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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna Reveals Herself To Her Secret Son; Finola Hughes Delivers Power Performance!

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If you watched last week’s episodes of General Hospital, you know that the truth finally came to light.  Port Charles knows that Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is actually Henrik Faison.

In the scenes where Peter aka Henrik and his bio-mother Anna (Finola Hughes) have a showdown on the pier, Henrik wants to shoot Anna thinking she’s trying to dupe him into believing she is his mother.  He is in for the shock of his life when Anna reveals that she actually is! This comes to light as Jason (Steve Burton) finds Anna and Henrik together, and wants to kill Henrik for his role in keeping Jason captive for five years.  Anna doesn’t want Jason to harm her son.

As Finn (Michael Easton) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) all envelop the scene, it is Finola Hughes who once again this week turns in yet another power performance as the emotionally overwrought, guilt-ridden mother, who must face the consequences of her actions with a son who despises her.  Add to that, the lies that she told to her family and friends, and the ramifications of what to do next now that Henrik wants no part of her, and this story point gave Hughes some material to sink her teeth into.

Later, in an emotional scene with Finn, Anna doesn’t understand how she missed all the clues that Peter, who was hiding in plain sight in Port Charles, was actually Henrik.  She finally confesses that is why she pushed Finn away from any romantic entanglement. Then, in a painful recall, Anna explains her past with Cesar Faison, and how she gave up their baby.  She never tracked the baby over the years, and she thinks, if she had, maybe his life would have been different.

In a major showdown, Anna storms into Valentin’s (James Patrick Stuart) screaming at him that she almost shot her own son tonight!  She accuses Valentin of setting this all in motion, because he despises her, and he deliberately gave Peter to Cesar, and put him in the nefarious villain’s path.  Valentin confesses it gave him leverage over her. Anna is outraged that she handed a child to a “monster.” Valentin claims he has been haunted by his decisions his whole life.

All in all, whether you like the story turn …don’t like a rewrite of history … whether you’re on board with the story, (and many fans have not been) … Finola Hughes continues to show why she is one of the finest actresses of this genre, or any other.  Hughes plays Anna vacillating between emotional mother, tough agent, while displaying a vulnerability. And let’s be real … is there anyone stronger than Anna Devane?

So, did you think Finola delivered this week’s Power Performance?  Comment below.

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Celia
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Personally, I am not on board with this story. I am not in-like with Anna or Finn, as they are being written. Perhaps, I am the only one, but, this plot, story, whatever, is not interesting. I do not like Peter….I’d rather have Faison back. The only consolation is Robert, and Drew…..watching Scorpio in action is a plus….and I want Drew to get his memory back. And, speaking of passe’ actors, how about Laura and Liesl? I want them back….to be honest, more so than Anna….unless her persona goes back to its original form….or at least, the way she was… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

SHUCKS – it’s too much. just after seeing the “thread” how GH has FALLEN to last and/or 4th. the new FEATURE @GH. Drew will align himself with Andre.. and do what it takes to get his memory back. STAT : every since DREW left Sam… he has become MORE watchable… and INTERESTING.. I love his camaraderie with Oscar. his RELAXED mode with Kim. it’s all systems go, isn’t it ? GAWD : I am truly sick of Alexis by now. why does that not happen… because I enjoy seeing her stupid ?!?! ONCE AGAIN she disses Julian… he shows up… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Patrick, Anna is one of my favorite characters but I don’t like her in this story at all. If you told me a year ago I would be fast forwarding through her stories, I would have told you that you’re crazy. And now she’s suddenly in protective Mama bear mode over this cretin? I don’t buy the story, it’s not character driven and it’s full of more holes than Sponge Bob. And I am sorry as I know I am in the minority but I just don’t feel that Parking lot Peter is strong enough of an actor to rise… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

