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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Aiden Continues To Be A Target For Bullies; Oscar Receives His Death Sentence

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On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, the long-running ABC daytime drama series, is certainly taking a look at some key issues of our time in regards to young children and teens.

When Liz leaves to meet with Willow, about Aiden, Franco and Aiden bake some cookies, where Franco is impressed and surprised to find out how excellent Aiden is in the kitchen and baking assorted kinds of cookies. When Franco asks why Aiden never told anyone that he liked baking so much, Aiden said he just didn’t want to be laughed at again.

At Charlie’s, Liz meets up with Willow. The teacher informs Liz that Aiden still prefers to avoid the other students and may not feel safe around them for a very long time.  Liz questions and ponders why Aiden has a target target on his back. Willow explains how kids can be cruel in an understatement, she adds that Aiden needs to find his true identity.

After Cam’s emotional day surrounding Joss and Oscar, he heads home.  Liz and Cam get their around the same time and are astounded by Aiden’s cookies! Franco tells Liz they just need to let Aiden be Aiden. Then when Cam and Aiden hang out on the couch, and after asking for the password to the iPad, Cameron opens it, and there is a heartbreaking message that reads, “Get Lost Gayden.”   Cam immediately closes it and hugs his little brother.

What happens when you are a teenager who should be living life and having fun with years to look forward to?  That is the other storyline, GH has been taking at look at.  Kim tells Terry that Oscar has questions now that the medical trial has failed, and he needs the truth, no matter how difficult it may be to hear.  On is way to meet with Terry and his mom, Oscar runs into Alexis and tells her he needs to finish his will.  Alexis is heartbroken to hear this news.

Once with Terry and Kim, Oscar asks a few questions about the what to expect as his condition worsens before his death, how to prepare for it, and how long he has to live. Terry explains n some cases headaches get worse, and that he may have difficulty with his balance. Then, Terry delivers the devastating news, he could live as long as 6-7 months … or as little as 6 more weeks.  Oscar is shaken.

Kim hands him a bucket list to-do book and calendar to go to set up all the things he wants to do before he dies.  He heads to meet Josslyn in the hospital chapel, where they pen in things in the book to do together.  Monica and Kim share a moment about losing their children, before they pass away.  Kim does not know what to do next.  She decides to head to the “Charlie’s” to see Julian; while Alexis has already told Julian to help Kim through this tough time, no matter his feelings towards her kissing Drew on New Year’s Eve.

Finally, Griffin removes Anna’s bandages and her eyesight has returned following her surgery.  Finn tells Anna the virus that caused the blindness has never been seen in North America.  Anna wonders if it was given to her while abroad?  Could this be something Cassandra did to her, or something, or someone else?

So, if GH does this story right about Aiden being bullied for his differences, it could definitely send a powerful message to many in the viewing audience and bring attention to young LGBTQ youth who are trying to be their authentic selves, if this is the story.   What do you think of Aiden’s plight now?  What did you think of how Oscar’s death sentence was handled?  Who or what caused Anna’s temporary blindness?  Share your thoughts on these storylines via the comment section below.

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James R. Poissant
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I had a feeling they were going where i thought they would with Aiden. I can see this happening because i knew kids that age who knew they were gay. It was a few years older than that for me but i did know i was gay at a young age too. I like the character of Oscar but when they started this story, i had hoped they would carry it out just for the emotional punch it would have. It looked like they were backing away from it and i figured this was just going to be a simple… Read more »

Nicole
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Nicole

Me too, knew about 6-7

Patrick
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Patrick

absolutely, so in agreement… I am now wondering about the actors state of mind and being – THIS IS SO MUCH FOR a VERY YOUNG MIND to “alter” believe, and ACT. being bullied and GAY… he doesn’t even look like he is past 1st grade. that would make him 5. dang ! I too knew at a young age.. but not @Aiden age… WOAH.. @GH the powers that be ? what’s going to happen to this actor when they SORAS… will he be recalling all this ? just asking … reminds me of my adorable James Nigbor… how he had… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I’ve stated before… WHY couldn’t it have been Liz , making cookies with her son ? how much more touching and effective would this have been that it dawns on her that .. OK it’s cookies, but that her youngest son may be gay? Roger Howarth’ Franco is every where with her kids. it’s just ODD. all that is left to be saying… wouldn’t want to confuse Frank and/or Roger… however abstract maybe spelled out. especially about him being bullied.. who wouldn’t know the hurt pulling away and the distance between mother and child. Teary eyes

