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FRIDAY: GH’s Special Tracy Quartermaine Episode As We Get Ready To Say Goodbye To The Incomparable Jane Elliot!

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Tomorrow on the Friday, April 28th episode of General Hospital, longtime fans are in for a treat in a very special standalone episode dedicated to the character of Tracy Quartermaine played by Jane Elliot who is departing from the series on-air next week.

And while, Elliot is getting to walk through the life and times of Tracy Quartermaine as the character stands trial, viewers will get to relive some of the classic moments of the decades of work from this one-of-a-kind actress.

This is just the tip of the iceberg!  GH plans a major send off for Jane on next week’s May 4th episode which will include a return by Tony Geary (Luke Spencer) in Ellot’s final episode.

Watch after the jump, the fun promo for Friday’s GH. Don’t miss it, and then let us know what you thought about it in the comment section below!

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Judge Sonny?…isnt that a bit of typecasting-lol

Its an episode i look forward to and don’t look forward to…i will miss the banter between Monica and Tracy…Monica needs a new foe…have it turn out she is Dr.Os other long lost sister!!!

I have been happy to see the characters of Laura and Tracy become friends. I will miss it when Tracy is gone. Both ladies deserve(d) as much air time as they can get and it was nice to see both of them in multiple story lines over the last year. I will be sad if, after Tracy leaves, Laura is going to only be in Lulu story lines again.

Interesting idea! Monica is adopted, after all.

Perhaps I am in the minority here….but I want a recast! Not to diminish the wonderful work Jane has done over the decades….but there have been large periods of time when she was off the canvas and not on the show. She has never been a leading character per se who drove front burner story….but she was always therr stirring the pot. Soaps have always had those grande dames…those mature women who can still kick ass! There are any number of actresses in that age range who could ably tackle this part and that viewers would love to watch doing it. My personal favourite and selection would be Anna Stuart who played the very similar Donna Love on Anothet World. But I have heard other names bandied about including Robin Strasser, Judith Chapman, Judith McConnell and others. I like that she is being honoured in this way though. Tony wore out his egotisticsl welcome back in 2015 so I could take or leave his appesrsnce…but it does make sense for Tracy….but I hope it is not a ride off in the sunset adventure type of thing. These are 70 year old senior citizens…not 20 year old kids. Some of us never bought them as a great love story. My point….bravo to Jane for being Tracy!! But I feel the character can be important and relevant considering the number of awesome actresses in that age group who arent working but should be.

NOW, how about letting “Monica” (Leslie C. have her big story–she’s looking great, by the way–and acting up a storm!) ?

Agreed! Give LC some more great story! She’s been just great–since she’s been given some sassy lines. More, please. Hasn’t she earned it?????

That’s a fabulous idea, jimh!!! Dr. O. needs to be frontburner status now that Tracy is vacating Port Charles….Jane Elliot’s departure leaves a huge gap that Kathleen Gati and her mirthful mayhem could fill, particularly given there is such a limited supply of viable over-50 lead actresses left on the GH canvas!…Finola and Genie, plus Carolyn and Leslie, could definitely use the addition of Liesl Obrecht to spice up their storylines, and Ms. Gati is much too talented to be utilized in such a limited capacity….especially with the NB right around the corner! I certainly hope she is allowed to monopolize this year’s event with her musical antics since Sabs is finally—-mercifully!—-gone for good. (Knock on wood….and I don’t mean “Mr. Marbles!”)

HaHa, Jimmy. This was the best written, the wittiest episode, ever. Kudos, writers!!
Judge Sonny represented the perfect satirical irony. I had such a good chucke. The Devil and the gavel. LOL.
But, Scotty’s ” I object! Rhetorical question!’ ……Well, it just threw me over the edge. Laughed sooo hard.
The depiction of ‘angelic’ Diane swathed in a white skirt with a cream mod jacked…..reminiscent of of the sun-King’s court ( how a’ propos) was a ‘spoofy’ touch. Not quite white; not quite virginal; not quite pure.
These nostalgic scenes meant nothing to me, as I am not familiar with GH’s history; nonetheless, I sincerely appreciated the acting by one and all….thoroughly enjoying every scene, bringing all kinds of emotions with which to grapple and take to heart. Spectacular!!
I noticed how sooo, very pretty Jane was; still is…..Her facial structure, in youth, and the present, was/is exceptionally well-‘sculpted’.

Samira’s ( I thought it was Samara, which is Hebrew) eyes are still scary and haunting; as I said on day one. I, actually, looked the actress up ( Ivy Natalia)….not much there. But, the pictures of her are exceptionally beautiful……an indiscribable, gorgeous grey. She is so pretty.
Why are ‘we’ saving Samira’s daughter? Because she’s a Quartermaine. But, but, but, why?
I think TPTB are having her wear blue contacts, trying to mask the grey color ( Tracy did say Samira had blue eyes) , giving those breathtaking eyes, in real life, an alien-like look.
Think Michael Jackson’s, ‘ Thriller’. DOUBLE LOL.

