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GENERAL HOSPITAL: A Lante Shake-Up! Dominic Zamprogna and Emme Rylan Deliver Power Performances!

Photo: @LaughingPenguin

Photo: @LaughingPenguin

A Lante shake-up and break-up?  That is where things appear to be heading for long-suffering and long-loving duo, Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna) and Lulu Spencer Falconeri (Emme Rylan) after Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital!

After Lulu arrives back in Port Charles, she heads home to Dante and their child, Rocco, where things have gone off the rails!  First, Dante has had sex with Valerie (Brytni Sarpi).   And of course, Lulu left town with Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) to save her brother Lucky (Jonathan Jackson), and her parents Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura ( Genie Francis), and lied to Dante about the whole thing to protect her family, because the kidnapper said no cops should be involved.

Before Lulu can explain what happened and why she was with Dillon, Dante has already ripped into his wife for shacking up with Mr. Quartermaine!  After venomous words are hurled at the unsuspecting Lulu, she is completely caught off guard.  Then the conversation goes deep where Lante discusses Lulu’s need for her father’s approval and need for Spencer adventure!

Finally, Lulu assures and pleads with Dante that he can trust her, and that she did not have sex with Dillon.  She says: “Baby you can trust me, just like I trust you.”   To which Dante replied with tears in his eyes of guilt, “Except, you can’t.”

Major kudos to General Hospital stalwarts Dominic Zamprogna and Emme Rylan who delivered emotional and powerful performances in material that was able to showcase their acting talents.  Kudos also to @laughingpenguin who created this image in the post!

Now going into the rest of this week and next, do you think Dante will admit he had sex with Valerie?  Do you think he will lie to Lulu?  Is this the end of Lante? Are you digging the chemistry between Dante and Valerie and rooting for them to become a bonafide couple instead? What did you think of the performances of Dominic and Emme? Weigh-in below!

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Terry
Terry

What took #GH so long to put these too front & centre? These two powerhouses should be LEADS! But why not showcase them in serious sweep period? Wrong couples and story lines foci are a huge part of why #GH is missing mark with ratings. #Lante was the last genuine ROMANCE and well built love story on the show. GH needs to get back to focusing on romance and #LoveInTheAfternoon as opposed to sex romps and quickie relationships with little or no build. Now onto putting this Humpty and Dumpty #Lante back together!

missellie
missellie

Who is “Bucky”? Why is this allowed on this site? Please explain!

Missellie
Missellie

It looks like the derogatory remark was removed — thank you!

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

Lulu will figure it out nine months from now if you know—and im certain you do—what i mean??? I liked Val at first and was hoping Pat would be around and we’d learn more of their side of the Spenser family and see them intereact with the rest of their family like Bobbi, Lucas but its obvious she was brought in just to break up Lante…and i knew it all along—i did predict it!!!

su0000
su0000

hey Jimh..
That was dang good traditional soap stuff..
The wrongful betrayal …. now comes the good stuff the journey back..
Stories as this are gold..
Dominic/Dante was grrrreat!!!
A good story for him, for sure!!

a gold star for great acting for both !! they brought it home!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, you did, jimh. I remember that.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, love and romance! It was the greatest love story of all time, Luke and Laura’s, that saved GH from cancellation and sent it soaring. Who cannot see this? Why can’t the writers and TPTB see this?!

Linda
Linda

that was great acting esp. with Dominic. I hope he and Lulu will reconcile and that Lulu will chase that little snake Valerie out of town. I can’t stand her!

Sandy
Sandy

I want Dante and Lulu to work through keeping secrets from each other. Valerie can take a hike and bother someone else. IMHO.

Matilda
Matilda

Dante’s actions in all of this have been totally OOC. Dante is a cop, he’s smart, he is straight forward and always up front. This whole story has been extremely thin and contrived as is all of GH. The reasoning behind Lulu not being able to tell Dante the reason for leaving, the fact that she did leave and left with Dillon, all contrived. If there was a story written properly, if the reasoning and actions were believable, I would have no problem with it. But it is all so basic and contrived.

There is no point to Valerie other than to be there for Dante to sleep with her. Do I dig the chemistry? No. There is none. Valerie is totally useless as a character, she exists as a plot point. So far, I find her to be just about the worst Cartini creation and that’s saying something.

Dillon is on all of a month and already this has happened. There is no story. There is no logic. Throwing him into the Luke story was ridiculous, doing it so that we can pretend that he and Lulu are closer than their actual history so that Dante can jump to conclusions and sleep with Valerie. Again, no real story. (And I loved when Lulu told Dante that she and Dillon used to tag along on Luke’s adventures. Another ridiculous RC rewrite).

Dom Z’s performance was very good given the terrible material and dialogue. But the scenes, the aftermath, the confrontation, would suggest a much better story leading up to it and we didn’t get it. Just more contrived plot and characters acting stupid and OOC. And another character that you don’t want to root for. This is Cartini’s GH. It is why the show is in the tank and it isn’t going to get better with them.

