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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alexis Learns The Truth, Finn Is Reeling, Mike is Too Hard To Handle, Julian Sets A Trap

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On Thanksgiving day, General Hospital aired a brand new episode … and it was chocked-full of cliffhangers that will have fans waiting on the edge of their seats till next Monday, when the next new installment of the ABC daytime drama series airs.

In story, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) who is now uber-suspicious of Kendra (Michelle Argyris), receives a visit from her as she is preparing to leave GH and go home after being poisoned. Kendra offers to bring Alexis more supplements, but Alexis tell her she will contact the distributor herself.  Kendra says the distributor only speaks Italian, and Alexis counters that she also speaks Italian.  At that point, Kendra’s plan may have gone up in smoke.  Later, Alexis has checked out of the hospital  on her own.  Neil (Joe Flanigan) is concerned for her, and bumps into Julian (Willam deVry) and it is Julian who says he saw Kendra with the supplement jar retrieving it from the garbage.  The two men look concerned.

Next, we see Kendra visiting her brother, Kiefer’s grave where she places flowers on it, and tells him she promises to make Alexis pay for killing him.  However, Alexis has followed her to the gravesite.  Once Kendra walks away, Alexis goes to the grave, lifts up the flowers and is shocked when she sees Kiefer’s name on the headstone.  Then from behind, Kendra smashes Alexis in the head with a rock.

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Julian is ready to snuff Brad (Parry Shen) out of his and his son, Lucas’ (Ryan Carnes) life once and for all, and he cuts a wire in Brad’s car.  Problem is, everyone assumed Lucas would be working on Thanksgiving at the hospital.  So first, Brad lets Michael (Chad Duelle) take Wiley to the Corinthos family Thanksgiving,  and tells Michael he does not want to attend, because of Carly (Laura Wright) and the family’s issue with him visiting Nelle (Chloe Lanier) in prison.  Next, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) tells Lucas to go home – that she got his shift covered by Terry.  Lucas goes home to confront Brad.  He tells his husband, to please tell him what he is keeping from him.

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At the Corinthos home, Mike (Max Gail) comes to Thanksgiving dinner from Turning Woods.  When he comes inside he is confused, wondering when his own parents are coming.  Carly tells him that his parents left him with them to take care of him for Thanksgiving.  Later, Mike is holding baby Donna, which scares Michael, Carly and Sonny (Maurice Benard).  When Carly is able to get the baby in to her hands, Mike loses his temper and gets upset and pushes Sonny right into the Thanksgiving food, which falls to the floor.  Sonny can’t seem to calm Mike down and tells Carly he needs to take his father back to Turning Woods where they can take care of him. Sonny is devastated.

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At Anna’s (Finola Hughes), Finn (Michael Easton) comes upon the letter Hayden wrote for him, when Violet asks for her doll, which is inside her bag.  Alone, Finn opens the letter and is heartbroken, and shook, when he reads that Hayden is in serious trouble and had to leave town to protect Violet. She tells Finn she knows he will take good care of their daughter.  Finn is reduced to tears, trying to cope with what is in front of him.

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So, what did you think of these four cliffhangers? What do you think will happen with Brad, Lucas and the car that Julian tampered with?  Will this be the end of Mike as his condition continues to spiral downward? Will Neil or Julian save Alexis from Kendra? What will Finn’s next move be?  Will he tell Violet that her mother is gone? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

And yet the baby switch story is still going just like I had hoped for back when it began. The show does have alot of interesting things going for it in my opinion.

Lin Herz
Lin Herz

Alexis is an idiot to have followed Kendra alone. She makes the most idiotic choices for a smart woman. She has no common sense. I am very disappointed that Julian is going to the dark side. I don’t want him with Alexis but I want him to be the good man he was with Kim.

Alic
Alic

Julian is a good man until he faces a moral crisis.

Satan
Satan

It simply isn’t realistic that Alexis would never have heard the name Kendra Bauer before, given all the chaos caused by her abusive asshole brother and their psychotic parents. I know Kendra’s father got himself killed in the middle of the hospital when he tried to “avenge” his worthless son. Don’t remember if the mother also got killed off, but she was just as crazy. One might think that if Kendra was smart enough to change her name, she would have also been smart enough to go down the same doomed road as the rest of her family. Oh well… she’s back with Kiefer and her daddy now, right here in Hell!

