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GENERAL HOSPITAL: A Wedding, A Serial Killer & The Heartbreaking Truth

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On Monday’s episode of General Hospital, several residents finds themselves at crossroads and one in instant peril, as Thanksgiving continues in Port Charles.

In touching scenes played by Eden McCoy (Josslyn) and Garren Stitt (Oscar), Josslyn confronts Oscar that she knows he is sick.  Oscar is furious with Cameron for telling her. Josslyn is saddened that he pushed her away, saying they will fight this together.  He reveals to her that he has an inoperable brain tumor and will die and has but a year to live. Oscar does tell her about the drug trial that could save his life, but he won’t to it, because of the potential side effects that could wrong with it, and that he wants to live out what time he has on his terms.

Laura (Genie Francis) walks in on who she believes is her husband, Kevin, but it’s Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) in a big smooch with Ava Jerome (Maura West).   Ryan tells Laura their marriage is over.  A shocked and devastated Laura tells him the fact that he is with a woman who sold out her son, makes this the ultimate betrayal.  She rips up Ava’s donation to her mayoral campaign, which is why she came to the Jerome gallery in the first place, and walked in on the lip-lock.  Laura also tells Ryan she see’s nothing behind his eyes anymore that remotely reminds her of the Kevin she married.   Can Laura figure this out?

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After Laura leaves, Ryan and Ava admit they enjoyed that kiss . Ava suggests they spend Thanksgiving together.  Ryan reveals he is so glad she didn’t leave town. However, Ava says she still may have to leave Port Charles, because she can’t stand to be in the same town with Kiki.  When Ava suggests they go to her place, Ryan offers to meet her there because he has some business to take care of, first.

Griffin (Matt Cohen) and Kiki (Hayley Erin) are late to Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan’s (Briana Nicole Henry) wedding, after they decide to undress (after they get dressed to the nines for the nuptials) and have sex.  After they make love, Griffin gets a call from Monica (Leslie Charleson) saying that the boards results are in as to if he has been reinstated at the hospital. Those results are at GH, and he should pick them up there.  Since they are late for the wedding, Griffin heads out to the hospital, while Kiki gets ready to head to the wedding and meet him there.

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At the Q’s Thanksgiving celebration, Kim (Tamara Braun) tells Julian (William deVry) that she wants his goons to kidnap Oscar if he wins his emancipation trial from his parents, and take him to Brazil for the treatment that will save his life.  Drew (Billy Miller) overhears this and is enraged that she would do such a thing to their son.

Curtis and Jordan are now getting ready to say their “I do’s” when the minister asks if there is anyone that has just cause that the duo should not be wed in holy matrimony.  Cue, Stella (Vernee Watson) who walks in looking very unhappy.  Will she unravel the wedding … or sit down and be a part of the celebration after getting some words of wisdom from Mike (Max Gail)?

At the end of the episode, we come upon a few key moments:  Oscar shows up at the Q’s door as his parents Drew and Kim are thrilled to see him, Josslyn comes home to the Corinthos’ and drops to the floor in tears over Oscar, and Ryan shows up at Kiki’s door, just as she is heading out for the wedding, and it looks like he has murder on his mind.

So, is this the end of the road for Kiki?  Will Stella stand down or bust up the nuptials?  Will Oscar have the treatment to try to save his life? What should Laura’s next move be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I haven’t watched Monday’s episode. I am interested in watching all of the highlights, EXCEPT, Oscar, Kim, and Josslyn-not interest in Kim “Zero” or her offspring. I love Ava, and Kevin/Ryan.

elm1951
elm1951

even though aunt stella is very harsh with her words but i believe after she talked to marcus & mike she will do the right thing at the wedding & give curtis & jordan her blessing……………………

Marcia
Marcia

So sad to see Kiki go.

Fanny
Fanny

I knew this was COMING!! Ava’s CRAZY unrelenting obsessive behavior with getting revenge on Kiki and Griffin… Would ultimately cost Kiki her life.
Ryan will use the white scarf to strangle her, Kiki will end up at the hospital with a slight chance but no real hope of surviving.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ava is in no way responsible for what a psychopath does. All Ava did was vent her emotions to who she thought was a stable, safe, psychiatrist. In no way, in her wildest imagination would she ever think she was with a serial killer. Nor would she ever knowingly put Kiki’s life at risk.

