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General Hospital 50th Anniversary Episode – A Heartfelt Moving Tribute!

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Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital was the highly anticipated 50th anniversary episode of the series, and not only did it not disappoint, it was a heartfelt tribute to the legacy of the series and to its five decades of fans.  Brilliantly written by GH head writer Ron Carlivati, the episode blended surprise returns, humor, drama, suspense … all of which GH is known for … wrapped into a neat one-hour package with a bow on it.

The set-up was what would have been the late, great Dr Steve Hardy (John Beradino) Chief of Staff’s 50th Anniversary running the hospital, and his picture that was going to be hung in the hospital boardroom in his honor.  As the episode began, the picture of Dr. Hardy is seen as Nurse Epiphany Johnson (Sonya Eddy) answers the nurses’ station phone with the line: “Hey Doris. How’d you like Frank’s big surprise?”  (Clearly a nod to General Hospital creators, Frank and Doris Hursley!)

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Meanwhile, Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Tracy Quartermaine (Jane Elliot) are going at it one more time, after Monica told Tracy she has “darkened her door for the last time,” and to move out of the Q Mansion.  But wait!  All of a sudden dearly-departed Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon) shows up (he first appeared at the end of Monday’s episode) in the Q living room, and this time not only does Tracy see him, so does Monica!  But Alan has brought some back up to stop the feuding ladies in one of the big surprises of the episode … the return of Natalia Livingston as the deceased Emily! Together, Alan and Emily try to get the gals to reconcile, but lo and behold, Rick Webber (Chris Robinson) shows up in the living room too, and attempts to get the gals to stop their in-fighting by making up with Alan!  As it turned out, it appeared that the return of Emily, Alan and Rick was part of “Pickle-Lila” induced hallucination, or was it?  The segment reached its payoff when Monica and Tracy tried to show the threesome from the great beyond that they could hug and make-up, and in one of the most priceless moments of the episode, Tracy and Monica do their “version” of a hug.  Special kudos to the magnificent Jane Elliot here!  She was marvelous in those scenes.

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Now, how wonderful was it to see Rachel Ames (Audrey) share scenes with her on-screen granddaughter Elizabeth Webber, played by Rebecca Herbst again?  And, in a tender moment, Liz recants that all of the Webbers and the Hardys are scattered all over the map, and how much she missed having her family around.  Liz went on to explain where all the missing in action characters are, including her sister Sara, dad Jeff Webber, Tom Hardy, and his son Tommy.  In these scenes, we were very moved by the performance of Rebecca Herbst, who was given some gems to play with Ames.

One of the more touching moments throughout the entire special episode featured the sublime Jason Thompson as Dr. Patrick Drake, who introduced the new crop of interns to General Hospital and what it means to be a part of the hospital and its staff, while paying homage to the nurses, and Dr. Hardy.  Thompson hit all the right notes throughout, ending the anniversary episode with a moving voice-over that was introduced first by dialog between Patrick, Elizabeth, and Audrey.  This summed up the meaning of the show General Hospital to its longtime viewers:

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Patrick: “It’s going to be a little intimating sitting through those board meetings with the original Chief of Staff upon us.  Hopefully, it will inspire us to reach a standard.  That’s the plan anyway.”   Elizabeth to Audrey: “You and Grandpa had quite a love story, didn’t you?”  Audrey: “Well, we all have.  What’s life but one person’s story crossing with another?”  Patrick: “I think about that, often, and I think about if my dad didn’t practice here, would Robin not have tracked me down for that first procedure?  Would we have gotten to know each other?  Fall in love?  Have our beautiful daughter?  This place changed my life.  I know I am not the only one.”  Elizabeth: “I think about how many lives have been touched, how many stories have passed through this place in 50 Years.” Patrick’s voice-over begins: “Stories of rivalries, stories of love, stories of heartbreak, stories that left us on the edge of their seats.  The thing about all those stories is … we never know how they will end.  50 years …. it’s quite an accomplishment.”

