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GENERAL HOSPITAL: A Julexis Christmas!

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On Friday’s Christmas episode of General Hospital, it was the duo, Julexis, who have had a year of debauchery between them somehow manage to come together in a kiss on Christmas Eve (even though Alexis  (Nancy Lee Grahn) was becoming quite schnokered in the process).

How did that moment come about?  While camped out at Alexis’ house, Julian (William deVry) is questioned by her about the sketchy phone call he just received. Instead of answering her, he sidesteps the question.  And that sends Alexis, who was prepping an icebag for Julian’s wounds, to use the ice to pour herself a stiff drink as her only way to deal with the situatiom, especially after Julian tells her there are some things she doesn’t know. As they become the “bickerstens”, Alexis is panicked by a knock at the door.  She knows her kids would let her have it if they knew she was hiding Julian!

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But lo and behold it turns out to be a delivery man with a Christmas tree in tow.   An emotional Julian asks Alexis to decorate ithe tree with him and try and make a real Christmas out of this, and to somehow put aside all the stabbings, killings, attempted murders, and hit and runs between them!

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As Alexis hears this and continues to drink, she flashes on a happier time when Julexis had their nuptials.  She recalls how happy she was then and how she believed he was a changed man.   Julian with tears in his eyes assures Alecxis that he deep down, loves her and always will.  Alexis says “Cheers!” to that and boozes it up, yet again.

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Julian, who didn’t miss a beat here, offers her an Xmas gift. When Alexis opens the present, an ornament with their wedding photo emblazed on it is the gift.  A sorrowful Julian apologizes again for hurting Alexis so much.

He tells her, “You are my breath, you are my heartbeat. Alexis, you are my life.” Finally their eyes lock on each other.  Alexis, albeit drunk, says she sees Julian she fell in love with through him and whispers, “There you are.  I see you.  I see you.”  Cue the kiss!

First, let’s say that we could not have loved William deVry’s performance in this episode more.  Emotional, tender, strong, contained, but so sad, he played all the right beats as Julian.. And as for Nancy Lee Grahn, what can you say that is not been said.  Her portrayal of a woman with a battle with the bottle, and playing Alexis’ push-pull of her feelings for her man has continued to be riveting throughout this storyline.

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So, what did you think of the Julexis Christmas scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Haley
Haley

Omg loved it so much!!!!

It’s hard after everything but I believe in Julexis

Soaphound
Soaphound

I guess the only excuses I can come up with for Alexis’ weakness is that she was drunk (ish) and that Mr. DeVry is really sexy. Other than that, the knife to the throat thing is normally a turn-off for me.

Wil
Wil

I really want them back together. Julian is being forced to do these bad things by whoever he was on the phone with.

Beverly Levy
Beverly Levy

The scene with Alexis and Julian was pure love. They love each other. I love their love. I am probably among a few who wants to see them back together. Make the explanation something that we can by bc Julian did try and kill her.

Alice Griner
Alice Griner

Beverly, I agree with you! I would love seeing them back together and an explanation for his actions.

Cassie
Cassie

I don’t think we’re “few” by any means. lol The show really messed up taking this couple so far. I’m thrilled they’re trying to fix it.

Jen
Jen

I loved them! Both the acting and writing were spot on. So many emotions played throughout these scenes and WDV/NLG played them perfectly. Outstanding performances. They are one of the best pairings GH has.

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

Ya…the ultimate killing each other love story-ba humbug-ill pass…oh, i have been visited by the ghosts of Super Couples past-Felicia and Frisco of GH…Doug and Julie of Days…Bob and Kim of ATWTs-those were the Christmas memories i rather have than watch these two morons!!!

JMER
JMER

Agreed, it is an insult to me as a Feminist and Julian was never anything but another guy from a crazy mob family who likes murder, control, manipulation. He never truly changed and apologized to core characters. Even NLG’s acting cannot rise above the many reasons this isn’t working.

Besides that, “I see you,” is eerily close to the Classic GH scene where Stone says those words to Robin before he dies. Have a little respect and don’t use those exact words for a drunken, abused woman looking at her abuser.

Marzy Dotes
Marzy Dotes

Eh I’m a feminist who knows not to look at soaps for that. Julian wasn’t someone who tried to kill the women he loved, Cheryl or Alexis until just recently. They did a 180 on Julian because his evolution made him more rootable than Sonny’s, period. Julian NEVER harmed or fantasized about harming the women he loved whether that be Cheryl or Alexis. IMO they destroyed him overnight to prop up Sonny. Too bad, because the show’s ratings during the summer were the show’s lowest ever.

