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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Runs Down Jason! Patrick Tells Anna, Robin Was At Crichton-Clark!

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The last few minutes of Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital held some key moments for the future of the series!

And at the epicenter of it all was hurricane Ava, Ava Jerome  (Maura West) that is!  Escaping from Sonny’s (Maurice Benard )henchmen, and after a showdown between Shawn (Sean Blakemore) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), a pregnant Ava gets a pass and takes off in a car in panic mode.  Reaching out to brother Julian (William deVry) for help and fearing for her life and her unborn child, she is not paying attention while driving on the road.

Enter Jason, who himself is fleeing from the clutches of the Cassadine henchmen who have revealed to him that Helena (Constance Towers) has plans for Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and him. Jason escapes his abductors and gets out of their car, and tries to make his way to safety , but he falls to the ground as he is crossing the road.  He tries to get up and he is ultimately run down by Ava!  The lives that this woman has either destroyed or altered is piling up!

So this begs the question, is this how GH is now going to explain the altered appearance of Jason Morgan (the incoming Billy Miller)? There needed to be some plot device for how they were going to explain how Jason no longer looks like Steve Burton …  or is there?

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Meanwhile in another cliffhanger, after being filled in on some of the details of last week’s shoot out and explosion at Crichton-Clark by Anna (Finola Hughes), Patrick (Jason Thompson) is stunned!  He finally reveals to Anna that Robin was at Crichton-Clark too! Anna is shocked!

So, do you think Ava running down Jason will be the explanation of a new look Jason?  Will Patrick finally get a clue that Robin has been a prisoner against her will?  Share your thoughts below!

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

It seems likely this is how Jason will get his new face…he’ll be rushed to GH and Patrick saves his life…nuJason will suffer from amnesia…Patrick befriends him and has him stay in the Drake home…Jason sees Patrick embrace Sam…a flood of memories return…both Patrick and Sam will be disbelieving until next ratings sweeps…lol…Jason realizes mob connections nearly cost him his life and seeing little Danny grow up…Jason becomes Dr.Jason Quartimain…OK, if you got hit badly by a speeding car and had plastic surgery that could make you look like Billy Miller then im going to run out into the street right now…lol

Rob
Rob

Im right behind you, lol

connniemac
connniemac

wow! i swear you have the best scenarios of anybody! Note to GH– need a new writer? Look no further! i am a definite fan

dmr
dmr

I have always wanted to see Jason become a doctor and then struggle with his past life as a mobster. Speaking of the mob, Sonny’s goons are pretty useless. Tired of Sonny trying to get back together with Carly. Tired of their endless conversations about how they know one another so well-better than anyone-and how they are always there for each other, blah, blah. Franco’s birthday “party” was a bust. Man, was he a downer! Also, the table is nicely set-no food is served and no one stays, haha! Send Kiki packing, please.

Timmm
Timmm

I would have hung myself if I was at that birthday party! Franco sucks!

dmr
dmr

Timmm: The entire “party” was ridiculous and very poorly written and thought out. Carly and Franco could have had their conversation (“toasts”) at home. Both toasts were such downers! As much as I love Roger Howarth, I have never cared for him as Franco. I think if he was written as an entirely new character (a Cassadine or a Q) things would have worked out differently. He has great comedic timing and is a great talent-just not as Franco. I do like his friendship with Nina. I’m sick and tired of him and Kristen Alderson being thrown in scenes together. I just can’t stand her or Kiki! UGH!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Okay, dmr. You have made your point a zillion times by harping on it. You cannot stand either Kristen, the actress , or Kiki, the character. We get it. But, some of us love the actress/character. So please be done with it. I cannot stand the sight of Sonny…but, I do not make a point of bashing him each and every time for no good reason. Enough, please. I love Kiki.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think this is the perfect opportunity for Jason’s would-be-altered face. His face will be unrecognizable from the accident. Well, someone (can’t remember whom) has previously posted that no one will know it is, indeed, Jason; not even Robin. Will Jason also suffer from amnesia? We shall see…..
I hope Ava does not lose the baby…Oh, Lord…no more dead babies, pleeeease!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, jimh…your post came up seconds after I posted mine. Lol. Our thoughts have some similarities…yours make much more sense, though.

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

meant Sabrina will get the blame…lol

su0000
su0000

Jason is not going to get a new face.. no plastic surgery, nope..
He has gotten a new body including face ..
the Crichton-Clark clinic is very advanced medical clinic, experiments are done etc..

Jason had a brain transplant!
His brain , who he is, was put in another body ..
ALL organs are transplantable especially at Crichton-Clark … heh

nobody will know who he is at hospital but Robin ..
Victor ‘created’ Jason for a reason that is why they want him back, they are not finished with Jason..
Victor said that Jason was now his and he had plans for him..

this story if full of mystery and suspense and thrills .. I love it!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Su, I remember you having said that. Sounds perfectly logical considering such an advanced, state of the art clinic where cryogenics is the main staple. What you say is very feasible, IMO.

Shari
Shari

That is a good theory but Robin immediately recogmized him when he walked in and found her handcuffed. Also, she told him to go to Sonny’s house so she must have assumed Sonny would recognize him.

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

Ava running over Jason was a bit graphic for a daytime soap…Jason will probably not only get a new face but will be unconcious for weeks then wake up with amnesia!!!

su0000
su0000

.
Jason is done .. he is what he is now..
what was done to alter him was done in the Crichton-Clark clinic of horrors..

The whole of Jason was transformed at Crichton-Clark and now nobody will he is Jason but Robin..
I still am sticking with a brain transplant, that would not be unusual for Crichton-Clark stuff..

Jasons brain was put in another body .. yah I like that! and it would explain everything to with with new looks..

Reagan
Reagan

I thought the way it was filmed was too graphic for daytime too. I tweeted the question as to if it was really necessary, and I did not mention Ron. Yet, he tweeted back to me “yes”

harry
harry

Jim, after reading these posts I watched the clip in question. Yes, it was kind of disturbing. I can imagine it would be really disturbing if one, or one’s loved one, had ever been hit by a car. That would bother me too.
It did sort of look like a dummy to me, however. (no, it wasn’t Sonny).
The person was wearing a hoodie and pajama bottoms.
Does Ava know that she hit Mark Zuckerburg?