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In another part of the anniversary story, Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) found none other than Ethan, the returning Nathan Parsons, who was being held captive on the Haunted Star by Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) and her cronies!  In another heart-tugging moment Laura, who has never met Luke’s son Ethan, accepts him into her family.  Meanwhile, the search for Lulu continued, but as we saw, at the end of the episode, Helena wants Laura to shoot someone!  Is it Luke and Ethan?  Or, does Helena want her to kill her own daughter, Lulu?  Another great nod to the history of GH by resurrecting the Cassadine/Spencer feud, with Genie Francis back in the fold!

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And in another emotional story, Jax (Ingo Rademacher) and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil) returned!  Jax showed up at Carly’s doorstep to ask her to sign the divorce papers one more time, due to a filing mix up, because he is engaged to be married to none other than Brenda!  In the scenes with Jax, it was Laura Wright, as Carly, who shined.  Wright discussed Jason’s death, and her issues trying to find love with other men, and realized she would like to have another shot at love with Jax, only to have it shot down when she learns of Brenda!  And meanwhile, Brenda shows up at Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) door, and lo and behold, the letter she sent to Sonny via Robin was brought up!  Brenda revealed the details in the letter saying she wanted Sonny to join her, and her son, in Rome.  However, now she came to tell Sonny that since she was in town for The Nurses’ Ball in honor of Robin, that she is engaged to Sonny’s nemesis, Jax!  And … the stage was set for some fireworks and heartbreaks in the episodes to come!

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The final moment of the episode was a chyron card thanking the most important people of all: the fans for sticking with GH for five decades!  A beautiful and masterful job well done by executive producer Frank Valentini, head writer Ron Carlivati, and the cast and crew.  We are popping open the champagne right now and raising our glass, and all we can say after that milestone and episode is, “Here’s to you, General Hospital!”

OK GH fans, now you read our review and our thoughts on the 50th anniversary episode now share yours! What was your favorite moment of the episode?  Do you give it a thumbs-up? Did it showcase the heart and soul of what General Hospital has meant to fan for fifty years?  Weigh-in!

And in case you missed today’s golden anniversary episode of General Hospital, watch it below!

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Rachel Elisabeth
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Rachel Elisabeth

Love every moment in the hospital today, especially that nod to Frank and Doris, thought it was a great thing to do.

10261991des
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10261991des

It was a Great Show 🙂

cathy
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cathy

Beauifully written..made me laugh made me cry most of all happy to be loving lasting fan of such a wonderful milestone..GH ROCKS!

bruce
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bruce

You said it perfectly! Glad I’ve been watching for 33 years.

Danielle
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Danielle

Loved every part of today’s show. It definitely brought tears to my eyes!

jp
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jp

Agreed! What a tribute to such an iconic show. Frank V and Ron C are brillant. They truly know how to honor the history and legacy of a show. When Viki gave her speech on One Life To Live during its final week, Ron and Frank showed how vested soap fans are to their shows. I am thrilled OLTL is coming back. Congratulations to 50 fabulous years of General Hospital.

TL
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TL

Is it true OLTL is coming back?

D. Rice
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D. Rice

Yes, otl and amc are back April 29 via Hulu.com, huluplus and itunes.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Yes TL…Monday April 29, 2013. Hulu, Hulu + and ITunes. 🙂

jenny
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jenny

I loved all the surprise returns that I did not know were coming (Ethan and Emily), seeing Audrey and Liz interact and above all that wonderful portrait of Steve Hardy and the wonderful tribute to him. If Steve were alive, he no doubt would have valued Patrick and Robin greatly as part of the GH staff so great choice of having Patrick deliver the speech saluting GH and the hospital’s heart and soul!

Jenny

Tali
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Tali

I agree Jenny – Patrick’s part was my favorite – great show, kudos to all!!

Terri
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Terri

I agree I really enjoyed the part where Patrick led the students past the picture of Steve Hardy (he did the Christmas story so well to the children in the hospital at Christmas)! Great show I’m really enjoying it!!

Danielle
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Danielle

First of all Tuesday’s April 2 episode was great. Second, it appears that Helena wants Laura to shoot Ethan and not Lulu. Thanks for a great anniversary show those involved!

