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As The GH Nurses Ball Concludes, Elizabeth Makes A Game-Changing Decision As Rebecca Herbst Delivers Power Performance!

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On part three and the conclusion of General Hospital’s Nurses Ball 2015 episodes, all eyes were on Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst) and what she would do next!  After learning from Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) that Jake Doe is really Jason (Billy Miller), Liz heads into the ball to stop the proceedings and take the stage to tell everyone in attendance including: Carly (Laura Wright) Jake himself, Sam (Kelly Monaco), Patrick (Jason Thompson), Michael (Chad Duell) and more that Jake is really their beloved Jason.   Only when it’s her moment to reveal the truth, she stops herself and then launches into a touching former Nurses Ball moment to cover her tracks.  Elizabeth recounts the time that Jason saved Robin (Kimberly McCullough) on the stage, and tears flowed not only from Nurse Liz, but Anna (Finola Hughes), and Patrick and Carly, too!

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After exiting the stage and running out into the hallway, Nikolas finds Elizabeth in tears on the floor.   And then came the turn – Elizabeth, just as Nikolas had revealed he was over being the nice guy and getting stomped on for the last two years of his life – decides too, that she will keep the secret that Jake is Jason.  Liz rationalizes it will keep Jason away from Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly, Sam and everyone who got in the way of her chance at happiness with Jason in the past.  Now she says it’s her turn to be happy after years of being betrayed by the men in her life, especially just after what happened with Ric Lansing (Ric Hearst).  Nikolas questions her if she is prepared to carry this burden and this lie, and its implications – she is afterall keeping a father away from his wife and his son – to which Liz tells Nikolas if he ever loved her, he will do this for her and keep quiet as well,  and thus sealed the deal! These once former lovers, Nikolas and Elizabeth, are now both carrying the secret of Jake’s true identity for their own very different agendas.

As for long time General Hospital cast member Rebecca Herbst, she delivered a magnificent, nuanced, and emotional performance that will be remembered for some time to come.  The audience felt Elizabeth’s pain, heartbreak, defiance, and ultimately seeing her decide to step up and take what she believes belongs to her no matter what the cost, as so many other characters do on the soaps!

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But the Nurses Ball wouldn’t be complete without the hankie-filled final moments to the now staple tune, “You’re Not Alone”  sang this year jointly on-stage by Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) and Ephihany (Sonya Eddy).  As the song plays out, GH fans watch as key poignant scenes tell the story along with the song.  First, Nikolas returns home from the ball to see son Spencer (Nicholas) without his mask covering his scars on his face.  This came about after a heart-tugging moment between Spencer and his late mother Courtney (Alicia Leigh Willis), who paid him a heavenly visit.  Courtney was able to help her young son get the strength to solider on and remove the mask.   In one final scene, Nikolas and Spencer are touched by the hands of Courtney as we see a momentary family reunion.

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And then came the conclusion, the final scene.  As everyone in attendance had joined hands on stage in the now traditional ending of the  Nurses Ball,  Jake happens upon it.  We see him from the back looking on at all these people he knows and loves, but can’t remember.  Next, he turns around and Elizabeth is there who he has been looking for all night, since Ric’s scheme was outed by Carly.   As the door closes behind him, Jake AKA Jason heads towards his new life with Elizabeth!

Watch the final moments and the performance of “You’re Not Alone” below.  Then weigh-in:  What did you think about Elizabeth’s decision?  Do you think she will be able to pull this off and keep Jake from ever finding out he is Jason?  What did you think about the performance of Rebecca Herbst? Did you reach for the hankies in the final moments between Nikolas/Courtney/Spencer and Jake AKA Jason and Liz?  Share your thoughts below!

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dmr
dmr

As happy as I am that the Nurse’s Ball is back-this year’s showing made me a little sad. It was a sad guest list-small, either filler, recurring cast members, or stand-ins. The best performance was Patrick and Emma-by far! Spins was great, too, as was Ned/Eddie Maine. Lucy Coe never disappoints. As much as I enjoy Jake(son), it’s time for the reveal. Although I enjoy Jake with Elizabeth, it’s time. I always enjoy the flashbacks-loved the flashbacks of Anna and Duke dancing. I think it would have been great to see flashbacks of Jason and Robin during Elizabeth’s speech. The marketing ploy between Carly and Sabrina was very awkward regarding Aveeno-really, really awkward…

Harry
Harry

The marketing was horrible and garish even.
I felt like I was watching an infomercial.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, dmr.
Frankly, I had no idea everyone was so talented….especially the singers. Spinelli is a pro.
That is why I am somewhat taken aback when I see some fans complain that the Nurses’ Ball was not up to par? It must have been really something spectacular back in the day!!

That mini-Aveeno commercial presented to us by none other than Carly and Sabrina WAS awkward, yes….and weird….no subtlety. It made me chuckle…they had to ‘stick’ it in there somehow.

su0000
su0000

CeeCee , hi
In the old days the actors promoted their sponsors products in the show..
It was crazy.. if in the kitchen making coffee they would hold the coffee up and say how wonder Folgers coffee is . or how great their Revlon nail polish is while painting their nails etc .. crazy when I saw that watching old stuff..
didnt you ever see that when watching the real old shows online/wherever..
I bet the early soaps talked about the sponsors product too..

