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GENERAL HOSPITAL: An Alexis Vehicular Manslaughter? Smug Nelle Visits Sonny, Thanksgiving At the Q's & Lante Say Their "I Do's"!

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If you missed the Thanksgiving episode of General Hospital, you should catch it.

It was well-paced show with elements that pulled on the heartstrings, celebrated the meaning of family on this annual holiday, and packed quite the wallop with a few major cliffhangers that viewers will be left pondering for a long four days before GH returns on Monday, November 28th will all-new episodes and the pickup of where we left off!  The episode also featured some terrific performances.

As far as Thanksgiving dinners go at the Quartermaines, this time the crew, which was now Tracy (Jane Elliot), Monica (Leslie Charleson), Ned (Wally Kurth) and Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon) although begrudgingly coming together for an anticipated Turkey Day disaster, think this time all went well when they sit down to eat their turkey dinner.  Problem is: Monica realizes that the turkey isn’t covered in brine, but Finn’s bacteria instead, because of a mix-up in the refrigerator!   She then grabs the pizza menu, and we are off to the races for another pizza Thanksgiving with the Q’s.  As they wait for the pizza delivery, they each say why they are thankful for the other.  When the pizza arrives, Tracy says something is missing. Then, Ned breaks into song, joined by the others to sing the traditional Quartermaine Thanksgiving tune, started by the late Edward.  In a touching moment, Ned puts a slice of pizza beside the photo of Edward and Lila on the mantel.

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Sonny (Maurice Benard) is drinking and all alone on Thanksgiving.  He calls Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) to check in with him, and his grandson, Rocco.  Dante wants to stop by and see Sonny, but Sonny says no, but Dante continues to say that no matter what has happened they are family.

Then, Laura (Genie Francis) shows up at Sonny’s.  And the two have a heart-to-heart (as both are struggling this holiday with the loss of their sons); they share how all the good things in life just remind them of what they’re missing.  Laura came to see Sonny, because he was the only one who would understand what she is going through, since she misses Nikolas so much.  Laura urges Sonny to let the people who love him back into his life, and to not shut them out. After Laura leaves, Sonny continues to drink.

Carly (Laura Wright) forgot all about Thanksgiving due to her grieving the death of Morgan, but Jax (Ingo Rademacher), Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael (Chad Duell) put a Thanksgiving together for her.   It’s sad for Carly who is thinking of Sonny and the death of her son, as Josslyn tells the group that Morgan gave her the courage to keep going and get back up, even if you falter.  After Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) stops by and is surprised Carly is not with Sonny, she makes an exit.  Jax and Carly hug at the front door and Nelle sees this, just as Carly’s phone is ringing, and it’s Sonny.  Nelle lets the call go to voicemail, where Sonny leaves his wife a tender message.  Next thing you know, scheming Nelle makes an exit and tells Michael there is someone she needs to go see.  Nelle beelines it for Sonny’s.  She sees the shape he is in from drinking and drops a bombshell on him; she saw Jax and Carly kiss!

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Back at Dante and Lulu’s (Emme Rylan), they tell their guests that today is actually going to be there wedding day!  And wouldn’t you know?  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) is there to officiate, and the mothers of the couple show up just in time: Laura and Olivia.  Dante and Lulu get gussied up for their vows, and Lante tie the knot for a second time!

Elsewhere on the outskirts of Port Charles, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is in full lush-mode at some dive bar.  She can’t stop drinking.  Julian tracks her down there.  However, Alexis is not pleased and reminds him of the restraining order she has against him.  Julian threatens to call Sam (Kelly Monaco) and throw Alexis under the bus for drinking.

Alexis then begs Julian not to.  She even grabs his hand, begging him to keep her drinking to just between them. When Julian seems to want to help Alexis as he notes her downward spiral, she throws his phone across the bar.  As he looks for a phone to borrow, Alexis makes a quick exit from the bar to get to her car.  Julian comes out and tells her she should not be driving.  She then locks herself in the car as he tries to get through to her. By now he is front of the vehicle, when Alexis thinks she put the car in reverse, but accelerates instead and runs Julian down!  The episode fades to black.