Patrick
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Patrick

CAN – you – imagine ; Liz Webber… making cookies with her son.. enjoying; sharing the moment; her heart; searching; for what’s going on with her child.. her son… @school… and “learning” that her son could be GAY… how the hurt is just swirling in his mind… not fully aware understanding REACHING OUT FOR HELP. because he’s with his MOM. this would have been a breathtaking scene… breathtaking heart tugging teared up scene for Rebecca Herbst Liz. Our Liz and her son scenes fades as they hug it out. this is General Hospital alas, it’s Franco – ROGER HOWARTH –… Read more »

rose
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rose

James…Some of this is generational…at least for me. So I will “come out.” I have been reading comments from some GH fans who, for several years, have said they were gay. Personally gay doesn’t bother me, but the whole topic is sort of new for me, because I don’t remember it as being part of my vocabulary when growing up…like alzhemiers, autism, ADHD and others that society has now named. So most of my adult life I have been on a learning curve here, and forgive me for asking but why is gay the term used? In Jane Austen type… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Rose, please allow another James to respond to you. I am a former GH fan as well as a gay man who faced bullying in school and survived, so maybe I can give you my perspective. I realized my own sexuality at a very young (prepubescent) age. Rose, I am assuming you are a heterosexual woman; your realization of your own sexuality is similar to what gay people experience. It’s not a choice; it’s simply who you are. Granted, the overwhelming majority of people are heterosexual, but homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and others are also present in our civilization and community.… Read more »

rose
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rose

Jamesj75…Thanks for replying. I do want to say how sorry I am for the bullying you endured in school. It must have been awful. And credit to MF site that you and I feel safe asking or commenting here. But I still feel like I’m walking on eggshells. So to respond to some things you said…First, I don’t think of homosexuality is a “disease” and never have. Further from the truth. Just a different experience than I have had as a heterosexual woman. And I really dislike the word “queer.” But I do consider homosexuality, bi, trans, hetero as just… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Rose! And thanks a million for your reply! I really appreciate it. I didn’t mean to put you on the spot, but I am so glad that you further clarified your meaning for me and anyone else who might have misunderstood your intent. In my defense, you mentioned “alzhemiers, autism, ADHD” akin to the “gay” terminology, so that was where I got my initial impression. I also agree with you about ADHD being differentiated from other diseases. And so glad you agree with me about “queer.” In my youth, I heard that term in its most vicious form, sometimes… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Very nice and enlightening conversation between James and Rose. Thank you both. I think it comes down to being free to be yourself. My younger son, who is now in college, was bullied unmercifully when he was in the second grade because he liked to wear ties and berets to school. Yes, a gang of boys called him gay. I remember he came home one day, and he wasn’t wearing his red beret. I found it in his backpack with a muddy boot print on it. Apparently the king of the bullies had ripped off his beret and stomped on… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Harry, thank you for your kind words. It’s unfortunate that your son was a target of bullies. Often it’s not simply a matter of being perceived as gay; it’s a matter of being perceived as different. Anything different is to be, sadly, feared and subject to scorn. The mentality itself is abominable.

Glad your son had you in his corner, with the principal, etc. No doubt, he is lucky and appreciative of you.

Thank you also for your words of wisdom: “as we all should be allowed to do without being harassed and bullied.” Take care, Friend!

Harry
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Harry

I hope they make this about identity and not homosexuality. Aiden likes to bake and he likes backpacks with princesses on it. The kids assume he’s gay and bully him for being different. I would not want to feed into stereotypes. Gay men might be football players and straight men might like to bake. I still think Charlotte is Rhoda from The Bad Seed.

M Patterson
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M Patterson

I’ d prefer to see a story about Aiden being targeted by a bully/bullies simply because he is viewed as different and/or weaker than the bully/bullies. A bully really doesn’t care about whether their accusation is true or false, nor about any harm their words cause. Instead of a story about Aiden being targeted because he is an LGBTQ youth how about he’s just a kid who isn’t mean (like Charlotte), isn’t bi (like Christina), isn’t transgender (like Oscar’s doctor, sorry can’t think of her name at the moment). Perhaps the bully/bullies can pick on him for being creative and… Read more »

Jovin
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Jovin

Good post!!! The show is suddenly pushing a very serious agenda on all fronts and its more than a little heavy handed and obvious! First we get the transgender doctor…a “Best friend” that Liz has not mentioned in 20 years. Could we maybe meet Liz’s mother first? Then we have Kristina and straight Valerie. Now we get a child questioning his gender, or wherever they are going with this story. This type of writing should be left for after school specials!

