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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.

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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
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Marcia

So sad to see Kiki go.

Fanny
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Shay
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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
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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
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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
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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,… Read more »

Shay
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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
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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… Read more »

Shay
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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… Read more »

Celia
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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… Read more »

Shay
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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… Read more »

Mateo
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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… Read more »

Soaphound
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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
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Rodd

Totally agree.

Celia
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Barbara power
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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
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Lester

Don’t kill off kiki

Bridget
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jimh

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

rose
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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… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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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
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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… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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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… Read more »

rebecca1
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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… Read more »

Jimh
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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
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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… Read more »

rose
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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… Read more »

rebecca1
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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… Read more »

rose
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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.… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Shay
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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… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

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

mike
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mike

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

su000
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Tiny M
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

General Hospital

General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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