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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Baby Gabriel Dies! Jason Thompson, Teresa Castillo, Sonya Eddy & Marc Anthony Samuel Deliver Heartbreaking Performances!

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On yesterday’s episode of General Hospital, Patrick and Sabrina’s premature baby, Gabriel passed away at the end of the episode!

And throughout the show, Gabriel’s impending death gave dramatic material for cast members: Jason Thompson (Patrick), Teresa Castillo (Sabrina), Sonya Eddy (Epiphany) and Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) to sink their teeth into.

Jason Thompson as Patrick, the grieving father, faced with an impossible situation of having to be strong for the baby’s mother while she valiantly tried to deal with the final moments of baby Gabriel’s life, while he then falls apart outside the NICU in front of Epiphany, illustrated once again while Thompson is one of the finest actors in the genre.

Teresa Castillo at the time of the shooting of these scenes was pregnant in real life! We can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to play the death of a newborn baby for her.  She also brought the drama in her scenes trying to give her son some kind of acknowledgement of his short time on earth while being baptized, and holding him in her arms and hearing his heart beat until it began to fade.

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As for Sonya Eddy, we couldn’t have loved her, and her portrayal of Epiphany more, trying to be there for her friend Drake Jr., and later giving kudos to Felix for being a good nurse, but ultimately breaking down in his arms over the sadness of the loss of Gabriel.  Marc Anthony Samuel as Felix was there to do anything to help Sabrina have her final moments with Gabriel and as the supportive and brokenhearted best friend a girl could have was  also extremely touching.

So, what did you think of the performances yesterday?  After all the speculation of what would happen to Patrick and Sabrina’s baby, with this being the end of the line, what do you think will happen next? Will Patrick seek revenge and the truth on who was responsible for the car accident?  Is Sabrina heading to Puerto Rico?  Weigh-in below!

 

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brian
brian

Again, what is Ron C.’s constant obsession with killing off babies ???

Ces
Ces

agreed

C
C

Huh, I only remember one other baby dying during his time on GH (Victor Jr.) and one during his time on OLTL (Jessica’s baby Chloe). Am I forgetting others?

He seems much more obsessed with babies/children being kidnapped.

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

There was also Maxi’s miscarriage and when F&R started on GH with Starr they killed off her young daughter Hope…that could be what Brian also means by killing off babies!!!

brian
brian

I am surprised you have forgotten that Starr child also was killed as Starr entrance storyline to GH…..

Kara
Kara

I am not happy that they killed the baby either. But Ron wasn’t the writer who killed off Jake. That was “he who shall not be named”

harry
harry

I think Baby Jake was just before RC’s tenure. Maybe Brian means GH in general–you had Sam and Sonny’s baby, Baby Jake and now Baby Gabriel. Soaps have a history of killing off fictional babies–I remember AMC’s Brooke mourning the death of her very little girl, Laura, who got hit by a car. However, in that case, as was the case of BJ Jones, these stories were so well written and were more character driven than they were plot driven.

C
C

Oh yeah, Hope. I guess I was thinking about newborn babies and Hope was older, but point taken.

I dunno, but it still doesn’t seem like an excessive number or like on AMC when they killed Angie and Jessie and Ryan and Madison’s babies like back-to-back.

harry
harry

Oh, you’re right, Brian and Jim–I had forgotten about Starr’s baby.

Tima
Tima

There was also Tea and Victor’s baby which lead to Danny being switched.

alee
alee

sam and sonnys child died also

Patricia Dodd
Patricia Dodd

it was one of the saddest episodes I have seen on GH. Anytime a baby dies it is hearbreaking….I kept a box of tissues by my chair and cried my eyes out. They all did a fabulous job and deserve a rousing bit of applause.

Christy
Christy

I don’t think Ron is god as far as story lines go… others have to agree.

I just didn’t feel it would be living from the beginning. There just didn’t seem to be much of a story there between Sabrina and Patrick for a while, and I just didn’t see it building, so just figured the baby wasn’t going to be going home with them. And when they named the baby’s middle name as Drake, I figured they built the fact that he would never become Gabriel Drake Drake … ever.

You know that frequently getting a couple together is built up more so than after they’re hitched… and more times than not, having a baby means your storyline will not be as exciting as it was before – not always, but more frequently.

Christy
Christy

oh, also, I hope they keep these scenes of Patrick losing his son for next year’s emmy award demo tape!

Nikki
Nikki

Ron has only killed Victor and Tea’s baby during his time on GH, aside from Gabriel. Dante and Lulu’s “baby” that Maxie miscarried, was still just an embryo, it was about two days old. As for Hope, Starr Manning’s daughter, they were planning on “resurrecting” her and her father, Cole, when Prospect Park swooped in with a law suit.

It’s incredibly sad material, but I rather, no offense, have them kill off a newborn, as opposed to the writers under Jill Farren Phelps’ reigns, who kill off well-known, legacy children like Jason and Elizabeth’s son on GH and Billy and Chloe’s daughter on Y&R.

brian
brian

Really ? I would have like it if Starr’s family had come back.

David
David

“Was still just an embryo” ? Some people….

boes
boes

Remember, he wasn’t writing for the show when Jake was killed. That’s on Guza. Ron C. has plenty of nonsense to answer for but not that.

This did stink, though.

Rebecca
Rebecca

It isn’t like one a week. I think they are just touching subjects that people face in everyday life. Someone loses a child to a drunk driver, to disease, etc. everyday.

gh 1970
gh 1970

Come on people. From Erica Kane lying to Jeff about wanting a baby but taking birth control to the birth and death of baby Gabriel , pregnancies have been a staple of soap story telling. But if every pregnant storyline resulted in a child being born and or surviving each soap opera woman would have a dozen children. it isn’t personal and they aren’t real children, so relax and enjoy the story for what it is.

Sarah Sees
Sarah Sees

This episode of GH was what daytime drama is all about. Heartbreaking performances by all in that storyline. Perfection! One box of tissues was not enough!!

mfarris70
mfarris70

I feel the same! It was sad, heartbreaking and difficult to watch– that’s what good drama is. If everyone was nice and good to each other and were always happy, what would there be to watch?

Harry
Harry

Well, I agree that it was difficult to watch anyway.

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

Hits home…we had an infant who passed away over ten years ago and it was still difficult to watch…his name was Jessie James named after family members not the old west outlaw…Epiphany did a fine job but i wish the show gave her a storyline of her own!!!

Timmm
Timmm

She should be in jail for killing Marbles!

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

But you seem to forget, this is GH and on this show the killer most always get away with murder…lol

Laura
Laura

Who cares about marbles, Epiphany should get an award and an emmy, for killing stupid annoying marbles. LOL.

boes
boes

I totally agree. Epiphany is a royal, bossy pain with way too high an opinion of herself.
Actually, she’s so much like Felix he should be her son.

Kevin
Kevin

Lol get over it, Epiphany did the right thing.

harry
harry

I am very sorry, Jim. And yes, Epiphany did a great job.

Sally
Sally

Agree with every word! Jason Thompson was and Is excellent. Same goes for Teresa Castillo, Marc, and Sonya. I have always loved the relationship between Patrick/Epiphany and Sabrina/Felix. Glad that they characters were able to be there for each other. It took awhile for me to get use to Patrick/Sabrina (NOT because of Robin) since I knew from the get go that they would break up (because of Robin) but funny enough their break up scenes got me to really start liking them. Now I love them together. Sad to watch them go this devastation.

cinicic
cinicic

It may be wacky, but I honestly thought they might send Patrick, Sabrina, and Gabriel off to Robin to bring the baby back to life, in order to write out Teresa Castillo for her real life pregnancy leave. IMO, this might have been a bit… tacky… is that the word I want to use? But RC is very “Passions” at times, so I honestly thought they might go there. The story is rather heartbreaking as is. Great performances by all involved.