Timmm
Timmm

Alexis should suck it up, she will never get a hotter guy at her age!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So agree–so sickening to watch what to me is perverted “love.” Not love in my book.
Just sheer sensational writing. Too bad 🙁

Kim Houchins
Kim Houchins

I agree it is not love it is manipulation this story line has run its course Alexis deserves better

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Oh yesJIMh, Kim & Bob, Reva & Bud, Roger & Holly, Nancy & Chris, Penny & Jeff, etc,etc. Depends on how old you are and how far back you remember.

Rissa
Rissa

I LOVED the Julexis scenes. The acting, as you said, was outstanding, and they showed, once again, how much chem they have. Plus I loved how emotional the writing was. Especially Julian’s dialog. This was the Julian I loved before the crazy 180 earlier this year. And now that we know Julian never intended to kill Alexis, I can’t wait for the revelation of what really happened.

Alice Griner
Alice Griner

Rissa, I’m with you! We do need to know the why?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Of course he meant to kill her! Why would he have taken the time to premeditate by taking the knife from the cabinet. Come on (as Pres. Obama would say!–lol).

Cassie
Cassie

You might want to actually watch the show. They say differently. rme

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

William deVry’s performance was excellent with this script. I so wish the storyline writing of him attempting to kill Alexis had never happened. I think Julian and Alexis were a couple that seemed to belong together, but his twisted love for power and revenge seemed stronger. I don’t know if he can ever redeem himself and if they can get back together. It may make for an interesting storyline as there’d be plenty of reaction from family and friends. Nancy has done a great job playing Alexis struggling with alcoholism. But, I’m ready to see that storyline be moved on from by her getting some help.

Cassie
Cassie

Yes totally agree. I’m ready for the alcoholism to be worked through now. But I’m hoping it’s getting close.

Aria
Aria

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo agree!

rocky83
rocky83

Yes, totally agree, they’ve destroyed Alexis character, to point of no return…..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agree.

Mary SF
Mary SF

They better explain Julian’s previous actions away– like he was forced to try to kill her by this mystery boss of his– otherwise need to do a proper story about women trapped in abusive relationships– because right now that is Alexis is– the husband beats the wife, nearly murders her and then he says he is sorry, he loves her, she is everything to him, and she forgives him and makes rationalization for his abuse and the cycle starts again. I know Julian never hit Alexis, but he try to kill her and now he is abusing her emotionally by forcing her to look after him– so either really redeem the man– a evil twin brother did the dirty deeds– whatever– or else tell it like it is– don’t romanticize abuse– this isn’t romantic, this is sick– unless again they rewrite history and make Julian the good guy instead of the a$$ who tried to murder his wife.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Mary…this is a tough call. I wouldn’t’ t call what happened between Alexis and Julian as abuse. Crime of passion perhaps…an act of desperation born out of devastation. I truly don’t believe Julian would have actually killed Alexis. I think he loved her then and loves her still. He was enraged, scared, betrayed (in his mind), about to lose everything and everyone…and snapped. Other than this “episode” and I say this rather tongue and cheek…there was never any abuse; they were devoted to each other. So for whatever reason the hideous chain of events unfurled it was isolated. I wouldn’t be so forgiving in reality but in the world of GH…I’m open to accepting a plausible (in soap terms) reason for the madness. I like them together.

I know Nancy Grahn is an activist, and a champion of women’s rights, so I’m wondering if she has any say as to why (IF) Alexis would consider getting back together with Julian. I’m hoping it ties into the person who’s controlling him. It’d be great if he acted on orders (just playing along to make it LOOK like he was going to kill her)..

Either way, if she takes him back I doubt it’ll be any time soon. I’m thinking after their Friday kiss she “kisses” him off once again.

Elena
Elena

This is exactly what i think!!! I think they will say he acted on orders but was never gonna do it since they’ve had him say repeatedly that he wasnt going to go through with it…and then if they say that its fixed! He was never going to do it. And I agree with you that Julian was not abusive before….he’s always been sweet to her and they arent portraying him as anywhere near abusive right now.

Marzy Dotes
Marzy Dotes

Like most 180 overnight rewrites to destroy a popular character or couple, this one likely had an agenda attached. Usually you see this type of abrupt shift in writing after a HW and/or EP regime change and the priorities in story writing changes with a new showrunner or team coming in. A shame because the show’s just hanging on and needs everything that makes it more likely to remain on the air. Obviously a rewrite’s been done to try to undo the damage that happened earlier this year thorough in my opinion clearly poor decision making (esp given the dismal ratings performance over the summer months). . I think the work done by both actors has been amazing. Even destroyed as some people call it, this pairing and this story is what people are talking about in good and in some cases negative way. The “nicer” more “rootable” couples on the show are like watching paint dry as most don’t have story or just seem to be there to look pretty. Julexis seems to have much more emotional intensity and connection between the actors than the rest of the more “appropriate” pairings.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Elena…hope we’re right!

