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Chris Van Etten Makes His General Hospital Debut As Chet Recovers From His Overdose!

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On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, viewers got their first glimpse of war vet, model, and actor, Chris Van Etten in the role of Amy’s (Risa Dorken) brother, Chet.

In story, we learn that Chet has overdosed on painkillers, when Amy breaks down in Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) arms outside his hospital room. Finn (Michael Easton) is taking care of Chet and congratulates him for surviving his crisis.  Amy has been emotionally overwrought, worried, and wants to see her brother.  Once Finn leaves his room, Amy enters. Chet is in no mood to talk to his sister. She says she will not leave his side, but he wants her to leave him alone.  She tells him that he is her “hero”.  Chet fires back the real heroes are the ones who died fighting for their country.

When Amy reluctantly has to get back to her nursing duties, she insists she will be back to see him.  Nathan suggests to Amy that she tell Chet about all the money she raised through “Ask Man Landers” to pay for his medical bills and surgeries.  She refuses and says that would just further upset him.  Later, Amy returns to Chet’s room where he is asleep, but in tears she tells him she will never give up on him, and begs him not to give up on himself.

General Hospital has set up an emotional story for war vets, brother/sister relationships, as well as how this all plays into the “bust the drug ring” story now involving: Anna (Finola Hughes), Finn, Cassandra (Jessica Tuck), and Valentin (James Patrick Stuart).

So, what were your first impressions of Chris as Chet? Looking forward to more in his story as we are? Comment below.

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Jimh
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Jimh

I like the idea of doing a story about our national heroes like vets…but giving a minor character a full front and center story while long standing character are m.i.a. just gets me angry with the show…why couldnt Amy be a cousin to one of the regulars if we are going to give her a story and that way it involves more of the cast instead of her obvious growing attraction to Nathan???

Jackie
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Jackie

I agree with you about showcasing current actors but, in my opinion, this is a worthy exception because the actor is a war veteran that sustained injuries (which should be seen fairly soon). Who better than to play a veteran whose life has been affected in a major way than a person that has and is living through it. I applaud GH for hiring Chris Van Etten and hope that we all learn something by his onscreen journey.

Jimh
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Jimh

I did say i like the idea of the vet story and i am not against it so i guess you took my comments the wrong way..think it would be terrific if he is paired with Kiki for a love story…my comments is more directed toward Amy whom i believe should had been related to other characters to give them more involvement in this story instead of getting barely any screen time!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

As I just posted to Soaphound, I like Amy…and I wouldn’t mind seeing an eventual pairing of Amy and Nathan. I think they’re great together. Amy’s way more compassionate than Maxi…or at least is not as “hardened and jaded” as Maxi has become. (I haven’t liked Maxi much since her return…)

rose
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rose

Rebecca…I have always appreciated Amy and the ManLanders “mimor story” since the beginning. At first it was a little fluffy and humorous relief for some of us, but has grown into a very relevant, emotional story. And I really like how it has allowed Amy to grow as an actress. You have to start somewhere. Also agree about Maxi. Like Lulu she has always bothered me except for her first stint at Crimson. Unlike Amy, for Maxi life is all about her. And I do see Amy as a better fit with nice guy Nathan.

Jimh
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Jimh

Amy is ok-i may or may not warm up to her eventually..like i said she should had been a cousin to a regular for more character connection…and i like the idea of the vet story and hope the writers do well with his story-would be great if Kiki and him is paired off with Dillion pairing and this could turn out to be a great love story…as for Maxi i have mixed feeling for the character-she annoys me sometimes but i blame the writers and director for this!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

i meant Dillon departing not pairing…

rebecca1
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rebecca1

jimh…supposedly Dillon’s not departing…there was a petition to keep him… think they’re up to 4000 signatures. Still, we’ve barely seen him. From what I last heard he’d be recurring. He definitely wants to stay and was blindsided when they fired him. So, we shall see. I hope he does come back; I love the character and Robert Palmer Watkins.

