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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
Jeff

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

Vail
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Karen McDonough
Karen McDonough

Whose dr joe

bad
bad

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

Joe
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
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 pound of their flesh in continuing their hell. Perhaps Ava will turn the tables on Nelle and produce the blanket saying she found it in the gallery in an attempt to further leverage Avery with Sonny and Carly as she has the goods to seal the deal proving Carly didn’t push Nelle down the stairs. Perhaps this is why Michael couldn’t get Nelle to admit to pushing Carly down the stairs so Ava’s reveal of the blanket can save the day. Brad needs to be exposed so Lucas can find happiness. Please don’t exhaust us by dragging the baby switch on and on and on. Is their a connection between Ryan or Kevin, Mary Pat and Nelle that ties them to Ferncliff together?

Celia
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
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
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
Caleb

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

kdalex
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
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
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
Celia

Yet, Michael calls Sonny, “Dad”.

Lee
Lee

Agree. I detest this storyline on so many levels.

Mateo
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. For being such a trouble maker Brad really exemplified his emotions from the moment his real child died to the moment he presented Lucas with the child he knew was not theirs. Brad is not that tough after all. Every one involved with this story simply outdid themselves. Listen, I know the story is hated. I read all the comments about how disappointed people are with GH as of late. I have been disappointed with a few aspects of GH myself. But I will say that in the midst of substandard stories, these actors have FLOWN through this mire and made it gold. My one complaint is Ava’s lack of gumption when paired with the likes of Nelle. Ava can easily out maneuver Nelle. And she could do it with flair. It’s time Ava tipped the scales and made Nelle taste a little of her own medicine. Other than that, kudos to some great episodes. I hope the baby switch doesn’t last years. I hope that eventually something brings this to light. The writing has been less than stellar as of late but each and every cast member has proven that they are professionals when they make it work. Good job GH!

Satan
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
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 how, but Brad and Lucas are somehow an integral part in Nelle’s pregnancy and their adoption”…..no curses or fire bombs…..please, Satan!! NO dragon caca, either, okay?

Mister Media
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
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
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
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 what a snooze he is.
Watching the writers make Jason into other things, turn his back on the Mob? That was awesome. I still worry that BM will leave though which would stink.

Soaphound
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
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 and Sonny. She overpowers him!!
My Billy could dance a million happy dances around Jason.
Then, along-in-trots the PCPD and its tiny cadre of inept officers. It took a little girl to ‘capture’ Nelle.
This department is so molasses-like; “they try to empty the ocean with teaspoons.” (Chris Stirewalt).

Soaphound
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
Soaphound

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

Violet Lemm
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
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 talent in the writers room at GH, Y&R and dang, B&B. This show is family for me, multigenerational for us, it deserves better, we deserve better

James R. Poissant
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
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
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
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
Caleb

Agree 100%.

JAdler
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
Bren

I agree

Rodd
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 really root for them with any real feeling. One has to operate on the past, not present. If they’re determined to make me care about B&L having the wrong baby, they better play them more often and give them some meaty scenes. I care about Michael because he’s on all the time. All three guys are great actors, so I can only hope the writers mine their abilities and write something that will make this story more evenly balanced.

Jimh
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
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
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 we to just assume the G H, is as inadequate as the P.D.

Soaphound
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
SassyCyndi

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

Vail
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
Steve

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

Celia
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 and Lucas was planned—good for the writers—-albeit, they re-appeared at the opportune moment. That was a dead-giveaway….
But, these new developments were too ‘patched-up” to have been planned.
I am somewhat dumbfounded about this birthmark thing….what the heck is everyone talking about? I am lost.

Violet Lemm
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
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
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
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
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 bit so maybe Brad will purposely keep the new Wiley away from Julex for a while?

Good job GH!

Soaphound
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
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
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. AJ, maybe not Michael. Monica would be the ideal person to spot the birthmark. An opportunity for her and Carly to be on the same side.

Satan
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
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
watsontml

Hate this.

Lorraine Dunn
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
Geraldine Hanaway

It stinks not watching G H anymore Done

Joyce e Rosenbaum
Joyce e Rosenbaum

HATE IT!

Michelle Rosa-Wood
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
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
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
Celia

Correction: sit well with everyone.

Nancy Hirsch
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
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
Steve

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

Roula
Roula

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

NYCSam
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 who is sympathetic. if it were Liz, Maxie, Robin, Kristina, Molly then I could care.

rebecca1
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
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
Eric Cormier

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

Steve
Steve

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

Steve
Steve

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

Timmm
Timmm

ALL great mentions!