So, what was the moral of this episode? Well, Tracy needs to exit with honor. She, certainly, has. She has seen the light, as we all should. Repentance lightens the heart and mind.

Samira?…more like Vampira!!!…she reminds me of a 1950s B movie vampire !!!-l0l

I, too, have been enjoying the resurgence of Monica Q on GH and hope it continues. She’s such a great actress and deserves an ongoing storyline. I, too, am still for re-casting Tracy Q. We need more Quartermaines, not less. As far as today’s episode, I hated how they kept showing the vintage clips on iphones and pads–too small. But overall, a good episode.

I actually had the opposite reaction, CeeCee….I thought today’s episode was appallingly awful and a huge letdown…the only saving grace(s) were the flashbacks—especially Tracy’s classic “heart attack” scene with Edward—but there certainly weren’t enough of them….they should have comprised the entire show! (It was quite bittersweet to see the beautiful Anna Lee as Lila once again…what a sweet, almost beatific, gentlelady she was!) But other than those few fleeting moments of blissful nostalgia, I felt as though I had wasted nearly an hour of my life watching that disappointing drivel and I just wanted it back! And that makes me very sad, indeed, since I never could have imagined feeling that way during my early years of watching GH…As much as I shall miss Tracy, I honestly don’t blame Jane for leaving….this soap is in terrible shape…it’s a real mess and her swansong storyline is pathetically inadequate for a woman of her considerable talents! (But I do agree with you about how attractive the younger Tracy was…I actually preferred her as a blonde….it made her seem softer and more demure, even though the character was anything but!) However, having said that, you were spot on about Carolyn Hennessy’s Diane…but then she is always “absolutely fabulous!” Monica looked great, too, and Kiki still reminds me of a young Heather Webber…she really does have to end up being Franco’s daughter so she can have Port Charles’ favorite nutter as a granny! As for “Sonny On the Bench,” oooh, that was beyond a bad joke…the only thing that would have been more distasteful would have been seeing him donning a cassock as “Father Dimples.” LOL..Lastly, about that creepy Samira chick??? I have no words to describe how deficient her acting skills are other than to say she has already out-Sabbed Sabs….and given my utter disregard for that blessedly departed character, that is most definitely not a good thing! God help us if she sings….next thing you know, she’ll be taking over the NB stage!

@Shay.
Oh, friend ‘o mine, LOL. I was applauding the scenes in court…..how ridiculously hilarious it was. I suppose I have a twisted sense of humor. I thought the writing was splendidly buffoonish. That was the whole point, in my opinion. Those characters; or, shall I say, caricatures were specificcaly ‘hand-picked’ to mock them….the. hilarity of mise en scene got me!!…as I said; a spoof….ridiculing something serious for comic relief is one of the tools used in all genre of writing.
The symbolism worked for moi.
Nonetheless, I did emphasize the fact that the flashbacks, albeit unfamiliar to me, hit the spot….everyone’s acting ( the vets) was unparalleled.

Samira is another story. I can’t say I do not like her because I honestly do not know, yet. She’s, assuredly, weird…her speech, her gestures, her movements, her aura of mystery give me the creeps….I feel uneasy when I see her. Her eyes are nondescript….no claity. What the hoot did they do to her appearance? They look like two fissures without life.
If I can’t see someone’s eyes, I always feel that person is hiding something. Perhaps that’s the point TPTB are making.
But, is this the way the actress is naturally? Or, is it an act? …..because if it’s the acting? Well, she’s doing a darn good job.
Later, Shay.

@Shay.
PS, my Shay….I think the interpretation of the court scene was completely misunderstood. Look at it from a literary point of view…..not that I am comparing this writing to any of the greats’ ( my favorite; Moliere, who ridiculed society’s hypocrisy to the hilt), but, I was impressed with that particular court scene and why Sonny was chosen. If one explores the idea, it is quite satirical. In my opinion, the method did the trick.

Specifically
Clarity
Sorry for butchering some words….typing in a hurry, as usual. LOL.

