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Citizens of Port Charles Beware! Jerry Jacks Unleashes Deadly Plot On GH! – Watch The Video!

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General Hospital is firing on all cylinders this week as Jerry Jacks continues to try to bring down the entire town of Port Charles and all of his enemies! (which at this point is almost every one!) Jax returns this week, too!

On last Friday’s episode of GH, the real twist came to light! Jerry explained to Joe that he didn’t harm Alexis or Josslyn who were deathly ill from his injections! But that what he actually did was inoculate them to keep them safe from what he is about to unleash on everyone else in Port Charles!

After the jump, watch this week’s promo from General Hospital and let us know if you are loving the thrill a minute GH! And,  If you are looking for the return of Ingo Rademacher as Jax, and if you are digging the return of Sebastian Roche as Jerry?  Also, do you think during Jerry’s latest plot that it might kill offf any major character on the canvas?  Remember,  GH is ramping up its big umbrella story as it gets set to move to its new time slot on September 10th!

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Christine
Christine

Eww. I Tracy IN BED with Joe Scully? 🙂

Cathi
Cathi

I am loving all the non mob action on the show. Fridays show was scary beautiful so well written directed and acted. The upcoming story well has Jerry really infected Port Charles or he just gonna cause a pánic.

So flash yo see the brothers Jacks back in town always good acting and great eye candy. Loving all of General Hospital.

Mary
Mary

Started watching GH again after years of absent and really love it.May not be AMC but it is now better then it use to be.Need to keep up the good writing on the show.

Christy
Christy

it’s getting a little bit nail biting now… you know something bad in coming and no one else does!

i think this works great with the why was Robin hidden away — I would think that she would either recognize the virus and/or figure out a way to cure people… much like that last time something like this happened… and with Anna off trying to find Robin, I would think she would be in touch with PC and find out don’t come back and try to help from wherever she is…. and hopefully, she can get thru to Robin to ask what is this virus…

anyways, so I figured Alexis and Joselyn were given a watered down version of whatever Jerry has – he probably got it while working with the full strength stuff. He’s behaving as tho he’s got TB..

so if Jax is coming back, Jerry probably didn’t know Carly would call him , so makes one wonder if Jax has already been giving the ‘antidote’?

Christine
Christine

It does seem as though Jerry has TB, doesn’t it? I tried to look up his medication, at least part of it (Benzodiox___). Drugs starting with Benzodiox are for skin problems. Anything plain Benzo__ is for anxiety, restless leg syndrome, seizures, things like that. I could understand seizures, but looks like he takes it for pain. I guess it depends on whether the writers are trying to create a drug name that is similar to what would actually treat what he has or whether they just don’t care and picked anything. Anyway, Walter White in BREAKING BAD would cough and then spit up blood when he first got diagnosed with cancer. Maybe that is what Jerry has?

Then again, maybe when he cheated death the last time there were complications OR, if it is someone like Helena pulling the strings, she could have given him something to make him do what she wants with an antedote as a condition of doing the job.

Christy
Christy

maybe they told Jerry (actor) to act like Nicole Kidman did on Moulin Rouge… that was TB.

i don’t think it’s cancer.

i doubt the writers are being as thorough as writers on a medical show – like HOUSE – would, as far as the names of things

would be fun if they got ole doc house to come in with the cdc to save port chuckers… althought dr house would most likely torture a few of them with his insane tests first! bwahahahahah

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I certainly hope this is not ABC/D’s way of cutting costs and forcing Ron and Frank to let a bunch of actors go! GH has been so good, there are few characters that I would like to see leave. If this not the case, then this should be an exciting ride!

Christine
Christine

I was thinking the same thing. Until today, I thought it was probably Dante and Lulu’s baby that would be a victim. Now I am thinking IF they have casualties, then it would probably be somebody not that significant like the male doctor that worked on Alexis (forgot his name) or maybe even TJ because I heard that the actor now playing him kind of has one foot out the door anyway because he is interested in other projects.

Hopefully it will just be a hoax and people just get sick, but not die. Or people might get sick but Alexis and Josslyn will be used to help them.

Lew
Lew

Hopefully, Jerry will fall victim to his own scheme! I TRULY hope this outbreak or whatever it is, will bring Jason and Sam back together. I have had enuf of the Jason and Elizabeth googly-eyed hour.

caroldee
caroldee

Maybe Jerry will CROAK before he finishes his task.. I mean he looks sick anyway. I could care less I disliked his character intensely.

MCBAMJASAM
MCBAMJASAM

I’M WAITING FOR JASAM TO GET THEIR BABY!!!

THIS OTHER STUFF IS A BLUR TO ME

OH BY THE WAY THEY ARE TRYING TO GET RID OF GH ACTORS

AND ACTRESS SO THEY CAN BRING THEIR OLTL ACTORS ON THE

SHOW… WHAT A CROCK ….FV AND RC…..I HATE THE SHOW

THIS STORLYLINE IS A FARCE!!!

I HATE JOHN MCPAIN INTERVERNCE

JASAM AND BABY!!! I LOVE THEM THAT’S ALL!!