Mitch
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Mitch

Loved the episode especially the scenes with Rachel Ames. What a treasure this lady is!

aria
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aria

The episode was so awesome, i was crying throughtout, love seeing everyone but especially Audrey, I can’t believe how great Rachel Ames looks. She looked so strong and able. hope she will stick around for more appearances.. i also recorded the soap net marathon that aired and although i couldn’t record all 50 hours, i did record alot of episodes, and oh god, where has my memory gone? i can’t believe how much i have forgotten, but it was great going back to those episodes, and it was awesome seeing the ones i wasn’t around for. GH truly is a… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

She does look great, I agree! Great to see her, Stuart Damon & Chris Robinson all on the show!
Love all the attention GH has been getting for this 🙂

Geraldine
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Geraldine

I agree wholeheartedly. I was only 2 when the show started. I started watching it when I was 13. Am now 53. have watched ALL of the ABC soaps. GH is by far the best! Loved traveling down memory lane with everyone, and being able to tell my daughter who everyone was back then. Laura has always been my favorite 🙂
I salute everyone on the show, and everyone who was behind the scenes. Here’s to 50+ more!!

heidi
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heidi

Agreed! I wish Rachael was on more… she’s wonderful and Liz needs her! She looks fabulous!!!

David
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David

It was one of the best anniversary episodes of a soap ever done by ANY soap.

Tali
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Tali

Yes it was!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I have only been watching GH for a few months, but I have been soap watcher for over 40 years. I agree with you, even without knowing all the history I could tell this is how a milestone show should be– Y&R’s recent 40th pales in comparison to what they did on GH. It really made me wish I had started to watch sooner

David
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David

I have only watched GH sporadically in recent years but was a fan back in 70’s and early 80’s and with the current producing/writing regime doing such good work i’m hooked again!

dee bunny falkman
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dee bunny falkman

I cannot believe that Jax & Brenda are getting married!!! Why not try again with the other people that love them? I get it, but then again, I don`t get it!!!

AJ
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AJ

Because Ingo & Vanessa are not staying on the show long term.

aria
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aria

Mainly because Ingo and Vanessa aren’t staying long term yet we get this built in storyline in the future. So if either ingo or vanessa visit, theres this connection already built in they can go so many ways with this quadrangle now. plus its nice to have jax and brenda connected offscreen while sonny and carly are with whomever they are put onscreen. i think its brilliant.

susan M.
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susan M.

Sonny looked surprised when she told him they were engage!

Denise Pomeroy
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Denise Pomeroy

It’s only fair since they never had a chance to be married. I know neither did Sonny and Brenda but that kept coming around to Jax. It seemed fitting since the actors aren’t going to stay on for long.

Nikki
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Nikki

This one of the best shows I’ve seen, not just from GH but from any soap! It was so perfect and beautiful. It was full of history and sentimental feelings, but also moving forward with action and storylines. I loved the Audrey/Liz scenes, especially when they walked out together passing the GH sign. I loved the Patrick and Ephiany scenes, they incorporated the right amount of humor. The Luke/Laura/Ethan stuff was INCREDIBLE. I thought it was very fitting to see Laura accept Ethan as part of the family- a contrast of Luke’s reaction to her own “bastard” son, Nikolas, which… Read more »

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

@Nikki. agree with every single word you said

Gillian
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Gillian

You are spot on Nikki!

DMG
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DMG

I so agree with you about all of it.I am still hoping that robin comes back soon. What ever happened to Sean Donally and Tiffany?

Denise Pomeroy
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Denise Pomeroy

Great writing there Nikki. I loved it when Patrick took the new interns on a tour and said the nurses are the backbone of the hospital. When Epiphany heard him she replied “Why Drake Junior there just might be hope for you yet.” I was quite hoping that Alan was really alive after all. I am still wishing and hoping for Sean and Tiffany to come back when Robin does if only for a little while. They need to be mentioned for sure.

Lora
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Lora

I agree as well. Could not have said it better! It was an amazing episode! I loved seeing Rick again, the whole scene was great! Thank you GH for this wonderful episode.

k/kay
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k/kay

DMG I think I mentioned this before on another post but here goes the actress Sharon Wyatt/Tiffiany has been suffering from some kind of bone disfigurement disease since 2011. I do not know anything about the actor who played Sean D. Very sad for SW I liked her.

Joe Wells
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Joe Wells

You said it!!!