Jimh
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Jimh

Thanks…i did not hear that about Dillion…i just thought with Kiki working at the hospital she might be attracted to Chet or Chet attracted to her…

me
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me

I say serving your country and protecting my rights for me, while at the same time losing both your legs, gives you the right to jump to the head of the line for characters who get a storyline on a stupid soap opera. In fact, I think he should get whatever the heck he wants out of life and every single person here should be happy for him.

Jimh
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Jimh

i am happy for him and this story…i like the idea….just not a big fan of the Amy character-she is okay but wish Chet was more connected to a major character more and hope the story is well done!!!

Charday
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Charday

An American hero on GH…and a QT, too.

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

This young man must have had a bad time of it. Heart wrenching to even speculate. I was affected by Amy’s tenacity because she understands that this is not her brother talking, but the disillusioned solder with a wounded soul. It is as if he gave up on himself, the result of traumatic tragedy suffered by many in the same position. I felt for Amy so much. I champion her stamina in not giving up. I am also impressed with Chris. The producers could not have picked a better representative showing how it was to be in a war zone,… Read more »

rose
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rose

Francesca…I think you have expressed this very well. And for others interested in the strength it must take to come back from these kind of injuries both emotionally and physically, it’s worth catching clips of the Invictis Games that were held this last summer and promoted by Prince Harry.

Patrick
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Patrick

@Francesca – your post lights up this thread

have to use your word.. heart wrenching , has no other word for this plight we are all in ? no?

it’s a tearful , mind set that we all must come to bear

our men in arms.. the opioid crisis… our elected officials

thank you for this – NICE – read

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

Thank you, Patrick. These are the times we live in. I have never seen such hostility and divisiveness in this country, in my lifetime here. I am so tired of all the shenanigans. Disrespecting the flag, disrespecting what this country represents and mostly not honoring ourselves, as Americans and as war-veterans. I am an immigrant, and was a child when my family moved here. This beautiful land has been good to us. I do consider myself American through and through. I respect our vets and the sacrifices they have made and all those who are still fighting for the greater… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…This beautiful land has been good to us ”

I hold on to this

I went in to a three month fugue.. after the president elect

I have not made peace.. yet.. I respect

this is an elect that voted

thru hell and high water.. will I stand

I honor and eye to eye fellow brethren

take care of us

Salute

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

That is all we should do, Patrick. Respect the office, and in so doing we respect ourselves. Be united no matter what. The only way to reaffirm what an American is and he values.

This country’s ideals and its freedoms get lost in the useless melees. What does it accomplish? More hatred and resentment towards our own people. It is my firm belief that the more this domestic turmoil exists, the more advantage and leverage our enemies will have.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

A lot of us will never make peace with the man currently in the office, Patrick. Don’t expect it to happen; it only gets worse. “Pocahontas,” defending a man accused of molestation and pedophilia, calling himself…”your favorite president.” The “reality” of this presidency is more fantastical than any yarn a soap can spin.

Kids in future generations are going to have quite the history class when they read about this time in our history! The dark ages…

🙂

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Well said, Rebecca!!!! Thank you for having the courage to speak up against hate!

Shay
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Shay

So beautifully put, Francesca!!!! You are exactly the kind of immigrant that America so sorely needs today….someone who loves and respects the US and who wholeheartedly chose to become part of our national experience and all that it has traditionally entailed!!! It absolutely inspired me as I read your most touching post, which was certainly reminiscent of the sentiments I have frequently heard from many a native Italian who has become a citizen of our great country. To my mind, your fellow expatriates are some of the most patriotic and devoted “Americans” I have ever met, and you, dear lady,… Read more »

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

Thank you, Shay. Italians, in general, are hard workers and a proud lot. We cherish our own and this country which has welcomed us with open arms.

Everyone struggles, but we have come a long way, thanks to hard work and pride.
It is that pride in our accomplishments which keeps us intact, emotionally, physically and mentally.

