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CONTROVERSY: GH's Lisa was set to inject Patrick with HIV + Blood-filled Syringe!

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The Internet has been a buzz since last evening after long time General Hospital viewers witnessed the story point where a whack-job Lisa (Brianna Brown) had Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) tied up inside a cabin on a boat as part of her twisted revenge plot.   Then, in the unthinkable, Lisa turns the tables, and instead of injecting some drug concoction with her usual syringe happy habits, she instead draws blood out of the arm of Robin.  Now as we all know, Robin has been HIV positive for many decades, and that the show has responsibly told the story of living with HIV.

However, in this beat of the story,  Lisa’s new rationalization is that since she can’t have Patrick, and since he loves Robin so much, she will inject him with her blood, thus infecting him with the HIV virus.  Now, of course, at the end of the episode there was a fight for the syringe.  So we don’t know who is going to be injected; Lisa herself, Patrick, or perhaps a drunken Matt who is stumbling around the boat, or none of the above.

Whatever the case, many viewers have found this tasteless and cause for pause to use Robin’s HIV status and the issue of blood as a weapon against someone, namely the man she loves.  So what are your thoughts on the story point?  Let us know!

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Kristi
Kristi

the plot here fits the psycho character. I see no problem. As if this is a worse fate than shooting and killing someone innocent, like Georgie? Seriously, this is a soap and the weirdness is exactly why I LOVE GH!

Jenna
Jenna

THANK YOU! Thank is EXACTLY what I think. I am sick to death of all the GH bashing. Its nice to hear from a like-minded person.

Kristi
Kristi

Omg, I forget, I don’t think she was shot but stabbed. Either way. Point made.

Chip
Chip

I didn’t mind it. It seemed like the kind of thing a deranged mind like Lisa would do.

sharon
sharon

To me it’s not a taste issue. It’s more of an issue of why bring back Lisa Niles at all. I hated her character from the getgo and her presence has not created the kind of drama deserving of such a great soap couple like Patrick and Robin. I think there is so much negativity against the Lisa character that it causes some fans to find fault with anything related to her and the story. But, there is also the fact that GH under Bob Guza has become a dark, sexist and tasteless show. So every time GH writes a story with such a dark component (like injecting someone with HIV blood), it puts some fans over the edge- understandably. I just want a great, emotional and textured story for Robin and Patrick that is worthy of the tremendous talents of Kim McCullough and Jason Thompson!

Shari
Shari

Honestly, as good an actress as the woman who portrays Lisa is, I just tired of her crazy antics. The whole idea of her continually coming back, is absurd. The idea of her trying to inject Patrick with HIV blood isn’t pleasant but it isn’t more upsetting to me than her taking Emma out for ice cream without her parents permission, in order to prove her ability to scare and manipulate and yet, at the time, have everyone else believe her. I am ffing through Lisa scenes now. If GH wants to bring back a good villain, resurrect Manny or Alcazar or anyone else.

Jules
Jules

Par for the course with GH. The same show where a man can get raped (Jax) and get yelled at by his wife for it. Or that chemotherapy is an evil option for cancer treatment. Or that you can have PPD and go through every cliche known to the illness, all while gaining knowledge of the illness from Brooke Shields’s book. They take promoting important issues in the most insensitive, disgusting and irresponsible way as possible to a whole new level. In their attempt to be “creative” and “original” with this so-called twist, they only really managed to demonstrate once again what a joke this show has become.

