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Chloe Lanier Makes a Return as General Hospital’s Nelle

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Things are about to get even juicier next week on General Hospital, when Daytime Emmy-winner, Chloe Lanier returns for a short-term run as Nelle Benson.

Nelle, who was last seen going over a cliff, after a tussle with Carly (Laura Wright), is returning to the ABC soap opera at a very interesting time.

First, her sister, Willow (Katelyn MacMulllen) has leukemia.  Might Willow need a bone marrow transplant from a donor who is a match? Does Nelle even have any idea that Willow is her sister? If not, and she were to find out, what would she do? Take custody of her son, Wylie?

Then, there is the matter of Nina (Cynthia Watros) and Nelle, never having a moment as mother/daughter … will that finally go down? What would Nina do if she found out Nelle was actually alive?

Some are speculating that mean girls, Nelle and Esme (Avery Pohl), could actually be in ca-hoots! What would you think of Nelle and Esme teaming up to bring down all their enemies in Port Charles? Did Nelle have anything to do with the attempted murder of Ava Jerome (Maura West)?

In the upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands this Friday, Lanier said of jumping back into the role: “I was looking at videos of Nelle online for days, like, ‘It has been two years since I had played this role. What did I even do? What were my speech patterns? How did I walk as Nelle?’

Lanier had previously played Nelle from 2016-18 and again from 2019-20.

So, what do you think will happen when Nelle is back on our GH screens in the days ahead? Share your theories in the comment section below.

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Lew S.
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Lew S.

The girl that we love to hate and provides a few laughs is back!!

rose
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rose

Speaking of girls we love to hate there’s still Esme out there somewhere.

rose
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rose

Forgot to add double trouble at GH.

Laura
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Laura

I think the thought of Esme and Nelle teaming up would bring alot of excitment to the show. I can’t wait.

Satan
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Satan

Told y’all she wasn’t down here!

Lew S.
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Lew S.

HA!!!

anne
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anne

Nelle could try to take custody of Wylie but Sonny would never let her near the boy. In my opinion, Nelle is not fit to raise a child. How shorty of a run will Nelle have?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

anne
No run at all if I get my wish. We knew she couldn’t be alive and between Nells dream and Nina’s pipe dream, the whole thing was not only stupid but what did it serve except for Carly to have another go at Nina and this time I had to back her up.

Su000
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Su000

Now—Willow and Michael will have trouble – Nelle is Whiley’s mother…
Blackmail story for sure-
..And– Nina will not be outed as Willow’s mom for a very long time—
it will be another year before Nina knows Willow is her daughter..
Looking forward to having Nelle back..
aha Nina has not one but 2 daughters/children..she’s gonna love that–when it becomes known, but Sonny having Nelle back and involved with Nina, hhhmm not good..

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Su000, I can’t wait for Nelle to return. Willow, Michael, and Carly all need a major comeuppance for their holier than thou attitudes. Maybe she and Avery watched “Strangers On A Train” together and decided to do each other’s evil bidding. Either way, glad Chloe is returning.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
Sorry, I can’t stand this girl, and you didn’t really mean Avery did you? Maybe Esme?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Violet, I was referring to Esme’s portrayer, actress Avery Pohl. Sorry for the confusion.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
Thanks, doesn’t take much to confuse me these days!

brian
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brian

I hope you mean Esmae not Avery. Avery is still a very cute innocent little girl !

Weary
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Weary

Do Gh not have enough evil in Port Charles already I’m sick.

Teresa
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Teresa

Yes, please bring back some good guys. Laura and Kevin?

Satan
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Satan

Laura’s usually back right around the end of September. Didn’t even realize Kevin had left town with her until yesterday when they had Sasha & Brando meeting with a day player shrink, instead of Kevin.

Scott (ATWT fan)
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Scott (ATWT fan)

Genie Francis is still on her annual summer break.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

BORING!

Pamela
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Pamela

I’m so excited GH has been so boring! So happy Nell is coming back

clb
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clb

Welcome Back Chloe Lanier! Outstanding actress that will stir up Port Charles. GH needs a ratings boost and she is the ticket. Loved her past scenes with Carly!

aria
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aria

short term? a few weeks? months ? cause I’m down for that, I can see Nelle coming in causing some damage and the finally paying for her crimes behind bars. We get to see Nina reunite with at least one of her Daughters or Nelle saving her sisters life( unwillingly of course) but is this is a few episodes only then I doubt she’s alive. its probably flashback scenes or she’s in somebodies dream or nightmare depends on who thinking of her.