Ava will be devastated, shocked, grief-stricken and hopefully full of rage. I’d like her to be the one that takes Ryan down.

Love Ava!

Shelley Dinner
Shelley Dinner

I noticed that Auntie Stella changed her outfit & was dressed up,so I bet she will be staying & finally accepting of the marriage.
As for Kiki/Ryan,he has something horrific planned, unfortunately.
After Sabrina’s murder, why do we viewers have to suffer through another death of a young person in such a terrible manner?Just write the character off in some way;enough violence.

Jimh
Jimh

Ryan murders Kiki to keep Ava from leaving…Stella reveals Curtis is her son…the Qs eat pizza as usual-why not just go to Dennys!…Laura wonders if Kevin is really Luke in a mask-lol

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Jimh,
Your remark about Curtis being Stella’s son, would make sense in so many ways. One is why she is so possessive and doting, among other things. She was a young woman, her love affair went bad, so she has the baby, and gives it to her sister to raise with her own son. Seems like she’s been watching out for him since birth. If this turns out to be true, she’ll be the mother-in-law from hell!
What you said about Laura and Ryan is so true. Its like she knows he’s not Kevin, but her brain can’t figure it out yet. I know, it sounds crazy, I can’t explain it.

Shay
Shay

@Jimh….I suggested eons ago that Curtis was really Stella’s son, which explained her possessive nature with him and her total dislike of Jordan, who she clearly feels is not good enough for him!

Jimh
Jimh

great minds think alike…i must have overlooked it or forgot it…been very ill of late-so far not life threatening so they say…once Laura came back been watching more…do not care too much for newbie Willow…happy when Britt came back-enjoy her friendship with Brad!!!!

Shay
Shay

Hello, Jimh! So n ice to hear from you! I apologize for taking so long to reply……and I’m sorry you have not been well. Hope you are feeling better by now!!! I’m too far behind on GH to really comment on the most recent episodes, but I will say I’m so glad Britt is back…she is only one of a handful of newer characters that has really ever shown any charisma, along with her “Mutter,” of course! May they have an epic Christmas reunion, and you a happy, healthy holiday season! Take care!

Celia
Celia

Hey, Shay,
Hmmmm…. That could explain her dislike of Jordan…..Stella, the ugly duckling turned the sophistique’ swan overnight, is suffering from a good dose of self-loathing. If she is, indeed, Curtis’ mother, she has ‘indulged’ in that of which she accuses Jordan….. slept with her sister’s husband? How wonders never cease!!. …..Unless, Stella was very young when she had Curtis and her married sister adopted him? Perhaps, the man we met, a few weeks ago, as Stella’s past love, is the father?
Amazing how Stella’s wardrobe changed from drab to fab in a NY minute. Suddenly she is this well-spoken, highly educated matron . I remember when she stormed into town……didn’t sound so “speechified” then, albeit I’m ‘sorta’ getting used to her.
Night…..

Shay
Shay

Absolutely, CeeCee!!! I picked up on Stella’s maternal vibe almost immediately! I figured back then she was once a young gal who got into trouble and her sister stepped up to rear “Baby Curtis” for her…It would seem that the new dude in town could very well be her babydaddy….and why she has taken special pains to sharpen up both her wardrobe and image!!! Only time will tell….Later!

Celia
Celia

Hello, Shaybelle,
We’re in sync where Stella is concerned…..every day is a new revelation ……I hope her story unfolds as you predict…❤️
PS….We finally went to see FREDDIE’s story ( girls-night-out)….What can I say?? It was a pretty good rendition, yet I could not get into it…..my sisters thought Malek was incredibly en pointe…..hmmmm, well….that’s because they have never been true fans.
I am at a loss for words, Shay, describing how much I love Freddie Mercury; and, no one will ever be able to capture his essence; his core; his soul.
There are only a few who possess this ultimate mystique…. David Bowie is another artist who has that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ quality–unconquerable!!
Elvis Presley had the voice ( the king, for sure), but I never hear the tortured-inner-self in the timbre of his tonality when I hear him singing…..
This is, obviously, just my personal feeling and opinion…..
A presto…..