Joe Wells
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Joe Wells

My thanks to everyone involved in this episode. I can’t even remember the last time I gasped out loud, in surprise, by any show (daytime or primetime). Today I gasped several times. I love the surprises (Ethan, Emily, Rick, Brenda/Jax engagement, the compilation of openings at the begining the episode). For me, it was a mixture of tears and laughter, both whle sitting on the edge of my seat. I wonder if Stuart Damon and/or Chris Robinson are ill. Please GH, keep it coming. If this is any indication of the upcoming Nurses Ball, I will be on cloud nine.

Tom
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Tom

Incredible… just incredible. I’ve already watched it 5 times, back-to-back-to-back!

Loved seeing Rick Webber and Alan again! And Audrey!!!

I’ve also really loved seeing the intro to the show featuring the different versions from the many years. I would LOVE see them continue to use that expanded opening, even after the anniversary period is over!

These writers did a masterful job today!!!

Orson
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Orson

The scene with the three corpses was creepy and badly written.

Tom
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Tom

I guess you could say that, but, it’s not easy to work in three characters that have been killed off, and do so for just a single appearance. So, I think it was actually a clever way to allow us to see those three characters one more time.

I thought Alan and Audrey are looking especially great!

Bottom line… the 50th Anniversary Show was incredible!!! Soooo well done!!!

And, I hope they continue to occasionally bring back these characters for appearances in the future.

ethel
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ethel

i was just so overwhelmed with the episode – as a viewer from day 1 it was very emotional for me…….

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

I had tears in my eyes just from seeing Steve’s portrait alone! Having Epiphany give a brief but solid nod to GH creators Frank & Doris Hursley was a treat too. Rachel Ames was fantabulous and made me even more fits of tears. The surprise returns of Emily, Ethan, and Rick blew me out of the water. I loved when Rick said that what happened in the bedroom wasn’t true….TAKE THAT BOB GUZA! Seeing them all made me briefly have my anger pains at Jill Phelps, Guza, and Frons for allowing such beloved characters die. Jason Thompson and Sonja Eddy… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

I agree I was thrilled in one hand and furious in the other of all these characters who got whacked under dragon lady JFP & Guza. Loved the episode Liz with Grandma Audrey was great. Remember when Liz came on what a pill she was maybe this means we are slowly going to get our gal back front and center.

Mary
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Mary

I completely agree! I as well needed tissues and after reading what you wrote, need them again 🙂

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I certainly hope that Jessie and Amy are acknowledged for all they contributed to the show.

Michael
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Michael

I have to say that Allen looks better dead than alive and Natalia Livingston was gorgeous as always.

susan M.
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susan M.

Allen looked better than Rick Webber!

Beth
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Beth

Totally agree with EVERYONE. EVERYONE . I too, have watched it several times already. My emotions were all over the place. That being said, the one thing that brought tears to my eyes was the acknowledgement of all of us at the end. WOW, the first time we have had the TPTB recognize the true reason GH or any show continues. Thank you FV and RC for that along with the returning our show to it’s rightful place of excellence. First time in years I have actually watched the entire show without fast forwarding through something that I have no… Read more »

SiteAdvocate61
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SiteAdvocate61

Simply put Frank and Ron get it!

Jerri
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Jerri

…the clip of Audrey and Steve dancing, fomr way back when… touching!

heidi
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heidi

It was incredible!!! I absolutely loved every minute!!! Extremely well done by everyone… cast, writers and crew!!! Truly a wonderful tribute… touching so many of the key storylines over decades!!! A+ or 10 stars… totally nailed it!!! Very touching and emotional with great surprises and touches of humor rounding out a well balanced array of every element of a stellar episode and show!!! Thank you Michael for giving us this episode on your site to watch over and over again… I know I wll! Thank you for having your site with the best content we could ever ask for!!! You… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

I’ve watched four times now and it’s just so well done!!! I love it!!! Congratulations again GH!!! I am hoping you do as much justice to the Nurses’ Ball as you did to this show!!! It truly is perfect in every way!!! Thank you!!!

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

Not a single dull moment. I watched every single second of it. Thanks to the writting team for such an amazing and heartfelt episode.