@CeeCeeGirl….Please understand that I do applaud your well-expressed analysis of Friday’s GH episode via a literary standpoint….it’s not that I don’t appreciate or recognize the satire or allusions to which you so ably refer..I think we were just looking for totally different things in our viewing experience. Having grown up with the character of Tracy, I anticipated a sentimental trip down memory lane via as many flashbacks as possible, since there was indeed a very rich history upon which to draw from the GH archival vaults. On the other hand, you were more engrossed in the here-and-now and the comically-based manner in which the currently presented storyline framed those too few precious clips of this incomparable legacy player and her unforgettable antics of yesteryear…we simply had vastly varying expectations from this episode and yours were most satisfied, whilst mine were not. As much as I had hoped for something truly special, yet perhaps a bit more more traditional in terms of a smashing send-off for Tracy, I shouldn’t have been surprised that such a desired salute did not materialize. For the longest time, watching GH has provided a truly hollow sensation…it’s become so superficial that the show is nothing but a shell of its former self. Whenever I actually sit down and try to view it in its entirety, I’m left wanting in a very big way….for me, it just constantly misses the mark, no matter how chuffed I may have been by the promise of a much-ballyhooed forthcoming exceptional moment or two. Each and every episode ultimately ends with that same deep disappointment for me because there’s simply no “there” there….no heart, no soul, to speak of….just more incoherent and incomplete stories, insipid newbies and the few remaining vets basically reduced to “window-dressing” the majority of the time. Despite really wishing that Tracy Quartermaine and Jane Elliot would receive the golden goodbye that “they” so richly deserved, they instead ended up with a mediocre mess of a farewell that was served up on a less than sterling GH platter.

P.S. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate “twisted humor!” Since you mentioned your own love of offbeat humor, CeeCeeGirl, I just had to ask, off topic for a second, have you ever partaken of the late ’80’s British cult classic “Withnail and I” starring Richard E. Grant? I had seen it before, but re-watched it not long ago in the middle of the night, and I was laughing so hard I had to cover my face with a pillow so as not to wake the whole house…it was utterly hilarious, in the most truly awful way…the nasty, shambolic eponymous character basically had no redeeming values whatsoever, the entire film was extremely politically incorrect—in fact, it probably couldn’t even be made according to today’s standards—and the foul language was absolutely appalling in a very English way…not for within the earshot of the kiddies, to be sure! But….it simply worked and was just downright funny…the (literally) “larger-than-life” character of “Uncle Monty” is well, indescribably flamboyant, you just have to see him in action to believe him, and Withnail’s sidekick, the more reserved Marwood, has his own moments of inspired insanity, as well. The story revolves around a “fish out of water” theme of two London guys stuck out in the countryside “on holiday by mistake,” and you cannot help but be amused by their outre’ antics. There are so many catch phrases and clips out there attached to this movie that I would be surprised if you hadn’t heard of it before, but then again, it did just celebrate the 30th anniversary of its initial release, hence it was circulating before you even escaped your crib! At least check out some online snippets of the best scenes if you can….and let me know what you think!!!!

Hey, jimh! I’ll meet you halfway….how about “Sampira????”

Thats Sam Morgan-lol,,who sucks the life out of all her scenes!!!

It is wonderful to see Miss Elliot get some love from GH. She has been a force on this show even with some lackluster story lines. She is top talent! Jane Elliot, THANK YOU! Many of us will be thrilled to see this special hour in tribute of you and your estimable talent.

Fingers crossed! Let’s give the Lady a proper send-off. Jane, thank you for entertaining me all these years. Enjoy your next chapter, but visit anytime you want.; you’ll be greatly missed. Long live Jane, Tracy, the Q’s, and GH

I’m going to buy this episode on iTunes for keepsake, I’m going to miss her so much . Please pay us visits ms. Elliot.

I so did not want to see Luke return at all and especially not to be with Tracy or take her away. He is so in love with himself there is no room for anyone else. I will miss Jane Elliott, but am happy she is taking care of herself and doing what she wants and enjoys. This storyline with the painting and Turkey is not one I am enjoying at all.

I am not looking forward to seeing Luke either.

You people are pissed off because him and Laura didnt run off into the sunset. LET IT GO!

I guess you do not know of Jane and Tony real friendship. It’s a perfect send off

Thank you.

I couldn’t have said it better, Barb! Right on target!

Thank you, Nancy…I’m glad you liked it!

I’m referring to Jane’s departure saga as “The Tale of Two Turkeys,” the first being the country, and the latter being Luke. Of course, you could also spring for a third reference to the fowl creature, in that this storyline itself is also a real turkey!

Kudos, Shay! Right on target–re turkeys! 🙂

Her and Tony are good friends. It would be HER choice if she wanted him there!

Other than the inclusion of Sonny, this sounds like it will be very special. The self-contained aspect of the episode allows them to use clips of both David Lewis and John Ingle, both equally beloved Edwards – don’t hold your breath for a Jed Allan clip 🙂

Since residuals have to be paid to actors for flashback scenes, other than the aforementioned Edwards, Lila and Alan (plus Luke) I’m not sure we’ll see many other non-current cast members. Original recipe Larry (Hugo Napier), Ned (Kurt McKinney), Dillon (Scott Clifton) and Lulu (Julie Berman) would be welcomed surprise clips.

