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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
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Dinah

Tom Horton in history

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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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
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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
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Ghlover

He is the best daytime father ever.

su0000
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su0000

I like Nikolas and Spencer .. 🙂

Virginia
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Dawn

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

Lew S.
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Lew S.

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

Ghlover
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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
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I love gh

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

Virginia
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Virginia

Mac is the man [dad]

Callie
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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
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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… Read more »

Rose
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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… Read more »

Omar
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Omar

Best father ever is Dr. Joe Martin @ AMC

Worst father is Victor Lord @ OLTL

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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