Rose
Rose

I try to like Alexis, but except for her lawyer skills and loyalty to friends and family, there is a part of her that is self destructive when it comes to her taste in men…except Jax and Ned. But she didn’t have kids with them. Her relationship with Julian has always been denial as to what he was about, and then she enabled him or looked the other way re: Duke and Carlos.

Right now I’m frustrated by her refusal to get help for her drinking problem…I don’t care if she looses her law credentials if what she does do is she passes out and almost sets the house on fire baking cookies with her grandson, or runs Julian, or it could have been anyone down, because she was drinking and driving. What’s next?

Then you have her close family and friends who don’t see what she’s doing, or at least smell the booze on her breath. Where’s Sam’s “detective” skills when it comes to her mother and her son almost being caught in an Alexis caused fire? And as much as I like Jax, he jumped ship to go home to be with Lady Jane. He could have at least let Alexis kids know. I know, this is a breach of his friendship with Alexis, but it’s also lives at risk because of her drinking problem.

Then there’s the “love” affair between Alexis and Julian. And his brand of helping her. How is he even close to being qualified to help her. He tried to kill her, and under the auspices of trying to help her is essentially blackmailing her. Then she ignored her principles by being with him…knowing down deep he was still probably a “bad” guy, Duke and Carlos. It was all well and good to show the attraction they had for each other, and in a perverse way may still have, but I find this a really unhealthy relationship…period! So between Julian, Ava and Jax knowing and saying nothing…somehow the family catching on…another almost accident caused by Alexis…and Alexis being an alcoholic with no control anymore…there will be some sort of reckoning and it won’t be pretty.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I do agree, Rose, that it’s ridiculous and not believable that no one can detect alcohol on Alexis when they’re close. Perhaps she’s popping mints! Though, don’t they say there are some alcoholics and drug users who are able to hide their addiction? She’s not slurring her words, walking zigzag or falling down. Her ruddy face or sometimes teary eyes can be explained away because of her stress, depression, mental exhaustion: she’s always coherent when her kids confront her. They don’t know about the accident so….

Jax had to leave; his mom was in the hospital. Alexis swore she’d get help and I guess he thought he’d give her a chance to do so. Julian? We’ve yet to see if he’ll be the one to make her face herself.

I am disappointed in her though. You’d think her two close calls would be rock bottom; you’d also think light at the end of the tunnel in terms of getting her license back would brighten her spirit and outlook. But then again, depression and emotional trauma are deep…not a always an easy fix. From the outside looking in it’s easy to say what she SHOULD do…

Someone should at least contact Kevin or Andre. She really needs to express her angst rather than drown it…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

One more point, Mary. I also don’t think he’s abusing her by “forcing” her to look after him. I think he’s genuinely concerned about her drinking and this way he accomplishes two birds with one stone…keeping an eye on her and trying to get her help (as per her drinking) and hoping to win her back….

Mary SF
Mary SF

I think that is what the writers want us to think– but for me, until they can explain the knife to the throat — not rationalize it away — he was under stress, he was cornered– he snapped– those are all excuses abusive men use to explain their conduct, and then they are so sorry and so sweet trying to get the woman to forgive him, to question her own ideas of what is right and wrong– so she will take him back and boom he does it again.

I don’t think the writers are inferring Julian is abusive– but it so borderline— if the man truly loved her and was concerned about her drinking he wouldn’t enabled her by not revealing she hit him– by keeping the secret, using it to get her to spend time with him, so he can wormed his way back into her life- when she said she doesn’t want it there– that’s self centered and in by opinion, because he isn’t giving her a choice, it is an abuse of power over her– and love is about free will– so as I said, until they can redeem him, really redeem him from the past, I can’t get behind this as some great romance, overcoming a bump in the road– what is being shown now isn’t love– and I liked the couple– when he gave up his life in the mob for her, for me that was love– so until they can prove he was forced against his will to treat like he did— I’m out.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Genuinely concerned”! Was he “genuinely concerned” about her welfare when he took the knife to kill her? I repeat: “Come on!”

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Again…it’s a soap. So, yes, I think he loved her, loves her still…and lost his mind. I think he’s doing her a favor by not turning her in…she’s about to get her law license back and an arrest now would destroy that. I didn’t see today’s episode yet but I hope he tells Sam instead and she can get Alexis help…discreetly. And yes, Mary, I do agree. I hope they come up with something convincing…or at least make us believe he would never have killed her. I choose to believe he never would have.