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….I totally “get” your reaction to BR…I told you before that I found it to be a well-made nostalgia trip back to another time and place, but there was really not one minute that I bought into the notion that Malek “was” Freddie Mercury, despite the fact he did a very credible acting job. In all candor, he seemed a bit too soft and pretty to fill the role….not nearly as powerfully masculine, physically imposing or charismatically charming as the original issue. (In fact, there was a split second early on in the band’s history when a poutily-posed performing Rami looked more like Jagger to me…) Then again, how does anyone truly morph into a “legend?” Like you said, Bowie would be another real-life character whose otherwordly essence could never be captured by another mere mortal….some artists are just too unique and elusive in their personas to be replicated with any reasonable degree of authenticity….that’s just the way it is. However, I still applaud Malek’s efforts…he helped make this project an entertaining one to watch, even for those of us who were not avowed Queen fans, and has deservedly been awarded acting accolades for his work….Let’s face it, it was a thankless task even attempting to step into Freddie’s shoes, let alone impossible to being able to actually fill them! Still glad you finally saw the film….hope you enjoyed your “girls’ night out!” Ciao….P.S. Should be interesting to see how “Stella and her new groove” play out!!!!

Celia
Celia

Hello, my Shay,
I have a two-hour class-free break, LOL.
I do believe you have described my feelings exactly…..another soapland friend who gets me.
I like your remark on Malek’s trying-to-imitate- Freddie’s pout. Hilarious…..considering Freddie’s pout was not deliberate….his teeth gave him that “pouty” look…..
To me, Shay? Even his ‘jutting’ teeth looked fantastic….they were part of his persona.
Actually, the story behind his teeth is that his dentist had advised Freddie not to tamper with his teeth because any work would affect his vocal chords.
Thank you for touching upon my outing with the girls….I have three sisters and we love spending time together, among many other female friends…..
One of the commenters suggested that Stella’s change of wardrobe is due to a probable “beau”? Some guy on the horizon? Her “friend” from the past said he was married…..but, hey….it’s a soap.
I thought Auntie went “all out” for Mike. I would have liked that. ……I think TPTB should show a romantic side to Mike; not simply allow him to wither away with the Alzheimer’s story.
Soon❤️.

Shay
Shay

And I thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for your response, CeeCeeGirl! Huge apologies for not getting back to you much, much sooner…once December arrives, it’s busy, busy, busy! Trying to fit in all the friends, family and fun of the non-stop holiday revelry amidst the necessary year-end business makes for very long days….exhausting, yet simultaeously exhiliarating! But I love it just the same!!! Having said that,I hope in addition to enjoying your “ladies’ night at the movies,” you have (or is it already had???) a wonderful birthday celebration!!!! Needless to say, soaps are not on my list of priorities at the moment, so I am far behind on GH—-other than reading recaps! This is even my first visit here in weeks. At any rate, I wanted to be sure to return to extend my best wishes to you and yours for a blessed, magical Christmas and happy, healthy new year! As for “getting you”…why, yes, I believe I really do! If there’s anything I’m truly grateful for during our correspondence here, it’s that we had the opportunity to discover each other when we were more at liberty to share our thoughts and views, particularly on the “old” website…I doubt we’d ever be able to replicate that experience had we just “met” today on this incarnation…hence it’s oh so nice to have that lovely “history” on our side….I shall treasure it always! Grazie per essere mia amica cara e buone feste e tanti auguri! Piu tardi!

Mateo
Mateo

I admit that GH has had issues as of late. However, this episode was so spectacular. It was restrained yet powerful. Watching Joss and Oscar was like a sucker punch at the heart. No one says this enough but the actor who plays Oscar is so good. And the actress who plays Joss has really been doing so well. She was great in her fight scene with Nelle and then this with Oscar….SUPERB! I am all for drama like this. GH is lost lately, but the actors make it work. All of them. Let’s keep up this kind of work GH…excellent

Soaphound
Soaphound

I agree, Mateo. Oscar is underrated because he sounds and acts naturally, not “actorish”. He accomplishes a lot with very little histrionics. Most of the other stories now are either unpleasant (Ryan & Ava) or dull (the wedding, Nina’s fake daughter). Killing Kiki is a big mistake if that’s where they’re heading.

