Connect with us

General Hospital

124

GENERAL HOSPITAL: All Roads Collide … Will Patient Six Be Revealed? What is Up With Andre?

Courtesy/ABC

This week on General Hospital look for suspense, drama and revelations as Jason (Billy Miller), Sam (Kelly Monaco), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) and Patient Six (Steve Burton) seem headed for a collision course, according to the latest promo for the ABC daytime drama series.

In it, Patient Six sees his old pal, Sonny, but does he? Meanwhile at the launch party for Jason and Sam’s new media company things turn deadly. And, it looks like Carly is held at gunpoint which makes Six jump into hero-mode! But is that really what is about to go down?

And in a shocking twist on Monday’s episode, viewers learned that after watching Klein and his henchmen in a steam room conversation, Klein feels that Six will resurface when someone he cares about is placed in peril.  After the others are sent away by Klein, he receives a call from none other than Andre Maddox (Anthony Montgomery).

The shrink warns him that someone is getting close to figuring out just what is going on! And after all, Andre is playing therapist and advising Franco (Roger Howarth), who is armed with information about twins: Drew and Jason, while trying to figure out what happened years ago during his childhood when Drew fell down the stairs!

Watch the promo after the jump. Then let us know, what do you think about the Andre/Klein connection? Do you think Patient Six will save Carly? Comment below.

Leave a comment | 124 Comments
Advertisement

124
Leave a Reply

avatar
25 Comment threads
99 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
39 Comment authors
CeliaSteveJimhrebecca1Fanny Recent comment authors
newest oldest
Sissy
Sissy

I’ve had some weird vibes about Andre before, but that was a great twist that I didn’t see coming! Well done, writers.

kathy
kathy

I agree with you. I had suspicions about him months ago but I didn’t see it coming either.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I guess this was the only way for the writers to find something for Andre to do since he never carried any story in the past.

Fanny
Fanny

Unless he’s undercover…which is unlikely considering who’s writing
for GH these days…it would simply boot him off as a bad guy, when
his duplicity is revealed.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

He could have…smart, attractive, warm, eligible. They just dropped him like Valerie. Why bring them on to dismiss them?

Soaphound
Soaphound

Who cares about Steve Burton–that evil Dr. Klein is gorgeous! Did you see that sauna scene? I nearly reached for a fan! The actor’s name is Gene Farber, check out some of his Google images. Why couldn’t they bring him on, perhaps as Nikolas Cassadine, instead of saddling us with JOSCAR, Man Landers, Jordan, Aunt Whoever, Charlotte, et al. And that Anna/Finn debacle? Don’t get me started. Regarding the Jason/Andrew story, right now it’s just endurance for me. Glad Billy M. is staying, as he’s the only thing keeping me watching. That and Laura pulling a gun on that repulsive Valentin. Now that’s classic GH!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Soaphound…

I agree; Farber (Klein) is actually quite attractive and a good actor. I mentioned him in my post on this page; he reminds me (when he speaks…his facial expressions) of the diabolical Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) Game of Thrones…now in Inhumans.

But, I disagree on your other points. Well, with exception. Have no interest in Aunt Stella (ESPECIALLY at the expense…literally and figuratively…of not having Mac, Felicia, more Kevin, etc.) But I love Charlotte and I think the pairing of Anna and Finn hit gold. Love them together!

As for Steve Burton, I’m glad to have him back; I think the story’s been great so far! Just hope that one of these “twins” becomes a Q again (and acknowledges Monica, grieves AJ).

dmr
dmr

I really like Steve Burton, always have-been watching since 1984. I have liked Patient 6’s interaction with Ava and others, not looking forward to the “Carson” and “Jasam” show, however. Others have speculated (on different sites) that they thought Andre has a hidden agenda (not only in this storyline). I am not a fan of Kelly Monacco (sp) so I am not looking forward to the Jasam reunion. Also, I find Carly highly irritating, and Sonny has had the same rehashed storylines for the past decade if not longer. I think Steve Burton is doing a great job; however, as I have said in many posts, I would prefer that he return as Dr. Jason Quartermaine denouncing Carson, etc.

Shay
Shay

@dmr…Many of us voiced that same hope when word arrived that Steve Burton was returning to GH, but alas, it would seem that Sonny and “Patient Six” are indeed set to be reunited in their same old dynamic….until death do they part and with mobmoll Carly coming along for the ride!

MICHELLE
MICHELLE

I hope to God Andre is undercover for the WSB! I like the character, and I hope they don’t turn him evil. You could’ve knocked me over with a feather after yesterday’s show!

Mrs Brown
Mrs Brown

Me too. I saw some steam between Anna and Andre.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Well, remember, Andre first showed up on Anna’s door step to help her out with Valentin. He was a WSB on staff psychiatrist.

Celia
Celia

Hmmm, Michelle. I like that….thst’s a good twist.

aria
aria

i never liked andre yet the twist really surprise me too, i’m surprise this twist now got me interested in him, (bad boy syndrome), the whole show is fun to watch everyday.

Celia
Celia

Can’t stand Andre…..his only attributes are his dance moves.
Why was he introduced in the first place? I doubt very much TPTB had this stunt all planned out from the onset. Sure…no way will I believe it. I bet Andre became the villain sometime last week. LOL.

JK
JK

HOPE YOU ARE RIGHT…NEVER SAW THAT COMING!

Sissy
Sissy

That would if he is undercover for WSB!