I have poured my heart out, Shay. I am proud of my Italian culture and roots. I am proud to call myself American.

rose
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rose

And think of how hard it must be for the vets who do respect our country, it’s values, and fight for them to have to come home to hear and see what’s going on at all levels…I won’t bother to list them. It must be very disheartening. I know it is for those of us who live it day to day. And then have to deal with ptsd, injuries, and just fitting in again like Chris has had to do. Knowing he isn’t really playing a role as Chet but has and continues to live through it. Tears and sadness,… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I haven’t watched the show in a week+; however, I follow the updates online and on here. I think this storyline will have potential if the storyline is not dropped like so many others. We see so many characters introduced quickly, and then we don’t see them for weeks and forget about them. Viewers are not able to establish a connection with the character if we do not see them on a somewhat regular basis. Also, I find it unfortunate that this storyline ties in with the Ask Man Landers storyline and with the Amy character. Both are highly unlikeable,… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

This whole opiod story could have easily been done without the Ask Man Landers nonsense. Those scenes on Tuesday’s show of Maxie, Nathan and Amy arguing over the article for Crimson was painful. I can’t stand Amy, I’ve never liked her. I hope that at the end of this story she and Chet leave Port Charles and never come back. There are way too many characters and stories going on as it is, and “Ask Man Landers” is definitely at the bottom of the barrel. Terrible concept to begin with, and it’s definitely overstayed its welcome. Side note: is anyone… Read more »

jeanine girard
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jeanine girard

Oh my goodness! I was just thinking that same thing today!! The resemblance and the mannerisms and just general ‘vibe’ really are evident! Let’s keep Helena dead and bring in someone who is related to her.

Shay
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Shay

@Jimmy….The entire show could have done without “Man Landers!” It’s been an utterly absurd storyline and having the highly annoying Nurse Amy as part of it only made it all the worse!!!! Moreover, whilst I salute GH for having a real-life vet on the canvas, I’m none too jazzed about the drug angle of his currently precarious existence….I was hoping instead for a more heroic physical rehab emphasis. Lastly, I would be delighted if Cassandra were to be revealed as Helena’s chip off the old Cassadine, well, not quite, because as you say, she certainly won’t be Mikkos’ offspring per… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

I cant stand the Man Landers story-dumbest story ever…Im trying hard to accept Amy but she is too annoying at the moment and hope that changes if she sticks around…and it is a great idea using a real vet-AMC did it too…wish he was connected more to other characters on the show and think pairing him with Kiki might make for a good love story-still wish they called her Lauren…but i can understand the drug angle-know a vet who turned to drugs…and i do think Jimmy’s idea of Cassandra being related to Helena is brilliant-now only if she was an… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I cannot believe the writers put their name on a script that includes “Man Landers.” Really? It is horrible! Nathan sucks and Amy is glass in a salad! Now we have her brother on the show. Nothing against him but now that he is front and center we have to deal with Amy even more! Maxie should tell Nathan to F Off!

Harry
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Harry

People, people! It’s ASS MAN LANDERS!
And while Nathan’s career as a police detective may be over, he can join Lulu and go to medical school to become a proctologist I mean, he’s got to find some use for those bumperstickers he had made up.
Amy is pretty, talented and the actress who plays her is not half bad.
However, she must do away with the baby voice.

rose
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rose

Jimmy and Jeanine… I have been thinking that about Casandra/Jessica and Helena since I first saw her arrive onto GH. There’s her resemblance to Helena, and also that her name Cassadra starts with the first letters of Cassadine. What bothers me is that I like Jessica Tuck. And while I think there is room for a hard hitting story on drugs and opiods, I just wish she didn’t have to be the really bad, bad person heading this awful crime.

Patrick
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Patrick

I really am wondering.. where this is going she’s a hardened woman. if she’s brought on to make trouble for Valentin and Nina.. so be it.. I just wish.. GH writers would solidify Nina character.. they always have her back peddling.. and , like Valentin, taking the blame… as posters have lamented… Give these characters some backbone and fight for themselves. I thought it was going to be so much fun … watching Nina and Anna.. go at it.. it started all gangbusters.. and was left by the wayside. ??? what happened with Anna recordings with the watch she gave… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Kirsten Storms, Maxie.. NEEDS… for her and her characters sake… MUST get her job back @Crimson. Sorry.. Nelle and Michael NEED TO LEAVE. pronto…

I’m done loitering for the sake of Nelle.

it’s always easier to prop Maxie character when she has that safety net of something to give her character relevance. Nina and Maxie and Dillon.. where a hot trio.