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

Part of my reply didnt make it for some reason: i’ll try again!!! Me dont think Ava will loose the child…Nina will have Rosalee kidnap the baby, and Sabrina will get the blame after her hatred for Ava becomes public knowledge…but what if Ava does miscarries…then she gets a baby from a black market baby ring and passes it off as Morgans so he’ll protect her against vengefull Sonny!!! Now that i remember what i wrote after the Ava part involving the Falconaris, i guess i wasnt thinking straight and that some might find it a bit offensive so i wont reprint that…my apologies!!!

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

Ok, i took that out myself me mad…and it wasnt that offensive after all!!!

su0000
su0000

I thought Jason getting run over was so real and awesome!!
GH is a very bold and I love that!!
It was cool for daytime it was nothing that bad lol
I am not in kindergarten, I’m all grown up and stuff like that is realism and not at all offensive.. It is drama, realistic drama and I Loved it!!

guess some should be watching the The Waltons and I Love Lucy and not General Hospital LOL .. GH is bold and not for the puritans .. ahaa!!

It was not real .. it was not real 🙂

harry
harry

“It was not real. It was not real.” Are you telling us that or yourself that?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Unless we’re all in for the surprise/best kept secret of our soapy lives and Steve Burton is actually coming back to play Jason…then it looks like this will be the catalyst that changes Jason’s face.

There were a few ridiculous moments in the attempt to kidnap Ava…the biggest being Ava gently tapping Max’s back with whatever she was holding and that supposedly knocks him out. I rewound it to make sure what I was seeing. She doesn’t crack him over the head…she gives a little thunk to his back. I HATE those simple little things that completely take me out of the story. At least it gave me a chuckle. And then once again…Max screws up and Ava touches “that.” What was “that???” It seems our dear Max is a tad out of practice.

The knife. So Sonny and Sam find a knife at Sonny’s door…and Sam asks if Sonny will be okay. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t Sonny have offered to have Sam walked to her car or escorted home?

Sonny has been made completely inept. He didn’t look for Carly when Heather kidnapped her. He didn’t send any of his men to search for Dante and Lulu (leaving it to the police. since when did he trust the poiice when one of his people was in danger?) And now…he sends Sam off on her own when there was an obvious threat at his door.

Jason; Sonny needs you!

Joel
Joel

He doesn’t need surgery to get a new face just like Franco, Lulu, Maxie, Carly etc didn’t need surgery when they were recast.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Joel…

Yes. Agree. I think some of us have mentioned the same thing. Unless we’re all being misled again…it does seem like they are going to give him a new look. I think they need to because they keep showing Steve Burton’s pictures…which I don’t think they’d do if they were just going to recast without adding a “new face” (hahah..literally and figuratively) to the character).

CeeCee
CeeCee

Timmm, why would you have hanged yourself? Every move Franco makes from this point is calculated. I think he shows complete and utter control of his feelings. Something is brewing in that tumor-free brain of his. The boiling point will culminate in either a good way or in the worst possible way. I hope he walks away unscathed…I do not want to lose this character.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Of course, Joel. A different face for Jason is not necessary. But, I think there is a point in all this fracas. The storyline will be as such to introduce a John Doe, for many reasons….not being in the clutches of the Cassadines; the audience familiarizing itself with the nuJason; a chance for Jason to regroup…just to name a few.

Harry
Harry

Yes, Sonny has been playing the world’s dumbest Kingpin for a long time now.
Every fiber of his being should have told him that AJ was innocent of killing Connie.
First, while AJ was a major, sloppy screw up while inebriated, he was never a killer. Second, there were so many clues that Ava was the killer which Sonny overlooked because he was bound and determined to believe AJ did it. It didn’t even remotely occur to him to consider that more than one person has the initials.
And on another note, OF COURSE that is how AJ dies! He died because Kate could not write three letters in the blood–AVA. No, she has to write AJ! I am still mad about it. AJ has had the dumbest luck ever and he also has the misfortune of having the dumbest nemesis ever.

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

Watching Sonny and Julian today argue about Ava was hiliarious and not in a good way…the acting and dialogue, imo, was so bad that it reminded me of two ten year olds in a school playground fighting over the possesion of some old toy…lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree, Harry. Losing AJ after bringing him back was beyond hideous…and ridiculous. Waste of a fictional life (who was NEVER written as a killer) and waste of a popular soap actor. And ya, if Sonny was so determined to keep his promise to Michael he should have listened to what AJ had to say…and also realize that AJ wouldn’t jeopardize his relationship with Michael by killing Connie. The only redeeming thing about this SL will be when Michael finds out…I hope he writes Sonny off for good. THAT would make an interesting story…and well-deserved payback for all the years Sonny (and Carly) kept Michael out of AJ’s life.

dmr
dmr

Sonny should hire Helena-she always gets the job done, never has a problem shooting someone. Sonny’s goons are useless! I wonder when Anna gets home, if she will notice that someone was shot in her hotel room. No one hears the gun shots. Helena just opens the door-doesn’t even try to hide-hoping it was Duke. As over the top she is, I love the actress-very talented and a believable villain!

harry
harry

I know Rebecca!!! AJ is the Charlie Brown of daytime. He goes out trick or treating and all he gets is a bag of rocks.
I want him back, and I want him to come back as a winner!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Sadly, Harry…I thought that’s the direction they were taking AJ’s last visit. He finally had it all…Michael in his life, Elizabeth, ELQ…but nooooooooooooooooooooo….they just couldn’t allow that to last. Ugh.

I want him back too. But I want him back in the form of Sean Kanan. I think that ship has sailed. Sigh. (Perhaps he can trick or treat at Franco and Carly’s Halloween wedding. I’d love that….but then we’d lose the joy at seeing Michael’s realization that Sonny killed his father!)

mgb357
mgb357

love how frank and ron merge separate storylines and make us go huh!