Annette P
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Annette P

My favorite has to be the meeting at the Q’s house. It was amazing to see Alan Emily& Rick again.Loved that Luke& Laura found Ethan.

renee
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renee

I have been watching general since 1969 , yesterdays episode was the best GH I have seen, It made you laugh,cry , and remember why this soap has endured 50 glorious years !!! love to everyone involved on this show keep up the great work

Anthony
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Anthony

Excellent – the “glory days” of GH are here again!!

Janice
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Janice

All I can say is “Bravo” 🙂

Tanyaghfan
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Tanyaghfan

It was perfect! I couldn’t have imagined anything so perfect! All wrapped in a big gold bow.
I can’t stop thinking about it! Soo good!

Caffeinated Joe
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Caffeinated Joe

Loved the episode! Hit on all five decades with different characters or stories important to each. Only soaps can have such a deeply moving anniversary, since the actual 50 years HAVE gone by and some of these people (Audrey, Monica, Tracy, Luke and Laura, etc) have been here for huge parts of it. Legacy, it really means something. Such big kudos to Carlivati and Valentini and the cast and crew. Thank you for the last 50 years! Here’s to many, many more!

Josephine
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Josephine

I loved everything else. the only stupid and most useless part was having Jax and Brenda engaged yet they seemed so upset when they were breaking the news to Carly and Sonny. The whole I heard you moved on so they moved on together was borderline bogus and unnecessary. Why not after what Carly has been through have the fact that she and Jax still being married be the faith and hope she always prayed for? Why not have Jax say that he is done running away from hi marital problems and that they’ll work through them together? I see… Read more »

IC
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IC

This is the best review I’ve read yet. Spot on.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Many people still do write letters, especially when such huge emotions are involved. And my mom got teary and emotional when telling my dad that she was remarrying – people can still care about each other after a break up.

Mauro
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Mauro

While i am not a fan of the current writing team, I Loved the episode. The Q’s were funny, the Spencer’s are off doing what they do best. But Maurice & Vanessa captivated me the most. Sonny’s reaction to Brenda’s arrival, his guarded communication with her. Her facial unhappiness when he talks about having moved on. The cherry was Maurice’s instant reaction at the name Jax! And Mr Thompson (Patrick ) was outstanding explaining the history of GH! I can only hope they will work off of that particular episode from here on in. In closing while they talked about… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

ROTFL. You MUST be joking about Bob Guza and JFP, right?

kaib
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kaib

Valentini and Carlivati didn’t miss a beat, from the tribute opening montage to the postscript thanking the fans and every scene in between. It was just about perfect.

Marcia
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Marcia

I watched this episode many times too ! First of all I love the blended opening of the show. It was great to see Audrey and her flashback with Steve. It was so fun to see Alan Q, Emily, and Rick Webber. Rick looked so different but his voice is so distinct from years past! I know when I last saw these characters they were much younger than the 70 plus years they are now. The writers did a wonderful job (but of course the headwriter is Ron C and he was the writer on OLTL and did wonderful writing… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

So right Marcia… about Chris Robinson’s voice. It really struck me how much his voice took me back to the days when he was on. It’s a very nice and strong voice… that just flooded memories in my mind.

Lora
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Lora

I screamed when I first heard his voice yesterday! lol Then I yelled, “Rick!” and scared my mother, who was watching with me! I was just so happy to see him and Alan! That they made up was precious! =)

Patricia
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Patricia

Brilliant. Perfect.

Jean
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Jean

I have watched this show just about 50 years off and on.. Has always been my favorite as it was my MOM’S…. I loved the show, and all the old actress and actors.. So so many memories.. LOVE IT can’t wait for the nurses ball….. <3

Mary G
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Mary G

Every single minute was great. The surprises just kept coming. It was wonderful to see Alan, Rick, Emily, Audrey, Ethan, Brenda & Jax. I’m not sure it could have been much better unless they could have really brought back the spirits of Edward and Lila.
Thank you General Hospital for 50 wonderful years.