Sissy
Sissy

*be great

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, they just threw that in–no preparation, no foreshadowing–just slapdash.
No way to write a s/l–or develop a character.

Lisa
Lisa

Pretty exciting stuff coming up.
I’m not too crazy about making Andre a baddie ?? in all this.

Robin
Robin

Me either! I always thought something was shady about him, just could not put my finger on it. I hope it is a red herring, but I agree, he is just not a bad guy to me.

su0000
su0000

0ohh goodie, please kill Sam !!
And get the Pepto ready you’re gonna need it after sucking up troll bait the writers throw at fans ahaa it’s crazy stuff reading the boards everyone is bloated from being feed bait it’s a feeding frenzy bwahaa!

I’m too the point of not giving a poop because it has become an overkill of theories that are mostly ridiculous junk.
I’m just gonna watch the freaking out over it and have my laughs over stuff like, Faison wearing an Andre mask.. bwahaa!

I’m finally interested in GH once again at least for this story as long as they keep it rolling and not slow down to a stall, then I’ll become quickly bored.

There are 3 guys and 2 are twins.
And the huge overwhelming frenzy over it is, well it is ….. bwahaa GULP!

(( whew 9 months of this ))

Jimh
Jimh

They will never kill Sam-she would come back alive anyway…we will never be that lucky!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

She will mumble back to life and I’ll need to turn on the closed captioning. Again.

1. This won’t end anytime soon.
2. Only interesting question is who does doc report to? Because that person knew about three year old Drew, fished Twelve-Time Head Trauma Jason from the water and then switched them because oh I don’t know and neither do the writers
3. Pity the actors especially nuJason, Rebecca H, Roger H -all of whom deserve pages just not these

Looking forward to how this is all about Sonny because that never grows tedious

Celia
Celia

She can’t die, Jimmy. Sam has so much to look forward to…..two husbands.
Hmmmm. Do they make extra-king-sized beds?

dmr
dmr

I am with you, su0000, all set with Monotone Sam. #BORING!

Celia
Celia

Su/dmr:
Oh, yeah, baby!!

Celia
Celia

Oh, my goodness. Has this come full circle? Here I was, months ago, thinking thst it was Andre, not Paul killing off those patients; when, indeed, it was Paul Hornsby. I was so sureit was he, I made a comment on that idea…..TPTB were going there; that is, make Andre a bad guy in order to get rid of the character. I guess they changed their minds and targeted Paul.
My point? I always saw something sinister about him. I think he was trying to get into Anna’s good graces because of her position as an agent……to be abreast of what she knew?
Who else is involved? Valentin? Dr. Bensch? Amy? LOL.

Shay
Shay

Tell me about it, CeeCeeGirl! We both had an eerie feeling about Andre being up to no good when he first appeared in Port Charles…..there was simply something “sinister” about his manner, as you say…too smooth, too clever! And yes, he was a far better candidate than Paul Hornsby for the hospital killer….I’m still miffed that the fabulous Richard Burgi was sacrificed for that storyline!. Having said that, such premonitions always had me silently screaming “No!” when it was suggested that Andre was an appropriate match for Anna…so glad they never really went there with her. Finally, I hope this development portends a return as head honcho of the GH psych ward for Kevin, especially if wedding bells ring for Laura and him given it never made any sense for this medical institution to have two shrinks roaming about when there were so few other specialists to be had, not to mention general practitioners! Au revoir, Andre!

Celia
Celia

Of course….I remember, now, Shay….We were both suspicious of him. He acted in such a vulpine manner, at times….you know? Shifty.
But, the suspicion dwindled and died when Paul was carted off to the hoosegow.
Love Kevin …love Laura….cutest couple on GH.
Mais, oui, ma chere….au revoir, Andre’.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…You can bet your sweet bento box that Bensch is involved in something shady…his strange vibe is simply too strong for him to just be a garden-variety creeper with an eye for comely young chickadees. Having said that, I still believe that he was attached to Victor’s Crichton-Clark Clinic.

Fanny
Fanny

@ Celia…CeeCee
Thank you…for writing me such a lovely & thoughtful post earlier
this month. It didn’t go unnoticed and I apologize for not responding
sooner. You R and have always been considered “ma chere ami”.

Love,love,love, that Frank finally saw the light.. and brought Steve B.
back. From the “MOMENT” SB chose to leave Y&R I knew it was only
a matter of time, money, contract…..3 years (for now, I’ll take it).
My 1 request today…is “NOT” to reunite original JASON W/ SAM keep
her w/ “DREW” boring, humdrum, uneventful pair R perfectly matched.
Billy was never Jason, could never be Jason in any way shape or form,
but enough about him…My boy is BACK‼️‼️

Fanny
Fanny

@ Celia…

P.S. With so many REALLLLLLLLLLLY talented actors on GH, and we
all know who they truly are….. There’s no excuse for the writing to “fudge”
them up….otherwise FRANK get a fresh team together and start anew.
As long as the numbers ($$$) remain on point ABC could care less who’s
at the typewriter. GH is picking up momentum, keep it going forward.

Celia
Celia

Hello, my lady,
You have been missed….and, I thank you for the love you send….it is reciprocated, tenfold.
I am very impressed by your Nelle theory….agree with you and Jimh, wholeheartedly.
All your suggestions should develop legs….great premises….all of it.
Most importantly, it is a pleasure knowing your ‘feelings’ for Sam, her pretend husband ( I do not recognize Billy Miller, whom I adored as Billy Abbott, any longer) her accoutrements, lifestyle and overall blah disposition, are en par with mine.
A bientot, ma chere amie. Soon…..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Somehow I, too, feel like TPTB started out to make him a baddie–but switched in midstream–now they just flipped a switch a presto!–there he is “evil.” Oh, well! What do we expect? (More that that–LOL!)

