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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alex Is ‘Wicked’ To Anna; Franco Receives Devastating Diagnosis

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it a clever play on the Broadway smash hit musical, Wicked, but no there was no singing, instead we had the always brilliant Finola Hughes, playing the good witch and the bad witch, in the form of portraying twin sisters, Anna and Alex as Halloween night comes to Port Charles.

In story, Anna, who is dressed for Halloween in white as a good witch, reads the report in front of Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that proves that Faison did not have the marker for RA (rheumatoid arthritis) which then proves that since she did not have it, nor Faison, that Alex is the biological mother of Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

All this time, as Anna says, she blamed herself for being with Faison only to find out that was a complete lie.  Anna becomes so incensed by all of Alex’s machinations that she smashes a glass just as the power goes out.  Valentin tells Anna he was also used by her sister where Peter was concerned.  Anna questions whether she should warn Peter, that Alex might be after him and his unborn child with Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Valentin is convinced they need to get rid of Alex, before she does something to them.

 

Anna does decide Peter should show know the truth, as Valentin leaves to find out Alex’s whereabouts.  When the lights come back on at Anna’s, she is clubbed over the head by Alex who is dressed in black as a bad witch. Later, when kids come to trick-or-treat at Anna’s, she has switched places with her sister offering the kid’s candy after stashing Anna away in the basement and most-likely locking her in there.

Peter is in a whole heap of trouble as he keeps getting creepy phone calls from Helena saying they have “unfinished business”.  We later see a trap is being set by Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) in a secret location.  Sam is using a voice-alternating ‘Pro Tools’ like audio software program to simulate Helena’s voice to spook Peter and to set him up!

Back at the hospital, Terry (Cassandra James) delivers terrible news to Franco (Roger Howarth). His test results show he has a malignant tumor again on the front lobe of his brain, and that it is inoperable and cannot be removed through surgery.  She tells him she wants to run more tests to see what options they have.

When she asks Franco if he has developed any symptoms, he flashes back to the night at Wyndemere when Ava’s (Maura West) painting was revealed and ruined with C077x spray-painted across it and a haunting dream he had, but denies to Terry that he has had any problems as of now.  When she tells him they need to tell Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Franco says he does not want to tell her, or the boys, about this.  When Liz enters the room, Terry and Franco keep mum as to his condition, for now.

Roger Howarth showed once again why he can always be counted on to bring poignant moments to his scenes as Franco.  Be on the lookout for what happens with this story.  In a November sweeps preview in the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor teased about the medical crisis that it “may hold the key to unlocking one of the biggest mysteries in Port Charles – something that has been in the works for years.”

So, what did you think will happen next in the Anna/Alex saga?  What do you think will ultimately happen to Franco? Will he become the ‘killer’ Franco again? What could be the mystery the co-head writers are referring to? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I’m intrigued by the Franco story and what the secret is. I appreciate the potential emotional impact we may get when Franco tells Elizabeth about his diagnosis. Roger Howarth and Rebecca Herbst bring such passion to Franco and Elizabeth that we know they’ll bring only their A game with this story. I hope we see the entire Webber-Baldwin family facing this together as a strong family unit. The possibility of losing the only stable father figure in their lives will be devastating for the boys and all three young actors have the acting chops to convey it. We needed a… Read more »

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sonniorsolita

Another brain tumor story? The only mystery is how a horrid character like Franco has been able to stay on canvas. Well, I guess that’s not really a mystery, it’s because Roger Howarth is great. But even he can’t save this mess of a character for me.

Violet Lemm
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sonniorsolita
I happen to like the actor and the character. They sure did a good job of rehabilitating Franco better than some of the others who are always rotten. He’s a good husband and step-father and if as that Dr. said , the tumor is inoperable and he starts exhibiting some of his old ways I can just see him taking his own life before hurting anyone or putting his family through such misery and pain.

Shan B
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Shan B

I am loving that Franco and Elizabeth and their family seem to have a big emotional story coming. The stakes are high because we watched this family lovingly built over the years. And the actors all have the talent to handle this material.l and truly make us feel!

I am also loving the Valentin and Anna dynamic and seeing them come together against a common enemy.