Steve
Steve

In all the episodes that Alexis was in the hospital, we didn’t get one scene of Kristina or Molly checking in on her? Neil, Julian, TJ, Monica (and Kendra) all did. This is one mini-storyline they should wrap up quickly.

The old Julian has returned. Something tells me he’s not going to get the result he initially intended.

Mark Teschner continues to find amazing children. Baby Donna’s smiling was so sweet. Wiley is adorable. Aiden, Charlotte (and now Violet) exhibit good acting skills at very young ages.

DMRR
DMRR

The children have more talented than some of the adults. Violet is a sweetheart.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Steve. You forgot one of the cutest, Avery.

Timmm
Timmm

Aiden, Charlotte and Violet are all gems and could have an amazing future in acting. Good job GH!

Que for you
Que for you

Molly was at the hospital and is who brought her to the hospital Chrissy was there looking for her when she’s chdcked herself out.., I personally would rather see Molly then any of these new can’t actresses

jim davis
jim davis

Show is ok but Nina needs to find out that teacher(4got her name)is her daughter!!!

Dawn
Dawn

For them to take Hayden out again is totally ridiculous, Rebecca is a talented actress and has so much more chemistry with Micheal Easton than Fionah Hughes. Just makes me sad to see her leave again.

Victoria Wood
Victoria Wood

Im sick and tried of the brad lucas story! Its been dragged out too long now! Time to move on g.h. writers!

TVJeff
TVJeff

The gay couple story or the baby swap story?

Steve
Steve

Hope she meant the baby swap. I’m actually glad they are showing the Brad and Lucas side of the story. When the swap first happened it was Michael oriented. Then Willow/Shiloh. Now, they’ll finish off with the dads.

The show is finally giving Carnes a time to shine. Lucas is a legacy character (despite of his bio parents) with connections to the canvas. Great reconnect scene with Brook Lynn last week. Contrast with the sad – yet funny – Brad and Liesl scene. Man up – pat pat.

Que for you
Que for you

I only wish it was Adrienne Leone the Brooklyn who was on before was sooo good

Loretta Romanczuk
Loretta Romanczuk

So agree time for Michael to know the truth

Su000
Su000

The Alexis story is a total fail.
What was the purpose for it ?
It was filler to fill air-time because
Frank/writers can’t create a story that is of worth,
it’s mainly on Frank.
Frank needs to go, it’s past his time.
He should have been let go 4 years ago.

Celia
Celia

Hey, su…
You may be right—-could there be another alternative for this elabore attempt to murder Alexis? Perhaps, it’s to get Alexis and Julian back together again. He da man!! The hero?

Shay
Shay

Oh, GOD FORBID, CeeCeeGirl!!!!! I cannot imagine anything more banal than Alexis and Julian going at it again and again and again…nonstop! Please, noooooooo! JUST. NO!!!!!!!!!!

Celia
Celia

LOL, Shay…..the thought of Alexis and Julian together gives me hives. It’s just that there has been too much of Julian popping up amidst Alexis’ “travails” lately. I think the theme is going in that direction. I pray I am wrong. Brook Lynn seems perfect for Julian.LOL.
I actually like the semi-sedate-getting-to-know-you kind of relationship with Neil.
I don’t think I’m ready for round TWO of the soooo passe’ amorous misfits hitting my screen ( and the sheets). I have come to accept Alexis, as she is now—sans Julian. If we do not ‘connect’ again before Christmas: Happy Holidays, to you and yours and to everyone on these sites— Buone Feste, bell’amica—

