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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Down, Franco Takes Himself On A "Trip" & "There's A Bomb On The Boat!"

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Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital was an absolute wild ride from scene to scene for viewers of the daytime drama series.

So, here we go in a kind of a laundry list of events that transpired:  A badly injured Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) was rescued from the basement, just seconds before bomb number one was set to explode in the lap of the skeleton Luke-like figure left by Fluke (Tony Geary), by his police partner, Nathan (Ryan Paevey)!

Jake (Billy Miller) is under interrogation from his wife, Sam (Kelly Monaco) at the PCPD! Neither of them has a clue yet of who they are to each other.  Jake continues to have memory flashes including recalling to Sam, he had a flash of the two of them in her bed making love.  He admits he stole the Phoenix figurine, and he admits and come to the moment that he has been under mind control from Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers).  Sam is stunned by the Intel!

Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) decides enough is enough and it’s payback day for Ava Jerome (Maura West) on during their showdown on the bridge, and he shoots her in the chest and she somehow topples over the bridge!  With her life hanging in the balance, and as she holds on for dear life to the scaffolding structure below, Sonny (Maurice Benard) is the one who has to make the decision to let her die or try to save her! Sonny says Connie would want him to help her, and so as he tries to pull her up to safety …  she plummets down to the waters below!

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Franco (Roger Howarth) saves Nina (Michelle Stafford) from his nutty mother Heather (Robin Mattson) and her yielding the syringe laced with Diana Taylor-esque LSD!  He gets Heather away from both of them, and it is clear that Franco has feelings for Nina.   But with no where to go since he escaped prison, and to protect Nina from Heather, Franco does the unthinkable and injects himself in the neck with the syringe!

Tracy (Jane Elliot) stumbles upon Fluke chatting it up with Helena Cassadine on the docks!  Is Tracy on to what is going down with her “husband”?  Meanwhile, Lulu (Emme Rylan) left the Haunted Star to try to find Dante, meaning two of the people Fluke wanted to kill the most aren’t on the boat anymore that has the second bomb on it.

Sonny, who is making his way to the Haunted Star to save Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucas  (Ryan Carnes), and left Julian (William deVry) who wanted to recover his sister Ava, comes face to face with Fluke with his gun drawn.

Dante who is recovering at the GH emergency room is tended to by Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and he then utters: “There’s bomb …”  Meanwhile, Jake scream out to Sam: “There’s a bomb on the boat!”

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Whew! Lots of action! What was your favorite moment of yesterday’s GH?  What did you think of the episode? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts below!

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aria
aria

every moment was must see tv, but heres to nick picking, where was monica ? why isn’t she at a party honoring her son?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thats a good question…i thought Ned shouldve been there as well as Alice…Alice and AJ were close…

Shay
Shay

Right on, jimh! At first I thought perhaps the absence of Monica, Ned and Alice could be explained because these beloved characters were not being put into jeopardy what with the bomb threat, and all….quite frankly, I was expecting a big KABOOM!!! and some considerable casualties, not to mention at least a few well-chosen deaths. (Do I need to name names??? I think not….LOL.) Imagine my immense disappointment when no massive explosion broke up the party…..there was the perfect opportunity to clean the overcrowded GH house, and it was totally squandered. Talk about a huge letdown….

Jeremy
Jeremy

Ned was home with the flu. Go figure. haha-ha
Can’t wait to see what “excuse” they give for Monica.

downtownla
downtownla

great point! where was Monica? I don’t know how much soap actors make, but could it be more than $5,000 (or $1,000 a day for five days) to have her there? Did they really need to have Ivy or Sabrina sharing a scene? I know Frank Valenti is supposed to be great with the budget, but sometimes you cut a little to close to the bone and it affects the quality of the show. It starts to look skimpy or cheap or incomplete. Case in point.

Shay
Shay

@downtownla….As far as I’m concerned, there’s never a need for Sappy to be part of a scene…..which is why the show runners have to jump through hoops to invent them! I’m getting the same feeling with Ivy….talk about an underwhelming introduction! And yet Britt, of all characters, was the one to be sent away…..

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Britt wasn’t sent away, Shay. The actress chose to pursue other genres…they could recast but I can’t see anyone else in the role…at least not yet.

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ aria – exactly! I thought the same thing, too. It’s makes no sense that Monica has yet to make an appearance at the waterfront project thing, for AJ and to be there with Michael. For some time now, I feel like the writers are anti-Monica. Monica is no longer chief of staff, and late last year we saw her sporadically date Judge Walters. I think we last saw her on the Christmas episode? WTH!

Shay
Shay

@Jeremy….I guess Monica was out with “Da Judge” again. Seeing that the other “Danny Granny,” Alexis, was hanging out at Chez Quartermaine with the ailing Ned and there was no mention of the tyke, it would seem he must have been at home with “Aunt Molly.” Of course, Ms. Davis was preoccupied with her weepy French chick flick and omnipresent thoughts of Julian….and speaking of Mr. Jerome, I love the way that wanton woman couldn’t high-tail it fast enough over to GH to see her erstwhile lover. (Oh, how I wish Fluke had used that puffed-up pillow to extinguish her obnoxious gob!)

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

They will say Monica was away at a medical convention or Monica caught Neds flu, and maybe she caught the flu from Ned after they secretly resumed their decades old affair…lol…just joking!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

@ jimh – Now, if GH did have Monica and Ned re-kindle that old affair, I would excuse both for not being at the waterfront project. hahaha- they were getting it on, then they spread the flu.

I’m open to that! Can you imagine if they did that, and then Tracy finds out!!! oh my lord!!! I say, GH, do that!!!! We need some Quartermaine drama in… Monica’s house.

Christy
Christy

I didn’t get that it that the party was to honor AJ, but rather to celebrate the Elm Street renovations/revitalization, which the last idea, after everything else (i.e. the old Brownstone) was revamped, would be the clinic, which is just at an idea point right now. Which it’s really odd to be hiring staff when the old place hasn’t been torn down, and the new clinic hasn’t been designed nor built yet.

but hey, Michael will not have to pay for demo now! ha!