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

GH was the only soap that told good drama and honored the holiday this week.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You got that right!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

But I’ll have to add Days with Doug and Julie et al. as they put all the ornaments of all family members on the tree and zoomed in one a pic of Alice and Tom.

Kelly
Kelly

I love Julexis & believe the writers will find a way to bring them back & make it work. William DeVry was given the best lines yesterday & he played them beautifully…moved me to tears. Exceptional work by both actors. They both gave everything they had in those scenes. DeVry & Grahn have that once in a lifetime kind of chemistry that you don’t just toss away. They’re pure gold together & an asset to ABC Network & General Hospital. I look forward to seeing where this story goes & I’m confident that Julian’s actions will be explained & Julexis will find their way back to each other again. Frankly nothing else would be watchable or acceptable to me.

Michelle
Michelle

Couldn’t agree more. Julexis had the misfortune of being a victim of an out of nowhere story that didn’t make any sense. They add so much to GH. Bring on the explanation and let these two do what they do best…rock GH

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes indeedy, it surely is a “rocky” relationship–premeditated murder is apt to “rock” and couple–and it DID “rock” GH. Once again GH is doing what it does the “best”–taking a character way too far–then trying to redeem that character–doesn’t work–never has, never will. That’s precisely what has angered so many long-loyal fans–including me.

Esmerelda
Esmerelda

Well I didn’t like Julian moving back in with Alexis and now is making her life a living hell when he try to kill her and she run him down and now they are living together again and kissing one another but what will come for next week Monday and what will they both do next can’t wait to watch

Marzy Dotes
Marzy Dotes

Those scenes were pretty brutal. But I think MF captured in his article what played into them. Yes she kissed him after drinking copious amounts of liquor. It doesn’t mean that she’s going to take him back. I think if anything she’ll lash back at him. The Monday sneak peak looks good and it seems they’ve got much more material coming up. I saw spoilers of Franco factoring into it (b/c of Tom?) and other stuff.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Not fun for me–don’t like to watch train wrecks.

Mae Denver
Mae Denver

What amazing Julexis scenes! Nancy and Wil were superb. Twitter is still abuzz. I wish they had never gone this route with Julexis, but since they did, I think they should provide an explanation. As much as some say Alexis should not take him back, I say Julian never would have tried to kill her. THAT is the unbelievable part that requires an explanation. Perfectly played yesterday by Grahn and deVry!

Cassie
Cassie

Exactly. Exactly. Julian would have NEVER done what they showed him doing months ago. So I have NO problem with this change of direction. It makes a heck of a lot more sense than their first 180. Bring on Julexis.

Maria Madan
Maria Madan

A get sad, emotional moment. Believe there was a spark between them. Like that phrase:. There is a thin line between love and hate.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Don’t see any “LOVE.”

Connor AvidSoapFan
Connor AvidSoapFan

Usually you can’t “see” love, but instead you “feel” it.

Wil
Wil

I see nothing but love. Julexis forever!

Kim
Kim

I loved it. I can’t wait for Julian’s redemption and the explanation for his out of character behavior.

Ell
Ell

WTF! He tried to kill her!!!! Julian ruined her entire life, like her health, mentally and physically. Who in their right mind would ever be able to care about that nutjob Julian?
Alexis should never be with Julian again ever. I hated the whole episode made Me sick!!!!!! I will not watch those two together they are done over cannot be repaired

Connor AvidSoapFan
Connor AvidSoapFan

You see, that’s the thing. Alexis isn’t in her “right mind” while she is drinking alcohol, and this sucks because Alexis has this drinking problem now… because of whatever situations that she has been put through and into in her life… including with Julian… but Julian is also not the sole base of her problems. It goes into her familial history with The Cassadine’s and the death of Alexis’s mother and how that all went about way back when.

I went off on a bit of a tangent their for a second, but my point is here, that the more alcohol someone puts into their bodily system… the harder and the more harder it is and can become for these harmful substance-induced peoole / characters to make choices and decisions that are the best for them in their own lives. So, I wonder if Alexis would really be giving into Julian like this (like kissing him, etc.)… if she was not drinking and was sober.

