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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Britt is the New Chief of Staff; But Who is the New Head Nurse?

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On Friday’s General Hospital, the staff at the hospital was in for a shock when none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud) waltzed in and announced that she was in the new Chief of Staff.  That left Finn (Michael Easton), Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) and Portia (Brook Kerr) reeling.

Apparently, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) believes in Britt, and since he is now running the hospital and already pink-slipped Monica (Leslie Charleson) and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), putting someone with a sketchy past in that position, who might do his bidding for him, was the perfect move for the drug lord.

Britt tells the crew that she is horrified by the mismanagement that has been happening at GH.  She then tells Elizabeth and Epiphany to check their new schedules as outlined by the new head nurse.  When everyone fires back at Britt that Epiphany is the head nurse, Britt reveals that it is Cyrus’ decision since he is now Chairman of the Board at GH.

Then, in a shocking moment for each of them, Elizabeth finds out that Epiphany has been put into an administrative position, where she will not be with the patients, while Liz has been cut back to only two shifts a week demoted to the satellite crew.

Finn is also in hot water as Britt tells him they need to set up a meeting, while Portia’s fate seems to be that she is safe, when Britt says she believes in her, and so too, does Cyrus.

What did you think of Britt arriving on the scene as the new Chief of Staff?  Who do you think might be GH’s new head nurse? Share your thoughts on the staffing changes via the comment section below.

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Boop
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I love it! General Hospital has too long shown favoritism. When Nelle didn’t want her child to have the surgery , Monica and Bobbie did hook and crook to make everything go the way Michael and Carly wanted it. I dislike that shows make sure that characters lean towards one side because that person is a friend or relative; however , the other side has everyone against them. When Britt first entered the Soap , I didn’t like her . Yet , since that time , I like that she brings some opposition to the show. Plus, Cyrus adds that… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Boop I usually agree with the things you say but this time I am very confused, especially by your last couple of sentences. You want to give Cyrus and the Britch more time to do exactly what, ruin GH by running drugs through it or only saving lives that Cyrus says it’s o.k to? These two people are dispicable and Cyrus is a murderer and drug runner. No way should be have been able to get a hold on GH. Of course it will be saved in the end but it is not entertaining in the least watching what will… Read more »

Jenny S.
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Jenny S.

I’m sad we they got rid of Nathan Varni. I’m sure very few fans knew he fought Frank tooth and nail when it came to supporting the vets of GH. With Nathan out, Frank has clearly taken the reigns over 100% and he’s trying to stuff as many young faces down our throats as humanly possible. This is a sad state of affairs, I cringe to think which actress over 50 will be next to be fired or trimmed back to recurring. No one is fighting for the fans of the show we once all loved. It’s a real shame… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

You may be confusing Valentini with Jill Phelps. Frank has brought back (all before Varni replaced Brian Frons): Bobbie Felicia Ned Scott Kevin/Ryan Lucy Robert Anna (contract) Laura (contract) Yes, the cast is huge (32 now on contract counting Brando & Britt who were formerly recurring.) That definitely needs some trimming. While Anna’s story sucks right now and Genie Francis is wrapping up her vacation, Alexis, Carly and Nina are all 50+ and driving story. Although I pointed out that Monica and Bobbie should have had their hospital employment issue dealt with on screen, Ned, Olivia and Robert were major… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I like Britch, but this whole idea is ridiculous….

Cyrus the Virus is attempting to sanitize his reputation by making himself over as a “respectable businessman” & hospital administrator, so the first thing he does, after getting that job, is to fire the long term chief of staff (whose family practically built the hospital, no less) and replace her with…..

**drum roll please**

…. A CONVICTED FELON???? (who also happens to be the daughter of the most famous international terrorist this side of Osama Bin Laden, no less)

Yeah, on what planet was this a good idea??

Charday
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Charday

I love me some Britt, but this sounds like a cartoon.

