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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Baby Switch!

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ABC’s General Hospital has launched full-tilt into daytime soaps latest baby switch storyline and this one looks like it will be one heartbreaking journey for everyone involved.

The set-up: same-sex couple, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), have been trying to adopt a baby for so long.  The day finally arrives when baby “Wiley” shows up when Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) brings the baby to GH.  Lucas is working, so Brad takes the baby home, so Lucas has yet to get a look at the little bundle of joy.  After getting the baby to sleep, Brad later comes back with the baby’s bottle and tries to wake him. But the baby isn’t making any noise.  In slow-motion Brad drops the bottle.  He later tries CPR on the little boy, but it’s no use.

Meanwhile, after the car accident which had Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) escaping from being transported to a prison facility, and Nelle (Chloe Lanier) leaving Michael (Chad Duell) behind trapped in the car, the two happen to come upon each other in the woods.  Nelle starts going into labor, and begs Liesl to help her deliver her baby.

Later, Brad is devastated while sitting in his car on the side of the highway; with the baby bassinet in the back seat.  Then, wouldn’t you know?  Nelle stumbles out of the woods carrying her baby in her arms.

Brad sees her and asks what has happened.  She says she gave birth all alone to a baby boy and that Michael was driving erratically to get her to admit some horrible things he claimed she had done.  A figidity Brad makes Nelle take notice that he keeps looking at the backseat of his car.  Brad in tears says his new son died in his sleep and he was taking the baby to the hospital and can give her a ride.

Nelle now manipulates the situation and prey’s on Brad’s vulnerability in the moment, and says to him that one way or the other, she will lose her son.  So, she wants Brad and Lucas to raise her child.  She doesn’t want Michael to have him.  Cut to: Lucas coming home to meet his new son and Brad hands him a healthy baby.  Meanwhile, Nelle is still out on the highway stumbling around as she hears sirens coming her way.  She is carrying a baby.

Next, Nelle is at GH and she see’s Michael and hands him their “dead” baby blaming him for the accident and for trying to kill her, which in the process killed their son.  Michael is devastated as Nelle plays this off to the hilt.

Brad is nervous around Lucas and the baby.  He says he needs to leave for awhile.  Sam (Kelly Monaco) arrives to see “Wiley.”  She asks Lucas if his marriage to Brad is going OK, to which he said last year there was a rough patch, but that Brad is growing as a person.

While Michael is shattered and not letting go of his “dead son”, Brad comes by to the hospital to see Nelle.  He tells her he doesn’t know if he can keep this charade up, but she once again manipulates him stating that coming forward now would ruin his marriage and he’d be charged as an accomplice.  Brad is trapped and now deep into his lie, while Nelle continues to be spiteful making sure she hurts Michael, and the Corinthos clan.

Sonny (Maurice Benard) consoles Michael in the hospital chapel who finally let’s go of his “baby” and hands the little body over to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).

The story is set: Carly’s (Laura Wright) brother and her son have no idea what just hit them … Nelle and Brad conspired with long-lasting repercussions.  Now, GH fans will have to wait and see just how long it takes for the truth to come out, and as we have seen with other baby switch storylines, it could take years.

So, what did you think of the baby switch? Did you see it coming, and if so, did you think it would go down this way?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Jeff
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Jeff

Oh for God’s sake, this is right out of One Life to Live.

Vail
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Vail

Wasn’t it a crossover story with GH? Which makes it worse since that would be twice that GH has done this. I have no words to describe how lazy that is!

Caleb
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Caleb

It was a crossover with All My Children…. and it went on for nearly TWO YEARS. Agonizing and depressing all the way around and not worth the little payoff that it got – the story ruined the character of all of those who knew and said nothing, in particular Dr. Joe (who was the salt of the Earth and the soul of the show and knew about the switch and said nothing).

Dead baby and baby switch stories must end on soaps forever.

Steve
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Steve

The last baby switch involved OLTL characters after that show went off the air.