Harry
Harry

Yes, I “go huh” every time I turn on GH.

su0000
su0000

I go ”WHAT THE HELL!” … ”OOOHH GOODY” !! and I love it !!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Harry: Gran said to tell you, the number was actually…..Beechwood 4-5789….an even older one.LOL

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I thought Tuesday’s episode was fantastic. I never saw any of it coming – Franco’s proposal, Jordan saving Ava, HELENA again!!!!, Patrick & Sam finally getting Anna into the loop on Fluke, Anna being told Robin might have been blown up, and the bizarre confluence of events that peaks w/Ava literally running into Jason on a dark road while both are running for their lives. Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT! And…it was a Tuesday, for crying out loud!

This is why I chose to avoid spoilers. Man, what great developments al in the course of 47 minutes.

Laurie
Laurie

Thank you! I thought Tuesday was fantastic and I read the spoilers! My heart couldn’t take it if I didn’t. I think GH has been very good for quite a while now. IMO

3 shows are currently airing storylines involving tyrants w/a magic potion that will save a beloved character & awaken them from a long, deep sleep but for a price. I’ll take GH’s because it’s blazing fast, nutty, funny, scary, shocking and fun as hell all at once!

I predict Billy, I mean Jason will know who he is but choose not to reveal it and nobody will recognize him. However, the writers always shock me when I think I’ve figured them out.

curacaoman
curacaoman

I did not really see Ava hitting Jason. Did I miss something? To me it seemed that the collision was imminent, but had not yet happened

CeeCee
CeeCee

It was kind of a convoluted hit, curacaoman. What we did see was the car going over Jason’s body.

aria
aria

I don’t see the point of the show altering his face simply to explain that the role is now being played by billy miller. Its clear to all the fans that steve burton left and on this show alone other roles have been taken over by other actors and the show didn’t go that route of givin them plastic surgery so clearly they are doing this as a plot point to prolong him coming back from the dead an it gives the show and billy a chance to not have to immediately be compared to steve burtons jason, this way he can ease himself into the role and acutally make it more his own. i wasn’t all for it, but a quick reunion would of been boring, this way we see “jason” back but not really if you get the picture.. i’m tired of all this waiting i just want to see billy miller and hope he first interacts with liz at the hospital….

Christy
Christy

me neither. It’s rather pointless. We all know it’s a different actor. Yet soaps have done the ‘something happened to your face’ sooooo many times. Even Duke Lavery, and then later (after the fact) they changed the story to say, no that other (actor) was an imposter Duke.

I remember on One Life to Live, they decided to say an actor had had plastic surgery… actually this happened more than once, and then the original actor came back to the role. On one of them, they didn’t have an explanation of why his new face suddenly changed back to his old face. Hilarious! And the 2nd one they pulled the other old storyline, of saying again after the fact and many years later, no that other guy who thought he was this guy was actually a different guy. oy!

I believe we’re on our 4th Carly… glad they didn’t do plastic surgery for that role! ha!

I read earlier that Elizabeth was going to be attending to a special secret patient… wanna bet who it will be? :-b

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

I think having Jason get reconstruction surgery leads to more possible drama…with Robin kidnapped yet again, sigh…know one will believe he is the real Jason…and like i said above he’ll probably have amensia first then gets his memory back when he see’s Sam in Patricks arms???

Fanny
Fanny

LORD, I didn’t see this one coming. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC !

su0000
su0000

What I saw is Julian’s phone # on Ava’s mobile;
355-0193

(( wonder who would answer if I called that number lol ..

Fanny
Fanny

A wish come true if he answered.

Timmm
Timmm

Did you see VERY quickly when Jason struggled with the gunmen in the backseat of the goons car they showed the guy playing Jason and it must have been a stuntman because it didnt resemble Billy and obliviously not Steve?

harry
harry

I thought it was 867-5309!!!

( a song from the 80’s. Yep, I’m old)

CeeCee
CeeCee

I am absolutely in a quandary here…well, more like flabbergasted and bewildered. Are Ava’s “pregnant hormones” so out of whack and raging, that she is actually showing feeling and remorse for hurting another human life? She, who killed Connie in cold blood? She who if given the opportunity would have killed AJ?….not to mention contemplating poisoning Michael. Was this after-the-accident-scene an illusion? She is going into hysterics over a potentially dead body slumped/strewn on the road?…typically not the Ava I know!

And, Sonny? What the…? Certainly not the response I expected. …makes no sense….is Carly the love of his life? I thought it was Brenda? Oh, pardon me, Connie. From whence have these overwhelming feelings for Carly sprung? I wish TPTB would just untie Franco and release him from the burden that is Carly and give him a beefy storyline with Nina. Anything is better than this wishy-washy love affair. …..unless…hmmm, unless dear ole Franco is up to something…payback?

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

What bugs me is how fast Jordan got there and then stood there for several minutes so Ava could disapear before paramedics could arrive…Jason couldve been dead by then…missed a few minutes but did Jordan even check to see if the guy had a pulse?…and by the way i always thought Jason was the love of Sonnys life…lol

Fanny
Fanny

True on every point made.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, jimh. I am just wondering, ….was Liz married or was she ever Jason’s lover? Well, if she, as a nurse and as a woman who has been intimate with Jason and does not recognize any marks, the shape of his hands, his body etc. will definitely be problematic for me. I know every nook and cranny of my husband’s body. I would know it was he if I only saw one of his feet, or hand or legs…know what I mean? Would Jason’s body be so mangled that he is completely unrecognizable? Head to toe?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh I think Franco is definitely up to something, Cici…This is Todd…now named Franco…at his best. This is what I’ve been waiting for. He’s going to exact his revenge…probably on Halloween when everyone’s disguised…and Michael will finally know the truth about Sonny killing AJ.