Jimh
Jimh

Im beginning to think it is the doctor at the hospital but i wish it was Liesel…i hear Claudette returning???

Steve
Steve

Claudette was shown to be alive via photograph on Friday’s episode. She’ll probably be back soon as Lulu needs some form of storyline.

The internet buzz is the clinic story will lead to a cult storyline. The “true believers” line with Klein and the henchman has got people talking.

As for whether Dr. Bensch is involved, note they gave him the first name David. The closest thing GH ever had to cult leader was David Gray 35 years ago. He was responsible for Laura Spencer disappearing to Cassadine Island a few months after her epic wedding to Luke. David Gray was murdered, but what does that mean on soaps? Timeline wise, Gray was in PC the same time as Susan Moore. Never shared any scenes that I recall.

Celia
Celia

…..or, Nelle….yeah, that’s it–Nelle…
Ohhhn, OHO…that girl has something naughty ( and then some) on her mind.
As long as she sticks it to Carly and Sonny, it’s ok….anything goes.

Jimh
Jimh

You beat me…i think Nelle is part of it and maybe its why she doesnt want Micheal to go to the party!!!

Celia
Celia

Nelle is the most puzzling, undeciphrable, and a paradox personified, if there ever was one, Jimmy.
I am always on the edge and at edge with her. She has always struck me as volatile and fickle….hot and cold.
Well, now we know why. She was a mental patient. Where? LOL… what are the chances she was in that Russian fortress? What are the chances she has a “wind-up key” somewhere on her person, a’ la Helena?

Fanny
Fanny

Love the fact she spent a year in “Quarantine” I mean in a mental
Institution….it explains a LOT!!! The duel personality that we’ve
seen glimpses of since day one….hasn’t been our imagination.

Celia
Celia

You may be right, Jimmy. I am still very confused….cannot get a ‘grip’ on this girl.
One thing is for sure, Nelle has Michael under her spell. She can talk him into anything and out of anything.
Fool he ( any man) who falls for a Circe/Medea type.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

We already have the best crazy on daytime in PC: HEATHER WEBBER!!

Oh for her and Lindsey Rappaport (OLTL) to be released to outpatient care as roomies. (Lindsey could bring her service chicken). They could but Kelly’s, pour coffee and offer advice to the lovelorn residents of PC. Baby advice? You really, really, really want baby advice from Heather.

Oh for Franco to make her Grandma Heather..

Jimh
Jimh

i always thought Nelle would be Nina’s daughter…or even a Cassidine…maybe not even a bad person at all?…i no longer watch everyday so i might have missed some clues…i think she got more story to tell…

Celia
Celia

Yes, so did I, Jimmy. I also wanted Kiki and Nelle to be sisters. For a while, the story seemed to be going there….but, as it goes, in all things GH, it fizzled.
Nelle is definitely not an open book….typically, when I can’t figure out a character, her/his aura adds just enough mystery to hook me. Something was always off with her. Could never pin-point what.
Not in Nelle’s case. …never found her to be inspiring because the character was all over the place. The writers did not do her any justice….or did they purposely put her in questionable situations?
Did ‘they’ always ‘know’ Nelle was mentally unstable, or is this a last-minute scramble for a plausible answer?

Fanny
Fanny

Jimh…couldn’t she be Helena’s granddaughter….if we’re going to
Go the Cassadine route….Eureka!!! Helena’s daughter Alexandria
was CRAZY in LOVE w/ Luke….it only takes ONE well orchestrated
moment in time to create a “MAD, MAD, LOON” Spencer/Cassadine
offspring. Alexandria & Helena didn’t get along that’s putting it mildly considering Mother ended up shooting daughter……Helena could have discovered her daughters pregnancy, shot her,kept her alive long enough to take the baby when the time was right…This is twisted enough to work, still being able to donate a
kidney to Joss, bloodline and all..Unbeknown to Nell of course that
she was switched, at birth by her own Grandmother Helena.
I could go on…obviously this storyline can go in several different directions
so that it’s meaty.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree–don’t think they really knew what they were going to do with her–ultimately, so now they’re just making it up as they go along–just like with Andre, etc., etc.

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee…
Wouldn’t this be great ( writers take note) Michael being
preoccupied with his CRAZYYYYYYYY girlfriend, giving
Ned the needed time to recover his rightful place at
ELQ. Let me add I like Michael a great deal…however
he doesn’t have the “goods to back it up” as CEO of
ELQ. He still comes across as a little boy playing w/
a set of building blocks… Let me also say, I don’t want
him Slinging scones & coffee for Sonny either….. But
him being Ned’s boss irks me to no end.

Jimh
Jimh

yes…Micheal doesnt seem mature enough to run the company…and i like your Nelle theory…now i hope she is a Spenser/Cassidine!!!

Celia
Celia

Michael’s position at ELQ is laughable. He has the face of the everlasting pubescent adolescent, LOL.
I’d gladly welcome Ned to oust little Mikey.
Love your ‘scheme’….maybe TPTB will read this and follow your lead.

Steve
Steve

And having multi-millionaire Michael move from the Q mansion to Nelle’s cruddy little apartment?

