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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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jimh

i meant Dillon departing not pairing…

rebecca1
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
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
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
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
Charday

An American hero on GH…and a QT, too.

Francesca Bruno
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, and then having to cope with life as it is now.

rose
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
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
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 good.

I try not to speak of politics. Patrick, but I respect the office of the President, no matter who it may be.

Some of the rif-raf that we see going on needs to stop and these people in high places need to get a grip and curb their appetite for bringing others down without just cause, from all sides of the spectrum.

Mostly they need to become human again and remember how and why America was born.

Patrick
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
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
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
Abruzzfan

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

Shay
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, are a shining example of that!!!! God bless you and God bless America!

Francesca Bruno
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
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, but ultimately keeping hope in our hearts that we can all be the best we can be.

dmr
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, IMO.

Jimmy
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 else hoping that Cassandra turns out to be Helena’s daughter? Not by Mikkos, because that would make her and Valentin’s past relationship incest, but maybe she has the same father as Helena’s other daughter, Irina? I think it would be a great twist considering Helena is “dead” (for now, anyway) and someone needs to follow her footsteps. Plus, the resemblance between Jessica Tuck and Constance Towers is uncanny. They could definitely be mother and daughter.

jeanine girard
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
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 se, which would nicely pave the way for her to pursue Valentin all the way to the boudoir! Also, it would be absolutely delicious if this calculating “Ice Princess” should prove to be the complete undoing of Nina….I have been waiting for someone, anyone…to rid Port Charles of that hideously superfluous creature, and we may finally have just the woman to do it! Go Cassandra!

Jimh
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 old rival of our beloved mutter Dr. Liesel-i can envision the fireworks between those two…

Timmm
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
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
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
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 Valentin ? Nina the comatosed “victim” ??? and now she proudly states.. she’s this strong take charge no holds barred woman who is running a rags to riches Crimson magazine… ??? I get that .. I just wish Nina was shone.. what I’ve always wanted .. is a tough as nails.. ( like Phyllis , Y&R) WOMAN who stands by her man.. and can match the denizen of Port Charles eye to eye . if Carly and Sonny If BM Jason and Sam WHY NOT Valentin and Nina ? these two are far and away the much better act to follow I clearly think @GH writers sabotage Michelle Stafford and James P. Stuart.. so as not to take the spotlight away from … NO ? PLUS – I thought.. OK.. Cassandra is brought on to PROP , forever and a day… Michael Easton.. Dr. lackey Finn. NOW Dr. Finn is again performing MIRACLES on Amy brother. YOU WOULD THINK , the audience would see his drug withdrawl… and his missing Hayden and the child he lost.. that Hayden lied about. oh well.. he is the most underperforming actor on this show… Chad Duell , Michael isn’t worth the effort to even mention GH !!! we need these two salaries – for Robin Christopher , as the other woman who will balance out the Quartermaine familial.. with all that testosterone running loose. Skye Quartermaine. YES anyway… at least with Cassandra on the show.. will she distract Finn.. because this Anna and Finn will not fly. he’s too cutesy cutesy and flamboyant. Anna needs a man like Paul Hornsby… the eldest Baker brother…. Dr. Klein. HELP . Even her ONE dance with Andre sparked more waves of interlude.. than Finn ever will so Cassandra.. take no prisoners… kill dr. Finn.. as for the still uber sexy James P. Stuart.. I will charge – onward – Valentin , with Kevin, Scotty, OWN THIS SHOW. GH writers… focus all you want on the fab 4 plus Steve Burton… this go nowhere dullard is ending it’s pomp and circumstance much sooner than the writers dreamed up. I WILL say… throughout the advent and at the starting gate… this story belongs to Steve Burton and Billy Miller. YES YES YES – Sonny and Carly have paled in comparison.. and are not generating anything more than same old same old. blech blah bombs away as for ASK… Read more »

Patrick
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
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
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 turkey on the spot. Luckily I survived that as well. Didn’t realize that that’s not how you stop.

But now as you say, drugs have become a real, expanded crisis everywhere for all kinds of people. I was listening to “Pusher Man” the other day by Steppenwolf. Or “Damage Done” by Neil Young. and these were 60’s songs asking for help. Wish we did a better job in our country about stopping the illegal and “legal” drug trades.

Steve
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
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
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
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
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
Patrick

@soaphoud
@JasonLoves

@ every one PLUS PLUS PLUS

we need and love Dr. Klein

Jessica Sanders
Jessica Sanders

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

Soaphound
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
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
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
Harry

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

rose
rose

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

Harry
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
Jackie

Agree completely!

rebecca1
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
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
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
Shay

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

Shay
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
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
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
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 to see an Amy/Nathan pairing!

Fanny
Fanny

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

K/kay
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
su0000

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

Jackie
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 to them for thee two stories. Hope they last a while!

Patrick
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 with potential … it’s too bad Mylo isn’t on the show.. he’d be HOT with her

I don’t mind watching her… if GH plans to go with a topical story line…

give Amy an opportunity to smarten up

rebecca1
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 less superficial than most of the others.

I doubt theyll split Maxi and Nathan up. Probably would be too much uproar. Me? I wouldn’t mind. Give Amy HER Man Landers and see where it goes!

Mateo
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 character is AWFUL…she is the first actress on this show that can’t keep up with the rest of a great cast. I know she was on One Life To Live. I know she allegedly was great then but she bites now. This role is ridiculous. She is not even remotely attractive to be chasing after Finn or Valentin. I mean have you seen Finola Hughes and Michelle Stafford? She doesn’t stand a chance. And the character being a “drug lord” is stupid. She is not scary. She is bitchy but not in a good way. She could never hold her own against Helena or Ava or hell even Epiphany. Send her away. Have her become a strung out drug addict who dies with a needle in her arm and a pair of Nathan’s underwear in her hands. I mean PLEEEASSSE GH. C’mon. Finish your casting stunt and bring back some stories. I will wait. I believe in you but really Man Landers and opiates? I smell pickle relish somewhere….

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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