I’ve been unhappy about the lack of focus On beloved characters and couples of late and am hoping this is changing!

Jenn
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Jenn

Not sure what to think about the tumor story yet but looking forward to Friz having their own frontburner story for a change. I know Becky & Roger will rock the material. Hoping that the Peter story doesn’t drag on too much longer.

shilo0854
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shilo0854

ITA Jenn.

Satan
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Satan

Well, if Oscar’s brain cancer was incurable, then they damn well better not cure Frodd’s. The real Franco died when Jason killed him. Trying to resurrect him as a way to rebrand Todd Manning never made any sense at all. They have really wasted too many years trying to redeem a character who is essentially a serial rapist, posing as a dead serial killer. With all the rumors going around about huge cast cuts coming to GH, they damn well better not find a way to “save Frodd”. Or Whiny Heiny, for that matter. Let Alex take her son out… Read more »

Su000
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Su000

Satan–
They have not yet done all the testing etc
to know exactly what Franco is facing.
He/Roger is a star and will not die.
He’s not going anywhere, nope..

Su000
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Su000

If ay one is to be killed off, then I vote for;
Anna and Alex to kill-off each other.
60-70yr old grandmothers portrayed as a super-spy is more than ridiculous.
I’m still not seeing any purpose Ann has; her time has come and gone..
Good for Robert/Scorpio for holding on- he has a purpose as AG/whatever his position is now.
I luv Valentin, hoping he and Franco get up-front in exciting/intriguing/suspenseful stories 🙂
I’m counting on the men to bring the drama!
the GH women have become dull/boring measly yawn.
I need some dark exciting action LOL 🙂

Steve
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Steve

Finola just turned 61 and is one of only 2 contract performers over 60 (NLG being the other).

While the majority of the audience got one thing we wished for this week (Peter is not Anna’s son), the next is to see her return to the strong woman she traditionally has been.

Looking forward to her eventual showdown with Liesl when the truth finally comes out.

Knotsamc
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Knotsamc

When did Alex become evil? She was sweet/normal on AMC. I only remember her on GH when Ron/Frank came on board and she was changed then? Did I miss another time of Alex on or mentioned between AMC and Ron/Frank time?

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I wondered the same thing!

Su000
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Su000

Thanks- finally an exciting Franco.!
Franco and Liz are one of the dullest/lacklustre/boring couples, ever.
Hope Franco goes back to the dark side!
I have heard; Roger plays crazy dark in a bravo way.
looking forward to tumour Franco doing his dirty deeds..
Also- doesn’t Franco know the Peter/Hinrik secrets etc?
Anyways- good move GH, bringing Franco back to life!

Cyn
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Cyn

The Webber-Baldwins are truly the heart of this show for me..Putting Franco and Elizabeth together was a smart move, putting Roger Howarth with Rebecca Herbst has proven to be simply brilliant..The slow build in making them such a strong family unit will make the stakes of this storyline so much higher. The boys finally have a stable strong family, I hope we get to see the emotions of every member of the family as they face this together..Roger, Rebecca and the boys are all powerhouse actors, I’m looking forward to watching them deliver!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

With Alex pretending to be Anna, Iam wondering how far she’ll take it. Will she sleep with Finn and her other interactions will be interesting to say the least? I still think Robert is Peter’s father not Faison. Cant wait to see this story play out!

Jimh
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Jimh

Bring back Todd…

Satan
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Satan

At this point I could almost tolerate Todd… as long as they keep Blair and the annoying little Disney princess bubblegum autotuned twit out of it.

Rodd
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Rodd

I LOVE Franco and Elizabeth together! This stupid black-mail story has finally come to light and now we’re saddled with a retread of Oscar’s inoperable brain tumor. Sigh! Can’t we have a few moments after Mike’s death to breath? Terry better be able to save Franco or she’ll became the Dr. Rick Bauer (GL) of GH. Not really looking forward to this story if it doesn’t have a happy ending. Sigh.

VioletLemm
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VioletLemm

OMG, Peter was sure lapping up Mommy Dearest’s ridiculous performance today. Those two deserve each other.Hope they can save Finn from Alex’s clutches.

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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