Monica would most likely be at a ribbon cutting and celebration for the opening or dedication of the clinic (if that ever happens now).

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Agree that it was one WILD episode. SO many surprises that I never saw coming – Franco injecting himself w/LSD, Carlos actually shooting Ava (he’s a lousy shot BTW), Julian shooting Johnny (lousy shot, also, but he’s excused because he was injured & at a weird angle), Ava slipping out of Sonny’s grasp, Sonny-Julian BFF time, Tracy seeing Luke w/Helena, Sam getting the whole story out of Jake (YEAH!) & understanding more than he does, & Sonny finding Luke…MORE! I want MORE!

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’s what I said, Kansas, LOL. was he aiming to kill or maim?

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

This comment was not supposed to be a reply to Aria. Don’t know what happened here.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

I think it’s budget cutting and not having the legacy characters show up much anymore. GH has no real iconic family with the way they’ve had the Quartermains resolve. I still think they need the gold old Buchanans, including Viki, from OLTL to move to Port Charles and become a prominent family in PC.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

I mean with the way they’ve had the Quartermains dissolve, not resolve…

Charday
Charday

Yeah, I hate that they don’t use Monica (and other remaining Quartermaines) more regularly.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

It is ridiculous and very noticeable when Monica and Ned aren’t at a party in honor of both Michael and AJ. Michael, at this point anyway, considers himself a Quartermaine, is opening a clinic in honor of AJ’s memory, with ELQ funds. There’s no way they wouldn’t have been there. I understand budget cuts and in the end it’s the profit that will either keep GH on the air or the lack thereof that will get it cancelled…but two key players for two days doesn’t make or break the budget. They’ve done this before at party scenes…chopped down the cast and filled the room with extras…totally interferes with the overall authenticity of the event and for me, enjoyment.

Nick D.
Nick D.

I had the same thought: Monica should be here. Usually they’re pretty good about details like that but they missed “the boat” on this one (pun intended!).

Tima
Tima

Maybe she was still babysitting Danny? Sam mentioned a while ago that he was having a sleepover at her house.

CeeCee
CeeCee

What Franco did was a stroke of genius. Injecting himself with LSD will parade all his demons before him. Yes, he will definitely go nuts. He will face “things” he will refuse to see. But, it is for the greater good, as he sees it. The point is, his actions will not only keep him in the same location as Nina, but it will save him prison time…..he will have drastic mental issues, yes?
I don’t know….that’s how I see it.

Timmm
Timmm

Your are spot on and what the viewers get is what I’m sure will be an amazing performance out of Roger.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Far-Out!, Timmm!…LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Right you are, Timmm. As Roger was experiencing his acid trip, I thought I heard the faint tune of SPILL THE WINE by Eric Burdon & War, in the background. Was I hearing things?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yep…sounds about right…Franco and Nina…maybe theyll marry at the mental hospital…it will be awesome…i can see them walking down the aisle and fellow mental patients throwing(instead of rice)…nuts at those cray-cray lovebirds!!!

Timmm
Timmm

With the Reverend Tommy Chong conducting the ceremony!

Shay
Shay

@Timmm…Even the half-baked Chong would be a vast improvement over the usual marital “mistress of ceremonies,” Floosy Coe!”

Mrs B
Mrs B

and Heather will get blamed for it and she will spend more time in the asylum…and then…she’ll be back again.

Christy
Christy

was it really LSD, or just water just to torture Nina? Where would an inmate get her hands on her ‘own secret’ concoction of lsd…

but if it’s really an LSD concoction, Roger Howarth can play crazy and be hysterical, so it will be entertaining to watch him no matter what!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Better question…how did Heather get her hands on the needle…Franco wouldnt have gotten in so easily…a worker wouldve came to Nina to tell her she has a visitor…no one seems to be around to check them…i was in one of those places so i shouldve know…lol…at the police station no one really would have such easy access to an alleged criminal Jake such as Sam or Patrick…civilians come and go too easily at the PC jail!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’m sure it was LSD…Heather always manages the impossible. If it weren’t real, we wouldn’t see Franco having hallucinations. I’m sure they’ll test his blood to monitor the dose…who knows..maybe he and Olivia will start sharing visions…

su0000
su0000

Hi CeeCee 🙂
this is going to be sooo good..
ONLY Roger Howarth could do Franco and now perform a acid trip..
RH was perfect choice the perfect fit to portray Franco, none other could do it..

Now the question is; is there really LSD in the syringe or was Heather bluffing??

side note;; Heather always reminds me of Betty Davis in ”Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” she is soooo Jane..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, I think it’s LSD….all the psychedelic colors. The viewer saw that phenomenon. Franco was trippin’, man!…LOL.
the question is: in what nether world does Heather have access to such a drug?…..any drug?
Bette Davis? Yeah, with a little bit of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN thrown in. I wonder why she and Helena never conspired together….would have made a great pair. Anna Marie Hahn and Belle Gunness….two of the most diabolical, murdering women ever !! Ugh.

Nick D.
Nick D.

Franco taking the LSD was a brilliant twist on Ron’s part. It’s also one of the most romantic things anyone has done on the show in a long time in terms of making a life-changing sacrifice for someone they care about. Franco and Nina are truly the couple to root for these days.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I have been rooting for Nina and Franco from the minute they met. The furtive looks, the blushing on Nina’s part, the easy banter and camaraderie between them, the Sparks, their body language…..everything bespoke of an undercurrent of passion and romance.