And I agree with you about Ava. Thought the same thing. The woman is a killing machine…funny she would care so much about running over a stranger. But then again, even in her worst moments she’s shown a tinge…and I mean an infinitesimal amount…of remorse. However, she recovers quickly. That she should care so much about the random stranger is way out of character.

Jordan however is winning at gaining Ava’s trust. She needs to be her confidante to find out who the “boss” is.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hmmm…Cici…..I like that better than CeeCee, Rebecca..lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you, rebecca. So, if Liz and Jason were lovers, that should support the fact she knows his body intimately. Should she not be familiar with every inch of him?….no pun intended…honest…lol. So, don’t go there…haha & lol a million times.

This is a brain teaser….LOL. ….Is su0000 right? Is some other man (controlled by the Cassadines) ‘wearing’ Jason’s brain? Is that the reason Liz doesn’t recognize him? Or is the answer a simpler one? That is, his face and body are so butchered and fleshy that he is undeniably beyond recognition. What say you?

Anne
Anne

ITA. I found the scene ridiculous and unbelievable. Ava is a cold-blooded assassin. Collateral damage such as shooting Olivia never fazed her. Last week she was ready to kill Michael. But here she accidentally hits a man and she’s soooo emotional, wailing and running about the road. If Ava was true to character she would just have kept going.

Overall, the return of Jason is not so interesting. Too contrived.

CeeCee
CeeCee

That is exactly the word that escaped me. You are spot on, Anne…..meeting of the minds here.

su0000
su0000

C;mon..
even Ava has her moments..
she is now motherly!! she has raging hormones!!
Ava always had a heart behind the ruff..
I loved her! her acting of that scene was awesome!!!
I like how characters are not the same old way day after day and actually have their ‘huh’ moments..
bravo MW great poreformance.. 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hahahahah…CEECEEEEEEE! I just noticed my “faux pas!” So sorry…

rebecca1
rebecca1

HeeCeeCee…

I doubt it’s a different body with Jason’s brain; Robin wouldn’t have recognized him. He had to have been himself (physically) before he got flattened like a air bed with a leak.

That whole car scene was so beyond ridiculous…not necessarily the premise but the way it was executed. From Ava’s humanitarian concern to Jason’s pancake impersonation. That car didn’t smash his face, it rolled over him like a rolling pin on pizza dough! I mean…did anyone else see that? He became one with the street!

So I don’t know how anyone could recognize him as anything other than an unidentified object. And the whole “realism” with the emergency team? Where was Epiphany??? (I know…off putting dollar bills in Milo’s boxers. :))

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL!!!!!!!!!! Now you’re HeeCeeCee. Make that Hey.

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

CeeCee, I missed a lot of GH before i started watching again around two years ago…i dont recall Liz and Jason being married…or just intimate with him. As for remembering parts of the body, never put me on the witness stand im not good at remembering exactly how one looks clothed or naked…i couldnt remember things about myself if i stood nude in front of a mirror but im postive my doctor with the gloved hand would…lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

@CeeCee and jimh…

Jason and Liz were never married. They were on and off lovers…the timing was never right. They were, if I remember correctly engaged at one point but Liz broke it off because of his involvement with the mob though she loved him a lot and he always hd a piece of her heart. They had a son together, Jake, who was killed accidentally killed in a car accident by Luke who was drunk at the time.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I thought being disfigured in the explosion would be a more plausible explanation for his new face, but since this show rarely does the logical thing I suppose get your face squashed by having a car drive over you will do–
As for Robin are we back to square one with her? Will everyone think she died in yet another explosion, only to find out next year at May’s sweeps she is being held captive. Sounds familiar– but this time she will have a baby– Lulu’s and Stravo’s–

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Mary. Jimh has already mentioned on another site that Robin would disappear again for parts unknown…ahem,…I mean Paris. It stands to reason that Robin’s ‘cameo’ appearance was a mere ploy to introduce nuJason.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Jimh already surmised that, Mary…good deduction.

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

I thought it would happen that way too when you first mentioned it…i too said Robin will be used to carry the baby some threads ago…Robin will probably escape…again, yawn!… with the child and bring him or her back to Lulu but will she and Dante want the child or will just one want it and the other doesnt causing friction in their marriage?…also, i think its stupid to have Patrick and Anna believe yet again Robin has died in an explosion…i understand now why some call Ron C. ReRon…lol

Christy
Christy

and yet, Robin has survived two explosions…. and still looks the same! bwahahahahaha

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

I also thought how dumb to run to Annas place when Robin knows her mother is Police Commisioner and shouldv’e went directly to the police station instead where she knows she would be safe…then again there would most likely be a crooked cop named Nicky Spade(cousin of the late Mickey Diamond…lo) who secretly works for Helene and wouldv’e helped kidnapped Robin anyway…sigh!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

All I know is I would never stay at the Metro Court Hotel– with the number of people who get shot and/ or stabbed in that place I think I would feel safer sleeping on a park bench. Also I would love to know what brand of carpet they are using because with all the blood of dead bodies being dragged out there and not one stain- that is impressive. It could save me a fortune in carpet cleaning if I knew their secret– LOL

Christy
Christy

Jim – I know! If you’re in danger you go to a public place with lots of people. I’ve had to do that myself… I would have made a lot of noise too… if she ran into the metro court, at least scream who she is and call for help, ask others to call the police, call mac, call the airforce… te he he No, she’d rather sneak in and head down an empty hallway to her mom’s room. dumbdedumbdumb

and did she not tell Jason in the car that they shouldn’t go where Helena would expect them to go? or was I imagining that.

and such a nice calm conversation with Helena… I would have thrown a chair at her, a vase, stick a fork in her neck, scream… and why the heck didn’t anyone report that gunshot when the henchman was shot?

and where was Robin that she was able to take her laptop for Skype but couldn’t use it to send out a bunch of SOS’s.

jim, you got me all riled up now. see what you did! 😀

CeeCee
CeeCee

I’m kind of slow, jimh…LOL. I just put two and two together…went right over my head until I reread your post…..very wry humor you have there, jimh. Nicky Spade being Mickey Diamond’s cousin…sooooo funny !! (Not into the game of cards…lol).