Karen
Karen

seriously we don’t need people like you watching GH.

Nikki
Nikki

LOL Karen, I totally agree with you.

Didjanoit
Didjanoit

Oh really? So now soap fans are getting too uppity to want “certain” viewers to watch the show? It is reading posts like this that make me ashamed to be posting on the same site as people like you and Nikki. It’s called being a bully in case you didn’t know that. People that make fun of and try to humiliate others in public are the ones who should feel humiliated.

Nikki
Nikki

Didjanoit, did you even read MCBAMJASAM’s post? It was a completely unintellegent post consisting of ridiculous statements such as “OH BY THE WAY THEY ARE TRYING TO GET RID OF GH ACTORS AND ACTRESS SO THEY CAN BRING THEIR OLTL ACTORS ON” which is untrue. The reason I agreed with Karen is because if you dislike the show for some reason, actually have A REASON. Just because one couple is not together is not a reason to hate a show, nor it’s headrunners.

Didjanoit
Didjanoit

Yes, I did read it, and the statement you quoted isn’t ridiculous or untrue, it is their opinion. My point was, since when has GH stopped needing all the viewers they can get? Whether they are watching for a character, a couple, or the stories is irrelevant, as long as they are watching right? How many people are only watching for the OLTL characters? Should we be telling them that they aren’t needed too? I apologize if I went too far with my own response, but I’ve seen this sort of stuff so much lately that it really gets under my skin, lol. I can read opinions I don’t agree with and move on most of the time, but I am really tired of seeing people being put down for expressing their opinions about the show.

MK
MK

Just don’t kill of the rest of the Q’s and Have Alan hidden somewhere.

Patrick
Patrick

Innoculation – Vaccination – Protection – Antidote.

Woah! Fans clamored for some thing new. I don’t know what to think. This reeks of intrigue – Spellbound – Just Saying…

Alexis – Oye! I was in tears. especially, when Molly lost it.

Josslyn – Carly’s telling her daughter…. You have to fight like you did last year… I know you’re tired…. just lean on your mom…. the better part of you is Jax. what is heartbreaking… is how good Laura Wright is. she’s pulls out all the stops… akin, Shirley McLaine, in terms of endearment…

I’m caught up in GH. I don’t want to speculate… I’m so looking forward to Jax.

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I just adore the relationship between Patrick and Epiphany. The Good Doctor and the tough love, qualities of head nurse Epiphany. She has stood by Patrick, as he’s still reeling from the “death” of Robin. throughout the aftermath… it has been Epiphany who has truly endeared herself…. with Patrick…. they’ve established that bond of Patrick finding a friend in Epiphany… that he can be honest.
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Jason – alone. go figure…. I’m finally, getting used to the possibility of Jason and Sam… Divorcing…. Oye! They’ve broached the subject… and it looks like it’s going to happen. even elizabeth… is telling Jason… back off… she’s interested in Ewan.

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Johnny! – ? – He almost told Starr in the hospital chappel… what is he thinking… he’s sensitively portraying… someone enigmatic, at least the writing… is leaving me with questions. I hope he finds a way out of this. even if he doesn’t end up with Carly.

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Dante and Lulu are pregnant?!?! I don’t mind this… Geez! talk about.. history… I feel so protective of Lulu… because she’s Laura’s daughter.

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Olivia – 6th SENSE!. this could be intriguing…. Olivia… has some meat to chew on… and she’s interesting… finally…. all i knew of her… is as Steven Lars “girlfriend” and Dante’s mother… so… this is new territory for me… and if the writing holds up…

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I know i’ve forgotten some other points of interest. This will do for now… isn’t that always the way….

Patrick
Patrick

Dante/Lulu.

Oye! A false-positive – chemical pregnancy.

Oye! it’s emotional. Lulu and Dante ask each other if they’re dissapointed and/or relieved.

Brian
Brian

Is Ron C. killing off everyone in Port Charles then going to repopulate the town with everyone from LLanview??? (jokling)

Christy
Christy

Brian (Frons?)

🙂

jk

Brian
Brian

Oh i can assure you I am not “that” Brian !!! Just my bad luck to have the same first name as the man who killed my all time favorite show !

Didjanoit
Didjanoit

Honestly? I think the people who stopped watching GH a long time ago might enjoy this story, but viewers who were tuning in for the past decade will see it as another rerun. We saw this several years ago with what people called the Monkey Virus. It wasn’t a big hit either, as we saw the destruction of Holly, who was made into the villan holding Port Charles hostage for the cure. Frankly having Jerry Jacks back is going to hurt the story, more than help. While Sebastian was loved as the evil Mr. Craig, he was not widely accepted as Jerry Jacks, and I was happy thinking he was finally dead. So no, I’m not interested in seeing this.

Jan
Jan

oh crap…..natalie, cant come now….thats next thing, ” you cant bring liam here.”

Karen
Karen

My choice if someone is going to die is Steve.

