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Brooklyn Rae Silzer Chats On Her GH Goodbye, Final Scenes With Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough & How She Would Write Emma Back Into Story!

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On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, there could not have been a dry eye in the house if you were a longtime fan of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough), and their daughter Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer).  Viewers watched as the Drake family said farewell to Port Charles to start their new life in California.  With that, it not only meant  the final GH episode of Jason Thompson (who is now on The Young and the Restless) but for now of Kimberly McCullough, and talented young star, Brooklyn Rae Silzer.

In touching scenes during her final show, Emma watched as her parents remarried, then says goodbye to her beloved grandma Anna (Finola Hughes), and more.   In real life shortly before Thanksgiving, Brooklyn finished her final scenes that aired today with her longtime scene partner, Jason Thompson.   Together as Patrick and Emma, the actors created a unique and special bond, and relationship.

Tonight, following us watching the episode, we hopped on the phone with this little scene stealer to get her thoughts on the big Scrubs ending, her time at GH, her relationship with Jason Thompson,  how she hopes she will come back to the show for a visit and even a storyline that she thinks would be quite interesting for a return!  Taking her final bow (for now) with On-Air On-Soaps, here’s what Brooklyn had to share.

During Patrick and Robin’s wedding that aired on Thursday, each of them actually made some special vows to Emma during the ceremony.  What did you think of those moments?

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BROOKLYN:  It was really sweet.  I almost cried when they were filming it, but I know Jason really meant it because it was the last day.  It was our last scenes together as a family, and it was my final scenes with Kimberly and Jason.  I kinda didn’t want that scene to come, because I knew I was going to cry.  I’m happy for Jason, and I am just happy that I got to be there that day.

You spoke at Jason Thompson’s farewell and cake cutting ceremony that GH had on set during his final tape day.  What did you say?

BROOKLYN:  I just said how much I loved him, and that I’m happy for him. It was also very sad because it was our last day together, and our last day working together also at General Hospital.  I’m thankful for all of the shows that Jason helped me with, and that Mr. Frank (Valentini) gave me a chance to be on GH for such a longtime, and thankful to the writers that they wrote for me.  Everyone is so sweet there, and I’m going to miss them so much.

Can you believe what a cool experience this has been for you to be a major and beloved character on a television show for as many years as you have?

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BROOKLYN:  It was amazing!   I started out as little girl in pre-school.  It was just one scene I was supposed to do on the show, and it turned into four and a half years.  I am just so grateful that everyone over at GH took good care of me.  Jason Thompson felt like a real dad.  I felt like the Drakes were another family of mine, because I kinda grew up on the show.  It’s been half of my life.  I was really happy to have the experience with everyone there including: Mr. Frank, and all of the camera guys.   They are all so nice. 

Another touching goodbye scene was between Emma and her grandma Anna, played by Finola Hughes.

BROOKLYN:  Yes. Grandma helped me (Emma) get an airline ticket, so I can come visit at General Hospital some time.  Maybe, I can come visit Anna’s house sometime.  Maybe, I will cause trouble for my mom and dad, and they have to send me away … so I have to go to grandma’s! (Laughs)

So, you want Emma to become a real troublemaker?

BROOKLYN:  Yeah!  My mom and dad can’t handle me anymore and so they go, “You know what?  That’s it!  We are going to go on an island, and spend the rest of our lives without you and have a real good time.  So, you just go live with your grandma!”

Well, you know how this works on a soap opera … people always come back!

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BROOKLYN:  Right.  I’m not even dead either! (Laughs)  Some people come back from the dead!  So for me, there is more of a chance I can come back.

Fans of GH always tell me that you feel like a very special part of the family to them.  What has it been like when you meet the fans, or hear about their reactions to you, or Emma?

BROOKLYN:  I would like to say they are all very sweet.   I am so glad I get to meet some of them, and sometimes I meet them at the mall.  Sometimes they hug me, or want to take pictures with me.  They make me feel very special, and they think it’s special.  I am so thankful that they watched me on General Hospital, and that they like Emma, because I really like Emma, too.

You actually will be appearing on another TV show soon!

BROOKLYN:  Yes.  I filmed that in the late fall.  It’s a part on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.  I think the series begins to air in March.  I’m in one episode.

I bet you will be back sooner than later on GH!

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BROOKLYN:  Maybe they will have me back for the Nurses Ball, or something.  But it really won’t be the same without Jason.  As I said, he was like another dad to me, and he always protected me.

Speaking of Jason, when you look back on your time together, what was one of your favorite scenes with him?

BROOKLYN:  One of my favorites was when I talked to Jason when I started playing the guitar.  I thought we could do a song together.  We told Mr. Frank and then Jason wrote the song for the Nurses Ball.  He helped me practice guitar, because I was just starting to learn then.  Jason taught me a few notes and we started singing and practicing together.  I couldn’t believe we got to do the song!   It was such a magical moment for us.  I didn’t know Jason was going to be leaving at that time, so now it’s even more special to me, because I can remember it forever and ever.  I have some pictures of it in my room as well.