DMR
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DMR

Don’t get me started on the Bratty, Petulent Kristina! #MorganJR

Leslie Martin
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Leslie Martin

Agree

Kevin
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Kevin

The bully is name calling “Gayden.” That the boy likes to bake or is “different” in the eyes of his schoolmate peers doesn’t necessarily mean he is questioning his own orientation or gender. Currently, this strikes me as bullying storyline only.

Simon
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Simon

I’m loving the Aiden storyline… because I was Aiden. A bullied gay kid who liked to bake cookies… from scratch. A few years later in Jr. High I found GH and 40+ years later life is great. I think this is a very realistic storyline and I hope we can see Aiden grow as a gay or questioning boy into an out and proud teen.

Jim
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Jim

I can not believe that No one has contacted Robin for Patricks help. He has saved others with miracle surgery

rose
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rose

Jim…Agree about a miracle surgery attempt. If not Patrick, Jpss had started by making a list of possibilities. And for all Carly has and still is mourning Morgan ( and putting viewers through), you would think she would have tried harder with Joss to help find a cure for Oscar.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

The acting is great. Some of the dialogue is good. The fast edits are bad. Many of the stories are terrible. The pacing is awful. The cast is bloated. My patience is tried. My loyalty and devotion to the show are unswerving. Long live GH!

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree, the fast edits are annoying!

DMR
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DMR

Wish Ryan would “trim the fat!”

aria
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aria

I want to start out with how happy I am that Anna blindness was short lived, this one storyline was giving me anxiety as to where Is possible that she also got the virus, remember that Anna was also in Cuba chasing after Obrecht, so it could of been from there. the other two storyline are also keeping me intrigue, I sure hope Oscar doesn’t die, the three teens in this storyline are just phenomenal, and webber boys in the other storyline are just awesome, I’m so glad with Cameron, and glad he’s turning into a wonderful supportive friend and… Read more »

rose
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rose

Aria…I’m also wondering if Anna could have picked up the mystery blindness from Finn’s lizard. Don’t remember what his wife died of but I think it was also some exotic disease. Of course that probably wouldn’t provide a nefarious follow up story which is way more exciting. And I agree the three teens story is being done beautifully by Joss, Cameron and Oscar.

Satan
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Satan

Pardon me for playing Devil’s advocate here, but I am the Devil after all….

Anyway, are we supposed to believe that it’s now a “gay” thing for a kid to bake cookies??

Yeah, all the “princess” themed toys & school supplies might have been hints that Aiden was coming from somewhere among the LGBT rainbow. But baking?? Seriously??

Timmm
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Timmm

I know, its stupid. I see a lot of males in the baking industry and dont think of them as being gay because they bake cookies! I dont care who they sleep with, just make great CC cookies!

Patrick
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Patrick

may be jumping the gun… it did say on Aiden little ??? gameboard… ??? get lost GAYDEN. and the simplicity of showing a little effeminate ??? Natural instinct? who knows… I hope it doesn’t go their.. because with a character coming out so soon… will they caution him to keep it to himself… AND just love and support him @home.. and that he becomes more comfortable with himself? how fortunate this will be , if this is so. the one thing that still makes me sad and horrified is when kids are kicked out and suicide is an outlet

Satan
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Satan

While the cookie thing really doesn’t have a lot to do with it, it’s been clear for a while that they were dropping hints that Aiden is either gay or trans. Initially I thought that might have been the reason they brought the Dr. Terri character on, so she could help her old friend Elizabeth deal with Aiden’s identity issues. if indeed he does believe himself to be a girl. They haven’t really pulled the trigger on whether he’s gay or trans yet, but the comments the teacher made about him “finding his identity” made it sound like she had… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Okay, Satan, today I am solidly in your corner! And I hope you will embrace the warmth — coming from me! Thanks for your early point, questioning the act of baking cookies being presented as a “gay” thing. And thank you for the astute analysis in your final statement, regarding “the deranged people who ironically think they represent my old friend JC.” As you suggest, if the writers can “do…justice” to this possible “coming out” story, then they will be performing an invaluable service and lesson to the viewers. Best to you, Friend!

DMR
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DMR

I thought the same thing. I think it’s sweet. Many children love to bake and learn to cook while in the kitchen with their parents.

Dan
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Dan

I personally hope they don’t kill off Oscar. He’s really grown on me. I very much enjoy him and Josslyn together, I enjoy his friendship with Cameron. He’s a Quartermaine through Drew, and god knows we need some young Q’s to carry on the family legacy for years to come. Garren Stitt is a talented young man, and I think he will only continue improving and growing as an actor. Would like to see him stick around. Hopefully there is some kind of miracle twist to save Oscar in the story yet to come. Without going into personal details, the… Read more »

Rita
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Rita

I hate the Ryan story line, it is starting, it has been dragging on too long. Please finish already, I always walk away from tv when is showing, boring, boring, boring!

