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Denial Is No Longer An Option For GH's Alexis When Faced With A Potential Tragic Event!

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Yes, Alexis Davis  (Nancy Lee Grahn) is quickly becoming the Port Charles town lush on General Hospital! 

After trying to convince herself she doesn’t have a problem with booze, and her drink of choice … wine,  she is faced with a harrowing set of circumstances when watching over her grandson Danny on next week’s episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.  In the latest promo, the voiceover announcer says, “Denial is no longer an option” as Alexis passes out after drinking on her couch, while her and Danny were supposedly making cookies.  Only when she comes to, there is a fire in the hallway towards the kitchen, and no sign of Danny!

Later, Sam (Kelly Monaco) confronts her mother and says, “Were you drinking while you were watching my son?”  Not good!  Looks like trouble ahead for Sam and Alexis and their relationship, too!

Watch the promo after the jump, and then let us know what you think of Alexis going on a bender, and this storyline of watching this once mighty attorney’s fall from grace as played by two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn in the comment section below!

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Silky Bhasin
Silky Bhasin

I think the relationship between Sam and Alexis will for sure be affected and especially Alexis.

Noreen cunningham
Noreen cunningham

Love the relationship between Sam and Alexis. The Davis girls are my favorite family on GH. I think a little strain in any family is common, but it should be a good storyline to watch.

Celia
Celia

I don’t know, Noreen ( love your name) . This is not a little skirmish between mother and daughter….we all have those, of course. But, this is big-time stuff.
Sam entrusted her son to Alexis, who decided to indulge. When the bottle ( or any inebriating/impairing substance) becomes more important than your grandchild, there’s a monumental problem. I would blow a gasket, myself.
However, I am confident in thinking that Sam will not abandon her mother. She will urge her to get help.

Silvana
Silvana

Celia, I agree with you. At first she will be upset but then she’ll tell her mother that she needs to get help.

Celia
Celia

@Silvana.
Ciao, Silvana,
What a beautiful , Italian name ( woodland nymph)! I am sure you are aware Silvana Mangano was a famous Italian actress, wife of producer Dino DeLaurentis, and grandmother to Giada, the famous, Italian born, American chef.

LOL, please pardon my rantings. But, yes, Sam will be upset with her mother, at the same time, they are too close and have come a long way for Sam to just walk out of her mother’s life. Sam loves Alexis and she will do whatever necessary to see her mother through this.
This ‘accident’, which could have, potentially, been catastrophic will be the straw that broke the camel’s back, as it were.
Later.

jaselovesam
jaselovesam

I doubt if there will be a falling out with Sam and Alexis. It will be more of Sam being very concerned about her mother and her drinking problem. I also don’t think Danny is injured, but, of course, he could have been…and that will be the issue. Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for Alexis or at least Sam being very aware there’s a drinking problem and will be there to help her mother.

anonymous
anonymous

why did the writers not only make it seem like helenas’ curse is coming true but also made alexis an unreliable grandparent. it isn’t enough that she and Julian didn’t have any happiness soon after the wedding and, sam already has said Julian can’t be part of dannys’ life.

Celia
Celia

I think this is about the hardship, the travesty that Alexis had to endure. I don’t know much about this character, but I hear she has not had it easy. She had the devil on her heels in Helena; felt ostracized; her mother was killed; looked for love in all the wrong places ( where did I hear that line? Hmmmm. LOL)….all this tumultuous negativity came to ‘deadly’ fruition…..brought her life to a halt. Julian was the last straw.
But, I, also, believe that the writers are giving us a slice of reality in the life of someone who may represent any of us.
I suppose Alexis has always been portrayed as a strong, intelligent, prosperous woman, against all odds….this shows her humanity. It shows that she, too, reaches the breaking point.

