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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.

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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.

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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!
…………………….
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.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Launches ‘State of Mind’ Website

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Friday’s episode of General Hospital combined with Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, saw Daytime Emmy-winner, Cynthia Watros, run through the gamut of emotions in her portrayal of the duped Nina Reeves on her wedding day and the aftermath.

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Watros, who made Annie Dutton of Springfield and Guiding Light one of the most memorable soap roles of all-time, showed GH viewers why she is just THAT good!  We have always said that Cynthia can play: drama, romance, torture, cray-cray, heartbreak all rolled-into-one; especially when given the material.

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In story, after part of the secret is out that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not really Nina’s bio-daughter – Nina, who has had everything she believed in fall in on her, tries to regain her strength to go back to Wyndemere to face Valentin, and move out of his house.  Once there to get her things, Nina tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that where she goes is no longer his business.

 

Valentin admits that he was looking for her daughter which caused this whole situation, but he also does not admit his part in the Sasha cover-up and that he was the one paying her to portray Nina’s daughter.  He even goes so far to insist that Sasha’s actions were all her own.  Nina still does not believe him.  After she packs her bag, and heads for the door. Valentin tells her that his life is meaningless without her. Nina basically says, “True, that” in so many words … and makes her exit.

Next, with sunglasses on, Nina returns to the workplace at Crimson where she finds Sasha with Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucy (Lynn Herring).  She calls security and tells them all to get out.  Sasha then spins a yarn, much to the chagrin of the audience, knowing that if she implicates Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Valentin, Nina would be devastated.  So, Sasha says she acted alone and faked being Nina’s daughter, when she was contacted by her attorney, and she was in cahoots with the guy … until he suddenly died!  What!?  Nina looks very suspicious… and throws back that how would Sasha know how to change three DNA test results.  Sasha had an answer for that – she had a friend who works in a lab do it.   Nina still believes she could not have done this alone without Valentin.  Then, in a heartbreaking speech, Watros as Nina shares how she has lost everything: her daughter, her marriage, hope she even had a daughter in the first place, and the list goes on.

 

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And … let’s not forget Tuesday’s nuptials, which we gave our review and recap previously here.  It is there that Nina is first blindsided, and the betrayal, rage, and hurt displayed by Watros was all top-notch.  Here is Nina finally marrying the man she loves, whom she had to allow herself to come to trust all over again so she could be with him, even with all of the warning signs around her.  Not only does she have Lulu (Emme Rylan) spoil her nuptials with exposing the secret of Sasha, but then has to process the deception  which means to her that maybe she never had the child she so desperately wanted and believed she had all along.

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The Friday cliffhanger though posed an upcoming intriguing scene.  Ava (Maura West) showed up with a bottle of booze to commiserate with Nina at Crimson (The same woman who Nina literally ripped the baby right out her and kidnapped it in a heinous revenge plot).  Will these two wronged woman team up?  Will there be hell to pay?  That is yet to be seen, but without a doubt, Cynthia Watros is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

Let us know if you agree with our pick via the comment section below, and what you thought about Cynthia’s work in these key episodes.

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James Patrick Stuart Finally Gets His Photo In The Hallways at General Hospital: Watch What Happens!

Where has James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin Cassadine) photo been all this time from the dressing room area at General Hospital?  Well, looks like we may have the answer to that question!

In a brand new video ditty posted by the folks at GH, Stuart is seen combing the hallways looking for his portrait along with the other major stars of the ABC daytime drama series .. problem is … it’s MIA! Something James takes notice off.

Then, in a time-jump (LOL), Stuart finally gets his big moment when he officially joins the ranks of the cast with his photo being unveiled right next to Maurice Benard’s (Sonny) picture.

The tweet accompanying the video relates: “Contrary to Valentin’s opinion… @japastu is having the best week ever.”   Of course, the tweet refers to Stuart’s character who has just had a disaster-filled wedding to Nina (Cynthia Watros)

Watch what happens below.

Then let us know what you thought of the clip and how much you enjoy the talents of JPS in Port Charles via the comment section below.

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