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For Father's Day: Is GH's Patrick Drake The Best Soap Dad Ever?

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Father’s Day is Sunday and as children get prepared to shower their dads with phone calls, emails, cards and presents, soap opera father’s are also very integral to storylines with their offspring!

Some soap dads actually bring a tear to our eye, or a smile to our face as they help teach their young children life lessons, help them persevere through challenging times, guide them, and love them.

On General Hospital, no father has become more endearing a single parent raising his child then Dr. Patrick Drake played by Jason Thompson.   Patrick’s scenes with his daughter Emma Drake played by Brooklyn Rae Silzer have continued to be audience crowd-pleasers.

ABC.com posted a few special Patrick and Emma moments to illustrate just what kind of great dad the good doc truly is!  You can watch a few selection after the jump as well!  After that let us know, is Patrick the best soap dad ever? Or, would you nominate another dad from another show? Let us know!

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Tom Horton in history

Tom Horton played by the late great McDonald Carey will always be the number one most loving, loyal and dedicated father and faithful husband in soap opera history!!!

Yes! I think he’s been an exceptional Dad considering everything he’s been through the last few years. Jason and Brooklyn have great chemistry and work really well together as a father and daughter duo. I always love their conversations. And Patrick actually takes the time to teach her things. I hope we’re able to see Emma grow up on the show like Kimberly did.

He is the best daytime father ever.

I like Nikolas and Spencer .. 🙂

Nikolas and Spencer are a joke . The kid runs the household/relationship, he’s very spoiled. Patrick is o’k but he’s more involved w/his love life. My favorite soap dad is Abe Carver on Days.

That is Prince Spencer ..
He is perfect for being of wealth and a prince..
Nik and Spencer 🙂

Emma is a phony, she is like a robot, a PSA from Leave it to Beaver era lol ..

In all honesty Patrick spends the most time with his child on GH. I think Nikolas would come in a close second with Spencer. The show doesn’t seem to have the time to really show the parent/child relationships much right now and it shows since thinking on it it’s been a bit of time since any father interacted with their young child.

GH does father relationships pretty well, I think. Patrick and Nicolas are great dads to their kids. Even Scotty had a tough time resisting being a dad to Franco.

I love GH and all, but I think One Life portrayed father relationships better. Beau Buchanan was a great dad. Asa, well, he was a bit misguided but he loved his boys.

Still miss that show!

Seriously? Mac is by far the BEST father in the history of GH.

Yes, I totally agree with you. Mac is the best. Nicholas, ya gotta be kidding me!

You are so correct! How could i forget Mac scorpio!! He devoted his life to Maxie and Goergie… I am getting teared eyed just thinking of some of their special moments.

Well, you have a good point. Mac is fabulous.

Mac is the man [dad]

The best soap father was Roman Brady when Drake Hogestyn was playing him. His relationship with Carrie is by far my favorite father/daughter relationshp of all time.

Fathers on soaps are only as good as the writer who pens their relationships with their kids. I find most soap writers aren’t interested in the parent child relationship unless there is some conflict involved or as needed, whether in be mothers or fathers. Out of the remaining four soaps I find the better written fathers for soaps at least are Patrick from GH- Billy Abbott on Y&R, Daniel on Days and sorry B&B- there isn’t one father on this show written that passes muster. Every father from Bill, Eric, Ridge to Deacon, are all written self absorb egomaniacs and I pity any one in real life who has a father remotely like them.
In all of soap history, well I agree Tom Horton was most likely the best written dad. I used to like how they wrote Jake McKinnion’s relationship with his stepchildren on Another World. And the Hughes family patriarch on ATWT, his name escapes me I want to say Bob, was it Bob or Tom? Him too, I thought he was written well as a dad.
Well to all the real fathers out there I wish all of you a Happy Father’s Day.

I like Patrick, Mac, and Nik, even though he should be driving Spencer to school, and setting some limits on the “littlest prince.” But then Nik probably didn’t have many hugs like he at least gives to Spencer. And even Michael. I think he’s doing a great job “parenting” AJ/Avery.

I forgot, but did MF have the same kind of best GH mom on Mother’s Day? Because the Dad’s storylines seem to spend more quality time with their kids than the moms. Carly comes to mind, sometimes Maxi…not always her fault because of the Spinelli arrangement. I guess the writers don’t want to show the mothering side of Sam or Elizabeth that much, but even when they do it doesn’t seem as involved as the dads I mentioned. And even though Alexis made questionable mating choices, she tries to be involved in her girls lives.

