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Anthony Starke Fills-In For Jon Lindstrom On Yesterday's Episode Of General Hospital!

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If Laura Wright’s Carly talking to a strange man who all of a sudden was “Dr. Kevin Collins” was alarming, we can assure you Carly was not having a meltdown of her own and needed a therapist!

Instead, actor Anthony Starke filled-in for fan favorite Jon Lindstrom as the good doc, since Jon was busy filming his role in the new season of HBO’s hit series True Detective!

In story, Kevin revealed to Carly that he has never met with, or had a therapy session with “Jake” (Billy Miller), alarming Carly and Dr.  Collins!

What were your thoughts of seeing Tony Starke?  Do you want Jake’s head to clear up with some assistance from a mental health specialist?   Comment below!

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It didn’t bother me they had a stand in, I just figured JL was busy. I think his presence was needed to progress the story so Carly would realize this man is not a saint and something is definitely wrong with him.

I’m happy for Jon getting to work on True Detective but was always disappointed in how they used him on GH when they brought Kevin back. Or better said– how they didn’t use him when they brought him back. I’m torn between being happy that vets like Lucy, Bobby, & Scott are back and upset that we see them a couple episodes a month. I would MUCH rather see them than the continuing John… I mean Silas saga. And instead of recasting Kiki we could have used more screen/story time with the vets.

Please fix Jason!

Does it really mater. Kevin is one of the many favorites who is underutilized on the show. Enjoy “True Detective” Jon.

My thoughts on seeing another actor in place of Jon Lindstrom is that it was totally ridiculous. It was a one day thing and therefore totally unnecessary.

Carly could have easily found out that Jake never met with Kevin in a number of ways. She could have found out from someone else at the hospital, a colleague or secretary, that Kevin was out of town on that day. She could have spoken to Kevin on the phone and we heard her end of the conversation. There was absolutely not one reason to use another actor for the day to get that piece of information to move the story along, not one. It was too weird to see “Jimmy” from Seinfeld as Kevin and just totally ridiculous.

Because Jon Lindstrom is such a well known/ veteran character, having another actor there undermined any impact or credibility that the scenes might have, and again, there was no information in those scenes that could not have been presented to the audience in a number of different ways.

Given how much of GH is told offscreen and how many story details and beats are skipped, that they chose to do this is mindboggling.

Excellent points…totally agree.

I agree too…I had to google just to make sure John wasn’t replaced.

It’s not like Jon Lindstrom was replaced permanently. This guy filled in for a couple of scenes. If Lindstrom is replaced on the show permanently, then I can totally understand being upset. I’ll be upset too if that happens. But for a handful of scenes in one episode, I don’t see it being a big deal whatsoever.

Kevin has been “out of town” on several occasions when his name has been brought up in recent months, so I do think it was necessary to see the character on screen this time.

Personally, I’m happy for Jon that he is getting work on an awesome show like True Detective. That’s wonderful for him.

I totally agree with you

Here here, AJQ! My first thought was, “What the….?” Then, “Give me a break!” Just…so….unnecessary.

I just want Fluke exposed(Its LUKE!) and i want Jason Quartemaine finally remembering who he is before i need a shrink…well, im seeing one anyway…lol…just watch, as soon as Jake realizes he is Jason, Helene will do something to cause him to loose his mamory again…lol…then when GH celebrates its 60th anniversary all of PC and Jake will finally know he is Jason…lol

I’m with you on this– Fluke is really Luke. I think Bill was alive at some point and was the mob boss– and that is why Julian met him while in the witness protection program– but I think he died, so Helena brainwashed Luke into thinking he was Bill Ekert when he was kidnapped the first time and locked in Miscavage. The programming is causing Luke to have a mental breakdown, the real Luke is imprisoned in Fluke’s mind, causing him to project seeing his real self as a helpless victim, but when Dante wakes up he will find Luke is really decaying body of Bill E.

And Jake will find out he is Jason during February sweeps

Thats what another poster said too…fluke/luke has gone all norman bates and its Bills body in that chair…i love it but still cant wait for it to end!!!

I find myself really enjoying the pacing of the Jake/Jason sl, which is unusual for me because i am so over the whole Luke/Fluke thing. I dvr the show so when Luke comes on I ff through it. It bores me to no end. But I even enjoy the interaction between Jake and Helena, who I’ve never been a fan of. Maybe it’s just Billy that I’m diggin on.

I thought it was crappy. The show hasn’t used Kevin/Jon Lindstrom since last May. But all of a sudden, for a Carly/Jake plot point, it was VITAL that we see Kevin? Blech.

In watching Carly with Kevin, I wished she had taken the opportunity to use Kevin’s expertise to get to the bottom of her own mental issues. I can’t imagine that Kevin wouldn’t love to get into Carly’s head after all the crap she’s pulled over the years and fix some of the broken gears in her head. Just recently she could use an objective opinion about her letting Franco into her life and why she can’t seem to get Sonny out of her system, and how her actions and choices have landed her on the outs with Michael. But from back in the day, from dumping AJ in an alley via laundry cart or pathologically lying about Michael’s paternity several times while she was pregnant, to shooting Tony Jones in open court, and plotting her revenge against Bobbie from day one, EVERYTHING Carly has done could use some analysis. Wish Carly would have recognized or acknowledged this when she started talking to Kevin about instincts.