Marzy Dotes
Marzy Dotes

No way would she be kissing him if she weren’t drunk and there wasn’t this nostalgia going on. I think it’s a combo between the two. I think her history plays into what seems to be a driving factor more than fear for her which is betrayal. Looking forward to seeing it play out. I’ll take that over a story where a woman’s shot up with lizard blood or the latest attempt to “redeem” Franco. Or a bunch of 20 something couples with zero story, because those along with Carson,appear to be the designated pairings the show’s reluctant to damage. Lante gets the same baby rabies story. Naxie, can’t even remember what they’ve done the past several years. Witness how much care is being done with Carson. First Sonny of course didn’t plant the bomb and he’s a victim of his own attempts to put a hit on his enemy! Sonny didn’t really cheat on Carly this time. A woman drugged him. That’s fine and good but yawn…….. In contrast, Julexis gets trashed overnight in a “scorched earth” story that is a complete rewrite of both characters. Now at least they’re getting some intersting material and from what I have seen online at least seem to be the main talking point or buzz on the show right now.

I’m looking more forward to what plays out with Julexis than I am in watching any of the couples showcased in that stylish and costly ABC/GH winter romance promo that inexplicably left out three of the show’s main “money” pairings.

Patrick
Patrick

question one: she has a drinking problem… but… she’s not emoting… why

what’s driving her to drink?

two: I believe she loved or loves Julian… dag! what’s not to love… something like this… and yes.. it’s Julian… who can dream this nonstop ? so i’ll keep on dreaming this stuff…since he’s on. William DeVry has the right shutzpah to linger in all the right moment

three: is Alexis drinking to give the behind the scenes writers… a reason to re-unite these two… as it’s been spelled out… to right the wrong in crucifying this couple to begin with…. ( that should have been Sonny and Carly ) REASON people.. they are dullard. BAM… ‘nough said

four: Alexis uptight self-righteousness. I CAN FORGIVE HER. I’m still hanging on to this couple… seriously… why do I do it? Nancy Lee Grahn… because of… what I think… gives her longevity… how can someone so holier than thou get away with her principles ? she’s so close to being nailed to the cross for her supreme court .. yet she’s idling

she’s venturing… out of the way… seeking her libidinous wanton ways with this super hot man… who’s machismo with all the male attributes that are…

it’s her business if she loves him… she needs to traverse and fall over the cliff and cling on to what she feels… JUST her and Julian

right about that… dag!

Patrick
Patrick

as I’ve posted before… Alexis “history” in the legalese department… AND,,,,Sonny… is the father of her daughter.. Kristina… KNOWS… she effin knows the “life” of in and out of the life of… mob

so she effin has a problem with herself… partaking…

SHE KNEW that Julian belonged in that arena….

I wish I was Julian… I would be royally pissed

royally pissed… that I gave all this devotion and love and care… however misguide that she… the woman I chose.. the woman I love.. would falter

yes fall by the wayside.. and once again… self-righteous… her demeanor as an alcoholic

where is the line in the middle of this couples trial

Alexis seriously needs to come to terms WITH her life… Julian is her choice

her life… her nest has emptied

TAKE OVER Port Charles.. they are far and away so much more interesting than Sonny and Carly

hey… if I had an empty nest.. and this man was still on the hunt…

be dead Alexis … if you don’t

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’m with you, Ell–HATED it.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Ell, I feel as you do but with all the viewers wanting these two back together, they have to write some feasable excuse for all the craziness and Julian’s reason for trying to kill Alexis or the even crazier excuse they will give Julian like ” they were watching to make sure I did the deed, or at least tried” Meanwhile, she’s turned into this drunken sot, right in front of her daughters, who don’t even seem to notice. For God’s sake, don’t their noses work, if not their eyes? The whole thing is utterly nuts!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, NUTS!

su0000
su0000

A problem with GH these days is;
J&S for some reason do not understand the concept of Drama, Intrigue, Suspense, Intense, gripping Mystery, Adventure and Houmor..

They seem to want everyone to be good people.
Turning delicious villains into Monks and Nuns..

C’mon.. we all seen it coming, we knew Julian and Alexis would reunite..
It’s that it was just very anticlimactic= blah sloppy story telling.
At the least Julian could have rescued Alexis from a grizzly bear pushing her off a cliff.

And the near whole episode of the Corinthos Christmas was Depressing, it was a Morgan wake and BLAH depressing sad for Christmas cheer to watch…
It’s a time to rejoice and be Happy Together just one day out of the year and be NOT depressing crap..
shhhesus they didn’t even have Christma cookies!
Even if yah hate each other and are hitting each other over the head with beer bottles you still have Christmas Cookies!!!