JUDY
JUDY

totally agree………

Harry
Harry

Matilda, I agree with every point you made. I mean, if I traveled all the way to Canada to confront my presumed cheating spouse, I would confront her–not her clothes. It was out of character for Dante to assume the worst of Lulu and to go against his instincts which must have been screaming,”No, this is not what it appears to be!”

Jivon
Jivon

I agree the set up was convoluted and OOC, but yesterday they did make me believe it in their delivery.

This story would have been so much more interesting if it would have come from an emotional place, but I’ll take the good that I can get from GH.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

That was put perfectly.

You should have your own column if you do not already. 🙂

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

Who would want to admit having sex with Queen of Val-ley Of The Trolls…Dante is now Skankte…its DilLu time now!!!…ship Vante to Boredomville…lol

Ghlover026
Ghlover026

My only wish for this storyline would be that I wish they made Valerie her own independent character and established her before she and Dante had sex. Because as of now she looks like just another point in the plot and I do think Valerie could have potential, if written correctly.

Jimmy
Jimmy

AMEN!

Valerie is being written as a plot device, not as a character. She hasn’t had any meaningful story since her introduction, which is a shame because she is a long lost Spencer and has so much potential to be wasted on a story like this. The actress, however, doesn’t have the talent for the part. It’s painful watching her in scenes because it sounds like she’s just reading lines, she has no chemistry with anyone (including Dante), and she looks totally out of place.

They need to jettison this story ASAP, recast the role with a better actress, and do something meaningful with Valerie. Like, for example, who is her dad? Why was he never around, and it was just her and her mom? Maybe her father is part of the Ward family, connecting her to another core family. The point is, she should have her own story, because, like I said, she’s a SPENCER and has so much potential.

Ghlover026
Ghlover026

I once read someone suggest that the TPTB should make Judge Walters her father so that could tie her into the Q’s. I think that could be an interesting story. And I do agree on what you said about the recast. It’s almost painful to watch her try to be emotional.

Denise
Denise

I completely agree with you. It is painful watching Valerie. She has absolutely NO CHEMISTRY with Dante or anyone else for that matter. I just hope they get rid of her fast.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I had stated on an earlier post that someone had suggested Ward be Valerie’s father. I think that would be a perfect connection.
Whoever thought of it; please make yourself known? LOL.
So hard to type on my iPhone; in a moving car, no less. Took me 15 mins to type this.

Timmm
Timmm

Dante has FINALLY come to life! Even though he jumped to conclusions and cheated on his wife he at least discarded Lulu’s excuses about L&L and her brothers being in danger. You know, through the years Luke and Laura’s escapades have always affected others and I love how Dante shut her up about that lame excuse due to it causing their marriage to foil. In other words, she put her brother [s] before her son and husband! Enough is a enough!

CeeCee
CeeCee

So, the payback is cheating on his wife, Timmm?
I can certainly understand his anger, hurt, confusion, even. I am not exculpating Lulu, by any means. There is an ocean of a difference between taking off from getting down to business. He should have trusted his wife. When she had her doubts and misgivings about Valerie, he quashed her fears…she trusted him. And, she is trusting him now, albeit he’s lying through his teeth….or, perhaps she WANTS to trust him. There is never a good excuse for cheating.
But, as Matilda pointed out, ….lame and contrived….all of it.
I think you like Valerie, so, am I wrong in assuming you have never seen her as a threat, or as sinister? I understand that, and, that’s okay. You’re allowed, Timmm. LOL. (Kidding).
I used to like her also, but she has been coveting Dante since day one. Perhaps she should find a sugar daddy, such as Sonny, so she can get a whole new set of teeth….they’re kind of costly.
I suppose Dante playing “I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours” with Valerie staved his anger and disappointment? He is not a man if he cannot think first and act later. That is the very first lesson my father gave my brothers when they were old enough to date….You don’t want to know what fears he put in us girls (and our male friends) LOL. Later, Timmm

Harry
Harry

Well, CeeCee, Dante had a beer.
He’s rather stout so I am sure his tolerance is pretty low.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ohhhhh, Timmm, had not thought of rape, but that’s a good one… Let’s get her!!

Rose
Rose

Hi Cee Cee…okay I think I’m the one that suggested the possibility of a Ward/Valerie connection because of Edward Q’ with Mary Mae Ward during WW2. The recap as shown on a GH was a really nice and forgivable story which I’m sure is still on youtube. Briefly, Edward was a soldier in a little bar in Paris ?. Mary Mae was the singer. What a beautiful, soulful voice she had. One thing lead to another, war is over, life goes back to “normal” but Mary Mae is silently pregnant and ultimately, unknown to Edward, settles in a little house in Port Charles. Coincidentally the same house Laura wants to buy when she and Luke came back to PC after thinking they had killed Frank Miller. I also think the thought of being this settled down freaked Luke, as much as he loved Laura, the kids and wanted them to be happy in a home they could call their own.