Gary Mueller
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Gary Mueller

Dont know and dont care I just cant wait to see her back, I only wish she could stay longer

Jamel Uhuru
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Jamel Uhuru

Seriously, stories like this make GH very amateurish. It was the same way you had bombastic stories like Peter August coming back from the dead and looking as fresh as a petal. Same thing after jumping off a cliff, no bruises, nothing. Plus all the other goofs like traveling to Greece from Port Charles like one traveling from New York to New Jersey.

If you must bring her back, she can return as another character. To bring her back as Nelle is unreal, unbelievable and uninteresting. Fake!

Timmm
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Timmm

Relax, its a soap!

Steve
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Steve

There’s no confirmation the character “is alive”. Could be a ghostly visit?

Leah
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Leah

No one ever stays dead especially going off a cliff. So Esme is still alive as well. Probably who hurt Ava.

J Z
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J Z

How about Jason? If you want to bring someone back, bring Jason back.

Satan
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Satan

I still say Jason will be home in time to eat Thanksgiving pizza with his family.

I don’t know how in Hell’s name they could rescue Holly from Cassadine Island without Jason being involved, since that was his last known location.

Steve
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Steve

It hasn’t been established that Holly is being held on Cassadine Island. Granted, that’s highly likely. Still not feeling the Jason return possibility. Lulu, almost definitely.

Satan
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Satan

When Drew was still being held prisoner on the island, there was a scene where “Nurse Chloe” (the real one, not the fake who delivered Maxie’s baby) was treating his wounds in his cell. They heard a woman screaming from a nearby cell, and one of the guards made some sort of remark that this woman didn’t like being moved to less luxurious accommodations than her previous location. Had to be Holly, right?? Oddly enough.. when all the jail breaking & rescues & tunnel cave-ins happened which eventually resulted in Drew going home and Jason NOT doing so, this woman… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Could’ve been Holly or Hayden. Less likely Cassandra.

Dolores
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Dolores

I’ve been thinking the same thing, that Esme is the one who hurt Ava.

Jman
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Jman

It’s either a ghost Nelle or a figment of someone’s imagination. She dead.

Satan
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Satan

No she’s not! Believe me, we all know exactly where she would be if she were dead. And I haven’t seen her down here.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
Well, there’s always that other place, ha, ha.

Satan
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Satan

I can honestly say that MY chances of getting back upstairs are probably better than Nelle’s!

glen
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glen

shes the ava attacker and she gets metro court and big winner in revenge

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

Do we know that Nelle is returning as an alive person and not in some sort of flashback or fantasy sequence? I have read it will be very short-term? I love Chloe and anybody who is able to bring down Carly is alright with me! (: I guess we will find out soon! (:

Teena
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Teena

Did we all forget how she became friends with Ryan Chamberlain???

Margherita
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Margherita

Sounds like she has re-studied her character from a few years ago, so should be interesting if it is flashbacks with dream scenes, for the flashbacks can be filmed anytime without her return, or if Nelle is actually alive and returns to PC for a short bit. If I recall, Nelle and Ryan connected when they were in Shadybrook, and we currently believe that Esme is Ryan’s daughter, and Ryan is obsessed with Ava, and Nina and Ava are now “besties” even though Nina attempted to steal Avery from Ava at her birth. Oh, and Non and Willow despise each… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Good to see Nelle return and add some life into GH. Too many characters, not enough good writing right now. Having Nelle, Willow, Nina, Carly, Ava and Esme poking around each other will be great! They can all act. It will be exciting. I wish Nelle was long term. That character brings so much drama to each of the other ladies lives. I cannot imagine being able to do a good story in a short amount of time. I do think that somehow Esme meets up with Nelle and they plan to wreak havoc on Ava, Carly and Nina. and… Read more »

Larry Embry
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Larry Embry

And what will Nelle say happened just before falling over the cliff? And what if she and Willow find out they are sisters and who knew who their mother was? And what happens when Nelle wants Wylie back from her sister? And Michael finds out ghat his Mom knew who his mother-in-law was?

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

Put her back on contract GH

J.D.
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J.D.

She’ll probably be a ghost.

Debbie Carte
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Debbie Carte

I think it is ridiculous to bring back dead characters.

Ms J
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Ms J

The dead characters were never found, so without a body, just like Sonny did not die even though they had a funeral or Memorial.