Anne
Anne

Why does GH persist in killing off babies when there is near total protest from those who love the show?

No one likes these storylines. Too dark, too much cheap drama. I agree with those who say it was awful to ask an actress pregnant in real life to play these scenes. Brutal!

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

I agree. And they also made a very pregnant Kirsten Storms play difficult pregnancy scenes. As heartbreaking as it was to watch, I still think it’s lazy writing to kill off babies. They could easily have left Sabrina off the canvas for a few months as they did when Robin was back. I wonder if the writers have just decided to sever all ties between Patrick and Sabrina?

David
David

Last time I checked its called a daytime drama which means dramatic things happen. Babies die in real life and it has been pointed out RC/FV have only killed off 2 babies.

The actress who plays Sabrian had no issue with playing the scenes I love the people who want to make it seem like it was wrong to write those scripts. Laughable and typical though

Ces
Ces

I really hate making a character pregnant, delivering, then killing the baby!!! Oh and how insensitive to have a baby die when your leading lady Teresa was carrying hers at the same time. What poor taste for that poor actress to endure this storyline. Very sad that baby Gabriel had to die. Jason & Teresa were very touching in these scenes as was Kelly who’s character has evolved so much. Kudos to all.

Livvie
Livvie

gmab! Teresa is doing her job. Pregnant or not she would’ve done the story and I’m sorry but her being pregnant doesn’t make her doing this storyline brave or remarkable. She’s there do to a job, her job is to do what’s written and doing a job whether she’s paid quite nicely doesn’t make her brave or admirable.

Johnny
Johnny

Wow!! Heartless much?

Gloria E
Gloria E

boo to u…like she is machine not a person..a pregnant woman person..I am sure it helped her performance..which was really great..it always suprises me & I don’t know why people are so callous when writing on these comment lines..I guess because they don’t actually have to face anyone..

Ces
Ces

who said she was brave or admirable? Geez!! Bitter much?

pumpkanpie
pumpkanpie

I agree with Livvie! Teresa asked for her pregnancy to be written in, so it was her job to deliver … Too bad that she does not have the acting skills to pull it off. Hope they write her off … Only Liz, Patrick and Epiphany killed in their scenes!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Livvie…Wrong!

boes
boes

Then wouldn’t it be great if Roger Howarth actually put some effort into HIS work?

As to whether or not TC was brave to do this, I don’t know. But I do know it was pretty insensitive for Ron C. to have this actress have her character’s baby die when she herself is heavily pregnant and close to delivery. That stinks. And I’m not a fan of either actress or character.

alee
alee

I totally agree with pumpkinpie and Livvie I really do not like Teresa as an actress or her character Sabrina and I hope they write her off soon

leesh12
leesh12

Teresa did not get a say in whether or not her pregnancy was written in. RC said they were going to make Brina pregnant but then she got pregnant in real life so they wrote that in.

Joni
Joni

Sonya Eddy blew everyone away yesterday. Jason was better than he was on Tuesday’s show but I felt no sympathy for Patrick as he was only shown to care about the baby once he was born. Teresa continues her streak of squeaking through crying scenes. I’m appluad Ron and the writers for being true to life and having the premature baby die. He all honesty the baby would not have survived being born along the side of the road or the long trip to GH. I found the scene with the stethoscope very hokey and I was actually laughing through those scenes.

Cathy
Cathy

I thought I was alone but I totally agree with every word.

babs
babs

Glad it is over, as is Patrina. Baby never should have happened and they should have ended this coupling a long time ago.

Ready for Sabrina to visit Puerto Rico for a nice long stay and Patrick to get a real story instead of babysitting duty.

pumpkanpie
pumpkanpie

Well said Babs! I can’t wait to see Patrick being a confident doctor again … not a shadow of himself! Hopefully Sabrina stays in Puerto Rico …

Jimmy
Jimmy

Thank you, I’m not the only one who doesn’t like Sabrina. Personally I wish the baby was Carlos’ and he took Sabrina back to Puerto Rico with him.

I love gh
I love gh

I disagree. I am a huge Robin fan, but I’m realistic about KM’s future and support her decision to direct. I love the Sabrina character, and I enjoyed her with Patrick.

alee
alee

yes finally someone agrees with me ! thank you babs well said :3

boes
boes

So sorry that Lil’ Plotpoint with no purpose died. I wondered for a second why Patrick didn’t send Felix to the gift shop for a couple of AA batteries to make their dolly work.
Bad writing on this one – terrible. There was no reason for this child to ever exist, much less pull a fast one on the audience by killing it.

And it’s, at best, insensitive, at worst, cruel, to have Teresa Castillo, heavily pregnant at the time of filming to do a story where her character’s newborn dies. That just stinks.

harry
harry

I agree, Boes. And at the risk of of someone accusing me of dwelling on the past, twenty years ago we had the BJ’s heart storyline. That little girl dying was not predicated upon plot, but upon character. That tragedy rose up to mean something and brought together the stories of Tony, Bobby, Felicia, Frisco and Mac. All actors rose to the challenge and played the hell out of that story–it meant something.
I don’t like children/babies being killed off as a mere plot device–all this did was add a sad punctuation note to a pathetic romance that ended before it began while highlighting the fact that TC just cannot handle handle heavy drama. She is a very superficial, somewhat tone deaf actress.

Elle
Elle

Harry, I agree with on all points.

Boes, While I agree with most of what you wrote, I believe RC was giving TC the opportunity to shine in this s/l whether she was pregnant to not. As Harry stated TC can’t handle the heavy drama and is very superficial in her acting. If anything, I believe TPTB wanted the audience to feel sorry for Sabrina because TC was pregnant in real life. It was manipulative in my opinion.

AJQ
AJQ

Have to agree with you harry. I cannot stand how actors/actresses are constantly propped and applauded when the work doesn’t support it. TC is an extremely mediocre talent. Her performance was serviceable. There was nothing gut wrenching about it. It didn’t draw me in. It didn’t stand out. There are people on various boards talking about how great her performance was and how she needs to be considered for an Emmy. This is all just chatter from people who want to look like they are knowledgeable about acting and that somehow their praise is valid. Or they’ve never really seen great acting on a soap or anywhere.

As for the material. it was so lacking. There was no story there. No build up. We never saw the pregnancy. We haven’t seen the actress more than a handful of times this whole year. There was no story told. All of a sudden there was a car accident. Everyone sang a dopey song at the Nurses Ball and went to the hospital. The kid dies. We get some scenes of crying and it’s supposed to be great storytelling and acting. It was not.

You mention the BJ heart storyline and boy that just reminds me of how great the show was twenty years ago. A story that enthralled you. A death that had a reason, that effected so many that we cared about and what unbelievable performances. The scenes between everyone. Alan and Lucy. Felicia when she found out it was BJ. Robin and Maxie. Bobbie’s horror. Tony through it all. Monica. You had such an investment in everyone. And that they ripped off the scene where Tony listens to BJ’s heart pumping in Maxie just magnified what a low rent story and production this was.

Shay
Shay

@Harry, Elle, and AJQ….You all speak the truth, and I applaud you!!!! It has not always been easy or popular to state these obvious facts here, but to so many of us, it has been quite apparent from the very beginning of this ill-fated storyline, character and pairing. In reference to these particulars, the acting and writing have been nothing but subpar and unsophisticated, and I truly hope that this will close one of the sorriest chapters in GH history.