Sam gave birth to Danny while Tea gave birth to Victor Lord III. Baby Victor didn’t make it. Somehow, both women were in the woods when Heather decided to switch the babies.

Trying to recall the last time any Quartermaine heir had a normal birth. Brook Lynn, maybe?

Jovin
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Jovin

I am ALL for this storyline!! Maybe when it comes out that Brad stole Michael’s baby…it will also be remembered that Brad tried to rape michael years ago!! That was a real gem that Carlivati wrote. I cant see scenes with Michael and Brad in the same room without cringing and screaming RAPIST!! DOES everyone else forget this??? Michael had just been brutally raped in prison….then Brad tried to blackmail him into anal sex again. Frixkin gross!!! These are the characters the show is trying to make us care about!!

Caleb
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Caleb

Oh, ugh. I forgot about that. 🙁 Carlivati turned his gift for reviving characters and reinterpreting old storylines into hack work after his first year on GH. I was so happy for him to leave.

Steve
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Steve

Brad tried to coerce Michael into having sex. At no point did he force himself on Michael, and the type of physical action was never implied.

Debbie McCormack
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Debbie McCormack

I do not think anyone cares about Brad! He is a character that everyone hates!

Karen McDonough
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Karen McDonough

Whose dr joe

bad
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bad

Really a baby switch – I can’t watch anymore. Its ridiculous. Really!!!

Joe
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Joe

I am completed disgusted by this storyline. GH boldly had Brad and Lucas marry, but quickly took them off canvas. Every now and again, we viewers heard that they were attempting to adopt. This would have been a groundbreaking storyline, had it been presented on-screen. The pay off is that their child is dead and their relationship will be destroyed by Brad’s duplicity.

Cea
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Cea

Will any staff at GH realize the baby has been dead longer than the timeframe of Nelles delivery? What if the birth mom is Finn’s ex & she wants the baby back? Will Obrecht hear of this and weigh in because her pride in delivering a healthy baby will force her to reveal the baby was not still born? Will Nelle end up in Frencluff where wev learn that Mary Pat is her real mom & they have plotted together against Carly? Michael and Carly deserve a quick reveal about the baby switch as Nelke doesn’t deserve to exact another… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Great post, Cea….I thought the same thing. What happens if the mother wants the baby back? Hmmmm.
I also think Jimh makes a good point. Is the baby Finn’s and Hayden’s. How about that twist? The plot thickens?

Steve
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Steve

If that was Rachel/Hayden/new identity’s baby, it would be the longest gestational period in history. Sure, there’s SORAS, but don’t remember a pre-natal soSas (soap opera slowed aging syndrome).

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’ve suspected all along Brad and Lucas would wind up with Hayden and Finns child. And, it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch (in soap time because Hayden left about eleven months ago. We can suspend our disbelief for a few months. Time is created in soaps; never accurate to our reality. What can take two weeks onscreen might be only one or two says in story.)

I don’t think the switch will go on for long. Both Alexis and Julian saw Wiley and Julian took his picture.

Caleb
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Caleb

Not the longest… Margaret on OLTL was pregnant for over a year with Sam.

kdalex
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kdalex

All those questions you have Cea? That’s what a good soap opera does-brings you stories with twists and turns and lots of “what if” questions! Thanks for the enjoyable post!

Cea
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Cea

I love the intrigue of it all and usually write my own twusts and turns to see how closely they match…thank you!

MORGAN FARANTINO
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MORGAN FARANTINO

GH DON’T CARE ABOUT GROUND-BREAKING ANYMORE. horrible story period.
i personally do not want MICHAEL to have a baby with NELLE.” This is bad.
I just hate the SL and majority i see on line, and off do not want Mike to have a baby with Nelle. A woman who should’ve been gone a long time ago.

Celia
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Celia

Yet, Michael calls Sonny, “Dad”.

Lee
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Lee

Agree. I detest this storyline on so many levels.