Jason is a good songwriter!

BROOKLYN:  Jason is a great songwriter.  He needs to write some more songs so we can start this little band of ours!

So wait.  You’re going to start a band with Jason?

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BROOKLYN:  Yes.  I will talk to him about it.   He will probably say, “Yes”! (Laughs)

How do you feel about Jason going to Y&R?  Will you watch him in his new role on it?

BROOKLYN:  I will watch, but my mom will only let me watch Jason’s scenes. (Laughs)

How was having Kimberly back this time where Robin was not being kidnapped, but was actually acting in scenes with you?

BROOKLYN:  When I saw the script for the Christmas Eve scenes, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to do them.  Now I thought Kimberly and I were going to be together on the phone call scenes, but it was the stage manager talking to me.  So, it wasn’t the same as talking to Kimberly. (Laughs).  But then I was happy that I finally got to work with her.  I missed her so much.

What do you want me to tell all of your fans on social media tonight who are sad because today was the final show of Patrick, Robin, and Emma together?

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BROOKLYN:  Tell everyone thank you for me!  I don’t have social media so I can’t post messages.  I want to thank them for all of their love and support.  I have so enjoyed playing Emma.  It was a pleasure to work with Kimberly and Jason, and everyone there on the show.

Are you going to watch the final episode tonight?  I needed a box of Kleenex through it, so I’m just giving you a heads-up.

BROOKLYN:  I am going to need two boxes of Kleenex, but I have to watch after I finish my homework.  I can be a big crybaby!

What did you think of what Brooklyn shared about working with Jason Thompson? Her favorite scenes? What did you think of today’s episode, and watching Emma during the the Scrubs wedding? Share your thoughts on our chat below!

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Sandy
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Sandy

What a wonderful interview, Michael and Brooklyn. It has been such a pleasure watching Brooklyn these past four years on GH. She’s grown into an amazing young actress on the show, and a beautiful young lady. I loved her duet with Jason at the Nurses Ball. That was the highlight of the whole ball, without question. Today’s show was fantastic, and it was so wonderful to see Robin, Patrick, and Emma have a happily ever after to end this amazing story that started back on December 7, 2005. I loved Robin and Patrick saying vows to Emma, and watching Patrick… Read more »

Denise Pettit
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Denise Pettit

Brooklyn you are such an Awesome Little Actress Sweetie youll go far in Life just keep that Sweet Spirit about you Im going to miss you Honey you are one of the BEST!!! on Soaps Love you Denise Pettit PS I have 2 Daughters and a Grandaughter about your age

Amy
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Amy

Sweet, precious, awesome, kind. Polite and thoughtful

Steve Sehnert
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Steve Sehnert

Brooklyn is quite the amazing actress. She had so many memorable moments that blew me away! I will miss her!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

A lovely little lady–love the relationship between her and Jason and Robin and Finola–very genuine. I wish her much happiness and good luck!

Sheryl
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Sheryl

it was a great show even though it was so sad to see them all leave . We wish them good luck in whatever they do next. We will definitely watch Jason on Y&R and hoping to see Brooklyn again very soon. Thank you Michael for sharing your great interviews as always we enjoy them very much.

Scoma60
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Scoma60

I think I’m going to miss Brooklyn more than Jason. At least I can see him on YR. I’m all for Emma returning to live full time with Anna. Brooklyn is such a talented and beautiful little girl with a bright future.

Tristan
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Tristan

What a delightful, intelligent child she is! I had long held out hope that the audience would be able to see Brooklyn grow up on GH as we had seem KMc. Indeed, a part of me wishes she were staying. But getting that happy ending trumps all! GH has intimated that Brooklyn will be back from time to time to visit “grandma.” I want to hold them to that. This young lady so lights up the screen, that there should always be a place for her at GH. The loss of the Scorpio-Drakes leaves a huge, really unfillable hole on… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

So well said Tristan.

Brooklyn was amazing–and today they all made me cry.

The wedding show was excellent–so emotional on so many fronts

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

ITA, Tristan is supposed to return for another adventure, but it will probably be short-lived. Then what’s left? Mob, mob and more mob. Awaiting Tristan’s return is about the only thing holding me to GH right now.

Tristan
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Tristan

Maddie, seriously, I don’t really have that much of a reason to watch, though I love FH and always hold out hope that Genie Francis will get a story. But think about it: the major families are now JUST the Jerome-Davis clan and the Corinthos clan. We lost the core of the one morally-centered family on the show. Anna now has no one, so she isn’t “a family,” and we know Mac and Felicia won’t be seen. As for the Q’s??? Michael gave his allegiance to the Corinthos clan, and we know where the Borg stands. I don’t think people… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Definitely another nail in the coffin, to be sure.