It is the called placement promotions, and done often on Seinfeld .. Near every show they talked about some product.. Junior Mints, Bosco, etc lol
It was fun to watch that lol ..

lizzy
lizzy

I agree Spinelli and Ned were the absolute best part. Showstoppers!

Harry
Harry

Suoo, product placement has always been an integral aspect of TV series and daytime drama. However, they did not incorporate commercials into the dialogue of the actors.’ You had various characters go on and on about how great Aveeno is instead of talking about the storylines in which they were involved.
Seinfeld made fun of Junior Mints, Bosco, but they did not promote the products at all.

Shay
Shay

Awkward? Check. Weird? Totally! And by utilizing that over-exposed nitwit nurse to hawk their hand lotion, Aveeno just made sure I shall NEVER buy this item, let alone any other in their product line! LOL. If they really wanted to entice viewers to purchase this oh so wonderful skin treatment, they should have shown Patrick and Sam rummaging through their bags of NB bling and locating said bottle of bliss, suggesting some sort of naughty purpose for it and then showing the glowing aftermath of their satisfied product usage. The stuff would have sold like hotcakes!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
You got me practically on the floor, laughing, Shay.
You will never buy that product again, now? That’s hilarious. Oh, my God.

Patrick and Sam rummaging? Bottle of bliss? That is so funny!!!!!! I needed that, today….I feel miserable…..my allergies are so bad…you’re my antihistamine. LOL.

Aden
Aden

CeeCee…..you are right…the old balls were WAY better!! They had what looked Iike a ballroom with some depth, a real stage, and sweeping camera work. They were classy and emotional and they wove the stories together at the ball with real heart and soul. There were no teenage or gay male stripers taking their clothes off. Families were wel represented and the numbers were cute and emotional and sometimes silly but always appropriate and never distasteful or done for shock value. Back then, the show was not completely plot driven as it is now so viewers were able to enjoy the ball as an entertaining experience. For the record…I just want 1500 milligrams of whatever substance Ellie was on. She was right whacked and off kilter. Lol.

Patrick
Patrick

what I thought was “peculiar”

was when Dante saw Valerie looking at the gift bags

LOL and she was holding that bottled potion…. ever so lovingly

like she’d never had it before or intimated it was her favorite?

huh?

Shay
Shay

Maybe Val-Chops is a closet kleptomaniac or an extreme Aveeno aficionada, Patrick, and Dante caught her in the act of absconding with all the freebies! LOL…..

Rodd
Rodd

But you know what? I’ll take that thirty seconds of awkwardness if it means a sponsor is giving the show extra money to produce a more expensive show; be it for guest stars, song rights, etc.

su0000
su0000

The Aveeno stuff was too funny, a mocking of the old days placement ads.. yet, it was an ad .. Aveeno agreed to be spoofed.. gotta see it as it is, just fun LOL ..
why take soap stuff so seriously, it is nowhere being serious.. lol
I luved the Ball, I had fun watching it and I was entertained, and that is good thing..

Mary SF
Mary SF

Exactly, last year it was Yoplait, this year Aveeno- a necessary evil if they want to afford this bash every year. I am not a fan of working an ad into the dialogue, I think showing the product and having the name plastered all over the place should have been enough, but it is what it is, as long as they don’t make a habit of it, I can put up with it for a couple of days.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Elizabeth sleeping with Jason rather than telling him the truth – a real disappointment. But, adultery is part of the soap opera world. So selfish with Jason alive and his wife and son not yet having a clue. Of course, the truth will come out I would guess within a few months.

On another note, I must say I’m totally bored with Nicolas and Hayden’s escapades. Of all the actresses they could have brought on the show from AMC, they picked the one I find most annoying. Nicolas’ role seems so dead end these days. He’s been around for ages, goes on and off the show from time to time, but rarely does he have a storng storyline. And his turning into a greed freak since he hasn’t liked his life the past two years, that will of course bomb out eventually.

Linda Stockdell
Linda Stockdell

I was thrilled when Elizabeth called Ric a dirty name as he is a snake in the grass. I think she will keep Jake’s identity a secret for a while and have a romance with him. He will eventually remember parts of his past. I especially enjoyed Spinelli’s song and didnt know he had such a terrific voice. Epiphany and Sabrina did a great job as a duet.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Liz called Ric a snake but she is just as much an ASPhole as he is now she is keeping Jason a secret and away from his son Danny!!!

lizzy
lizzy

What else would one expect from Elizabeth? Either Jason will remember or she will ruin it . . . there must be someone else in town she hasn’t slept with yet. She wants to be happy at the expense of so many others. She and Ric should be together . . . they are so much alike.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I agree, and I love Liz! But I am very disappointed that she is going to keep this secret and pursue a relationship with Jake, knowing he is a married man and a father! This can only end badly. Too bad, “Lake” was my favorite couple on the show. Ah well, at least “Naxie” reunited today, they’re my second favorite. 🙂

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

I totally agree Jimh! Liz slapped Ric and made this big scene for lying to her. She then does the same to Danny, etc..