Whew!!! All done.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Rose.
Thanks for coming forth, Rose.
Very informative synopsis. Furthermore, I believe this scenario makes the most sense.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@davlestev1.
HaHa, dav. As I was skimming through the comments, it just hit me how hilarious your one-liner is…LOL…. A loaf of bread……that is so fuuuunnny!

Patrick
Patrick

let me preface this with two points: husband material: Dante, Patrick, Nikolas, Ned, Mac, ex-Duke in my mind they should not be messed with since Ned is gone, Duke is dead? … Patrick is MIA, Mac totally MIA #2. i’m not a long time viewer… so my vested interest is ??? my own? LOL to see characters (ie: Timmmm) “finally” come to life Nikolas… is really truly on the darkside? I dont see that yet… whether he truly put that hit out on Hayden… but Sean beat him to the punch/hit…. he has stepped up to the plate to look out for the Cassadine waning fortune… and may in fact need ELQ…. as i’ve said… so what? it’s still the Quartermaine’ ELQ… and so be it if it’s merged with the Cassadine family… I LOVE Tyler Christopher’ acting… since the long suffering “viewers” of Fluke, Nina, (even nuJason?), and now Denise. heck… i’d add in Roger Howarth’ Franco…. gosh darned it these are big time acts. Nikolas, has been carrying the show… with ably, LOVE HER TO BITS, Rebecca Herbst’ Liz…. bringing back Hayden is stratosphere…. I hope Nikolas and Liz convince her to play along… and that NIkolas truly does, miss her. disgruntle: Sam…. how is it that she…. is able to figure everything out…. she’s so dim and uninteresting…. when she was telling Nikolas… “I don’t recognize who you’ve become” so expletive what …. and,,,, as she and “Jake” handily broke in to Nikolas safe…. ???? for that island to have no security ???? LOL…. I want this story to continue… I don’t want all the saintly do gooders to rally around and bust up Nikolas, Liz, and hopefully, with Hayden… what this trio can bring to our viewing pleasure…. the best part of the show as i’ve posted before… if Jake… Liz’ son is still alive… and she should tell Jake… that he’s Jason and that their child, Jake… is alive… would go a long way to cement how much chemistry Jason and Liz share… and hopefully put to rest… that busybody Sam… OK… pelt me… but this would be a standstill to fans of the show… that it’s going to be Jason ending up with Liz and not Sam. it seems so forced with Sam and Jake… it’s more fun to imagine what “Jake” would be doing… because of how well Billy Miller acted on Y&R and we’ve had glimpses of how fun he is to watch on GH…. just not so much with Sam and Carly. OK? Dante: have to agree again… that Valerie is a plot point… Dante and Lulu really do have a true love thing going on…. all that they went thru to have that family… with Rocco. ??? how could Dante have thrown all that away…. i’m so with @Harry… LOL… he should have waited to confront Lulu in Canada. two things… when Valerie told Dante, he was drunk… and she wasn’t and could have stopped it… yet.. Dante… that following… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

*as Dante waits to forgive…

as Dante, waits to be forgiven

Valerie is not a strong actress
Dillan, tho interesting… is not as good with, Lulu

so… I bet the majority will yawn as this chugs along… and patiently wait

where and what, has happened, to : Nina, Ava/denise, Franco, Jake/Jason

Patrick
Patrick

“…hopefully the writing… gives these two actors… a chance… again.. to showcase their acting skill ”

was referring to how LONG it took for the audience to accept ER’ nuLULU and Dante.

I really do not think of JMB’ Lulu… but it always rears itself… when we are given new material… because this couple… ER and dante have been staid… and it’s either step up to the plate or mix it up

Maxie and Nathan: when did Maxie become so boring ? that filler scene at the airport as she greeted Lulu and saw Dillan for the first time… just no life… as she recites her lines of the ole Maxie… that’s MIA

just wow… Maxie and Nathan are not REELING, either

therein that honorable mention: couples we still pine

I put Dante and Lulu and Maxie and Nathan in this category

ie: I put Michael and Sabrina as potential… I still think that… even tho she way over did it… as she mentioned (asked) Traci…. “we are friends” ? LOL several times too much… you just don’t do that to Ms. Traci

davlestev1
davlestev1

wow Patrick..when you get on a roll you make a loaf of bread…lol

Timmm
Timmm

So Valerie basically raped Dante! He had been drinking and she was not. Wouldnt she be the designated adult with the brain? She is trash. I liked her but she slept with her cousins husband and SHE could have stopped it! LOSER!