And, lest I forget Christy’s comment…”stick a fork in her neck…” ….stuff like this just hits my funny bone.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I was thinking that but she’s HIV positive…I remember the worry she went through giving birth to Emma…and the relief that she didn’t transmit it to her. Not sure using Robin as a surrogate would be the way to go…

Mary SF
Mary SF

That is an excellent point, but it depends on the writers- whether they want to be realistic about it or whether her HIV status wouldn’t matter to them and they would have Helena force Robin to carry the child— but then again if Helena really cares about Stravo’s offspring she might not want to risk the baby’s health– or they might come up with something lame as the Clinic had invented some kind of wonder drug that would protect the child— this is after all GH so I wouldn’t rule anything out.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Well for all we know they could have Jason carry it! 😉

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

lol, Mary, i dont know if you intended to but i got a little suspicious from your Metro Court reply about what carpet they use…you said you wonder what ‘brand of carpet’ they use because of ‘all the blood and dead bodies’ there ‘arent any stains’ and it could ‘save you a fortune’ on ‘carpet cleaner’ if ‘you knew their secret’, kind of makes me wonder whats been going on at your place, Mary SF,…lol

claudio
claudio

Poor Robin, how many times has poor robin been kidnapped? lol. This is ridicoulos. Helena alive again, I know Helena Cassadine was coming back. I have to say This, Constance Towers is a wonderful actress and she is 80 years old, that woman looks gorgeous for her age. Helena never stays dead, the woman has more than nine lives. General Hospital is on fire now.

claudio
claudio

What I meant to say was, I knew Helena was coming back. lol

su0000
su0000

I wish Helena would shoot Robin dead and get it over with ..
Best way to do it .. BNAG !
then Robin could go out with bang and not a whimper ..

su0000
su0000

lol … BANG!!

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

My questions is…Does Nurse Liz work around the clock? Every time there is a GH scene she is on duty. When do her children ever see their mommy? How does she find time to baby sit for Patrick, Lulu and Nicholas when she is always at the hospital acting like a doctor?

I do wish the writers would just leave the face the same. My goodness, changing someone’s face is a boring idea to replace an actor. Just say blah blah is replacing blah blah as blah and get on with the story.

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah they should hire more nurses and give them story lines. Maybe Rosalie will work at GH after Nina walks in front of everyone. I like her.

Laurie
Laurie

dawnhaze,

At least Liz goes to work! Lol..What does Kiki do? Oh wait, nothing! Maxie, jobless. Morgan? My favorite is Franco who has a part-time, new job at the hospital (and apparently just 1 student), and he doesn’t own or even rent his own place. He lives with Carly, but he proposed and wants to get married in 1 month. He said he was going to get Carly a great wedding gift. So, is Carly putting the wedding on her Visa? How is he going to pay for a wedding and he’s not even prepared to provide for a wife!

But back to Billy, I mean Jason. I predict he will take a job at the Noodle Buddha Chinese Restaurant Sam orders from all the time and be her delivery boy. He will start getting flashback while at work of him and Sam getting married there.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Laurie, I may be wrong, and I do appreciate your sarcasm, as I feel the same way…..but, I doubt Franco is serious about marrying Carly. He chose one month, HALLOWEEN, to be exact, for a specific reason, with which the audience is not yet familiar. He is PLOTTING !!!!!!

Harry
Harry

I can’t explain it but when I saw the headline.”Ava Runs Over Jason,” I roared with ribald laughter.
It just cracked me the hell up. What can I say? I am a cheap date. I say Ava didn’t do it, Toonces the Driving Cat did it!

su0000
su0000

yah well they lied!!
Ava ran over a dummy!! maybe even one of crash car dummies !!
no harm came to Jason/BM, during that scene … lol

Shari
Shari

Well I think this will either require plastic surgery for Jason or he’ll be bandaged up at GH until Helena sneaks someone in to either kidnap him and do their own surgery on him or Helena hires or pays off a doctor at GH to do it.
As for Ava, I have had a complete turn around. I hated Ava right away and she and Morgan made me sick and then it only got worse when she slept with Sonny and then had to move in with him. Somehow though, I have warmed up to her. Maybe it’s because she and Julian seem to actually care about each other now. Maybe it is because she is pregnant. Maybe its because she and I share a dislike for Sonny. Maybe its because she seems to really have love for Kiki. I don’t know why but I am now team Ava but I don’t know how she is going to be redeemed for killing Connie. I hope they fond a way though because they always seem to find a way to try redeem Sonny. I really hope Jason comes back and gets angry at Sonny for what he did to AJ (and Michael) and starts working for Julian or works alone.

StreetcornerSOAPWriter
StreetcornerSOAPWriter

Am I the only one that thinks Ava Jerome may just look a lot like what Helena Cassadine looks like right now, once Miss Jerome enters the elderly ages?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Nah, Street. Completely different facial structure and features. Then again, plastic surgery somehow changes the integrity of the face.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think there is a strong resemblance but their coloring is similar so I’d believe mother and daughter…wouldn’t THAT be a twist!

Omar
Omar

I really don’t care how this will play out, all I know is GH is finally back on track with some entertaining stories after a horrible summer.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Agreed. I am relishing GH!

Ces
Ces

YAWN, wake me up when this story is over!
Robin talking to mute Jason was beyond annoying. In Fact Robin is annoying.
Stupid Helena – same crap
Ava gets away with more ….. it’s all so repetitive.

Then the whole Franco/Carly thing – another snoozefest. I’d have to actually care about this couple before I gave a damn. GH and that whole OLTL mess turning Todd into Franco messed with the character to the point of they somehow lost their chemistry along the way.