Shay
Shay

Oh, boes, LOL! I thought I was the only one who found “dolly” to be absolutely ludicrous….watching those two fussing over this obviously faux bebe’ has been nothing short of comical…it was like two kids playing hospital with their toy babies and doctor’s kit. I could literally imagine them tossing the blanket-clad babe like a football between takes to lighten the mood! I know some people will find that a “no-no” but the whole thing looked so phony that there was no way to suspend disbelief and buy that a real human being was involved! All I can say is time to send “rent-a-runt” back to the shelf of the prop department!!!!

aria
aria

as a storyline, i could of done without it, for some reason it feels like soaps are always killing of babies, it seems overdone. as for the performance, they were all great, it was heartbreaking, and sad. if the point is to pull at the heart of viewers with these type of stories, then, job done, but for the most part it seems overdone. if they want to pull at our heart, then they should come up with other ways not involving children. theirs many ways to bring a group of friends together through tragedy and have the heart of the story be friends being there for each other without having to use a baby to do it.

Diana
Diana

While the acting was beyond superb, I can’t understand why Ron Carlivati likes killing off children…Jake and now Gabriel. That said, the show is better than ever. Sabrina will go to P.R. (maternity leave for the actress), Patrick should push the police to find who did this. I am hoping for a romantic relationship between Patrick and Sabrina. Kimberly McCulloughs swinging door does not make for good story. Patrick (likewise his portrayer) need to move on.

Cathy
Cathy

There is no swinging door for Kimberly McCullough. FV could have worked with her schedule as he did for MS/Y&R, when he made a deal MS couldn’t refuse. Robin and Kimberly are GH and shouldn’t be destroyed for Patrick to move on let alone for Sabrina, or anyone. Robin and Patrick are the couple who belong together. They have history and viewers followed their love story for years and wanting them to overcome obstacles to be together again. Patrick can have story and not be stuck with a woman. If RC wanted to give him story he could have left Matt his brother on GH. Many soaps have stories and all don’t need a pairing. Robin was always coming back and Kimberly has been available ALL this time. Blame FV for not keeping and using her ALL this time. Instead he stuck Patrick with his pet nurse. If truth be told, while with Robin, Patrick had story whereas with Sabrina He gets nothing except being attached to her. So blame Sabrina not Robin for his lack of story.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Cathy…you need to get over it. Really. It’s a soap. Kimberly can’t be a part-time wife or mother…and it’s not interesting to watch “waiting” to see if she comes back.

Not ALL viewers love Robin…not ALL viewers are opposed to Patrick moving on either with Sabrina or someone else.

I would be all for a Patrick/Sabrina reunion other than the fact that as a woman I don’t know how you can go back to someone who left you at the alter for someone else. On the other hand…

Which makes me wonder whether Silas will stick wikth Nina or stay with Sam. But I digress…

Fans shouldn’t “blame” Sabrina (who isn’t real???) I digress again. Why would you say he doesn’t have a story with her. He and his daughter have had sweet, tender moments with her. They’ve come to love a woman other than their mother/wife. They’ve shared…and now they’ve experienced sorrow.

What made it so fabulous with Robin? Because she was feistier? They had more challenging, wit/banter dialog? Wanna blame someone…blame the writers.

Sabrina is in Robin’s league as far as caliber of person.

I think the writers succumbed to fan pressure by killing off the baby. This way there’s no “tie” moving forward between the two of them. I think it was the wrong creative choice.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Jake’s death was not written by Ron Carlivati, Starr’s baby Hope’s death was.

boes
boes

I’m very, very critical of Ron C.s, writing but he is not the one who killed off Jake. That was Guza. Ron C. was still at OLTL at the time and not doing a bad job.

Jake’s death is not on him.

David
David

Ron Carlivati did not write Jake’s death that was Bob Guza so people need to get their facts straight and stop taking jabs at something that isnt true.

Steven
Steven

What great performances from everyone! This episode could be a great submission for the Emmys next year for Outstanding Drama Series, and I see a possible Emmy nominations for each actor?!

Diana
Diana

I was so impressed on how the writers were so compassionate in this story line. I dont want Sabrina to leave the show. I know she is on maternity leave but I am hoping she returns to the show as a more stronger nurse. I think Patrick will and should try to find the person responsible. Poor Emma has now lost 2 brothers. Emma will probably need some real consoling. I think Sabrina should stay just to help her deal with this difficult time. It would also help Sabrina. She loves Emma as a daughter already. It is always so sad when you watch a child die on any show. As for Ava, I want to see her rot in prison. They can get a paternity test at about 4months, and they can also tell how far along she is. Although she did sleep with Morgan the morning of AJ’s funeral. So it’s going to be a toss up.

La Donna Little
La Donna Little

How stupid to kill that baby. What a miracle for general hospital to keep him alive makes me wAant to quit watching instead of keeping GH alive Good Grief And the story line with Ava and Sonny on my gosh And luke but the one with the baby dying now that is absolutely awful I can’t believe you did that

Amy
Amy

I think this story was from the beginning was set to fail. Patrick and Sabrina do not belong together! Robin is Patrick’s soulmate and the mother of his child. Teresa needs acting lessons and Jason is better with Kimberly. Bring back Kim and get Patrick away from Sabrina!

Sally
Sally

Honestly, I NEVER understood the sentiments that many fans felt for the Robin character—I always thought she SUCKED and still SUCKS. She was always a judgmental busibody. I hope she stays away.

I always thought that Patrick deserved better.

As for Teresa, yes, she was really green in the beginning but she has come a long way. she did a great job yesterday.

Tomi
Tomi

Who hold their child and shows no emotion. Glad this story is over. Patrick needs to of find and wife and help her. Still don’t think she had a choice. When Victor showed up at Robins home you knew he wouldn’t let her not help.

Tomi
Tomi

Judgemental busybody is Carly not Robin. As for Sabrina she is still green after almost two years. Sad when a mother to be couldn’t show true emotions. If anyone needs to go its the perfect boring do know wrong nurse Sabrina

Livvie
Livvie

No she didn’t. Teresa is as wooden as ever.

Judie
Judie

Agreed!

Cathy
Cathy

Could not have said it better. Agree with you

harry
harry

I agree with most of this but I have let go of Patrick living happily ever after with Robin.
It would just be nice to see him smiling again and maybe having some fun. Since he hooked up with Sappy he has not stopped crying. Seriously, it makes me think that Jason is being interviewed by Barbara Walter in between takes. Now that Britt is in Bytch Recovery and is kind of sweet without being too saccharin, I think they would make a great couple. And now that Phyllis, er, I mean, Nina has rolled into town, Sam may be a free woman. I always thought Patrick had great chemistry with Sam.

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

Im not much of a Sam fan but i do agree that she and Patrick have better chemistry than their current partners…Sam and Robin even look like sisters…imo…and thats another reason i feel Patrick should be attracted to her…i originally thought Pat and Liz but now she’s got Ric and Nic to play with.

Tomi
Tomi

No to Patrick moving on. Kimberly and JT have the chemistry and naturalness. I want to see them with their daughter. GH needs some of its couples back since RC destroyed all of them. Scrubs reuniting would be a good start. Love Scrubs push and pull and passion in their scenes.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I feel no chemistry with Patrick and Sabrina and this loss perhaps will be what ends this romance now. Patrick and Robin belong together and I think a recast is order to keep Robin in Port Charles. (I loathe resurrections and freeing machines. Funny how a baby will die but will with wacky abandon bring characters back to life!?!?!)

