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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna and Duke "Reconnect", A Julian Double-Cross, Franco Seeks Advice From Heather!

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Wednesday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital brought with it some interesting developments and moments.  But nothing topped the “reunion” of Anna Devane and her late love Duke Lavery in heart-tugging scenes played to perfection by the incomparable Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan.

It begins when Anna is left in a freezer on the pier, and knocked out thanks to on-the loose Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise), and it is in her dire straits that she envisions seeing Duke.  In their moments together for the first time in a year, Anna tells Duke her sorrow, her anger, and what she did to Carlos because of his death.  She feels like she failed him, in that she wanted to bring his murderer to justice.

Later, Anna reveals to Duke she met his son, the son he never knew he had.  When Anna fills in Duke about Griffin (Matt Cohen), Duke is touched and overcome.  From the subtlety and emotional beats played, it reminded longtime viewers of just how Finola and Ian, dear friends in real life, created a one-of-a-kind on-screen chemistry.  Finally, Duke tells Anna she has the strength to get back up, and when Duke vanishes form her conscious, Anna wakes up.  She then realizes she is stuck in a very isolated, cold place!

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Meanwhile, Carlos who is on the pier calls Julian (William deVry) for help.  He needs him to help him get out of town and get to Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) and their baby.  Carlos tells Julian if he gets caught, he will have to flip on him which would bring his world crumbling down.  As Julian prepares to meet Carlos he grabs his gun, but Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) enters their home with two police officers who want to search the premises for Carlos.   Alexis is getting upset with Julian and sees the gun box.  He puts the gun back to appease her, but when she is not looking grabs the dagger Helena left to Natasha (Alexis)!  Later, Carlos, who has been hiding in the waters of the pier, hears Julian who has come to meet him.  Julian hands him cash, but then asks for hug, and then comes the double-cross!  The mobster stabs Carlos!   And let’s just say here and now:  kudos to Jeffrey Vincent Parise for making the wackiness, the desperation, and violent parts of Carlos, and his on the run situations, so palpable.

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The episode also brought back Robin Mattson as crazy Heather Webber.  Franco (Roger Howarth) has come to visit his mother fearing that he is turning back to a dark place since the tumor was removed from his brain, and stemming from the fact that he and Nina (Michelle Stafford) broke up!  He asks his mother for advice, and her advice is …to go big and get between the sheets, if he wants Nina back.

There was also a major wake-up for Alexis and to snap her into reality when her ex-lover, and town mob boss, Sonny (Maurice Benard) came to see her to tell her that she needs to realize that right now that either Julian is helping Carlos out of town, or killing him.

What did you think about the Anna and Duke scenes played by Hughes and Buchanan?  Do you think Julian finally rid the world of Carlos once and for all?  Did you get a kick out of seeing Heather Webber back on your screens? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, but first watch a tender and emotional moment between Anna and Duke below!

 

 

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Michele
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Michele

The Duke and Anna scenes just make me want more. This is how DnA should have been treated all along: like the supercouple that they are. Bring Duke back and let him get to know his son!

Tristan
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Tristan

Please allow me to co-sign your post!!!!!

Tatiana
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Tatiana

Yes please! Beautiful scenes.

Omar
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Omar

Why bring Carlos back, only to kill him again!!?? So stupid..Alexis and Anna were my iconic favorite leading ladies but these writers have just made them poor little flowers dropping peddles and folding their tents The whole Franco/Nina storyline is just pointless..I though Ms Stafford was a great actor, boy was I wrong!! Her portrayal of Nina is boring and robotic at best.. Robin Mattson was the highlight of this boring episode. GH…PLEASE get some new writers..I am on the verge of tuning out!! After 35 years of viewing!! I am been watching since I was 12, and this is… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

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GO HEATHER !!!! 🙂

( Heather & Franco , finally some scenes I won’t be FF….
AND! I won’t fall asleep – IF they are written as they should be written / dark crazy drama!

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

AGREE AGREE AGREE.

Heather wants a baby. I’m sure this will end well!!!! GET ME MORE HEATHER.

Oh, and make Nurse Amy Franco’s sister. After Heather was a nurse once

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Best part-seeing both Duke and Heather-but not having Duke alive and Anna telling him he has a son(or daughter-lol) was major disappointing because Duke really isnt there-and telling his’spirit’ about Griffen seems totally pointless-funny how Robin isnt around to do her miracle job of bringing Duke back to life?…enough with these murders and the criminal goes unpunished-send Julian away or dont make him a killer…and with all that happens down at the docks you would think there would be security cameras and a regular police foot patrol down there!!!