Celia
Celia

@Ala.
Hi Alan,
I am within that age group ( the big 30 next month), and I think this story, with Alexis ‘losing’ her grip, per se, is different from the mundane formula……as Nikki (Y&R) is . That characters is so fragile, it hurts to watch.
For once, I am intrigued how her children will handle this. This is a new spin. Perhaps I have not watched as many soaps as you, Alan, but I do not think I have seen it happen so ‘orderly’. How does one go from being on top of the world, ending within the earth’s bowels?
And, as I said above, I do not think Alexis’ fall is necessarily all due to the men in her life. It is a lifetime accumulation of negative forces.
But, if the writers have the foresight to make Alexis’ daughters as the catalysts to bring Alexis back, I will be more than satisfied.
I would love to see a concerted effort shown from Sam, Kristina and Molly to get their mother out of her hell.

Timmm
Timmm

I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places
Lookin’ for love in too many faces
Searchin’ their eyes
Lookin’ for traces of what I’m dreaming of
Hoping to find a friend and lover
I’ll bless the day I discover
Another heart lookin’ for love

-Johnny Lee “Urban Cowboy”

Shay
Shay

Good Lord, CeeCeeGirl….This woman is an absolute mess!!!! I take some time away from GH and instead of getting herself together in the interim, Alexis just keeps boozing it up and sliding further down that slippery slope of Mount Alcoholism….what next? Is she going to be picking up some risky one-night stand dudes or perhaps send out a few choice, humiliating TUI’s? (Tweeting Under the Influence….now THERE’S an idea….) She’s already run down/roadkilled Kristina’s physically abusive high-school boyfriend, Keifer, whilst in an impaired state, so she’s been there, done that….as usual, this chick just never, ever learns from her past mistakes!!!! Color me SO not amazed. Oh, incidentally, you made mention of being a December baby…me, too, mia amica!!!!! As for being the big “30?” Take it from me…..just stay 29 forever….it’s much, much easier that way, and you never forget how old you are….hah!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Shaybelle, HI !!!!!!
December baby, you say? Popular month. There are, at least, ten members of my family born in December. My sister-in-law, as well. She was born Christmas day….her name, of course, is Natalia ( Natale, being the word for Christmas in Italian).
Happy Birthday to us all !!.
Anyway, I guess you noticed my one-eighty where Alexis is concerned. This is the thing……I really appreciate her situation, Shay, as I know a couple of friends that are in this predicament.
Therefore, it is real life; which is such a switch from the make-believe world that is GH.
I also have a newfound liking for Alexis sans Julian.
I understand that Alexis has made one mistake after another, but I would think she had no guidance from a woman in her young life. She was, more or less, left to her own devices, and it became a habit, for lack of a better word. A hellion? She lacked the nurturing comfort of a mother. I picture myself not having my Mom…..desolate thought!
She kept stepping in the same caca over and over until it really began to smell. The biggest poop-head materialized in Julian. I do believe he loved her in his own way, but not enough to give her his all.
You know, Shay, the majority of men are very protective of their wifes and would take a bullet for them. It was a shock to Alexis that Julian turned out to be just the opposite. A weasel and a coward; who would rather throw his wife under the bus to save his sorry arse, as perfect as it may be…LOL.
As I said, she broke. She felt her world crumble and riddled with insurmountable obstacles.
I am just happy she is acting human. More so, since her wardrobe has ‘grown up’. She acts as is directed; but her mode of dress is all her. I like the more subdued Alexis. I feel for her.
Can you believe it? I hope she stays away from Julian. She is written so la-di-dah when with him.
Yes, I want her to be sexy and attractive, but with a modicum of elegance.
You must admit that Nancy is killing the role, Shay, regardless of how we may feel about the character.
I’d like to see where her journey will take her. As you say, she’s a mess. And, I hope she does recover and be whole again. This is most inspirational for real women in her situation.
Keep in touch, bell’amica.