Shay
Shay

As far as I’m concerned, the words “brilliant” and “LSD” should never be used in the same breath….I was appalled by this grandstanding act by Franco, although I don’t doubt it will provide a plethora of new opportunities for RoHo to display his talent for off-the-wall, outre’ antics. Hence, while I can appreciate the creative possibilities this latest plotline provides, I have absolutely no use for the motivation behind the madness….I simply cannot fathom the overwhelming obsession to pair MS’s grating failure of a scenery-chewing character with Franco, let alone his selfless need to save her….we’ve seen this before with Carly, and she was not nearly as worthless and undeserving of this man’s devotion as the Cray Clay….what is the justification for this tiresome woman to continue to exist? First we had to deal with her torturous, ridiculous backstory and introduction to the GH canvas, then all of her revenge nonsense and revolting baby snatching scheme….it was an immense waste of time and other characters’ talents having to bolster this inane nutter and her heinous, histrionic behavior. Placing her in the same facility as the homicidal Heather was the perfect scenario for ridding Port Charles of her presence once and for all….why then have we been further subjected to this waste of space whack-a-doo, especially as part of an extremely contrived, so not epic love story set in a loony bin? A couple to “root for?” I think NOT!!!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

It was a good entertaining episode as long as you overlook stupid moments like Dante wasting time phoning Lulu when he shouldve dialed 911 or the police station…It wouldve been better had Nathan rescued the corpse and left Dante behind to blowup in that house…Dante’s Inferno…kidding!!!…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

OMG…jimh, that’s a really good one. I can’t stop laughing…save the corpse! That’s rich….Dante’s Inferno, indeed. Double, triple LOL. later.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay. Hey, Shay. We’re just having a little fun with the LSD episode and Franco, that’s all. I thought he was so good and FUNNY, FUNNYYYY!
I’m up with the baby again. She’s developing really bad habits. LOL. later.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….I love RoHo’s Franco, too….I just wish he hadn’t gone to such self-destructive lengths to be next to his latest, ahem…”beloved.” ‘Twould have been far better for his maniacal mama to inject him with her “magic potion,” particularly since she is already shouldering the blame for doing just that. While I have no doubt we shall be treated to a Howarth performance of epic proportions, I am still dismayed at the repeatedly casual use of this terrifying hallucinogen on GH…with it comes a lifelong sentence of insidious side effects, so I cannot take amusement in its incorporation into storylines. Having said that, I’m sorry your little angel is being so contrary….she sounds like a “night person!” LOL….By the way, what is the name you have bestowed upon this little princess???? I hope you don’t mind my asking….we already know that her big brother is the adorable Nico…..

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
Hi there,
While I very much agree with you emphatically disliking the repeated introduction of LSD by TPTB, you must admit that it is so ridiculous; we can’t help but be amused. It’s farcical….we all know that. The question is whether Franco is faking it or not? It is a serious matter…people would jump off buildings in the 60’s/70’s….I’ve been told many a story.
I think Franco may be faking it and Nina is buying it. She will catch on though; my girl is pretty sharp, when normal. LOL. I wish it were as easy for him to get a pardon from that imbecile of a governor (bonehead) as it was for Sonny, the slick.

You may definitely ask, Shay……Our Little girl’s name is Rosalba; which in Italian translates to ‘pink dawn’. We combined my mother’s name…Rose; and my mother-in-law’s….Alba.

Shay
Shay

“Rosalba”……what a unique, thoughtful name for your daughter…and a wonderful, enduring tribute to her undoubtedly proud grandmothers! It sounds so beautiful and regal when voiced… conjuring images of a principessa or contessa! I’m sure she’s as lovely as a “pink dawn!” How very befitting for a precious little girl!!! It’s obvious that she is a most treasured child…along with her big brother! I share that attitude…life is to be respected and well-guarded….maybe that’s why I’m so vehement in my anti-drug stance. I realize this is just a soap–and one certainly prone to farce, at that—but Heather’s fixation with LSD has gone on for decades….in the beginning, at least her fascination only resulted in self-harm, hence, there was a moral dimension to that storyline. (Ms. Webber hasn’t been right in the head since then…LOL.) It is the repeated reliance on this old chestnut of a brain scrambler that turns me off…..I cringed when Olivia was victimized by the same substance, and even though her “visions” made for good drama, I remained appalled. Now that she may be (hint, hint….) “with child” herself, I certainly hope there will not be any dangerous ramifications for her unborn baby. As for Franco, he is more than enough of a goofball without additional chemical enhancement….while I would like to think that his latest stunt was just that—a mere sleight of hand—it would seem that he’d have been closely monitored for levels of this poison in his system, therefore, such a wish may prove fruitless. Then again, this is “soapland,” as you so succinctly put it in another post. Only time will tell the true tale of this tortured, yet talented, man-child’s mind bending journey.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
Yes, the LSD thing is a farce, albeit drug use , of any kind, very serious matter. It sort of gives me pause that a mental patient is able to get her hands on anything, even cigarettes.
This may come as a surprise, but I never got into that stuff. It was just embedded in my head by my parents. Besides the fact, that I never had the urge or followed the crowd.
TPTB should be cautious since tweens do watch soaps. I know I did. So, some of the fare in Soapland could be tamed somewhat.
Then again, I do derive amusement from Heather. However, I’m an adult, and as such, I can weed out the bad from the good.
Thank you, Shay. My husband and I really thought long and hard to come up with a name for our baby that would make both grandmothers happy. Later.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….I also derive immense amusement from Heather….I always have, as Robin Mattson has long been one of GH’s greatest villainesses. I just wish “she” (meaning the writers….) had been a bit more inventive in her crazy schemes these last few times around. However, no matter what sort of material “Ms. Webber” is handed, RM delivers it with much relish and aplomb….I eagerly await each and every one of her returns. As for your upbringing, it sounds very much like my own. I also was most fortunate to have parents who not only provided wonderful guidance through what they instructed, but by their own fine examples, as well. I never had the slightest interest in taking part in any sort of self-destructive behavior, and simply cannot abide or fathom those who do. It certainly never impeded my sense of fun or enjoyment….and at least I can remember all of it, as if it were yesterday! Hence, while I can have as good a sense of humor as the next person when it comes to some bad behaviors portrayed onscreen, I do think the LSD hook has been pushed far too many times on GH. Perhaps another less deleterious substance can be employed in Heather’s hijinks of the future, especially, as you say, there are impressionable youth who tune into this show. (And I should know….my soap viewing also began in my tweener years.) Oh, and you are most welcome regarding my thoughts on your creative choice of name for your little girl…..it’s quite beautiful and timeless….I’m sure she will wear it well throughout a long and wonderful life.