Shay
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Shay

Yes, jimh…..Wednesday’s show was a true contrast in the sublime and the ridiculous, the former being the ever-exquisite Anna and her Duke, plus, always arcane, yet highly-amusing Heather, whilst the latter remained that constantly nauseating Nina and annoying Alexis. (Exactly what will it take to see less of these two revolting women? Really….) At least Ian Buchanan finally received the swansong that his character so richly deserved….and Robin Mattson’s very welcome return appearance most definitely lead one to wonder what upcoming caper might be on her agenda? She seemed to respond in a most negative fashion to the mention of… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

If Heather wants revenge on Lisel-let Heather knock off her niece Nina-PLEASE!!11

Shay
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Shay

Oooh…that would be TRULY sublime, jimh! And if Nina refuses to reunite with Franco as he wishes, that would serve as another great motive for Heather to stifle this useless character…nobody rejects her boy without Big Mama Webber getting her revenge!

grace garcia
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grace garcia

I COMPLETELY agree about those docks, ALSO, WHY haven’t people learned to not talk OUT LOUD when they have a secret!!!

JK
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JK

OMG ARE YOU CORRECT….RIGHT ON…..ITS A JOKE THAT EVERY CRIME SCENE OR ANYONE THAT WANTS TO HIDE GOES TO THE DOCKS!!!! AND NOT ONLY DOES EVERYONE TALK OUT LOUD, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE OVERHEARING THEM…I KNOW ITS A SOAP, BUT THIS GETS TO BE TOO MUCH~~~~

grace garcia
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grace garcia

HAHAHAHA!!! SOOOO true!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I was thinking that’s the ONE loophole they have if they ever want to bring Duke back to life…making him a dream instead of a ghost. Although, much as I love Duke, he was still rather emotionless. Ian seemed like he was doing a dress rehearsal…no body language…and if he said “it doesn’t matter we’re together now” one more time…lol…I kept wondering if he forgot his lines and used that same phrase for filler.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

The Anna and Duke scenes were wonderful. Two amazing actors at the top of their game. Finola Hughes is perfection. Her talent, beauty and brains make her the sexiest actress in all of daytime.

su0000
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su0000

Sick to death with Duke anything — it was overkill and now I don’t care if they both croak..
Alexis and Julian are OK— I like Julian action way over Alexis anything.

2 thumbs up — Carlos and Julian action and throw is Sonny for the good stuff..

2 thumbs down — Anna and Duke ZZZZzzzzzzzZZZZZZ.

4 thumbs up — Heather and Franco (hope I am not disappointed again will a big fail)

BTW; Anna has been destroyed, not good for my future viewing of Anna nope..

Rose
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Rose

Su…Still can’t figure why you even bother to watch GH. It never seems to come up to your standards. Maybe your a closet optimist in your own way.

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree Rose, its like going to eat at the Olive Garden every night for dinner and hating Italian food!

su0000
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su0000

Hi Rose..
I watch for Sonny, Julian, Franco, Ava, Finn, Tracy, just for my favs
I also watch to see just how much worse J&S can become..
I sigh at the lame of even the horribly bad holds its’ kicks to see LOL ..
And– I need to see leadup of the firing of J&S .. lol

there was time that I never FF.. Now I FF through all the lame stuff if I’m still awake… Hate nodding out and missing Carlos .. but while FF I see the frames and know when to stop to see the good stuff ..

su0000
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su0000

I gave Julian and Alexis an OK..
I gave Carlos and Julian action and throw is Sonny 2 thumbs up.
I gave Heather and Franco 4 thumbs up
and Duke & Anna a ZzzzzZZZZZ !
that was my post..
it was quite mild 🙂 and up to standards ,, 🙂

Rose
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Rose

Su..you’re going to love today’s Julian and Carlos on Pier 54. No snooze time…guaranteed. And by the way I like all of you favs as well, but Sonny only sometimes…too much attitude and crimes with no consequences. Add Carlos.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Now we are back to disagreeing, su0000–Julian and Alexis, an OK? NOT! And is the actor playing Julian leaving? He looks constipated and downtrodden! How can they keep a murderer? (I didn’t say that, did I? Oh well, just a rhetorical question! They keep ALL murderers, don’t they? LOL!