Now, they’ll be no contract characters living in the mansion. Maybe Sam and Miller will move there after the big reveal? That’s a lot of sets for no contract actors.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Fanny…

Well, in all fairness, if we look across the American boardroom there are many fresh-faced lads and lasses running corporate America (or at least in positions of high power.) Like errrrrr…Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. He founded FB when he was in his 20s I beleive. So, while I adore Ned (And I mean ADORE…am so glad he’s back and hope that he’s seen much more than he is) I don’t find it implausible that Michael’s at the helm. Although, as in real life, too…it does “irk” one when a relative kid (ooh! pun! as Michael/Ned are relatives…) is the boss of a more mature, seasoned employee. I’d love to see Ned and Michael co-CEOs…

Steve: Michael’s not moving anywhere. But yes, they do need to refill that mansion. They’re apparently trying to set up an Olivia/Monica power play for run of the mansion…in what I think will be a failed attempt at recreating Tracy and Monica who did the same. However, I resented Olivia, who’s a newcomer to the family using that “Alan gave you the house” line to Monica. She really has no right to say it. Monica is and has been a Quartermaine for years and had the love of Edward and Lila…had a biological son with Alan (AJ) and raised another Q son as her own (Jason). So, really, Olivia…love ya…but back off Monica!

Jimh
Jimh

I like Fanny’s theory below that Nelle is a Spenser/Cassidine…and Nelle was always a little off from the getgo…

Harry
Harry

Forgive me, I do not know the actress’s name who plays Nelle but she is truly something special. I see the big picture ahead of her if she plays her cards right.
She’s not just incredibly talented and compelling, she’s unique looking.
She has that mysterious Mona Lisa smile going on with looks which are a throw back to Veronica Lake with a little young Theresa Russell (Black Widow) thrown in.

Steve
Steve

Since they keep changing Nelle’s backstory, what is Frank Benson wasn’t her biological dad? Let’s say her mother had a fling with Steven Lars Webber. She’d be Heather’s granddaughter. Chloe Lanier and Robin Mattson would play off each other really well.

Celia
Celia

Well, Nelle’s being Heather’s grandaughter would not be a stretch of the imagination, Steve.
I saw the malevolent change in her face, as Michael broke up with her…..especially the look in her eyes….seething madness.
I thought she was going to attack him.
Mikey better watch his back…..It could be Nelle killed Zach, her ex, for breaking up with her.

Jimh
Jimh

I think the actress who plays Nelle looks like a young Michelle Philips…you might have to ask your gran who i am talking about???

Celia
Celia

Hey, Jimmy,
LOL. I know who Michelle Phillips is….”The Mamas And The Papas”…..Chynna Phillip’s mother….
I love that genre of music–actually all genre, except Rap, or Hip Hop, which I do not consider music.
How sharp-eyed of you!! …Chloe Lanier and Michelle do look alike.
Chloe is such an outstanding actress–I “feel” everything she projects. I am still in a wuandery about her, Jimmy. Just when I begin to think she’s one of the good ones, she pulls a fast one.

Celia
Celia

Quandary.
And, I’m with you, Jimmy…wish it were Liesl…

Steve
Steve

Well, after 2 years on the show, Andre finally seems to have a purpose. Does this mean he is some international criminal mastermind? Having been involved in treating Jake, I’m sure that’s related somehow. I just hope they don’t tie a resurrected Morgan into this umbrella story. They’ll probably bring in Valentin to the mix and will eventually have to explain his connection to Olivia Jerome.

Satan
Satan

I don’t think Morgan is going to surface just yet. Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him again in 2018. February or May sweeps, more than likely.

Just as long as fucking Ava has nothing at all to do with the rescue…..

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

I would expect Satan to use the “F” word… 🙂

Celia
Celia

Well, now….shiver me timbers, Satan!!!!
But, you know she will….Ava is about to be canonized; awaiting her halo and wings.
She was “touched” and “anointed” by Griffin, the priest, who was divested of his sacerdotal functions, as far as when he did the deed with Claudette.
Same applies to Sonny. All it took was a conversation between the good father and the mobster in the chapel, to be elevated, spiritually. WOW!! What hallowed powers!!
Expect the redemption scenes to get even more puke-worthy.

Harry
Harry

Ha ha! James, that made me laugh.
Every time I see the name Satan I think of Dana Carvey’s Church Lady.
Who could it be now? Hmm…..Let me think.
Could it be…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….SATAN?

Steve
Steve

Originally I thought that Morgan would be the first back-from-the-dead character of the two, but my money’s now on a recast Nikolas. That would open up more story for the Spencer clan.

Shay
Shay

Perhaps Andre played a part in Helena’s mind control experiments before relocating to Port Charles? Surely, they couldn’t all be down to Faison’s expertise throughout those many years the “Ice Queen’s” been scrambling brains! Also, I echo your nyet to Morgan’s resurrection…we are due for a miraculous AJ return from the dead long before Sonny and Carly’s perpetual muck-up of a son again treads the GH canvas.

Celia
Celia

Yes, my Shay….as I keep saying, ad nauseam, Helena is the foundation of all things evil and weird.

Steve
Steve

As long as Varni and Valentini run the show, AJ is permanently dead.

Jacob
Jacob

Killing off Morgan doesn’t seem to have done much for the show other than to allow Sonny and Carly to anguish over “their pain” (which doesn’t seem to prevent them from killing other people’s sons, but I suppose we’ll never get any kind of mention of THAT).

i was off of watching the show at the time but how it’s referred to seems like there wasn’t a body, which means that NuMorgan can show up at any time.

dmr
dmr

I have never felt the loss of The Moron, with “The Morgan Hour” being played 5 days a week. His name is mentioned in practically every episode!

