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Bobbie’s Diabetes Diagnosis Serves Up Story For Longtime GH Vet, Jackie Zeman

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On Wednesday’s episode General Hospital viewers, and Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman), learned that she has type 2 diabetes.  Lucas (Ryan Carnes) who has type 1, tells his mother that she tested positive for the disease.

Reeling from the diagnosis, Bobbie can’t understand how she has it when she takes very good care of herself.  To give her a dose of reality, Lucas says it is happening and now, and more than ever, she really needs to take care of herself, because it could lead to a number of health complications if not managed properly.

This gives long-running and beloved GH cast member Jackie Zeman some story to play.  In an interview with TV Insider on GH telling another important medical issue, Zeman shared: “The complexity of getting to play Bobbie having type 2 diabetes is very interesting because there are so many people who are affected by diabetes in this country. We should have it on the show. This story is a reminder of the complexities of life, the cycle of life. Wonderful things happen and challenging things happen. Sometimes, they happen at the same time. You have to look at it and say it’s all good.”

As to how GH will be dealing with Bobbie’s type 2 diabetes medical diagnosis, Jackie expressed: “They say that stress is a big factor. One of the symptoms is thirst. Also, vision gets blurry. A lot of people in the health care profession are always too busy taking care of everybody else. It’s easy for Bobbie to dismiss the symptoms. She thinks I’ll get to it when I get to it.”

So, what do you think about GH having Bobbie Spencer have diabetes?  Do you hope the show continues to shed light for some time to come by a disease  shared by so many in the world?  Comment below.

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Jim
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Jim

This is a good topic to share considering the show is called General Hospital. Also kill off Shilow and and a great who done it for fall

Shay
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Shay

@Jim…Port Charles’ sickening Svengali absolutely needs to go bye-bye! May I suggest he receives the “Rasputin” treatment? That should assure his demise will be a permanent one!

Timmm
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Timmm

ANY story for one of the beloved vets, I’m on board! Diabetes is a MAJOR issue and I hope GH says on top of this like they have with Alzheimer! Go Jackie!

Leslee Nevius
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Leslee Nevius

One of the things that GH does so well is their ability to showcase medical and social issues that are prevalent in our country. By drawing attention to Type 2 Diabetes, GH is opening viewers’ eyes about the symptoms and difficulties associated with the disease. I’m hoping that it starts dialogues in families and between doctors and patients, and I truly hope that this is not going to be a short story arc but one that cycles back during good times and bad. Bobbie is the perfect character for this story line…as are her family and friends, who will give… Read more »

Leslee Nevius
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Leslee Nevius

…”support and love she needs.”

Rodd
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Rodd

I’m happy for her to have some story to play other than a sentence or two here or there. Don’t know how much more they’re going to get out of this story other than a PSA, but hope there’s something more for Jackie to play. I really liked seeing her and Ryan playing across from each other as “mother and son”. GH needs to mine the familial relationships more and deeper, IMHO.

Patrick
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Patrick

Ok Frank. You’re going to have me, weeping. Where is this coming from? Are you listening? First Kevin, some Dante, now big Mac… Horizon,. My vixen my lady my love. Her wherewithal is so present. Excitement build

su000
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su000

Hi Patric 🙂 Ok- ‘Diabetes’ Is that a new one or, how many characters have diabetes?? Soap Health Crisis is overwhelming. (is it the disease of the month) –Many Transplants; Liver, Heart, Kidneys — Many- Brain Tumours — Deaf now Hears– Blind then sight– MS– Many Many Cancers– Amnesia too many to remember lol — Aids- Many Miscarriage — Brain Worms –Comas — Paralyzed– — Whatever the disease of the Month is a character will have it. So- what will the next health crisis be? Well?? lol 0ooh- Leprosy- Malaria – Black Plague? None have been used yet, right?? AHA!!… Read more »

Omar
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Omar

Spot on su000..So lame…Diabetes? Will Bobbie make it?? Stay tuned to the continuing stories of GH! Smh

Satan
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Satan

You forgot the greatest medical miracle in the history of daytime…. when Phillip Kiriakis got his leg blown off in Iraq, but it somehow grew back.