Susan
Susan

This portion of this storyline makes me seriously uncomfortable. To have a doctor, a nutcase, threaten to stick someone with HIV+ blood is unimaginative and stupid. The current writers are using one of the best storylines in GH history. I believe yesterday’s scenes were too little, too late. How dare GH attempt to use Robin’s blood as a weapon to stress how crazy PBL Niles has become. This was Labine’s original intent to Robin contracting HIV. The current storyline is a slap in the face of Claire Labine and her original intent for Robin becoming HIV+. I hated yesterday’s scenes because TPTB didn’t have to go this route to begin this murder mystery.

kay killgore
kay killgore

And you people want to know why they are canceling soaps left and right, I quit watching this one months ago and when I read this I am glad. Shame on you GH! First Guza kills an innocent child so he can prop up his couple and now this.

aria
aria

omg, it was tasteless, is bob guza secretely back?, maybe he’s a ghost wrtier for the show for all we know, or maybe he left his storyline book behind and wolf who really hasn’t been really original is copying and putting Guza’s work on the air.

My2Cents
My2Cents

Aria…Guza never left. He still has his hand in the writing.

michael
michael

I am so grateful I gave up watching GH decades ago. If this is what you people want to watch on a daily basis, you’re all demented. when GH is inevitably cancelled next year I will personally send a thank you card to Katie Couric.

Skyla
Skyla

Honestly I find this story stomach turning, grotesque, and completely tasteless. i know alot of people had problems with Guza’s writing and praised Garin Wolf when he became head writer but I was very apprehensive about him taking over, after all he was the writer who did all the outlines during the strike & who loved to prop Jiz and LOVES triangles, that enough was cause for concern. Yes Guza thought he was living in Soprano land but I have to admit I enjoyed the big sequences he did like The Trainwreck, The Metro Court Hostage Situation, Jasam rescuing Jake from The Russian, The Biotoxin Hospital Crisis, and much more. Garin Wolf can not write thee kind of action all encompassing stories, the lead up to this Lisa story has been boring as hell. For days we watched these people on a boat during nothing while Lisa lurked and then did it become exciting when she started? No, it became grotesque and sick. I found this whole story appalling & quite honestly I ended up fastforwarding through alot of the Robin/Lisa/Patrick scenes because I couldn’t stomach it anymore. And on top of that we’ve all heard the rumors about the Franco/Sam story, that she’s most likely going to be raped on the heels of Lisa injecting people with HIV infected blood. Quite honestly I find it disgusting, and if this is GW’s brand of entertainment he’s sicker & more twisted than Guza ever hoped to be.

My2Cents
My2Cents

Excellent post…I am going to forward it to Frons & Sweeney. Not that it will help.

My2Cents
My2Cents

I also agree that GW has burned this show much worse than Guza did. Excellent post!

Todd
Todd

I thought it was gross….but fit the character. Then again i sat thru Mitch giving his daughter electro shock and plan to rape her to have his baby. Nothing is too shocking anymore

Tom
Tom

I find it simply silly. With the medicines out now, HIV is not the death sentence it was when the character of Robin first contracted it. I’ve heard it’s not fun being on all the drugs but it’s not a death sentence so to inject him doesn’t have the gravitas it would have if the storyline had been done 15 years ago so why bother?

Jane
Jane

I agree it fit with Lisa’s psycoh behaviour and it was indeed a sickening twist, which is what made it good. What really bothered me was Patrick saying that he wasn’t afraod of a virus. Yes, progress has been made in meds, but they are horrific side effects and they eventually stop working. The mosguided idea that HIV/AIDS isn’t so bad is the reason people don’t protect themselves and infection rates are on the rise after decades of declining. Those scenes reinforced a really scary step backward in HIV/AIDS prevention

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I think Patrick didn’t want to show fear because he didn’t want to play into Lisa’s game. Additionally, he knew that there are also precautions that he can do to maybe prevent becoming infected such as going for an intensive one month prophylactic HIV Meds regimen. IMO, Patrick freaking out would make no sense. He’s a doctor and he lives with HIV everyday through his wife.

Patrick
Patrick

Brianna Brown is an excellent actor…. she was compelling to watch prior to her final exit scenes…. we all knew she wasn’t going to split robin and patrick…. i thought she had great chemistry with johnny. Hot “love” scenes. i was hoping GH would pair them together…. she was a believeable “villian”. it’s not often we get to watch a 3rd person, if you will, interACT with a supercouple. ie: compelling drama…. i’ll miss her on GH… the story with the dirty needle was unneccessary. didn’t leave the door open for a possible return back to gh for Brianna brown. I AM GOING TO MISS ROBIN.