Tonya
Tonya

Lizzie being selfish and entitled nothing new she’s just owning it this time, she’ll pay and pay dearly. Sam & Carly will trying to kill the twit and hopefully they both get to smack the taste out of her mouth, sick of her constantly smacking people. Jason does she really think Jason will want her when the truth comes out. All her whining about them never having a chance if Jason really wanted her he would have been with her. The one person never mention was Danny never knowing his daddy, but why should Lizzie care about that none of her kids know theres. UGH!!! Can you tell I hate this girl!

Shelby
Shelby

Just like Sam never cared about Liz’s child (baby Jake) twice, it’s now Liz’s turn not to care about Sam’s for the second time. Karma’s a bi***. And I wouldn’t care so much about whether or not Jason forgives Liz. If he can go back to Sam after threatening to kill her, no doubts Liz/Jake (jJason’s) relationship will ultimately heal thyself. Also, Carly has no place to talk about denigrating anyone for their actions, considering she lied about the cold-blooded murder of her beloved son’s biological father at the hand’s of his adoptive father. As far as Sam’s concerned, considering her long litany of crimes, who’s she to pass judgment? Her history of crimes far outweighs Liz’s. All Liz is doing really is taking a page out of Sam and Carly’s book. And considering they’re the best at lying, manipulating and scheming, Liz has learned from the best.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Yay for this!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I agree, Shelby. I said something similar on another post regarding Rick. Basically, what he did was no worse than Nic keeping Jason’s identity a secret…and now Liz doing the same. Then there’s Carly who continually calls Rick a snake, yet how many despicable things has she done…pouring alcohol on AJ when he was passed out so everyone would think he was drinking again….and that’s just one of her many heinous acts. What Liz Said was true, most of the people of Port Charles have done their share of underhanded deeds..unfortunately…in the end this one will backfire on Liz…big time….

The Substitute
The Substitute

Please these are fictional characters I hope no one who posts on this board is part of the fan base for Sam who are posting pictures of Becky on the Internet beat up! If you are you should be ashamed of yourselves and I hope RC does something to stop this social media frenzy again. I hated that he put her right back in this mess and I hope KM tells her so called fans to stop it it is sick.

ree
ree

Love REBECCA HERBST.

madluv4u
madluv4u

Ditto!

Kalle
Kalle

Dr. O’s (Kathleen Gati) 99 Balloons song was refreshing. It was great to watch Ned (Wally Kurth) perform on stage. There were some touching moments: Emma’s song, Spencer meeting his Mom.

LizFF
LizFF

I loved this article Becky was amazing, and I just love Liz. You know other people have done worse, Liz said it best everyone in that room has lied & cheated to get what they want. I’m glad Liz is finally gonna make sure she get’s her happiness with Jason, it’s about time bring it Lizzie.

Timmm
Timmm

Part 1: Lame. The opening number was horrible!

Part 2: Much better. The boys striptease was good and I loved their song choice, “What you Need.” The girls number was not to bad.

Part 3: Really good. Patrick and Emma was great. Courtney and Spenser was the best! Snorbrina actually shined in the closing number! LOVED that Liz kept Nick’s secret, called out half of Port Charles and declared this her time to be happy.

Conclusion: Happy to always have the Nurse Ball on TV. I wish the production values were higher and the focus was on the show and performance and not so story driven.

Bonus point: I love Wally Kurth and loved Eddie Maine back singing the Queen classic. It is an absolute SIN he is leaving for Days. Ned Ashton should be the Patriarch of the Q’s and take over for Edward. So sad he is leaving.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Love your post, Timmm.
I keep hearing the name Eddie Maine being thrown around here and there. No clue….so I looked him up. ….everything is crystal clear now. LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

You Tube him singing “The Seventh Son.”

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ Timmm.
I did…he’s fantastico….thanks, Timmm.

Rose
Rose

Cee Cee…I really enjoyed the Eddie Mane era. It was fun,funny and R&R. Especially “Eddie’s” relationship with Lois/Rena Soper. She was fabulous. You can see her now as Quinn on Y&R. Still a bit of a quirky character to say the least. Plus, it introduced J Jaxs who I wish they would bring back. He’s just the type to throw a wrench into the takeover of ELQ since that is his business. Would be a great OKCorral between him and Nik.

Rose
Rose

CeeCee Cee. Oops! Quinn on B&B.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’m completely disappointed Ned is leaving, too. There is something so likable…so stable about him. Just love his presence and will feel his absence on the show.

Timmm
Timmm

I would love to meet him. I bet he is the best!

abruzzfan
abruzzfan

I agree Timmm. Ned would be a great Patriarch of the Q’s. Sad to see him go.

Fanny
Fanny

Great post Timmm.

Timmm
Timmm

Thank you Fanny.

Ces
Ces

The show was a good one once you fast forward through all the cheesy performances. You get 15 minutes of good storyline.

S.U.
S.U.