WHY OH WHY does it have to be Sonny?!?!?! Bring back Stuart Damon as the judge! Someone who has history and an emotional connection to Tracy! If his part is anything more than brief in the Tracy episode…I will gouge my eyes out with a shrimp fork!!! Even when the story has nothing whatsoever to do with him, Sonny somehow manages to become the centrepiece! I loathe the character of Sonny…always have….and cannot wait for his final tribute episodes! I say episodes because you just know if he ever announced he was leaving…he would get an entire swerps month devoted to him…along with return cameos by the 47 women he has “loved”….there would be mariachi bands and harps and violins…and angels descending from heaven. Maybe a few rainbows and unicorns too. I would watch….gladly…if it meant thks show would be free of the stain of Sonny Corinthos forever!!

Okay, to Maurice Bernard’s credit, his part in this episode was subtle and did not take the spotlight from Jane.

Unfortunately, Stuart Damon can no longer appear. It was great to see him in the flashback scenes. Interesting that they used David Lewis in the flashback scenes and showed John Ingle a few times in picture frames. Quite surprised the inclusion of Jenny Eckert, who was the only former cast mate (not counting Luke) shown.

This past week has solidified Ned as the heart and soul of the Q family. Lila would be proud.

Hey, Jenny! I agree! Wouldn’t it have been great if Genie could have been the judge? There’s a winning idea.

“Judge Alan” would have been perfect!

Jed Allan, that is funny!

Can’t wait to see it!!!!! Good luck Jane!!!!!! Will miss you!!!!!

please let Tracy leave Port Charles to be reunited with Luke.

Parting is going to be such sweet sorrow. I love Tracy Quartermaine and Jane Elliot has brush stroked this character with hues of complexity and nuance.
I look forward to watching the flashbacks which will co relate with her swan song. I am especially happy that they will show that infamous scene in which Tracy turns her back on her father as he begs her to give him his heart pills. That scene is oh so early Bette Davis of the early 40s.
I do have one quibble. Why, oh why, did they have to insert a new character into Tracy’s exit strategy? We care about Tracy but we do not care about Samira or her daughter whom we have never met. Before someone calls me heartless, need I remind you that this is fictional soap terrain in which we only care about the characters we know? Yes, I am feeling a bit stingy about with what little time is afforded to Tracy Quartermaine, and so I see this new character as not only being pointless but a bit of a nuisance.
I find myself greatly irritated by Samira, her eyes are a bit freakish and the actress cannot act. Moreover, she’s so dreary, depressingly sweet and earnest she makes Sabrina look like a fierce bad ass from hell.

I agree. I wish the story contained less Samira.

She is a remote controlled zombie-lol

Welcome back, Harry, and not a moment too soon…..you’ve been missed! Your thoughts regarding the unwelcome departure of one of GH’s most divine ever creatures, Tracy Angelica Quartermaine, really hit the mark. For those of us who grew up watching this incomparable queen of daytime, it shall be a sad day, indeed, when she bids Port Charles farewell for the final(?) time…Like you, I am looking forward with bated breath to seeing those vintage clips of “La Quartermaine” at her biting best….those not familiar with the backstory of this compelling—and sometimes cruel—character are in for a rare treat, to be sure! As for Samira/Samara, whatever….you’re right on that account, too…and I’m glad that I’m not the only one to have noticed her cloyingly annoying saccharin qualities are faintly familiar to that of another missy for whom we shared, shall we say, a special “distaste?” (That’s certainly putting it mildly…) Hey, despite the fact we have notably parted ways on “other matters”, we’ll always have our mutually-expressed, not-so-pleasant recollections of Sabs to kick around, eh???? That’s enough for me!!! And , oh, please don’t be a stranger….it simply hasn’t been the same here without your quick humor and cantankerous quips, my multi-monikered friend!

Vampira and Sabs…not much difference there!!!

I so agree with you! Ivy Natalia is an awful actress & she looks like an alien!

Oh, I so agree with you. Her eyes freak me out. They can’t be natural- probably blue contacts? WHY? And its an irritating story line. Not the way I imagined they’d send Tracy off. Why is the painting the only thing that will save her daughter? And how do we know she is telling the truth about her daughter?? Stupid story line. Jane Elliott deserves better!

That is the sixty-four million dollar question, Priscilla. Why, indeed. I think money came into question, but, Samira summarily dismissed that idea, emphasizing the fact that only the painting would do.
Hmmmm. There’s so much more here than meets the eye. However, I would not put it past the PTB that they don’t even know yet. Same minestrone being simmered, stirred and served.

Hi there, Harry! Long time; no see! Agree with you (of course!) 🙂

Not to mention how poorly the story is being written. No skepticism that Samira is who she says, no reason to doubt that her daughter exists or that she even knows where she is (in which case why wouldn’t she simply notify authorities), no explanation for why the painting is the only source of value that would suffice to pay off the traffickers, no objective viewpoint that the painting has any authenthic value in the first place. And no explanation as to why Samira needed to follow Tracy and Laura back to the U.S. instead of confronting them at the monastary.

Shallow and nonsensical. As bad as Geary’s exit story was, this one is even worse. At least Geary’s exit was about Luke.