Rodd
Rodd

Totally agree.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Mateo,
I agree about Oscar. I have been forever singing his praises. He is one of my favorite new, young actors…..and Joss, as well. I love them together….each showing a maturity, so unlike kids that age.
I appreciate how the PTB are ‘handling’ ( for lack of a better word), Oscar’s struggle and acceptance of what has befallen him at this tender age.
And, I love Joss’s solicitousness…….what will become of them? It would be a shame if the soap gods decided to “do away” with Oscar…..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Killing Kiki is over the top–just as the “headless” nurse in the gallery. GH does not care about the fans–just the gratuitous violence. It seems bent on losing its viewers–not nurturing well-established characters.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Nancy, guess they think that all this violence will ultimately prove how crazy Ryan really is, but I think we’ve figured this out already.

AVP
AVP

I like Haley Erin as Kiki. I was not a fan of the original Kiki (ex-Starr). Haley has really grown into the role and has made it her own. I agree with you, the writers do not nurture characters or storylines. They just throw a bunch of $%$% against the wall and hope something sticks.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Agreed, Nancy. This upsets me also. We get enough mindless violence on the news. They ruined Helena Cassadine for me due to her love of sadism. We don’t need more.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Helena was always sadistic, cruel, crazy. That was the fun of Helena! And Faison, Stavros…

Ryan is a serial killer. If he doesn’t kill anyone…why do the story?

Violet: (hi!) “Violence will ultimately prove how crazy Ryan really is, but I think we’ve figured this out already???”

We didn’t need to figure it out; we knew it from the start. He’s Ryan the serial killer. So, of course they’re going to show at least one murder; probably more. It’s the story of a killer! If you watch a crime drama or film…there’s going to be…murder (s)!!!!

I think they’ve done a good job. Most of the story has been Jon Lindstrom’s excellent portrayal of a sociopath who is able to walk among them…”the killer amongst us” switching gears back and forth enough to confuse, confound but carry on in the halls of GH. No over-the-top acting…just subtlety.

I thought Mary and the bobbing for apples was hilarious! LOL!!!! C’mon! I mean, yeah, I kinda yelped a bit and was shocked, but then I just kinda clapped and gave kudos to the writers for the way they had Mary head outta town. Get it? HEAD outta town??? Ahem.

Kiki? Can’t stand her. Used to like her. Still love her moments with Franco. Very warm; touching. If she really does die he is going to go ballistic! But, really, she was a traitor. She sided with her mother’s mortal enemies: Sonny and Carly who wanted Ava, her mother!!!…dead. Sided with them over Avery. Helped them keep Avery from Ava. And in her final act, decided it was a great act of daughterly love to revisit the triangle. She had sex with Griffn because she wanted to; not because she was drunk. Her own words…

As for Oscar? There is no cure for what he has and I think it’s cruel that the writers are using a fatal brain tumor that people have and die from in real life… as a story with a “new, experimental, treatment.” Unless that treatment exists in real life they shouldn’t have gone there. WHY they went there at all is beyond me. Yes, it’s poignant. But it’s too freaking sad, both in the story and for those who have it or have loved those who have.

The trial won’t cure him (as the article states). If it works it’ll just buy him more time.

They could have found another route to do a touching, poignant soapy story without giving Oscar a malignancy. WHY would they think this was a good idea. Stone having aids was emotional torture to watch and, yes, a heartbreaking, wonderful story. But watching another teenager die or face incurable cancer is not exactly the type of escapism I look for. Bobbing heads and Kiki killer on a rampage is more exciting, less emotionally excruciating in the long run. And leads to endless story possibilities.

Barbara power
Barbara power

Leave Niki in show, get rid of kevin, can,t watch him at all, turn channel, Eva is eva, think Oscar will freatment

Lester
Lester

Don’t kill off kiki

Bridget
Bridget

I really don’t like when they make things so long. Viewers should not have to wait so long for GH to reveal the truth about Kevin crazy brother. And they better not kill Kiki off. I love this show, but it’s geting too lame for me.