Shay
Shay

As for Andre finally having an apparent purpose? I guess good things come to those who wait, although I’ve been searching for a logical explanation for Nina’s continued presence on the GH canvas ever since Silas kicked the bucket and still, no dice!

Jimh
Jimh

Well, we lost Sabrina so i guess we needed another character to annoy us…

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah and Kiki has STILL not seen FINN and said OMG, Silas?

Celia
Celia

Or Nelle, Steve. This story has many arms and weeds……mushrooming as we speak.
Perhaps, cleaning house is in the works. What better way to get rid of characters?
I thought the same thing….Valentin may be the missing link working with Helena. Or Gerry? Sp.
As you know, I do not really have a clear understanding of all the intricacies so inherent to the Cassadines. Who has a grudge against whom…..who wants to kill whom….who masterminded this? Helena!!
All the pieces will, hopefully, fall into place. But, the story needs to make sense, after all is said and done.
I am loving it, so far….yeah!!

Shay
Shay

@Steve…I would amend that statement to “As long as Varni and Valentini run the show, AJ—at least in the form of Sean Kanan—is permanently dead.” But I don’t see why a recast would be out of the question….especially since it would technically make “St. Sonny” not his killer. (And we all know anything that makes Dimples come up smelling like a rose is generally considered fine and dandy by these showrunners.)

Steve
Steve

Normally, I’d say this a soap and anything can happen, but not when it seems like the writers ignore that AJ ever “came back to life” shortly after Steve Burton’s Jason was pushed off the pier. I guess the governor’s pardon of Sonny required everyone not to mention AJ.

Some other characters seem to be more prominent after death than while alive. Morgan, Duke and Connie still get more airtime than Lucas and Brad for example.

Omar
Omar

Sadly GH story lines drag on and when it hits the boiling point, you are left with disappointment.. What happen to the days when the show was so good you needed to watch again, instead of FF…TPTB should take a page from the British soap “Hollyoaks” if it wants to get better.

Celia
Celia

Yes, that’s the theme, Omar….all the crescendo never climaxes….falls flat. Maybe not this time?

Satan
Satan

Andre is definitely NOT the one in charge of the Russian clinic. He’s on somebody else’s payroll, and my guess would be one Cesar Faison.

Faison has ties to the old school Russian spies (called the DVX, in GH history) so he could easily be doing business in that country. He couldn’t directly work in Port Charles, as too many people there know him, so he would need a puppet in place.

Andre had WSB ties, but it wouldn’t be the first time a WSB agent played for the other side. Just ask Anna Devane or Sean Donnelly about that.

Faison is calling the shots here. Bet your soul on it!

Celia
Celia

Good call, Satan; seer of all things that lurk in the shadows. LOL.
….yes, Faison, Gerry, Helena ( I know, you said you saw her in the fiery depths), the ghost—how about all the past GH baddies?….hey, it could even be Nikolas.
I told you I am a good girl…..you will never have my soul.

Satan
Satan

If you mean Jerry Jacks, I don’t think he’s going to be around in the near future. They haven’t brought him back since his brother left town, and with Ingo working for CBS now, that’s not likely anytime soon.

Besides, Sebastian Roche has been keeping busy in primetime/cable/and most recently on Amazon Prime, where he’s done something he never managed to do on GH – he actually became the head bad guy in charge. And he had to knock off Adolf Hitler himself to do it, and that takes balls. (I’m referring to The Man In The High Castle, of course. A Most Unholy show, if you haven’t seen it)

Celia
Celia

@Steve.
Hey, Steve,
Again, thank you. What would I do without you and Shay helping me navigate through the mess that is GH? LOL.
I truly wish both Faison and Helena would make an appearance….and, of course, the indomitable Liesl.

Timmm
Timmm

The problem with your theory is if Faison is involved Anna should be in the story and she is not. Sonny and Jason have had very little to do with Faison through the years.

Celia
Celia

Yes, T. But, it was Faison in “Duke” mask who shot Jason1, wasn’t it?
It would make sense if it were, indeed, Faison who retrieved a supposedly drowned Jason on the other side of the ‘vortex’.
My question is, if Satan’s theory has any life, was/is Faison working alone? Again, I smell Helena.

Satan
Satan

Well Faison is the one who “killed” Jason in 2012. He’s already admitted to being the one who fished him out of the harbor, though he claimed at the time to have shipped him off to the Chricton Clark lab as a frozen popsicle (which of course has now been rewritten to be twin brother “Drew”, not to mention the whole side trip to Cassadine Island). Probably the most logical assumption now would be that Faison shipped him off to Russia immediately instead.

I agree that Anna should be involved in exposing Faison, but this will probably come later. Because she will definitely want to know why her friend, Dr. Andre Maddox, the supposed WSB agent, was involved with this mysterious Russian clinic, once the truth about Jason and where he has been becomes public knowledge. She will probably be screaming obscenities into the phone at the (unseen) Robert and/or Frisco and demanding to know how another mole invaded the WSB ranks.

Of course then she will realize that only one guy can really flip WSB agents, and he just happens to have ties to Russia…. and then she will be on the next plane to St. Petersburg, looking for Faison.

