General Hospital has been airing throwback episodes since it ran out of new, pre-COVID-19 filmed material in May. However, the ABC soap opera is changing tactics a bit and has announced that it hopes to start repeating more recent episodes as a way to remind viewers of what happened during the final weeks that new material was on the air. The episode that originally aired on Wednesday, May 6, will serve as the kickoff point at which GH will start its journey back into the show's most recent new episodes.
Fans can look forward to seeing the May 2020 repeats beginning to air on Monday, July 13 -- though that date and the week's programming are subject to change depending on whether or not the soap opera goes into production this month. As Soap Central previously reported, GH has been eyeing mid-July as a restart date. If the show's plan is to seamlessly take viewers from their May 2020 repeats into brand-new material, it means that the series would need to have new episodes ready to air by Monday, July 27. Keep checking back to Soap Central for GH production updates as they come.
Meanwhile, keep reading to see the specific details of the soap's first two weeks of May 2020 repeat episodes. For your convenience, links to our original full-length recaps of each episode are also provided in case you want to make certain that you don't miss a particular moment or episode.
Monday, July 13, 2020: Episode 14532 (Original Airdate: Wednesday, May 6, 2020)
Sonny (Maurice Benard) was desperate. Nelle (Chloe Lanier) asked Nina (Cynthia Watros) for a favor. Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) managed to get herself in trouble again. Michael (Chad Duell) and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) put their wounded feelings aside. Peter (Wes Ramsey) ran into Robert (Tristan Rogers) at the Floating Rib.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020: Episode 14533 (Original Airdate: Thursday, May 7, 2020)
Michael took Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) to General Hospital. Michael prepared for court. Willow contemplated her future. Nelle asked for a favor. Mac (John York) looked to Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) for help.
[Editor's Note: The reason that the Friday, May 8, episode is not reflected here is because GH was airing repeat episodes every Friday to stretch out its pre-COVID-19 taped material.]
Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Episode 14533A (Original Airdate: Monday, May 11, 2020)
Brook Lynn reached out to Dustin (Mark Lawson). Finn (Michael Easton) was rejected. Chase (Josh Swickard) was contemplative. Julian (William deVry) was responsive. Nelle obtained a key piece of information.
Thursday, July 16, 2020: Episode 14534 (Original Airdate: Tuesday, May 12, 2020)
Willow decided her fate. Lucy (Lynn Herring) received an important phone call. Jordan stepped in. Carly (Laura Wright) admired Willow. Michael surrounded himself with family.
Friday, July 17, 2020: Episode 14535 (Original Airdate: Wednesday, May 13, 2020)
Sonny was in agony. Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) was upset. Michael got plenty of support. Mac pulled Chase to the side. Laura (Genie Francis) supported Robert.
Monday, July 20, 2020: Episode 14536 (Original Airdate: Thursday, May 14, 2020)
Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) prepared Michael. Carly confronted Chase. Nelle made a grand entrance. Anna (Finola Hughes) was preoccupied. Nina gave Sasha a hard time.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020: Episode 14537 (Original Airdate: Monday, May 18, 2020)
Nelle had a shocking announcement. Molly (Haley Pullos) had much to celebrate. Jordan had a warning for Sonny. Ava (Maura West) was defensive. Josslyn (Eden McCoy) was sentimental.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Episode 14538 (Tuesday, May 19, 2020)
Sonny was suspicious. Liz (Rebecca Herbst) was candid with Jason (Steve Burton). Diane took a meeting with Carly. Nelle was supportive of Nina. Franco (Roger Howarth) was unsettled.
Thursday, July 23, 2020: Episode 14539 (Original Airdate: Wednesday, May 20, 2020)
Carly's credibility was questioned. Michael defended his actions. Sonny wanted answers. Laura received a visit from Lulu. Franco surprised Elizabeth at GH.
Friday, July 24, 2020: Episode 14540 (Original Airdate: Thursday, May 21, 2020)
Nelle gave the performance of a lifetime. Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) made a big announcement. Laura worried Robert was deluding himself. Jax (Ingo Rademacher) paid Nina a visit. Sasha acted recklessly.
GH began airing full weeks of repeat episodes on Monday, May 25, beginning with three weeks of Nurses Ball moments that continued to June 12. The next week of throwback episodes, which began Monday, June 15, featured Carly and Sonny's romance, while the week of Monday, June 22, was dedicated to loving moments between Jason (Steve Burton) and Sam (Kelly Monaco). GH then decided to air two weeks' worth of episodes spotlighting Sonny as a father. Those episodes kicked off on Monday, June 29, and are scheduled to run through Friday, July 10.
As Soap Central previously reported, The Bold and the Beautiful resumed production in mid-June -- becoming the first scripted U.S. television program to do so -- but had to hit pause just one day later to work on its coronavirus testing protocols. It resumed production for the second time on Wednesday, June 24. The Young and the Restless had been eyeing Monday, July 6, as a tentative date to get back up and running but decided to push that date back to Monday, July 13, due to growing concern over an increase in positive coronavirus diagnoses in the Los Angeles area. There's no word yet on when Days of our Lives might return to production, but due to the NBC soap opera's advanced shooting schedule, it is still airing new episodes and has enough in the can to last until September.
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