The obvious hole in the storyline is why Samira must have the painting to save her daughter from traffickers. The Quartermaines have resources to rescue the daughter, without the painting being sold. Samira seems to plan to check a $20 million painting on a commercial flight to Turkey? Right. Samira may yet turn out to be not what she seems. Ned needs to figure all this out.

I’ve also been wondering why the painting is the only way for Samira to save her daughter. Even if the Quartermaines didn’t have the means to save the girl, there’s WSB agent Anna living in town (well, everybody thinks it’s Anna but we all know it’s her evil twin) or Monica could call her former fling Sean Donnelly to see if he could use his connections to help them.

Harry!!!! Is it really you? Not Tabitha, Samantha, Addison, Sadie, Lady, Howdy Doody, etc??? Could it be??? Welcome home!!!! 🙂

Ahem. In deference to our sweet tradition of disagreeing…but not where it REALLY counts such as the current nightmarish reality…I kinda feel bad for Samira. First, I actually think she’s doing a great job in this role. I’m assuming that the hesitance, the stiff walk, the creepy eyes are all for the part. If I saw her in another role and she carried herself the same way I’d have a different opinion. But it seems to me that she’s just the right combination of exotic, withdrawn, submissive due to her probably cultural upbringing…yet respectful and agonizingly desperate. She treads lightly, she’s not demanding or rude…just carries with her a vulnerability. Her eyes…she doesn’t seem to look at anyone…almost as if she’s without sight.

Why they chose this as Tracy’s last story? I’m willing to wait til we say good-bye to see if it was worth it…and if perhaps this actress and her daughter are indeed Qs who might take up residence in the dwindling family home. Though, that wouldn’t exactly fit in with the Quartermaine vibe…unless they suddenly gave her some spunk!

I just feel sad. Sad that, as in life, there are always good-byes. No matter who we get close to, in reality or in fiction, we lose people. Guess I’m just feeling melancholy….

Harry I agree bout Samir’s, in fact I don’t know what to make of this character, I hope she is not sticking around she is to odd for me.

Good luck Jane you were a wonderful asset to GH wish I could say your exit story has been worthy of you but does not sound like it has! Best wishes enjoy your retirement!

She will be missed. Happy retirement!

Wow — that promo looks super fun with the moral center of Port Charles Sonny Corinthos as a judge! Hahaha! I haven’t laughed that hard since ex-Metro Court hostess Kiki became a nurses’ aid overnight.

(As for bringing back Luke — even for an episode — no thank you.)

And right you are–bringing back Luke? “No thank you.”

Do you like anything or anyone, Alan? Nothing but negativity from you in every single post you make. You must be real fun at parties.

I always look forward to Alan’s well thought out analysis of all things GH, as well his sense of humor, which this post is a clear example of.

And for the record, Alan IS real fun at parties.

Before I saw the original message, I thought your response was a line Tracy might have said to her brother years ago, lol

Actually, I like many things — especially good character driven storytelling. I suppose my sense of humor and my refusal to just accept whatever the writers serve up without question or critique could read as negative to some, while others see it as merely another opinion in a sea of many.

(And not to toot my own horn, but I’ve been told on more than one occasion that the party doesn’t get started until I show up…)

Thank you, Alan. Wow, lo and behold!!!! Someone sees the hilarity and ‘farout’ premise of the court scene with Sonny!!

Bring it on!!! 🙂

I called it weeks ago, that Luke would be back for her finale. I made the first comment, when Michael Fairman posted the info.

sorry to tell you theres no price for you, the only person who made “calling” this a contest is you, so good for you.

Honey Child, I never said this was a contest. But if it was, I WON, I WON, I WON, I WON!

Lol, ok you won, you won!!

I will look forward to watching this. So sad about Jane Elliot leaving. I do wish, however, that TG didn’t need to be a part of this. Don’t miss him at all. Best wishes to Ms. Elliot in whatever she plans to do next.

I agree Rod. He steal scenes but I think it is what Ms.Elliot wants. Should be a great episode. These leaves Leslie Chareleson as the last one !

I really look forward to those flashbacks. Don’t look forward to a GH with Jane/Tracy though… 🙁

They should have hired Judge Judy. Judge Sonny? Is Carly the bailiff? Sonny needs to look in the mirror and then hand it off to Carly!

LOL, Timmmy. The point of having Sonny as the judge is very poignant . The courtroom scene was a spoof….unnatural, if you will. I thought it was very fitting. The Devil as a judge!

Oh, when I say poignant, Timmmy, I mean it in a most pathetic way, as I consider Sonny a sad excuse for a human being. So, the ‘impertinence’ of his passing judgment unto others merits laughter and mockery.
I thought the writers did an excellent job here.

He was low key and the episode MINUS that awful Shamira, was very well done!

GH couldn’t afford Judge Judy, Timmmbo! (Hey, you get why you pay for….)