Patrick
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Patrick

I haven’t even seen the ep… and i’m crying NICE READ “Duke is touched and overcome. From the subtlety and emotional beats played, it reminded longtime viewers of just how Finola and Ian, dear friends in real life, created a one-of-a-kind on-screen chemistry. ” I miss him, I miss them dang it… he’s a handsome man… and yes… the love magic & STIR of Duke and Anna I will be pissed if Carlos dies… we at least need to see Carlos and Sabrina w/child. I can truly see why fans… are just over the mob king pins…. will Sonny and… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Apropos of nothing: Stop the presses–we now have a bona fide PRIEST on the show–and he is Duke’s son–Hallelujah and AMEN! Someone with a conscience is now a main character on the show! How will the show survive (sarcasm, yes!) THAT”S exactly how it CAN survive. Yes? Oh, YES! 🙂

Marie
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Marie

Ditto Nancy. Ditto.

Rose
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Rose

Loved seeing Anna and Duke together again. It seems both Anna and a Jason entered The Twilight Zone to find the strength and inspiration to “get up.” But what a waste that the previous regime had Duke killed off. When are writers going to stop this with other characters as well? Ahh, Julian and Alexis. Ironic Julian who put out the hit on Duke is doing what Duke wished he hadn’t done…trading happiness for ego. And Alexis…love and need can be blind for just so long…some just can’t change their stripes. And then Julian using Helena’s parting gift and curse… Read more »

lila
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lila

best part was Heather and Carlos.. I’m over Duke and Anna, I couldn’t careless what they do because I find them boring now and if I never see or hear his name again it would be too soon. The writers have made me hate this pair. And I need a break from Anna now.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No Heather–EVER again! And Franco can go away also. Just bring RH back as another character–it’s NOT like you haven’t done so already!! 🙂

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Having Julian go full on bad guy was the best most compelling thing I’ve ever seen him Do. Breathed new life into the character. I loved Heather Webber being a mother to her son. Humanizing scene. Heather is best to me when she is a written a flawed human being not just wacko. Anna and Duke was heartbreaking.

Dan
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Dan

Loved the Anna and Duke scenes. It was wonderful seeing Ian Buchanan again and another reminder of how much they really screwed up killing off Duke. Finola Hughes is such an amazing actress, the chemistry she has had with both her leading men over the years, Tristan and Ian, has been such a pleasure to watch. It’s always fun seeing Heather Webber on screen again. Robin Mattson brings the crazy every time. I just hope they don’t have Heather break out of jail for the 800th time. I honestly hope Carlos is dead this time. Jeffrey Vincent Parise did a… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

IF they want Jeffrey Vincent Parise back he should shave and get a haircut and be a good guy and twin brother of Carlos! They did it with Alcazar!

JK
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JK

GREAT IDEA….

Dan
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Dan

Ehhhh, they could go do that, but it’s been done many times before on this show. Luis and Lorenzo Alcazar, Manny Ruiz and then the actor came back as his identical twin brother, a priest. Heck, go all the way back to Kevin Collins and his evil twin brother Ryan. Carlos had a good run on the show, more than most villains get, but I’d be fine if we never saw him again. That’s no disrespect to Jeffrey Vincent Parise, who was very good in the role. I just think it’s time to move on.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I like it! And make HIM a priest also. 🙂

Aria
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Aria

Hate being critical of my GH but here goes,

I do like Franco and Nina but their storyline does suck.
Love Duke too but having him as a ghost pointless.
Love Anna but whoever choreagraphed her fight scene should take a note from the prime time women like Peggy carter or the women from agents of shield.
Carlos the weasel getting stabbed by Julian the weasel priceless, let this be over and done with already it’s dragged on forever. Dukes been dead for a year already so let Carlos finally be gone.

Timmm
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Timmm

“Ghost Duke” is a way to appease the fans and admit they should have NEVER killed him off! He is not alive but the writers want to use a scene where he finds out he has a son even though he is dead! A big time ripoff!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

As I mentioned above I think Duke was meant to be in Anna’s mind…which is good in case they ever choose to bring Duke back. Can’t explain away a ghost but if he’s just in her mind…

Janet Byrnes
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Janet Byrnes

Well well, looks like the iic saw Star wars. .now Julian is as evil as Sonny. The way things are going Carlos was the only one left I wanted to watch. He coul;d be funny, he was bad, but on this show who cares. The actor brought it, and now he is dead, in the drink.what a waste. Julian is now a cold blooded killer also. Does this mean Alexis will be angry ???? She should fall off her high horse. Duke and Anna the actors are great. The characters have no room to talk. both are evil . We… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I love that Julian killed Carlos. I didnt care for him. [The actor is very good!] Julian kills Carlos to save his ASS and does Anna and Paul a weird favor! Speaking of Anna. what a cheap, cheap set of her lying in a freezer “Freezing!” It was great to see Ian as Duke but its such a sad reminder that he should have never been killed off!