(((I am lovin Valentin ..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Not me! He’ too, too creepy–especially that smirky, smile–and those EYES! Shutter!

su0000
su0000

Hi Nancy..
That’s some of the things I like about him the smirky smile and penetrating eyes, but most of all his voice, his voice!! … luv that voice!
He’s that type of guy that gives ya tingles, aaahhh I gotta have him 😉

Elena
Elena

You need to get over it Nancy because Alexis and Julian belong together and they are the story here

Marzy Dotes
Marzy Dotes

Christmas was all about plot points in terms of who spent it with who a sharp contrast to the holidays last year. None of Alexis’ kids spent it with her. Two spent it with Sonny. In part to ensure Julexis would be alone. In part to try to sell Carson as the core family in PC (even ensuring Ava wouldn’t attempt to spend time with Avery for Christmas). That was especially true with all these people inexplicably spending Christmas with Valentin. This Krissy is all about her father, unlike where in the past she struggled with his mobsterism and getting attention from him that was mostly focused on Michael and then Morgan. Sam night be more pushy but since she’s back with Jason, her identity will align more with Carson than her own family unfortunately. She’s barely involved in the Jason/Curtis investigation but hopefully that will improve and it’ll draw her into the Julexis story arc too. Nice to read that Lucas will be back on canvas soon. It’s strange (not really) that in November of last year Jelly were talking about three core families, being Corinthos as one, Julexis/Jeromes/DavisGirls as second and Ava/Kiki/Avery as the third. Two of those have been decimated. Not surprised but disappointied in the only survivor and that GH’s focusing too much on only one core family rather than more of them. I hope to see more Qs. Always love as many Cassadines as they can ship to town. Ava more as a mother to Avery b/c of course when Kiki finds out about what she did to Morgan, they’ll be estranged again. Looks like some Anna/Emma which is always good to watch and even Robin perhaps will drop by for a sighting.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Kristina wanted to spend the holiday with Alexis; she told her she was worried about her and didn’t want her to alone. It was Alexis who talked her into being with Sonny. We know why she wanted Kristina to go to Sonny’s…because she was planning on drinking. But her reason to Kristina made sense to Kristina and to the viewer; .Kristina and Sonny were mourning Morgan. Even if Alexis was doing well it would make sense for Kristinato be with her grieving father on their first Christmas without Morgan. As cor AM, she’s closer with Alexis than she’s ever been. She worries about her and defends her constantly. Her wrath toward Julian, her fierce protectiveness toward Alexis is very well conveyed. I see. O indication she’ll be more involved with Sonny and Carly than her own family.

As for little Avery, it drives me crazy that she’s always in Carly’s arms instead of Ava’s. I truly can’t stand Carly.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

LOL..auto spell. Kristina, not Kristinato.

More corrections:

As for Sam, she’s closer with Alexis than she’s ever been.

I see NO indication she’ll be more involved with Sonny and Carly than her own family…

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Thanks Marzy and Rebecca – excellent posts!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Don’t like Valentin either–hate that smirk on his face–and those eyes!

Cassie
Cassie

Incredible Totally agree with MF assessment. William’s performance was really beautiful. The words were desperately needed and Nancy’s portrayal was just heartbreaking. Alexis is so lost this whole year. Julian as well but I need to know what made him use the knife to her throat

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Beautiful? Not the word I would use!

Cassie
Cassie

And yet I did. So? rme

Sammy
Sammy

I HATED the storyline of what he did to her!!!

BUT

They are amazing. They are the best part of GH for me !! You could FEEL their connection yesterday!! OMGGGG just awesome! Im so happy about this

Wil
Wil

Totally agree.

Cassie
Cassie

They were really good. The scenes were totally raw on Friday. I’m anxious for their story to start again.

Steve
Steve

I’ll refer to Friday’s episode as the nightmare before Christmas.

Monica’s speech and all the kids on screen were highlights. The only other standout was Lulu’s takedown of Nina.

Otherwise, we had a new murder, fake memories of a dead character and finally the town’s former most intelligent woman boozing it up and kissing the man who almost slit her throat.

Ah, happy holidays indeed.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed–re Julian and Alexis–the nightmare before Christmas indeed!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Nancy…as far as I’m concerned, Julian and Alexis (relationship-wise) are A NIGHTMARE 24/7…PERIOD!!!!! Y-E-P!!!!!

Take care, Nancy.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

LOL…It’s GH! Michael is devoted to the man who killed his father, Carly married Sonny even though he threatened to kill her, Sam slept with her mother’s husband, Ava slept with her daughter’s boyfriend, Franco tried to kill his mother and buried her, Sonny tried to kill Jax but they hugged it out, Liz kept Jason’s identity a secret, Dr.0 kidnapped Robin, held Liz captive in her home…etc, etc. My point? Somehow they all make up and play nice. Or house. Viva la GH!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Or havoc–lol!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Speaking of Nina, wish they would get rid of that damn woman! Maybe Lulu was being a bit pushy with Charlotte, but Nina practically pulling her out of her mother’s arms was a bit much. I loved when Lulu reminded her of stealing a baby right out of the mother’s womb. She is so cloying and her orangatanian arms around Valentin. Ever notice how much she and Lucy are alike?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Lucy and Nina? No…Don’t see it.