Can we please have some NEW storylines???

su0000
su0000

ahh geez Ces.. if GH is so horrible for you maybe reading a book would be better for you lol because these stories are are just starting !!
Dont suffer watching GH when there so many other things you could be doing that would make you happy 🙂
best wishes ..

rebecca1
rebecca1

I hear what you’re saying, Ces, yet at the same time how many different stories can be told 5 days a week for years? And at least they have some semblance of continuity. Yeah, Helena causes havoc..that’s who she is. Ava HAS to get away with her crimes…or she’d be off the show. Carly and Franco? I’m enjoying the fact that FINALLY Franco FINALLY knows the truth. I was really disappointed in how they were writing Franco; they’d made him and Roger into an infantile buffoon. But I’ve definitely taken more of an interest in him (and am loving seeing the ol’ Roger/Todd type character back; he’s smart, sarcastic, devious, loyal, broken, child-like and vulnerable…yet down deep he’s a guy who loves and wants it in return. And yes, it’s Todd with a different name. But I always loved Todd. I’m interested to see how he exacts his revenge…when everybody’s in disguise…the fallout with Michael and Sonny and Carly. I’m looking forward to his probable pairing with Nina, who by the way I couldn’t stand since she hit the canvas. For some reason I like her now! I think they’ve written her to be the female Franco/Todd. She’s also broken, vulnerable, yearning for love yet out for revenge. They’re two sides of the same coin. I think GH has been picking up steam…and I like how they’ve laced the new characters into the canvas…

su0000
su0000

I liked Trevor St. John better as Todd..
Roger gave up being Todd and left OLTL. for 8 yrs.
He is an actor and being Todd was a job..
People want him as Todd and I think he could care less..
He is an awesome Franco .. nobody but RH could be play the part..
RH wanted to be Franco, he accepted the role, he likes it..
I think RH hates that some can’t let Todd go, he did ..

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’s what I’ve been saying all along, rebecca. I saw the connection between Nina and Franco from their first meeting…that little spark will eventually burn into flames…I know how passionate these two can be…and I am not just talking sex here. Their passion will become evident in everything they do…even in simple conversation. I am sooooooo ready to see Michelle and Roger step out and rock my world…yeeessss !!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

suOOOO. I didn’t say I liked Roger better than Trevor. I liked them both. Roger originated the role and helped shape Todd the character. He played him as evil, ruthless…but with a complexity that exposed vulnerability, a protective wall and a desire (and ability) to love and be loved. He’s the one that developed that great bond with his daughter Starr…and with Vicki. He was the epitome of a broken man yearning while rejecting connection. Loved Roger in the role. Then Trevor came along. Completely different…yet disarmingly charming, good-looking…arrogant, sarcastic…a different take on the role but Todd nonetheless. They were both great in the role and as said I like both actors.

However, when I intermix the names Franco and Todd…it’s not because Roger is playing Franco. It has nothing to do with not letting go of Todd. It’s just obvious that Ron et al didn’t let go of Todd. They had to rename him and tweak him a bit to as not to be sued…but there is beyond a similarity in Todd and Franco. That’s why I refer back to Todd. For me, he’s almost the same character. You know…a rose by any other name would smell as sweet…

rebecca1
rebecca1

CeeCee…yep. We’ve agreed on Franco and Nina for a while. Actually, I think Nina’s affection for Franco is the hook that makes her more sympathetic. You can see she has a sense of right and wrong, and loyalty (her brand of right and wrong based on her hurt). I think she’s also more appealing because she’s more real with Franco. Each time she stands up out of the wheelchair and drops the facade…her craziness dissipates if only for a moment.

LOL. So sorry about the CiCi…hahahah…I did reply to you on that. I guess I was sleep posting!

CeeCee
CeeCee

You have described the ‘two’ Todds to the letter, rebecca. I can’t even remember when I started watching OLTL ; I was that young…and, I did have a TV set in boarding school…lol. If truth be known, I never really took to Todd #2. I just did not connect with him, albeit his superior acting. I never felt the love that the original Todd (Roger) showed his kids…as you say, his sister Vicky. ……..even Blair. The crux of the matter? Todd #1 (and all his being) was tangible….his vulnerability, the purity of his love etc…just as you describe him. But, it stands to reason they would have different personalities….Todd #2 was not really Todd Manning.

Please, no apologies. It’s just a nickname…CeeCee; Cici….all the same…no problem. Au revoir…lol

ces
ces

uh, thanks.
actually, I do plenty to keep me happy but catching up on 3 episodes I missed while doing something “fun” this weekend has been less than stimulating.

just sayin’

we’ll see how these stories play out but so far – repeat of the same mob junk. I’m not invested in Carly & Franco so I don’t really care what he has planned but hopefully his “eye” makes this interesting for their Halloween wedding.

Christy
Christy

For a cold blooded murderer, Ava was sure wigged out about running over Jason.

Must be the hormones. 🙂

su0000
su0000

Ava is motherly, now..
Pregnant women become dolting creatures lol ..

Ava has killed people who want to kill her or are a threat to her..
Jason was an innocent person that Ava had no malice towards..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Su, you claim that Ava is now a doting expectant mother. You may be right…as I said, sarcastically, her hormones are doing a number on her and us….MAYBE. That would supports the fact that this is her first pregnancy, yes? Are you with me? …..which leads me to believe that Kiki is not her bio daughter…..which I have been preaching from the get-go.
However, a villainess is a villainess is a villainess. A leopard doesn’t change its spots; a snake is not descriminant about whom to bite. You are saying that she kills to survive? Maybe…..she did show that side of herself when she refused to poison Michael. But, what happens when she is no longer pregnant? Will she be gun-packin’ and totin’ ?
So, a changed Ava would defeat the purpose of her presence on the stage. Now, if TPTB are contemplating keeping her on indefinitely, then she may turn a new leaf… For the better, that is. But, as far as I’m concerned Ava’s brain, along with all murdering criminals, is not wired to be a ‘good-doer’, IMO. I am cautiously anticipating a positive outcome…if not for anything else, but the baby.

Mary Lynn
Mary Lynn

As soon as Ava gives birth she should be dealt with by who ever; it doesn’t matter just so long as she gets the punishment deserved. At this point, I would be happy if Nina were to steal the baby.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You are so right, Mary Lynn…Ava and Sonny should be cell mates and kill each other. They should both pay 100 lifetimes for their murdering souls ( if they have one). But after all it is said and done? Who pays the piper? The babies. A child without a mommy would be like beef stew without the beef.