Heather and Franco are gold! Goes to show you, even though the character of Franco sucks, put him with the right characters and he is good!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

That “gold” tarnished a long, l-o-n-g time ago!

Timmm
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Timmm

Heather is great in small doses! Roger is great but I NEVER like Freako!

Rodd
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Rodd

I enjoyed this episode for the most part. It was a treat to see Duke again; maybe bittersweet would be a better word since he is dead. But I appreciated getting to see Anna and Duke together one more time. How many us of who have lost a partner wish for that one last conversation? It was touching. Since soaps are partly escapism/fantasy, I disagree with those who felt the scenes were pointless. (See my reason mentioned above.) It was also a treat to see Heather again. RM always brings such life to the screen. The rationale for Franco going… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Rod…I’m with you on all counts. It used to be everyone bumped into each other at Kelly’s…sometimes Pier 54. Now it seems the other way around. Which may explain why there’s been more emphasis on the mob and it’s ripple effects.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I loved Kelly’s–and its atmosphere. And remember when everyone met at the Floating Rib? It’s SHRUNK a lot, hasn’t it?

Melissa
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Melissa

GH has developed this really bad habit of killing people twice — AJ, Duke, Carlos. In each case it has felt pointless and gratuitous.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

AND the audience never comes around to agree with the Twice Killed writing. Ever.

What are they thinking in the writers room? ‘i have a great idea, you know what never works? Killing someone, bringing them back and killing them again!’ (Everyone nods in agreement.) Sooooooo, let’s do that!

Grandma Heather… please make this a Christmas Card

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Tomas…’Grandma Heather’…LOVE IT!!!!! LOL!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Its lazy writing and then they return from the dead and were supposed to get excited!

PF
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PF

This was a much better episode than Monday’s tiresome homage to the wonderfulness (LOL) of Jason “Mighty Mouse” Morgan. Passanante and Altman should just stop taking pages from the Bob Guza text book of bad soap writing.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You got that right!

Marie
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Marie

I would love to see a Quartermaine-centric Jason Morgan this time around but something tells me that isn’t going to happen. I would love for these writers to prove me wrong.

Tristan
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Tristan

Just 30 seconds of Duke and Anna in that clip has me in tears. Such wonderful actors and such transcendent chemistry. Ruining Duke and then killing him off were two of he biggest blunders by this blunder-filled GH regime. For me, absolutely unforgivable!

Bring back Ian Buchanan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan
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Dan

I co-sign 100%, 1,000%, whatever the biggest number in the universe is, lol! Robin saw Anna and Robert as ghosts back in 1995 when the Stone AIDS story was going on, and they ended up still being alive. So just because we saw Duke as a ghost doesn’t mean they can’t come up with a story to bring him back, if they really wanted to. One of the biggest casting blunders since the previous regime fired Stuart Damon and killed off Alan Quartermaine.

Mister K
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Mister K

I enjoyed seeing Duke back w/ Anna. Thank you to the writers for making it an entire episode not just a quick glimpse. GH is very fortunate to have the character of Anna on canvas. If any of the PTB at GH are reading…please keep giving the character a good story. Thanks!

Alan
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Alan

Wow — Anna told a figment of her imagination that he had a son with a woman off-camera and he was a dad after all. That extra hour of Good Morning America is looking more and more like a reality if GH keeps serving up episodes like this one and Monday’s…

clb
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clb

Top Daytime Emmy Awards (Drama, Actor, Supporting Actor, Younger Actor, Directing) prove that GH is the best but only when Ron is writing the scenes and story-lines. Guess ABC is embarrassed now. Don’t ruin this show!

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

General Hospital has been on fire all week. I have loved every episode from Mon to Thurs and found them all very entertaining. They are having the best week by far out of the remaining soaps.

Spivey Point
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Spivey Point

They need to get some new writers, stat. I thought Jill Farren Phelps was the worst thing to happen to this show. . . I was wrong!

Message to the “new” writers: 1975 called, they want their story lines back. . .

Can you say boring??? What a snore fest!

Nk3play2
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Nk3play2

I agree with you completely Spivey about the writing……. I know Ron Carlivati had his detractors but I can honestly say that even at his absolute worst — I was always interested and I tuned in everyday. I’m getting to the point now where I can barely finish the episodes. Every single story falls completely flat for me personally. Things that would usually sound great on paper, come off extremely lackluster.

BeccaV
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BeccaV

I think they should BRING DUKE BACK. He’s the only match for Anna. She will never love anyone like she loves Duke. They’re a circle.

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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.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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