Mike
Mike

Entertaining episode is right. Another stupid moment that needed to be overlooked was Sam interrogating Jake/Jason for the whole show in a police room she’s not authorized to be in with cops being seen in the window over her shoulder seeing she’s in there and not doing a damn thing about it.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I just replied to someone else the same thing about Sam and Jake…Patrick couldnt just run in there and attack a crime suspect…he shouldve been arrested too!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

LOL, Mike.

Patrick
Patrick

oh god! get over yourself… miss magnate herself Sam thresholding and preening all her goodies

even if I was brainwashed…. I’d know from the getgo… Sam isn’t worth the trouble…

where did all her chutzpa come from? it’s kind of difficult and lame to watch KM taking over… ??? galling… ACT first

Nick D.
Nick D.

The way PCPD is so oblivious, you could throw a wedding reception in one of their spare rooms and they’d be the last to know. 🙂

Christy
Christy

you know Jim, if I got whacked over the head a time or two with a crow bar, woke up to find fried in-law, managed to crawl up 85% of the stairs, I might just be tempted to go back down all the way and call up for pizza or Elli’s ribs, or BBQ from the Floating Rib, or something…. bwahahahaha

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

That corpse looked like BBQ…lol

Patrick
Patrick

fall off the bone good eats LOL

harry
harry

But the corpse had good, straight, dazzling-white teeth!

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Agreed, Beav, Dante needs a lesson in dialing 911 and letting the police station know where he’s going. He should have had Fluke lead the way downstairs instead of having him handcuff himself to a stair railing.

My favorite moment yesterday was Sam telling Jake/Jason that she wants to help him. And him remembering the bomb. Interesting that despite what he did to her, that she wants to help him. That says she feels a connection of some sort to him at some level.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Actually, Sam shouldnt have been in there with an alleged crime suspect accussed of kidnapping someone and shooting a cop especially since Sam was the victim and not a cop or Jakes lawyer nor would Patrick been able to run in there and attack Jake without some type of charges filed against him…i know its just a soap but sometimes a little reality is needed!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Well as Sam said Lucky had been mind controlled by Helena as well so it made sense that she wanted to help him. If he was a cold-blooded killer he wouldn’t be admitting to the things he did nor informing her about the bomb. But yes, I think she may have some subconscious feelings or sense of familiarity…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Right, jimh? What civilian walks into a police station, supposedly with more than a handful of cops; makes a beeline into an interrogation room and launches himself at a suspect who is being given the third degree by another civilian who has no legal right doing what she is doing? Children playing cops and robbers, that’s who!…LOL.
Personally, I thought Kelly put in a semblance of emotion into her acting, something I have witnessed for the first time as I find Sam morosely reciting her lines all of the time. But, she seemed to really scrutinize Jake and pay attention to what was on his scrambled mind. The expressions crossing her pretty face were real. I felt her. She was believable….I was impressed.

Timmm
Timmm

OMG, yesterday’s GH [2-3-2015] was one hell of a ride that I cannot remember so much going on in one episode since the 80’s! I know its sweeps month but the first week of February isnt even over yet! I loved the scenes with the “Hateful Four!” I cannot believe people actually got shot! It ended perfectly! Ava WILL resurface. I had to laugh again when Helena is supposed to be on “Americas Most Wanted” list and she is in this snow white coat and hat. [No one will ever see her!] She looked fabulous and I must say her and Luke looked really good together!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

They did look great together. Snowy white dark creatures…She’s always had a thing for Luke. I’m sticking to one of my two theories…in both scenarios he really is Luke. She fried his mind while he was in miscavage and controls him…which is perfect for her. They always played a deadly cat and mouse game while flirting with each other and danger. This way she owns him and can cozy up to him at will. Second theory…Luke was shot all those years ago and Bill Eckert lived his life all those years…Luke was in witness protection…somehow got twisted around during that period…and came back to avenge the life that was stolen from him…and yes, that would be messing with history but…

Timmm
Timmm

I like theory #1 where he is brainwashed. He will leave town and comeback after a while and maybe Laura snaps him out of his “Rocking Chair?” I dont know though Anthony wanted to go out in a blaze of glory so we’ll see.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, only Laura can snap him out. Go out in a blaze of glory? TG, your ego is showing!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Very symbolic, WHITE…..Hmmmm. I suppose “evil” just blatantly slapped “good” in the face by Helena choosing to wear white.

Timmm
Timmm

Scarface wore white!

CeeCee
CeeCee

“…one hell of a ride…” Indeed, Timmm. Just ask Franco.

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah, they should have done a cross country trip out of the country. The dialogue would have been great with these massive talents!

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

A great episode…wanted to FF to today’s episode…it’s going to be a long Feb. I am in for the ride…love GH

Melissa
Melissa

I’ve really been frustrated with the writing for Ava as of late. It’s like Ron has decided her made her too bad, and has dialed her back the other way – too far IMO. Maura is so extremely talented, he needs to trust her to reveal her humanity and layers in the beautifully subtle way she does. This whole damsel in distress routine is not her. And I abhor her having to beg Sonny of all people to rescue her. Ava can save herself if Ron writes her true to character. The misogynism is entirely too much.

Nick D.
Nick D.

Interesting point. There’s a lot to be said for the deadly Ava who can hold her own. Around the time she moved in with Sonny I think we started seeing more of this desperate side. I chalk it up mostly to the pregnancy and birth plus having a bounty on her head. I think when Ava resurfaces she will have pulled herself together and once again present herself as a force to be reckoned with.

Melissa
Melissa

That’s all I ask. Ava is my favorite character, and to see her written as some helpless female just really ruins my enjoyment. I will always love Ava no matter how she’s written, because of Maura. And like you said, it’s been this way for a while now, it’s not just this latest example of her hanging off the bridge. I didn’t mind it so much when she was pregnant, but now that she isn’t, I need her to go back to swilling booze and kicking ass.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Ava has never been a “real” character to me–way, way, way over the top.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

No one could have saved themselves from a gunshot and hanging over a ledge…perhaps Superman, Spider-Man, Cat Woman. As over the top as GH is…we haven’t entered superhero mode yet…

Patrick
Patrick

i’m more disappointed : that after all that shootout at the OK corral…. that it’s Carlos that will take the fall….