Vicki
Vicki

Dante has proven to be a UNTRUSTWORTHY as his Daddy is-If he is as noble as he claims to be he better fess up especially after the way he raked Lulu over the coals yesterday-He was screaming and ranting just like Sonny does when he doesn’t get his own way. I bet he says nothing and Val spills the beans ( I hear she tells her new buddy Jordan about scoring w Dante). I could care less about the character of Valerie. Why would they bring on a Spencer relative and have her betray her cousin who has been accepting of her and even allowed her into her home. Poor Lulu will be blindsided by this. For me “LANTE” died when Julie Berman left. I like Emme Rylan but she has NO chemistry (in my opinion) with Dominic. I hope Lulu keeps Rocco AWAY from Dante if he chooses to keep company with the homewrecker named Valerie. I see Sonny is already after Dillon in defense of his slimy son. Another case where the writers have wrecked a character. The actors did a great job yesterday but I think Lante is dead.

Fanny
Fanny

I agree with your assessment of the “Lante” couple going cold when
Julie B, left for greener pastures.There is ZERO chemistry between
Dante, Lack-luster LuLu, and don’t even get me started on Val-trollop!

Denise
Denise

I agree. You got all that right.

Anne.b
Anne.b

Totally agree Lante has never been the same since Julie left, it’s like watching a different couple

Hunnys
Hunnys

I don’t think Dante will tell Lulu anytime soon. It will be a lie of omission. As far as this being the end of Lante? No, but I want Dante to crawl, grovel, and be on his knees begging for Lulu’s forgiveness. I want Val to take a very, very long walk off a very, very short pier, and Lulu to kick Val’s very skanky butt with Maxie’s help! No way do I want a Val and Dante to become a “bonfide couple”.

Harry
Harry

I think Val is heading toward Boiled Bunny Land.
“I’m not going to be ignored, Dan…er, I mean, Dante.”
I predict a fatal attraction kind of story coming up.

CeeCee
CeeCee

That same thought did cross my mind, Harry. It’s so easy…so predictable. We will soon meet a psychotic Valerie….I can hear her insane cackle already, in the distance.

Harry
Harry

Cee Cee, and then Shay’s Val Chops will be glowing in the darkness of Dante and Lulu’s bedroom. (((shudder)))
PS> Can this couple please get a decent house? My God! They have a baby and they live in this dreary studio apartment which is the size of a postage stamp.
There’s no lighting and no windows. I wish GH could take a page from the late OLTL which enjoyed beautiful settings. OLTL had such great settings that I almost feel homesick thinking of Dorian’s kitchen as well as her poolside.

paula oandasan
paula oandasan

Do not like Valerie character. The actress is not a good one and her story is that of marriage breaker…never good.

Fanny
Fanny

It would be a great injustice to Dante’s character if they were
to hog tie him too Val-Trollop, what a waste. Where’s Mama
Olivia she’ll beat some sense into her boy!

Sandy
Sandy

Dominic and Emme were phenomenal in those scenes! Such amazing emotion and chemistry! Through all the pain, you could just see the total love that Dante and Lulu have for each other. I have complete faith that they will be able to battle through and overcome this mess they’ve gotten themselves into.

Daisy
Daisy

I couldn’t agree more. They’ve both deserved a story like this for ages and they’re playing the hell out of it. As far as chemistry, I’ve never seen anything better.

madluv4u
madluv4u

His acting blew hers out of the water yesterday. She needs to tap into “something” and bring it!!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Emme was great on Y&R as Abby, but I find her kind of awkward as Lulu. Julie Berman was much more suited for the part.

Harry
Harry

I thought they were both pretty terrific.
No one can play guilt the way Dom can.

missellie
missellie

Great scenes from Dom but I felt nothing from anyone else in the scene.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree. Dominic delivered, period.

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee… I agree. Dominic brought it home.

Steven
Steven

I hope that both Dominic Zamprogna and Emme Rylan get Emmy nominations next year!

Jennifer
Jennifer

Valerie and Dante aren’t rootable, actually Valerie is nothing but a plot point to make Dante cheat. How can I root for them when she manipulated the situation in her favor? She is the homewrecker and so they have no rootable factor. Emme and Dom knocked it out of the park yesterday and as someone who has invested 6 years in this couple I’m glad they’re actually getting a front burner story too bad it comes at the cost of Dante’s character and everything Lulu and Dante stood for. And even with that said I’m still rooting for Lulu and Dante because that’s the only pairing that’s rootable here.

Kelly
Kelly

I’m really liking the chemistry between DZ and Brytni Sarpi (Valerie). I’m hoping the writers will break up Lulu and Dante for good and pair Dante with Valerie. Since I’m guessing Valerie will be pregnant with Dante’s baby I think my chances of this happening are better then 50/50! LOL. Great work by Dominic Zamprogna in yesterday’s scenes. He’s a great actor!

missellie
missellie

I love the Vante pairing too. Great chem with DZ and BS.

Kevin
Kevin

I wish they would’ve developed Valerie into an independent character (she is a Spencer as everyone has pointed out) before throwing her in bed with Dante. Then the pairing might be a little more palatable for the audience on the whole. I’ve never been a Lante fan in either incarnation. Also, while Dante was wrong for jumping into bed, I have zero sympathy for Lulu. She lied at every turn and showed that getting Luke to pay attention to her was more important than her own family.