Shay
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Shay

With all the casual hook-ups that happen in Port Charles, an STD storyline certainly wouldn’t go amiss, su! Especially in the over 50’s crowd, as such diseases are actually running rampant in that particular “real life” demographic..(No shortage of prospective GH characters who could be included in that group, but I won’t name names…) The only time I vaguely even recall such subject matter being broached in daytime was on Y&R eons ago…I believe a teenaged Nikki and Paul were involved in that one, although I really wasn’t allowed to watch it due to my tender age, so I cannot.… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi Shay,
Maybe you were too young back then, but when Lily and Colleen on Y&R, first got interested in boys, Lily met bad boy Kevin, he seduced her to his apartment, where she lost her virginity and wound up with an STD.

Shay
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Shay

Thank you for sharing your recollections with me, Violet! Those names which you have referenced don’t ring a bell for me…my first brief glimpses of Y&R came in the waning days of the Brooks Sisters (especially Lorie and Lesley….I thought Jaime Lynn Bauer was the show’s most elegant and sophisticated character…I just loved to see what that statuesque beauty was wearing…no matter the fashion choice, she always looked fabulous!) However, my more regular viewing began with the advent of the Abbotts….but I do remember Nikki’s sis, Dr. Casey Reed, who was decidedly frosty to the notion of sex, much unlike… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Shay
Thanks for sharing my memories. I also loved the Brooks sisters, and their own unique stories. I thought their dad was the most handsome man.I still enjoy seeing Jamie Lynn Bauer when she plays Jennifer’s mom on Days. I am surprised that you do not remember Neil’s daughter Lily and Traci’s daughter Colleen and all the trouble they’d get into as teens.Thanks for the holiday wishes, and right back at you. I live in San Diego, so will be watching the fireworks from N.Y on TV.

Shay
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Shay

@Violet…Thank you for clearing up the mystery regarding Y&R’s “Colleen” and “Lily!” I didn’t realize you were speaking of characters from what, the ‘90’s on? I thought that they were from the show’s early days before I even watched it. Although I really enjoyed the ‘80’s version of Y&R, mainly because of Jack and Ashley Abbott, I pretty much quit watching once Terry Lester stopped playing his naughty, saucy “Jack The Lad”….there was simply no way that “Dr. Cliff Warner” was ever going to fill that role for me! Hence unless the discussion revolves around characters still remaining from that… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi Shay Thanks for your quick response. First of all I didn’t realize that you weren’t a regular Y&R viewer. I also loved Terry Lester, more so on ATWT. Is GH the only soap you watch? I watch all of them, but have stopped B&B for awhile, too disturbing SL right now. I was born on L.I but grew up in Connecticut, with the scary hurricanes, worst in my memory was 1937. Being only 5 yrs.old, I’ve never forgotten it. I lived in the mid- west for while, and it was tornado warnings, so when I arrived in Cal. I… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

It’s always my pleasure, Violet! Alas, “GH” is the only soap I “follow” these days….I cannot even call myself a viewer that much anymore…I read recaps, see what everyone here has to say about the latest developments and then take an online peek at certain characters I still enjoy like Anna, Robert, Laura, et al…but I was a HUGE fan of the show back in the ‘80’s and on-and-off since then. Then again, I watched nearly all the soaps back in the day, requiring multiple VCR machines to stay up on the sheer volume of episodes available each week….but that… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi Shay I have probably watched every soap there has been over the years. I started in 1954, and The Edge Of Night, Secret Storm, ATWT, GL, etc. were among favorites. I really did not get in to Ryan’s Hope, but most of all the others you mentioned, I enjoyed at one time or another. I loved Santa Barbara especially, and was so sad to see it go.Nancy Ann Grahn, has hardly changed. Have felt no quake action, so am just holding my breath.Our weather is so beautiful, I have never been sorry moving to Ca. I truly believe it… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Violet…Ooooh, I forget to mention my passion for Edge of Night in its last years…thank you for the reminder, my fellow “Night Owl!”! I was totally enthralled with Charles Flohe’s Preacher…he was just sooooo dreamy and gorgeous, whilst Larkin Malloy’s Sky Whitney was as handsome and dashing as any soap opera leading man could have ever hoped to be. I was completely crushed when Monticello went dark….Santa Barbara was also a rollicking ride of good fun for a number of years before it went rapidly downhill toward eventual oblivion…Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed NLG’s resilient, determined Julia Wainwright,… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi Shay
First, thanks for the well wishes. I was a very big fan of S.B, although I felt they ruined it at the end, too much crazy stuff. I wanted to ask you if you watched Edge from the beginning? I was reminded of another Larkin, John, who was the first Mike Carr. Just a little nugget here.John also played Perry Mason on the radio, and he had such a distinctive voice, I recognized him right away, although I had never seen him. Another favorite was Secret Storm, that came on just before Edge.