I’m hoping he jumped in the river and saved Ava

redeem Carlos, please… OK he overextended his drama in shooting Ava… but.. he’s a keeper , if the mob isn’t going any where… why should he?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

To clarify what I mentioned, Melissa. I have no doubt Ava will resurface…but begging for her life…for help…while shot and hanging off a cliff makes sense to me regardless of how tough she is when not in catastrophe mode.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Melissa.
I think we are seeing Ava as a helpless female for the sake of Avery. Her present behavior is so contradictory to her normal tough countenance because she has no choice. She wants to live for her baby, and a mother will beg, steal and go to drastic measures for her child.
I love Maura as well, and I doubt she has just vanished into the deep. To be sure, Ava will emerge sporting a tougher skin, and deliberate determination. So, no worries.

Jimmy
Jimmy

What an awesome episode from start to finish! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, especially with the prison break squad being held at gunpoint by Johnny and Carlos. I was really nervous to see who was going to bite the bullet, and I thought for sure, somehow, it would be Carlos (just because he’s the least important of the characters and it would usher Sabrina off canvas). But it was Ava! And then she fell into the water! I was stunned, and I really hope she comes back soon because Maura West is fabulous, and Ava can’t stay dead for long. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Sonny is actually starting to redeem himself. I thought for sure he’d leave Ava to die, or kill her himself, but he actually tried to help her! And then, he got to the docks in time to hold Fluke at gunpoint! This is definitely Fluke’s final stand IMO, I think the reveal is coming soon! And I think the answer will be, Fluke is Luke under mind control. What better way for Helena to hurt Luke and his family by having Luke do terrible things to them, all while under her control? Its the ultimate take-down-Spencer once and for all plan for Helena. The Franco/Nina/Heather scenes were great, and Franco injecting himself with LSD was pure genius. But man, I just want Heather gone! For good! I love Robin Mattson, and she must have such a great time playing the character, but enough is enough with Heather! I was hoping Franco would put a bullet in her. The Jason/Sam scenes were so intense, I loved it. Sam trying to help Jake instead of punish him and be angry with him was amazing and Billy Miller was absolutely riveting as Jason was getting pieces of his memory back, one at a time. I can’t wait for Jason to regain his full memory. I’m glad he was able to remember the bomb and tell Sam about Helena’s mind control, And I’m excited that this story isn’t going to drag on for months and months. Plus, Billy Miller is outstanding, probably GH’s best recent hire. But now, what happens next?! We all know Ava will be back, but meanwhile, Johnny and Julian are both wearing bullets, and Johnny’s looked serious! Also, I can’t see Johnny keeping Carlos around for long after knowing he didn’t 100% kill Ava. As far as the Haunted Star goes, I think Sonny will be the one to save the day, as much as I don’t want it to be him. But then, I guess that’s how the writers are going to get him out of his crimes. The only problem with the episode, I felt like we got a bit cheated with the explosion, I would have loved to actually see it happen. And doesn’t make sense that Dante was the only one who got the brunt of it, Nathan was right beside him! Also,… Read more »

dee
dee

I agree with everything you said especially about the explosion, it was one of the best eppy tht they shown in a while , so many things happened. The only thing I did not like was the new commissioner, maybe he will grow on me, but the first I really was not impressed, and if they are going to put him with Anna hmmm not going to happened. Btw I might be getting the 2 eppisodes mix up, but when they found the bomb on the floating star, and Michael meets up with Sonny and Sonny took the bomb out of Michael hands, and Michael called him dad, luv it

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Excellent synopsis, Jimmy! Agree with everything you said…I’ve maintained it’s been the real Luke all along. One of my theories is exact to yours, another is really out there and a stretch. What I find annoying is that everyone is saying Sonny saved everyone. It was Michael who reached for the bomb and saved everyone…Sonny took it to save Michael. I’d hate if Sonny was redeemed in Michael’s eyes…It doesn’t make up for all the years Sonny tortured AJ and ultimately took his life. I want Michael to remember that and remain a Quartermaine..honoring the father that was taken from him twice by the same man. Do I think Michael still loves Sonny? Absolutely. And whatever injuries he sustains Michael will now carry guilt over that, too. No matter…I’d like him to stay a Q and loyal to AJ….

harry
harry

I agree with Rebecca, Jimmy. Well done.
However, did everyone ingest a stupid pill? There was so much stupidity running rampant that they ought to change the name of The Haunted Star to The Ship of Fools.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Of course, Jimmy. I had stated in one or two posts that the only way for Sonny to ‘escape’ spending his life in jail would be for him to be the hero. That is so unfortunate ….he does not deserve it. Alas, ias you say, in order for the character to remain in PC, he must be written as such.

The pity-for-Sonny writing may work for some, but it does not for me. I repeat…a mobster is a mobster is a mobster. This character cannot be redeemed…it would completely change the landscape of GH as we know it.

As far as Sloane is concerned, I am still on the fence about him. Is it possible for him to be working with Nikolas? Is he trying to thwart Fluke’s/Helena’s plans. Perhaps the reason the satanic pair are still sitting in a jail cell.
Helena has shown a modicum of emotion when she thought her grandson’s and great-grandson’s lives were on the line. But, Fluke?….heart of stone, impassive….classic case of a sociopath, lacking any moral obligation.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Correction….the satanic pair IS sitting in a jail cell….not ARE. The subject PAIR is singular….collective noun…. Sorry for the error.
Also, I would like to understand how Sloane could have possibly been Anna’s student in the WSB, she would have been too young, yes? ….. Did I misunderstand?

downtownla
downtownla

Interesting to see Michael taking a drink… I wondered if they were setting up that he’s going to be an alcoholic like his dad, after all, isn’t it hereditary? And that would really show that he takes after his father and maybe give motivation as to why Carly has tried to keep him away from AJ all these years, this fear that Michael would be just like AJ… could be a lot of great drama for them all to play.