Dawn
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Dawn

OMG!!! This little actress’s is brilliant tell her I said so I hope GH does not lose this girl the scenes were so touching I can’t believe they’re gone!! God willing they bring back Kimberly and Brooklyn it will be their (GH) mistake

Nancy
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Nancy

Brooklyn was so quiet and always smiling when she first came on as Emma. A huge change from the little girl that briefly played Emma before (as cute as she was, she was distracting). Over the years she has really grown as a person and an actress. I’m glad that she was the daughter of my favorite soap couple and I can’t wait for her visits in the future.

aria
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aria

i miss her already, i can’t stand it, i wish their was a way for her to come back without it being tragic, like robin and patrick dying or something like that,its nice to see a couple go off into the the sunset happy. still i’m going to miss little brooklyn rae. maybe she can come back as another member of the family that happen to be a spitting image of emma, like cousins, maybe anna’s twin alex little girl, something like that. The show needs to add some new members to the devane/scorpio clan. I feel t the show… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

Wonderful parenting has gone into raising this thoughtful, kind and
beautiful little girl up. What a gem…Bring her back soon!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

You said it all Fanny, this little sweetheart is a product of her parents! Good job folks.

Michael
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Michael

That is one articulate 9 year old!

Ron Klimmek
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Ron Klimmek

I really enjoyed Brooklyn Rae Silzer as Emma Drake . I hope she could come back to General Hospital . It’ll be such a loss to losee her . She really is an excetional little girl . She reminds me of Natalie Wood when Natalie Wood was her age . She really has a special quality. She is a gifted little star .

Cathy
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Cathy

Thank you Michael. ..such a sweet little girl who brought many wonderful memories..so happy we got our HEA but will not only miss Jason and Kimberly but a character like Emma! Brooklyn will always have a special place in our heart! Like she said she’ll be back!

tsyent
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tsyent

What a sweetheart!! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they do bring her back! She will be missed. The show is changing so much each year. The original n families that started the show are almost gone, so sad. It would be great to see more original’s…

lovesam1122
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lovesam1122

She is such a grown up little girl for her age. I am fascinated by the fact she would like to work again on the show contrary to a lot of adults who just want to think about them being this happy family I would love to see her back and living with Grandma Anna. I think there are big things ahead for her, she is just too good of a little actress

Alan
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Alan

Great interview.

The show really dropped the ball not having a scene with Spencer and Cameron telling Emma goodbye. And what was with mute Felicia as set decoration? Stellar writing GH.

Lil' Angel
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Lil' Angel

Exactly what I was thinking. Such a shame that Spencer and Cameron weren’t there to tell Emma goodbye. I guess they are off camera with Jocelyn raising themselves.

Melissa
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Melissa

Absolutely right. The boys should have been there to say goodbye to their friend.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

She’s a keeper!

Shari
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Shari

Such a mature and intelligent girl. I will miss Emma and I hope she does come back to see Anna. The only thing I had hoped for was a goodbye scene with Spencer. We haven’t seen him at all –even after Nik fell and is in the hospital. I was hoping they’d have had Uncle Sonny bring him to the wedding though for a goodbye.

Lois Welch
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Lois Welch

I will miss Emma. She is a great actress.she a a bright future. Sad to see them leave. Will miss the scrubs snd the family.

Gerr
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Gerr

Great interview! So polite and thankful! She has done an excellent job on the show and will be missed. I hope she gets to use that plane ticket soon.. ❤
Port Charles won’t be the same!!

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I remember the first time I saw her, Sonny & Jax had a shootout in Robin’s living room! And poor little Brooklyn walked out looking sad and scared. Little did we know that little tot was going to become as beloved as Kimberly became to GH watchers. So glad GH gave us the Scorpio-Drake family and the special love they all shared, so reminiscent of Robert, Anna and Robin. I hope Patrick & Robin will give Emma a baby brother or sister very soon! And I’m very much looking forward to Emma’s visits to Grandma Anna. 🙂

Kelley
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Kelley

Such good actor and actresses that family will be miss on ghost that was sad

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

Robin and Patrick can no longer take care of her …Brooklyn has been found taken Flintstones vitamins and staying out past her noon curfew…just recently Robin caught Emma taking more than one free sample at the local deli…the Drakes can no longer control their troublesome kid…its off to Anna she goes!…lol

Timmm
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Timmm

Anna is on assignment so Emma goes to live with Sabrina and Emma kills herself! THATS HORRIBLE!