Rebecca Herbst has been outstanding throughout this whole Nurse’s Ball. From her heartache and shock in learning Jake is really Jason to her realization that she can never win and choosing to take hold of the happiness she sees within reach. I can’t say that I blame her. Her speech made some sense. The liars, cheats and schemers of Port Charles get away with far worse. Just look at Sonny and Carly. That closing scene was beautifully done and so symbolic.

Dee
Dee

Rebecca Herbst has been the absolute, unequivocal star of the Nurses Ball this year! There is no denying that. Liz is wrong for keeping the lie, but after she gave her reasons I couldn’t help but just say, “Go on Liz, do what you gotta do!”. She’s right, she’s played by the rules and always gets steamrolled. I’m looking forward to her taking control of the situation and going after what she wants. I love Liz and Nik and I love Liz and Jake, it’s a win/win for this viewer!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, Dee. I can understand her reasoning…..she wants a piece of the moon and the sun and every kind of that elusive thing called love. It seems that love has slipped through her fingers many a time. Yes, that town is a den of vipers; vampires (LOL) who have sold their souls to the devil over and over….but, two wrongs do not a right make ( well, except in Algebraic equations, lol). I love Liz, but she will rue the day she was not straight with Jake. The truth always finds a way of coming out.
I guess not in soaps, right , Dee.
As Timmm said…no one pays for crimes committed on GH.

Fanny
Fanny

I shed a a few tears when Elizabeth realized Jake had chosen
their son’s name as his own, all those months ago…
Even then he remembered something of his past with her.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I love Liz but she hasn’t really always played by the rules. She slept with Nic over and over again when she was engaged to Lucky. This will be a great love story…until the truth comes out.

Fanny
Fanny

UR right Rebecca, it’s inevitable. Hopefully the truth and consequences
won’t crush her.

crimson151
crimson151

Rebecca Herbst was stunning the past couple of days, a true powerhouse performance for real! I gotta say as a longtime LizFF I am intrigued. The story has a ton of potential if done right and I can’t really complain about any of the writing for her the last couple of days even if it was a neck snapping 180 LOL. Anyway it if great to see Becky given some material she can really sink her teeth into. I hope she goes for it and gets that slice of happiness before its inevitably blown all to kingdom come and when it does, I want her to own it and then move on. Hopefully she will move onto a relationship with Nikolas because if the last few days have shown me anything its that Becky and Tyler Christopher are some of the best acting partners on the show right now. Still I hope to enjoy watching Jake and Liz grow closer. Becky & Billy have great chemistry!

missellie
missellie

There were many fine performance at the NB this year but I can’t help but be disappointed with the writing for Liz. She had just finished telling Ric off for his lying and scheming and then she does the exact same thing!

I feel that these actions, on the part of Elizabeth, is totally out of character….that is why I feel so betrayed by what she did. Yes, the scenes were well acted but I’m looking for a cohesive story, not a writer’s folly!

aria
aria

I wish Liz would of told the truth, but her excuse is valid up to a point, especially regarding how all the other characters on the show get away with lying, that was point on., still, eve though RC was trying to show both sides, i feel he’s going to screw the liz character at the end. i can see it coming, the wrath of the likes of Carly, Sam, and Jake/Jason will follow mainly because its obvious that RC wants sam with jason. I’m still hoping jason doesn’t remember his old self, because i like this version better, hope he understands were liz was coming from. Okay, i have a lot to say about this storyline, but i’ll wait to see how it plays out. as for other things going on, oh my goodness can they stop playing ‘your not alone” , this song is so cheesy, i can’t stand it. i love little emma, but geeez how quickly she has moved on, she barely interacted with sabrina at all and vise versa, this is a great example of how bad RC is at continuity, why would little emma outright ignore Sabrina? patrick barely said hello, and how awkward for sabrina to have to perform with Sam. I see Duke biting the dust, how more obvious then to have Anna now wanting to reconscile right before he’s killed, gee thanks for the flashback it will make us all miss him less.. So heres what i’m going to do, i’m going to enjoy any scenes i get out of jake and Elisabeth, before RC starts his plot to make Elisabeth the towns most hated character once Carly Sam and company find out she kept a secret from their skank ass. I jake turns on her, hopefully theres still prince Nikolas, especially since he’s now claiming to have balls, hope he defends her when they decide to burn her at the stake..

Shay
Shay

Little Emma…and her daddy, Patrick…..have traded up! Why would they wax nostalgic over their old jalopy when they now have a sleek, shiny roadster model in their midst????? And Aria….thank you, thank you for mentioning your annoyance with that barf-inducing ballad “You’re Not Alone.” I thought I was the only one who had had it up to here with it.!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

No, Shay…I hated that number. Not a fan of that song, myself.
I just have my guard up….saying anything infinitesimally negative will cause to wake and erupt that monster, Vesuvius. There seems to be a persecuting league after me…LOL.