harry : thanks for posting… I can’t always be debby downer.. after all .. on any given day… the doling of nuggets every now and then… surprise. I like.. and even appreciate the light hearted juxtapose… with both Alexis and Finn. as I’ve posted.. since GH MUST have these characters in our orbit.. then so be it… I’m just GLAD and even surprised that posts have shared that these two have something. flesh that out more. if posts cannot see JUlian and Alexis; AND think Anna and Finn have something… argh! as you posted.. ie: Heinrick w/Robert. no point… WOAH.… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

forgot to add. however, one finds Alexis character.. be it fiction or otherwise… I hate the virtuoso… Alexis ! have some FUN. any way.. I hated the way Ava … groveling back to Griffin… still love the comment from Scotty awhile back… wanted Ava to go out with him for dinner and drinks… Lamented.. Griffin has no personality. Roared. so she shows up naked. I don’t know if Griffin went all the way… as just last night he bedded Kiki. retread.. coming from Ava being stung

Harry
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Harry

Patrick, Celia and dmr, we seem to be on the same page here. Griffin is a weak character. He puts on an this pious act and yet, he seems morally challenged. He was a priest when he slept with Nathan’s first wife, Claudette. And now, because he split a whole bottle of champagne with Kiki he jumps into bed with her? Not only can he not hold his liquor, he can’t keep his zipper up. When you couple his morally corrupt behavior with his uppity, pious and judgmental character, what you have is a weak character with not much of… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Great post, Patrick!!

dmr
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Harry, I agree. Parking Lot Peter does not have the acting “chops” to pull of this storyline. That point is proven when he is in scenes with actors such as Tristan Rogers. Wright’s boyfriend acts creepy like Norman Bates while reading Shakespeare. He’s just awful.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, how I agree, Harry!! What’s the point of repeating things over and over again? An effort in futility, I say….so, go with the flow? And, who says you’re in the minority? How does a mother ( Anna) suddenly become obsessively protective of a child of whom she did not even know the gender of said child? Wouldn’t she have confided in someone? Too out there in space somewhere. I’m glad we both saw Alexis’ vulnerability…..it took me a few years, but, I really, really like her. I finally got into her head. I’ve always liked Nancy, but Alexis, sans… Read more »

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And, again, Patrick, I must salute you! Your commentary to Valentini on Carly and Sonny are insightful and spot on!

KM Chiz
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I wholeheartedly agree. I’ve always been a Finola Hughes fan and will forever be. I love the character of Anna Devane and struggle to find any enjoyment with the current storyline. However, I can’t deny how absolutely fantastic Finola’s performances have been and for that reason alone I have developed an appreciation for GH’s decision to take us down this dark and twisted path.

Patrick
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Patrick

A – N – Y ; drama ; that could have ensued ; between Anna and SON… has spiraled… LAY blame on Valentin. WITH all the cards stacked up ; for Wes Ramsey. 1. he’s the one who “rescued” Jason. Faison ordered him to kill Jason… alas, Jason was institutionalized and drugged. YAWN 5 years later (etc… etc… etc ) guess we have to read the book on all of his trials and tribulations… I need a hero… I wonder if he’s good in bed blah blah blah… thereby each character … that coulda woulda shoulda went at it with… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Laura Wright has to make him look good and successful. He was an out of work actor, dropping her off at work, when he got the job-in the parking lot. It’s embarrassing. She’s 47. Now, she has him on every GH Fantasy Event bill. He’s 40, never been married, no children. He’s wet behind the ears to say the least, and needed a job.

Harry
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Harry

I have heard of stage mothers but stage girl friends?

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

“stage girl friends”: HYSTERICAL!!!