Dmr
Dmr

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

Shay
Shay

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

Bostonnc
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
Celia

Ahhhh, gee!! What else is new?

Sherri
Sherri

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

Violet Lemm
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
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
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 Heather in that she’ll one day repeat Heather’s mantra while in the loony bin “I know something the Quarterrmaine’s don’t know…” as she did a few years ago (and, as it happened, she did!). Neither Julien nor Liesel care about Sonny or Michael so if they ever have suspicions, they won’t be saying anything. Hopefully the character of Nelle just goes to jail or Ferncliff or something and then comes back in the future recast.

Pam
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
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
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
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
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
C .Boyde

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

Dan
Dan

The baby is Kristina’s

Terri Camm
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
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
Jeanette

I hate this story line poor Michaele

Jeanette wall
Jeanette wall

I hate it

Marge & Bonnie
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
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
Dawn

Stupid, if they drag it out, gets boring.

Sandy
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
Linda Tonks

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

Karen
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
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 Emmy winning performance by Chloe Lanier in a story that brought grief and comeuppance to the heretofore invincible Corinthos clan? Mission accomplished: best GH character in a long time and one that we’ll look forward to seeing wreak havoc anew years from now, à la other great GH villains [insert your favorite here], and maybe we’ll get to see some of those favorites sooner rather than later, if what Peter/Henrick says is true about patients 1 – 5…paging Drs. Grant Putnam and Ryan Chamberlain, you’re needed on the canvas stat!

rebecca1
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 more negativity until Carly and Sonny are back strutting their smug all over Port Charles and our TV’s.

Reed
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 the actor himself, through no fault of his own, other than a chance carpool and relationship) whom people love to hate, I thought Wes did a great job with the captivity story line. I just binged several months, so it went quickly for me. Once you got passed the impractical plot device of having him tied to a bed for weeks on end, it did make for some great scenes. Loved the snake, enjoyed the humor—sadistic and otherwise—and just thought it allowed the actors to have fun and act their butts off. Kathleen Gati was such a treat to watch and Michelle Stafford killed it, as usual.

rebecca1
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 will tell if we all start trickling back in.

I LOVE Wes AND Peter! Can’t understand the dislike for the actor or the character. From a purely superficial perspective I think he’s gorgeous. From a talent perspective I like his style; smooth, easy. I really like him. If I had to criticize anything in all the months he’s been on I’d say he overacted a few of his scenes when he was held captive. Other than that, can’t say there’s been any scene that I didn’t enjoy. Love his story and hope he stays on the canvas indefinitely. As for the rest of the show? I’m enjoying it, as well. LOVED Carly as victim. Disappointed she’s out and about with nary a scratch.

Agree, too, about Kathleen Gati; hopefully she’ll be back sooner rather than later and agree. Michelle’s great. But I think the thing is Maxi’s “new” family, Nina, lil James and Dr. O are more present in her life than Mac and Felicia. When Scorpio’s on they don’t even bring back Mac. They REALLY need to respect the vets and find a way to incorporate them more into the stories. For some reason they think more diversity means less loyalty.

Cher
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
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
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
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
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
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
Carmen

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

General Hospital

General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’ As Ava Learns The Devastating Truth About Ryan

Last week on key episodes of General Hospital, the truth was finally out that Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) was masquerading as his twin brother, Dr. Kevin Collins, and that Ava Jerome (Maura West) was an unsuspecting victim in all of this.  As the week began, Ryan and Ava had gone over the bridge, but Jason (Steve Burton) was able to save Ava and pull her back to the bridge, and that set the stage for a powerhouse series of performances by West.

On the bridge with Laura (Genie Francis), who is trying to make Ava comprehend the harsh realization that she has been with a serial killer this entire time, and not the real Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), Ava doesn’t believe what Laura is attempting to tell her.  She believes that Kevin had a mental breakdown.  Laura explains to Ava that Kevin is at General Hospital, while Ryan has been posing as him.  In Ava’s version of the situation, she thinks the switcheroo happened in the last 48 hours when Ryan wanted to whisk her away to be married.  Laura then tells Ava that Ryan switched places with Kevin months ago, and she has never been with Kevin.

It is a horrifying reality for Ava to grapple with as she insists that Kevin loves her.  However, moment by moment, Ava can no longer deny that harsh truth that is right in front of her.  She had sex with her daughter Kiki’s murderer the night she was killed, and she has been sleeping with the wrong man this entire time.