Lorrette Bartlett
Lorrette Bartlett

Leave Keke and Griffin alone it’s about time we had some happy times on General Hospital and not always the brutal killings how much longer before they find out that Ryan is trying to be Kevin like really get some new witers if you can’t keep some happy stuff in the show

Aria
Aria

I love gh but if Kiki is getting killed off I hate that’s the route is choosing for the character, why do they always kill off women in such a violent way?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes–and to kill Kiki on Thanksgiving is just too much irony for me.
Btw, re “Kevin”–I think Laura is being depicted as just too passive; she should be the one to find the real Kevin, not Carly–where the writers are obviously headed with the storyline.

AVP
AVP

& you know #acereporter Lulu will be on the case, along with Peter, since he owns “The Invader.” UGH. This is how you ruin a storyline. Carly and co., and these two.

Jimh
Jimh

YES<<<it should be Laura!!!!!!!

rose
rose

I am beyond disappointed how GH has taken their stories. I have already mentioned before that there are no happy stories anymore. And now they add this gruesome Ryan killing Kiki story. Kiki had grown on me over the years thanks to the actress, and the fact that they finally had a younger character who took on a doctor who had tried to seduce her and won, as well as working to become a doctor instead of some airhead. And they kill her off. This is a copout when you can’t think of any other creative way to write the actress off the show. Then there is Oscar and Liz’s son. Sorry that they have turned Ava into a Ryan clone of herself. I could be amused by her evilness before, just like Helena. But her new version is so sick I can’t be amused anymore. And you are right about doing this on Thanksgiving weekend. Just like GM giving the present of closing 5 plants and putting at least 15,000 out of jobs right before Christmas.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Ava is a character that should have gone a long time ago–specifically, when she committed murder. It’s confounding why the writers or TPTB are so enamored with the character of Ava.
Pure evil is no fun at all. A flawed character CAN be fascinating if written well. Doesn’t apply to Ava.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ava is one of my favorite characters! Not only do I not find her pure evil, I don’t find her evil at all. Has she done hateful things? The only one I can’t forgive her for was framing AJ. The other things? Meh. She’s done way less than Sonny and Carly.

Ava is a muti-faceted character. She’s not Helena, Faison, Ryan. THEY are pure evil! She’s of the criminal element, but in actuality hasn’t been in the mob in years. She feels remorse, regret, hurt, rage…lashes out when wounded.

I love her and don’t even get me started when Carly tries to play mommy to Avery. Sickening. I’d love for her to get Avery back permanently.

I’d be beyond disappointed if Ava was written off the show. I always look forward to her scenes whether as the sophisticated gallery owner,the insecure woman, the mom who loved her daughter but couldn’t iron out the dysfunctional relationship no matter how hard she tried.

There ARE times I wanna smack her, too. But then I forgive her. 😉

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Has she done hateful things?”
Well, yeah! How about killing Connie, for starters?!
And she plotted to kill her brother!

Not multi-faceted, just oh-so-predictable–thus B-O-R-I-N-G–the death (pun intended, here 🙂 knell of a good, multi-faceted villain.

That said, I’m not excusing Sonny nor nor Jason, etc, etc, etc.

The whole show is skewed, “bent,” that way–has been for a long time, ever since TPTB became enamored with killers, evil persons whom they kept on the show when they were written in a corner–taken too far–then the writers tried to “redeem” them.

Anecdotally, one thing that is particularly repugnant is when Sonny, for example, goes into the church to pray. Ugh!

rebecca1
rebecca1

To each his/her own, Nancy.

I could care less that she killed Connie. Connie was no saint (though I liked when Megan played her). She agreed to marry Sonny…and he kills people! So, ummm, if she’s okay with that then I guess she accepted the risks. And was okay with others getting killed. Ava didn’t just randomly shoot her; she found out Ava and Julian were Jeromes and was going to expose them. It was a “business” move. Oh, well.

Don’t remember Ava trying to kill Julian.

I see the good side of Ava. I see the side that helped Jason escape from the Russian clinic even though she didn’t know who he was and there was nothing in it for her.

The woman who contributes to The Nurse’s Ball even though everyone hates her.

I see the Ava that was ready to die rather than let Silas take cells from Avery which could save her (Ava’s) life when she was dying of leukemia.

I see the vulnerable side of Ava who is always searching for love and acceptance and has been turned into the town pariah while others who have done far worse bask in friendship and family.

