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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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Dinah
Dinah

Tom Horton in history

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

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!!!

Christy
Christy

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.

Ghlover
Ghlover

He is the best daytime father ever.

su0000
su0000

I like Nikolas and Spencer .. 🙂

Virginia
Virginia

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.

su0000
su0000

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 ..

Tima
Tima

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.

Rodd
Rodd

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
I love gh

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!

Dawn
Dawn

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

Lew S.
Lew S.

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

Ghlover
Ghlover

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.

I love gh
I love gh

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

Virginia
Virginia

Mac is the man [dad]

Callie
Callie

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.

Mary SF
Mary SF

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.

Rose
Rose

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.

Omar
Omar

Best father ever is Dr. Joe Martin @ AMC

Worst father is Victor Lord @ OLTL

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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The Best of the GH Nurses’ Ball Continues; Which Is Your Favorite Musical Performance?

As part of its encore presentations, General Hospital is entering into its second week of Nurses’ Ball episodes.

Since the show is currently not in production and ran out of original episodes, viewers are getting to see all the glitz, the performances and the drama that makes the annual ball (which usually airs in May) so fun to watch.

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Look for memorable moments this week from James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin) when he performed Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” and Josh Swickard’s (Chase) rendition of Portugal the Man’s hit, “Feel It Still” among others.

Here is a rundown of episodes this week to make sure to catch!

Monday, June 1, 2020 Episode 13565 (OAD: 5/25/16)
Franco gives Jake a helping hand. Carly blackmails Ava. Nikolas stops Hayden from talking to Jordan. Musical performances include: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake and Eddie Maine, This Changes Everything by Chris Ryan performed by Jake Spencer and Franco Baldwin; a striptease to Demon in Disguise performed by Magic Milo and the Magic Wands -(Felix DuBois, Dillon Quartermaine, Griffin Munro, Curtis Ashford and Milo Giambetti).

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Episode 13812 (OAD: 5/23/17)
Jake shows Emma and Charlotte the Chimera canister that was sent to him. Jason finds Anna’s Chimera necklace on the floor. Sonny has Morgan’s medication

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Episode 13813 (OAD: 5/24/17)
Jake is scared when he sees the Chimera symbol on Anna’s necklace. Valentin tells Anna he sold the Chimera to Helena Cassadine. Michael visits Nelle in the hospital. Musical Performances include: Sara Bareillies’ Brave performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake, Amy Driscoll, Kristina Corinthos-Davis and Valerie Spencer, And So It Goes On by Billy Joel performed by Valentin Cassadine and It’s Not Over Yet performed by Josslyn Jacks.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 Episode 13814 (OAD: 5/25/17)
Sonny and Carly learn that Ava switched Morgan’s pills. Nina takes Valentin back. Anna tells Jason she is looking for a bio-toxin known as the Chimera. Jake sees Helena order him to do his magic trick, featuring the Chimera. Musical Performances include: Faith by George Michaels performed by Ned Quartermaine & Olivia Falconeri, Modern Love by David Bowie performed by Dillon Quartermaine & Kiki Jerome and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen performed by Epiphany Johnson, Felix DuBois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll and Deanna.

Friday, June 5, 2020 Episode 14509 (OAD: 5/17/18)
Curtis proposes to Jordan. Alexis overhears Finn tell Anna he hasn’t stopped caring for her. Sam finds Faison’s lighter in Peter’s office. Musical performances include: Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone performed by GH Nurses’ – Epiphany Johnson, Felix Dubois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll & Deanna and Feel It Still by Portugal The Man performed by Harrison Chase.

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So, with this being week two of previous Nurses’ Ball episodes being rebroadcast on ABC, what has been your favorite musical performance of all-time in the ball?

Check out this week’s promo from GH below, and Josh and James’ performances that will also air again this week.  Then, l

et us know your thoughts via the comment section,

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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