Jen
Jen

Rebecca Herbst is fantastic. While I’m dismayed by Elizabeth’s decision, she’s emotionally overwhelmed right now (far too much emotional stuff was thrown at her in a very short amount of time at the ball). Rebecca Herbst totally sold Elizabeth’s reasoning, making Elizabeth shake with emotion–and it made made sense from Elizabeth’s viewpoint because she hasn’t been treated well by many people while she tries to be a kind and compassionate person. She’s not perfect, but no soap character is. It wouldn’t be a soap if people were perfect. It was a wonderful performance.

I enjoyed the singing at the nurses’ ball. Throughout the year, I tend to forget that several of the actors and actresses can sing so it’s always fun to see them get to show off their other talents during the nurses’ ball.

Tracy
Tracy

I had been thinking that Rebecca Herbst’s performance throughout the Nurse’s Ball had been impressive, but yesterday she was breathtaking. Even a first-time viewer would’ve known that it was a pivotal moment for Elizabeth. Just the memory gives me goosebumps! Of course RH has had some fantastic scene partners in RiH and TC, who are always in the moment when they’re with her. (I hope Billy Miller can keep up LOL!) She and TC in particular achieve something truly special in every scene they share. I don’t know where this story for Elizabeth and Jake is going to end up, but I’m strapped in for a ton of angst and heartbreak, AND more of RH’s acting master class. As for the Nurse’s Ball itself, I enjoyed it this year. I thought all the numbers were entertaining – I didn’t even mind the Aveeno stuff.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Wow. What a terrible story. Elizabeth has grown so much as a character, yet they STILL have her lying. Of course she will be with Jason now, but once EVERYONE finds out she knew and lied, she will be an outcast and thus her feuds with Carly and Sam can begin again. So pathetic and shameful.

SW
SW

Gahh!!! Couldn’t agree more! So disappointed by the same old same old storytelling. RH/Liz deserve better than this!!!

Laurie
Laurie

Chrystie Delancey,

Yes, she just keeps repeating past mistakes, kind of like Maxie. However, I don’t think Liz will keep up the lie. I think she was overcome!! I don’t think she can go long knowing Danny doesn’t have his dad, and yes, Patrick can be a dad, but there’s no sub for your real dad. If Sam were to stay with Patrick he could have 2 dads! IF she didn’t really give a rip about Danny, she does care about Jake-omitting info about a son right there in PC for Jake will be too much for her, unless she’s pregnant with his child soon.

Lori
Lori

I LOVE the Nurse’s Ball, but I also was left saddened, but that’s okay, I’d rather watch the Ball and be sad than not watch it at all. As to the question, I do not believe that Elizabeth can hold to this. I agree with her, but Elizabeth is not selfish at the core and I believe that if there is a crack in anyone’s relationship – it’d change how she deals with it. That being said – she’s right, she does deserve happiness…but not at the expense of anyone else’s happiness and I think eventually she will crumble…as I believe so will Nicholas in his quest to become fully Prince Nicholas.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

LiZ called Ric a snake but she is an even bigger asphole keeping Jason a secret…away from his family and friends…oh, Jason will learn the truth on his wedding day to Liz during November sweeps…Spenser not part of the nurses ball but manages to use the big screen…wish the little phantom dropped a chandelier on certain acts…where are the stagehands…Sabrina fired from the hospital but is in the nurses ball…yet NO MONICA!!!

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Not to mention she has NO connection to Lulu, yet she took center stage for the Haunted Starletts number.

Shay
Shay

And add to that, we were subjected to her presence on stage FOUR different times, plus the ridiculous plug for the hand lotion….why didn’t they just call the event “Sapsterpalooza” and be done with it???? Gag me with a spoon….

Shay
Shay

Annnnddd, jimh….Only ONE number from our esteemed Dr. O.!!!!! That was absolutely criminal! (No pun intended…..)

su0000
su0000

OK.. I wanna say;
I like Jake.. I want to watch his journey..
I like Jake better than Jason..
I would like if Jake shows some of Jason traits, becomes a cross of Jason and Jake but I do not want Jason back, I’m luvin Jake!!!

but- Liz and her big mouth will ruin it, it is inevitable that somehow Jason will be revealed and that will really tick me off !!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…Jake should show some of Jason traits and that will eventually happen…Jason will probably be revealed either on his wedding day to Liz or his son Danny will have a medical crises and Liz will be forced to tell Jake he is really Jason!!!

su0000
su0000

Jihm..
I believe Jason will be revealed during the Cassadine attempt to take over ELQ..
Jason’s stocks will be needed to keep it in Quartermain hands..
Jason’s reveal will be during the takeover.. imo

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Maybe Aiden will be the one who has the medical crisis and Jake is a match! How can this be? Unless he really isn’t Jason at all .. he’s LUCKY! That would be a great twist, and Liz&Jake could live happily ever after ..

