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Emma Samms Returns To General Hospital!

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Big news was first heard at the General Hospital Fan Club Weekend main event Saturday, from none other than Emma Samms (Holly)!

Emma was on hand at the event and took to the stage with the other GH cast members and confirmed her return to the ABC soap, when a fan asked what she was doing there?  However Emma revealed, she could not say anything more!  No storyline info was divulged!

However now that the news is out, General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini, who also made an appearance at the main event GH luncheon Saturday, tweeted another confirmation of the return of Samms on his Twitter account this morning.

Valentini related, “Guess the secret’s out!!”  He also shared a pic from the green room at GH’s ABC studios with he and Emma!

So what do you think about the return of Holly?  How will she play into the storyline?  Are you happy about Emma returning to GH?  Share your thoughts below!

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Michele
Michele

Love Holly, SO happy Emma’s back for a bit. I hope Cartini can start to fix the damage Guza did to this beloved 80s heroine!

Cynthia
Cynthia

I’m trilled! I hope Tristen Rogers is coming back, too. Last we heard Robert Scorpio was in a coma and Holly was with him.

Angela Vogl
Angela Vogl

Totally agree with you! Tristan Roberts a/k/a Robert Scorpio should have stayed on all along. I feel there is so much for him to interact with Anna and Duke. Also, we should find out what condition he’s in regarding his coma. More than anything, I’m hoping he can help rescue Robin so that she can return even if it’s only for a short time because of how busy she is now that she is directing. Hopefully, he can also help Luke find Jerry Jax and get the help he needs before it’s too late. Then of course, they both could rescue Robin. Gosh, the two of them working together just like they did back in the 80’s, this would make so many GH fans VERY, VERY HAPPY!

brian
brian

I love the way you blended “Robin’s” life with “Kimberly’s” life. (Is Robin off directing ?)

Nancy
Nancy

Ii’ll be happy to have Emma back if she can accomplish three things: 1) to undo this Ethan crap that she and Luke slept together which resulted in Ethan; 2) explain convincingly to Laura that it was a con that had to perpetrated to save Luke and his family; 3) find Robert and bring him out of the coma either by her wiles or by getting him medical attention

Charleen r clark
Charleen r clark

His daughter Robin also.

Jeannie
Jeannie

LOVE that Holly is back. Holly is my fave female character ever on GH. My favorite male character just happens to be her son Ethan so if Nathan could come back for awhile, I’d be very happy! I hope Robert comes out if his coma, too!

Shay
Shay

Ethan/Nathan just may be back soon…his prime time show was recently cancelled, so he could possibly be available again for GH! Really enjoyed his last too-brief appearance…..

Jeannie
Jeannie

Yep, Bunheads got cancelled. He recently did a Lifetime Channel movie so he’s been doing other things. Just hope it works to be back on GH for at least a little while.

brian
brian

so sad to hear that “bunheads” was cancelled !!!! I loved that show.

( maybe prospect park and hulu can save it )

des10261991
des10261991

I agree he is a Hotie 🙂

Shay
Shay

According to GHNewsAndScoops on Twitter, you may get your wish….it indicates that” Ethan Lovett” shall indeed be returning. These tweets have proven to be a pretty reliable source…up until a week or so ago, they were supposedly “authored” by “Heather Webber”…and it was insanely demented and funny. They just switched over to Ava Jerome as its “host” now, and while the info still seems to be as accurate, it’s not nearly as entertaining….but worth a look each day, though! P.S. It would seem that “Julian” is definitely going to be Sam’s daddy…soooooo disappointing!!! Cannot stand the guy playing him….he just comes off as an evil bully, and I don’t like his “look.” When you think of all the yummy possibilities we named as prospective fathers, this appears to be a MAJOR letdown for longtime GH fans. Just not into this whole Jerome crime gang redux….

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

This will hopefully bring Robert back as well. And end this horrific Robin storyline that’s been drug on for too long. What the photo doesn’t show was a man in a bloody shirt, who is likely Anthony Geary.

Carol
Carol

I agreee totally with Scott—-END the “Story line” with Robin & Robert & Dr Olbrect—Bring back Robin on a reoccuring basis that or recast Robin…

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

The show wouldn’t recast Robin. They tried that once and Finola Hughes nearly s–t herself and stopped it. Just work around Kim’s schedule. She’s stated she’s willing if the work schedule was decent for her. Either end the horrific storyline or kill her off for real.

Mary
Mary

I agree…I want Robin back…Holly was with Robert, he wakes up, tells Anna that Robin is alive…they find her and bring her home!!! Patrick and Sabrina storyline is soooo boring, I actually fast forward when they are on.

Shay
Shay

WHATEVER it takes to get rid of the ludicrous SABRINA, JUST DO IT!!!!!!!!! NOW….