Steve
Steve

@Celia

Faison and Helena have a long history of conspiring together. This goes way back to Lucky’s presumed death in the 1999. Jonathan Jackson left the series (for the first time). To facilitate his departure, it appeared that Lucky died in a fire above a garage.

In 2001, Lucky returned to PC (then played by Jacob Young). It was revealed that Faison and Helena kidnapped Lucky to turn him against Luke. Young never clicked in the role and was replaced by Greg Vaughn.

Celia
Celia

Thank you, Satan.
By these few lines, you have regaled me with a minute glimpse into you mind……you are well-read, yes?
I am familiar with the adaptation of PK’s “The Man In The High Castle”, but, certainly, not a avid fan. My husband is….not for me. I think it caters more to a man’s mentality than that of a woman.
The format and contents ( as per the literature) go against the grain, albeit I do have an open mind. I consider the adaptation too satirical for my taste….but, you’re a guy, and as such, my husband does not see my point of view. I do not like distorted points of view when it comes to Academia.
Using satire is a great tool, when appropriate….Nazi control is not what I would consider something satirical and/or for the ages. I love humor in in all genre of writing…but, the above title/writing is too sensitive a subject.
Literature is my weakness, aside from planetary and physical sciences.
What can I say? Happy Watching? LOL.
As far as Sebastian Roche, I had never heard of him until GH. I fell for him, instantly. He captured my attention because Jerry is not the typical villain.
Sebastian is busy doing other things, but it’s possible his name may be thrown in for good measure when all this “dark” business comes to light.
The problem is, I get bored when too many individuals are involved. As I always say, “all roads lead to Rome”….in this case, Helena. Let’s hurry it along.
However, Faison sticks out like a sore thumb for me, as well. I agree with you.
Shay has a point when she suggested Jerry and Helena are co-conspirators. I am already starting to get a little antsy with the storyline…..expecially when suffering through the Incredible Foursome: Sonny, Carly, Sam and Jason2….. the lisping and stuttering, the muttering, the unintelligible one-tone whispering, the flipping of the hair and the hypocrisy are giving me a rash.
I have not seen Steve in action as Jason Morgan….thus, his story is the only light for me, right now.

Celia
Celia

**An avid fan

Satan
Satan

Well read?? Of course I am! I’m in Hell here! The good thing about being immortal is you have a lot of time to read! (Lighting’s not so good down here of course… it was more difficult before they invented those full spectrum LED lamps!)

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Satan, you were always the best part of Paradise Lost. When you were absent it really dragged. All that sunshine and light… Vastly overrated.

As the Grand Inquisitor I took a different path. Potato, pahtato.

Denise
Denise

Well I just hope those bad man know what Jason is about. Now you have Jason. And drew to mess with them. And their friends and. Family your gonna get it brothers will fight you all.

Phyllis
Phyllis

GH is awesome again. I’m excited to see what each day brings. All the chat groups I check into are now buzzing with excitement on the 2. Jason storyline. Thank you writers for stepping up and making GH GREAT again!!!!!!

Jake
Jake

Andre will be unmasked asRyan Chamberlin! LOL

Satan
Satan

If Ryan Chamberlin wanted to pose as a shrink in Port Charles, he wouldn’t need a mask. He would just have to get his twin brother out of town for a while.

Celia
Celia

Ahaha!!!! That’s rich….so ‘enlightening’!! You’re not called Lucifer for nothing…..
Love the banter—yes, I do!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

He wouldn’t even need to get Kevin out of town; he’s never there. But, if the evil, diabolical twin was posing as Kevin…and Kevin was the one who died (no!!!!!) then Laura would be marrying a psycho! Wouldn’t want to lose Kevin…but it WOULD make for an interesting story. (but then somehow we’d need to bring Kevin back to life).

Jacob
Jacob

I think the show is so much better than it’s been in about three years. Other than trying to figure out how they’re playing Nell (are we supposed to be rooting for her or is she a bad girl? i don’t want her to be ‘bad’ because I sure don’t want Carly to be right!).

The Andre/Jason/Patient 6/Ava/Griff/Franco thing is all pretty interesting all in all … and it sounds like 6 will be revealed somewhat soonish… better than how Laura lurked around PC back in the day until she was discovered. OMG that was torture! (but the good kind of ‘soap torture’).

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’m actually loving this story! I think everyone’s bringing their A game and I would be happy if that’s the only story they told for a while. I’m really glad Steve Burton is back; I hate that he’ll be back kissing Sonny/Carly arse. I hope that people show the proper amount of surprise/shock/disbelief/happiness, etc when they realize he’s alive. All too often these shows make nothing of people coming back after presumed dead. Their departure’s are grieved endlessly but their returns are treated as if they were away on vacation.

It seems to me that the powers-that-be are getting ready to rid the show of both Nell and Andre. If they’re as bad as they are hinting they are, this is probably how their stories will wrap up. I never took to Nell so I won’t miss the character if she’s written off…I will miss Andre. I always found him grounded, pleasant, warm…a nice “psych” addition that should have had a romantic relationship. But since they’ve done nothing with him this might be his last hurrah.

Gene Farber (Dr. Klein) is a good actor. He would have made a fine addition as a new doctor on staff at GH if he wasn’t a “villain.” The actor reminds me (for any GOT viewers) of Iwan Rheon…

Fanny
Fanny

Hi Rebecca,
I happen to really like your (Co-CEO) collaborative partnership
scenario between Ned and Michael. Michael being young, fresh,
innovative….Ned bringing past experience and knowledge to the
table. Together respectively strong.
As for Olivia, she means well and has a kind heart…however she
did over step with Monica. Baby steps Olivia, baby steps.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Haha…thanks, Fanny. I think they’d be great as co-ceo’s but IF the writers are trying to resurrect the Qs again they may try to do so with a lot of in-house conflict to keep with the tradition.