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Great performances by Nancy Lee Grahn, Dominic Zamprogna, Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Genie Francis, and more during this episode.

So, what did you think of Thanksgiving on GH 2016?   What do you think Nelle is up to?  What will Alexis do now that she has run down Julian?  Let’s not forget she previously, accidently, ran down Kristina’s abusive boyfriend, Kiefer!

Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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su0000
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su0000

Laura and Sunny… I am beyond cringing over the pity me stories.. Seems J&S are very depressed to write such sludge .. Lulu and Dante = BLAH .. there is no redirecting them from the land of nod.. Alexes (a use to be a strong woman) is written into a slobby mess at the bottom of the pity pile. The Quartermaines pizza thanksgiving, nothing cute about it, any longer.. I am desperate for a good mystery, a laugh, something new.. ((are you listening gawds of Soaps?)) HAPPY THANKSGIVING To All !! {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ group hug }}}}}}}}}}}}}}} 0ooh eat the goodies, desserts… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Su0000…So agree with what you have said. Every so often they through us a bone, but the story goes nowhere.

Mrs Kravitz
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Mrs Kravitz

I agree with you, Suooo.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and avoid controversial subjects such as should one remove one’s shoes per the hosts’ request and what to do with the bathroom hand towels after using.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Laura and Sonny–Genie so touching and underplayed beautifully. Wonderful–and WAY too brief.
OMF–is THAT the only the only way the writers can get rid of Julian–have Alexis run him over??? Give me a break!

Mrs Kravitz
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Mrs Kravitz

To Nancy–or give Alexis a brake!

Celia
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Celia

Soooo true, SuzieQ……but, I get lost in Tracy. I am so into her; I wish she appeared in every scene.
And, Mrs. Kravits? Funny post. I love the humor….something we truly need on here and in everyday life.
But…..Instead of hand towels, I use disposable towels, I stick a post-it on the box, which reads: “Please do not flush, throw into trash bin”. LOL.

curacaoman
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curacaoman

GH goes from worse to even worse. It is just painful to watch

Rose
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Rose

Curaçao man…What a way to end before Thanksgiving with Alexis hitting Julian combined with all of her other problems. Especially painful just before the holiday season, and after all the emotions pro and con since the election. At least B&B and even Y&R took a day off and had nice celebrations with member of their families at the dinner table.

Brian
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Brian

Don’t watch then, find something else to do with your time. Why would you continue watching a show you find painful to watch?

Mrs Kravitz
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Mrs Kravitz

Because, Brian, hope springs eternal.

Rose
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Rose

Good question Brian. I keep hoping for the new writers to start a fresh approach….something that will more often than not lift your spirits….a better balance between stories that can make you smile, or sigh, or even tear-up…mysteries, betrayals, and romance…as well as conflict and heartbreak…but not the steady diet of darker stories we’ve had lately. So to answer your question about why continue to watch? I’m going to be an optimist and hope tptb at GH see enough of these comments on sites like MF, and maybe take them to heart when plotting out new stories. I’d like to… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Great retort, Brian. But, we are merely opining. I am still very much interested in most of the stories and characters.
I thought that Alexis’ ‘accident’ was a fitting cliff-hanger. I doubt anyone gave it much thought on THANKSGIVING day, or any other holiday.
T’would be a sad day, if that were the case.

Celia
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Celia

I disagree. Yes, curacaoman, some storylines go on forever until I am ready to scream. But, there are some storylines that intrigue me. I do not think this soap is ready to be put to rest….it still has plenty of life left.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Rumor is Vanessa Marcil will be back as Brenda Barrett. I hope this is true. GH is putting me to sleep. Terrible Storylines right now. GH needs to get better or it will be cancelled next year.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

The episode had it’s moments. I thought the pizza slice by the picture was a realistic touch– I did the same on my mother’s birthday (she passed in Aug) and put a small plate of her usual birthday meal by her picture— but overall the whole Q running gag about having to order pizza felt like an afterthought this year– honestly who cannot tell the difference between bacteria and brine? It was the lamest reason yet as to why they cannot have turkey—but like every tradition it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving on GH without it but they can at least write… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Nelle and Sonny hooking up? Give me another break!