Patrick and Robin are the core couple for GH, particularly the H. They can mine such drama with research, short-term guest arcs with medical cases, and other hospital-centric human storylines, something GH needs more of. They can have their woes and such, but they need to be solid. One couple needs to be. Maybe single fatherhood can be a storyline.

Give Epiphany a backstory, a history that will forward her own story, even short term,. She is too good to be in the background all the time.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Except that I cannot imagine the majority of viewers accepting a recast Robin. Maybe I’m wrong about that. I’m usually willing to at least give a recast a chance. But the sentiment for only-Kimberly-as-Robin seems to me to be very strong, on this board and elsewhere, maybe because we’ve really watched her grow up on the show (as opposed to being somebody who played the part for a few years and made a very strong impression but people did not so readily associate with the show’s history).

They really are in a dilemma where Robin is concerned, given that KM does not want to come back full time. Which also gives them a heck of a dilemma in regard to what to do as a storyline for Patrick.

That said, Patrick-and-Sabrina was and is, in my opinion, the wrong storyline for Patrick; she just never seemed like the kind of woman whom Patrick would be sufficiently attracted to, to marry. It has seemed forced and contrived to me from the beginning, and I think the anti-Teresa Castillo sentiment I see on here and elsewhere would probably have been less if she had put in a different storyline.

Also must agree with boes and others about how insensitive it is to ask an actress who is carrying a child to play out a baby-death storyline. Soaps have generally avoided doing this, and for good reason. I don’t know whose decision it was to have the baby die, but it gets a solid thumbs-down from me, for that reason alone.

David
David

As much as you have people complaining about Kim McCullough and the Robin character being gone, recasting her would cause an even bigger outrage. Since the role has been played by one person since she was a young child I just don’t see a recast working.

Diana
Diana

I also agree that Epiphany should get more of a story line. I love her. Felix also needs to be on the front burner, and who knows maybe he will be the only person that can get Sabrina through this if she returns to the show. I also want Sam and Silas together and Don’t like Michelle Stafford as Nina. She is better on Young and Restless as Phyllis. Just my opinion.

jonboy
jonboy

My first impression of Stafford’s Nina was not good either.

Johnny
Johnny

Anyone not familiar with her work on Y and R must have been looking at their screen wondering “Who is this blubbering idiot in the wheelchair and why did the episode come to a stultifying standstill every time she opens her mouth?”. Contrived, lackluster, forced, chemistry free scenes between Stafford and Easton. And that’s being generous. I am shocked that this regime would give their new pet such an awful introduction. I was expecting fireworks and a mariachi band heralding her arrival.

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Mine either. Love the actress though and I’m praying they give her better material. My 8 year old could have written her a better entrance!

jonboy
jonboy

Stafford is an excellent actress, which is why I was surprised to learn she’d joined GH. Pairing her up against such mediocre actors as Easton and Paevey will not do her justice. But then again, she worked alongside Josh Morrow for years. The only real actor on this thing is Jason Thompson; could their characters cross paths at some point?

Timmm
Timmm

They set up the end of the babies life with Sabrina’s mothers stethoscope well but the very end of Wednesday show fell flat. Maybe on Thursday they replay the ending and the last heartbeat is more dramatic? Everyone involved did very well.

Joe
Joe

I agree Timm…I think that they could have ended it better…just hearing the heartbeat slowing down and then hearing the last one…no music, no other words, just the heartbeat stopping they fade to black. It would have been so much more effective and pointient then hearing Sabrina’s high pitched squeal cry. That being sad…it was sad to see a baby die. But babies die in real life. Not EVERY character has to be brought back to life on soaps.

Sandy J
Sandy J

I think Sonja Eddy is a fabulous actress, and equally wonderful a singer. We just aren’t treated to her presence on screen nearly often enough. Epiphany’s friendship with Patrick is the truest form, and I so enjoy seeing Sonja and Jason work together.
I’ve also been a fan of Marc Anthony Samuel’s since he first brought Felix to G.H. Felix has been the one good constant friend to Sabrina, and seeing him and Epiphany do everything they could to help Patrick and Sabrina say goodbye to their baby was heart-warming as well as heart-wrenching. Kudos to all 4 actors for spectacular performances on June 4th’s episode.
I hate that G.H. kills babies far too frequently, not to mention legacy characters we’ve loved and wanted to see for years, but it may have been the only manner in which to allow Teresa to leave the show for her maternity leave.
Congratulations to Teresa and Shane on the birth of their daughter, Victoria Milani. Finally something happy to talk about regarding General Hospital!

Curacaoman
Curacaoman

I hate any storyline involving the death of children and in all fairness I have to say that only this one is on Cartoony. Jake was all The Luza

Johnny
Johnny

Um…have you been watching? Cartoony has killed off Starr’s baby Hope, and Tea’s baby. Danny had cancer under his regime. Fluke has threatened children. Rocco has been held at gunpoint. Now Sabrina’s baby dies. And that was juxtaposed with Sonny and Carly salivating at the thought of murdering Ava as soon as her child was born. Ya…because that would not be any type of child abuse. This show is horrific!

jonboy
jonboy

When a soap gets my eyes to tear up I know its something good. Epiphany did it for me yesterday, BUT they cut away too soon from the scene to really allow us to feel the impact.

Jessica
Jessica

I did not think RC would kill the baby off since Sabrina is his pet. I hope she does goes to Puerto Rico and decides not to return. And finally Patrick can get a decent storyline with Sabrina gone

Shay
Shay

Amen to that! Not only does Patrick need a decent, ADULT storyline, but also a shower and a shave….he looks absolutely awful….at least a decade older, too. But I did like his final scene with Liz. Those two have such an easy and natural chemistry…they have been together since Robin’s “death.”

Shay
Shay

That is, “they SHOULD have been together since Robin’s “death.”

Rob
Rob

I would have been more impressed if Sabrina needed to take the baby to Robin to be saved, killing him just adds to the darkness and violence that this show seems to wallow in.

Also, Im a huge Michelle Stafford fan but I found her performance yesterday less than stellar, just something seemed really off with her. Maybe I just have her ingrained in my mind as Phyllis…..

Patrick
Patrick

either that….

w/Michelle Stafford, Nina

being vulnerable… as she quells up emotion we’ve never seen her , in all likelihood be

an incapacitated WOMAN

I say just give it time…

she’s never not on FIRE with all cylinders fired

———-

I just don’t know yet about this trio…. Nina/Silas/Sam

I thought it odd… Sams whole family was right there… and not doing any thing… ok … mindful and respectful… but… I wanted to see Sam fess up… and or Silas acknowledge her sooner

no lap dancing.. and telling Nina straight out… 20 years is gone… you “were” dead… MIA

I truly hope they don’t show Silas kowtowing… and catering to her every whim….

I’d like to see more inner turmoil, angst, hell fire and brimstone… with Nina… as only MS can… to bring her back to life and on her feet

let’s get her in to some physical therapy at General Hospital… and seeking pyschiatry with the uber handsome oh so HOT Kevin and steam the screen

I just hope Sam… who really is monotone… needs to rear some ugly… and fight about her life… her new life with Silas…. and : can she ? be outright funny and entertaining… ? I wish , with Patrick

anyway… I am not hedging any thing from the get go…

C’mon Michelle Stafford… enervate invigorate stimuli …. blow us all out of the water

dmr
dmr

I don’t think Nina Clay is all that she seems, nice and sweet. I think she’s been doing her homework and knows exactly what Silas has been up to with Sam. I think Nina will play on Silas’ guilt and that she will be quite the contender for all that she thinks is hers and that she has lost. I found it a little uncomfortable watching Nina think that she was going to slide right back into Silas’ life, his apartment, his bed, without even asking any questions after 20 years. That’s just plain odd! I think the only person I will come to care about in this storyline is Nina. I could care less about Sam or Silas. I find Sam to be very boring, monotone. Silas hasn’t grown on me.