Last we heard from Olivia she was encouraging Ned to go against Michael…although as she said she loves Michael…and then again, as I mentioned her “Tracy” role to Monica’s claim on the house. I think it worked so well between Tracy and Olivia because they were peers and sisters-in-law. They ‘grew up” together. And, Tracy was the daughter so of course there’d be resentment that the Q house went to Monica. It worked and was so fun to watch.

I love Olivia but she DEFINITELY needs those baby steps! She’s the newcomer…Ned didn’t even live in the house for years. So, for me, instead of it coming off as whimsical and fun to recreate the battle for the house, I just felt like “WHAAAAAAA???!!!!” 🙂 I’d love to see Alice back and maybe Olivia going up against her…that would be fun! (I miss Alice.) The Thanksgiving pizza is fun…but with Monica being the only “elder” left TRACY COME BACK!!! it’s still missing that Q feel…Sadly, it’s the way it goes….

I’m just wondering if they bring in a Monica peer…any of the great soap actresses like Robin Strasser, Erika Slezak, Linda Dano, Kim Zimmer…to play a long-lost Q or a sister, cousin of Monica who moves in the mansion as well…we might be able to capture some of the dynamic. (when of course AJ returns!!!! they’ve really got to right that wrong!)

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oops…I meant worked well between Monica and Tracy!

Mateo
Mateo

I’m sorry but this whole story just is boring as all get out. Steve Burton’s portrayal is beyond one note. It’s sleep inducing. I am so tired of seeing him fight and hold a gun and look like he’s trying to hide an erection. He mumbles when he speaks. I don’t care if he is the “real” Jason. I resent being forced down this path of storytelling because there isn’t any story. So Sonny and Carly will have their Jason again. For all those who have been complaining about the mob stories…this is just the precursor to more mob activity. Julian is coming back. Jason is coming back as Steve Burton and I just am too bored to care. It’s a waste of a great cast on rest all your eggs in one basket story. I mean think of everyone involved in one character. MIchael, Sonny, Carly, Sam, Ava, Julian, Andre, Elizabeth, Jake, Billy MIller’s Jason, Alexis, and everyone else. Tell some other stories…I just don’t see the wisdom in laying all your eggs in the Burton basket because he seriously can’t pull the weight. I make the same sounds when I am irregular…but no one gives a crap (ooh I made a funny) and quite honestly, neither do I. I love GH but right now DAYS and Y&R are killing GH with good writing, great stories and a good time watching it. Right now I have to go drink some coffee, I am watching today’s episode of GH and I’m feeling a little tired…oh wait commercial suddenly I feel wide awake…..hehehe…

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

You are both entertaining and funny. I do agree with you, even though I have no idea how what it’s like to hide an erection.

You are correct, it will be more of the same with Burton back. The fixed stare poses no intimidation. These new developments are too bombastic.

Celia
Celia

Well, I don’t think Burton/Jason is trying to intimidate anyone here, Francesca. What I see is determination for survival. Kill or be killed….at least, that’s my impression.
But, of course, you and other long-time watchers, know best when it comes to “Stonecold”….soooo, I will shut up now….LOL.
As Shay said….”you had to be there”. … ( paraphrasing), and I wasn’t.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Way to go, Mateo!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

I bow to you sir.

Oh, and this looooong con started when Drew was three and was mysteriously spirited away and kept in some weird nether state for FOUR DECADES so that a swap could be made five years ago. Let the timeline sink in.

That’s some kind of PINKY AND THE BRAIN level conniving!

Kevin C
Kevin C

I tuned back in to GH and loving what’s going on…BRAVO…

dan
dan

Yes, they have turned SB’s return into a great umbrella story instead of the usual return from the dead and lurking in the shadows for a month! Of course Sonny would be the first to see him and no doubt keep it a secret from Carly, but everything else and so many characters’ involvement has made this great fun to watch. I think the overall writing has improved a lot and I am hopeful this will have some great payoffs to come. Good job GH!

Darnell
Darnell

This is great storytelling. Kudos to the writers and for Steve Burtons return. Eagerly awaiting each episode. This is why GH is the best. Now, all they need is to get some exotic location adventure thrown in the mix and it’ll be like old times. Steve’s return is the answer to what we need. Although I like Billy Miller, he and Sam is getting too boring. After the smoke clears, he should be inaugurated into the Quartermaine family and take over ELQ. Billy needs something good to sink his teeth in. He could be what the show is missing in Tyler Christopher’s absence.

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

In the preview of the Oct 26th episode, oljason clammors, “Sonny, he-he’s alive???”. Is the ‘he’ referred to baby Jake?

Steve
Steve

Unfortunately it won’t be about AJ. Imagine:
Jason: “He’s alive?”
Sonny: “No, I killed him for good. Shh, no one’s suppose lad to mention that.”