Aden
Aden

Ya….because Michael being a misunderstood hard working man would be SO much worse than him being a brutal, unrepentant, murdering mobster. Wow!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

He takes a drink and you have him an alcoholic? Michael’s been raped, shot at, put in a coma, killed two people, lost AJ and found out his “other” father killed him. If none of those events drove him to drink I think he’s pretty much not going that route…

Shay
Shay

Thanks, rebecca1! I’ll take that as the ultimate compliment, even if I am half the age of the estimable Lady Grantham! LOL. By the way, I have not been ignoring you….the last four or five responses I’ve forwarded to you have failed to make it to post. Sigh….

Shay
Shay

I surmised awhile ago when Michael was hitting the bottle and cavorting with that floozy, Grossalie, that he was being led down the same disastrous path as his bio-dad, AJ…I certainly hope such will not be not the case, as it would be regrettable to see this fine young man damned to repeat the sins of his father, particularly if he is likewise shouldered with an illegitimate child to a cheap tramp in the form of Grossie…just as AJ was with Carly. Please do not force Michael to relive the mistakes of the past….let him charter his own course in a manner that is befitting of a Quartermaine heir and will do his real family proud.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Lol, Shay…sometimes I picture the Dowager Countess when I read you!

MARY DITANNA PENDRAK
MARY DITANNA PENDRAK

MAY FAVORITE MOMENT OF GH’S IS WHEN JAKE AND SAM STARTED MAKING ALOT OF SENSE THAT JAKE WAS SAYING THE TRUTH, AND HOPEFULLY SAM WILL START TO TRUST HIM AND THEN MAYBE SHE’LL CATCH ON BEFORE JAKE KNOWS WHO HE REALLY IS. AS FOR THE EPISODE I THOUGHT HE WAS REALLY FANTASTIC AND SUCH A HEARTACHE FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. I DID ALOT OF CRYING WATCHING THIS WONDERFUL EPISODE.HOPING NEXT THAT LUKE BECOMES LUKE AGAIN, AND HE AND TRACEY GET ALONG FINE AFTER ALL COMES OUT. I WANT EVERY ONE BECOME A HAPPY FOR A WHILE, AND THAT WHEN THE PAST CHARACTERS COME BACK FOR A WHILE ALSO, BUT, NOT FOR EVER. I LOVE OUR ACTORS AND ACTRESSES AS IS, KNOWING THAT IT WON’T HAPPEN, BUT WITH THE GREAT WRITERS FOR GH, I’M SURE THEIR NEW STORYLINES WILL ALWAYS BE SURPRISES. I HATE TO SEE SOME OF THE CASTS TO LEAVE, BUT, I HOPE THAT WHOMEVER FOLLOWS THEM ON GH DON’T BECOME BORING. I LOVE A LOT OF ACTION. THANKS FOR THE COMMENTS YOU GAVE US TO AGREE OR NOT TO AGREE, WAS EXCITING TO ME. AND AGAIN I SAY MICHAEL, SO FAR IT’S BEEN A GREAT JOURNEY FOR ALL OF US FANS. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH FEB. AS ALWAYS, MARY DITANNA PENDRAK.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

There were some flaws but it still turned out to be one explosive episode!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Sam and Patrick? A joke as a couple, in my opinion. No chemistry. And I have yet to see chemistry between “Jake” and Sam.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

While I can hardly wait to get home and watch it on DVR, I can’t help wondering how the writers are going to get LUKE/ FLUKE out of this….it’s like they wrote him into a corner that he can never work out of.

If this is indeed the so called Swan Song as the actor has decided to leave the show, we may never know the real truth…. look how long this Robin story has dragged on…

Is our flawed, troubled, but beloved Luke really dead…is Fluke a manifestation … whatever the answers are, I hope we get closure to the storyline no matter what the outcome.

On another note, it was great to see Johnny back, I hope AVA is not dead, as I hear she has asked to be released from her contract, and so disappointed Roger Howarth is not on contract and may be leaving as well.

I was still holding out that ABC would get the rights back to Starr, John, and Todd after this Prospect Park mess. In fact when Kristen left I had it in the back of my mind that maybe that was the end game…. they had until March.

Has anyone heard anything?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Wow. I hadn’t heard Maura wanted out of her contract…or anything about Roger other than he has a recurring role in The Flash. Loving Franco and Nina so I hope he’s staying put…

carol
carol

I thought it was a terrific show (best in a while). I particularly liked the scenes with Jake and Sam and his memories coming back. Can’t wait until the entire reveal.

Tom84
Tom84

WOW! Edge of your seat stuff. Being in Australia we don’t get GH on tv. I watched the November sweeps stuff on YouTube (since Days was pretty slow around then!) and have kind of followed what’s going on from this site, and have started watching again since last Thursday’s episode. Now I fear I’ll be hooked on GH as well and will have to find MORE time in my day to squeeze in episodes!!

The writing performances this week have been nothing short of stellar and all involved should be particularly proud of how this is all progressing.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I love how connected we all are thru the internet! Amazing that the goings on in Port Charles can reach fans in Australia. But then again some of our favorite GH folks are from down under!

vinman
vinman

Today’s episode (02/04) was totally CARTOONI. ….and I’m a FAN!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And I’m not. Don’t want to see a cartoon made out of my soap drama I’ve been watching for characterization for almost 40 years. A Raspberrry Award to it and to TPTB–and, sadly, to TG.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Isn’t it amazing how when Michael finds the bomb, all he can say is, “There it iiiiis” and then stare at it as it’s ticking away? LOL…where’s the panic in his voice? Where’s the yelling…”everybody out!!!! There’s a bomb on the boat!!!”… So bizarre. It’s just not how people behave when facing probable death in the face.

Aden
Aden

And 20 seconds takes SO long in GH time!!

Timmm
Timmm

Plus, there were only twelve people on the boat. The timer said “2 minutes.” They could have all gotten off that boat.