Michelle
Michelle

I loved their scenes and Wil and Nancy were incredible! Beautiful performances, and their chemistry was off the charts. I can’t wait to find out what Julian is hiding, the explanation for his 180.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

They give relationships a BAD NAME.

Michelle
Michelle

I don’t think so. I think once the truth of Julian’s 180 comes out, we’ll understand why he acted the way he did and they can begin the slow healing process.

Elena
Elena

I LOVED this. I love Alexis and Julian and its so obvious they belong together 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Ya think? In matching straight jackets, maybe?! LOL1

barbara mcdonald
barbara mcdonald

I have been captivated with Julexis from the start.Amazing acting with this pair, But this christmas episode was so good I can not stop watching it. Bravo.Emmy’s for them.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Emmys for Genie and Jon instead!

Guest
Guest

Julian took advantage of a woman who he claims he loves while she is intoxicated! (Sorry writers- that makes me have less respect for him as a man!! ) Alexis is DRUNK! So when she wakes up & realizes what she just did…

Guest
Guest

Cont…Alexis has that restraining order still in place.. This whole thing is bad news. Someone who takes advantage of another while they are intoxicated is — NOT legally getting consent . Alexis could very well not remember ANY of this in the morning! Wake up and flip out! And Julian seriously?! If he is smart should not do anything more than just kiss her in her present state of mind.
However- do we not remember he was going to slit her throat?… Alexis has been drunk for how long?! This is what he did and how it affected her! And we think taking him back is a good idea! Alexis might as well just say goodbye to her career as a lawyer & remember what her kids names are because they will never see her again! #byebye

Marzy Dotes
Marzy Dotes

Alexis is just fine. NLG is sixth in episode count for this year instead of 20th and she’s a fave for best leading actress in the Emmys. Bring it. Julexis whether you like it or not is getting the majority of attention and buzz. NLG and WDV are totally rocking their scenes! Alexis is more than her kids, more than having herself up Sonny’s ass oir being a lawyer. I’m beyond excited to see what hse does next!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, Guest! So agree!

Marzy Dotes
Marzy Dotes

Eh, Julian didn’t do that. He always respected Alexis’ boundaries sine his return to canvas in 2014. He NEVER abused a woman he loved. Not Cheryl back in 1988-90 and not Alexis in 2013- early 2016. Not until the riduculous rewrite that was done because Julian leaving the mob for his family made GH’s hero Sonny less sympathetic for staying in the mob. So Julian and thus Julexis had to be ruined to prop up St. Sonny as the hero of a low-rated GH. Far from ruined Alexis has got great material. NLG who plays Alexis is in the top six actors for episode count (instead of 20th) and she’s front runner for lead actress Emmy next year. Alexis will be just fine b/c guess what she’s got story beyond propping her relationship with Sam (which is how many Sam fans view her) and beyond propping St. Sonny. Can’t wait to see what Alexis and NLG do next!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I agree, Marzy.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I completely agree, Marzy!

KAB
KAB

I could care less because I am tired of Julian and his sister getting away with hurting people
They both need to spend at least 2 years in jail and loose everything

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

How did that Christmas tree get decorated in such magnificent fashion in such a short time? Did I miss something?

Timmm
Timmm

Not a bad Christmas show. I wish we would have seen the Q’s but they are mostly ignored. Nice to see Monica read the kids a story. I hope next year we see Nick, Laura and Kevin.

k/kay
k/kay

What love story? Slamming someone against a wall having sex makes viewers think this is romantic? Abuse is romantic please exit left!

dmr
dmr

I am a disgruntled viewer. I have not watched the show in months. I am so bored with the characters, the writing, the storylines, etc. The other day, I tried to put an episode on, as filler background, as I was bored and doing a few things around the house. I immediately stopped the episode(s)-I have no interest in the ridiculous stolen embryo of Lulu’s, her child with Valentin, Nina’s incessant, ongoing rant about wanting a child, Kiki-enough said (useless character), Carly and Sonny’s rehashed and rehearsed on-again/off-again “love” storyline, or boring/monotone Sam and Jason and having to endure the most boring pregnancy in the history of daytime. I’m just so disappointed with the entire show.