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In heartbreaking scenes, Maura, along with another wonderful performance by GH icon, Genie Francis, illustrated the raw pain and devastation of a woman who has been so blindsided by love, violated, and deceived all at the same time.  The scene where Laura holds Ava on the bridge as she collapses with anguish was soap gold.  But, never underestimate Ava Jerome!  You know she will get her payback.

In another episode, a now drunken Ava heads to the GH to see Kevin for herself, but finds Franco (Roger Howarth).  First, she blames Franco, then he makes her understand that it was Ryan who murdered people and deceived everyone.  He was just helping the PCPD snuff out the serial killer.   She tells Franco that Ryan made her feel like a goddess and that he worshipped her and helped her in her time of need following Kiki’s death.  Ava tells Franco that she hopes Ryan’s still alive so she can kill him herself!

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And still in another moment, Ava runs into the real Kevin in the hospital hallway.  Ava loses her grip and slaps him in the face accusing him of killing her daughter.  Scott (Kin Shriner) pulls her off Kevin, and tries to get her to understand that Kevin was in surgery at GH when she was with Ryan in Niagara Falls.

Sitting down with Ava, Kevin apologizes for what Ryan did to her and everyone else.  Kevin thinks she needs to speak with a therapist, but not him and he will recommend someone.  Later, alone in the hospital corridor, Ava sees a poster of Kevin Collins and rips it to shreds as Scott comes by to calm her down. She sinks to the floor in sorrow over Kiki’s death, and how she ended up falling for Ryan.

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Scene after scene, moment after moment, you can’t get better than West.  Ava is a delicious complex character, who has been so unlucky at love, is so flawed, and at times so revenge-filled, and yet in the hands of the oh-so-skilled and talented Maura West, she has humanized Ava, so that we can’t help root for her to get back on her feet after she falls so far down, so we can witness what trouble she will stir up next.   All of this to say: Michael Fairman TV names GH’s Maura West the ‘Power Performance of the Week”.

So, what did you think about of Maura’s performances on  GH? Did Ava finding out the truth about Ryan live up to everything you hoped it would be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Bryan Craig Talks Javi In ‘Grand Hotel’, Recasting GH’s Morgan, And His Post-Daytime Career

When Grand Hotel finally makes its highly-anticipated debut this summer (Monday night, June 17th) on ABC, soap opera fans will see some very familiar faces in primo roles as this sudsy drama, based on the Spanish series Gran Hotel, tells the story of a family-owned hotel in Miami, the people who run it, and all of the secrets they keep from one another.

Brought to you by executive producers Eva Longoria and Ben Spector, the show explores the family dynamic of the Mendoza family. Longoria herself will play a mother in four episodes of the show, as well.

General Hospital fans will take note that Daytime Emmy-winner, Bryan Craig (Ex-Morgan Corinthos) is front and center in the cast as Javi Mendoza, the troubled son of the family who has some major obstacles in front of him.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Craig during the recent ABC TCA’s Press Tour for the network to get some insight into his new role, how he would feel if GH would recast the role of Morgan (he recently propped up former DAYS star Billy Flynn as a potential viable candidate) and what it has been like post-daytime in his burgeoning career in film and TV.  Here’s what he had to say about his TV life past and present.

What has this experience been like for you taping the episodes of Grand Hotel and working with such a stellar cast?

BRYAN:  It’s been incredible   It feels like it went by so fast.  It’s an awesome group of people.  We’ve got a fun show.

How would you say your character of Javi Mendoza stacks up against GH’s Morgan Corinthos?

BRYAN:  I think it’s one of the most layered characters that I’ve ever played.  There’s a lot going on with Javi.  He has a big disability, kind of like Morgan did.  It’s a physical disability, and there are a lot of challenges that come along with that.  He also has a substance problem.  So, some of the same issues and in the same world that Morgan was in.  Javi is a very troubled character, but he is also a lot of fun, and a ladies’ man … and sleeps with a lot of women! (Laughs)

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Do you think the audience will care for Javi, though?  

BRYAN:  Oh yeah, one hundred percent.  He was written in a very kind-hearted manner.  He’s a great guy, who has had a tough life.

Did they put you through a audition process to nab the role in Grand Hotel?

BRYAN:  They had read hundreds and hundreds of people for this role.  I came in at the tail end of it, and then the process went pretty quickly.  I read once, and the next think I knew, I was in a room with Eva Longoria and director, Ken Olin.  Then two days later, I was testing with Eva, and then I got the call that I had the part.

You’re a part of the core family, the Mendozas, on Grand Hotel, and on GH, you were part of the Corinthos clan.  How do the family dynamics stack-up?