Shay
Shay

Well, CeeCeeGirl, at least we can concur on the virtues of Alexis’ newfound modesty via her wardrobe….a refreshing change, to be sure! LOL. I don’t know about the rest, though….I get where you are coming from in terms of your sympathy and such for her current circumstances….but for me they are far too familiar….we’ve been there and done that all before and more than just the once with this woman….that’s pretty much been the set pattern for at least the last decade of this character’s existence…at some point in anyone’s life shouldn’t there be an upward learning curve based upon one’s past mistakes???? Mother or no mother, by the point a person hits their 50’s, I should think that there are no excuses left for making repeatedly bad choices, especially when they seem to be the same kind vis-a-vis picking unsuitable men again and again. Perhaps that’s just me….of course, Alexis’ overactive libido is what always gets her into such trouble…if nature would just finally take its course and allow her randy nature to abate even a tad, it would probably be the greatest favor to her….Maybe then she could quit checking her brain at the door whenever an object of desire is concerned, particularly Julian. However, I’m not holding out hope for that to happen….it would appear that the writers enjoy heaping humiliation upon this character way too much for comfort, thus her uncontrollable quest for “satisfaction,” albeit sublimated to the bottom of a wine bottle at the moment, shall not be something easily abandoned from the basic core of her being. In other words, I predict that even when our Alexis is far, far past her prime, she’ll be some silver-haired doxy still looking for love and its accompanying physical thrills in some retirement community…Haha!!!…By the way, I replied to your “other” post….don’t know if it will take, but I hope you will receive it nonetheless. Later, mia amica.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

GH is on fire…well, at least in Alexis’s hallway-lol

Shay
Shay

It should have been in her kitchen, jimh….whilst the impossibly inept cook, Alexis, attempted to bake up some of those “Red Wine Brownies” that are currently all the craze…..I mean what could go wrong with that combustible combo? Choccy and booze…hah!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

The fire should had spread to the entire town…knocking off most of the cast…the Finn/Hayden story could had been the first to go up in flames…two doorknobs make a far better romantic couple!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I like the actor too but none of his characters seem to work…i dont see why he couldnt be somehow connected to the police…he was terrific as a brooding cop…i dont care about that dumb lawsuit-how that turn out anyway…he doesnt have to play John McBain…Finn as a private detective or working for Anna or something-he just isnt a believable doctor…if only that drunken cow would had knocked over a lantern and caused that’ Great Chicago’ fire in Port Charles and snuffed out half the cast!!!!

Shay
Shay

Very good thought, jimh!!!!!….Alexis should have been Port Charles’ modern-day equivalent of Mrs. O’Leary!!!!! (They’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight…FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!!!!!) As for Hayden, yep, I’m all for enveloping her in that inferno….along with Nina, Val, Jordan, and of course, the perp herself, Alexis!!!! But not Finn! I like Michael Easton far too much……

su0000
su0000

I saw the drunken tragedy coming 10 miles ahead..
Not surprised, not intrigued, too transparent.
Thing about J&S… you see what’s coming long before it comes YAWN..
Their writing is too generic, never a shocker or surprise.
the Queens of Snoooze are living up to their reputation.

su0000
su0000

0ooh and—-
I have not had one, not one laugh not even a chuckle in a year with J&S, not one.

Fanny
Fanny

Su000, U R soooooooo right on both counts!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Why do you keep looking for “chuckles and laughs” on a soap???

Alan
Alan

Life isn’t all sturm and drang. A good soap understands that it needs balance — drama, romance, intrigue, and tragedy as well as a few laughs — to reflect life and keep viewers entertained. GH’s recipe of mob violence, shootings, and death followed by more mob violence, shootings, and death is a stagnant blend that may hold some viewers but isn’t drawing in significant new ones looking for something to make them forget their problems for an hour a day.

If GH wants to be renewed it’s going to need to change its tired formula because its not making inroads with women 18-34 (who I would guess are — like myself — tired of seeing all the female characters declawed and defined by the men in their lives).

Addison
Addison

Well, Su00, at least I get a laugh and a chuckle from reading your comments.