Leslie Martin
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Leslie Martin

Agree

Harry
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Harry

I could not disagree more–Jon Lindstrom is brilliantly subtle and chilling playing the sociopathic serial killer. His expressions are priceless.

Jeanene HAYES
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Jeanene HAYES

I as a grandmother of 2 little girls do not want this s/l. My girls wear camouflage but know they know they’re girls. Just let Aiden bake cookie not be gay..he’s too young for that. I don’t want that on my adult soap. What happened to Love in the Afternoon!! For adults!! Mob shoot outs! Stop promoting so many “Sweeps week issues”!

Leslie Martin
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Leslie Martin

Agree

brian
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brian

This storyline breaks my heart for Aiden. Having gone thru teasing in school as a child. Now some 50 years later, I realize that bullies will always be “unkind” even as adults.

Leslie Martin
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Leslie Martin

Agree

Rodd
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Rodd

The little boy playing Aiden is adorable and doing a fantastic job! I think that everyone connected with this story is doing a wonderful job and it needs to be told. I don’t think it really matters whether or not Aiden is pronounced gay at this age. Certainly, baking cookies or liking a princess character does not make him so. He could be interested in fashion or baking for the sake of eating great cookies. But he could also well be on his way to discovering he has an attraction to boys. This story is widely relate-able and so important.… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Eventually I think there will be a tie between Anna’s blindness & Oscar’s “miracle cure”. They have already established the blindness was caused by a virus, and now Ryan apparently has it as well. You may recall that after Oscar’s trial failed, Kim was seen calling various doctors and trying to get him into another trial where the polio virus was used as a cancer treatment. If they can do that with a polio virus, perhaps other virii can be used in a similar medical fashion. So Dr. McVampire..er..Finn will eventually put his viral medicine expertise to work and mutate… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Willow should pick Chase. She should read up on Michael. All his girlfriends either die or go to jail!

I dont see how a parent would little their young boy act on TV about the gay bullying. He is to young to be exposed to this topic. I wish they would have just stuck to bullying. Now, Aiden is getting hate messages because he is different. ‘Gayden” Sad.

Anna will go blind again. Someone is screwing with her. She will eventually figure it out and permanently regain her vision. In the meantime, we get the one liners from FINN “Willis!”

Harry
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Harry

True that, Timm. However if Weeping Willow bends towards Chase she might die of boredom.

su000
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su000

Adin is Allie.. She was born in the wrong body. And his mother not seeing that is pitiful. It is more than obvious.. ……………… Oscar will Not die.. a few ways to write it, but he won’t die ……………………… Willow is the Flying Nun, but- she has a darker side. ………………… Ava will Not leave with Ryan his time is to the end. no more killings perhaps a kidnapping but no harm will come from it. …………………. Annas blindness thing is stupid and drama fee a waste. gawd forbid its more brain worms ahaa! ……………………. Mike is the Only intriguing… Read more »

James
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James

I love GH, and it’s nice to see GH being utself again. It took time after the years if Ron c. Turning GH into a soap of itself, unrecognizable it was and the only time I could not bear to watch through 30plus years of being a fan. Chris van Etten has done a great job.In the past year GH has lept into the now, with touches and depths into talking about bullying, the netok movement, molestation, gay, bisexual, and transgender charcacters, Alzheimer’s,fracking, gentrification, political races,cancer,all with a touch of soap is the balance GH is and Not since Claire… Read more »

Charday
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Charday

I’m ready for the bully to have something terrifying happen to her. Her five second forced-by-parent apology to Aiden was pathetic.

DMR
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DMR

Little Aiden is adorable. This sweet boy has more acting ability than some of their “pets.” Unfortunately, I don’t think the writers have the talents to write such an important, socially relevant story. & why the stereotyping? Why can’t Aiden just like to bake? Many kids love to bake and enjoy learning to cook. Franco and Aiden are so cute together.

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Deadline broke the news of the acquisition, which will help the network during the Covid-19 pandemic and production shutdowns, to have programming ready to go while other shows continue to get up and running.

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The one time Tad and Jenny Gardner of Pine Valley got re-acquainted on yesterday’s episode when Martin interrupted a conversation between Jackie and her son, Chase (Josh Swickard).  When he did, Jackie looks at Martin and says, “Do I know you?”   She looks as though she is trying to place exactly where she knows that face from, and from there the two eventually share their first one-on-one scenes as their new soap alter-egos.

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