Sean
Sean

I love Emma Samms. First boyhood crush. She’s amazing and is a great beautiful person outside the cameras in everything she does for children charities. She has deep roots in the #GH history and deserves to be back in the 50th anniversary. I wish she was back permanently but she family back in England. Also she is the best GH twitterer and is totally worth the follow. She’s hilarious and has great tweets: @emmasamms1

Nancy
Nancy

Who would not love GH? Best show on TV.

BR
BR

My mother loves Holly and returned to GH when she returned to the show last year…it has been nice watching with Mom again in the months since. She hasn’t been overly critical of the various returns and has embraced the new characters as well, mostly just happy to see multigenerational stories return to GH and soaps in general. I am following her lead and just enjoying every time a classic character pops up in any capacity. My 20-year old sister is all Sabrina/Britt/Patrick/Felix/Maxie/Lulu all the time, as I remember being about the teens/young people in the 90s, so the beat goes on. But so happy to see Holly again…almost sure she will be in Luke’s storyline and would love to see her face off with Jerry Jacks!

Renee
Renee

I love Emma and I’m sure that it most likely has something to do with helping Laura find Luke and saving the day. LOL!

Barbara Darlin
Barbara Darlin

She needs to bring Robert out of his coma and back to GH!!!

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!

Dan
Dan

Glad Emma Samms is returning, hope this mean they’re tying up some loose ends The whole storyline with Faison/Duke, Robert and Anna working together again, Robert finding Robin and all that, was so well done for 95% of it, but the way they ended it, leaving Robert in a coma never to be seen or heard from again, that was terrible, so I hope this is their way of addressing that.

Jake R.
Jake R.

Kimberly McCullough is trying to direct feature films. She is not available to GH at this time. Because Robert knows Robin is still alive, he can’t come out of the coma unless 1) KM is coming back to the show as a regular or to tie up her storyline or 2) Robert comes out of the coma with no memory of seeing Robin.

I am the biggest Robert Scorpio fan so believe me, I want him back, I just don’t think its possible right now.

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

I think it’s great news that Emma Samms is returning to GH as Holly. I have always loved her in that role. Would be nice when she returns if Tristan Rogers as Robert recovers from his coma and returns also. I think Holly and Robert make a great couple!!!!! Would love to have them involved in a storyline together!!!!!

Cheryl D.
Cheryl D.

I hope they fix the character assination that has been done to Holly over the years. I loved Holly in the 80’s but not the Holly that they turned her into in the times she has come back. Hope this time is different.

Tristan
Tristan

Thrilled!!!! Clearly if Emma is returning, Tristan Rogers will not be far behind. Great news. Some have speculated that Robert/Holly, Anna/Duke will team to find Robin and end that story. Bringing Luke (and Laura) into the mix would make it SHEER HEAVEN for this fan. Here’s hoping.

lisa
lisa

Nice to have her back ,I’m assuming her return will tie in with Luke.
It would be nice to have Robert back too ! And Robin….oh where for art tho Robin ?

jayson
jayson

Wow.. guess Ron and Frank are continuing to play the what veteran character to ruin game. Since Holly was ruined by the previous regime, wonder if they might actually repair the character.

Personally, it’s good that a veteran from the heyday is back.

janet
janet

I liked Holly, I thought she was great with Robin, and when I read she used blackmail to not automatically help Robin I was disgusted. I had shut the show off at that time, So I was surprised. Guess I shouldn’t have been with Guza at the helm destroying all the characters. I hope she brings back Robert , he is the one character I never FF no matter who”s in a scean with him. and gets to interact with Emma. A vet is always better than the scummy show.

bj anafan
bj anafan

I’m so glad she’s coming back too. I love her. I just hope it’s not another case of a brief pop up to appease the old GH fans and then she’s gone again. I’d love her to be involved in a decent storyline, hopefully with Robert and Anna, and maybe even Shawn.

I’d also like to find out that she lied and Ethan is not Luke’s son.

And I agree Scott. They need to end this Robin storyline sometime this century!

Jake R.
Jake R.

Even if they were to rewrite history and say Ethan is NOT Luke’s son, he still admitted to going off and sleeping with Holly while married to Laura; so regardless of whether or not a child was borne from that, Luke still cheated on Laura 🙁

Cathy
Cathy

That’s good but I would also like to see Frisco

Shay
Shay

Yes, yes, YES!!!!!!! Bring back Frisco!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Had to reply here Shay…somehow i missed that part with Ava and Tracy at Kellys(tip to Heather) ill have to rewatch that scene. Also about Patrick, Sabrina, and Sam…Sabrinas problem is she isnt strong enough…seems insecure…and mostly its the actress’s voice…i cant describe it at the moment but when she talks she doesnt sound right…maybe its the dialouge given her…not certain but i like the actress and felt she, Micheal, Starr/Kiki/Lauren wouldve made a better love triangle. And i noticed better chemistry between Patrick and Sam…in some ways Sam closely resembles Robin…Patrick shouldve fell for Sam instead.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks for your reply…i know how you feel…when i used to watch OLTL i was never a fan of the Ford brothers…

Aria
Aria

Yes I’m glad she’s back but please give her something great to do hopefully with the other vets like finola and genie . No more back burner for the vets that all I ask.