Celia
Celia

Have some wine, su….and bake some cookies.

Dan
Dan

Hey Su, if the writing is as boring as you say it is for GH, why are the ratings up for the year and up in the demographics from where they were at this time last year, which was soon after they took over for Ron Cartoon? J&S are obviously doing something right.

Kim
Kim

Yes I agree. MOB stuff needs to end! Bring happiness back to Port Charles.

Rose
Rose

Su…It’s not just with J&S/GH writers that you can see train wrecks like a drunken Alexis coming 10 miles ahead. There’s the Sharon and baby Sully build-up and reveal on Y&R, and then there’s Stephy/Liam/Wyatt, or it could have been Hope in the past. I’m just not sure how you rework these kinds of stories since they seem to be the staples for soaps. And I agree, it would be nice to have some laugh-out-load humor once in a while. If I remember correctly I think Ava provided some good lines with Valentin and/or Nicholas.

Addison
Addison

She is such a gifted actress and I am totally buying her developing a drinking problem at this point in her life. This story is grounded in reality and thus far they are doing a damn good job. I hope they don’t take this story somewhere where it should not go.
Elizabeth Vagras has come out about her alcoholism and she reveals some interesting facts about her disease. She says that most women who suffer from alcoholism also suffer from anxiety disorders. If you recall when we were first introduced to Alexis she had to breath through paper bags to alleviate her anxiety. Like Vagras, Alexis is a high achiever and also like Vagras, her drinking problem did not manifest itself until later in life. I think it would be fabulous if GH could get Elizabeth Vagras to make a cameo appearance on GH as some kind of spokesperson.

Lovesam1122
Lovesam1122

I am looking forward to some strive with Sam & Alexis, their camp has been quiet for quite a while. Kelly & Nancy will bring it because they always do. Kelly Monaco is fabulous at angst & she/Nancy together are gold

Timmm
Timmm

ANYTHING to get Sam away from Sleepy Miller!

Celia
Celia

Sleepy? More like dead, Timmmy. The walking dead.
I can see a different persona in Sam as she interacts with her mother, at least.
Billy and Kelly are a bust together. Do not kill me, people….only my opinion.

Patrick
Patrick

once again… their they are… in matching leather jackets… Nancy Drew and the HARD’y boy… things just drop in their lap… as they are looking for what happened that night the “bomb” went off. Jason sends her out of the car… 3 plus months pregnant.

no worries his tough stance with threatening voice.. and machismo overload with steely eyes… and puppy dog grin are all on the menu. push his buttons

congratulations Jason and Sam… for being the dullest couple

Jason: Sam said yes… she wants to move out of Port Charles. GH does not need either of you.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I saw this coming but i have no problem with it because it gives Nancy a chance to blow us away with her very strong acting chops. This is going to be good.

Catherine Ingraham
Catherine Ingraham

I think it’s a shame but a good story line.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I’m just not interested in seeing another alcoholic story line on the soaps. I feel like it’s been done to death.

Addison
Addison

Well some could say Shakespeare did some themes to death–star crossed lovers, jealousy, ambition, insecurity, parental betrayal, sibling rivalry, etc. but it’s not the repetition that counts. It’s the different circumstances and interpretation which makes it fresh.

Elizabeth r
Elizabeth r

I am tired of Alexis looking bad after a abusive relationship. She is not a bad person . The storyline is making me angry toward the writers.. I don’t look to watch daily because it’s getting old. Some issues definitely should not be dragged or repeated for viewers to get caught up in over written story lines. There’s a difference in Reality and Drama that the writer’s are not really capturing .My opinion. This is why I am not wanting to waste my time daily .. I catch up when Stupidity is over..