Shay
Shay

Same to you, CeeCee, and also best wishes to my fellow December “Birthday Girl!” In terms of Alexis, I think you know I shall never “accept” the woman and her many personal shortcomings…especially when it is in reference to her endless examples of ill-fated intercourse with twisted misters! I still believe there is something dark and sinister lurking in Neil’s persona, hence the so-far-sedate scenario of their prospective pairing is flashing warning lights for me—remember Alexis doesn’t “do normal!”…Where Julian is concerned, well, been there, done that! No need for a reprise of their usual antics…I couldn’t take it and neither could the carpeting on the GH sets. (Although I could easily envision a yuletide nookie scene where the two of them are having a “mistletoe moment” which goes too far and they are caught by the Christmas tree doing the dirty as their impressionable grandchildren descend the stairs to see what Santa has brought them…totally plausible notion given their previous “interruptus imbroglio” with Sam and Patrick whilst “babysitting” little Danny. Remember that one?? Lol…

Celia
Celia

Thank you, ma belle—Happy Bday to you, as well.
I have missed so much of GH, Shay…..I find myself lost. Why is Griffin back? —-happy to see him but does his reappearance have anthing to do with Franco’s surgery? Perhaps, he is Nna’s true son and not ” et tu Brute’ with the hair. Not only does Peter sport a Roman “do”, he also has the heart of Brutus.
Then, there’s the mystery of the codicil—oy vey!!
Alexis and Julian are so stale to me, I pay no attention to their individual story or what happens to them—-same old caca ‘kinda’ stinks? Oops– sorry?
I only visit these sites when I get a ‘ding’ —a reply…
I have been so busy—-I apologize for taking my time. Again—-peace, joy and ❤️

Shay
Shay

No explanation required, CeeCeeGirl! After leaving a final Thanksgiving eve post to you on the “Anna” thread, I took off for the holiday weekend and my following “Birthday Week”…I’m only now getting back in the groove myself. Whilst I have no idea why Griffin has made a return visit to Port Charles, it’s still nice to see him briefly resurface, even if his presence only serves as yet another reminder how remiss the GH writers were when they failed to make him Duke and Anna’s son…he had all the physical and personal qualities which would have lent themselves to a truly believable and magical GH storyline at a time when Anna could have found deep comfort in the notion that a tangible part of Duke and her great love for him had remained here on earth in the form of a beautiful offspring. To add insult to that injury, Peter was thereafter presented as her Faison-spawned product in one of the worst characters/scenarios ever to be introduced to Port Charles…where, oh where, are those too convenient baby/DNA-switch soap stories when one is so sorely needed??? (I still maintain that “Roman Pete” is Alex’s mistake…NOT Anna’s!!!) Is it any wonder that our once-vibrant Divine Devane has gone a bit doolally over the past year??? May 2020 give her equally perfect vision when it comes to discovering once and for all that Cesar’s b@$+@rd was not borne of her own body! As far as an Alexis and Julian reunion??? The less said the better….I’ve already expressed my piece on that subject…I’m taking a “wait-and-see” attitude as to whether this over-sexed pair gets another round of rumpy-pumpy! LOL!!!

Celia
Celia

Hi, Shaybelle,
Glad you figured out I meant Anna; not Nina.
Yup—all Peter needs is a circlet of laurel-leaves around his head—and, voila’—Brute or Giulio Cesare, himself.
I remember when we both agreed that Peter could very well be Alex’s son; not Anna’s.
Different topic-LOL…..
I look forward to this new forged-alliance, as it were, between Nina and Ava—-take down the Cassidine “boys” a peg or two—yet, there are children involved—Charlotte and Spencer….that’s never a good thing.
Soapland is such a magical place, Shay—-it would be so soapesque to resurrect Kiki. Ava is obviously haunted by guilt—I would love to see her rid herself of the demons inhabiting her mind and soul. I truly appreciate both the actress and “Ava”.
Believe it or not—I am getting more and more comfortable with nuNina. She has succeeded in making Nina her own—almost a completely different role; yet, I’m not turned off by the character’s transformation.
Soon, Shay….❤️