Mateo
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Mateo

I knew this was coming. I hated the idea. I was prepared to criticize it all. And then it happened. Chloe Lanier amazes me with her ability to be so cruel without any emotion at all. This story is so wrong on so many fronts but I love it. Chad Duell who usually has little ability to move me was on point in his reaction to losing the baby he did it all for. I actually felt that tear come out of my eye as he sat holding that deceased child. He ran with the scene and scored big time.… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

The only thing on this show that’s more tiring than the endless Frodd propping is the baby switches. And this one is especially going to suck because it’s going to force Michael to fight with his uncle Lucas over something that neither of them are to blame for.

And how long before somebody sees the picture on Grandpa Julian’s phone and realizes that baby is not the one who now is in Lucas & Brad’s home?

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, Satan. The picture thing does have merit….however, newborns actually do look alike—especially when given a minimal glance. Plus, newborns’s faces change from morning to twilight. Yet, an eagle-eyed observer could ‘catch’ it. I guess it depends how long TPTB want to go on with this. At the risk of sounding repetitious ( the last thing I want to do is annoy Satan–God forbid, Ha!), Nelle was impregnated for a reason…..by the same token, Brad and Lucas came back on stage all gung-ho over adopting. I said it; and so it happened… I shall paraphrase my wording….” I don’t know… Read more »

Mister Media
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Mister Media

I think everyone saw a switch coming but probably didn’t expect it to play out this way with Nelle voluntarily giving over her baby. It’s a good twist and I hope the writers can keep it interesting and somewhat realistic. Olbrecht is still out there and, having helped deliver the baby, knows that it was not stillborn.

Celia
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Celia

I don’t want to sound like a Miss-Know-It-All, Mister Media because I’m not, LOL……and I do hope you guys aren’t sick of me repeating my stuff…. oh, well…..
But, I did comment exactly on this fact.
I assumed Nelle would be going to jail and that she would give the baby to Brad and Luca’ rather than Carly and Sonny having it.
I wasn’t thinking, though, Mister Media…..well, I forgot about Michael (Not a hard thing to do) having something to say about that. His child, too, afterall.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Celia, can you imagine Carly & Sonny raising/co-parenting ANOTHER kid? Where are Social Services when you need them? BTW, isn’t Jason’s return a joke? He just stands around Sonny’s parlor, not emoting, waiting for kill orders or dreaming of rescuing Carly. Is this why Steve Burton came back? Gosh, Billy/Drew sure got the best part of that deal. His life just keeps getting better and fuller (Oscar, new friends) while Jason wastes his life in the void of Sonnyland.

Vail
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Vail

I’m still afraid Miller will leave, esp as he just snagged a recurring role on another show. I am fully aware of what recurring means and that he can do both – but the second they announced Burton’s return. the cheering and craziness that i will never understand was turned up to 11 and i thought for sure, I don’t blame Steve Burton at all, you are 100% right about Jason being a crappy role. Curtis described it best 🙂 something about Jason having the personality of concrete. I laughed, literally out loud, whoever wrote that line at least gets… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh, Vail, that was my fear, too. But since he actually has a character to play now (instead of a retread of Jason), he seems happier. I know I am. If Billy stays, so do I.

Celia
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Celia

LOL, Soaphound. Carly and Sonny are parents of the year….every year. Ha!! I am so on the fence over this baby switch…..at least, the other baby will get a decent burial. Listen to me….not even a real baby… In one way I am so glad Carly is not getting her hands ( or clump-clump feet?) on Wiley ( or is it Whiley?….stupid name, anyway)….but, by the same token, it’s sooo wrong; everywhichway…. OOOOO….Brad will get his…..!!!! Jason? Hmmmm! Of course PC needs him solely for Carly. What other reason could there be? Actually, they make a better couple than she… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I know Celia, I know. So is it Wiley Jones-Cooper or Wiley Cooper-Jones? Sounds like a DOWNTOWN ABBEY character. If they’d named him after WILE E. COYOTE, that I could understand; at least he was funny. And our Billy…he’s looking so good lately.. His hair is growing out and those blue eyes have been really glistening… while all poor Jason gets to do is flower. The Sam/Carly curse appears to have left our Drew for good. Here’s hoping!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Sorry Celia. Meant to say Jason gets to “glower”. He’s hardly flowering.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Sorry, I am sitting here laughing at your typo. Thought you meant it in the sense of maturing, develops fully, etc. He is just that now. His interactions with Monica and others, is so different, and outgoing, sans Sam. Hope we don’t lose him, if he doesn’t re-sign his contract soon. This is only my two cents worth, but do not like him with Madam D.A.