Rob
Rob

Where is Wendy Riche??????? She is about the only person who can save GH now. Between Frons, ABC, Jill Farren Phelps, Guza and now Garin Wolf, I think their sole purpose was to KILL off GH. I loved GH when Riche was EP. She brought heart, humor, family, action and romance. Phelps brought her death cloud (from the other poor soaps she helmed prior) and managed to make me not care about the shows future anymore. My GH “died” when Phelps officially took over. I think this woman hates love in the afternoon. Its been all doom & gloom with writing to make one wince. The Q’s were allowed to kill killed off and the mob was allowed to flourish. Robin & Patrick were the only saving graces at the but now this latest plot twist is just $$#$%! Technology and OJ didn’t kill off soaps…morons like Phelps with big assists by Guza and Frons are the ones who killed off any love one had for GH. I suggest to the cast of GH, bail out now. Wendy Riche….Please know how much I loved your vision of GH….Karen/Jagger/Brenda, Brenda/Sonny/Jax, Emily & Zander, Lucy & Kevin, The Nurses Ball, Alan Q, etc. YOUR legacy will never be forgotten, but this current #$@, you betcha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My2Cents
My2Cents

WR is rolling in her grave right now.

Donald
Donald

Wendy Riche is not dead.

My2Cents
My2Cents

I got confused with Gloria Monty…….thanks.
So get Riche back then…….

Deborah
Deborah

Lisa should have been KILLED OFF a long time ago!! NOBODY gets away with what this character has!!!! Same goes for Anthony!!! KILL HIM OFF!!!

Jeffrey Moree
Jeffrey Moree

I think they have overkilled the story of luny lisa enough is enough.

Blake
Blake

Proof that ABC is wanting to drive viewers away like they did with All My Children so they can replace it.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I had no problem with this storyline. BB is a magnetic actor, she seems to just always pull your eyes to her. She performed the hell out of this last bit and I am really enjoying the storyline. Villains go too far, that’s that the whole point of being a villain. Take something sacred or Out of Bounds and then go there. That’s what they had Lisa do. Watching Patrick not even flinch, watching Robin silently cry begging Lisa not to do it. Watching Robin fight with all her power to stop Lisa – all if it was great IMO. Lisa went too far, of course she did – she’s a cray cray villain!

Patrick
Patrick

Totally agree with you…. BB is magnetic and compelling to watch…. she stole her scenes….. and that’s saying something…. robin and patrick in my opinion are GH’s top super”couple”. BB acted with the best of them…. reason i tuned in to gh in the first place… wouldn’t lisa have been hot with johnny?

Dianne
Dianne

I hated this particular plot point. There was really no need to go there. I have no idea why there was a need to even bring Lisa back, there is no point to it. The thing that bothered me even more than Lisa using Robin’s blood was having Robin trying to inject Lisa with the HIV-infected blood. Robin would never have done that, it makes no sense. I could see her trying to kill Lisa before infecting her with HIV. And why didn’t we see Robin get the upper hand on her and just beat the living crap out of her? Why can’t the writers remember that she is Anna Devane’s daughter?? She has been trained in martial arts, she can fire a gun and can handle knives. Lisa would be no match for her. Why did we constantly see Lisa able to overpower her? Makes no sense. Robin wouldn’t have even needed the needle.

Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson were great, but the story itself is not worthy IMO of their considerable talents. I still can’t believe that this is what the writers came up with for them. There is a ton of history between those characters and they deserve to have a story that doesn’t include Lisa at this point.

jp
jp

Once again, here is GH problem. The writers don’t value the history of its characters. Who cares about Lisa and her deranged pyschotic mindset. Just set her fire already.

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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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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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