BTW: Dominic was excellent!

I love gh
I love gh

Ew – no!

Mary SF
Mary SF

It was another great dramatic moment that Ron likes to create– it was well acted and I enjoyed every bit of it– but like always to get to that moment we have to overlook all the weak reasoning for this misunderstanding to have occurred. It came out of blue–one minute they are a happily married couple the next Dante on the most flimsy of evidence believes his wife is cheating which then gives him license to cheat himself– seems completely OOC for him– and as someone else has said, Lulu’s reasoning for not telling him the truth was rather lame as well. And if it was so dangerous, why did Luke even tell Lulu in the first place? In my opinion the build up for this misunderstanding is something more akin to what we used to see on situation comedies than a soap—but the confrontation was a great moment, and with this show I’ve just have to learn to enjoy them and never think too much about how we got there.

missellie
missellie

Yes — this seems to be the only way for DZ to get some great scenes! This is how GH is now written. There are far too many actors on this show and there is no time allotted for proper build up so you have to suspend belief. In this case, the result was a phenomenal performance by DZ.

penny
penny

Dante has great chemistry with Valerie, and none with Lulu (IMHO). Valerie needs to get rid of that sour puss face, it’s not for the camera, she always looks sad, even when she smiles. Dominic is a good actor and he makes his scenes very believable no matter who he’s opposite.

missellie
missellie

Yes, Dante has great chem with Valerie….you are correct.

CeeCee
CeeCee

No, sorry…I disagree. There is zero chemistry between Dante and Valerie. I doubt this character will roil anyone’s chemistry, unless, as someone has already suggested, she is recast.
Furthermore, this is déjà-vu for me. Your style of expression sounds so familiar…I get that vibe again…,wow…you sound like two other posters…..almost perfunctory…LOL. It must only be I. Oh, well!

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Valerie and Dante have no chemistry and they should not become a couple. I agree with a lot of the comments above. This story made Dante look really stupid and that was unfair. I think the writers could have tested Lulu and Dante just as well with the story of Lulu running off to help Lucky and her mom and dad, without having Dante sleep with Valerie. When Valerie started on the show I liked her well enough. They did her no favors though by making her a homewrecker. She has no rooting value now and the only thing left for her is to turn up pregnant. Which of course will happen. UGH!

su0000
su0000

Well now, that is real soap opera 101 ..
And — Dante lives !!
Dominic brought it home!

Now this Valerie character;
She wears horrible godawful underwear! ..bad ugly!
Those jokey boy White panties and Black Kmart brargan bra were total YUCK !! just YUCK!
Ohh geezus! when she wrapped her legs around Dante I cringed and my eyes bleed !
aaah-haaaa! but it was good soap stuff.. 🙂
Loved seeing Dominic at his very best!
Great emotional drama scenes, good story for both Dominic and Emme !!

Harry
Harry

Those were Spanks, Su00.
Because Dante deserves a Spanking!

Missellie
Missellie

So, we’re now critiquing underwear!???

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, if characters strip down to their skivvies, then, said skivvies should be cute and sexy. LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Great post, Su. Just one thing. Emme did nothing. She stood there trying to defend herself….no emotion. Didn’t work for me. Dominick killed it! He dominated the scene.

Jimmy
Jimmy

From the moment Valerie came to town, I figured this was the road they were going down with her, which frustrates me. Valerie is a SPENCER, but she acts like a fifth grader with a crush when she talks about Dante. And on top of that, she’s a snake slithering her way into the bed of a man married to her cousin! Who does that? Sure, Brooke Logan likes to sleep through families, but Valerie had boatloads of potential, especially given that powerful entrance she had right at the climax of the Fluke story, and THIS is what they decide to do with her? Let alone the fact that Brytni Sarpi is a horrible actress (worse than Ryan Paevey is, IMO, and that says A LOT), and has no chemistry at all with Dante. Seriously, if this is how they intend to carry out the story, they need to recast ASAP. But I don’t even want to see another actress in the part, because Valerie is being written as a plot device, not an actual character. On today’s show, she told Jordan (who she’s known for about five minutes) that she HOPES Dante and Lulu’s marriage falls apart because she wants him for herself! She could care less about their years of happiness, that started way before anyone even knew Valerie existed. Now, that isn’t to say that Dante is innocent in all of this. He’s supposed to be smart and honest, but the minute there’s even an inkling of Lulu cheating on him (with no real proof, nonetheless) he hops in bed with someone he’s known for three or four months? And even if Lulu was cheating on him and he knew that for a fact, does that make it okay for him to sleep with someone else just to get back at her? No way! Talk about lack of trust. Speaking of trust, Lulu should trust Dante enough to tell him the truth so she didn’t have to lie to him. Lies destroy relationships, and even though Lulu lying didn’t force Dante to sleep with Valerie, it pushed him towards someone else because he thought his wife was having an affair. No, that wasn’t right of him, but Lulu lied directly to him. Then there’s Dillon, who I dislike the least out of everyone invloved in this mess. He’s been on the show less than a month and already, they’re pushing Lulu and Dillon back together. We all know that eventually, they will end up together after Lulu learns the truth (probably from Valerie who will gloat about it so she can have Dante for herself) and Junior Q will be waiting on the sidelines. It’s all so predictable, anyone who saw the way Valerie looked at Dante knew this was coming from a mile away – including Lulu. Watch, Valerie will end up pregnant because of hers and Dante’s tryst, and that’s how the truth will come out. The only bright spot of this story is Dominic… Read more »

