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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Britt’s Birthday Bash Kicks-Off as New Year’s Fast Approaches

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So, just how did our party planners, Brad (Parry Shen) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) fare in making Britt’s (Kelly Thiebaud) birthday party a rousing success?  On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, we got a taste of the shindig complete with shirtless bartenders and waiters, a drag queen, and some major karaoke thrown in for good measure.

When Britt arrives to the Haunted Star, she thanks Maxie for making everything looks so fabulous and thanks Brad for the hottie waiters! After Austin (Roger Howarth) arrives, he shares a private moment with Britt.  He hopes she is reconsidering her plans to ditch her own party and leave town never to be heard from again.  Britt clarifies for Austin that she is not running away, she’s making a graceful exit.  She reveals that her plans is to simply slip away when the countdown to midnight begins with her one-way ticket to destiny.

Next. a drag queen takes over the festivities for a moment, letting all the guests know that it’s time for everyone to hit the dance floor. Britt continues to give kudos to Brad and Maxie for making this a night she will never forget.

Liesl (Kathleen Gati) approaches Austin and thanks him for being a good friend to Britt. Next, she warns Britta to not overdo the dancing and wear herself out.  Britt tells her Mutta that tonight is all about having fun.

When Britt runs into Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Nina (Cynthia Watros), she lets Sonny know she is aware he knows about her prognosis with Huntington’s Disease.  In a touching moment, Sonny tells Britt that Jason would have wanted her to life live to the fullest.

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Now, we can’t have a party without Brad and Britt performing a karaoke number, now can we? Next, the besties perform George Michael and Aretha Franklin’s duet, “I Knew You Were Waiting.”  Kudos to Kelly Thiebaud and Parry Shen for that performance.

Later, when everyone gathers around Britt’s birthday cake, it’s time for her to make a wish, but she is too moved to tears to do so thus far.  What will she wish for?

From the looks of things with ..  “Sprina” about to kiss on New Year’s Eve … Michael (Chad Duell) ready to lower the boom on Sonny … Esme (Avery Pohl) trying to get out of Wyndemere … the complex mess involving Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Finn (Michael Easton), and Britt’s final goodbyes to those she loves, it looks like Friday’s episode could bring tears and more fears to Port Charles.  Stay tuned.

So, what have you thought of Britt’s birthday bash thus far? Will Cody (Josh Kelly) show up next? Comment below.  But first check out Britt and Brad’s duet of “I Knew You Were Waiting”.

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Kelly and Parry really did a fine job with that song. Impressed that it continued after the commercial break. I will miss seeing the Brad & Britt friendship onscreen – two one-time town pariahs that are always fun and caring together. Brad needs a new love interest – and wouldn’t Demetrius be an interesting choice (as he’s kind to, but not interested in Esme).

Wardrobe deserves kudos for the outfits (two great days in a row for Maxie).

That’s the most extras we’ve had in a scene in quite a while. Budget might not have allowed for other hospital staff to appear. TJ, Portia, Felix and Epiphany (since this was filmed well over a month ago) all could have been there.

Britt and Liesl are perfect examples of a combination of great performers with good character development. Both did some fairly despicable things to legacy characters yet have thrived in their roles over the past 10 years. These two (along with Ava) are arguably the best characters introduced under Frank’s reign.

I loved this episode albeit I am really sad that Kelly is leaving the show ): She and Parry Shen did a great job with “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me”. The party looks to be a fun one!

I am concerned about the character of Brad – how will he fare going forward as far as screen time when most of his scenes have been with gal pal Britt? I love Parry and want him on more often!

The show needs to tell us who the hook killer is at this point. We need for Esme to escape and move that storyline along. Memo to GH: not every single storyline needs to be a mystery to the audience!

I adore Parry also, Richard. Forget these dull “leading man” types… I think Brad is really sexy. He actually has a sense of humor, style, energy, and, of course, great hair. Why can’t they find a great guy for him? We can deep-six deadbeats like Michael, Drew, Cody, Austin, and Finn to accommodate his salary. I hope Britt will make a spectacular return someday…

Was a fantastic episode from everyone involved, but especially Kelly. I am SO going to miss her.