Patrick
Patrick

@dmr

Nice!

I think so too…. “I think she’s been doing her homework”

there’s a conniving calculating cold… chilly reception… that’s ALL hers

a comeuppance.. that Port Charles.. hasn’t seen.. in eons

her havoc… supremes

especially… with Kevin… completely aware and taken with her vim and vigor… especially in the waning years of going with out… and he’s able

I’d feast on this

I really hope there are men alive.. who stand ready and eviscerate for… take a fall

LOL

oye… it’s MS treat

carla
carla

Well i would of perferred a happy ending. The acting was beyond great and drama at its best. GH is delivering what i watch soaps for entertainment.

DonnyGH
DonnyGH

It really gave the actors all a chance to put on some crazy, heartbreaking performances. Felix particularly affected me, trying his best to help his best friend. And Drake Jr. and Sabrina killed me. It was so sad.

And now Ava is preggers… I bet that lil’ bastard survives. I sincerely hope that it’s Morgan’s and not Sonny’s. Morgan is growing on me. The actor is very talented and handsome, even through an unlikeable character. I loved it when he asked Ava if she wanted to compare she should have just got some measuring tape.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m still applauding how far Morgan has come along… and RISEN to thee challenge

woah… Yikes… in my dreams some times

I am smitten with Morgan and Ava. I like the innocence captured with this twosome form the start…

his budding manhood… is ember … he’s stalwart and more than ready to leave the nest… wouldn’t you… ? with Carly and Sonny ? Yikes!

I watched aghast at the material they played out yesterday… Carly… “I lie like the best of them”… as she needles Sonny… ” so … when you gonna snuff her out?”

all this for their sons… Michael and Morgan…. Oye! talk about unwatchable…
and I mean… Carly, Sonny, Michael… regurgitating… the same stuff… over and over… Sonny’s brood. those three missing in action… make Morgan all the more likeable and with the stuff … cojones to pull us through

I think it’ll be Morgans… and he and Ava… will reunite and blissfully happy with family in love… thereby Carly and Sonny can do nothing but let it be

YES

LOL… Morgan… it’s OK… there is NO comparison… Morgan helps GH

Patrick
Patrick

I have to reiterate : just how badly… things look w/Carly and Franco

an accomplished… much loved… drool … Roger Howarth’ Todd/Franco is where?

Huh? in the park.. ecking out a living… for 20 buck prints

and tired fill up… Kiki happens on the scene… and we buy that these two are supporting each other and helping along the show…. going nowhere

so he then calls Carly…. Ava is alive… why isn’t she dead… cartoon end

Jonathan
Jonathan

I was surprised given the fact that TC was pregnant .

k/kay
k/kay

Hopefully Patrick Thompson can actually have a future storyline where he is happy and not crying all the time. I feel for the actor it has been non-stop crying for him for two years. Hey RC the guy is a gifted actor let’s give him a storyline that is all his own he does not need Sabrina or Robin to carry a storyline for him. Bring on someone new and exciting.

Tomi
Tomi

He needs Robin his wife. He wasn’t crying in their scenes only when she died. Kimberly brings out the best in Jason Thompson and like Jason Thompson said all he has to do is to look in Kimberly’s eyes. That says it all

Cathy
Cathy

As a parent of a little one, I could not believe how I felt NOTHING for the loss of a baby. I never bought the forced pairing of Patrick and Sabrina from day one and I felt the scenes were flat and emotionless. I give SE who plays Pip credit for her scenes. She broke my heart. As for the actress, TeCa is not the only one to play out a story like this while pregnant. Many other actresses did the same and there was no pity party. TeCa is an actress who knew the story ahead of time and was thrilled they wrote in her pregnancy. She was quoted in the soap magazines. Actors and actresses play out difficult scenes. It is their job to act. Let’s feel sorry for those who lost family and have to act in difficult stories. That is only fair. The pregnancy story should not have even been told. It was stupid and personally glad it is over.

Shelly
Shelly

I am so SICK of baby killing on soaps! How in the world do they expect soaps to survive if they don’t bring up the young? There was lots of great story available with Sabrina, Patrick, Robin, and the baby. How ridiculous that scheming Ava is pregnant (a mature woman with a twenty-something daughter) . Yes we’re going to have a couple of days of really good drama, then what? I agree! Please give Epiphany a story line (and a man!). I’m even starting to see that Britt has a heart. But none of this had to come at the baby’s expense. PS-Congrats to Teresa Castillo and family on the birth of their baby. She deserves a restful maternity leave after all of this.

Cathy
Cathy

Wanted to add this is the first time JT didn’t make me feel Patrick. I saw actors acting scenes and felt nothing, except as I said, SE who played Pip. Also might help if the writers did research because Patrick and Robin knew Stan, Pips son, and were there for Pip when he died. Sorry but these writers are the worst with GH history only thing they know is their pets and forcing them on viewers.

Johnny
Johnny

I agree Cathy. These episodes reminded me of being in high school drama class. One of our projects was we were put into 6 groups. Three of our groups were given one scene to work on and present, and the other 3 were given a different scene. We all knew what the scene was and how it was going to play out, but we got to watch different people put a different spin on it. We then, as a class, got to evaluate the other groups. There were no surprises. The acting was forced and not natural or germane at all! And on the writing side…A soap journalist many years ago said that when writing works, it feels nonexistent. This was the complete opposite of that. All I could hear and see was Ron Carlivati’s face, sitting at the computer, saying “Damn you viewers!!! You will love Sabrina if it kills me! Or if it kills her tragic preemie!”. Then I heard him doing his best Jennifer Hudson, screeching,”And I am tellin’ you…I’m not goin’….You’re gonna loooooovvvvvveeee. Meeeeeeee!”. It certainly didn’t help that down the hall you had murderous mob molls Carly and Ava threatening to murder each other. Both are mothers. Carly has lost children and received the blessing of life for Josslyn from Elizabeth’s dead son. Maybe the show could have done the unthinkable (write with some semblance of humanity) and had Sabrina and Patrick walk with their deceased baby into the hall where Carly and Ava were threatening each other. Even for a second, Carly and Ava could have been touched or humbled or humanized by the death of a child so close to them. But alas…Carly and Ava are both blood thirsty sociopaths who thrive and get off on murder. That’s why Carly can canoodle with a rapist and serial killer. Simply put…bitch loves murderers. Always has. She loved Sonny, she loved Jason, she loved Alcazar for a few seconds. The juxtaposition of a dead baby and Sonny and Carly salivating over murdering a mother as soon as her baby was born was grotesque, inhumane, and revolting.

Patrick
Patrick

it was heartbreaking and gut wrenching when she was listening to his heartbeat…

Gabriel Drake Santiago

premies ARE

——————–

I wonder if Sabrina will take her baby home… and stay for a respite

what will loom for Dr. Patrick Drake ?

with all this heartbreak ?

Robin
Gabriel
Sabrina

Jeff
Jeff

Great performances by all!! Come on people babies die in real life too!!