Jenn
Jenn

Loved the scenes between Emme and Dom yesterday. This is a very heavy story line! But it’s great conflict that doesn’t involve any mob wars or murders or gunfire. Just a messy affair and ultimate betrayal. I was glued to my TV screen. I can’t wait for the fall out!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Absolutely, Jenn. This is the kind of drama thousands of ordinary people experience all the time…completely realistic and heartfelt.
It is the perfect soapy storyline; betrayal, duplicity, love and forgiveness, if warranted. (Neither Dante nor Val deserves it….but…..)

dielee
dielee

The performance of Dominic and Emme was so powerful and dynamic the last 2 days were phenomenal. Val is a skasnk she always wanted Dante n the women warned him but he didn’t take it serious. When Val told Dante intentional that Lulu had a secret n Dante was suspicious about it he was so jealous and pissed at Lulu for leaving with Dillon and lying about it . Val plastered her but at Dante home and why he was drinking himself to forget what Lulu was doing he banged his wife cousin and she didn’t sop it becaz she got what she wanted all along Women like her I cannot stand especially Lulu is her cousin and took her in and tried to help her. All I can say they better not have Lulu cheat 2 wrongs don’t make it right but I can see Lulu confiding in Dillon but down deep she cannot cheat. I want lante to fight like hell and be stronger now this what I want to see, and Val gets railroaded out of PC .

Christine
Christine

Valerie has no chemistry with Dante but maybe with Dillion who is dull like her. By next week she will have morning sickness and be pregnant with Dante baby! ! This will send Lulu into Dillion bed. The writer for some reason believe in revenge sex… No respect for oneself or relationship in general.

missellie
missellie

Dom really hit a home run with these scenes! This should be his emmy reel.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I don’t think it’s so out of the blue. Dante did not appreciate Lulu & Johnny Z several months ago. Seeds planted. To me this is classic soap stuff–and it’s good. Dom really brought it the last 2 days.

He was devastated. He’s not going to act like a logical cop in light of what he thought. I’m not justifying sleeping with Valerie, but it makes sense in a soapy way.

And now we know Valerie is going to go slightly nutso–especially when she discovers she’s pregnant 🙂

Dom & Emme –and the new Dylan–he was fab today–he seemed truly afraid of Sonny–really brought it.

Daisy
Daisy

I agree. Dante wasn’t being his normal clear headed impartial cop investigating a crime, he was a husband being lead to believe the worst of his wife and he was in pain.

CeeCee
CeeCee

In retrospect, Lucy, you make a great point. Not only was Dylan very respectful, but TPTB deftly and dexterously shoved the fact that Sonny has a bad aura….that is, his comportment silently emanates power and control, instilling fear to those weaker than he.

LOL, I hope Valerie will not be pregnant….the baby will be born with teeth!!

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I hope not too. But I fear she will. Or say she is.
I also think Lulu will go ballistic.
Good drama.

Fanny
Fanny

Especially since Lulu cannot carry a child…she’ll harbor such
anger and resentment toward Val-Trollop for getting pregnant
so easily. Lulu will finally sleep with Dylan and discover she can
conceive after all. Then low and behold Dante will see through
Val’s deception, no baby on board… Too little too late.
Hopefully Lulu has a little more respect for herself and takes
the road less traveled…… Called Restraint !

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Fanny.
I am very old fashioned for my age, and probably too moralistic ….my upbringing dictated honor….always honor.
Thus, I, too, hope Lulu takes the less trodden path.
There is definitely trouble on the horizon, and, I suspect Val will be the one going nuts. I already said she’s tetched in the head.
Great storyline, this will be!!!!!

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee… Moral values & honor are never old fashion….
Always in fashion. Have a great Sunday Sweets!