Also see a woman who had a terrible rivalry with her daughter, but yet kept trying to be close to that daughter even though she, Kiki, sided with Sonny and Carly who wanted to kill her, who helped keep Avery from her and who ulimately stabbed her in the back in the end with Griffin. Instead of leaving their rivalry in the past, Kiki started it all back up and laughed her way smugly through it while Ava suffered…yet Ava STILL tried to make amends when she went knocking on her door only to find Griffin there.

I see a multi-faceted Ava. One who is capable of great wrath, fury, vengeance but one who also has guilt, regret, self-doubt, a desire to do right and then ultimately falters. But I also see vulnerability; taking a lot of crap from people who shouldn’t be slinging it.

She was tortured when went through the fire. Not just physically but emotionally; had a lot of introspective moments about what she claimed was her “ugliness on the inside.”

So. You see her as one-sided. I see her many sides.

I loved Tony Soprano, too. Love Ray Donovan. Hate Carly. The difference is their personalities and what I feel for them when I watch them. Carly makes me cringe. Ava keeps me riveted.

Jimh
Jimh

on Another World caretaker Rocky was murdered, cut up and found in a garbage bag…Will was brutally strangled on Days..it has happened to males too…especially om Edge Of Night!!!!

Shay
Shay

Some of the best and most memorable soap storylines of the past featured deaths and murders….first of all, they were great ways to pare down top-heavy casts and often get rid of annoying and unpopular characters, plus the fallout provided by such dramatic losses made them the gifts that kept on giving even months later. I can get that there are viewers who are attached to certain characters and are sad to see them go, but what is the point of soaps if they don’t reflect the vicissitudes of real life? That means portraying the good and bad, happy and sad, and yes, people who die! In my opinion, GH doesn’t kill off enough of its characters! Too many of them are not particularly interesting or necessary, and I would welcome having Ryan slay a slew of them!!! (Think Nina, Alexis, Chrissy, Amy, and how about Lucy??? Now THAT would be fun!) Whilst it’s sad Kiki had to go when there were much better candidates to bite the dust—-see above—-at least the actress who portrays her is headed to greener acting pastures, so there is a positive aspect to her hasty departure!

rose
rose

Hi Shay…Yes there good and bad, happy and sad days, and people who die in real life. But I thought soaps were supposed also there to pick up our spirits, at least for a few hours a day. But GH has been miserably, consistently, depressing lately. And they don’t need Ryan to “kill” off characters in his grizzly manner to accommodate actors other opportunities or just pare down the cast. They can go somewhere else in the world, or get another job elsewhere, join the military. Haven’t the writers learned that even years later it nice to have someone like AJ around to continue the Quartermaine story, or even Emily. Loved seeing recaps of Edward and Lila at one of the original Thanksgivings a few days ago. And in the case of Ava and other murderers send them to jail at least.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I partially agree with you, Rose. I, too, loved walking down memory lane watching that classic GH Thanksgiving. I miss those days, those characters, relationships… that complete feeling like you were walking into a familiar home and families. It was a time for soaps that we’ll never get back. Many of the characters we loved are passed, retired or fired. The core families gone. Just a massacre.

With that said, I love the Ryan story. Jon Lindstom is amazing. I’ve been looking forward to the show again and I can’t wait to see what happens.

I’m much more upset by Oscar’s cancer than with Kiki’s murder. Kiki’s murder brings excitement, action, revenge, to the show. Something we haven’t had in a while.

Oscar’s story is just depressing. They gave him a terminal brain cancer. Now that is about as depressing as a show can go. Whether they’re trying to recreate the Stone/Robin tragedy/emotional wallop, or whether they just conjured the idea up on their own, I think it was a horrible place to go. No doubt there are times I’ll be crying tears of joy and sadness throughout the story; but feeling the emotions doesn’t make me appreciate the story. I’m just pissed that they’re taking us to a very dark place for those battling illness or who have loved and lost people to devastating illness. That’s not escapism; it’s art imitating life at its worst.

rose
rose

Rebecca1…Good to hear from you. Where I do agree with you on the Ryan story is that Jon Lindtrom is great in the role. And we still have his better half having to be recused from Ferncliff. But I wish his killings weren’t so awful. This time i don’t mind Carly being involved, but I hope it’s Laura and Spencer who find Ryan out. Or even Ava? Now this would make an interesting twist. Maybe another step in her redemption which will take much doing. She’s been very, very bad, and the writers have really painted her into a corner.