Best father ever is Dr. Joe Martin @ AMC

Worst father is Victor Lord @ OLTL

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Confronts Ava for Sabotaging Her Relationship With Sonny and Signs the Divorce Papers

Looks like Nina (Cynthia Watros) and Ava (Maura West) are back to be each other’s sworn enemy number one. By the end of the Monday, April 22nd episode of General Hospital, the women know where they stand with each other after Nina goes in on Ava accusing her of wanting Sonny (Maurice Benard) all to herself, while her marriage has been on the rocks.

In story, at Nina’s office, Ava shows up to see Nina and says she is sorry about what happened with Sonny and that he reacted the way he did, acknowledging that is was over the top, even for Sonny. Ava says she’ll smooth things over, but Nina says she now understands how manipulative and transparent Ava really is.

Given their horrible history, Nina goes in on Ava and how she should never have trusted her. Nina wants to know how long has Ava had this agenda dating all the way back to telling Nina to turn Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew (Cameron Mathison) into the SEC. Ava says she never told her do to that, but Nina wants to know how long Ava has been playing her for a fool.

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Ava says she moved in with Sonny to keep Avery safe and she wants to be on good terms with Avery’s father, Sonny. Nina thinks she likes being in Sonny’s inner circle. Ava tells Nina if she goes to him about her advising Nina to call the SEC on Carly and Drew, it won’t work.  Sonny still considers Nina a traitor and he will think she’s lying because she’s so desperate to win him back. Ava says if Nina would stop blaming everyone else that maybe Sonny would respect her.  Nina says “like he does you?” Ava says Sonny not only respects her, but he also counts on her.

From there, Ava launches into why she and Sonny understand each other, after all, Sonny is a powerful, turbulent, and sometimes violent man. She goes so far to say if Nina wanted someone to just sit by the fire with and play with their grandchildren, she’s got the wrong guy.  Ava then talks about Mike from Nixon Falls (Sonny with amnesia) and how Sonny hid the darkest parts of himself from Nina back then, whereas with Ava they are the same similar creatures, so he doesn’t have to hide anything.

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Nina wants to know just what Ava wants with Sonny? What is her end game? Ava responds that they understand each other, in ways she can’t with Sonny. Nina tells Ava she can go ahead and have it all and signs Sonny’s divorce papers. Ava walks out with the documents, while Nina in tears at her desk, takes off her wedding rings and has her assistant come in so she can messenger the rings back to Sonny’s address.

The episode and these scenes featured great performances by Cynthia Watros and Maura West. You can check some of the scenes below.

Now, let us know, what is Ava’s next move? Is she going to become Mrs. Sonny Corinthos? Do you like Ava and Nina as enemies? Comment below.

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Ellen Travolta Makes Another Return to General Hospital

If General Hospital’s Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) nuptials are on, you didn’t think Grandma Gloria Cerullo would miss out on the festivities, now did you?

Casting news from Soap Opera Digest reveals that Ellen Travolta is back taping scenes that will air the week of May 13th on the ABC daytime drama series.  When viewers learned that Carmine Cerullo, was also on his way back to Port Charles, now in the face and body of actor George Russo, it only made sense that Grandma Gloria would join Grandpa Cerullo. Look for them both mid-May.

As most people know, Ellen is the older sister to John Travolta. She first make appearances as Gloria back on GH in the mid-90s. Most recently, she returned to the Quartermaine mansion to meet up with daughter, Lois (Rena Sofer) and granddaughter Brook Lynn for Thanksgiving in Port Charles in 2023.  Michael Fairman TV interviewed Rena Sofer and Amanda Setton late last year where they shared what it had been liking working with Ellen, who remains very close to Sofer in real-life.

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Amanda shared: “We fell in love immediately. What’s crazy is my maternal grandmother was Grandma Gloria. I had her till I was 30 and we were so close. She was really like a second mom to me. So, when I got this script and I’m reading “Grandma Gloria”, it was so bizarre. And then in meeting Ellen, she looks like my grandma – same haircut, same high cheekbones. It really did feel like I had a few days with my grandma. It was very, very special for me. Ellen is sweet, prepared, professional, talented and funny to boot. So, it was one of the best weeks I’ve had at work. I hope she comes back. My fingers are crossed.”

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Now, we can’t imagine Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding day to be smooth sailing, in fact, expect just the opposite, but could it be Grandma Gloria who is ultimately the hero or the calming voice of reason for any pre-wedding jitters? Stay tuned.

So, glad to know that Ellen Travolta will be back for Brook Lynn and Chase’s big day? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Meg Bennett via the comment section below.

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