Oh well. If ANYONE needed therapy, it’s Carly. Jake/Jason will be fine, if Helena just loses his phone number.

I don’t mind Tony Stark filling in for Jon. BUT I am so sick of the fluke story. I know it’s mercifully coming to an end, and I know Tony Geary is working his hardest. Just don’t like the style he’s using to deliver his lines, and his scruffy, unkempt look. How can the good folk around him not think something is off by just looking at him. Looking forward to a more fun-loving, nonchalant Tony…please.

Very true about the Fluke stuff, Rose. The time is past overdue for this storyline to call it a day….no matter how much AG is enjoying the ride! You’re also right about the most disgusting aspects of Fluke/Luke’s physical appearance(s)…..they’re enough to make one retch watching these dueling dualities up close and personal. In addition to being subjected to Fluke’s surly comments about the basement’s stench over and over again, the sight of both of these motley men have about caused me to lose my lunch. Not to mention the fact that posters have been reduced to ruminating for weeks now upon what possible “facilities” are or are not available for the chair-imprisoned Luke, which just goes to show that this tale has gone on for far too long!

I have been waiting the uber hottie talented sexy Jon Lindstrom to grace our screens again…. to be helping Jake along for this ride

quality stuff to move this story

Tony is very attractive, eye candy lol.

It’s good to hear that Jon Lindstrom is busy with other acting jobs. If Anthony Starke can keep the character active, that’s fine with me, too. I enjoyed him on THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, and was sad when it was cancelled.

If GH ever needed a psychiatrist it is now. Most of the chatacters are looney and could use sme mental help. The actor was ok…kind of a cutie!

You know, considering how few times we actually see Kevin, I’m surprised that Jon wasn’t available to film these scenes. But wow, this guy cannot act whatsoever. I really hope Jon can get back to taping episodes soon because this Starke guy is terrible, I didn’t like him at all.

Tony Starke was no super hero er therapist. I hope that Jon Lindstrom can return soon to the role.

That was weird. Tony Starke seemed like he was an okay actor, but he’s no Jon Lindstrom. Please don’t do that again. It totally took me out of the scene. All I could think of the whole time was “Where is Kevin and who is this guy?” lol. I don’t even remember a word that was said in that scene.

As far as “Jake” goes…love Billy Miller, but not digging this storyline at all. Sorry. JMO. (I blame the writers, not Billy Miller.) And it doesn’t have anything to do with seeing him as “Billy Abbott” I loved him as Richie on AMC too.

I love Anthony Starke, he is a very good looking man. He is 51 years old and a wonderful actor. I hope he stays on General Hospital.

It was jarring and unexpected.

I like Jon Limdstrom as Doc. He has a comforting, steady presence. I love his friendship with Mac and how he handled yet loved Lucy. Was surprised to see this other actor and missed the first five minutes so I’m not sure if they mentioned he was playing the part of…Prefer Lindstom. Hope he comes back to Port Charles to shrink Jake thru hypnosis. He could probably undo Helena’s mind control…just don’t want Doc to fall victim…

Anthony Starke is a really good actor who has an interesting anddiverse resume; But in my opinion he was miscast as a fill in for Jon Linstrom because of the physical differences between the two actors specifically their stature. Jon is at least 6’1 and Anthony is around 5’9 or 5 ’10. It was a shock to see him standinding in the doorway of the office for his appointment withas Doc

The comment above was sent before i could edit it and make corrections. The ending sentence should have been: The difference was most obvious and disconcerting upon seeing Anthony for the first time as he stood in the doorway of the office,there for his appointment with Jake.

lol
the new guy is probably a stage hand..
as for seeing the Doc. it will most likely be a couple of times..
nothing to go ape over, its no big deal …

As long as they are not test driving this guy to see if he could replace JL I’m fine with a one day recast— but why couldn’t he just played a doctor who was taking over for Dr. Collins while he was away at some conference? That would have gotten the same point across and been less jarring for regular viewers to see another actor in the role.

They need him to see Kevin because he will be a good part of the Jake finding himself story..
It’s no big deal there was a stand-in..
Jon is returning and when he does the story has to flow..
the stand-in was needed to hold the story for Jon/Kevin .. 🙂

They should have had Jon literately phone it in and Carly just talked to him over the phone or just go to Jake and have Carly say she talked to Dr. Collins and he never saw you in his office. It was just wasted screen time and thats nothing against the replacement actor.

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Steve Burton’s ‘General Hospital’ Return Previews Jason Has Blood on His Hands

Monday, March 4th is the day that Steve Burton returns to General Hospital in the pivotal role of Jason Morgan. The story of Jason’s re-emergence on the canvas has been kept under wraps.

However, PEOPLE has a first-look photo, and in it, Jason has blood on his hand. Not only does he have crimson on him, but he is dressed in black and standing behind a dumpster.