Vail
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Vail

Sucky how long ago it was obvious some messed up thing would happen with the two babies story. I still have no idea how (Ja)Nelle became Brad’s alleged BFF but I saw that and knew it. Just frickin knew it. There are fans on msg boards that could write story that would blow the writers of this and every soap I watch (all but Days) out of the water! I do not include myself, you have to be like a chess master to write amazingly for Daytime – see 3 moves ahead, you know? I would LOVE to have fresh… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I’ve been waiting for Brad to make another stupid move. This is in character for him as we’ve seen through the years. I do think this story is going to be very good. Baby switch stories are always fun even if we’re waiting and waiting and waiting for the fallout to take place.

Jackie Adamitis
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Jackie Adamitis

We all saw a switch….I never thought of a mother giving the child away like Nell did….Here, you take the live one and I’ll take the dead one…I can say mine died and no one will know but us……Doesn’t give Brad a chance to grieve over his son……..Now IF baby momma comes back within the 30 days, Brad is screwed……

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Jackie….nice to meet you,
Well, Nelle is nuts ( love the actress—her acting is fluid, fluent, and flawless), but she knows she’s going away to Ferncliff or Pentonville (? Sp)….it’s not as if she can take her baby with her….so, she has nothing to lose.
Her main intent here; her aim; her most ardent desire is for the Corinthii ( thanks, Shay, for the correction–yours is the correct spelling–I looked it up) not to have her baby. Nelle’s work is done…

Jimh
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Jimh

I was right about Nelle giving her baby to Brad and Lucas…i thought the baby switch would be without their knowledge but it will be more interesting to see Brad’s guilt every time Micheal is around…however, was hard to watch when a baby dies-had to bury one-he would be 19 years old now!!!

Caleb
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Caleb

Agree 100%.

JAdler
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JAdler

Snore! Problem is, everybody saw it coming. No originality! I’ll watch General Hospital till the very end, but sometimes the storylines are so disappointing and predictable

Bren
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Bren

I agree

Rodd
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Rodd

People kept saying Nelle was going to give Brad and Lucas her baby but I kept hoping it wouldn’t happen. Then when they had another baby given to them I thought: Good, Brad and Lucas will be happy. But when the guys’ baby died and nelle walked out of the woods, I got sick to my stomach. IDK. The writers back-burner Brad and Lucas for months and now they bring them out as part of Nelle’s revenge plot. When someone’s been gone for so long and then given the amount of air time an extra might receive, it’s hard to… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

I predicted Nelle would give them her baby..and i agree…its hard to invest emotionally in Brad and Lucas when they were rarely shown,,,,

Lynn
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Lynn

What Happens When This Baby Starts To Look Like Michael Or A Corinthos Now what Will Brad Do It Will Take a Few Month For This To Happen

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Michael has a much mentioned birthmark, I am now wondering if the guys will find one on the baby, humm? Also have read that yes indeed, the mother of the other baby wants him back. Will Brad try something new, and tell the truth? I doubt that little worm would know what that was, if it crawled up and bit him! He’s shown his true colors when he helped Britt, and tried getting money from Finn and Hayden.How ironic if the other poor baby turned out to be theirs. Will the baby be tested or an autopsy done, or are… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh yes, Violet, Brad is in way over his head. Again! When Nelle is your “good buddy”, it’s time for some self-examination.