I felt bad for Kiki mainly because she had mostly outgrown her teen mistakes, and Ava, to become one of the more “heroic” characters so sorely needed in the new generation of GH characters. And poor Griffin.

Then there are all of the depressing stories. I want Oscar to live. Plus I really like the actor, and even how Cameron and Joss are handling the the ripple effect situation he got put into. Even Alexis who I continue to like. A future with her and Julian again? Wouldn’t bother me. But I really don’t like how they are pulling the other kids and babies into misbehaving, bullying, and switching baby stories. Plus Mike’s alzheimers. And all the pharma ads they run in between. I know this is soaps picking up on real life, but please not all together. It’ bad enough out in the real world as it is.

As far as the Q family Thanksgiving feelings, seems in real life and the soaps most of who we liked and loved are fading into the past and gone. I have always felt I grew up in the best of times. Certainly without the proliferation of tech, and how it has overtaken our lives. Even the great sci-fi writers warned of it. Don’t envy what I see for the newer generation. But I don’t quit hoping and praying for a better future.

Happy Holidays Rebecca and everyone else..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Now, a voice of reason. Thanks, Rose! 🙂

Shay
Shay

Hello again, Rose. Thank you for your reply…I’m sorry I took so long to respond…Once the holiday season is upon us, I have trouble keeping up. At any rate, it has been an absolute age since I had any expectation whatsoever that viewing GH would be an uplifting experience…about the only emotions that it stirs in me is frequent boredom and exasperated disdain!…I cannot get invested in any of the characters beyond those with whom I already had been from decades past….hence if I want to feel any warm and fuzzy reactions regarding them, I just go to YouTube and watch some GH classic like Laura’s stunning return from “the dead,” Frisco’s debut or Anna and Duke’s beautiful Scottish-based wedding…plus, plenty of others from which to choose, as they reinforce my belief that my lack of feelings for today’s GH is their problem and not mine—-considering that 30-year old episodes can still touch me unlike any modern examples!!! However, what I was attempting to stress is that it was those portrayals of both positive and negative life events that were once a daily staple of soaps that made them so relatable and irresistible to us. There were tons of tragedies that occurred on a regular basis in those daytimes of yesteryears and I don’t recall anyone claiming that it traumatized them…all that we discussed were the high drama, fabulous performances…and how we wanted more!!! I guess it’s simply a difference in sensibilities between then and now. In my opinion, people, in general, are far too easily offended and upset by anything these days…life is life, and I believe one simply needs to deal with that fact…certainly, it’s not always joyful and pleasant, but one does what one must to accept it with grace and resolve…as those who came before us did, without benefit of safe spaces and other newfangled devices designed to placate today’s society snowflakes. That was just the way we handled things before, and this country was far better for it. (By the way, whilst I agree with you about being fortunate that we grew up in a less tech-savvy world, I have to add that I maintain my parents’ formative times were actually superior to my own. They were born into the world’s best nation where peace, prosperity and love of God and country were the norm…I can only wish I lived through those halcyon days…the closest I came to them were the ‘80’s and they sadly came to a hasty end in the early 90’s, and we’ve never gotten them back!) At any rate, I still believe there is much beauty left to delight us if one just knows where to look. I regulary watch wonderful movies and tv series which not only entertain me, but inform, enrich and inspire me, albeit none of them is domestically-produced. For me, it’s all about foreign programming these days, especially those breathtaking period projects!…However, I do concur with you about AJ…that is one GH character who should never have… Read more »

Jimh
Jimh

i would kill off half the cast…and they would stay dead!!!!!

mike
mike

I hope they have not killed Kiki. If they have I will stop watching but will miss GH.

su000
su000

A ho-hum yawn wedding with a ho-him Boring couple.
A serial killer that is a cream-puff ppphhttt
A guy that I knew wouldn’t die from day one moping around eeerking everyone

GH is totally empty of drama.. soaps are dramas, but GH lost itself after everyone was turned into saints, even the bad guys are sweethearts and that gives us BORING TO DEATH stories.