Timmm
Timmm

Liz will have her time with Jason but she is not an evil bitch like Carly. Liz will eventually come clean and do the right thing. I think the first thing she will do is try and work Danny into Jason’s life. That might spike Sam’s curiosity a bit. Carly will keep nipping at Jake’s heels and she will find something odd and maybe stumble onto the truth. Hayden might be the one to throw the truth in Carly’s face? Maybe Robin comes home and Jake has more flashes of his and her connection and HE remembers he is Jason and kicks Liz to the curb and runs back into Sams arms and Robin, played by Elizabeth Hendrickson, reunites with Patrick.

su0000
su0000

no no no Timmm,
Liz will not come clean..
She wants to be loved and Jake will love her and her bonus is that he is Jason..
I think RC/Team are sick and tired of Liz being a Mother Teresa, a change is a good thing for Liz..
This will go on through the Cassadines/Nik, taking over ELO story..
Somewhere in that story Jason will be reviled, not before..
but-
by then Jake will be so in love with Liz that he won’t want back with Sam..
He will forgive Liz..
There is sooooooooooo much more to come..
RC & FV and team are going to move more pieces before a checkmate in this game ..

Timmm
Timmm

I like bad Liz so I guess her sister will not be casted? Fans had talked about Sarah coming to PC to cause friction and stir things up. Liz does need more family even if her sister is a pain in the azz! I think Jim H. is right, Liz and Jake will hit the wedding chapel and his true identity will be revealed then and there. Maybe August? But like you said, there is a lot of story here so maybe this doesnt happen until November.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I like that, Su. The idea that Jason will emerge at the/during ELQ takeover….sound deduction.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

We’ve long want EH as a recast Robin and i will continue to keep my fingers crossed…i also wish Monica was shown at the nurses ball…she is Jakesons stepmommy and should be on at least a couple of times of month…puzzled by why Jakeson seems familiar to her and eventually realizing he is her long thought dead son…i was just ok with the NB this year…some entertaining moments here and there…KG was my favorite moment with Red Balloons!!!

Timmm
Timmm

No Bobbie or Scotty either.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I believe Jake and Liz will set to marry and on their wedding day the truth will come out or Danny will have some medical problem and a guilty Liz will be forced to tell Jake he is really Jason…and hopefully Monica will be there when the truth comes out!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Monica who?

CeeCee
CeeCee

That sounds good too, jimh. I also think, jake’s memory won’t come all at once…he will remember in flashes….a little bit at a time. And then, BOOM….when the time is ripe. But, I think it needs to be something big to jar the flood of memories.

JUDY
JUDY

I WAS SURPRISED HOW TALENTED THE CAST IS…..CANT WAIT TO SEE EVEN MORE OF BILLY MILLER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

SOCRE! Elizabeth Herbst should be front and center more than she is. This show needs a solid heroine among the quirky and criminal.

Donna Green
Donna Green

Loved the Nurses Ball but didn’t think there was enough acts this year. What’s really got me pissed off though is that we’re not getting the Jason reveal. I read we may not have this reveal until November. Really?? Haven’t we all waited long enough? Now Liz is keeping the secret so she’s really no better than Rick. Danny deserves to get to know his father. The producers dropped the ball on this one because this storyline has gone on WAY TOO LONG!!! Not a happy GH fan right now.

Mary SF
Mary SF

It is a bit of a disappointment when writers have women throw away their ethics and values for a man. I don’t see how the character Elizabeth I know could ever be happy lying day in and day out to the man she loves. Story wise I get this is the more interesting route, but eventually the truth will come out and her keeping the secret will backfire in her face. The only way Liz can have her happy ever after, is if Jake isn’t Jason, but some poor slob Helena conditioned to think he was Jason — and the real Jason, will eventually show up when Steve Burton ever decides to come back.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

That’s what I said .. maybe Jake isn’t really Jason at all. It would be romantic if he turned out to be Lucky.

Susie
Susie

I think it’s super f_ _ _ _ _ _ selfish of Liz to be keeping the secret of Jake’s (Jason’s) true identity. He has a wife and son who love him very much. Sorry, but for now I’m not liking Liz at all for her decision. Sam and her son Danny have the right to know that Jason is alive. Makes me sick that Liz is behaving this way. I get it, she’s had a bad lunch K with all the men in her life, but it doesn’t excuse her decision. BAD ELIZABETH! Have his true identity be revealed already. Ugh!

The Substitute
The Substitute

Rebecca this should be your emmy reel for next year! I don’t get into the fights of who belongs with who because it is a soap and nobody stays together for long. I just bet you RC already has her pregnant by Ric and have her say it is Jake’s. Same old tango!

Patrick
Patrick

“oh, no” I hope not

it’s time for Liz to tango… with her own conviction…. irregardless of the circumstances

just to see her “acting” some thing any thing… just her flawless self… (well a tad thin)

radiant that she is… this could be a surefire win for the actress to act and show hidden layers to this beloved character

have to agree, tho , w/MarySF post… how could Liz… lie/lay with Jake… day in and day out… if she’s in love

LOL : am loving all the posts… what an intriguing turn with mystery !

CeeCee
CeeCee

I do agree with you, Timmm. I think Liz acted impulsively. She is, fundamentally, a good person, and she will fess up in due time. But, will it be too late?