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

Lets make Emma the hero…she knocks off Sabrina and she is rewarded a medal for help curing all of us of our misery…lol

Erica
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Erica

I would just like to say that I miss Brooklyn on GH already so much. I wish her all the best and hope to see her soon on GH with Kimberly and Jason soon! I’m looking forward to her one episode stint on the new show and I hope that some day in the future that she can get social media so that we can stay up to date with everything that she is doing. I also hope to see her at the GHFCW this year and hope to see her again some day (possibly at the mall)! Lol. Best… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

I am going to miss you

James
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James

What a wonderful interview. Brooklyn did a fantastic job as Emma. This girl has a bright future in the business.

Merry
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Merry

I love GH Emma is so beautiful and smart played her really well.i hope she will come back to visit her grandmother. Patrick why are you leaving give my love to Steve. Kimberly will be missed also.she always come back. No one can ever replace Jason.

Joe
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Joe

Sounds like a GRRRR EAT idea on Brooklyn s part. She is such a tremendous young actress and should come back ASAP!

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Watching Brooklyn as Emma was always a bright spot in my day. Her old soul shines through her beautiful little face and she is able to portray emotions as well as, if not better than, most adult actors. The powers that be have to realize the enormous affection that the audience has for her and find a way to get her back to Port Charles as soon as possible. It bothers me to think that her role was sacrificed due to the other casting circumstances.

Al
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Al

Such a beautiful & talented little girl and will be missed on GH

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Here’s a story idea for Emma: After a month or so in California it becomes obvious to Patrick and Robin that she is having difficulty adjusting. Now that the family has reunited she is starting to come to emotional terms with all the craziness that they went through. She has had her security stripped from her so many times that she interprets their happiness as merely a set-up for the next big calamity. She isn’t acting out through bad behavior, but she is emotionally troubled. Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Franco has helped Elizabeth get to the bottom of the… Read more »

Deidre
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Deidre

I Loved it….I was tearing up as I was watching the final episode of Jason, Kimberly and Brooklyn…..I wish that neither one of them was leaving……..I Loved watching them all of these years…….They all will be missed……They are such AMAZING actresses and actor …..I just hope that they all will visit Port Charles from time to time but of course with the original people playing the parts…….I will be watching Jason on Y&R…….I also watch that soap everyday too so I will still be seeing him do his thing…..But the final GH episode with the 3 of you was a… Read more »

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

What a special little girl! She is so mature! She’s going to grow up to be just as extraordinary as Kimberly McCullough and Kristin Alderson. You can tell she’s been raised properly and has a great head on her shoulders even at such a young age. She’ll be terribly missed on GH, but I think I can speak for most GH fans in wishing her continued success and a long, wonderful career!

Lauren
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Lauren

I will miss Brooklyn the most. What a special, beautiful, talented young lady. It will be a major loss to GH in her absence! This was Jason’s choice to leave to go to another soap, too bad it had to impact Brooklyn’s role:(

Liz
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Liz

I will miss Emma and Brooklyn very much. I too feel like she’s family. I hope she visits her grandma Anna soon and often. She is a great actress and her work this year has been outstanding. I hope she gets an Emmy. I’m sure she will be successful in whatever she does.

Xoxo, Brooklyn Rae. Peace and love.

Kelly
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Kelly

I will miss all the Scorpio-Drakes. The were my only reason for watching GH. Have to say that Thursday’s scenes with Anna, Robert, and Mac were perfect. Anna’s heartfelt goodbye to Robin and Patrick made me cry. I adore all of these actors. They brought the family to life and there is hole in show without them. I hope Brooklyn and Kimberly both return to visit Anna at least once in a while. GH would be remiss to let these wonderful actresses go.

Debb Linke
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Debb Linke

I think Brooklyn is amazing. Beautiful and talented. The entire package. Can’t wait to see her again.

Elhu
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Elhu

Excellent interview. Talented, sweet, smart, beautiful, young girl. I look forward to her return visits to GH. Maybe at some point they can work her back into a contract role again. Wishing Brooklyn much success in all she does. She is so talented, I would not be surprised if she gets picked up by another soap or evening series quickly.

Ellen
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Ellen

This little girl is phenomenal. While I would love to see her back on general hospital, I would be nice to see her work with Jason again on the young and the restless!

Rodd
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Rodd

What a sweet little lady! Her parents have to be so proud of her.

I will miss Emma on GH and hope they bring her back soon or at least often for visits with Anna. I really enjoyed the little theatrics Emma had with Spencer and Cameron. They were all good little actors. And, of course, when you watch a young actor grow up on a show they kinda become a part of your family.

I wish well in whatever she does next.

Thanks for the great interview, Michael!

Alyssa
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Alyssa

My husband and I adore her. We can live without Patrick (like him very much, sorry he’s leaving) but losing her is crushing. We vote for any plot that brings her back. Or we’d adopt her.

judy
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judy

I really think Jason Thompson and Brooklyn rae silzer should be nominated they both did a hell of a job when Sam and Patrick broke up….and Billy Miller should be nominated as his own version of Jason morgan

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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