that Ryan guy is the worst soap serial killer dud in soap history.. I never saw a boring lame serial killer, before Ryan.

no one to root for no one to hate to their deaths, its so mundane.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Have to disagree, su. I am loving this story! I think Jon as Ryan is playing his part to the hilt. Quiet, reserved, ironic…you can feel his “darkness” and his difference from Kevin (as a viewer). LOVED the Mary Pat bobbing head/apple…hahah..was so hideous and freaked me out…well done! And Kiki? I can’t stand her but I still think her murder is sad. But a great story! Lots of good scenes, stories to follow from this as Ava, Franco, react…

It’s getting good! Go grab an apple and watch the fallout!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hi Rebecca, I agree that Jon is playing the sociopathic Ryan well–understated but pure evil–and those eyes that drill through.
BUT the pace is way too slow and the “chopping up” (no pun intended! 🙂 of the scenes drains the story of any real momentum and thus of drama and suspense.
AND there there should be more scenes solely with Laura so that Genie Francis can work her skills as SHE fingers Ryan and confronts him. What a scene that could be! I’m thinking “Midnight Lace” and “Wait Until Dark,” etc.

AVP
AVP

Agreed…with such a large cast, it’s hard to focus on a specific character or storyline. The focus will be on a character or storyline for a week or two, then nothing. I often forget about characters and storylines. Strangely, we haven’t seen much of Lucy, Felicia, or Mac during the Ryan’s reign of terror. It’s such a shame. So many missed opportunities.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh, I totally agree with that, AVP. One of the things I was looking to the most was bringing back and really featuring Lucy, Felicia and Mac. But these writers have no interest in the history or what older viewers remember. They brought him back but took his story to the characters that are already on the canvas. One, they’re always trying to attract younger viewers and they could care less if Felicia died or was still Ryan’s focus. They don’t really know “her.” No history with her, Mac or Lucy. There’s no emotional investment there. I think she and Lucy were just brought in for a don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it-scene to tie it to the past.

Sadly, we can rant and rave all we want; they’re just not going to bring back the well of vets who are out there..Felicia, Mac, Lucy, Scorpio…it’s a soap sin!

With that said, I think the story they ARE telling is good, soapy fare. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

But I don’t get their editing; the choices they’re making. They’re in the height of the drama with Kiki’s death and then they cut to Britt in the hospital with Anna and Finn. NO! Stay on this story now that it’s emotionally charged. Don’t go from story to story in the same hour!

Tiny M
Tiny M

I guess the fans don’t matter when it comes to killing Kiwi off. I for one will no long watching General Hospital.

Tiny M
Tiny M

Yes it’s huge mistake for General Hospital to kill off the best actress on the show. For this reason I will no longer watching your shows so now I’ll be watching Days of our lives instead. I hope others will do the same.Since fans don’t matter.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I am sorry, but Hayley Erin is far from the best actress on the soap. Is she good in the context of the role? Yes. But the best? No. And I think quitting a show — whether daytime or primetime — because an actor/character is killed off is sad. Many have left prior, and many will continue to leave. Clearly, you are not a loyal viewer for the long-term.

Satan
Satan

Best actress on the show? That’s a bit of a stretch. Though she was admittedly miles ahead of the completely untalented Disney princess whom she replaced, who could neither act nor sing, despite ReRon’s insistence on forcing the belief she could do both.

Kiki actually became tolerable, once she was completely freed of the OLTL baggage.

As for Days….. that show is now suffering the same fate that GH did after 2012. And ReRon is treating Will & Sonny just like he did Jason & Sam… and it’s getting old already.

Timmm
Timmm

Laura should have EVER considered a dime from Ava in regards to that mayoral donation!

The Q’s pizza story was off kilter this year. Julian looked like he was in the wrong universe when Ned lead the group in a song.

Who cares about Oscar. The kid has no real likability. Why wouldnt Joss consider Cam? He is much more fun. Oscar is a GROUCH! [Ha ha ha!]

NuJordan is growing on me. She looked radiant in her gown. PLEASE get rid of Aunt HELLA yesterday!

Lastly, why couldnt it be Clulu instead of the sweet Kiki? Her and Griff were making some sparks together lately. I guess we have to deal with fake Nina’s daughter more now!

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Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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