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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❤️.

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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General Hospital Serves Up Holiday Promo

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? As 2018 has whirled by so fast, your favorite soap operas are starting to offer up good tidings to all of their fans.  On  Monday, ABC has just released this holiday video from General Hospital, “25 Days of Christmas”.

In the video, photos and imagery of the characters on the Port Charles are rotated through as Holiday card snapshots.

Leslie Charleson’s (Monica” voice is heard to kick-off the video saying, “Prepare to be spellbound”.

In their tweet on social media, GH says, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Check it out below. Then let us know what you thoughts of the promo via the comment section below.

 

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General Hospital Set To Pay Tribute To The Late Susan Brown

2018 has taken with it some beloved soap opera veterans.  One of them was GH fan favorite, Susan Brown, who died at 86 of Alzheimer’s at the end of August.

GH viewers remember Susan’s performances as Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin.  Gail was Monica’s (Leslie Charleson) best friend, and eventually she married Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and was a stepmother to Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner).

Kin took to Twitter last week and revealed that General Hospital taped a tribute to Susan that will be seen in an upcoming episode.

In a tweet, he shared, “A tribute show to Susan shot in the can airing soon!”

With GH’s tape schedule we would presume that sometime in January we will be seeing how GH addresses Susan’s passing and thus the fate of Gail.

So, are you glad to hear GH will be doing something very special to honor Susan?

Do you hope that there are major emotional scenes within it for Kin Shriner and Leslie Charleson?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Check In To GRAND HOTEL! Premiere Date Announced Featuring Bryan Craig, Richard Burgi, Denyse Tontz & Eva Longoria

2019 is bringing it with some major soapy dramas.  And this one has been much talked about, and looking quite alluring.  It features some former soap opera notables in key roles.

We’re talking about ABC’s Grand Hotel which has finally announced its premiere date, but fans will have to wait till the summer for its debut.  Circle Monday night, June 17th.  Grand Hotel will air immediately following  episodes of the new season of The Bachelorette.

General Hospital Daytime Emmy-winner, Bryan Craig (Ex-Morgan Corintjos) take on the role of  playboy Javi, his sister Paloma is played by former All My Children reboot actress, Denyse Tontz (Ex-Miranda Montgomery).  In addition, soap vet Richard Burgi (last seen as Paul Hornsby on GH) takes on the role of Michael Finn, a charming businessman who spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e for the Mendoza family, and series EP, Eva Longoria (Ex-Isabella, Y&R) also guest stars as Beatriz a former owner of the hotel.

The series loglines from ABC reveal: “Grand Hotel is a bold provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir) owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez), and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior.”

In case you missed it, check out the first look trailer for the series first posted in May for the ABC upfronts.   Then let us know, are you excited to see Bryan in his new primetime series?  Do you think this premise has all the making of some juicy primetime soap viewing? Comment below.

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