Mrs Kravitz
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Mrs Kravitz

Nell looks like a twelve year old.
And yes, Ned putting the pizza in front of the picture of Lila and Edward was sweet, but it’s sad that it’s come down to fleeting gestures rather than the writers giving viewers character driven stories which pay fidelity to the series’ history.

Celia
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Celia

Yes, nancy. That would really be a sick move; DISGUSTO!!!!!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Not only do we not want that we also don’t want to see an oops i kissed and almost slept with my sister story either i.e. michael and nelle

Melissa
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Melissa

Agreed with everything you said. Thank you!

Timmm
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Timmm

MF said it, key word “Pace.” It was like a ballet, each scene intertwined, not cut short which is often annoying. Also, it was nice not to have Franco,Valentin and Jason on. But speaking of Jason, what a loser not being at the Q mansion for Thanksgiving! He and Dillon could bonded but he only interacts with Sam or Sonny now! Loser! But Monday should be good with nasty Nelle and “Wreckless Alexis!”

Patrick
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Patrick

Telling it like it is…. thanks especially, about Billy Miller’ Jason… BM ( assuming his contract has been renewed) wants to “act” this way. easy meal ticket. easy street for this one note it’s gobsmacking… how he went from top of the world… even if he shared that TOP with Michael Muhney… and spiraled … to an afterthought. I no longer think he has it in him to feature… at least on GH… a stone cold lackey I think it was … Mondays eps… @ the metro court… the scenes with Kiki and Nelle. I saw a burgeoning.. firepower.. between… Read more »

Mrs Kravitz
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Mrs Kravitz

Billy Miller often has a look on his face which seems to say,”Why, oh why did I leave Y&R?” He’s terribly miscast as Jason and when he tries to play the stone cold tough guy, I just laugh. Nell frequently looks at the camera as if she is sharing some joke with the viewers. The other day after Bobbie accosted her, Nell gets in the elevator, smirks and says while looking at the camera.”Well, that went well.” She does this often. I am going to start calling her Nelly Bueller. And Nelly Bueller needs a day off, and another and… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yeah, Jason should have been there. His best scenes have been with “Monica” and “Laura.”

su0000
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su0000

Billy Miller is a great actor…. he can go in every which way..
Billy is struggling with bad writing for the Jason character..
J&S keep twirling Billy/Jason to no real means, such a shame..
It is not Billy Miller it’s the writing of ‘this’ Jason ..

He is either Stone Cold Jason or Jake, or a mix of the two or a smi-new character.
I can see that Billy can’t find a true course to Jason’s identity.

Chris
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Chris

I liked the Thanksgiving show, and truly hope Alexis gets some kind of help now that she’s hit rock bottom. (And hit Julian, too – literally with her car!) This might be a small point but I was wondering, where was Bobbie? Shouldn’t she have been at Carly’s for Thanksgiving? Maybe now since she’s back working at GH she was there but it was odd that there was no mention of her.

mike
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mike

If Sonny has sex with Nell I will turn GH off. Yuck.

Michelle
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Michelle

I know. Nobody wants to see that.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I would think the episode was sweet if it was…a different episode! Sonny was alone and Dante felt terrible about that…so why didn’t they have it at Sonny’s once they knew he was under house arrest. Then….his father could actually be at his wedding! And, you’d think maybe Dante would ask Michael to stop by…if even for the few minutes it took to for the ceremony. Where was Olivia’s baby? She would never leave him on a holiday… Where is Max? Does Sonny not have security anymore? At the very least it would be Sonny, Diane and Max. Why would… Read more »

Mrs Kravitz
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Mrs Kravitz

I was waiting for someone from Sonny’s family to arrive with some Thanksgiving dinner for her him.
Instead, all he gets is Lolita and she doesn’t even bring him any food.
All she had for Sonny as that creepy ass smile.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Lol…she’s a beautiful girl but as devious Nell “creepy ass smile” is spot on!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Tiresome to repeat history–and as embarrassing as when Sonny and Emily had a fling.
Say what??!!