SassyCyndi
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SassyCyndi

Do you mean to tell me that they will not examine the dead baby for the BIRTHMARK?? And if not why?

Vail
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Vail

Maybe I am just stupid, but who inherits a birthmark identical to their Dad’s? I have a horrible one on my leg, was bullied freaking endlessly and almost to death for it in school, so I have looked into this. Of course, it is a soap, not a documentary.
Do we know when Chloe is leaving, has she filmed her last scenes yet?

Steve
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Steve

Chloe supposedly filmed her last scenes before the July hiatus. That means her final air date is coming up soon.

Celia
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Celia

LOL. You’re too funny, Vail…authentically so… Speaking of Nelle….I was sort of taken aback when Joss decided to make Nelle her punching-bag. Really? This is a woman who just gave birth, in dire circumstances at that, yet, no blood in sight….especially after the blow in the gut Joss gave her; not to mention ramming her frail, birth-torn body into the wall over and over. I am still laughing. Any woman, who has given birth, knows how cramps can overtake the body….and, the bleeding….and the bleeding….and the bleeding. Too unrealistic. Too last-minute planning. As I said, giving the baby to Brad… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Way back when, A.J had a birthmark like Alan’s, which led Monica to check into his DNA, because at the time, they thought someone else was the baby daddy. Monica had a very bad rep then, with her drinking and sleeping around. I am sure you’ll get a more accurate account, if you look up the Quartermaine birthmark.

Vail
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Vail

I think it will come out way sooner. Not sure what you meant about Texas, maybe a typo? Baby swaps are such a soap standard (like who’s the daddy, etc) we will see it soon, not when the kid is headed to Uni. Hopefully ;0) Nelle’s goodbye gift to her “BFF” and the people she hates for no reason. Isn’t she a sweet li’l sociopath? (Michael isn’t a blood Corinthos, so that’s not going to be an issue. His bio-father had similar colouring to Michael, AJ Quartermaine).

rebecca1
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rebecca1

The baby won’t look like a Corinthos since Michael is not a Corinthos by birth. What would be great is if he looks like AJ! Yes! AJ reborn. Would love that..and it’d be great to stick it to Carly and Sonny for their grandson to look like AJ!

Celia
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Celia

I had to double think about the baby looking like a Corinthos——although Michael is not a blood Corinthos, Michael and Morgan are half brothers, and he’s a Corinthos.
So, Lynn, my friend, you may have a point…….the baby may look like Morgan. Hmmmm.

Timmm
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Timmm

This works for me. Nelle goes out alive and probably will take Carly’s place at Ferncliff Brad and Lucas have a baby. Oddly enough, it is related to Lucas. My guess is Carly will form a special bond with this baby. Michael is crushed. So are Sonny and Carly but someday the truth will come out. Probably when Nelle rolls back into town. The ONLY hole is this, Julian took pictures of Brad with Wiley #1. What will he think when he sees Wiley #2? Plus, Alexis brought the first newborn too Brad. BUT, this secret will last for a… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Timmm, I saw this coming three months ago, like most everyone. But Chloe Lanier is so great, I’m actually into this twisted tale. Just goes to show how great performances can sell stale material.

Ann
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Ann

I think Michael will figure it out, when the Quartermaine marking/ blemish appears. Wasnt that how AJ figured out that Michael was his

Steve
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Steve

Yes, Ann, if the writers honor history, they’ll revisit that. For those of you not around 35+ years ago, Monica gave birth to AJ thinking it was Rick’s baby. Decades before DNA testing, blood tests seem to indicate AJ was Rick’s son. It wasn’t until Lila spotted the Quartermaine birthmark and further testing showed AJ had a condition known as Bombay pheno type that it was proved Alan was the father. With all the Quartermaines born in the last 40 years, the show has never again mentioned the birthmark. Perhaps it skips a generation. Edward had it, maybe not Alan.… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I’m not sure how AJ would have considered that as definitive proof, since Carly was initially claiming Jason was Michael’s father. And he would have had all the same genetic potential for passing on a Quartermaine birthmark. It definitely would have excluded Tony Jones, of course (unless he turned out to be the result of another one of old Edward’s “extracurricular activities” (like Jimmy Lee Holt, Bradley Ward, etc.) But they never went there, obviously.