Steve
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Steve

I’ll cut him some slack, since he’s not an actor. Hopefully, his arrival will coincide with the wrap up of the Man Landers plot.

Does GH have the guts to mention how a major portion of the opioid crisis can be blamed on hospitals and medical providers? It was nice to have Monica express concern the other day, but that’s sugar coating the crisis.

rose
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rose

Steve…For someone who only tolerates aspirin, I had my own experience regarding health providers, probably unknowingly at the time, giving me oxycoden (sp?) when I was recovering from surgery a couple of years ago. In hospital they had me on it for the pain, and gave me prescriptions to continue using when I got home. Not knowing much about prescribed drugs and trusting my doctors, I just kept calling my GP or surgeon for refill prescriptions. If I hadn’t been watching a talk show one day I wouldn’t have know how dangerous and addictive it was. So I stopped cold… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Rose
Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m glad you kicked it.

There are legitimate reasons for prescribing extreme pain meds, but for many years, they were overprescribed when extra strength Tylenol or Advil would suffice for many.

It would’ve nice if GH addressed this. On a lighter note, how often does GH have a character say they came to the hospital to pick up a prescription? Port Charles must be the biggest City not to have a CVS or Rite Aid.

Ashland22Cripton
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Ashland22Cripton

Yes quitting cold turkey is hard because you your body gets so used to the effects that the certain medications give to you so when you get automatically take it off one it could affect the situation even more worse then I already could be

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Well, I’m gonna eat my words…a bit. I really was moved by the scene with Amy and Chet. At least it’s about SOMETHING timely and important. And Ms. Risa was really excellent. But the real, happy surprise was a new character I actually like. Chris gave a very good first performance and is beyond good looking. Between him and that gorgeous Dr. Klein (please keep him!), GH has got my attention lately. Keep it up!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

your crush on Dr. Klein is quite cute, Soaphound! I think you’re smitten!

I love Amy. Personally? I actually like Amy and Nathan better than Maxi and Nathan!

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

I wholeheartedly agree with you! Mr. Van Etten is a very nice looking man. And I, too, want the gorgeous and talented fella playing Dr. Klein to stick around. I love seeing him on my screen. More, please!!

Patrick
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Patrick

@soaphoud
@JasonLoves

@ every one PLUS PLUS PLUS

we need and love Dr. Klein

Jessica Sanders
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Jessica Sanders

He is soooo sexy. Can’t wait to see more of Chet.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Agreed, Jessica. And finally a man with great hair without those silly faux crew cuts like they make Billy Miller wear. Instead of that ugly beard Jason has to sport, how about letting the hair on his head grow! I hope Chris becomes a keeper. Ditch Jordan, Nelle, and Charlotte to pay for it.

Shay
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Shay

Oooooh, I hear you about Billy Miller, Soaphound! Why he’s hiding his adorable face behind that beard is a mystery to me…I’m hoping that he grew it as part of a brief phase of his character’s latest “development” and that it shall be short-lived!!! I also second the motion for longer hair….

Patrick
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Patrick

Tuesday ep – was a N I C E satiate ALL about Nathan –

forgot about the fab 4 for that time

had he had a towel drop

Harry
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Harry

Well, I jumped on the Chet Train as soon as he screamed at Amy,”GET OUT!”

rose
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rose

Harry…Be kind. Without Amy and ManLanders we might not have gotten Mr. Van Etten as Chet. :))

Harry
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Harry

And we would not have gotten Ass Man Landers either making poor Nathan the laughing stock of Port Charles.
I like Chet though.

Jackie
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Jackie

Agree completely!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

He’s not a laughing stock. Seems half of Port Chuck is following Ass-Man’s advice! LOL…I think it’s cute.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Harry…stop! LOL! Amy is adorable…in looks and personality! We need a sincere, good person on the show. She fits the bill. (I actually think she’s beautiful…gorgeous face, hair…). And she’s so sincere! Give Ms. Amy a break!