Toby
Toby

Bravo to DZ and ER for outstanding performances this week. And believe it will only get better. Lulu only feels horrible for not trusthing her husband ennough to tell him what was going on with her family. All she knows is she has let Dante down and hurt/betrayed him. I feel once she really knows the truth, we will see the same kind of emotions from ER that we have seen from DZ this week. And the reverse will be seen from DZ. HOWEVER, I HATE infidelity storylines. It seems that is the only kind of angst a writer can write for a couple to ‘shake them up’ (according to RC, what a perverse explanation). I realize soaps want the sensalization but geez, can’t a writer be more creative? Which leads me to another issue – Valerie. They could have written this from such a different POV to create the bigger angst and tell it in a way it didn’t make her into nothing short of a plot point. Which she has become. It became very obvious this storyline will follow much in the same way the Lisa Niles story was told, only quicker. Valerie was brought on as a Spencer with great momentum. But RC only writes her to have eyes for Dante. She has virtually not interacted with much of the people of PC. That is sign #!. Instead of making her into a strong character, she was made to be weak, and not being able to even move forward from her mother’s death. She overhears a conversation and instead of asking her OWN cousin, she goes directly to Dante. Sign #2. That only helps Dante lose control in what he thinks is going on. Then, when things are at its worst, after Dante has admitted that even though Lulu has done what he thinks she has done, Dante still loves Lulu more than ever. Val knows his heart isn’t anywhere but with Lulu, but still sleeps with Dante. Sign #3. Then she goes and blabs everything to Jordan and in fact, basically tells Jordan she loves Dante and believes he will divorce Lulu and be with her. Sign #4. How many signs does a person need? This whole storyline is a sham. It made no sense from the beginning and makes no sense in the middle and I am sure will make no sense in the end. I just pray all the outcry at how stupidily and quickly it was written, they will NOT write her as pregnant. Even a fake pregnancy will be stupid. But I see that more than Val actually being pregnant. I pray Dante comes clean quick, they argue, and then make a comitted decision to work out the issues to their marriage. I hope Luke and Luara realize what they have done to Dante and Lulu’s marriage and try to help them overcome what Dante has done. Give Dante and Lulu more storylines that test their marriage but understand marriage is work… Read more »

Li
Li

True, many married couples are faithful! Everyone on GH is dating, supposedly – Patrick and Sam are a bit awkward now, Sonny and Carly are lacking substance and that is a waste for 2 amazing actors!! Lullu and Dante are cute but they do lack some chemistry. Maxie and Nathan – where are they, tiny cameos with a few words, Alexis and Julian, = all the couples are weak right now! Sabrina and Michael are BLAH!!!
I hope Lante works it out and Valerie moves out of town or falls for someone else…

I love gh
I love gh

I agree with you completely! I was thinking this reminded me of Lisa Niles, too! I’m so ready for Valerie’s character to just disappear. We weren’t given enough time to care about her, so she has no rooting value. The second Lulu questioned Valerie, it was obvious Valerie was there to hurt The marriage. Why would anyone care? She’s not even “Britt”-like, where we love to hate her.

Has anyone else noticed that Valerie and nuKiki act exactly the same way?

Ghlover
Ghlover

I like the storyline, but i think Valerie should go Fatal attraction cray-cray on Lulu. Maybe she eill end up pregnant and loose the baby. She wil’ gonnuts like Sabrina did and try and get “even” with lulu ….

su0000
su0000

hi Ghlover ,,
I don’t believe Brytni Sarpy has the acting ability to go apesheet cray cray in high GH fashion..
Nope, can’t see it.. It would be a fizzle-out ..
I hope they just let her fade away, no cray cray for her ! nope!

((where’s my key to the cellar !! lol

Li
Li

I actually felt bad for Dante when he realized that Lulu hadn’t cheated on him. Valerie , I detest! I have since she arrived in PC and she really has no real reason to be there. She doesn’t interact with any “family” it is just poorly written and she is horrible. In actuality Lulu and Dante are the only married couple on the show right now (besides Rick and Nina LOL). Why can’t GH have a normal married couple on the show? I also predict a psycho to come out of Valerie but I’d prefer her to go home. I say this all the time, but there are too many characters on this show and the stories are mediocre. This will take until Christmas to play out…

Daisy
Daisy

I am soooooo happy that Dom Zamprogna and Emme Rylan FINALLY have a story they can grab ahold of and run with.
Do I like the way it’s being written, hell no. As bloated as the cast is, I’d have welcomed a new Spencer to the canvas willingly, but to use Val to cause this drama between Dante and Lulu is lame and lazy. For that I’m disappointed, but I will never be disappointed in work like I’ve seen the last few days.
The emotion I’ve seen from Dante and Lulu, the pain and guilt, Dante’s total agony at his realization of what he’s done, are the vehicle to emphasize the talent and chemistry these two actors have.
This is truly a LANTE story and will remain so.
As unfortunate as it is, the character of Val is, and has been from day one a plot point. Sad for the actress, but the character is insignificant to the continuation of Lante. She has had no real connection or interaction with anyone other than Dante and Lulu since she first appeared. And after the betrayal comes out, she will be labeled a home wrecker and town pariah by anyone who loves Lulu, and there are many. There will be no one for Val to reach out to and nowhere for her to go but to hit the bricks and move on out.
The concentration has been, is now, and will continue to be a Lulu and Dante story with them now trying to rebuild their trust in one another.
One thing I am pleased about as far as the writing goes is finally we’ve been able to see a little bit of how Dante really feels about Luke, and Lulu’s willingness to put her father first before him. For me, that has always been an issue yet he’s always pushed it down. And no one has even mentioned the fact that Lulu put her life in jeopardy without a thought to what it would have meant to her husband and her son had she been injured or killed while off “adventuring” with the parental units.