Susan
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Susan

Sorry All. too contrived too sappy and over acted. I have watched GH,oltl and amc since the very first day of each one. I felt like I lost family when when they took the ladder 2 off the air. But watching Monica and Tracy with all the ghosts made me gag. There had to be a more intelligent way to bring these great old timers back. Even if it was a show dedicated to all these missed actors favorite memories

Lora
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Lora

I liked seeing the actors ‘now’. I”m glad they didn’t do a bunch of flashbacks. Wouldn’t have been the same, in my opinion. =)

jon
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jon

Loved the b/w flashback of Audrey and Steve dancing.

jimh
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jimh

The whole hour was very entertaining and the best anniversary soap episode ever! I just wish they did a scene where Audrey sees Epiphany blasting some student nurse and then Audrey lovingly comments to Elizabeth how Epiphany reminded her of her late sister Lucille(in at least a brief flashback) Lucille was the head nurse (back in the 60s to early 70s) who was very much like Epiphany for those who didnt watch back then.

heidi
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heidi

That would have been a great opportunity… I forgot about Lucille and remember her and agree!

jim
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jim

I just wish the show paid more tribute to pre 1980s characters who were just as much part of gh history, especially since its 50 year anniversary. Its like your parents 50th wedding anniversary and your parents arent even there. Those b4 you helped paved the way!

jimh
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jimh

My late grandmother,also named Lucille, was so much like her(the yelling part…’JIM!,) and an original gh fan…it was not hard for me to forget her, or my grandmother!!!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

So glad I’m not the only one who remembers Lucille March, played by Lucille Wall. I loved her. She was an important part of the old days too. I loved when she would yell at the nursing student “Clampett!!!!!!!” She was wonderful.

jimh
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jimh

My late granmother, a gh fan, was a lot like her…and also named Lucille!

Deb
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Deb

The opening credit montages have been heartfelt for me! It’s like I flash through decades of my life as I watch- very cool. The episode itself combined humor, history and honor and as most people have posted, I laughed and cried all the way through it. It has been a very long time since I enjoyed a tv show on so many levels. All I can say is well done, everyone, well done! Oh, and thanks to all at GH…and Frank and Doris too! You gave us a gift to last a lifetime.

Esther
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Esther

That’s how you celebrate an anniversary one of the best episode I have ever seen made me nostalgic I wanted to cry great great episode

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

I Loved the episode!! So many nice surprises and old character returns! It was the perfect blend of emotions from being touching, to dramatic, to humorous. I enjoyed explaining who some of the old characters were to my 23 year old daughter who has been watching since she was a kid. About the same age I started watching it with my mother, who at age 86 Still watches!!
3 Generations watching and 50 years of GH! Here’s to at least another 50!!!

Lora
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Lora

Your post made me cry! lol I watch because my dad watched it first! His job included lots of sitting at a desk with nothing to do but watch tv, and he got hooked! lol

John
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John

Amazing – That is how you honor 50 years of being on television !

Sarah White Sees
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Sarah White Sees

The episode made my heart sing!!

MK
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MK

This only proves that Frank and Ron are the Best team in Soap History. Not just they crafted the Best Finale in Soap History, but now the best anniversary in soap history. They didn’t rely heavily on clips, but worth story and reminded us of the magic and Heart. Been watching Days in the last few years and they never forget thier history and have reminders of Tom and Alice all over the place. GH needed to remember Steve and Audrey. (Don’t get me started on ignoring Jessie’s memory, but I know they will Honor Jessie and Amy at the… Read more »

Charles E.
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Charles E.

Well, what can I say? For FIFTEEN YEARS I had to put up with Bob Guza’s crap, hoping that the day would come when a new regime would come to save the day and bring the show back to glory, Well, thanks to the Valentini/Carlivati team, it has in the past two years! There is no way that Guza could have pulled off an episode as meaningfil as this or the great memorial to John Ingle from a few months ago. THIS is what an anniversary show should be like: saluting the past while moving present stories forward. Unlike Bob… Read more »

cindy
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cindy

It was a wonderful walk down memory lane. Loved it!!!

Theresa
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Theresa

I couldn’t wait to get home and watch it, I even stayed off any websites that might have people posting on it after they watched it, until I got home to watch, so I could be surprised and I was surprised! it was a really great 50th anniversary show oh and your article got me choked up inside! wonderfully written! love love love love General Hospital!!

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Al I can say is “perfection” so maybe powerful moments, and the love letter to the fans at the end for so much appreciated by this fan!

Thanks for pointing out the bit with Epithany on the phone, I did not really catch that other then the wonderful Epipt was showing a bit of gossip. I was more focused on the photo of Steve!