Ricky
Ricky

I am totally speechless. I had no idea that Andre was involved with Patient 6. I wish these so called fans would let the writers do what they do. This was a well kept secret and I also hope that Andre and Klein are both undercover for the WSB. I think Klein being in a triangle with either Nina or Laura would be very interesting. And Andre and Anna have great chemistry. They could send Ned and Olivia on an “extended” vacation, send Aunt Stella back to Balitmore and send nurse Amy to another hospital. Just my opinion.

rebecca1
rebecca1

You’re right, Ricky. It was a well-kept secret…at least on this site. The surprise element was, errrr…surprising…lol…and I was at once impressed, engaged and disappointed. I’ve always liked Andre and his level-headedness. But, they weren’t really doing anything with his character so I guess we’ll see if this is his swan song or if they evolve this into a larger role. Double agent…helping the Port Charles residents while secretly closing in on some Russian and/or Helena Cassadine plot? I hope so…

I, too, liked Anna with Andre. These two were flirting since the day he was brought on board. There was an obvious attraction but then they shifted him toward Jordan. Their dance together was fun, too. However, I am LOVING Anna with Finn! Just adore them together! Fun, flirty…both hesitant and resistant to each other and yet we can see how each is falling for the other. I hope the writers keep these two. They could become my favorite couple!

Ned and Olivia? I want MORE Ned; not less. I do agree about Aunt Stella. Totally unnecessary character. I like Amy…

k/kay
k/kay

Steve Burton is and always will be Jason they should have left his character alone Billy just never could capture the dead stare the killer style I told you guys long time ago Billy needs to be singing Disney tunes does not mean I do not like the actor but his heart was never in it and it showed to me.

k/kay
k/kay

I might addI do not think SB would come back if he was not going to be the true Jason 21 years as that character ???

Harry
Harry

I just cannot see that bubbling, giggling, chubby monkey ever being perceived as being “Stonecold.”
I think the only time I saw him lost it was when he was living with Lizzy and her boys and someone ate all his strawberry Gogurts.

k/kay
k/kay

Saw the scene today MB & SB have worked toge her for many years you can’t just erase that it will be fine my problem is fighting over Sam and her Demi Moore impersonation! God please help me the that!

k/kay
k/kay

Thru that

JONNYSBRO
JONNYSBRO

Do u all think Jean Passanante exiting GH and Chris Van Etten taking her place is bringing about the change on GH? The show is like a complete total.thrill ride.

elaine
elaine

Gee. …..let’s guess. Andre is head of a Russian mob, wanting to keep Jason away to eventually take control of Genoa City. He’s boring and making him an evil mob boss won’t help his boring personality. Dr. Klein is just as boring and not that attractive. So enough with the thugs, we’d rather watch the triangle that’s about to happen between can’t remember his name Jason and real Jason. And enough of Nelle and her little behind the door grins. Cheese Whiz!!

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

You said it all for me, elaine

Darnell
Darnell

We all know that Helena and Faison is behind this. And I’m sure Obrecht is in on it. (Quick note: they need to return Obrecht to her famous self. She’s pathetic now. She use to be exciting.) The why…….. I think they were originally going to use Billy’s Jason to kill off a few people and stick him in ELQ to cypher off millions of dollars and ruin PC. But how did they know about the twin????? Ms. Whack job herself- Heather Webber. Come on GH, bring back the notorious and exciting Robin Matson. We need a dose of real crazy. She should partner with Franco and give us a thrill ride. Franco needs to go and Todd should return.

Shay
Shay

All that you have said, Darnell….except for the last part about Todd. (But yes, Franco does need to go after this “Q a Deux” storyline is fleshed out….he will really have no safespace in Port Charles with two Quartermaine brothers despising him….)

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hey Darnell…

Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) seems to be on an “extended vacation” from GH. From what I read, she’s a cast member over at CW’s Arrow. Not sure if/when she’ll return.

As for Franco…I love him with Liz. He’s been nothing but great to her and her sons. And..I’m so sick of Liz abandoning her relationships. She left AJ when he was unjustly accused of Connie’s murder, she cheated on Lucky with Nicolas, she dumped Rick when he deceived her (he may have deserved it but she has done a fair share of deceving…from lying to “Jake” when she knew he was “jason” to deceiving Lucky when she was sleeping with Nic). All in all, even with all that, I love Liz but I’d like to see her stay with Franco instead of bailing again. (Although she’ll probably use the excuse that he lied to her…even though Andre encouraged him to.)

I would hope that whoever turns out to be Drew forms a friendship with Franco. It’s obvious they were very close as children and they were both victims of some scheme by Heather, Helena and who-knows-who else. But I doubt Franco pushed Drew down the stairs… All three men were manipulated at some point in their lives…

Todd was great. He, with all of OLTL, are gone. Todd without Blair, Vicky etc just wouldn’t be the same….

Breaking News

Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

Continue Reading

Breaking News

GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

Continue Reading

General Hospital

General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

Courtesy/ABC

MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

Courtesy/CBS

You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

Courtesy/ABC

MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

Courtesy/ABC

What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

Courtesy/ABC

There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

Courtesy/ABC

Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

Courtesy/GoodDayLA

You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

Courtesy/ABC

You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

Photo: IMDB

MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

  • Violet Lemm: “Well thanks to you Harry for enlightening me on something most people know, which had nothing to do with my…
  • Pam S: “Thanks Eric Braeden for voicing your displeasure of the actor changes in the past year especially long-term ones such as…
  • joe: “Sadly, Mr. Braeden's comments aren't going to change a thing. These are not the days of old. They…
  • Myra Wagner: “Don’t let Michael go
  • Sandy: “I totally agree with you.
Advertisement

Power Performance

Drake Hogestyn as John

Days of our Lives

Airdate: 9-8–2018

Advertisement

Popular