Leave them wanting more, we still need this great actress to anchor GH. It is a terrible loss to the show. But GH will need to recast because the show is nothing without the Q’s and the Quartermaines are nothing without Tracy..

In the full interview, Michael Logan and Jane agreed that Ned has potential to be the titular head of the Q.s. The actor has “the right stuff”–I agree.

I would love if Wally Kurth stayed on. I hope he’s not going to disappear once Tracy exits. (I’m still wondering if he and Olivia will get married. She’s barely on. Her role was greatly reduced.)

I will miss Tracy but I hope that awful actress Ivy Natalia will go with her. Her eyes have to be fake! She looks like a freaking alien!

Jane Elliot’s exit interview with Michael Logan once again shows the level of class, style and intelligence we have always known from her. She justifies her exit story and leaves the window cracked a tiny bit for short-term returns in the future.

A true soap legend.

Yes!

WISHING JANE ELLIOTT A FUN-FILLED WONDERFUL RETIREMENT….SHE DESERVES IT AFTER A GREAT CAREER…….JANE WILL BE MISSED !

The DVR is set.

Very much looking forward to the episode, I’m glad they’re giving Jane Elliot the tribute she deserves. I haven’t really cared for the storyline with the painting and this new character Samira that they’re trying to foist on us. But this will be a great episode, I have no doubt.

Unlike some of the other posters here that are fixated on Sonny being the judge for Tracy’s “trial”, I have a sense of humor and can laugh at the tongue in cheek aspect of Port Charles’ biggest criminal being the judge. Which is something I’m sure Tracy will mention. But honestly, who cares that Sonny is the judge? It’s such a minute aspect of a show that is about paying tribute to one of the greatest characters in soap opera history. Enjoy that for what it is instead of nitpicking over every little insignificant detail.

And oh yeah, I’m glad Tony Geary is returning and I look forward to seeing him as well.

I’m not fixated on Sonny being the judge — I simply think it feels forced, as does Nathan as the bailiff.

For my money the episode would’ve played better if Tracy had been hit on the head and been met at the Pearly Gates by her late brother Alan who could’ve recounted her numerous misdeeds and explained that she had not lived a life worthy of entrance to Heaven. The idea of Tracy knowing her beloved parents were so close and being denied a reunion with them because of her actions would’ve been more poignant than the forced efforts Jean and Shelly gave us.

Always on cue, Alan…kudos!!

@Dan….I don’t think it’s so much failing to embrace the humor of the situation of “Judge Corinthos,” but rather experiencing that all-too-familiar sense of weariness deja vu that “Sonny Overkill” has once again brought to GH. There were other legacy characters who had a much longer history with Tracy that could have proved a more appropriate person to adjudicate her actions…primarily Laura or Monica, heck, even ex-hubby/DA Paul Hornsby would have been a great candidate to have re-appeared in this courtroom parody, especially given his current status as a convicted murderer! There’s the ultimate irony for you! Or even yet another former spouse, Mitch Williams!!!! (And the much-missed Alice would have been a welcome addition to this mix, too…) Then again, how about that not-so-dearly-departed demented don, Anthony Zaccara, on the bench???? What a hoot it would have been to have heard him address his “Venus” once more!!! No, I really don’t think the cast of characters utilized for this “Tracy Tribute” were the best choices, despite some of the sterling performances that they produced. For me, the episode seemed to lack much forethought and deference to Jane Elliot’s deservedly vaunted place in the annals of this show.

I agree with the above sentiments, especially about wishing that Luke wasn’t involved. Would frankly rather see her leave the canvas arm-in-arm with Larry Ashton, actually. LOVED that character!

But only if it were the real Larry, not the imitation Ashton we’ve had for the last month.

okay…having watched the episode I thought it was a huge fail. yes, I loved the flashbacks and for some reason Jane getting clunked on the head was hilarious to me…something about the way she fell just got me in hysterics. LOL…(I’m having a flashback.)

Stuart Damon…so nice to see him. Wally Kurth was so freaking handsome! Still is…but his younger years he was just soooo fine. (not to mention the original Ned…gorgeous!. ) But I digress again.

Though done for comic effect I hated how they STILL made AJ the loser. Even in death Tracy couldn’t mourn for him…respect him. Arguing in life is one thing…but I would have preferred that deep down the family bond would be there.

Funny how they stuck in Nathan. I always enjoy him but I think during a nostalgic bit they could have used Mac as the cop. (WHERE IS MAC!!!!!?)

I think it would have been better if they did a Wizard of Oz type scenario. Tracy gets clunked on the head and sees her life played out before her including EVERYONE she ever was involved in/we witnessed. And then…awakened to the remaining clan hovering over her bed as she said oh so sweetly…”Oh, Monica. There’s no place like home.” To which Monica would answer…”This is MY home, Tracy!”

Rebecca, I loved your Oz suggestion.