DC
DC

I think Emma is great but I hated the whole Luke cheating on Laura storyline because he never would have.

Jake R.
Jake R.

Agreed!

Sue Martello
Sue Martello

This I do believe is how they are bringing Sean back 🙂

Brenda
Brenda

could she be the one to find Luke cure ???

heidi
heidi

WooHOO!!! Hope that means Tristan Rogers is with her… even if he is just in a coma! That would lead me to believe he will be comung back and that will be soooooooooo fabulous!!! I want an Anna, Robert, Robin, Holly, Luke and Laura story-line coming!!! Thank you for the great news!!!

heidi
heidi

Forgot… Hope you were at the GH fan event Michael!!! Hoping and wishing for some interviews (hopefully video) and pics and news!!!

~TJ~
~TJ~

Holly, Ethan and Robert! would be awesome! Emma is good to start the ball rolling. Let’s go writers..:)

~TJ~
~TJ~

oops~~~
Ethan belongs to Luke.

Pris
Pris

I absolutely love Emma. She is a big part of GH. I was so sorry that she was not around for GH’s 50th Anniversary. I hope Tristan will follow shortly. Robert and Holly was GH’s best couple ever!

Holly
Holly

I love Holly, I was named after her! It’s always good news when she’s coming back!

Jake R.
Jake R.

Is that really true? Your name is Holly and you were named for the GH character?

Holly
Holly

That’s 100% true. My mom has been watching GH since the very first episode in 1963 and loved Holly in the 80s. I was born in 1984, and she named me after her.

JT
JT

Would have preferred the Cassadine story with Stefan!
Sorry guys Nikolas alone is barely a Cassadine. He is frankly rather dull without the family.

But then this is now a cartoon seemingly so Luke can return and gloat I guess UGH

Janie
Janie

I would be thrilled if GH could reunite Holly with Robert, the true love of her life. They shared such magic back during their marriage . I never thought he and Anna were such a great couple together. I preferred her with Duke.

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

Is she really Sam mother?

Remember in 7 years ago there a question as about ALEX OR HOLLY

lou
lou

Don’t fall for this stunt. They’ll bring her in for 2 wks to jump ratings then back to OLTL. Cartini does not like GH. It’s a platform they hijacked.

j novak
j novak

yes im happy

pam
pam

love holly so happy she is back

Carol
Carol

Having Holly back would be nice, great even—BUT so far when people return they make them out to be wrong or bad or rediculous–something is always “off” with them. (it is like they have set out to make GH charecters silly so they can change it to be OLTL-Port Charles. Like when they made fun of Anna & Robert for being spies & all that they have done–this is a soap opera–NOTHING is stupid—we are supposed to swallow it alll-so those kiinds of comments ???? And then to make Luke & Laura—-NOT be Luke & Laura….Really ?????

Nick
Nick

Holly without Robert would be a non story. Especially since they made a point of leaving Robert with Holly. Also, Sean is back in mid to late August for a few days. Again, without Robert this would make no sense. With these people, though, nothing would surprise me.

Mysty
Mysty

I couldn’t agree more!!

The Big Cheese
The Big Cheese

Of course we are happy that Holly is back. She either needs to stay or come back more often.

ricardo
ricardo

I love emma samms as holly. she is a wonderful actress. i loved her on dynasty and the colbys as fallon. i hope holly gets a good storyline on general hospital. welcome back emma.

Jeff
Jeff

Well considering how much RC has effed up the other returns, I’m not holding out much hope for a coherent storyline that make even a modicum of sense. Why he still has a job in daytime completely mystifies me.

bc
bc

samms was great on models inc. but her 80s char fallon was really dull.

carla
carla

Nice to have her back. Hopefully she isnt kicked to the curb after a couple of weeks. I will enjoy her while it lasts.

pam cox
pam cox

Love the idea of Holly, but wish her and Robert Scorpio would come together too. Great back story there. Always wanted Anna and Robert actually back together. Wissh Robin Anna Robert and Patrick would all have a happily ever after. They could all ride into the sunset, just want a happy one for them just once and forever.

mellene
mellene

Tristan and Emma made the most fabulous couple aka Robert & Holly. They should be re-united on the show,

aline robichaud
aline robichaud

really happy that emma is returning she is a great actresss can’t wait to see her mist her a lot and Robert scorpio, and the rest of that group of people who made general hospital so good

Iakovos
Iakovos

Emma Samms was missed during anniversary time, and this is welcome news. I want some closure, though, with loose ends, particularly Robin. I have always loathed the off-canvas plots of kept prisoner in a foreign country, or comatose for years. If no one wants recasts, then please, just give the characters a happy ending and send them off. Then if we want them back, bring them back broken and ready for repair with new drama. I hope Holly can ignite some middle-aged to now-senior heat for Luke, Laura, Scotty, Tracy, Robert, Anna and Duke. And be akey to ending this Robin missing silliness. And put to bed some of this odd, superspy silliness that in this day and age seems anachronistic to me. Thank you.

