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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.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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Chloe Lanier Making A Return To General Hospital

Look for naughty Nelle to be back on all-new episodes of GH, and that means fans will get to see more of Daytime Emmy-winner, Chloe Lanier!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Lanier will be back on-screen after leaving the show In August after two years with the daytime drama series.

When Chloe left the series, Nelle was carted off to prison for her deceptions and crimes, but according to her chat with SOD, she is back because she ‘has some unfinished business with some people.”  Lanier’s return stint starts next week.

So how will Nelle’s re-emergence impact Lucas and Brad who are raising Nelle and Michael’s son?  Will she seek more retribution on Carly?  Stay tuned.  After all, Nelle gave her baby to Brad in the now notorious baby switch, which we have since learned that baby “Wiley” has a heart condition that can be traced back to Michael’s side of the family,

Glad there will be more Nelle coming up on GH? Comment below!

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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