Mary SF
Mary SF

I too find this a refreshing depiction of the disease alcoholism– a lot people who have it are not falling down drunk or running around town slurring their words– or hanging out in a seeded bar with the “regular working class” which soaps often do— most alcoholics are very functional—and the fact she passes out while looking after her grandson is very common– the fire is a bit much– but it is a soap so it has to be a bit much — but overall although the subject matter is very serious– Alexis is fast becoming my favorite soap lush

Rodd
Rodd

IF it accelerates Sam and Jason’s move out of town, I’m all for it. They bore me to tears.

Patrick
Patrick

it’s time right… they simply have to go

I have never seen , a couple, with no energy, or spark.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

LOL

JMER
JMER

A promo that shows Sonny, Carly and Nathan as the faces of GH is sure to be a loser with anyone I know.

It’s time for Sonny & Carly to move to the backburner & let others shine. Nathan should have stayed on the backburner. There is nothing compelling about him. Oh well, maybe by Christmas or Feb Sweeps?

Timmm
Timmm

Nathan is empty unless his shirt is off!

Celia
Celia

I like ’empty’, Timmmy. LOL.

Keffen
Keffen

Why do they hurt Jasam baby. For one thing they should have had Alexis live with Her daughter..this is a mes.we don’t want another child to die

Celia
Celia

Tell me about it, Keffen. Poor babies!!

Alan
Alan

Yet another strong woman reduced to a spineless mess by the current writing team. Alexis has witnessed her mother’s murder, lost a sister, found a secret daughter, battled cancer, killed two men, and helped a guilty mobster beat the rap too many times to count but it was a jerky husband that drove her to the bottle? Give me a break…

Addison
Addison

So far, I like it, Alan.
However, if they go down the road I think they are going I will be more inclined to agree with you.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

That “jerky husband” was someone she was madly in love with who held a knife to her throat, cost her her license, humiliated her, put her integrity on the line, caused Sonny to threaten her life as well, have half the town blame her and basically went from cloud nine to less than zero. And then there’s Nicolas’s death and Kristina hating her (past tense, for now). Cumulatively she’s been beaten down by many things, at the same time. People reach a breaking point. She’s entitled to fall apart. Doesn’t make her or anyone weak if they crumble. She’ll be back.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m just gobsmacked that Alexis came alive…. YES… and it’s all due to her visit from brother Valentin…. he’s asking her to work for him as a consultant. and telling her … she’s more like him than she cares to acknowledge… etc.

it was very refreshing… TILL Jason and Liz show up… and Jason gets all He Man and jumps on Valentin… telling him if you hurt any one I love… do you know what i’d do to you ? etc.

I don’t know the connection with Anna yet… but she also says the same thing.. if you hurt any one… you will be thrown out of this town…

you’ve got all the toy soldiers in ready mode. I guess the biggie is he hasn’t run in to either Sonny and or Julian.

GH… SERIOUSLY Frank/Shelly/Jean you trot out your biggies… to give “fair” warning” @Valentin. let’s have some FUN in the interim… OR

do your pets even know how ? Sonny/Carly – Julian/Alexis – Jason/Sam

let Alexis live… Valentin sent her a case of wine… let these two hide out in her cabin and finish that case… delve in to their lost past and what could be a rich history. what an opportune time… to offer up something as tantalizing as Valentin

Valentin ladies: Alexis / Nina / Ava / Claudette. just don’t bore us about Anna… yet?

I’m hoping that Alexis will absolve and clear Valentin… of all “charges” and he will command attention… lots of attention… and even the menfolk will submit

well… Valentin has upped the amp; upped the ante ; upped the whole show

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Soaps aren’t usually comic fare…nor are they tragicomedies. They always go from one melodramatic, woven-web-we-weave stories, with occasional snark and a zany character or two. GH has Spinelli, Lucy, Scotty, Franco, Dr. Obrecht. Even Finn has a silliness about him. I love all these characters and they’ve all delivered. But I don’t expect lighthearted fare now. Morgan’s death, the rippling effect it’s had touching many of the characters, the resurgence of Valentin and how he effects several of the main characters…the spiraling of Alexis, Carly, Sonny…all realistic and plausible considering everything that’s happened. The stories are what many of us were asking for, centered on family, friendship and relationships. Right now, the characters are reeling. Just as Dillon has to wait for Kiki to get past her grief…we viewers are along for the somber ride, budding and breaking relationships as well.
Works for me…

boes
boes

Another alchoholism storyline……sigh……the writers on all the remaining soaps, not just this one, dip into this bag of tricks way too often and easily.
Either they have characters knocking back the booze like it’s soda or passed out in a drunken stupor.
Overkill.