Johnny
Johnny

Jeff…but when the shoe is on the other foot…and people complain that the show is too unrealistic or far fetched…then people say “Come on, its only a soap.” Now you’re doing the opposite…saying that because babies tragically die every day, it should be shown on a soap because its realistic. I could watch TV for the rest of my life quite happily and never see another dead baby storyline. It worked ONCE…with Claire Labine and BJ. It was a sweeping epic storylinethat was groundbreaking. But once was enough. Babies dying is not entertainment. Period. The end.

su0000
su0000

We all know or should know;
Babies are tools, story tools to give the parents/family drama.. and the viewers a sigh and tears..
Babies rarely live on soaps, all soap babies usually die or are kidnapped, lost, stolen, miscarried,but mostly die, it is a bigger drama factor..
The list of dead soap babies is long, very long..

Babies will always be used a drama tools. they always have been always will be.
We all, or most all knew this baby would die..
Want to make make bets on the survival of Ava’s baby….. LOL 🙂

((soaps are not a happy place, nope… They are not about happiness, never have been ..

Rose
Rose

Guess you haven’t watched the same soaps that I have. Or at least don’t see them the same way. Lots of tense and sad moments, but also lots of fun and happy times. But I didn’t like the baby Gabriel storyline, or think it was necessary the way it played out.

Johnny
Johnny

Fun and happy??? Oh…you must be referring to the light hearted and oh so loveable scenes where Franco the serial killer/rapist and Carly the murderous mob moll boinked in the airplane lavatory. Ya that was neat and fun and cool and stuff.

rose
rose

Johnny…wouldn’t have put that Mile High Club stunt my fun and happy list. In fact I never liked the Franco character, don’t like Roger playing him, or Franco & Carly. Or Michael Easton as a lukewarm doctor instead of a kickass detective. But have to admit there haven’t been a lot of good vibes on GH for a long time except for some fun things at the Nurses Ball, or cameos like Olbrecht”s cabaret singing. But if the writers are hell bent on going to the dark side, keep babies out of it.

PatF
PatF

More babies dying on soaps…

Shells
Shells

Purely in terms of story structure, there is a dissatisfying lack of payoff for the viewer, to build up the suspense of a pregnancy story arc, only to immediately lose the newborn baby. It is not good storytelling. It would have been better then for them to hide the actor’s pregnancy.

Terri
Terri

Don’t forget Elizabeth & Jason’s little boy Jake hit by car a couple years back.

David
David

That was under Guza not Ron Carlivati.

Johnny
Johnny

I think it is sadistic of producers and writers to do that to pregnant actresses. Children dying is not entertainment. But this situation has precedent. Way back in the 80’s Patsy Pease was pregnant and the writers had a john viciously beat her, slapping and punching her and her character Kimberly lost her baby. This was all rather graphically shown on air. And Hunter Tylo had her adult son die in real life to drowning and shortly after she had to play the death of her grown daughter on screen. And I am not certain but I think Marcy Walker may have been pregnant when she acted out the brutally disgusting rape of Eden on Santa Barbara. I have come to the conclusion that many soap execs and writers are just misogynistic, twisted individuals who have no id ea what constitutes as entertainment and who have absolutely no regard for the performers who speak their words.

su0000
su0000

Johnny,
soaps are not a happy time.. there are no happy ever after’s..
soaps are built on tragedies, lots of tragedies..
that is what soaps are, mostly some type of tragedy..

sheeesh we all know that …. lol 🙂

at the least GH has lots of action and at times humor and surprises, suspense and great acting..

And– it is near rare a baby lives in any soap.. we all know that ..
Babies are drama tools for the families..
people dying by whatever means is a cornerstone of soaps, and sometimes they even come back haaa.—- tragedies .. 🙂

and they dont do rape stories any longer they were very popular in the 80’s lots and lots of rape tragedies stories, in all the soaps, it was about which soap had the best one lol..
but not any more, now they kill babies and the bad guys .. lol ..
gotta love ’em soaps.. soap fans should never ever look for happy in a soap, it will last for 15 minutes haa..

Johnny
Johnny

Well Su…you COMPLETELY missed the point of my post. But…valiant effort in attempting to enlighten me as to what soaps are.

Patrick
Patrick

I read this : and was immediately taken aback

I love Patsy Pease REAL with Kimberly… w/Shane… possibly in our future… with Eve and Theresa… LOL

puhlease… back in Salem

with… Mom Caroline… and PLEASE feature… the uber HOT talent Mary Beth Evans Kayla… she’s more than able to hand the reigns of feature… with the exit of EJ, Sami, and Nick.

but… I have loved Kimberly.. for so long… I hope we all get to feast with a return : Salem needs this first family of Salem

Shane, Kimberly, Eve, Theresa… : what a powerhouse family

PS : this past Wednesday ep : Hope is sitting at the park… and her cell phone… she shows Bo… Gosh darned it all… on the SOD cover… he shares : Bo is ready to come home! I’d love this.. because… of Aiden… Daniel Cosgrove.. is rocking it … with his fancy face… I cried.. when her dam broke… for audience dam break with. It’s beyond .. real… that Hope.. is at last… forging her life… collecting HER thought process and venturing… at Aiden…

don’t you just love his eyes… I love this pair

having Peter Reckell back… to steer away from the exits of EJ, Sami, and NIck… is a welcome respite…

imagine.. Peter Reckell, Bo… along with Kayla… and Lucas… give us some T for Tad… Bev.. JJ… Brady and Theresa… Brady and John.. LOL… I love Brady’ spoiled lil’ monster act… LOL.. John Black must be beside himself.. wait till Kristen reads him the riot act… hasn’t Marlena already done that…

John was GOOD with Kristen

I’ll feature that

Miss me some Anne… DOOL Production… don’t leave her out… give her … for the fans… not me… a history and battered reasoning what makes her tick

it’s all coming to the surface… bubbling… roiling… comeeuppance…. TIME … HOT summer turn

Kristen and Eve… and the advent of EJ and Sami… or looming… BIG

hello Stefano and Kate
hello Maggie and Victor

GIVE US MORE… Justin and Adrienne

DAYS shines… repeat… WIN

Patrick
Patrick

PS : @Johnny

I understand your post… which is all the more reason… I simply love and adore… the women.. who grace our screens… who TAKE time away from us… OK.. selfishly.. and bear children… and bond with … and LOVE their man…or partner…

I would so love.. more reunion.. with the Donovans

Andrea
Andrea

I thought that this baby would live and it would bring her and Patrick back together and I think that Ron really screwed us all over by giving us hope that the baby would live when he was going to die that is right down mean now you have to figure out a new way to bring them back together and I think that I would give Felix and Epiphany two thumbs up for their performances they were incredible but I think that Patrick should tell Sabrina how he feels before she leaves with Juan for PR

Sally
Sally

This story was no where near dramatic or impactful as BM Tony listening to BJ’s heart. Stupid RC to go there. That was screen magic. TeCa does not have the chops for that. I pray JT can finally move on to the grown ups now that Disney is gone.