Christy
Christy

agreed. they blew it on the panic, and good aiming on the gun fight, and no panic or rushing on the bombs, which did you notice the timers were rushing forward much faster than the characters. Where was the screaming and panic and fleeing and chaos, and such?

And Dante was nearly at the top of the stairs, but decided to go back down… why? crawl out of the house! Go!

they should have done some slow mo and slow the timers way down and show the characters rushing (on slo mo). I swear the timers hit zero before the characters got up the stairs, and before Michael gave the bomb to Sonny, before Sonny hit the water – and he must have flown off the side of the boat, cuz it didn’t rock the boat.

oh well, I can dream. To have the soaps on the same level as other ABC night shows.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol. Christy. Incredibly enough, how does a fifty-year-old plus do such acrobatic acts as to jump into the water and re-surface unscathed? By the by, how did he get back on that makeshift, rickety bridge? I must have missed that. Everything was so convoluted….I am so disappointed. I don’t know what I expected, but, I did expect a semblance of order and of some of the puzzle coming together. I am still ‘puzzled’…..LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ps….Christy: Sonny did all that somersaulting with a ticking bomb in his hands…a few seconds to spare. WOW! I am speechless, Sonny. More power to you….NOT!

su0000
su0000

I knew, I knew it, I said it !
RC was going to give us some shockers!
He is a master at delivering shockers!

shocked- when Ava was shot and fell to her assumed death..
shocked- when Franco stuck a LSD needle into his neck to be with his love Nina
(( the Franko and Nina ”love” story is very unusual and exciting intriguing/total out of the box for a soap couple love story)
shocked- Sonny tried to save Ava
shocked- Julian was shot
shocked- Jake recalling some pieces of his life
shocked- when Fluke said he was Luke
shocked- to see Luke and Helena being ‘frisky’.

This story and the phenomenal acting has been a joy and a treat to watch… BRAVO!

I believe the biggest shocker of all is yet to come — Luke is not Luke but……..??

Nick D.
Nick D.

So many shocks and reveals in one episode – loved it!

harry
harry

But wait, on one hand you claim that you knew it all along and then on the other hand you claim to be shocked.

Shay
Shay

Maybe it’s sort of like the Luke/Fluke paradox….

Shelly
Shelly

Loved today! Reminds me of the Old GH that I used to love. I guess maybe sonny and the bomb is how Maurice is leaving GH for awhile? Love how Micheal gave his Dad credit for saving everyone on the boat

Michael
Michael

As we all know, Maurice Bernard did resign his contract with the show last fall, so he’ll be around for awhile.

Shelly
Shelly

I knew he’d resigned but I thought i’d read awhile back that he was taking some time off. Kinda like Anthony does. Guess I read wrong?

Timmm
Timmm

I know, Michael called him “Dad.” I think Maurice will take some time off to promote his movie and be back in April. [Just a guess]

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I hate that he called him dad but I understand in the face of death anger fades. I wanted Michael to remain a Q…hope Sonny’s proof if love doesn’t doesn’t change that.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Holy wow! This week has been jampacked with action. I’m glad the Haunted Star didn’t blow up.

Still think Sam & Patrick are a good pair.

Shocked Elizabeth didn’t try to go to police station to see what’s up with Jake.

Still no clue who or what Luke is, but I hope someone puts all of us out of our misery really soon.

Why didn’t they voice now playing the role of the Commissioner? And I don’t really like this guy. Seems like a classic villain to me.

Think Ava & Sonny will wash up in the same place?

And if Sabrina doesn’t buy a clue and see how bad Carlos is tomorrow…

Michael
Michael

That’s because Agent Sloane is a villain and that’s how Grayson McCouch is playing him. After all, Commissioner Sloane is doing someone’s bidding. It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out. This Sloane character will not be around for long though. I think that this is a short term role.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I hope it’s short-term. And he’s now too old to be someone Anna trained.

Shay
Shay

Does anyone else wonder if Sloane may be a Cassadine? Perhaps even the famous Valentin? (One of these days he’s bound to show up in Port Charles….) The way GM is portraying him is beyond weird and creepy….he seems so much more invested in his job than the previous incarnation who looked like an absolute choir boy next to this guy.

CeeCee
CeeCee

For sure, Michael. All these baddie extras are Fluke’s/Helena’s minions. They act on command. I am just as confused now as I was when this COMEDY OF ERRORS started.
Let’s just say everyone will get away with murder and things will get back to GH normal, whatever that is.

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah they usually announce the new name of the actor playing the character. He just started yelling at Julian. Weird. Lucy, I think your onto something with Sonny and Ava. I think off camera he will rescue her and then they will reappear sometime down the road on Sony island and make their way back to PC.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Well I was wrong about that. But I have another theory–does anyone think Fluke might be Nathan’s father? For some reason when he burst into the room today, I thought that. Helena doesn’t seem to be controlling him–i think she thought he WOULD shoot Nik.

So whoever he is (will he be under arrest–supervised by the new evil Commish?) maybe he’s Nathan’s dad as well…Or he’s a creation Helena cooked up in the lab.

CeeCee
CeeCee

His hair also needs a cut and shampoo, Lucy. I liked the other guy better, albeit his disreputable actions. This guy is obviously no better.
I really despise Fluke…..which means; Geary is really giving this role his most…….and, Helena? Wow…what an actress.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I liked the other guy better too CeeCee. He was cuter and seemed to not be as purely evil

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Lucy.
You know what, Lucy? Fluke as Nathan’s father makes a lot of sense. Liesl’s words, “Nathan’s father is someone much worse” keep swirling in my head whenever the subject comes up. I wonder if we will ever find out.

Aden
Aden

So……an asylum for the criminally insane lets someone in, and doesnt check on them? And lets patients wander from room to room? And maximum security prisons have only three easily overpowered guards on staff? And civilians get to interrogate suspected criminals? There are naturally loopholes in any writing, but a blatant disregard for any semblance of reality is lazy and stupid writing. There is clearly a reason why Ron C flunked out as a lawyer. And the funny thing is I enjoyed most of his OLTL tenure. But someone was clearly reigning him in on that show. He has gone buckwild on GH…I think HE was injected with some form of Heather’s recipe.