Bravo!! To General Hospital, let’s have 50 more! Ok 25 more!

Mary Ellen Montana
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Mary Ellen Montana

I loved this episode. Brillantly done!!! I’ve been watching GH for 40 years now and it was nice to see Audrey and other actors who have been gone . Keep up the good work GH! Happy 50th , and heres to 50 more…

Ruth Jones
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Ruth Jones

I had tears in my eyes at the end. Would actually like a few more flashbacks to the early days. I liked Audrey and Steve dancing. But what about Jessie, and Lucille? And a picture of the old nurses station where poeple at least went in the little back room to discuss all the details of their lives. But I liked it. Jax with Brenda, always a problem for Sonny. But both too fickle. Carly and Sonny are better off without them. Love having Laura back, but time for someone to finally shoot Helena and get it over with. Cracks… Read more »

IC
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IC

Wow, you can say that again (bout Carly n Sonny being better off without the). Never did like Brenda (she was and is so annoying); and Jax (never liked the actor or the character) is just irritatingly self-righteous.

Karina Dickens
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Karina Dickens

I was completely blown away at all the surprises in this episode. Bravo to the writers, cast and crew of gh! i laughed and i cried. well done!

Breaking News

49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: General Hospital, B&B’s John McCook and Y&R’s Mishael Morgan Take Top Honors

Friday night, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ (NATAS) 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in 15 categories on a live telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.  When the dust settled, it was ABC’s General Hospital who took the night’s top prize for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series.

This marks GH’s continued record-breaking number of wins in this category and brings it up to 15 victories for the iconic show, which is currently in its 59th year on the air.  GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini accepted the award on behalf of everyone connected with the show, when Drew Barrymore presented the final award of the night.

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The night also brought with it the historic win of The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair). The actress became the first black actress in Daytime Emmy history to ever take home the Lead Actress Daytime Emmy.  In the emotional highpoint of the evening, in terms of acceptance speeches and significance, Morgan spoke to the current generation breaking glass ceilings.

Morgan expressed: “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”  In her speech, Mishael shared: “I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do, Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation they can strive to be the best.”

Veteran actor, John McCook who has played Eric Forrrester on The Bold and the Beautiful for over 35 years, finally won his first ever Emmy after four previous nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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The Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series trophies went to two standouts from General Hospital, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus), while Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), added another mantle to the GH trophy case with his first win for Outstanding Younger Performer.

Days of our Lives writing team led by Ron Carlivati took home the gold for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, while GH won for Direction.

The biggest winner in terms of total gold belonged to The Kelly Clarkson Show. When all was said and done, between the Creative Arts ceremonies held last weekend, and last night, the talk show took home 7 awards including: Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Talk Show Host. General Hospital followed with five total wins for Daytime Emmys 2022.

The ceremonies featured DAYS Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) anchoring the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to her longtime co-star John Aniston (Victor), who was not present, with the help of John’s daughter, Jennifer Aniston, who was seen on tape.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children) made her first public appearance since the passing of her beloved husband, Helmut Huber and introduced the In Memoriam segment.  Grammy-winner Michael Bolton performed his classic tune “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” during the tribute.

Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner were the hosts for the telecast, and with the overturning of the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision on everyone’s mind last night, Turner gave a nod to how she and so many others felt, when Frazier told her how nice she looked in her dress. Nishcelle commented, “I chose this dress. It was my choice.”  That moment received huge applause from the audience in attendance.

Check out the full winners circle list from last night’s 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards below. 

Then let us know, are you happy with the results? Who were you most thrilled to see take home an Emmy? What did you think of the telecast? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

General Hospital 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama, Actress

Mishael Morgan, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Performance In A Daytime Drama, Actor

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actor, in a Daytime Drama

Jeff Kober, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actress, in a Daytime Drama

Kelly Thiebaud, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Nicholas Chavez, General Hospital

Outstanding Writing Team For a Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Game Show Host

Steve Harvey, Family Feud 

Outstanding Game Show

Jeopardy!