Timmm
Timmm

Julian will save the day and put out the fire, Danny is unharmed!

Keffen
Keffen

I hope he will

Celia
Celia

If Alexis reconciles with Julian? Well, now……I shall lose respect for her all over again. Ugh!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Now, now CeeCee…love conquers all…on soaps! 🙂 I’m still hoping Julian was cursed by the knife so I can forgive him…unless another cutie comes along to steal Alex’s heart.

Alan
Alan

Of course she’ll reconcile with Julian — every woman on this show is either defined by having a man or having baby rabies. The days of strong, smart women are a thing of the past with the current writing team.

Celia
Celia

@Rebecca.
LOL. Yeah….not when your husband tries to slit your throat, it “don’t”.
Maybe Alexis will go to rehab and meet a gorgeous, tall, raven-haired doctor, with dreamy green eyes.

Celia
Celia

@Alan.
What happened to “We’ve come a long way, baby”? When you put it that way, Alan; I guess you have a point.
This storyline should have been written for Ava, not Alexis.
Can you picture a stoned Ava? Sprawled on the ground; her back to the wall of the building in that special alley she loves to frequent. One stiletto carelessly thrown in a corner; her coat half on, half off; her red liptick all smudges; with a bottle of Chateau Margaux in hand? LOL.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

That’s why I mentioned the cursed knife. In the “fantastical” world of GH where Helena casts spells, curses and practices mind control…the one way they could absolve Julian is if he was cursed or controlled or the knife made him do if. LOL. Far fetched, I know. But if GH and its spinoff can have aliens and vampires…well….

Shay
Shay

Me, too, CeeCee!!! Ooops, forgot, I never had any respect for her in the first place!

Vicki
Vicki

She and Julian will end up back together somehow in the middle of all of this.

Celia
Celia

If that’s the case, my dear, Vicki? Then, they’re all living on Mars. I will not move there. LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

I can hear Nancy and Wil now in an interview with Mr. Fairman laughing at the fact that they are back together after Julian had a knife to Alexis’s throat. ONLY on a soap!

Debra m
Debra m

I totally get the Alexis story. She is turning to wine to forget her problems and obviously still has some feelings for Julian. This story line is showing some truth, how women sometimes need to numb themselves from reality. Nancy G has been amazing!

Shay
Shay

You’re not kidding about that wine part, Debra m….At my local grocery shoppe, the meat manager was having a chat with me one day and he suggested a certain vintage to go with my beef selection…he said it was a very popular choice. I thanked him for his input, but told him I don’t drink, never have….and he almost sheepishly apologized for the assumption, before I told him there was no need since so many females DO these days, and certainly not in moderation. After he picked up his jaw from the floor in utter amazement that I should be so candid, this led to a discussion of how women are the largest purchasers in his recently much-expanded wine/spirits department—usually choosing wine by the case–or two—or three, no less—-and I replied that doesn’t surprise me a bit because there is a huge hidden population of female closet alcoholics who think just because that’s all they quaff it doesn’t make it so….even when they down a bottle or two of it in quick succession all by their lonesome in the privacy of their own homes. I do believe my comments gave him an entirely new perspective into his burgeoning sales figures on this particular line of merchandise….LOL. Hence to say that this GH storyline is both a topical and realistic one is a true understatement!

General Hospital

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.

Photo: JPI

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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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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