Shay
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Shay

OMG, no!!!! I wasn’t near being born when EON began, Violet! My only experience with that soap was in its waning years….perhaps the last two, if even? For some reason, I started looking in on Monticello right before the time Preacher Emerson came on the scene…the day he arrived, it was like a thunderbolt moment…I was totally riveted by the amazing Charles Flohe!!! The fact that he had an uncanny resemblance—right down to certain facial expressions and phrases he used—to a real life beau whose family had recently moved away only added to my fascination …hence watching him was very… Read more »

ConnieMac
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ConnieMac

This is probably one of the most well-done informational pieces GH has ever done. For a problem that is out of control in the U.S., this was a great way to address it.

Glenda Fancy
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Glenda Fancy

As a person dealing with this I say thank you for thisstory lne.

DMRR
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DMRR

The writers are too inept to write such a story. We won’t hear from or see Bobbie in weeks (from now). I miss Gloria Monty and Wendy Riche.

DMRR
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DMRR

& Claire Labine.

heather
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heather

gloria monty ruined the show…wendy riche and claire labine made it great in the 90’s

Patrick
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Patrick

they ( frank/shelly/chris ) CERTAINLY – NEED – to put to rest Max Gail’ Mike. even I know it’s obvious .. Shelly/Chris are that lame… to keep trotting out absent minded Mike… seems more fitting than altzheimers’ doesn’t it? ALL of this misstep to PROP Maurice Benard. JOKE is on US.. the audience, who truly ARE in fact… affected by this horrific debilitating illness. I can give ONE prop to Shelly/Chris for the magical show of Jon Lindstrom.. AND all those in and around who stepped up to the plate… WOW !!! @GH Dante short RUN was proof positive DZ… Read more »

DMRR
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DMRR

Love Jon Lindstrom!

su000
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su000

There are; Diabetes support groups and a list of useful resources for people with diabetes for support offering factual information.
I would never get advice, about deadly health problems from a soap opera !!
Your doctor and their nurses are your information, not a soap opera.

And- the soaps having all these deadly diseases create hypochondriacs !! lol

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

suOOO, I have to agree with you. You don’t know how many times, back when I was young and gullible, I would be watching one soap or another, when someone had some mysterious disease, and I would wonder if I had it too. I have had diabetes 2 for many years,take medication and insulin, and the very last thing I need is having it preached about on a daily basis on a show I watch for a little escape from the real world, and some enjoyment. If I need help with my medical issues, I’ll watch an infomercial, or see… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Violet when I watched Marlena become possessed by the Devil, I became convinced I was possessed by the Devil too!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Harry
Stop pulling this old lady’s leg. I don’t walk too well these days, as it is.LOL!

Omar
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Omar

Patrick, you are so right!! Writing regime MUST go..Benard got his 2nd Emmy, enough of this drawn out storyline..It was good, now its time to end it!!

Jaclyn Zeman, is a legend and all she gets its this diabetes storyline?!! Wow, so heartbreaking!!

Rebecca Buding, please hurry back!! Please get rid of this ridiculous Shilo character..GH take a page from OLTL about psychotic cult leaders: Mitch Lawrence..Now that was entertaining!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Patrick
I so love Max Gail, but the way they are dragging this out is insane. The poor man acts perfectly normal one minute, except for forgetting names and then in the next breath is talking about marrying another man’s wife, with the encouragement of Sonny and Carly. I feel sorry for Marcus, just having to give into all this craziness. Okay, I’ve ranted enough, sorry!

Harry
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Harry

I love Jackie but feel Frank is teasing us long time viewers by dangling the vets before our eyes so we plod obediently forward with the show. Case in point? Robert and Mac Scorpio are back! And it felt like they never left as they acted in perfect lock step with each other. I hope Mac stays as the Port Charles police commissioner and Robert stays as the DA.No offense to Jordan, she has proven to woefully inept as police commissioner no matter what actress is playing her. The collective and positive reaction to seeing the Scorpio brothers reunited was… Read more »

Evelyn
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Evelyn

Ok, I got the message, GH has chosen a history of shining light on health issues. Just sometimes, the writing doesn’t flow, and feels more t like a PSA commercial. A lot of redundancy in statements….ie: diabetic heart, list of symptoms, death… Seemed too preachy.
I don’t mind that you have characters dealing with health issues, just be mindful its not a news or documentary show… its a day time drama!