Fanny
Fanny

Jake/Jason will feel BETRAYED, Carly and Sam will chew her up and
spit her out before roasting her over an open flame…
Will it be too late? Most likely. However before that all comes to pass…
I’d really like for Elizabeth to find a modicum of happiness with Jason,
if only 4 a little while. She loved him first, she’s loved him the longest.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Same here, Fanny. However, I see doom and gloom on the horizon for Liz.
I do not wish Carly’s wrath upon anyone. As you predict….many will chew Liz up and spit her out.
There is no good ending here….unless, Jake loves her enough to understand and forgive her.
I think she is acting without thinking. I mean….she’s a mother. Sooner or later, the bell will go off in her head that there is an innocent child in their midst (Danny) , who deserves to know his father.

Patrick
Patrick

I hope Liz finds her backbone moxie and chutzpa and (LOL) her bearings… whatever it takes to commando Carly and Sam

GH writers w/Rebecca Herbst : this is your chance : meld : STAR

Marquee : HIT

rose
rose

OK it wasn’t the 50th Anniversary Nurse’s Ball with Rick Springfield, Frisco, and Mumbles, but this years NB had some really good moments for me…Patrick and Emma’s duet, and Sabrina and Tiffany doing ‘You’re Not Alone.’’… But my favorites were Spinelli singing ‘It Might Be You,’ the theme song from Tootsie (a great “soap” movie), Ned/Eddie Main, Anna and Duke’s tango, and Dr. O and the Red Balloons.

And a big WOW to all of Lucy’s dresses/gowns. They stand at least on par with the probably-way-more-expensive-ones on other Red Carpets seen on prime-time networks, as do Lucy and many performers at the Nurses Ball.

Hint, hint…bring the Daytime Emmys to national tv so everyone can see them live.

Also, re: Elizabeth saying she will keep the Jake/Jason secret. Although not a big fan of this character (think Rebecca’s acting of late has been great), I think she’s just had a bit of a I’ve-had-it-breakdown because of the final Rick fiasco. This kind of lie is not her style, even though she has also crossed the line in the past when she cheated on Lucky with his brother Nikolas. Just hope she fesses up before she’s discovered. Probably not because this is GH.

Becky
Becky

I loved the musical performances by everyone, especially Patrick and Emma. It just does not seem right without Robin. Oh how I wish someday she returns.

Robin from East Tennessee
Robin from East Tennessee

Well, I think she should woman up and tell the dude (Jason) the truth. I think it is time for every selfish person to stop lying to the man. Tired of this to say the least!

Fanny
Fanny

First let me say that Rebecca / Elizabeth was undoubtedly the loveliest woman
at the nurses ball. From the dress to the hair and makeup, perfectly executed.
When she tries to make Nik understand that it’s now her turn, her chance at
happiness with Jake/JASON. Elizabeth makes you feel what’s in her heart…
Unfortunately it will be short lived, since every time “Jake” comes across Sam
he gets a sense of déjà vu, in his case déjà lived. It will all come to a head because
Sam will be the catalyst that unleashes Jake/Jason’s memory.
Elizabeth still had a chance to explain, before she asked him to stay…
Oh Elizabeth, what have you done….

su0000
su0000

RC and FV did not bring Bikky Miller over to be ‘thee’ Jason..
SB owns ”stone cold” for 22 years, not replaceable..
But-
Jake will be on a journey to find out who he will be, which direction he will go..
Billy Miller is nothing like SB, not at all.. So Billy will not be Stone Cold..
I think Jake will be a hybrid mix of Jake and Jason, but he will not be ”thee’ Jason..
He is Jason but he will not be Jason;Jason in name only .. way I see it..

Laurie
Laurie

Fanny,
A few things I don’t understand:

If it dawned on her that when he remembered the name “Jake” when he woke up that “he was remembering their son”, which he was, does she think the remembering stops there? How about when he remembered, or should I say, felt something familiar about The Quartermaine’s pics hanging on the hospital wall? Their pics and names were familiar-she was the one he told. I guess she ignored Carly or Patrick’s mouth that blabbed in front of her in the GH hospital room after his last surgery that Jake had been having intimate “dreams” or “flashes” of him&Sam having sex.

I’ll start this w/a possible spoiler that I don’t think will come to pass:
I saw a while ago Jake would flash back to carrying a woman in his arms & the woman looks not alive. ??? Doesn’t mean she was dead. But, someone suggested perhaps it’s when Jason carried Robin offstage at the 1st Nurse’s Ball in 96 I think..? A few wks ago Jake was at Patrick’s and saw a pic of Robin & recognized her face (been waiting&waiting for that!!). Although Patrick had smoke rolling from his ears when Jake said that & Sam said he must have just seen her pic at Liz’s, Jake knew better but quit trying to convince them. Liz doesn’t know that I don’t think. But FF to the current Nurse’s Ball, and for some IGNORANT, MINDLESS, OOPSIE reason Liz gets onstage & tells the story of when Jason carried Robin offstage at the 1st nurse’s ball (that she wasn’t even in town yet for IDT). Jason cared deeply for Robin. She was some would argue, his 1st love. Liz knows this. I’d say zip about Jason from here on out if she wants to move on w/him, not jog his memory!! Just my opinion.