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Entertainment Tonight

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts 

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL 15000th Episode: Laura Faces Being Ousted as Mayor as Port Charles Bands Together in Support of Her

Finally, after many preemptions, General Hospital’s 15,000the episode aired on Wednesday. In it and front and center in the standalone episode was GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

In story, after a scathing op-ed is run in The Invader from a group of citizens called “The Friend of Port Charles”, they take aim at Mayor Laura Collins and want a recall to replace her. When trying to figure out who was behind the story, Laura’s friends and the citizens of the town, band together to keep her from being ousted and to figure out who would attack her in the press like this.

That sets up a few sentimental flashback clips featuring the three current longest-running members of the cast, Genie, Kin Shriner (Scott) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie).  Viewers get a glimpse of Scotty and Laura’s wedding, and then Bobbie’s contentious and duplicitous side when she fought for the love of Scotty against a teenaged Laura.

As Laura tries to determine who is behind the op-ed, Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a lead from Ms. Wu (Lydia Look) that Laura’s half-brother, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is behind it.  Laura then heads to Pentonville to confront Cyrus.  She asks if he’s the brains behind “The Friends of Port Charles”.

Cyrus insists he is only an advisor. He goes on to say that this is a group of people who are disillusioned by the way she is running the town.  Cyrus gets angry and vengeful, and emotional, when saying the police department is corrupt and how ELQ and Cassadine Industries gets tax breaks at the expense of less fortunate people, etc.  Laura can’t figure out if these people in the ‘friends’ group have such high moral value why would they hire a criminal, like him, as an advisor?

Renault goes on to say that it’s up to God and preaches she needs to be less self-righteous.  Laura throws back to Cyrus that where was God in that scathing op-ed, that he did filled with such hate?  Laura then forgives him and walks out, which stuns Cyrus.

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Later, Scotty in front of Laura, Bobbie, Anna (Finola Hughes), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring), proposes to Liesl (Kathleen Gati), but she turns down his marriage proposal.  Liesl feels they have a good thing going , so why mess it up with a marriage at this point. The two kiss.

In addition, Laura meets up with Maxie (Kirsten Storms), who are visiting an institutionalized Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Maxie brings her some cosmetics from Deception because of the bad lighting in the facility.

The softball game was the throughline of the episode, and at the end, we saw the payoff, when all the characters converged on Charlie’s giving their support to Laura, who says she is ready to write her rebuttal.

Then in a voice-over from Laura, she speaks to the essence of Port Charles and its residents which included: that they have a strong community that she is proud to be a part of it and she speaks to her legacy over generations.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) proposes a toast to Laura, as she notes that if she loses the recall then so be it, adding that if the person who replaces her is a Port Charles lifer, like she is, then the town will continue to prosper.

So, what did you think of the 15,000 episode milestone episode? Did you enjoy the performance of Genie Francis? Did you like the way much of the cast was utilized, or did you feel otherwise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH’s Finola Hughes, Marcus Coloma & Josh Swickard Talk On 15,000th Episode Milestone

The juggernaut that is ABC’s General Hospital, is marking yet another accomplishment in its storied 59-year-history.  The iconic soap opera is set to air on Wednesday, June 22nd (unless preempted), its 15,000th episode.

As part of the celebration, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas Cassadine) and Josh Swickard (Chase), who all appear in the standalone episode, chat with Michael Fairman to mark the occasion.

During the conversation now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Finola and Marcus, and later Josh, who logged on later while at Disneyland, discuss: their beginnings on GH from landing their respective roles, who in the cast perhaps most intimated them, at first, and what it has meant to be part of the legacy of General Hospital.  In addition, Finola, Marcus, and Josh reveal some of their more challenging storylines, and more.

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Later, the trio each gives us a tease of what’s to come now that Nikolas has slept with Esme (Avery Pohl), what lies ahead for Anna and her love-interest Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and Josh talks on working with his on-screen love-interest, Amanda Setton (Brook Lynn Quartermaine).

Watch for a special appearance by GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) within the interview, as we do a deep-dive of being part of the ensemble cast.

We also take a moment to send out our condolences to Kristina (Felicia) and Jack Wagner (Ex-Frisco) on the passing of their son, Harrison, and how you can donate to the scholarship fund in his honor.

Check out our GH 15K interview with Finola, Marcus, and Josh below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more upcoming features, interviews, and upcoming Daytime Emmy red carpet coverage.

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