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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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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 medical crisis story that would predictably end well. I am glad they went with what I originally thought.

As for Anna, what can i say other than it’s Anna. You know it’s going to be something diabolical. i can’t wait to see how this turns out. i would love to see an exciting spy story!!!

Nicole
Nicole

Me too, knew about 6-7

Patrick
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 a tough time just coming back.. and was recast… why? because he wasn’t cute enough? or too dark ? oy

^^^^ “… i had hoped they would carry it out just for the emotional punch it would have

exactly it would have all been wrapped up that nicely like todays lunch box … of course, all bow tied and wrapped with Roger Howarth blessing

blech on the last sucking up to and losing Liz back bone.. AND STORY !!!!!

Patrick
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
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 – ( you are no longer a star) – taking up the air time for HIM. and this story will fade?

blah blah blah… so many heart felt moments lost on the dullard

Please… you can’t tell me that watching Michael… “I get first dibs as the god parent” ie: with Wiley. blech

rose
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 stories it used to be a word used for occasions that were fun. And whether Aiden is gay or not I hope he will continue to like baking cookies for as long as he wants.

Jamesj75
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. And their needs, dreams, hopes, and fears are just as valid.

I appreciate your “learning curve” and respect your upbringing wherein you may not have been exposed to openly gay people. I’m not quite understanding your comments, though. On the one hand, it seems that you are trying to be supportive, but on the other hand, it seems you are equating diseases with homosexuality. This much I can tell you: homosexuality is not a disease. Decades ago, the American Psychiatric Association made such a declaration. It seems you may resent the term “gay” being used for anything other than “fun.” I am okay with the term “gay,” but I am no fan of the term “queer” because I cannot escape its derogatory and derisive connotations and usage; others have embraced that term as well as “gay.” Thankfully, there are many synonyms for “fun,” just as there are other synonyms for “homosexual.” There is room in our vast lexicon for various terms, just as there is room in our society for a vast array of people, with varied experiences, viewpoints, and sexualities.

Yet, I believe that the terminology is unimportant. What is important is to respect people. You don’t have to like, or even understand, everyone. But if we can respect each other, show empathy for each other, embrace our differences as well as our commonalities, and treat others as we wish to be treated, then we are making an impact and becoming self-actualized. We can make a difference every day, and we are doing so when we strive to become the best version of ourselves…

rose
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 part of Earths big garden with lots of varieties and colors. Or we wouldn’t all be here…no matter what some others would say. Now there are some others I can’t account for like Ryan serial killer or mass shooters.

Second I’m not sure I would even consider calling something like ADHD ( or wiggly kid who couldn’t concentrate in my days of yore) a disease. I consider a disease something that eats away at the body one way or the other. As for something like ADHD and others, perhaps some symptoms can be treated. And including a school system that accommodates them. But as a society we just haven’t found a growing-up environment where many can live and thrive. But that’s for another discussion.

So what I meant was there are now a lot of terms given to all sorts of things that didn’t have a “name” for me when I grew up.

BEst for the new year. Rose

Jamesj75
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 directed at me personally. And so I have a gut, uneasy reaction to it. Some younger gays have embraced the “Q” as in “LGBTQ.” I could personally do without the “Q.”

Thank you for your kindness to me with regard to my mention of the bullying in my past. As I said, I managed to get through those times, and in the sense that we are a product of our experiences, I feel that even those negative ones helped mold me into who I am, and I am largely okay with who I am (not perfect by any means, however!). And I am certainly not trying to inject any melodrama here into this soap opera website! 🙂

Your larger premise mentions a generational difference, and I am with you there! I appreciate your perspective, and I have witnessed the same sorts of changes in the public discourse on a variety of issues as you have. (I suspect we’re close in age.) I’m sorry if you feel you must walk on eggshells sometimes. I feel as though I must do the same thing in certain areas.

It’s so easy to misinterpret meaning on the Internet, and I have certainly written things that were misinterpreted. But I cannot thank you enough for taking the time and having this discourse with me! I am a sporadic poster here, Rose. I know there are quite a few terrific people here, and I will keep an open eye for other commentary from you. Best to you, Rose, and your loved ones in the New Year!