Mrs Kravitz
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Mrs Kravitz

Yes, Nancy. As bad as Sonny’s affair with Emily was, the prospect of his sleeping with the pubescent looking Nell is even worse.
I am praying it does not happen. Carly needs to listen to her mama

Rose
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Rose

Rebecca…I agree with your comments. For me GH is a shadow of what it used to be. No joy, humor, adventure, romance, family legacy to speak of anymore. They don’t seem to know how to write about relationships anymore but depend on drama, trauma and crime all of the time with a revolving door of new actors and fragmented stories. Maybe it’s a symptom of our times. But at least B&B and Y&R had the members of the families together for mostly pleasant Thanksgiving meals and a day of truce. Re:Nelle…maybe my benefit of the doubt that I had given… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Lol.p, Rose…didn’t know you gave Nell the benefit! I couldn’t stand her from the beginning with that faux concern. (Objectively, she and michael look great together.)

Yes, I watched B&B. Now THAT was a Thanksgiving! Very soapy…on the one hand it’s all beautiful, elegant…very celebratory, warm ‘n fuzzy…and yet everyone in reality had an issue with one person or more at the table. Which…kinda shows how funny holidsys can be in some situations..it ‘s either war or…temporary truce!

su0000
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su0000

GH Thanksgiving was morbid …

I went from watching GH thanksgiving to watching Y&R thanksgiving..
It was like day and night..
Y&R was actually a thanksgiving family day.
GH was a pile of junk/it was empty .

Soaphound
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Soaphound

su, thanks for defending Billy Miller. He’s my favorite soap actor and I get so tired of reminding people that he doesn’t write his own lines and that the same “dull” quality has also affected Roger Howarth and Michelle Stafford. They can’t all be just “cashing in”. The show needs a major overhaul, starting with a major cast trim: Jordan, Andre, Nurse Amy, Aaron (is he even still on?), T. J., Nelle, Officer Valerie, probably more, all need to go. And since when was Steve Burton’s Jason the life of the party? Not as I remember it.

cooks7570
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cooks7570

Officer Valerie can stay. Valerie and Amy are hardly on half the time. So why do they need to go. but then again we wouldn’t want to take away Sonny’s and Nelle’s airtime.

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

This episode was dreadful from start to finish. Yikes! The general direction of this program is deeply troubling. These stories are bland and dull. As much as I love this show, I am in no rush to flip on the DVR to watch it. How much worse can it get? 🙁 The ultra-annoying and boring plot of pizza for Thanksgiving at the Quartermaines needs to be retired. It’s lifeless. The actors also seem to have grown tired of it. Please flush this nonsense in 2017. I am worried about this show. How much longer can this once-glorious program survive with… Read more »

Mrs Kravitz
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Mrs Kravitz

They need to first get rid of Frank V as Executive Producer and then get rid of these horrible head writers.
Until they get rid of Frank, GH will not be able to improve.
GH needs to take a page from Y&R.

Celia
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Celia

Love your posts, Mrs. Kravitz. Are you both Harry and Addison? I am enjoying the posts, regardless.
Raise your glass!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hello, Mrs Kravitz!
I love your pun–“give Alexi a brake.”
Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving.

Keffen
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Keffen

The show,wasn’t so good..for Alexis running over Julian is,a good thing..it will lead to Alexis,or Julian having to go to Sam house..by order of the judge..Also Julian will found out that he’s gonna,be a grandfather again..I know it horrible he got ran over..but something should come out of this,storyline..I hoping for a better and more postive storyline for Julexis and Jasam