BRYAN:  It’s pretty special.  There are a lot of similarities.  It feels like we have kind of shifted GH into prime-time.  In Grand Hotel, we have Demián Bichir, who plays Santiago Mendoza, and he is my Sonny Corinthos now.   They gave us a very heavy, heavy storyline … just like they gave Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and me.   So, I think the fans are really going to buy into it.   ABC, (I think) wanted to marry that bond a little bit, and I feel it was very apparent in the writing.  This network has been very good to me.

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Did you know that your co-star Denyse Tontz was in Prospect Park’s All My Children reboot as Miranda Montgomery and had a soap past, as well?

BRYAN:  Yes! I did know that.  Denyse plays my sister on Grand Hotel and we work together a lot on the show.  There were quite a few people on the show who came from soaps.  Even some guest stars who came in were big in soap at points.

So, this kind of all  worked out for you!  You left General Hospital, and landed a major primetime series, plus your other movie roles!

BRYAN:  It was a scary move, but it worked out.  I did a few things; a couple of movies, and I did a show for CW for a while, and then this.  So, it’s been back-to-back.  I’ve been fortunate.

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How would you feel if General Hospital, ultimately, recast the role of Morgan?

BRYAN:  You know, if it was to behoove the show, then so be it.   I feel like it was a pretty nice end for me there, but I can’t sit here and be selfish and be like, “I’m the last person who could play that role!”  Would that be awesome?  I mean, yeah!  But, who knows?  They’ve got to do what’s best for the show.

GH’s Maurice Benard had great story in 2018 with the Alzheimer’s storyline involving Sonny’s dad, Mike Corbin (Max Gail).  Had you been checking it out at all?

BRYAN:  I know!   I do keep up with Maurice a lot.   We are good friends.

To remind those who have not seen the trailer to Grand Hotel check it out below.  Will you be watching Bryan in his exciting new role on Grand Hotel? Will you be OK with a Morgan recast on GH, or hope the show will wait for Bryan to return one day? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Is Trapped With A Serial Killer

Ava Jerome (Maura West) got an eyeful on Thursday’s episode of General Hospital when she finds Carly (Laura Wright) gagged and knocked out in the trunk of “Kevin’s” (Jon Lindstrom) car.  Just then, Carly begins to open her eyes, but Ava is stunned when she finds “Kevin” standing behind her.   When Ava is trying to process what she just saw and her groom’s reaction to the sight of Carly in the truck of his car, he tosses it off, and lets her know he has a handle on everything and to go back to their motel room and wait for him.

Later, in their motel room in Niagara falls, Ava considers calling 911, but in that moment decides against, and begins to think that “Kevin” has had a mental breakdown as he has in the past.  When he shows up, “Kevin”asks Ava to trust him,  But when Ava asks why Carly was in the trunk of his car, he responds that it’s a wedding gift for his bride-to-be.

Meanwhile, the manhunt is on for Ryan Chamberlain as the real Kevin Collins has now been admitted to General Hospital.  Chase (Josh Swickard) fills Lulu (Emme Rylan) in on what is going down and she finally remembers it was Ryan, not Franco (Roger Howarth), who stabbed her, and she was his victim when Ryan hypnotized her to believe Franco was the serial killer.

Laura (Genie Francis)is on her way to Niagara Falls with Jason (Steve Burton), who is going to find Carly and bring her home as he is worried sick about his best friend.  Cameron (William Lipton) who is in the Falls with Joss (Eden McCoy)and Oscar (Garren Stitt), who has had a major seizure, runs into Ryan, but doesn’t know it, until he has a phone call with Liz  (Rebecca Herbst) who fills him in that Franco is not the murderer, but Ryan is.  Cameron has the tip to help all, with the name of the motel where Ryan is at.  Liz phones Laura and she and Jason head off to find the motel..

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When Jason and Laura arrive at the cabin, Laura stays in the car as Jason grabs his gun and heads to Ryan’s room.   When an unnerved Ava tries to  tell “Kevin” that he must let Carly go and bring her back to Port Charles safely before they get married, he informs  Ava there is nothing for her to worry about.  He has already taken Carly five miles east of the motel.  Next thing you know, the scene transitions to a shot of Carly lifeless on the ground.  We go back to Jason, who kicks down the  door to Ryan’s room with his gun drawn.

So, what did you think of Ava’s reaction to a kidnapped Carly in the trunk of Ryan’s car? What will happen when Ava realizes she is with Ryan Chamberlain? Share your thoughts as this story heads to its major conclusion, or is it?

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