Ditto! I’m super happy for Kelly and the upswing in her romantic real life, but man am I going to miss her! She can make a simple line like “Hello Mutter” and make it something more with a different smile (she’s got so many great ones!!!) and a glimmer in her eye(s) (her eyes speak a la gauge all of her own!); there’s just something smart, funny and all around inclusively appealing to so many! For instance, I am a straight white lady in her late 40’s and I’m not ashamed that I have a friend crush on her! If she is in fact as stupendous as she comes across onscreen in her private life, she would be the friend that everyone loves minutes after being introduced to; I would feel lucky to have a friend like her! I hope there is a good way for all of us to win; Kelly gets her own London Boy and we get “The Britch” (even though it no longer applies unless she or her family is wronged) daily!!! Soap Opera people- make that magic please!!!!

It was a wonderful party, except we knew Britt/ Kelly was more than making a graceful exit. I will miss her. If I could have added more to the party it would be that we got to hear Liesl sing the song again she sang at he Nurses Ball. It was a show stopper. And that Ryan Paevey/ Nathan would take some time from his Hallmark schedule so GH could have a picture with his sister Britt, or at least allow his picture to be drafted onto one with Britt for the photo collage.

When they switched from Kelly’s personal pictures to the photos featuring cast members, one of the first was a Nurses Ball picture of Britt and Nathan.

While it was fun seeing Kelly’s childhood photos, Britt definitely did not have the American suburban upbringing that was depicted in those photos.

Nice that there was a pic of Britt & Epiphany. Would’ve been hilarious if they had one when she barbecued the doll with Mac & Felicia looking in in horror.

OG Steve…You have a quick eye catching Britt with Nathan. And glad they had her with Epiphany. Another person who will be missed.

I really enjoyed seeing the photos and knowing it was actors, cutting up in personal moments and enjoying their work with each other. Not just acting!

I’ll miss Britt and Kelly’s beautifuly energetic talent on GH. Best of luck to her!

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Lifetime’s ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’ Brings Epic Food Fight and “Slapfest Coup de Grâce”

Get ready for the feuding soap opera divas, when five actresses known for their signature primetime and daytime roles are brought together in Lifetime’s new holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas.

Saturday night, December 2nd on Lifetime (8pm ET/7PM CT) marks the highly-anticipated holiday movie premiere featuring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing), Nicolette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest et al), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Here’s what we do know! In story, five alums from the long-running soap, The Great Lakes reunite for a live Christmas finale. Uh-oh!  Now take a look at the backstory of the colorful cast of characters (pay special attention to the clever twists on the actresses names!)

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LAUREN EWING (Linda Gray) “Everyone thinks I’m so damn good all the time,” confesses the junk food-loving Lauren of her second act as a lifestyle guru. “I don’t know how Gwenyth Paltrow does it!”

DANA CUNNINGHAM (Donna Mills) Now a sitcom mom, she’s yet to make amends to ex-bestie Juliette after abruptly leaving the soap back in the day. Not that she hasn’t tried: “When I thought the world was going to end in Y2K,” Dana says, “I reached out to her, and she never called me back.”

LILY MARLOWE (Loni Anderson) After replacing Dana on ‘Great Lakes’, Lily never again found a role to win her acclaim. “What do I have to show for (my career)? An arc on  For the People – Shonda Rhimes’ only flop!”

JULIETTE MATHESON (Nicollette Sheridan) “She left me for L.A.,” the party girl turned fashion mogul recalls of Dana’s betrayal. Will their feud derail the entire event?

MARGEAUX ROBERTS (Morgan Fairchild) “Fasten your face-lifts, ladies, it’s gonna be a bumpy weekend!” The sassy grande dame of ‘Great Lakes’ sees the Juliette-Dana beef as the perfect escape from her own domestic drama.