Nathan’s inclusion is purely budget which correlates with Jane Elliott’s comment about who appears. With Kirsten Storms out, Ryan Paevy is not meeting his contracted guarantee, so there was no additional cost to include him vs recurring John York (Mac). I miss Mac as much as you.

At one point Tracy was fond of AJ. Check YouTube for the 2nd time Edward banished her in 1993. On her way out of the mansion, she reminded AJ to stay sober and that she saw potential in him.

Thanks, Steve. And, yes, unfortunately every hire they make comes down to budget/advertiser demands, etc. Disappointment for many of us fans and the actors out of a job. (again, no disrespect to Ryan/Nathan…I’ve liked him from the beginning but I loved Mac and he would have fit much more into the scenario they created.)

I don’t remember Tracy being kind to AJ. I’ll look at it on youtube as you suggested. Thanks for pointing me to the clip.

You got it, Rebecca!:)

🙂 Nancy

I loved AJ; but I had to laugh how Tracy said, “not you AJ,” because it was just so “Tracy” to say something like that. Wait, I loved Sean Kanan as AJ, NOT that wimp Billy Warlock. Ick. TPTB decimated the core family to prop up the mob families. Disgusting. You are right, where was Mac? Would have made much more sense to utilize Mac, especially since we were being treated to a special episode honoring a legacy character. Good point!

Thanks, dmr. It WAS funny…lol…and typical of Tracy to say that. But still…hahaha…I just wanted her to follow it up with one of her reflective moments and say, “even you, AJ…I miss even you.”

Funny you mentioned Billy Warlock. He was actually at a Halloween party I attended in Manhattan years ago…he’s actually very cute!

And, sigh…Mac. Cannot understand why they cut him. Such a great character! I still hold out hope they’ll bring him back!

bye-bye General Hospital, I’ve watched and recorded since 1978, but without Tracy No More, Tracy is the MATRIARCH of General. If she wants more money, give it to her, she earned it !!!! Get rid of High paid ones who cannot act, like Laura, Bobbie, & Anna., And give Tracy what she has earned. BRING TRACY BACK TO SAVE ELQ. Do not let Samira be a Quartermaine. Tracy’s painting would fit so nice in the ELQ office, right next to Edward’s painting.

Sonny was low key, the clips were cool, especially seeing David Lewis and Jane was remarkable! I believe what we saw with her responses were true feelings coming from her heart. I hope they throw that painting in the harbor, Samira dives in after it, Luke comes flying up in a speedboat, runs over Samira, Tracy grabs the painting, jumps into the boat and her and Luke live happily ever after!

Oh timmmm. Thanks for the laugh.

I love Lucy!

I gave in and watched. Big mistake. Sonny the judge, no thanks. jane of course was great,goes without saying. Luke no thanks, The one and only good thing was.They didn’t kell her off, so she could come back for weddings, funerals, etc. Maybe to visit Monica. They didn’t show her with Joe. Those two had great on screen chemistry, but we get Luke .Right now its nice to see Laura with kevin, this show Genie didn’t ever need Luke. she shines without him. Bye Jane hope she comes back once in a while. And they advertise it beforhand, So I can sneak a peek,

I just watched this episode on Tuesday, and I loved it. First of all, I love Kin Shriner and his comedic capabilities. Paired with Carolyn Hennesy and of course, Jane Elliot, comedic gold. I wish TPTB focused more on flashbacks during the course of Jane’s departure than this ridiculous Samira character and stupid storyline. The veteran viewers appreciate and love flashback episodes and treasure seeing old characters and revisiting old storylines.

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Bryan Craig Wishes General Hospital’s Maurice Benard ‘Happy Father’s Day’; Is He Trolling Us … or is This the Ultimate Return Tease?

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Interviews

A week ago, at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of your favorite soap opera stars took to the red carpet prior to the telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount + and posed for pictures for the paparazzi and several spoke to the media before going inside and taking in the ceremonies and rooting on their castmates and shows.

While on the red carpet, Michael Fairman TV interviewed those who stopped performers who stopped by and those we could catch on the action-packed bustling arrivals. All of the video interviews are now posted and complete on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Look for conversations with Days of our Lives, Tamara Braun (Ava), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) with Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Paul Telfer (Xander), Dan Feuerriegel (EJ), Greg Rikaart (Leo), and Eric Martsolf (Brady) with wife Lisa and their twin sons, Chase and Mason.

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Stopping by to chat from General Hospital were Maura West (Ava) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and from The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and his daughter, McKenna, Annika Noelle (Hope), Kimberlin Brown (Sheila) and John McCook (Eric) and his wife, Laurette.

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From The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman (Jack), Courtney Hope (Sally), Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman (Michael and Lauren), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Michael Mealor (Kyle), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Kate Linder (Esther) and Bryton James (Devon), and making their first appearance on a Daytime Emmy red carpet were Neighbours stars: Stefan Dennis, Annie Jones and Georgie Stone.