Harry
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 it. I looked at that beret as a self contained symbol of societal oppression. I had a huge battle with the principal who couldn’t understand that this was hate speech. The principal dismissed the bullies’ behavior as a case of “boys being boys.” I had my son transferred from that school into a much better, more sensitive school environment. He has a girlfriend now and isn’t gay, he just always marched to the sound of his own drum as we all should be allowed to do without being harassed and bullied.

Jamesj75
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
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
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 for having an almost stepfather (Franco) who is a known murderer?

Jovin
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
DMR

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

Leslie Martin
Leslie Martin

Agree

Kevin
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
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
Jim

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

rose
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
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
Timmm

I agree, the fast edits are annoying!

DMR
DMR

Wish Ryan would “trim the fat!”

aria
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 brother. I love everyone that was on Tuesday episode. GH really has a great cast, even if to a lot of viewers its bloated. so far January is off to a good start, I’m really liking all the storylines, but some need to come to and end, Ryan’s terror is playing way to long, so lets get that over with asap.

rose
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
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
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
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
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 her own ideas about it. (Of course the audience doesn’t actually see how Aiden acts in school, apart from that one “career day” episode, where he didn’t seem to be doing much of anything at all.)

Days & GH are the only soaps I’ve ever watched here in Hell, but I don’t recall them (or any other show, for that matter) attempting a “coming out” story for a young child before. I hope the writers can do it justice, if that’s where it’s going. And I hope they screen their phone calls from the inevitable death threats that will come to them from the deranged people who ironically think they represent my old friend JC.

Jamesj75
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
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
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 Aiden situation is something I can relate to very strongly. Very strongly. It’s a story that needs to be told, and I’m so glad they’re doing so.

With this and the Mike Alzheimer’s storyline that Max Gail is portraying so brilliantly, GH is doing a wonderful job telling emotional human interest stories, that resonate with people on a personal level, because they’re stories most people can relate to in some way.

Rita
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
Leslie Martin

Agree

Harry
Harry

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

Jeanene HAYES
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
Leslie Martin

Agree

brian
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
Leslie Martin

Agree

Rodd
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. I hope the writers will continue to sensitively approach it and all TPTB allow it to continue being told in a gripping manner.

While I am having my heart torn out by the emotional tale of Oscar’s tumor and know that in real life, he probably would die, I don’t want to see him go. He’s too good of an actor and too good of a character to kill off. The three teens involved in this story are doing a phenomenal job carrying this. I feel wracked every time this story plays on screen. I don’t need thew realism of a cancerous tumor claiming yet another young life and would gladly accept a “miracle” cure saving Oscar just to continue to watch him, Josslyn and Cameron continue to interact.

As for Anna’s blindness…I, too, am glad that that lasted all of three seconds. When she fell to the floor and couldn’t see all I kept wondering was why the writers couldn’t give this talented actress a meaty story line that didn’t involve some medical malady? She’s going to be voted Most Likely to Contract a Disease if this continues. I’ll wait to see what great mystery develops but I sure hope it’s worth it.

Satan
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 this mystery virus so it can attack cancer cells, and boom.. Oscar is saved!

As for the virus itself….. the only thing Anna & Ryan really have in common is that both are twins. If either Drew or Jason suddenly comes down with this same virus, I have a feeling it’s all going to come back to the weird Russian clinic and all that brain mapping dragonshit.

Timmm
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
Harry

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

su000
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!
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Mike is the Only intriguing charter and I if the actor doesn’t get 20 awards then the Emmys need to be flushed.

GH is total YAWN .
I watch I FF, I’m addicted but won’t punish myself by not FF

James
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 labines GH have I enjoyed my show as much. Haters have said Oscar plight isn’t as touching because lack of connection, I disagree cause the plight I see is in the others who are affected by this and cancer affect many just not the patient as we all know and appreciate GH for showing it’s ripples. From Alexis urgi g Julian to go and connect with Kim, to Carly wanting to protect her daughter from heartbreak. Same goes with Mike’s Alzheimer’s, though there the complaints have been to wrap it up, which I was actually worried they were going to rush the story, instead it is taking correct course and is appreciated. Between 2012 -15 GH character constantly just repeated the storlines in there dialogue to keep the viewers up to date with how exciting and twisted everything was. But there was no depth. GH is GH again , as far as the haters go, I’ll say it again, if GH is not your cup of tea then maybe go try the Kool aid over at DAYs it may be more your speed.

Charday
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
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.

General Hospital

Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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