When viewers last saw Jason it was back in November of 2021, when a tunnel collapsed on him as he was attempting to save his brother Drew (Cameron Mathison). For the past two plus years, every one in Port Charles has believed that Jason had died.

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Burton’s initial run as Jason was from from 1991 till 2012. After exiting and signing on with Y&R to play Dylan McAcoy, the actor eventually returned to the daytime drama that was his home in 2017. Later, during the Covid-19 pandemic, he was let go from the series by the end of 2021 for not adhering to the Disney/ABC vaccine mandates at that time.

While away from GH, he rejoined the cast of Days of our Lives in 2023, resuming his original soap role of Harris Michaels that he played in 1988 and the year prior on the Peacock limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem Chapter Two. With the tape schedule well ahead of streaming, Burton will be doing double duty for a short term, where fans can catch him on DAYS, and now on GH.

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Previously, Burton said on his upcoming GH storyline, “I got to talk to the head writers. This story is going to be sick. It’s gonna be awesome. So, make sure you keep watching, because the pieces of the puzzle are gonna be fit for when I return.”

Fans should also make sure to catch today’s Friday, March 1st episode of GH as Jason’s return story begins to unfold.

So, what do you think will be how Jason returns to GH starting next week on all-new episodes of GH? Comment below.

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‘General Hospital’ Reignites Scott’s Feud with Sonny Over His Past Misdeeds of His Late Daughter, Karen Wexler

In what now seems like many moons ago, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) was a small-time mobster who owned a strip club in Port Charles. He enticed a young Karen Wexler (Cari Shayne) to work as a stripper at the Paradise Lounge.

But things got worse from there! Sonny convinced Karen that stripping was her idea, and he eventually got her hooked on drugs and into his bed!

Karen’s father, Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) has never forgotten what Sonny did Karen and for years wanted to take him down when he was the D.A. Fast-forward and on Wednesday’s February 28th episode of GH, Scott visited Karen’s gravesite on her birthday.

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However, Scott had a visitor at the gravesite when John “Jagger” Cates also showed up to pay respects to his ex-wife.  This was the first time Scott laid eyes on the new incarnation of “Jagger’ on-screen as played by Adam J. Harrington.

Scott realizes he might have an ally to put the screws to Sonny after John reveals the pain and sorrow he still has over what Sonny did to Karen. Speaking to his former son-in-law about the break-up of his daughter’s marriage to him, Scott pipes up that Sonny, “walks around like he’s the mayor.” Then, Scott shouts to John, “Make him pay! Take him out!”‘

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In Karen’s backstory: after getting help, Karen was reunited with “Jagger” and left Sonny. The two married and left Port Charles. Karen returned as medical student and had divorced “Jagger” in 1997, and the character landed on the General Hospital spinoff soap opera, Port Charles. Eventually, Karen was struck by a car and died. Three actresses played the role during Karen’s history: Cari Shayne, Jennifer Hammon and Marie Wilson.

Watch Scott and John talk about their vendetta against Sonny Corinthos in key scenes from GH below. Now let us know, do you think Sonny should pay for his manipulation of Karen Wexler many years ago? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Kate Mansi on Her First Scenes with Eva LaRue: “It Was So Tense and Uncomfortable, Which Was So Fun For Us.”

This week, General Hospital viewers have witnessed the arrival of Eva LaRue as Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother, Natalia. When Natalia blew into her daughter’s life, she also caught Kristina (Kate Mansi) in bed. The next moment, Mansi and LaRue played the awkwardness of the scene.

In the story, and at that point, Natalia apparently didn’t have a clue that her daughter is gay, so finding Kristina is her daughter’s room was puzzling to her.

Kate Mansi spoke to Soap Opera Digest on her introduction to soap veteran LaRue, who has appeared on All My Children as Maria Santos and won a Daytime Emmy for her role as Celeste Rosales on The Young and the Restless.

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“She just came in like such a freaking pro,” shared Kate on LaRue. “She was so good. It was such a funny first introduction for our characters – it was written so well and it was so tense and uncomfortable, which was so fun for us.”

The two actresses instantly created a bond. As Mansi explained, “Right away, we were doing these funny one-liners back and forth (between scenes). Blaze said something like, ‘Kristina is more than my friend, she’s my partner,’ and then they’d call, ‘Cut!’ and Eva and I would look and each other and we’d be like, ‘She means writing partner,’ or she’d be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, she means producing partner, right?’ We were just dying laughing.”

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On Wednesday’s episode of GH, Natalia learned Blaze was gay, but isn’t quite believing her, thinking she had been somehow influenced by Kristina.  In the key scenes, Blaze tells Natalia that Kristina is more than her friend. She’s her girlfriend. Blaze asks if her mother heard what she truly said, and Natalia claims she did, but then starts cleaning up the place as a method of trying to cope with what she just heard.

Things get testy when Blaze says, “Kristina and I…” Next, Natalia cuts her daughter off, firmly saying, “There is no Kristina and you!”

So, did you enjoy the tension-filled scenes between Kate Mansi and Eva LaRue? Are you liking where GH is heading with the story of a disapproving and religious mother, trying to come to terms with her daughter and her girlfriend’s sexuality? Comment below.

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