CeeCee
CeeCee

It just occurred to me, Mary Lynn, that I must amend what I said. There will always be the fear, that if Ava and Sonny were thrown in the same cell? Well, another AvaSon would be created…poor kid !!!!! LOL.
I also came to the realization that everyone on this site possesses keen intelligence and intuition. Every comment I have read so far is amazingly possible and probable…..kudos to everyone partaking of this opportunity to voice his/her thoughts. …….my everlasting appreciation to Michael Fairman for opening this door and letting us in.

Rose
Rose

Same old accident on probably the same dark road …you would think they would have gotten lights there by now. Another bombing with Robin. Same old secrets , people overhearing conversations, Sonny’s incompetence even though he’s the boss of a big crime syndicate. I’m getting bored. There’s imagination, which GH seems to be lacking lately. Then there’s repetition and incredulous. I’ve been a big supporter of GH, but I think I may have to take a time out.

ces
ces

I’m with you. Very repetitive storytelling.

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

Very upset about yesterday’s episode. There is no way that Anna Devane wouldn’t be able to figure out there is something wrong with Robin and that she is being held against her will. She should have figured it out the first time. Now I realize the whole crazy plot is to allow Kimberely time to direct but having the same situation come up again is ridiculous. Anna and Robert are smarter than that. Honestly, if Anna had any doubt she would have Robert track Robin and then she would know. This is crazy and painful for the fans.

Finally, since I am speaking. Silas Clay ain’t working. It’s so sad to see Michael Easton play this pathetic character when he was born to play John McBain. ABC, let’s settle with Prospect Park, get OLTL rights back so we can resurrect great OLTL characters. Next, bring John’s favorite Redhead over from Salem into Port Charles. They are SuperCouple and so many fans are missing these too, not to mention Liam.

We also want our Todd and Starr back. While Kiki is fine, Franco is another pathetic character and so Done! Bring back Todd Manning and rescue Blair from Salem, please.

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

M.E. was so much more interesting as John than Silas…i think it would’ve been easy to write the Nina story for the John character…Clint couldv’e found out about Nina and told Natalie who broke up with John for keeping Nina a secret…that would explain why they werent together…and i do wish tptb could bring back the other two as Todd and Starr…they work better together as father/daughter…Kassie not so ok as Eve…bring her to GH as Blair!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I wish, Gentry…I wish !! Sigh…

CeeCee
CeeCee

I do miss those Kramer women, Gentry. And, you’re right about Kassie D. What a waste of talent on DOOL…she is reduced to a scheming meddler.

Timmm
Timmm

What I hate about this is, here we go again, Robin is estranged from her family, most importantly her daughter. She has super spies for parents. Why is she afraid of Helena? Why wouldnt Robert and Anna hunt down Robin and make sure she is safe? Anna should know her daughter well and know Robin is not acting on her own. Dumb!

su0000
su0000

no need to write a story for a person who is not with GH..
Why write a story for Robin when KM will not be there to act it out haha..
There is no longer an active Robin in GH to write stories for..
she came to lead Jason in, that is all .. now she goes bye bye, again..

she is very happy directing by her choice.. let her go, KM is happy not being with GH.

Timmm
Timmm

I never thought I’d say this and they probably would never do it but its time to recast her. Elizabeth Hendrickson who played Chloe on Y&R would be great and her and Billy Miller have great chemistry.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree about Elizabeth Hendrickson….a few of us had mentioned this a while back when Billy Miller wasn’t even in the picture yet. I think she would be perfect in the role of Robin. She is well- grounded and left her mark as an excellent actress on AMC and Y&R…..and, so very pretty, to boot.

k/kay
k/kay

I think the powers that be have too much respect for km to recast her. It would be like replacing Laura or Luke they have already got a full cast over there no need to recast Robin.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@k/Kay. Yes, that’s true, considering Kimberly grew up on this soap. Plus, the audience may not be willing to receive and, or accept a replacement for the Robin character for that exact reason. What I am saying is; if the role were to be recast, then Hendrickson would be ideal.

Mark Y
Mark Y

I am not a regular viewer of GH but there’s some great talent on now and I like to check in and see what is going on. Hasn’t Ava already run someone over with a car?

su0000
su0000

probly..
in every soap someone gets run over with car..
Y&R has lots of car run overs, GH is just catching up to it LOL

ricardo
ricardo

Maura West, is a terrific actress. I love her as Ava Jerome, Those high heels are too high for a pregnant woman lol. Ava loves her high heels, she loves her fashion. Lol. General hospital is rocking now, looking forward to Billy Miller as the new Jason morgan Quartermaine. Billy Miller is a wonderful actor.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think Maura is the ‘bestest’ and the ‘mostest’ too, ricardo. But, pregnant women not being able to wear high heels is a fallacy…trust me.

arlene
arlene

please please please bring Steve Burton back as Jason Morgen PLEASE

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sorry, Arlene, but Steve Burton is now everyone’s ‘HERO’ on Y&R….ugh & lol.

Tima
Tima

With this whole Jason getting a new face thing maybe he got the plastic surgery at the clinic. Victor could have had his face changed for his “master plan” and Robin was caring for him so she’d know the new face. It was just a matter of them getting a new actor to play him which we now know is Billy. That would also explain why Elizabeth didn’t recognize him in today’s episode. Bloody and beaten or not you’d think she would have known Jason’s face anywhere

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, that makes sense, Tima. But, Shari’s post makes more sense, IMO. Robin specifically told Jason to go to Sonny’s…..obviously Sonny would recognize him; meaning, that Jason looked like Jason, familiar to everyone.
I do agree with you about Elizabeth recognizing Jason, regardless……or any other part of his body, if she or anyone had been intimate with him. But, this is a soap. TPTB are magicians. Black becomes white and vice versa…LOL.