Fanny
Fanny

Laurie, UR right on all fronts.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Exactly, Laurie. I said the same thing. These flashes are paving the road to all of Jake’s dormant memories to reawaken. Bits and pieces of them. When he will finally remember? All these images will make sense soon enough…..in living color.
You also make the most important point, I think , when you say that the images don’t just stop there.
It is pretty foolish of Liz to thing that Jake’s memory would not return. She’s a nurse, for goodness sake. She cannot be that dumb.
This is why I think she is not thinking rationally.
I don’t know much about Liz, but I’ve witnessed her regret the rash decisions she makes.
As I said, the only way for Liz and Jake to make it, is for her to come clean…honesty is the only way. Is Liz the type to live with such a life-changing lie?
If Jake’s love for Liz is strong, he will forgive her . She did not want to lose him…thus, the duplicity, that would be her explanation, as twisted as that reasoning that may be.
Also, once Jake remembers he has a wife and son, there is no guarantee that he will remain with Liz. He may discover that his love for Sam is steadfast….that she means more to him than Liz. Then what? Will Sam choose to stay with Patrick? What a dilemma….perfect soap fodder.

Kaffen
Kaffen

……waiting for MS.THING to get whats coming to her…

can’t wait to see Danny…+ His mother…..

Sam get Olivia…

where is Silas ?

fginaspy
fginaspy

I understand Elizabeth’s reasons for keeping the Jake is Jason secret. However, I find it character assassination. I would prefer she tell only Jake the truth and let what happens happen. He could decide to stay with her anyway or at least until he remembers who he is.

I never cared that she cheated on Lucky time and time again. Elizabeth is a flawed character. I’d like her to tell Jake because she doesn’t want to lie and cheat like everyone else. Did I just say she cheated on Lucky…

Patty
Patty

Shame on Elizabeth !!! How selfish can someone be !!! Her negligence cost Jason one son and now her selfishness is costing him another. I HATE this storyline. Send Hayden packing and bring back Brit !!! Love Ellie and Spinelli back together. Sabrina should be with Patrick. Sam and Patrick are boring !!!! Michael is boring with any woman he’s been with. Morgan needs to take over the Mob along with Kiki !!!

Angela
Angela

I agree Patty! She lies and manipulates all the time. She acts like she lost Lucky because of someone else’s actions, uh nope, you slept with his Brother. You lied about all 3 of your kids Daddy’s, then used Jake against Jason. What did Monica ever do to her? She is keeping her only living child from her too, not to mention Danny. I love how she said, Patrick will be his Dad. Wow, just cause your kids don’t have a father doesn’t mean Danny doesn’t need his real one. I can’t wait for Carly to lay the smack down on her for this lie.

Mia
Mia

Love Becky. Would be great if you actually interviewed her. So glad she is getting a story line these days that is worthy of her talent.

Dainta
Dainta

What was the name of the song played in the love scene with Jake and Liz on Thursday May 7th. I can’t find it anywhere !

Charlene fipps
Charlene fipps

I wished there were singing by these actors n actresses on G.H. GREAT SING ING N DANCING! LOVE IT EVERY TIME! !!! I LOOK FORWARDS TO IT ESPECIALLY LAST YEAR WHEN SUBRINA N EMMA SANG ! YAHOO LOVED IT! THERES 10 OF US WATCHING IT N ALL LOVE IT!!!! LOVING G.H.#CHA

Charlene fipps
Charlene fipps

I L♡VE G.H.been watching since Luke n laura was teens n R♡bin was jus a little girl! I hated when she left! I WAS SO GLAD WHEN COURTNEY ♡SHOWED UP! I LOVE THE NURSES BALL, ALWAYS LOOK FORWARDS TO IT! THE SINGING N DANCING IS AWESOME, TY FOR HAVING IT EVERY YEAR! I ALREADY MISS ♡LAURA N NOW LUKE ♡IS REALLY GOING TO B MISSED! TY FOR GENERAL HOSPITAL♡ I MISS ♡♡JASON,ALAN, GFATHER, GMOTHER♡♡, AMY♡, ROBERT,COURTNEY♡♡ N SO MANY MORE! I WE JUS DONT WANT JORDAN OR HER FAMILY TAKE OFF EITHER! THERES 10 OF US WATCHING THIS SHOW N WE ALL MISS JASON! But WE DO LIKE THE NEW GUY, JUS SUBRINA. W DR.D N OF COURSE JASON W SAM N THEIR SON, N NICKOLAS W ELIZABETH! ANY WAY WE LOVE G.H. ANYWAY! LOVE ALL U GUYS ANYWAYS! CHARLENE Fipps N 9 Others☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Liz
Liz

Just a little question about the spoiler about Jason carrying a body that looks not to be alive. Remember he carried Emily when she died and that was his sister so maybe he remembers her?

Flame Girl
Flame Girl

I just caught up after being on vacation!!

I LOVED, LOVED LOVED the performance Rebecca gave as Elizabeth!!! SO glad she is getting meaty material. For that reason I will continue to watch and hope they right this wrong of her keeping Jake Doe’s identity secret. May she come to her senses soon and be brave enough to weather the heartache.

Great set up… now surprise me Ron!

General Hospital

GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin's World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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