Johnny
Johnny

There was a reason why BJ’s death worked and the 15 or so copycats from EVERY other soap have fallen completely and utterly flat. First…there was a head writer Claire Labine who wrote with heart and humanity. Second…the characters involved were people we had cared about and watched for decades. Bobbie had been on for 16 years. Tony, Frisco and Felicia had been on for 10 years. We were emotionally invested in them. I feel very bad for Teresa Castillo for bearing the brunt of such hatred but it is not her fault…it is completely the fault of this writing regime who doesn’t listen to ANTHING the fans want or say. It is very similar to the character of Franco. In daily scripts I don’t even hear their voices…I hear Ron Carlivati screaming desperately “I am gonna MAKE you love them!!!!!!!!!”. No matter how many children Franco saves, no matter how many times they have Franco get shot, no matter how many “amusing” scenarios they put him in, viewers aren’t buying it. Same thing with the character of Sabrina. No matter how much she whimpers about her mother, no matter how selfless or victimized they make her, viewers are not on board. Killing her exceedingly premature baby was just another in a long line of attempts to force us to love this character. And its clearly not working. Ms. Castillo is giving it her all and it must be very hard being in such a thankless role. Howarth, on the other hand, is sleepwalking through his part…its like even he is confused as to how to play the nonsensical drivel being written for him. So he just plays every line in whatever stupid, random, absurd way he feels at that moment. Smart writers listen to the fans. Other types of writers push their own agendas for reasons that fans dont get and ultimately reject.

David
David

What the writers/ networks listen to are the ratings and in case you havent been paying attention those are doing better than they have in a long time.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Mixed feelings– on one hand not sure why they dragged it out for a couple of weeks, if they were going to have the child die, perhaps it would have been simpler if they had him still born. But on the other hand, this happens in real life, babies managed to live for a month or less and these parents go from hope to heartbreak— in matter of moments, so that story has a right to be told too, as unpleasant it is to think about. So yeah, wish the baby had lived, but I can understand their reasoning for telling this side of story too. And PT has his Emmy reel set for next year.
Also still thinking perhaps a distracted Lucy was the one responsible for the accident and if so, now the baby died, she might be charge with vehicular manslaughter and Scott will have trail the case against her— just a thought

J Gray
J Gray

So sad that another baby has died on GH. For what started out to be a cutting edge hospital, most who go in do not come out. Please, remember that soaps are for entertainment, first. Give viewers cures, miracles, advances in research, treatment and care, babies and children..

Add childhood and adult illnesses resulting from lack of vaccinations, etc.,
accidents, neglect, abuse, kidnapping, children having children… not always poisoning / gunshots.

David
David

Soaps are definied as daytime dramas which means things like this happen it wouldn’t be a drama without any.

J Gray
J Gray

Patrick needs a successful storyline, thru his role as Dr. Drake before he turns into Noah Drake, Sr. (Rick Springfield).

RichCD
RichCD

GH is so bizarre right now. What is the purpose of having this baby die, other than give Teresa Castillo a reason for some time off to have her own baby? The actors did fine, but for what? Poor Patrick – geez, how many more sons is this guy going to lose?

And those Nina scenes? Couldn’t they have built up her arrival just a little, instead of just plopping her onto the show? It reminds me of last year, when Frisco just showed up out of nowhere. And could Nina have looked or acted any more stupid? One look at Sam in that dress and anybody would know there was something going on.

David
David

I have to agree the Nina arrival was so rushed. We had her a few weeks ago wake up in the hospital and say Silas. Then we don’t see he for a few weeks and then she just shows up in he park at little Danny’s birthday party. I imagine it will turn out she knows what Silas has been up to and I dont think she really needs that wheel chair. Would have been better to lead up to her but hopefully the follow through of her arrival is better.

Christy
Christy

I hear her cousin Juan is returning, so either he’s here for her in PC, or she’ll see him in Puerto Rico for a much needed mental break.

tooreal
tooreal

This story line is the exact thing that happened to me , my beautiful son passed away 11 days after being born at 25 weeks from infection. I caould not finish this episode I wish they re wrote it.

Johnny
Johnny

You have my deepest sympathies on your loss. That is very sad and I hope you were surrounded by loved ones to help you through!

Diane
Diane

I think the actors did an amazing job; however, I did not like the story at all. Sabrina lost enough when she was left at the alter. Now, get her pregnant and kill off her preemie infant?? Patrick went through enough also with the baby mama Britt game and then having Robyn come back from the dead to just leave again. It’s just miserable. I thought Teresa (Sabrina) did a great job considering she was very pregnant at the time and this must have been awful for her to portray (mother losing brand new baby) while she was pregnant. Not to mention Emma. Get a baby brother with Britt, lose a baby brother with Britt, get Mommy, Lose Mommy, Lose Sabrina, get baby brother with Sabrina, lose baby, get it again, and then lose baby brother forever. What’s the point again? Can we keep a baby GH? I do hope that after all of this, we at least find out that Ava was behind the wheel and let someone FINALLY get her in jail for something she did.

cindy
cindy

It is always terrible to see children die on any show. I thought it was handled with grace. It reminded me of the time many years ago when BJ died. Her heart was transplanted into Maxie. After the surgery, BJ’s Dad, Tony Jones sat by Maxie’s bed and listed to BJ’s hear beat in Maxie’s chest. Very moving.

Harry
Harry

Wait, let me take a few breaths before I begin. Cindy, how on EARTH can you compare the death of Baby Gabriel with BJ’s? The only similarity I see is Re Ron ripped off the scene in which Tony listened to his daughter’s heart. I am incredulous that you would make such an absurd comparison. This fictional baby’s death was a plot device—Sabrina and Patrick were force fed to the viewers in fast motion, then a baby, and now the baby’s death which served no purpose. When BJ died, there was a criss cross rippling effect on Tony, Bobbie, Felicia, Frisco, Max, Lucy, Georgie, Maxie and even Luke and Laura. Back then, GH was more of a village but now you have these couples who are isolated from their community.
I could go on and on but comparing these two storylines is like comparing King Lear to I Carly.

David
David

And trying to compare any tv show to what it was 20 years ago is just as riduclous Harry. Get out of the 1980s and realize its 2014.

Shay
Shay

“I Carly”….hah! Love it, Harry! As for @David…..Fine writing and acting are timeless…referencing a classic example of such, no matter from what point in a show’s genesis, does not mean that one necessarily pines for it to be exactly the same as it was lo so many years later. It simply indicates that given a person’s historical perspective, they have been exposed to really good storylines executed with finesse, thus, to be able to compare and contrast that type of drama with today’s less competent product, merely is illustrating a very valid observation!

joni s
joni s

I am beginning to hate this show: the death of the baby, the faux Luke, the Ava pregnancy, Sonny killing AJ, James lying to the judge for Maxie….. This is awfull

David
David

Do you know hot to hit the button to change the channel on your remote control?????

Joni
Joni

Sorry if I offended someone. I’ve never posted on one of these sites, I was just expressing frustration. I DVR this show daily. I watch it as I am taking care of my 93 year old dad. It used to be great entertainment. I looked forward to it.

carol
carol

I am completely disgusted with the plot lines on the show, especially killing off sabrinas baby. A miracle should have happened which would have created a great storyline. Theres nowhere to go from here now . How sad. Also too much coverage of the same-sex storyline. Unless the writing gets better on the show, I think gh days are numbered!

David
David

The GH’s ratings are the best in many years. If you don’t like it Carol you can press the button on your remote to watch something else.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I’m a little baffled by people who think it was cruel for the writers to have Sabrina lose the baby while Teresa is pregnant in real life. I don’t think they understand how acting works. Actors know it’s not real, and they love new challenges and finding new ways to use the emotions within them. If I had to guess, I would say Teresa was excited to use her feelings to act out this heartbreaking storyline. She’s an actress, it’s what she loves to do. Almost any actor will say they don’t care as much for happy endings or happy stories — because it’s with pain and drama that they get to do what they love. Of course, whether Teresa succeeded with the scenes is a matter of opinion, but I just don’t think there’s any reason to accuse the GH writers of cruelty or sadism. That just doesn’t make any sense with an actor’s temperament.