Dan
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Dan

So many people here whining and complaining, I’m beyond sick of reading it. So much negativity. Every story Michael posts about GH, it’s the same negative comments over and over. You don’t like the show, don’t watch it, simple as that. I loved the Thanksgiving episode. The Quartermaines getting pizza is honoring history. It’s tradition. Ned leaving a slice of pizza next to Edward and Lila’s picture was very touching. I don’t care how many years in a row they do it, wouldn’t be a GH Thanksgiving without The Quartermaines getting pizza. Loved the scenes with Genie Francis and Maurice… Read more »

ncboston
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ncboston

I agree Dan — it’s depressing to read the boards sometimes. Of course, people can post whatever they want. But if you dislike the show that much, and can’t find anything good to say about it, why watch? And why spend time going online to write about it? I liked some of Ron’s writing but, in the end, for me, it was a lot of flash and no substance. Ridiculously short scenes, quick cutaways and some poorly developed/ dumb stories (my beloved Heather became a cartoon character…and I haven’t been able to eat pickles or BLT’s for years now). Compare… Read more »

Michelle
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Michelle

It sounds like they are about to be giving the character of Bobbie more screen time and for that I give kudus to this writing team. Compared to Days, GH is winning with me because it contains some comic relief in the characters of Franco and Finn. Tracy is always good for some laughs as well. I thought the storyline about the brine vs. bacteria was cute. I didn’t feel disappointed. I would have been disappointed if there was nothing wrong with the turkey. I’m glad the character of Tracy acknowledged there are so few Quartermaines remaining. I won’t hold… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Dan I usually agree with your comments and I’m usually “complaining” about complainers as well. But as nice as each little vignette might have been…the show barely features anyone interacting with anyone. They bring Jason back…he’s never once asked about his brother AJ, he never visits Monica, he isn’t featured with Michael whom he was close to, the few times Spinelli has been back there’s none of that endearing friendship they had. Jason and Sam talked about moving…are they leaving the show? Either way, why would he move away from his other son, little Jake? That didn’t even enter the… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Dan, I couldn’t agree with you more, but like Celia said, we often opine over such things like Jason or Nina simply because we expect more from these pros. The writing sucks BUT, as I said about the Thanksgiving show was it was like a ballet, so smooth and entertaining. AND if the Q’s wouldn’t had pizza, some people would have complained about that! You cannot win!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

we are all avid posters and viewers who staunchly defend our shows and call a turkey a turkey. Complaining and having an audible and reputable place to do it is welcomed relief. Believe they know what is being said on MF’s website. Sitting back and just taking the crap forced on you never gets you anywhere. So VOICES BE HEARD!!!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

What davlestev1said. (Lol…was that “turkey a turkey” a double entendre for Thanksgiving? Ha…good one!)

Libby
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Libby

I am ready for some switch up on GH. I will always love show. I think that Morgan is alive and a recast will head back in next few months. I hope so. I think that Carly and Sonny need to break up and move on. Love Ingot back as Jax. Carly and Jax are an interesting couple. There is a greater chemistry with Laura Wright and Ingo R. I want Robin to have an in depth return .to help Sonny grieve and pull back up. I think Olivia is a great friend with Sonny – depending if Wally Kurth… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Patrick…wanted you to know I replied to u about three times when u wrote to Rose and I…regarding orange man…but they didn’t post. Hope you’re doing well.

As for wicked Nell, lol, I can’t stand her! I want to protect Michael from HER…not the other way around! She’s obnoxious!

, n

Archie Bunker
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Archie Bunker

Love this Rebecca person!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Archie…

ncboston
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ncboston

Any scene with Genie is a treat — loved her visit/conversation with Sonny. I agree with Michael that it was a well paced episode with very different storylines — it was an entertaining hour.

Nik
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Nik

Yea, good show but I just read that Brenda is coming back. This should give Carly fever! 🙂

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Let me get this straight: Alexis hits Julian with her vehicle. Then, moments later (or whatever), Alexis rushes to Julian’s side and says, “JULIAN…WAKE UP, WAKE UP”!!!!! H-U-H?!?!?!?!?! OK…you know what: This is further proof that Alexis is nothing but AN EMBARRASSMENT AND A WHINY TRAIN-WRECK!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey jaybird…Alexis didn’t hit Julian on purpose. Because she was drunk she thought she put the car in reverse…then stepped on the gas. It was an accident…that’s why she was so upset and called 911.

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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