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…Since I’m still of the mind that Kiki was never Ava’s real daughter, I think it would be fascinating to see her—or an appropriate doppelganger/long-lost twin—return to Port Charles to throw a monkeywrench into the new Nina/Ava alliance. This would be an especially timely development if our originally plausible theory that Kiki was actually Nina’s stolen child were to be confirmed…can you just imagine that shocking secret revealed amidst the current pairing of Ava and Nina as “partners in crime” united against the Cassadines??? I know that notion has fallen by the wayside with all the “musical missing baby mysteries” that have befallen Nina in recent months, but none has been ultimately satisfying…why not a re-do??? Whilst I’m still personally less than enamored of both characters, I’d rather see these two crazy ladies incorporating their insane schemes together as opposed to chasing their next male conquests…neither has much success in that particular pursuit, albeit Ava is much more an accomplished maneater than Nina shall ever hope to be! Stay tuned…

Celia
Celia

Hey, Shay,
You are aware of how valiantly I fought for Kiki to be Nina’s—-I’ve never stopped—a twin would be the thing—it can still happen, if the writers’ imagination is put to work.
I am definitely enamored of Maura, as I was of Michelle—( still am)—girl-crush?? LOL.
Inasmuch as I am slowly developing a liking for nuNina, she does not have the seductress nuance—that sexy, in-your-face, je ne sais quoi sassiness only Ava and Ex-Nina possess—it’s innate–comes naturally. I call it the Cerces/Lorelei/Sucubus syndrome. Can’t be manufactured—
I want Valentin gone—why does he never get caught? I fast forward his scenes!!
He’s a terrible father, husband and a worse linguist. His French is pathetique. He insists on calling Charlotte ‘petit’ instead of ‘petite’. I grind my teeth each time he tries to mimic French.
For once, I would love to see these women stay put—without a man—yet, there’s sort of an urgency on soaps to pair people up. Look at Lulu—the ink was barely dry on the divorce papers, yet there she was, rubbing noses with what’s-his-name.
PS and NB—-great retort, Shay—as astute as ever!! I do believe that “Sunny” as “Corchoran” are very litigious, n’est-ce pas? ‘Tis an insult to one’s intelligence to dare think we would not figure it out. Some people are stuck in their infancy. Mark comes to mind—
Good tidings —-peace on earth –‘Tis the season—-I’m swamped, Shay—-we are moving—-so, I may not always get the chance to respond.
Talk soon!!❤️ Enjoy!!

Shay
Shay

No need to explain, CeeCee…this year is coming to a close so fast and furiously, that I’m simply trying to hold on for dear life, too…I am sooo far behind that I’m just finishing up my Christmas cards as I type this post…LOL. I cannot imagine having to move an entire household during the holidays…oh, boy! God bless your new hearth and abode…not too far from your beloved Hamptons homebase, I hope! At any rate, I think the return of a “Kiki-esque” character, ala Hayley Erin, would be a superb way to kick off 2020 in Port Charles…there was too much left unsaid and unexplored where the original character was concerned. If the actress is indeed available for a guest—or more permanent—stint, she would be a refreshing return addition to the GH canvas. As for Valentin, I agree he has become tedious…’tis a shame for JPS, who does his best with the material he’s been given as of late, but unless there is a juicy Cassadine-centric storyline in the pipeline for next year, then he needs to vamoose, even if only on temporary basis! (Maybe he could go abroad for an intensive, immersive French language course…LOL!) In terms of Ava and Nina remaining “manless” for awhile, I concur it would be a top-notch notion..I know this is a soap which means pairings are all important, but the irrepressible rush to rumba for too many of the females on the show borders on the ridiculous…Just-divorced Lulu definitely should have had some down time to spend with her children and both Nina and Ava—not to mention, ALEXIS!—-could do with some self-care and contemplation before beginning their hasty bed-hopping routines all over again. Anyway, thanks for the wise, insightful words…ditto and right back at ya! In the event this is my last message to you before Christmas, have a safe, sane and lovely holiday timeout with your beautiful family! That’s what this season is really all about!!! Alla prossima, mia amica!