Theresa
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Theresa

Oh this is going to get good but Carly has the key and can’t wait to see Nina find out the truth

Nuda
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Nuda

Please STOP, please don’t bring ths characters back!!So sickness to think the writer would bring her back, enough is ENOUGH!!!

Wendie49
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Wendie49

She’ll be back as a ghost.

Wendie49
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Wendie49

Maybe Nelle is Esme’s mother?

Steve
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Steve

While soaps often play loose with ages, the parent/child difference has to be somewhat believable.

On the other hand, as Lisa LoCicero amazingly doesn’t age and Dominic Zamprogna does, someone just tuning in wouldn’t believe they play mother/son.

Karen
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Karen

I don’t care to have Nelle or Esme again. Who stabbed Ava? Why is Sonny so mesmerized with Nina? I hope Carly follows her mind and not get with Drew(for goodness sakes he’s Jason’s brother)! Sasha doesn’t want Help. She enjoys being geeked up. Brando needs to find someone worth living. He is a good guy. Michael needs to let it go him hating on Sonny. If Carly is okay(I know she’s not)then Michael and Joss should get on with their lives. I hope Valentin will partner up with Drew and they put ELQ to rest. I hope Willow will… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Karen Nothing going on you say? You need to reread your comment which really says there’s a hell of a lot going on. Maybe, it just doesn’t interest you.First of all what does Jason being Drew’s brother have to do with the two of them being together? Sasha needs help more than she knows, she’s just fighting it because she’s full of drugs. Sonny likes having Nina with him because she feeds his ego. Michael hates his father because he’s an ass that can only see his mother’s side of the story. I can only assume that Joss will eventually… Read more »

Catherine Whipple
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Catherine Whipple

They found Nell’s body and buried her. How can she come back. Enough is enough.

Satan
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Satan

They found A body. Which nobody apparently bothered to properly identify. Even though the detective they sent to pick up the corpse was somebody who had literally seen Psycho Nelle naked while she was alive (though a few years earlier). Decomposing mortals lose their looks after a while. Particularly when they decompose in water. My own theory is that Nelle killed some poor unsuspecting tourist who was driving down whatever scenic highway is closest to Sonny’s cabin & the cliff that she fell from. The driver would have been a woman with a body type close enough to Nelle’s to… Read more »

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

I hope today wasn’t it. Bring her back full time.

Satan
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Satan

So it turns out that the version of Nelle that lives in Nina’s head is even crazier than the real thing.

Who could have seen that coming?? Yeah… of course I did.

aria
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aria

I knew Nelles little visit was just a dream/nightmare one character was going to have and that this big hyped announce return was gonna be really “short term”. so much social media hype, well done.

rose
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rose

All I know is that if there is going to be another evil person at GH…dream, alive, dead, or not…I way prefer Nelle over Esme. And probably because as an actress I have admired Chloe since Fluke days. But only for a little while. Like another commenter said we don’t need more evil in Port Charles. I want to add I think Esme is a very good actress or I wouldn’t dislike her character so much. Nelle and Nina were great playing off each other at the cemetery. But I didn’t like that Wiley was frightened in his sleep by… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

rose
Iam sick of Esme who I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing more of, and most likely pregnant in the near future.I didn’t like the Whily sequence either, especially since he doesn’t know or have any remembrance of Nelle. This show loves evil characters so I guess we have to go with the flow.

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GH’s Avery Pohl on Esme’s Return: “She’s Using Her Time Wisely and Waiting For The Right Moment to Strike”

Next week, Esme Prince (Avery Pohl) is back lurking around Port Charles.  When viewers last saw Esme, she went over the parapet at Wyndemere during a showdown with Ava (Maura West).

For months, GH fans have been eagerly awaiting to see just how and when Esme would return to get revenge, or find out what she is after.  From the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, it looks like the wait is over.

In dishing with SOD on her on-screen return, Pohl shared that Esme is, “essentially on the run.”  However, she adds, “Esme is aware of the circumstances she’s put herself in.  She is aware that people are going to to be after her.  She’s not dumb.”

Just what’s in store for Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Ava, Trina (Tabyana Ali), Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) now that Esme is back?

As Esme’s plan begins to reveal itself, Pohl shares: “Before she goes right back into the thick of it, she scopes things out.  She’s using her time wisely and waiting for the right moment to strike.”