On a weird tangent, something I have wondered about and now finally put into print: is it at all possible that the character name “Peter August” is a nod to the wonderful Peter Taylor character who had an affair with the great Augusta McLeod character in the 1970s? I personally suspect it’s coincidental as the 1970s are largely forgotten by TPTB. But for this long-ago viewer, it’s a comforting thought…

Shay
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Greetings, Gentleman James! I found your “tangent” anything but “weird!”…CeeCee and I have often surmised upon such matters, speculating over esoteric meanings in what the GH writers concoct…it is a tantalizing notion and harmless fun! Alas, I do believe we give them far too much credit….the main aspects of the show’s storylines are barely coherent these days, hence I fail to see where any spare ounce of imagination could be afforded to the minute details. As for the “Peter August” name, I recall a particular lively conversation where Celia and I opined that it could have been derived from ancient… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Who CARES what his personal life is?! He’s an actor! Either like the character or not, but I don’t think whether he’s been married or not in real life is crucial to story! ABC is a major network and soaps are a dying genre which are struggling to survive. I doubt they said, “hey, Laura’s got a new boyfriend. He’s got some experience. Met him in the parking lot. Think we should hire him and develop a really big story around him?” Ya? Okay, let’s do it!” You may not like Wes but he was on soaps for years. He… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

They need to end the Peter/Henrik story pronto but it seems to be never ending. They need to sign on Tristan Rogers and promote the hell about the real return of Robert Scorpio, WSB agent hero and give him a story which doesn’t SUCK! “If you build it, the people will come.” Field of Dreams.
I can only hope the real bas ass, Dr Oberet, kills Peter.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I can hardly remember a time when people weren’t griping about stories. I truly am amazed that some of you keep watching. I’m not telling anyone NOT to watch, that would only hurt me and other viewers who actually like the show. It’s amazing how differently we see characters, actors, stories. But typical. Look at how differently we see Trump or any other public figure, which is why the country will always be divided and so will our opinions of actors, their abilities, the characters they play, etc. But since we go around in redundancy I’ll add MY redundant comment:… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Correction…would rather stay silent

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Great post, rebecca1!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey Abruzz you silent lurker, you! You always just pop up; I guess you “stop in”, 🙂 when you have the time. If you really want to get out the popcorn go to the Madonna/Aretha tribute page.. That’ll keep you riveted!

Hope all’s great with you; I think GH has been really good (though I’m still willing Carly back to Ferncliff.)

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Hey Rebecca! I pop in here and there! Thanks for pointing out that post. What a hoot!! Bahhwwaaahhaa! You did good – as usual – fighting the good fight!!!

Changing the subject – Who do you think will be Nina’s daughter? Can’t wait for that story – finally! L8tr!

rose
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rose

Rebecca1…I just caught up with this comment. Very good post.

Shay
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Shay

@Rose….I’ll say this much….at least when we have our “conversations,” we respectfully express our opposing views and then graciously move on until next we meet…and I appreciate that! It certainly beats calling in the reinforcements to back up the personal bile that some cannot seem to abandon.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

You really need to check yourself. There is NO ONE on this site who is as offensive as you. And though you have tried to rile YOUR “reinforrcements” I FEEL your disappointment when they won’t join in the “fun” that you so sorely miss. Whether it’s the three day “bash” or the Alexis drama…or mocking my humor with james and jimh on the Colonel Sanders thread..it IS YOU who cannot control herself.

Get on board or keep trying to reinvigorate animosity. I have no doubt you’ll choose the latter; you don’t seem able to control yourself.

rose
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Shay…A place we can agree…I don’t know if you have heard of this, but on NBC news this morning they had a story about one of our favorites, Maggie Smith, and her friends Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright. They have come out in a film called “Tea With the Dames” where they are having a girls day to share stories at Joan’s “house,” she at one time shared with “Larry.” Now just to find where it is showing.

Connie
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Connie

Yes she did

ChenJade3
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ChenJade3

Amazed at some of the comments below, how did “did you think Finola delivered this week’s Power Performance?” become so personal about the actor who plays Peter? Some of the comments I’m sorry, are downright ugly. I’ll answer the question at hand YES Finola did deliver, she delivered in spades! Like the story or not, Finola made it all worth watching, powerful does not even come close to describing it, for me she was amazing. She brings Anna to life each and every time she’s on screen. Love Finola and yes I still love Anna Devane.

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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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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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