Christy
Christy

I hope this doesn’t come down to a wipeout everyone… i think it would be better as a race against time, finding out who is doing this, where they are, what they’re up to and OMG, gotta find them and stop them. And in the process I’d think unlikely people will team up and work together on stopping this disaster – like maybe Todd & Johnny , John McBain and Jason and Spinelli, Trey/Star/Kristina/Michael… like the whole town figures it out before IT happens and gangs up on JJ… even Jax and Johnny pairing up to make sure Carly & Jos are ok.

what do you think?

Christy
Christy

oh, hey

wouldn’t it be great if ABC did a 2 hour GH on Sept 7th? with a great cliff hanger to get you all worked up before their new time slot on the next monday.

oh, but when does ABC ever listen to our great ideas! ha!

Francine
Francine

Enough already of diabolical stuff! Get rid of Jerry and bring Jasper Jax back! Also bring N episode with Vikki and Kate. It would be nice to see Anna kicking Jerry out…

Nikki
Nikki

This storyline is incredible! Firstly, Sebastian Roche being back is a complete blessing. He is so supremely talented and with Heather (temporarily) out of the picture, it’s awesome to have a true villian back on the screens. Also, ensemble plots like this are what great soaps are made of and I love that GH is bringing that back. Alot of the comments above are so negative, panicking about “losing” people instead of just enjoying this story and it’s upsetting. So many soap fans moan and bitch about how they’re “bored” and how the powers that be don’t tell good stories anymore, yet when one comes along all people see is the glass being half-empty. It’s a soap! Anything can happen. If a character dies, whose to say they won’t come back to life some way or somehow? And there’s not certainty that anyone will die or leave the show. Also, people are saying this is FV & RC’s way of bringing on a slew of OLTL characters instead of GH ones.. honestly, that is frustrating. I was an avid OLTL fan, so TRUST ME- if anyone has reason to dislike RC, it is me, but him and FV have done nothing but turn this show around! It was a newbie infested, boring, mob run show for so many years and finally, it is filling up with veteran character (the fantastic returns of Anna and Heather, for example), it has woven in new characters seamlessly (John’s past with Sonny, which ties into Kate and Joe Jr. which makes for terrific acting), bringing back people the old regime didn’t give a damn about like Ingo (Jax) and Sebastian (Jerry), showing connections between people instead of solely focusing on plot driven stories (Alexis’ different relationships with her daughters, Todd and Carly’s newfound friendship, Lulu’s past with her family and her ex, affecting her on with her husband), and they’re stirring up romance like other soaps (Y&R, for exmaple) have not been able to muster up in years. No matter who you ship, doing romances like Michael/Starr’s, (a young romance done RIGHT for a change, which involves two highly complicated, veteran ABC characters finding solace in eachother) Luke/Anna’s (also involving Tracy, which is a triangle involving veterans and terrific actors who have the chops to make it impossible to choose which pair is better), or the John/Sam/Jason/Liz quadrangle that brings drama not only to the show, but gets people talking which is what a good soap should do! And even a character that RC and FV didn’t create, has been immensely improved under their thumb which is Ewen. Instead of making him just a villian or just a good guy, they’ve mixed the two so that he is a character with depth and different sides of himself. I could not be prouder of the show right now and I’m just sorry people are choosing to see the bad beyond the good.

Didjanoit
Didjanoit

If the show is so incredible now, why do so many people feel they have to “sell” it to everyone? Why is it that anyone who doesn’t enjoy it has to be labeled and their opinions negated? I haven’t seen any post anywhere saying that the people who are enjoying GH are wrong, or telling them to stop harping on how much they love the show, so why do so many feel that it is perfectly acceptable to tell people who don’t like it that they are bitching and moaning?? This story doesn’t interest me because I’ve seen it on GH before, so yes, it would be boring for me to watch it. I also don’t like many other aspects of the changes to GH, and I’m entitled to feel that way, no matter how many people feel differently. It seems that people are somehow afraid to hear that the show isn’t being well received by all, and I do not understand that.

Tina
Tina

I agree with everything you said and then some. Some people think if you say some thing negative about the show or certain characters they or fans of you should stop watching the show. Well people can’t dictate to other people what they shouldn’t watch. Everyone has a mind of his/her own and last I looked this is a soap opera, and this is a comment board for everyone,who chose to do so. Everyone’s comment is their opinion of a show that’s on T.V. and people should respect others comment as your is respected. Thank you for what you wrote Didjanoit as I said above, and stating the Truth.

Nikki
Nikki

Oh I don’t care if the show isn’t being well received by “all”, because I’ve seen many, many positive reviews from most fans on other websites, as well as critics, actors, and, considering ABC’s newfound interest in the soap, the network. All I’m saying is that GH was on the road to cancellation before these new changes and I rather focus on being happy that the show is not only still on the air- but thriving as well! I’m sorry that you cannot see what Frank and Ron have done for the show, it’s truely a shame.

Randal Upton
Randal Upton

Jerry Jacks was the Australian Psycho villain. He tried to fool everyone. I think that 2 WSB agents will pick him up, after the young, evil psychologist will be shot and killed.

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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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