Dan
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Dan

If you’re gonna tell a medical story, you might as well tell it factually and accurately. That’s one thing GH has done very well over the years, most recently with the Alzheimer’s storyline.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree with you, Evelyn. Frankly, I’m not for ANY medical stories unless it’s some guest player with a story. I have no desire to hear about any disease from a soap. I prefer romance, betrayal, cray cray, intrigue, war and peace, cops n robbers, and family, friends, enemies, etc, etc. Bring back the Helenas, Faisons, Cassadines and all the magical mysteries and mayhem. Leave the medical stuff to medical shows; escapism shouldn’t be doom and gloom ie..Oscar’s brain tumor. Hated it.

Anne
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Anne

I think it is a good ideal to show how to deal with a real life situation.

Omar
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Omar

As a Diabetic, I fiend this storyline stupid and boring..Is this a soap or an informercial?? Eat less carbs and do some exercise and your type 2 is under control..Like me, take your insulin and eat well and exercise and your type 1 is under control..I want to be entertain!! Give me some terminal brain tumor or something more extreme and dramatic to weep and cheer for recovery..Diabetes, Really GH!!!

Satan
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Satan

Some of the dialogue does seem a little bit too heavily scripted. I keep waiting for somebody to write Bobbie a prescription for a specific medication, and then…. what do you know, cut to a commercial advertising that very drug!

Not that I ever watch GH in real time and sit through 25 minutes of commercials…. but I’ve seen enough to know Big Pharma is a sizeable portion of those ads.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

THANK YOU Omar, Satan,
my sentiments exactly

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

OMG, Bobbie and Scotty, not again? Why not drag in Lucy too? The way she throws herself at men, especially Kevin, I’m sure she would love another go at Scott. So sorry that great-granny Bobbie has diabetes but there are other healthful ways to deal with it than starting up an old timer’s romance. I know I sound terrible saying this, but it is so boring to me. I like the old characters as well as anyone, but I’d rather they concentrate on the young people, as I’ve seen the others have their romances years ago. Ok guys, send me… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Are you suggesting a second round of rug wrestling between those two oversexed hussies of a certain age over whom gets to occupy Scotty’s bed (again….and again?) My word, Violet, that scenario was disgraceful enough the first time around…especially when Bobbie was proudly proclaiming her past as a prostitute after decades of trying to live down her tawdry teenage trade experience. As for the ever-hustling Coe, enough of her already….with her yearly overbearing stint pushing the NB thankfully over and done, it’s time to send her off to parts unknown where she can continue to gold dig, insinuate herself into… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Oh Shay You crack me up, as you do have a way with words that I sure agree with. There are so many Bobbie and Lucy lovers, that I’m afraid to say too much. I can never understand how and why these two women are admired so. I cringe every time Lucy hangs all over Kevin, calling him Doc, yuk! I like Scotty, but couldn’t stand him chasing after Bobbie, on his little skate board. I record the shows, and I will be FF if they start a romantic SL. They better hurry up, those old tomatoes have been hanging… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Oh, I hear you, Violet! I’ve been unimpressed with Bobbie and Lucy from their debuts…both were nasty, conniving tarts when they originally hit Port Charles, and as has been oft-observed, one never gets a second chance at making a first impression! Needless to add, they both failed my initial test, and that’s that, no matter how many redemptive reinventions the writers have attempted for those two men-hungry gals! As for Scottie, I’m really at a loss to figure out with whom he could next be paired unless it’s Alexis…they are appropriately aged and experienced for one another, and of course,… Read more »

rose
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rose

I know it’s called General Hospital, but I think I’ve had enough of all of the sickness, dying and big pharma commercials ( which I mute or change channels to avoid) that I can stand. Now we also have to get ready for Carly/Sonny’s new baby, just having been through Morgan, which along with Sonny’s dad, a story they keep dragging out. Along with the news, which I’m watching less and less of, and which is also depressing, I can really see the day I’m going to opt out of GH. It really has lost any semblance of love, fun,… Read more »

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

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On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

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For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

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