weight to the logic of her ef­forts with Kristina and the fact that she’d been med­dling. “Un­pack that!” she chal­lenged.

Then Ryan (as Kevin) men­tioned Mikkos, and Grahn took her char­ac­ter on a jour­ney. Though Alexis jumped to say her fa­ther never paid her any mind, she slowly talked her­self around to the truth: He’d con­trolled her broth­ers, just as Kristina might say she was do­ing now! And with a bit more thought, she rec­og­nized that he had in­deed con­trolled her by forc­ing her to give up her baby… when she was Os­car’s age. It was as if we could see it com­ing to­gether be­fore Alexis’ eyes — so much so that “Kevin” asked where she went! By the time Alexis stood up, she was dis­cussing her new client. Some­where be­tween the per­sonal and pro­fes­sional, she re­al­ized how she could help Os­car.

An Os­car Win!

With her own fam­ily drama pushed aside, Alexis went into at­tor­ney mode, track­ing the kid down at Char­lie’s and ex­plain­ing that she’d help him win the right to make his own de­ci­sion by get­ting him eman­ci­pated. Con­sid­er­ing who she’d be go­ing up against, we had a feel­ing this would get per­sonal for Alexis again… but Grahn seemed more than ready for the bat­tle ahead!

Grahn made Alexis’ epiphany feel like our own!

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