Celia
Celia

Hey, Shay….I’m afraid we will be leaving the Hamptons. My husband and his brother are partnering—–starting their own preactice in Smithtown, NY—-too much of a drive; so we’re building a new home in Nissequogue/St James area, NY—-However, I will let the kids finish the school year—thank you for your lovely best wishes!!
I agree with you about Stuart—such a seasoned, skilled actor in the role of a character whom we now feel the need to merely tolerate. Valentin seems to display a dual personality, at times—-Furthemore, I feel for Nina. She does love Valentin; yet, is torn between good over evil. WOW!! What a transformation—-original Nina would have never had such ethical issues. Now, she is struggling—Oh, what to do; what to do!!
As far as taking any kind of linguistic course—I appreciate different languages spoken on soaps—BUT, speak it perfectly. So many of these actors butcher English grammar, it’s sad to see them do the same to foreign tongues. Simply do not attempt to speak another language if one does not know the rudiments of said language’s grammar. Charlotte is female, therefore “petit” becomes “petite”, where the “t” is stressed….hurts my eardrums. LOL.
What do you think about the tension between Nikolas and Ava? Is it just moi? I feel it building/budding to an explosive climax. Pardon the pun!! Well, not really—-intentional. LOL.
As I said earlier, I like Alexis, albeit your antipathy is steadfastly alive—double LOL.
I am waiting to see where she takes her “love”—simply curious—-don’t really care for a repeat performance, or the path her story takes. This entire poisoning idiocy is just that!! Dumb and pointless. Perhaps, I’m missing something?
Peter is a dud—both as an actor and character. Cannot stand this guy—-nothing redeeming about him. It’s also tedious to watch Anna attempting to use her wiles as a cunning WSB agent—-nah!! Not working for me. So, what will she do once she uncovers his evil deeds? Turn him in? Arrest him? The only way is for Peter to be an imposter……I would go so far as to hope he isn’t even Alex’s son—just a criminal with an agenda!!
Well, keep the faith, bellezza!!
Merry Xmas for the umpteenth time?LOL.—-to one and all!!
Forgive the typos, if any!!❤️

Shay
Shay

“Imposter Pete!!!” I LOVE it, CeeCeeGirl!….Absolutely brilliant idea! We can cancel this character and all the misery he has brought to Port Charles in one fell swoop. Totally works for me…and many others, one might suspect!!! (‘Twould also immediately emancipate Anna from her morose mood as she tosses that loser/not-son in the slammer where he belongs and propel her to move on from this sorriest of storylines…it is SO time for her to regain that pre-Pete “Divine Devane” mojo!) As for Ava, I tend to see physical “tension” whenever she sidles up to any GH male…that’s simply her calling card…LOL! However, I should imagine that a sexual redux with Prince Nicky is in the near offing…too much unfinished “business” there! (She also would’ve made a very reliable “partner”—both in bed and crime—for Valentin…of course, now that she’s in cahoots with the still-lovesick Nina, that is less likely of a viable future possibility.) In terms of Valentin himself, I’ve simply found him to be a huge letdown as he has been written from the very beginning…a much more evil and unrepentant creature—ala Helena—in the mold by which he was originally foreshadowed would have been oh-so-delicious and the uber-talented Stuart could have played that role to the hilt! But Val is what he is…so be it!!! (He still needs to brush up on his French….hah!) By the way, I absolutely agree about the lack of proper English usage on American television..it makes me cringe…that’s probably one of the reasons I prefer British productions these days, although I’ve caught more than a few whopping, sloppy errors on some Beebs’ programs as of late, too…..Guess their more recent emphasis on all matters “PC” has taken precedence over their once-longstanding tradition of impeccably high standards! Alas, just another sad sign of the times…Anyway, I’m glad to hear that you will not be venturing too far afoot from your heavenly home base…same county, different zipcode, in other words, switching to one charming NY locale from another! (Although it will be the Hamptons loss…you are such a refreshing example of an intelligent, thoughtful, down-to-earth woman with an abundance of common sense and generous spirit …quite the opposite of the internationally-ingrained image of vapid, vain-glorious vixens and viragos who infamously inhabit your well-publicized patch!) At any rate, I’m still racing toward the holidays…much left to do…but I thought I’d take a break to reply to your much-appreciated post. Hope you get the “White Christmas” we are going to be denied in my area since we’re looking at sunny, moderate temps for the coming week…not exactly conducive to yuletide cheer as far as I’m concerned, but hey, it doesn’t change the focus upon “the reason for the season” or the pleasures of celebrating with friends and family…must enjoy and be thankful regardless of my own disappointment regarding the prospect of a snow-less scenario! Merry Christmas just the same, mia amica! “See” you in “2020!”