Steve
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Steve

I need to search YouTube to refresh my memory. I know the birthmark story concerned baby AJ. Don’t recall that they mentioned it when Michael was an infant.

Assuming that it doesn’t skip generations and the mark stays throughout a lifetime, they could’ve used that to prove Jimmy Lee was a Q and Franco was not. I don’t think they ever mentioned if Jason had the mark. If so, Drew would have it too. Also, we assume it’s only male heirs of males, thus Ned and Dillon would not have it.

watsontml
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watsontml

Hate this.

Lorraine Dunn
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Lorraine Dunn

I hate this baby switch. It has been played out too many times before. Nell wins again. I’m not watching General Hospital for quite sometime to come. Totally disgusted with this.

Geraldine Hanaway
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Geraldine Hanaway

It stinks not watching G H anymore Done

Joyce e Rosenbaum
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Joyce e Rosenbaum

HATE IT!

Michelle Rosa-Wood
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Michelle Rosa-Wood

This crazy, it is either going to be the birth mother wants the baby back or drag out like the story with Sam & Danny and it take Carly bring suspicious and Jason, Sam, Spinelli & I think Curtis is going to be suspicious and with Nelle at least being off screen Brad is going to be the fall guy. He will not want Michaels child going back to the birth mother. This whole story is heartbreaking

Fran
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Fran

I hate it end the storyline Melle gets what’s coming to her and Micheal gets full custody if this goes on for months I will not be happy with GH

Celia
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Celia

Michael getting the baby may not dit well eith everyone, considering Carly will end up rearing it—-under the loving, sainted hand of one criminal: Sonny!!

Celia
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Celia

Correction: sit well with everyone.

Nancy Hirsch
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Nancy Hirsch

This is sloppy writing. Too many ignored details. IMO….baby #2 should also pass or baby mama of baby#1 should come and see it’s not her baby. Hate the baby switch. A simple autopsy would end it but there will be some reason they won’t do that.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I also thought an autopsy would help settle this mess, but after today’s show, it looks like they tested everything, but the baby’s blood. Why am I not surprised?

Steve
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Steve

Also, could Nelle authorize a cremation without Michael’s consent?

Roula
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Roula

So typical for daytime drama. Disappointed with the writers
Could they not come up with a better storyline?

NYCSam
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NYCSam

Baby switch storylines are good when you have a parent or parents to root for. In this scenario there are no characters that I’m rooting for. Nelle is bad. Michael is boring and tied to a “bad” mob family. Brad is a “bad” guy. Lucas is the innocent in this story, but the way the GH writers keep him off the canvas even though he is a Spencer/Jones I could care less. I don’t feel that I know him at all. Baby stories usually excite the female audience, but this story doesn’t have a core female character at the center… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’m not sure if the writers chose to write less for Lucas or if the actor chose to make himself scarce. If it’s the latter they should recast the role. Brad and Lucas should be seen more often at the hospital. Brad, as little as he’s been on, has been flying solo for the most part.

Debbie
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Debbie

Taking too long to resolve the issue with Nel. Time to get her out of the picture and Brad needs to tell what really happened with the baby switch.

Eric Cormier
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Eric Cormier

Worse story line ever. Starting to be disgusted with General Hospital writers. Mabe time for something better to watch on TV

Steve
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Steve

Respectfully, Anna’s “forgotten child” with her mortal enemy is far worse.

Steve
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Steve

Also much worse than this:
– Fluke
– Denise DeMuccio
– Sonny & Emily
– Luke & Felicia
– Text message killer
– The Eckert Family
– The Lady in White

Timmm
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Timmm

ALL great mentions!