Shay
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Shay

Amen, Harry! “Team Chet” all the way!!!!!!! I say keep him and send his overly- chirpy chick of a sis on a one-way book tour outta Port Chuck!

Shay
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Shay

@Harry….If Rebel Wilson and Meghan McCain had a lovechild, it would be “Nurse Amy!”

Shay
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Shay

You’re right, Harry! Nathan has become a laughing stock whilst masquerading as “@$$-Man Landers.” The name alone is utterly humiliating and the entire subterfuge has become a joke that is now turning into a seriously bad situation for this too gullible nice guy!

Satan
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Satan

The opiate addiction and the veteran story are worthwhile, but it’s a damn shame it had to be done to prop the most useless character since the February 2012 invasion, and extend the most pointless storyline (“man landers”) since Casey the Alien.

Get Chet the help he needs…. and then send him and his annoying sister off into the sunset.

Shay
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Shay

Well, I’m with you up until the part about sending Chet off with Nurse Amy! The man has already served his country and been to hell and back (no disrespect intended there….) with his horrible injuries and now drug addiction. What incentive would he have to get and stay clean if it means the prospect of having to put up with a future stuck by his overbearing chatterbox of a sibling???? That notion could make anyone want to escape into a world of substance abuse!!!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Amy doesn’t even come close to Carly annoying. Amy’s a light of sincerity and adorability…and I LOVE her friendship with Nathan! This cute little story line, which since has evolved into a story of love, family and inspiration has allowed Nathan to show a very humane, compassionate side. And this is probably the first time that a platonic relationship has been for such a worthy cause. I actually think Amy and Nathan are much more interesting to watch than Maxie and Nathan! Maxie has been too engaging since her return; doesn’t feel like the same character. She’s hardened… I’d love… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

Hopefully these uneventful, uninteresting mix & match storylines come to a FINAL close.
Taking with them these ACTORS… PLEASE!!!

K/kay
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K/kay

I think this is a short story arc if I can deal with the Sonny and Jason plus one hour you guys can deal with this! God bless him for all he has gone thru

su0000
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su0000

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Chris Van Etten/ Chet.
He could be Y&R Zack’s brother.
WOW! they are near twins ..

Jackie
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Jackie

While I can understand not liking a character, I cannot understand bashing a man that served this country and went through so many sacrifices in his life. In my opinion, having GH write stories about real issues in the world makes more sense than some other storylines. While I’m not a “Man Landers” fan, the underlying story was so compelling that I’m thrilled that it is finally a major story line (along with the storyline regarding illegal drugs that are killing too many people). Fantasy is a good thing as well but GH needs to also address real issues. Bravo… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I truly think – Risa Dorken – as Amy is palatable wouldn’t it be a miracle… once her brother is on the mend… and she is no where near as excitable her histrionics and shrieks.. and what not.. are over the top what happened to gossipy Amy ? the FUN’ster we hoped would continue ? I hope this isn’t , as posted, a triangle run amok , as in “fatal attraction” .. to give Maxie – something – with Nathan. it’s time to end the “ask Man Landers” showcase Rina Dorken as she should be… she’s a very pretty girl… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Amy IS smart, Patrick. She’s a nurse as well as a writer. She also has a head full of common sense/innate intelligence…since it’s HER advice that people are relating to. Yes, she comes off girly and giggly…but I see that as a refreshing change from most of the cynical characters walking around. She’s one of the few “pure” hearts of the show. I’m hoping they don’t change her too much. And as I’ve mentioned a lot…I really like her chemistry with Nathan. They’re just sweet together. And I think if allowed, they could really into deeper characters together. They’re already… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

Let’s be clear: I like Amy’s character. But to place her in a lead role with such a weak story is sad. Why bring on another temporary character? I will tell you why, because no one is certain the “two jason” story is working. I don’t care that Amy’s brother is addicted to drugs. Why don’t I care? Because I don’t know Amy’s brother. He just landed on a hospital bed. The writers boxed themselves in with this ridiculous publicity stunt called Jason Morgan. Now all other characters have to suffer because they can’t have a decent story. The Cassandra… Read more »

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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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