Shay
Shay

P.S. I meant to add to my below comments that if a magical GH experience is what you are seeking, check back to Anna and Duke’s wedding…it was so romantic and steeped in Scottish tradition. I haven’t seen it in decades, yet the memory is indelibly etched in my my mind of the dashing groom and beautiful bride!

Que for you
Que for you

On ghu the Facebook group I am an admin (21000 plus members) the group seemed quite interested in the story? It allowed Julian and Neil air time too

DMRR
DMRR

Violet is probably the only reason to watch this drivel. Trim the fat. Nancy Lee Grahn’s talents are being wasted. Where are the vets???

Dan
Dan

Having just gone through an eerily similar situation with an uncle of mine on Thanksgiving just the other day, and with my father beginning to show signs of slipping as he recently turned 71 years old, those Mike and Sonny scenes really hit home for me. My god, did they hit home.

GH continues to do such a spot on job of telling the story of Alzheimer’s. The writing, the dialogue, the production, and of course the heartbreaking performances of Max Gail and Maurice Benard. I’ve praised them many times in the past and will continue to do so. Max can’t win enough Emmys in my book for how phenomenal he’s been in this role and this storyline. It’s an acting master class every time he’s on screen.

Timmm
Timmm

And Carly was very sweet with Mike. She is usually overbearing but she was wonderful.

Celia
Celia

Sorry about that, Dan. It is incredibly stunning how patients in their forties can be afflicted by this debilitating malady.
And, yes—-Max’s acting is superb. If I didn’t know better, I’d think he was truly in the throes of Alzheimer’s.
Happy Holidays!!

Timmm
Timmm

I cannot stand Alexis. T.J. comes to her like a true gentleman and asks Alexis’s permission to marry her daughter and she gives some bullshit talk about Molly wouldnt want this to be done this way and blah, blah, blah! Molly can be as liberal and different as she wants to be and I’m sure T.J. already knows that about her but what girl wouldnt be satisfied to be marrying a man who has enough respect to ask for permission! What parent would have comfort and respect knowing your daughter is marring an upstanding good man! F Alexis! I say, R.I.P. rats, Alexis should have been lying in that dumpster!

jaybird369
jaybird369

EXACTLY!!!!! I never liked the character of Alexis to begin with…and I still don’t!!!!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Thank you. Same to you Jay!

Shay
Shay

Oh, I hear you, jaybird! Alexis is one of the most annoying, sanctimonious and off-putting characters ever to land in Port Charles! It would have made for very “happy holidays” if only Kendra’s “plan” to eliminate her had succeeded! Regardless of that crushing disappointment, I still wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sunny
Sunny

Wow!! ….so much animosity for a fictional tv character? (Possibly some misguided anger…)

Shay
Shay

No anger here, Sunny! Have you never heard of the concept of “loving to loathe” certain soap opera characters??? I actually utterly enjoy and relish thinking up new ways to gleefully describe my immense disdain for Alexis, of whom, incidentally, I consider to be is an absolutely awful female role model with her trainwreck of a life, especially where men are concerned! That’s my thing where Alexis is concerned, who, along with a few other GH characters, I would be thrilled to the throes of ecstasy to see the back of….What’s more, it’s those soap fans who defend their favorite fictional characters beyond all reason and become unhinged when someone else criticizes them who should be the true cause for alarm, as they seem to have a less than firm grasp upon reality. In terms of Timmm and jaybird, they are both really fun—albeit outspoken—guys, but I can honestly say that I’ve never sensed anger from reading their cheeky posts…Love ‘em!!!!

Shay
Shay

@Sir Timmmbo…Your Alexis comments never fail to thrill me…we definitely see eye-to-eye on this much-despised character! Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! Best wishes this holiday season!

Timmm
Timmm

Thank you dear. I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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