Dmr
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Dmr

YES. Eckert Family was so boring and unlikeable. I never “got” the lady in white storyline.

Shay
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Shay

—Sabs and Patrick…..with the whole Disney princess thing. Ugh!

Bostonnc
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Bostonnc

Love it. Agree with everything Mateo said…yes baby switches (and practically every other soapy plot has been done) but this played out differently than I expected. Phenomenal acting. Well done GH!

Celia
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Celia

Ahhhh, gee!! What else is new?

Sherri
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Sherri

I am so tired of baby switching. For once let something good happen

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Sherri, for once something good DID happen. Nelle does not get to be a “mother” to that poor baby. We just have to have faith, that one day, and soon I hope, Michael will get to be a daddy to his little boy.

Gusst
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Gusst

I fell soar for Steve Catcher to ability to be closed chapter between killy and Billy that means to them to let go

Caleb
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Caleb

Haven’t seen it all play out yet (I’m so behind!) but it sounds great. I really hate baby switching stories and the Bianca/Babe story was responsible for me switching off that show in 2005 that I had watched continuously since 1970….. and yet I have to be thankful that they didn’t enroll the Maxie/Nathan baby in this as that would have made it worse. If the show can tie in the AJ/Carly/Michael storyline somehow, it will be worth it. But watching Brad suffer knowing he has lied to Lucas should make good soap…. and yeah, perhaps Nelle IS the new… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

I hate this STUPID storyline. I’m so sick and tired of Babies Dying and being switched on GH. Can’t they come up with something that hasn’t been done.

Franny
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Franny

Knew that was coming. Too see through, when a baby dies they usually run tests as to why and blood work too. Story line sucks.

Cea
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Cea

I agree…it would be poetic justice if Brad was tormented by thoughts of birth mom taking baby back and cane clean to Michael. But he should turn the table on Nelle by letting her continue to believe that he & Lucas are raising her son. Brad should agree with Michael to never let Nelle know he rreturned the baby to Michael. Nelle should then be carted off to Ferncliff never knowing that Michael is reunited with his son and that would give Michael the justice he deserves.

Darlene
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Darlene

I totally agree. Also Nell just gave birth and Brad’s baby was born hours earlier….wouldn’t there be a huge difference in the physical state of the babies? The baby born in the hospital would be perfectly cleaned with umbilical tied. The storyline is old & tired.

Angela
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Angela

I hate this storyline. I think it’s stupid to switch the babies. So typical 80’s soaps can’t we move into 2018?

C .Boyde
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C .Boyde

It is a horrible story line . I hope that Brad would return the baby sooner rather than later.

Dan
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Dan

The baby is Kristina’s

Terri Camm
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Terri Camm

I hate this story line, it actually gave me nightmares!! Just send Nell to prison and let Michael have his baby!!! Oh and this better not take years!!!!

Celia
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Celia

I know, Terri….as I said, it will be as slow moving as molasses.
It could go on until Wiley grows up, gets married and has a baby looking exactly like Michael. LOL.
Everyone will think the ‘bride’ had an affair with Michael. Hmmmm.

Jeanette
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Jeanette

I hate this story line poor Michaele

Jeanette wall
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Jeanette wall

I hate it

Marge & Bonnie
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Marge & Bonnie

It’s bull! We are ready for Nell to get busted & Michael to get his baby. We are not watching much longer if it doesn’t happen soon!

Roger Nation
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Roger Nation

It was predictable! Sad, horrible story line. No wonder why Soaps are ending!!! It’s only a matter of time before GH says bye!

Dawn
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Dawn

Stupid, if they drag it out, gets boring.