Amanda
Amanda

I will miss Finola.

Tristan
Tristan

Where is she going?

Mysty
Mysty

They made a point of leaving Robert with Holly and now she comes back with him? I hope something good come out of this for the Robert and Holly and Scorpio fans. Why can’t we get Robert and Holly reunited and coming back together. Now, that’s what I want to see.

JEFF
JEFF

Frisco the deadbeat dad is gone and IMO should stay gone.

Shay
Shay

Hmmm…never heard that he failed to pay his child support, which is what a true deadbeat dad is…..but he was an absent father, so that is all the more reason he needs to come back and try to make amends. Maxi’s delivery of his first grandchild could be sooo perfect if only Frisco could show up as a surprise. Then he could also try again to throw a monkeywrench into the ridiculous Mac/Felicia nups….not that I care about him getting back together with his ex. I think they need to give Mr. Jones a nice, fresh start, and his former and her new “hubby” (or whatever) should hightail it out of town….they are insufferable and boring!!!!!! Good riddance to them both…..and please take Lucy, Kevin and Scotty with them. Some blasts from the past are fun and exciting, but others should simply remain in the past!!!! Not all nostalgia is great…..

Joshua
Joshua

Her 1992 return and 2006 return were so borrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring. Why bring her back? Why not give Robin Mattson more screen time!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yes…more Heather!!!

Shay
Shay

Oh yes…we need us some more Heather! Loved the little tip of the hat to her the other day when Ava and Tracy were at Kelly’s….the dual mention of BLT’s and LSD was brilliant!!!!

Christy
Christy

hopefully Holly will be working with Luke to find his cure!

Kay
Kay

Holly? Okay, but where is Robert???? It is a crime against the soap gods and fans that Frank V has forgotten how important Robert is! Frank V’s treatment of Robert has only driven me away. What a waste!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Robert could be coming back…i hope he is and TPTB are keeping it hushed to suprise fans…i think it really depends on the right moment. Maybe Patrick and Sabrina are getting married and he shows up at the church with Robin. That’ll also depend on K.M. avaiability!

Shay
Shay

Oh God forbid we are subjected to an actual marriage between the doctor and the babysitter! Just having to see them together at all is an absolute pukefest!!!! Yesterday’s episode was totally ruined by their scenes together….it just totally defies reason that someone like Drake Jr. would be with that silly, clingy little thing…the other day when he comforted Sam, it revealed more chemistry between those two characters than the entire contrived romance with “Nurse Santiago!” How can the ptb’s not see what a dreadful mistake this whole storyline has been? And no, I am not that pro-Robin…other than wanting a conclusion to the mystery surrounding her character, I don’t care if KM comes back to GH….she was always rather annoying! It is just that the direction that Patrick has taken since her absence has been soooo ridiculous….he should have been with Elizabeth or Sam or EVEN Britt….anyone but the gormless, boring SABRINA!!!!!! Can we please just get rid of her, PLEEZE? Let Dr. O dispose of her, or send her packing back to Juan and the PR…whatever, I don’t care, just leave already!!!!!!

Shay
Shay

The BLT/LSD thing was quite subtle…it was after Tracy’s failed attempt to win back control of ELQ, and Ava and she were at Kelley’s. Ava said she heard they had great BLT sandwiches, or something to that effect. And Tracy uttered a quick line about LSD….it was very rapid!!!! But you knew that Cartini was doing some clever homage to Heather….as for “Sabrina,” I just could never abide the actress playing her, not from day one. I had a visceral dislike for her, and I don’t think anything, a different storyline or look, would have changed that…just being honest. You know how sometimes you have a program where someone on it just annoys you to no end? That is her…and the disastrous pairing with Patrick made it ten-fold. I guess I just consider her to be totally unnecessary, and the fact that the ptb’s keep pushing her and pushing her on us leaves me cold. I know that most people seem to agree about this, because I have read numerous blogs with like comments, so it’s not just me!!!! Lastly, although I think Sam and Patrick could have once made a good couple, I am really liking her with Silas now…KM and ME just have a great chemistry no matter what character he is playing!!!! Love them together……

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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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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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