Harry
Harry

Well, I agree with this–but I will say this writing is cruel to the viewers.

su0000
su0000

I agree with you!!
I am ”baffled too” we are given great stories..
soaps are tragedies, not happy happy ..
The actors act their script and after they take off their makeup they might have ice cream and watch netflix not giving it another thought, go to sleep get up and act another day..
The actors are not near as involved as fans, they act , every day is new..
Fans can become too involved actors do not..
Actors are given many tragedies a year its their job to act them out for us…
No doubt, when they leave the set they are either resting or busy and not even giving the days work of acting out tragedies a thought..
Ahhh but some fans can take it overly seriously even when the actors do not..

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I know that Mary Stuart, who played the lead heroine Joanne for years and years on Search for Tomorrow (and then later played Meta on Guiding Light until her death about ten years ago), was absolutely enraged that they wrote one of her pregnancies into the story and then killed the baby. So I’m not sure it’s as clear cut as you may think it is. I do take your point about how actors feel about acting challenges, but I think when TPTB start blurring lines between reality and the story (such as when they write in an actress’s pregnancy), the rules may change a little bit. I can also remember a story about an actress on Love of Life who felt exploited when they killed off her on-screen and off-screen husband and then used her grief scenes extensively in commercials; she felt that viewers knew they were married in real life and the network was capitalizing on that in a fairly cheap way.

I also take people’s point about “it’s a job, and actors do what they’re paid very well to do”–but that doesn’t make it any less insensitive on the part of TPTB; there are good bosses and bad bosses and good employers and bad employers, and some things do cross a line. Who knows, however: maybe they talked to Teresa Castillo and she was OK with it. I’d like to think so. Imagine, for example, deciding to have an actress who was a rape survivor play out her character’s rape–one would hope TPTB would make sure the actress would be OK with it before going ahead with the storyline. We’re not talking about a movie here, where an actor/actress can choose not to take a particular role if he/she isn’t comfortable with what the script will have him/her portray. Actors who take roles on soaps may know what the initial storyline is, but that’s generally about all, and there’s no way to know what might happen to the character down the line if the character sticks around.

(Personally I like Harding Lemay’s [former headwriter for a number of soaps, most notably Another World] philosophy: “I don’t kill babies.” Problem solved.)

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Chase and ‘Janelle’ Two Sides To Every Story?

On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, viewers were given more of the back-story between Chase (Josh Swickard) and Nelle (Chloe Lanier) told through a series of flashback from their disparate recollections.

At the PCPD, over the phone, Chase thanks his former police partner, Abby for sending the files he had on one … Janelle Benson.  As he peruses through the files and sees the image of Nelle contained within it, and a postcard from Florida, Chase flashes back to his interrogation room and meeting suspect ‘Janelle’, when he was working as an officer in Maine.  Nelle was being questioned in the drowning of her fiance’ Zack..  Chase asks why the upset ‘Janelle’ chose to vacation in Maine instead of Florida.  She says it was so Zack could put space between him and his disapproving family.  However, ‘Janelle’ does admit going kayaking was her idea.

Next, she cries that she had to make the decision to try to save Zack from drowning, but thought maybe she might die too, so she decided to save herself, and not go in after him, in what was an impossible situation to be in.  Abby questions ‘Janelle’ about Zack changing his will right before they headed off for their vacation.  ‘Janelle’ lets it firmly be known that it was all Zack’s idea to change his will.

Chase believes ‘Janelle’ is innocent, but Abby thinks Janelle is played the helpless victim card.  Chase decides to release Nelle.  Later, Chase remembers traveling to Florida, because Nelle was reportedly being harassed by Zack’s family.  When he got to Florida, he recalls staying in a motel, and was set to meet up with her at a diner.  However, ‘Janell’e surprised him while he was half-naked in a towel and the door of his room.  Next thing you know, things get hot and heavy as she seduces him.  Chase flashes to them hitting the sheets and being in the throes of passion, and promising to take care of everything for her.

Meanwhile, Nelle and Michael (Chad Duell) are talking at The Floating Rib.  Nelle admits to Michael that she has a past with Chase, and her fear of him trying to bring her down now that he is in Pot Charles.  She says that Chase would do anything to get ahead in his career.  Michael asks if Maine was truly the last time she saw Chase.  She says it wasn’t, and says he followed her to Florida.

Now, as there are two sides to every story, Nelle flashes to coming to visit Chase at his motel room; where he is only wearing a towel . In her version, she portrays Chase as the instigator.  She start to cry and tells Michael that in her gut she knew that something was off about Chase, but she felt like she was drowning inside and he was her lifeline. Nelle says Chase became obsessed with her.

Then while alone, Nelle remembers how she was able to get Chase to go out to the store and get her some water after their hot sexcapade.. Once she is all by herself, Nelle calles the police to report misconduct by an officer at the motel.  Meanwhile, Michael has headed over to the PCPD to confront Chase.

So, which version of the story of  Chase and ‘Janelle’ do you believe? It appears Nelle has done a number on Chase. What did you think of Chloe Lanier’s performance where she can go from portraying the victim in a situation, to an evil bitch, with ease?  What do you think of Josh Swickard as the PCPD’s main cop, now that Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) is on his way out of GH?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH Preview – Week of June 18, 2018

This week on General Hospital, as Carly (Laura Wright) is being drugged up with anti-psychotic meds at Ferncliff, it’s Jason (Steve Burton) to the rescue.  Carly’s bff finds a way to infiltrate the state mental institution. Meanwhile, Carly had been talking to Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), who says he will help her through her ordeal emotionally.  But is Carly really seeing Kevin, or is it just a figment of her imagination?

Elsewhere, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) seeks out her ex Julian (William deVry) as she tries to come to terms with the root cause of her issues with the men she chooses to be in her life.  Julian, who has gotten closer to Kim (Tamara Braun), now has a chance to try to help Alexis and make up for the ways in which he hurt her.  Could this be the beginning of the patching up of Julexis, or the final straw?

Sonny (Maurice Benard) has just learned that Mike (Max Gail) moved the body buried at Croton. Where did Mike take it?  How will this have future implications?

Here are more teasers for the action coming up on  GH:

MONDAY JUNE 18

Obrecht covers her tracks.

TUESDAY JUNE 19

Nelle reflects on her past.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 20

Michael confronts Chase.

THURSDAY JUNE 21

Nina demands answers.

FRIDAY JUNE 22

Valentin’s romantic gesture back fires.

So, what story point are you looking forward to playing out this week on GH? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Dominic Zamprogna Confirms He Is Done At GH

Another General Hospital favorite has left the building.  After much speculation and rumors, it has been confirmed on Thursday afternoon by Dominic Zamprogna that he has left the ABC daytime drama series, and his role of nine years; that of Dante Falconeri.

In a tweet, Dominic shared: “So you’ve been asking. I feel I owe it to you awesome fans to tell you that I’ve taped my final scenes. Going to miss you all and my GH fam. Good things happening tho. More to come ..”

Zamprogna actually had taped his final scenes last month in May.

The character of Dante came on to GH, and it was revealed that he was the biological son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).

Benard posted a touching photo from on set of himself and Zamprogna on his Instagram account stating: “Always very sad for me when great actors and great friends leave the show Dom was definitely at the top of that list was always looking forward to working with him didn’t happen enough.”

Dominic’s on-screen lady love Emme Rylan (Lulu) shared these thoughts on Twitter:  “I am utterly heartbroken to see you go but also very excited to watch what is coming next for you. I believe in you! Go get em!”

So, are you sad to hear that Dominic has left GH?  What do you think will happen to the character of Dante? Share your thoughts on his departure in the comment section below.

 

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