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Below is the complete playlist of 2024 Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interviews. Make sure to check them out. Then let us know who you loved seeing and hearing from the most via the comment section below.

 

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GH’s Evan Hofer Talks Life for Dex After Sonny’s Beatdown, Giovanni Mazza, and If Josslyn is Love Endgame

General Hospital’s Dex Heller (Evan Hofer) has been at the epicenter of Sonny Corinthos’ (Maurice Benard) paranoia, which led to the beatdown of Sonny’s former right hand man.

Now, Dex is licking his wounds, and trying to move on with his life after joining the PCPD; following attempting to move away from working for the mob and under Sonny’s thumb. Problem is, Dex has a soft spot for Sonny. Meanwhile, looks like there still may be a future for Dex and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) as the two are trying to mend their once-fractured relationship.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Evan Hofer at the 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmys (in which Hofer was a presenter during the ceremonies), to discuss the current life and times of his Port Charles alter-ego.

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Evan has now gotten to see and feel first-hand what is like working in soaps and television, when you have to wear prosthetics on your face after Sonny accosted Dex at Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding reception.

Hofer recalled the experience. “Our makeup team is incredible. Priscilla, my makeup artist is just so talented. She layered silicone every day so she could control the swelling, so that way, she would have control over how it looked as it progressed and, you know, decreased, increased,” Hofer revealed. “She was incredible and very, very detailed.”

Paying a nod to actors who have to take on TV or movie roles where they have to wear complete facial prosthetics, Evan shared, “I do not envy people who wear full face prosthetics. I think my longest tape day was probably seven hours in it. I got a little claustrophobic. It does cause you to have a lack of of depth perception, which is a rough one.”

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Hofer weighed-in on if he thinks Dex will ever turn in Sonny and press charges against him for his character’s recent beatdown. “I hope he doesn’t. It’s hard though, because he loves him (Sonny) and that’s the problem,” stated Evan. “That’s what we do with people we love. It’s almost an abusive parent relationship, isn’t it? I have this theory that Dex almost feels like he deserves these things.”

Now might be the time for the GH writers to explore more of Dex’s backstory which could include a backstory of abuse. “I really would love them to. I think it’d be incredible,” hoped Evan. However, he added, “I’m just grateful for whatever I get to do every day and excited for whatever story we get to tell.  Something like The Departed – undercover with the mob- would be cool (for a storyline), and then everybody’s wondering which side I’m on the whole time.”

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Is there hope for Dex and Josslyn fans that they will still may be each other’s love endgame? Hofer teased, “I think they start spending a little more time together, but who knows what’ll happen. You never know on a soap opera. Maybe Dex’s evil twin will show up and steal Josslyn away.”

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A few months back, Evan shared some major scenes with the one and only Finola Hughes (Anna). In story, Dex admits he was going to kill Cyrus on Sonny’s orders. Hofer shared it was a big moment for him since his time being on GH. “What an honor to get to do those scenes with Finola. I had only worked with her once before and that was when Dex broke her out of prison and he got shot the first time,” recalls Hofer. “She’s all about working the scenes ahead of time, which I am, too. We got to get a lot of reps in and when we get up there on stage, she’s incredibly affecting. I’ll kind of have an idea of maybe of how the scene will go, and then I’ll just look in her eyes and suddenly I am just so in a different space that she’s pulled me into. In those scenes, having Dex feel like someone cares about him was really beautiful.”

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Recently, Giovanni Mazza premiered as Gio. In Hofer’s first on-screen scenes with Mazza, the two talk about Gio’s dad having been in the military and Dex’s experience in the Army and serving in Afghanistan.

This raised some GH viewers eyebrows to what if the two characters could somehow be related? Perhaps, brothers? Evan responded to those inquiring minds, “Oh, I don’t know. We look pretty alike. There is the military connection. I think it’ll be interesting. Those first scenes we had together were incredible. I was so excited to work with Geo. He couldn’t be any nicer really. He’s an incredible person. He’s so easy to be around. We hang out outside of work all the time, already.”

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Does Evan think there will come a day where Jason (Steve Burton), Dex and Sonny will all be working together on the same side, and thus, Sonny will have both his former henchman at his disposal?  While Hofer doesn’t know what’s coming down the pike, he expressed, “It’s been incredible to have Steve around. He’s a really wonderful man. I’d only met him on Zoom previously to him coming back.  I hope we get to work together more. We got one batch of scenes together and I hope we get to do more soon.”

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As to what GH viewers should be on the lookout for in the weeks ahead, Evan teased, “We’ll see what Joss and Dex get into, and we’ll see what happens within the police department.”

So, are you rooting for Dex and Joss? Do you want Dex back working for Sonny, or hope he stays with the PCPD? Would you want to see more of Dex’s backstory explored? Comment below.

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