Timmm
Timmm

Its a lot to dismiss but it is a soap and its main purpose is to entertain. I think by reading interviews by cast members that their work day is fast and furious and they dont seem to have the time to develop and cross the T’s and dot the I’s like they used to.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Maybe so, Timmm. But, in the long-run, they end up looking like fools. Other than the fact that some of the acting has been extraordinarily magnificent, I’d like to see some realism, once or twice.

su0000
su0000

Aden,
never ever over think a soap..
It is a make believe story.. nothing to do with reality, so never over think and ruin the ride.. just enjoy the story and the thrills and spills..

Aden
Aden

With all due respect, I wish people would stop telling viewers like me, who expect quality entertainment, to just shut up and enjoy it, and take whatever crap is thrown at us. As lifelong soap viewer, I know soaps can do better, and have done much better. I have no fault with the actors. They do their best to act out the drivel that is written for them. My fault lies with self-indulgent writers who have should have retired or been fired LONG ago, but continue to be gainfully employed, and not only that, but keep finding new employment on soaps. Right now, the best writing can be found on Young and the Restless. It is.compelling, character driven, often sophisticated, and respectful of history. That could all change when Pratt arrives, but I am always up for a good.disaster story on a soap to shake things up. And I like when Y and R does them, because they are unexpected and well produced. Second, in terms of quality writing, would be DAYS. I love that this formerly over the top show is now one of the most grounded in reality, but can still pull off some campy old school 80’s type madness. A few bones to pick, like too many newbies, characters talking to themselves too much, and too much Nicole bashing, but I am pleased on the whole. Third would be Bold and Beautiful. Although one thing I dont get…why oh why does every show that Jacob Young acts on tuen his character into a.dark, angry, charmless, bitter hateful man who loses all viability as a romantic.leading man? Jacob is a charming, talented Emmy winner, and yet he gets saddled with these one-note dour characters. I dont get it. This show is, and always has been, roo incestuous for me, and have never gotten its appeal, which is saying a lot that I have listed it third. Last, and certainly least, is GH. Nothing about this show right now could rightfully be called entertainment. The writing is absurd, and asinine, and illogical, it is disrespectful to fans, it is grotesque, and violent, and misogynistic. It is dark, depraved, predictable, and jeuvenile. So, to you all who keep feeling the need to, as deeply disturbed country fans did to the Dixie Chicks, tell me to just “shit up and sing”, I will not shut up and I will “sing” however I want. Your passionate defense of GH is certainly loyal, and I dont come on here telling you to hate it. I come on here to express MY opinions, and you arent going to change them, so trying is futile. I do NOT have ro just accept a crappy GH. I am entitled to watch it if I want, and then post how I feel about it. Nothong will change if no one posts how they feel. I know Cartini doesnt listen to fans at all, but I do know that these posts get read. Ron is all over the… Read more »

CeeCee
CeeCee

Good for you, Aden. I concur. Great post. Later.

janet
janet

Right on Aden. I gave up and shut the show off. I didn’t have to watch the downfall that came this month. TPTB don’t care what they write, if the destroy the characters so why should I ? done and done that’s me. If viewers like this more power to them. I don’t recognize this show anymore.

sandie
sandie

For the love of God,,, please get this Fluke s/l over! !! Its so all over the place that I’ve completely lost interest!! Granted,, the acting by AG has been great,, the s/l needs to be done,, , I’d hate to think that AG would want his Luke to be remembered this way,, ,
Just don’t have Ava be dead,,,, one amazing actress!!!

su0000
su0000

ummm seems to me the story is moments from the end, no need to ”please get it over”.. lol

Tony loves loves loves this story.. it is what kept him on with GH, this story and the two characters to portray, he lives for this!
Tony will leave a great legacy behind and he wanted this story, badly..

the Luke/Fluke story is true Anthony Geary !
The story was made just for him, with love!

Aden
Aden

Love??? You have a strange definition of love there buddy.

sandie
sandie

It may well be done with love,, I totally get that, ,, but,, , come on,, this is really becoming just too much,,

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I so agree–enough already of this seemingly endless convoluted s/l. And I’ll say again: I thought TG was not interested in playing a totally black, evil person–so not liking it–and TG just looks unpleasant as he plays his role(s). Pains me to say so, but it’s true. Where is that hook (to pull him offstage)?

Patrick
Patrick

wednesday ep : tears are rolling… “DAMn” cracked

Roger Howarth and Michelle Stafford : “promise me”

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Franco and Nina

Dan
Dan

One thing that would have made it better would have been to have Anna involved!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol. Shay. We can’t help with whom we fall in love. So, I surrender. See my white flag waving? There’s no possible way I will ever win this argument. I love Michelle, while you deplore her. You will kill me with words, if I defend her….how would I conjure up the appropriate vocabulary? I wouldn’t stand a chance. LOL. I promise I am not being flippant. I have too much respect for you.
I only wish I had your descriptive writing talent. You can make the word ‘ugly’ sound beautiful. Later.

Shay
Shay

Oh, CeeCee…NO white flag is required! You are so right when you state that we cannot help with whom we fall in love, and conversely, we also have little control over those whom we viscerally abhor. Such is the situation for me with MS and her Nina….that certainly doesn’t mean that I expect everyone to comport to my way of thinking about her when I merely state my personal case against her. I admire your tenacious devotion to this women, in flesh and fictional form….you are a true fan. There is nothing for you to defend to me or anyone else…..to stick with an actress for whom you hold great admiration and regard—through thick and thin– is commendable….and always well-done: your impassioned pleas on her behalf are beautifully and skillfully phrased. I’m simply a lost cause on this subject! Besides which, if we always agreed, what fun would visiting this website be? Some of my favorite posters are those with whom I rarely find common ground….not that you fit that description, my friend. I dare say we are much more simpatica than most….as for the differences, well, they just make life, and these conversations, more interesting. But for the umpteenth time, thank you for your most gracious and generous comments! The respect is mutual!

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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General Hospital

GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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