Sandy
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Sandy

Please don’t do this again, come on!!!! Please don’t drag this out, it’s so predictable that the writing was going this way. It’s not even interesting anymore. Stop with the baby switching

Linda Tonks
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Linda Tonks

Another baby switch? Maybe it’s time to switch GH off

Karen
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Karen

OMG! too many stories about families on Gh losing babies only to find out later they are alive. I.e. Jason and Elizabeth, Jason and Sam. Lulu and Dante. Give it a rest and stop with the baby lost and found situations. Writers can come up with something better.

Reed
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Reed

Way too much negativity here in bashing this story line. In total agreement that it has all the earmarks of being unoriginal and formulaic–the writers did it to themselves with baby fever (Hayden’s off-screen, Maxie’s with Nathan, the private adoption, and now Nelle’s)—but anytime you can get such great performances out of your cast and involve so many players, it has to be seen as a win. It’s been intricately woven enough (like Nelle’s baby blanket) that it should have some twists and propel story for some time to come. Can we not be satisfied with what was likely another… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

If you think this is bashing you should see what they do on the Facebook GH groups! Hordes and hordes of Carly fans who hated every minute of this story, complained all day, every day of the week. Some stopped watching, others wrote letters; it was insane! They detested Nelle, couldn’t bare to see Carly “suffer” and you would have thought the character was real and a member of their family was being crushed. Hatred came out for Chloe Lanier; she was verbally attacked on Twitter, etc. So, now that this site (MF) has expanded you’ll be seeing more and… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Rebecca, I generally confine myself to this site (and not as often as I used to), so I don’t see what’s going on elsewhere…or here, necessarily, as I haven’t mastered the new site yet—too many places the threads could be, so I probably miss some good discussion. Speaking of missing, I haven’t seen a “Patrick sighting” in a while. I miss his railing about the “dullards,” Frank, Shelly, Chris, and Jean (she still gets the grief, even a year removed!) …not that I ever got his Mad Libs-esque poetry, but his passion, yes. With respect to another character (if not… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think it took all of us “regulars” a while to get used to this site. Objectively, it’s funny because it’s not that complicated. But the original one was very straight forward; and with a few exceptions was all-soaps-all-the-time. You clicked and there was the “talk” of the day. This is obviously more comprehensive. Basically I just either look for replies, click on latest news and/or look for the show I’m interested in. We’re definitely missing people in action. As you say haven’t “seen” Patrick in a while and Harry seems to have gone missing lately, too. I guess time… Read more »

Cher
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Cher

This is the worst . Just fix it now and end this now. I sure don’t want to watch this for months or years . I’m already so over it.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Oh how I hope in the end the baby grows up to be the spitting image of AJ! To have a constant reminder of AJ living on would be priceless! Other than watching Carly in Ferncliff, having her and Sonny having to see AJ in Michael’s son would be almost perfect payback!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

GH does a lot of baby switches. All soaps do. Not really that thrilled with this story although the actors rock their scenes. GH and their over-the-top stories are not my taste. Too much to suspend belief.

su000
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su000

I saw the overkill plot of baby switching coming a couple of months back.
It was inevitable ..
That plot has been used to death and very predictable.
Who else saw it coming, raise your hand .. haa!

Thought;
what in heck will Michael do with a baby? bad bad bad plot.

All the many babies- after birth they rarely exist.
ie( Scout..
babies are drama tools mainly for the ‘whose the daddy’ stories, just tools..

Brenda
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Brenda

Hate the switch it seems not one baby can be born without some drama . It’s a surprise that any family can’t just have a somewhat normal pregnancy. Stopped watching after they got away with switch.

Bea
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Bea

Using the death of a child to further a story is sickening. Parents who tragically loose their baby to SIDS or other causes don’t just get to replace the child. The same when little Jacob “died” ;his character was properly grieved and the consequences of drinking and driving were real. However, when he returned years later, it removed all value to the story line. Baby swapping story lines are predictable and boring. Blah.

Carmen
Guest
Carmen

Baby switching has been done to death. Find a clever way to reveal Nelle’s horrible decision.

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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

Photo: JPI

Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

Photo: JPI

I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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