So, are you glad that finally Avery Pohl is back on GH as Esme? What do you hope happens next? Who do you think is Esme’s biological mother? Do you want her to get her comeuppance from the Cassadine clan and Trina? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn Shares Excerpt From Her Upcoming Memoir

In celebration of beginning her 27th year as Alexis Davis on General Hospital, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, decided to mark the occasion by revealing to her longtime fans an excerpt from her upcoming memoir due out in 2023.

Taking to her official Facebook page, Nancy shared the excerpt starting with contained some of the back-history of her soap opera alter-ego : “I play the role of Alexis Davis. I am a public defender, prosecutor, personnel injury, civil, malpractice, tax and family attorney. I am the bastard child of Mikos Cassadine who died after being thrown into his own weather machine which he designed to freeze the world. My mother, Kristen Bergman was a famous opera singer whose throat was slit by my father’s wife, Helena. Unhappy with the turn of events, I hurled my frail 75 year old stepmother off a five hundred foot parapet slamming her onto jagged rock only for her to walk away unscathed. Even more determined, I shoved her off a thousand foot cliff into the frigid subzero ocean. Helena not only survived unscathed, she apparently scaled 1000 feet up the cliff and continued to wreak havoc on Port Charles.”

Nancy closed the excerpt with some special acknowledgements: “Always so grateful to have an ongoing contract, my own parking space and people I’ve never met who come up to me regularly and tell me how much younger I look in person. It’s a gift that I have been able to and still get to do what I love to do for such a gloriously long time. I love my job the most because it is the job that gave me the security I needed to greenlight Kate as a single mother, raise her while being able to give her the things I dreamed of giving her, put her through school all the way through college, and will hopefully allow me to spoil my grandchildren. The enormous love & gratitude I have for ABC and Disney for allowing me the privilege of working for them is immeasurable. But the real truth is without the support from all of you, this day would not be what it is. As always, I see you and thank you.”

Make sure to read the entire excerpt.  Now let us know, are you looking forward to what Nancy will share in her upcoming memoir? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Diane Poised to Be Attacked by the ‘Hook’; Elizabeth Knew Finn’s Late Wife, Reiko?

On Friday’s cliffhanger of General Hospital, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) looks to be the next victim of the mysterious ‘hook’.  We won’t know till Monday how it plays out, but things are not looking good for the legal eagle in a preview for the airshow.

In story, Diane dropped by the garage that Brando worked at, looking for Sasha (Sofia Mattson).  At first, she bumps into Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is not pleased with Diane for trying to take him down on the witness stand during Nina’s hearing.  She shares she was helping her clients Michael and Willow as best she could.  Sonny says it was personal for him and he can’t forget what happened.

Next, Diane tells Sasha that she’s serving as her interim lawyer since Martin is unavailable and is there to discuss her guardianship. Sasha is scared that she’ll wind up behind bars now that Brando is gone.  Diane assures Sasha she will file a continuance to keep the process going to keep her out of jail. Diane asks where the guardianship papers may be, and Sasha tells her to check Brando’s office.

Dex (Evan Hofer), who is looking suspicious (but it has to be a red-herring, right?) is going to take Sasha home per Sonny’s orders, but Sonny also tells Dex to lock up when Diane is finished with her business.

Later, Diane in the dark, goes to Brando’s office to find the guardianship papers. Next, a figure appears in the doorway with the hook.  This time the ‘Hook’ looks to be of smaller stature leading many on social media that the person behind the violence could be Esme.

In other developments, Elizabeth Webber’s (Rebecca Herbst) convoluted storyline, just got even more convoluted.  Liz looks at the photo she’s drawn and suddenly has a flashback revealing the woman’s face at the bottom of the stairwell.  She then tells Finn (Michael Easton) that after her recent session with Kevin, she recalls seeing the woman’s face. Conveniently, Finn was just talking about his late wife, Reiko with Gregory (Gregory Harrison).  So, when Liz talks to Finn, she sees a woman’s face on Finn’s phone.

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Finn explains that the picture is of his late wife, Reiko.  He tells Liz he is working on a case that reminded him of Reiko, and he mentions being in the Mariana Islands with her. That makes Liz frantic and she decides to leave. Next, she heads home, where she locates a photo of her and her sister, Sarah. The photo is titled, “Elizabeth and Sarah, Mariana Islands, 1997.”

So, do you think Diane will perish or survive the attack by the ‘Hook’? Who is the ‘Hook”? What on earth is going on with Liz’s storyline? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.  But first, vote in our latest ‘Michael’s Poll’ below by voting on which character is the culprit behind all of the bloodshed?

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