Tom
Tom

Why the hell doesn’t Robin grab a chair or something and beat Helaina’s brains in? She is younger and in better shape. Then she could run home.

Aria
Aria

Robert and Anna need to teach their little girl to not listen to strangers and to stop being such a victim, how can she just give in so easily? Plus this girl needs to go away for some extensive hand to hand combat training and become a women of this century, her expectation of someone saving her is really sad and considering that she’s been through this before makes her not worthy of being the offspring of Anna & Robert . Love robin but really come on girl!

Rose
Rose

Right on!!! I’m sick of poor victim Robin plus the coming and going of Kimberly.

Laurie
Laurie

Here’s 2 more clues Patrick and super-spy Anna missed:

Robin said she left Crichton-Clark 2 wks ago & went to Paris & mentioned possibly doing research. The Skype video showed her from the waist up and she still had on her CC scrubs right down to the white undershirt Robin was wearing when Patrick saw her there. WHY would she be wearing that if she left 2 wks ago? ALSO:

Robin was in the backseat of a vehicle while Skyping. That’s not odd to them? Wouldn’t she be in a hotel or a cafe? It was obvious. You can see the seatbelt, the interior light above her head, and the leather seats.

Hell, Helena should’ve have changed her out of her scrubs.

I love Billy Miller. I love this casting. Scenes with Monica coming up! Loving the writing right now.. GH is on fire, I concur!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Off subject, forgive me…but, what woman, in her right mind, jumps out of the shower, answers the door in a towel, no less, without even bothering to ask, “Who’s there?”
That’s what Sam did. Then she proceeded to adopt affectations only reserved for adolescent girls.

Rose
Rose

Then Michael a few days later when Roselie came knocking. I know he’s a guy, but…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Rose. I think I gave the wrong impression. I wasn’t referring to answering the door in a towel….I was referring to the fact that Sam did not bother asking who it was. What if it had been a thief?..a rapist?. I should have expressed that. As a very modern woman, I am first and foremost a mother and a wife….. but, I am also a feminist…very much so. Therefore, I apologize for making you think otherwise.
And, you’re right about the Michael scene….I missed that episode. The same applies to him, or anyone else who answers the door without inquiring first. I think more viewers should take note.

Bohemien
Bohemien

When Jason was being wheeled in to GH, one of the et guys gave an audible report of what the patient sufferered up to this point, one which made more amplified concerning the extreme damage to the patients face. The audio amplification is used the same way a director uses a camera to direct the viewers eye

Bohemien
Bohemien

(on my phone and got cut off) to something in a frame . I don’t think the accident scene would have been so graphic, showing the tires running over J’s head, if not a plot device-Hence, J, whose face is now blown out, gets a new one. If brain was tranplanted he wouldn’t have been sympathetic to or protective of Robin.

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

I would have been quite satisfied to go with, ‘The role of Jason Morgan is now being played by Billy Miller.’ All this hoopla is unnecessary drama. Let’s get Jason back and in position to actually DO something rather than looking constipated all the time.

BTW, I much prefer Steve Burton in the role of Dylan McAvoy on Y&R than as Jason The Borg Morgan who allowed Sam McCall Morgan to TALK EVERY DAMN THING TO DEATH — a habit she still indulges in.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Too, funny, Engrady !!!!…….the Sam part…lol.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sam has everything going for her….well, not much of a love life, but that will come. She needs a rest. She is alluring…love her clothes, her shoes, etc. Personality wise? It is shot. If her oratorios had a little more spunk, spice, fire….whatever, she would be so interesting. There is no emotion forthwith when she speaks. IMO, she’s an intregal part of what is happening right now. Jason IS her husband afterall. I wish TPTB would just give her a little nudge. I have come to like her, which I thought would never happen. But, put some life into expressing yourself. You’re Italian, (Kelly, that is) so, c’mon, show me some tossing of the head; some hand gestures; some screaming…LOL
My in-laws are Italian….I’m soooo used to that…..lol
Engrady, Steve Burton is more likeable on Y&R. Perhaps it is because Dylan leads a pretty clean life, no mob….no guns! But, he is still wooden…his stare is still icy. Does he ever smile? If he ever did, I surely don’t remember….that’s how rare his smiles are. Perhaps it’s the women characters with which he’s paired?…lol.

rebecca1
rebecca1

CeeCee…

Congrats on finally liking Sam! I remember when you said you didn’t think she was attractive and couldn’t understand why guys found her sexy…I personally think she’s adorable and has an amazing body! Did you look her up? I had mentioned she was on the cover of Maxim (I think it was Maxim) and she was also on (and won) Dancing With The Stars a few years back.

As for her monotone way…she’s always been like that. I just think that’s her acting style. Nothing to do with her heritage…not even sure what her background is on GH because I’m not sure what Alexis or Julian’s backgrounds are. I find her convincing…even without being overtly expressive.

Omar
Omar

They need to summit this episode for Emmy consideration because it was well directed and written..And Maura West scenes were mesmerizing, I now see why she is a 2x Emmy winner, she is brilliant..She MUST get an Emmy nod this year and also Finola Hughes..If those actresses do not get a nod for Lead actress, I give up on the Emmys, lol!!

Rose
Rose

Too bad they don’t use Finola a lot more.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@rebecca. Yes, I did look Sam up…to my husband’s pleasure…lol. She was only 21 when she posed for these pictures. She did have a smashing body. Do you think she still looks that way?
Yes, I have warmed up to her…but she still needs to up her personality and put some feeling in her voice.
I am so glad you communicate with me so respectfully, rebecca and not repudiate my opinions. Thank you. You’re awesome.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ohhhhhhhh, CeeCeeCiCi…;) mais bien sur! why would I not???

Yep; I still think she looks that way. You can probably find her on Dancing With The Stars from last year (I think it was last year). She danced with Val Chmerkovsky. Her face is a tad older…but other than that I think she looks great. Funny re: your husband. Who can blame him???!!! 😉

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

Courtesy/ABC

When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

Photo: ABC

Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

Courtesy/ABC

The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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