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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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Celia

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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dmr

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 »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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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KM Chiz

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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Shay

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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rose

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.

Breaking News

DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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