Rodd
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Rodd

Should be a fun ride. I’m sure it’s one that will eventually come to an end with Monica being put back in charge, but in the meantime, I’m sure Britt will stir things up. Now if they could just get Brad out of jail…

Steve
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Steve

To answer the question – perhaps Felix? This whole firing of Monica and Bobbie falls flat because neither one of these ultimate legacy characters were shown as it happens. A scene of Monica walking out of the hospital and arriving back to family at the house Alan gave to her would make it more impactful. Friday’s show was wasted with the amount of time given to the fake bond between Mike & Joss. Max Gail has done a great job acting in spite of some questionable writing. Because he is a recast, there’s no flashback scenes to add value to… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Steve
IAM so glad you mentioned the scenes with Joss and Mike. Not only was it boring but not true, none of it ever happened. To me it just pointed out to Mike that he was on the way out and her saying goodbye over and over. Is that really what a dieing person wants to be told as they are taking their last breaths? Poor Mike!

Patrick
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Patrick

“Thank You” I thought the same thing ! I don’t remember some of these things happening ???? whew! Poor Max Gail. Sonny: his continuous lament or whatever : Mike, you do what you want to do Carly : this family has shown so much love every since Mike returned. BLECH! the only two I truly wanted Mike to come to was for Liz, her wedding scenes at the church… ROCKED . with Dante : doing any thing… they just made this grandfather/grandson so real I will MISS Max Gail… just not at the expense of the Corinthos’ I’m just stumped… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Patrick
Glad we agree on this. I kept thinking poor Max, let him go he will when he’s ready, doesn’t need your permission or everyone trying to push him out the door, so to speak. Nothing we saw ever happened and the scenes with Joss predicting the future was just a whole other story.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

What a shakeup! I loved this twist; the Cyrus Renault presence in Port Charles is a great umbrella story, affecting multiple characters and aspects. Plus, the fact he, in such a short time has done more than Sonny Corinthos, is exciting!

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

In what world does a hospital’s chairman of the board determine the head nurse, LOL?

Su000
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Su000

The same hospital that does not have a railing on beds.
No hospital would have a patient in a bed without railings.
It is the law, as a matter of fact.
The liability is tremendous to have a patient fall off aff a bed.
Even in emergency rooms, there are railings on beds.
GH has cots for beds no railings- ahaa! insane.
((Britt desperately needs to do something with her hair- it’s nasty looking))

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Too true, Su000! (and I don’t care for Britt’s hairstyle, either. It’s distracting.)

Violet lemmviolet32@gmail.com
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Violet lemmviolet32@gmail.com

Did you guys see the comment from Robin/Kimberly M.saying that Kelly stole her job and her hairdoo? She was just kidding of course.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Oh my gosh, that’s right. That is Robin’s old hairdo! How funny.

Dan
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Dan

It was so absurd and insulting as a viewer that they would do this storyline with Monica and Bobbie getting fired, which you would think would be a major moment, since both have worked at the hospital for over 40 years and are beloved characters, and then not even bother having Leslie Charleson or Jackie Zeman there to do scenes reacting to it. I’m watching and I see Epiphany, Elizabeth and everyone talking about Monica and Bobbie getting fired, and I’m like, wait a minute, did I miss an episode or something? They could have been some really dramatic and… Read more »

Su000
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Su000

Monica and Bobbie getting fired is to keep them offset keeping them safe, I believe..
They both are quite old and need to be protected from covid19..
they will gloriously return when it’s safe for them.
(probably end of 2021–)

Steve
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Steve

They have both filmed since the show returned to production. Not sure what age “quite old” is supposed to represent.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Well, Monica is 75 and Bobbie is 63 if that helps. I would like to think TPTB are just watching out for their valuable senior citizens. No insult or anything wrong with that.

Timmm
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Timmm

I smell a new character as the new head nurse. Maybe Cyrus’s daughter or Brando has a sister? It will be a baddie who will turn out to be good and go against BRITTA!

brian
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brian

i do not like her bangs

Patrick
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Patrick

I just saw some of the best sex… and it was with Britta; again. ie: William DeVry’ Julian.. think Tyler Christopher !!!! She’s already ROCKED General Hospital. of course, all the “Staff” is in uproar… and taking it out on Britta.. who of course, is handling it all with such aplomb. I TRULY HOPE, she’s not back for short term… because she’s already schellacked Cyrus. She’s that good of an actress. so yeah, I was surprised by ALL FB posts and this thread.. walloping Ms. Thiebaud ; hair ; bangs ; teeth . ???? !!!! Ladies please. dag! FB took… Read more »

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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