Anneb
Anneb

I think Dante cheating on Lulu is a not believable stroyline bc Dante was always portrayed as a good loyal guy, as opposed to when Patrick cheated on Robin, as upsetting as that was it was believable bc Patrick used to be the player that got his way around, as Dante was just never that guy.

su0000
su0000

well,
Dante still is a good guy, he made a horrible mistake..(he is not Satan lol)
His ‘good guy’ remorse is very obvious..

This breakup is going to be good soap stuff..
And good soap stuff is what it is all about– people’s tragedies/bad times, couples turmoils 🙂

I love gh
I love gh

I agree. For years he’s been written as a loyal guy, so this is OOC. Their confrontation scene was great, and DZ played it well. He made me almost understand just how angry and hurt Dante was before he cheated… Except he never would have left Canada without confronting Lulu. He never would have left Lulu at the Quartermaines with Dillon.

It will be fun watching him grovel, though.

Rose
Rose

I’m definitely not liking this story. This will be a ff for me. Plus I’m not a big Lulu/Dante fan anyway. But I still think it’s unfair to think it’s all Valerie’s fault. Many say how she latched onto Dante from the beginning. I saw Dante, consciously or not, give her more than the time of day since he was helping rescue her from Fluke. And look at her situation…she had been the long time caregiver to her mother, and lived what looked like a sheltered, uneventful life. Can you blame her for falling for Dante? I think she was emotionally starved. But she also had a strength when her mother was alive. Too bad the writers couldn’t come up with another storyline for her instead of this boring, same old, same old one.

Beth CP
Beth CP

Considering how out of character this story is, Mr. Zamprogna more than delivered this convoluted material, having his D running the gauntlet of anger, disappointment and hurt. Most impressive (and at the same time heartbreaking) was watching the dawning realization of what he’d done upon learning the truth of Ethan and Lucky’s kidnapping. One could almost feel the blood draining from his face. seeing the subtle change in his expression as he’s hit with the ramifications of his infidelity. No words, but that moment spoke volumes. This actor is underrated and under appreciated by this regime and I’m very glad that he has been brought to the forefront, despite the contrived and rushed nature of this story. It does, however, give him a chance to stretch his character into territory that, until now, has been, off limits. It may not be pleasant, but I’m quite content that as an artist he can use this to grow, push the boundries, and explore a side of his character that hasn’t been mined. It can only make him better to add more layers and depth to D. The recast L is just that: a recast. She has never moved me nor does she evoke sympathy, being little more than a miscast, generic, blonde prom queen type. She has never been L to me. But that’s just my view…..

Ces
Ces

Um, who goes to their boss — to a job you JUST started — and tells them they slept with the cop they work with? Who?! I really hope Valerie goes wacko and someone shoots her off the show. Then I hope Lulu does take up with Dillon and leaves Dante all alone. Yes, what Lulu did was stupid, but she didn’t cheat on her husband.
Bravo performances to Dom & Emme though. I did enjoy these scenes. IMHO it’s stuff like this that makes good daytime drama even if the storyline surrounding it was lame.

Aden
Aden

This is such elementary, jeuvenile, paint by numbers soap writing. This is just a painful example of how devoid of creativity soap writers are. They bring on this Valerie. We know NOTHING about this person other than she is very unstable and lacks chemistry with everyone on the canvas. Why Dante would even spend time with this person is a mystery, let alone holding her hand, and hugging her constantly at awkward and inopportune times. I am still waiting for ANYONE to make the comment “Hey Val. Your whole family is white and blonde. Youre not. Lets discuss!” As of now, Ron has NO idea who her father is. He is biding his time until he can plan a way to cement her ties tothe canvas more solidly. Character development is sadly non existent on GH.

su0000
su0000

Aden,
all that was explained before her mother died..
Anyways,, I see Valerie as being a disposable character.. why waste time on her lol

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Why do we need to know who her father is? Maybe she’s a Ward, but she’s “cemented” because she’s a Spencer. That’s not to say she doesn’t have an agenda–but how much more of a family connection do you need than to be a Spencer?

cooks7570
cooks7570

I like the chem of Dom and Brytni. I would like to see Dante and Valerie get a chance together. Brytni got a lot of love on twitter this week for her scenes.

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Executive Producer Frank Valentini sat down with Michael Fairman TV during the ABC TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour All-Star Reception to answer our rapid fire questions throughout the bustle of the industry event.

Valentini previewed what’s ahead in and around Port Charles for several characters and duos as the summer comes to a close, and a new season marks new beginnings.  He also addressed the recent cast exits that have seen fan favorites departing the ABC daytime drama series.

Now, as viewers will witness this week, there is some major distress ahead for several key characters that will play out over the next few months.

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Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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