Celia
Celia

Hi, dmr….missed your posts, babes.
Yeah, I’m with you. I just sort of caught up. What a mess…I barely skimmed through the episodes. Nothing there to see.
The little hints from Nelle with the stupid music box and the silver rattle….over and over, and over. Lordy, Lord; help me!!!! ( Evokes images of the Y&R music box, which was fraught with an inane storyline written for what??–naught).
I am still holding out a modicum of faith that Alexis will get her sanity back and stick her tongue out AT Julian ….and, not in his mouth!! Gross. The idea of kissing the man who held a knife to her throat makes me regurgitate bile.
Yes, of course “THEY” will try to patch it up with a less than plausible excuse for Julian’s actions, but, it will never be enough. I care not how many fans want these two back. There are a few of us who think it goes against all that is right in the world; soap or not. I would still hold reservations sleeping next to a guy such as he.
Nonetheless, even if there is an acceptable excuse, the fact remains that Julian is a bad guy. It took me a loooong while to get into Alexis….now that I am, I want her to get on the right path; regain her dignity, composure and dedicate a time to getting herself together before venturing into sny new relationship.
I forgive her drinking to a certain point. I do not understand why people get drunk or become alcoholics in the first place….but, it is a fact of life. I cannot judge what drives people….depression? Dejection? Hopelessness?
So, I do hope the writers do something about that…New Year’s resolution for Alexis?
Oh, yeah…do not get me started on Sam and Jason. She sort of overdoes it with the belly-rubbing. So obvious she’s never been pregnant. She spends 95% of the time she’s on air rubbing that fake mound.
I do not mind Kiki….I love Maura ( she is getting better and better looking with time….that skin!!). But, Sonny and Carly? No words…..
HAPPY NEW YEAR….dmr. The best to you; Shay, Timmm, Fanny, Jamesj75, Patrick, and anyone I forgot….and, last but Never least, Jimh.
Mr. Fairman and staff: Happy New Year and Thank You for your time and devotion.

Celia
Celia

It may be very possible for Kelly Monaco to be expecting her first child. Perhaps she is so overjoyed, she keeps hugging her belly. It would be great! Two actresses pregnant on GH, at the same time. Would it be a first?

Shay
Shay

And an extremely belated Happy New Year to you, as well, CeeCeeGirl! Hope you and yours enjoyed a most festive “Hogmanay” to usher in 2017!!!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Well, now…hey, there, Shaybelle,
How are you faring? Have you been watching GH? What say you about the turn of events? What do you think about TPTB’s ploy in maneuvering storyline after storyline to raise Julian to heaven?
Soon enough he will sprout wings and wear a halo. How celestial!! And, by the by? I think Brad’s family ( his mother?) planted the bomb that killed Morgan.
Now, something else. Did you notice the music played especially for Julian? Pitiful and funebral? Are we to pity him? I do not. Never will. Truly pathetic.
Noetheless, aside the feeling I harbored ( past tense, lol) towards Alexis, I think Nancy’s performance as a drepressed, betrayed, hurt , discombobulated drunk, hit the rafters and then some. I think her actinghas been unequaled, so far…..fantastic….worthy of an Emmy.
Oh, yes, thank you for asking, Shay…..We actually went a little nuts celebrating Hogmanay…past the wee hours of the morning. Thank God for Nanny.
We were ar St. Andrew’s, in Manhattan. Best of the best of Scottish food, for whatever that’s worth. Not too palatable for moi. LOL. The seafood is out of this world, though, Shay. My favorite!!!….’Tis the company that counts, non e’ vero?
Later, my love.

Shay
Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl….I took a break from “Trump Page Central” and decided to come back here to make up for lost time…it took me awhile to even see that you had responded to my New Year’s greeting……sorry about that. So, you’re not into the haggis, then? LOL…just kidding…your family celebration sounded utterly lovely…warm, delicious and spirited! Are you all set for “Burns Night?” (Hope ’tis a fine one for you and yours….) At any rate, I thoroughly enjoyed your account of the inaugural…yes, we both bravely went down that Trump, et al, topic road again…but I was very grateful for the opportunity for us to share our thoughts and say our piece on the matter…and I thank Mr. Fairman for that because he has to know exactly what is going to happen when he opens that Pandora’s Box….been there, done that before…Anyway, no, I have not been much engaged in GH for an absolute age…but from what little I have read here, there will be a major redemption storyline for Julian coming down the pike with sis Olivia’s return “from the grave.” Hmmmm…..as for Alexis, my views on her remain unchanged…basically if I want to see “A Woman Under the Influence,” I’ll just watch the always classy Gena Rowlands doing her thing…one cannot get better than that! However, speaking of Ms. Davis, one question does begged to be asked..do you think she knitted herself one of those “P” Hats? Hah! Just had to pose that query to you, mia amica! I knew you would appreciate the sentiment….Ciao!

Keffen
Keffen

I love for them to be together..for Sam and Jason baby

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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