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Now, making this all the more hysterical is the director of The Great Lakes reunion special, which makes the five women live under the same roof, is its former child star Alex, who has gotten his ex-girlfriend, Nell to direct the finale. Meanwhile, in the subplot. the ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ come up with a plan to get Alex and Nell back together.

As with any good soap opera, there is a major food fight. Linda Gray shared with USA Today ,”The food fight was one take. And it was fabulous.” And of course, their is a bitch-fest slap-fest. Morgan Fairchild revealed, “Oh honey, we all got ours in. Mine was a simple, ‘How dare you?’ with a slap. But I was hoping for a punch.”

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The movie’s EP, Larry Thompson, who is a Hollywood manager and has Donna Mills as a client, said that the entire scene peaks with the”slapfest coup de grâce.” What is that exactly? That is when Donna Mills pushes Nicollette Sheridan into a pool in a nod to Dynasty’s Lily bond battle between Dynasty’s Alexis (Joan Collins) and Krystle (Linda Evans).

In case you missed it previously, check out the trailer for Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas below, also starring Patrika Darbo, Alec Mapa, Mills real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, and Christopher Atkins with theme song by Tiffany.

Now let us know, will you be tuning in to the movie for a premise that should delight many a longtime soap fan? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Receives a Haunting Letter About Austin’s Murder

On Thursday’s November 30th episode of General Hospital, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is on the case of who shot Austin (Roger Howarth) and pays a visit to Ava Jerome (Maura West) at Wyndemere.

Dante asks Ava when was the last time she saw Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt. She asks why and what is going on with Austin? Dante tells her he’s dead, and assumes she must already know, especially given her non-reaction to the news.

Ava tells Dante she was last with Austin two days ago at her gallery. When he questions her if security footage can back that up, that would then give her an alibi. However, Ava explains she left out the back, and that the surveillance camera has not been working. Since the murder happened in Pautauk, Dante tells Ava they will want to question her.

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She responds that a lot of people in town knew Austin from Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and on. However, Dante points out that Ava was the only one that was kidnapped by Mason (Nathanyael Grey). Ava says she will have her lawyer ready.

As Dante exits, Ava looks through her unopened mail. She finds a letter addressed to her and it says inside on note paper, “You’re welcome.” But that’s not all, inside the letter is a polaroid of Austin’s dead body.

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Also in story, Molly (Kristen Vaganos) has a meltdown when she has to start the finding a surrogate process all over again, and is found crying on a park bench by her sister, Kristina (Kate Mansi). Will this be the conversation where Molly will take up Kristina on her initial offer to carry the child for her and TJ (Tahj Bellow)?

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In another key moment, James thinks Cody (Josh Kelly) would make a great big brother, which then gets Felicia (Kristina Wagner) flashing back to when Cody told Mac that it turns out Mac is not his bio-dad. Felicia senses something is not right. Is she finally on to the fact that Cody lied to Mac? Stay tuned.

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So, who do you think sent the letter to Ava about killing Austin? Is it Nikolas? Cyrus? Mason? Could it be Ava herself, who doesn’t remember she did the deed, or could it be someone else? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Pays Tribute to Tyler Christopher at End of Episode, ABC Exec Nathan Varni Shares: “You’ll Always Be In Our Hearts”

If you caught the end of the Monday, November 27th Thanksgiving episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama ended the show with a special dedication to Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas Cassadine), who passed away on October 31st at the age of 50.

With a very touching title card, and a photo of Tyler from his younger days as the dark prince of the Cassadine clan, it read, “In Loving Memory of Tyler Christopher.”

On Tuesday, November 28th, ABC Current Series executive, Nathan Varni, who oversees Grey’s Anatomy, The Conners, Station 19 and General Hospital for the network, shared on X some additional thoughts on Tyler’s contributions to the GH family.

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Varni expressed: “This lovely tribute card was shown at the end of yesterday’s episode of GH In loving memory of Tyler Christopher. Thanks for bringing Nikolas Cassadine to life on our screens, you’ll always be in our hearts. RIP.”

Tyler played the role of GH’s Nikolas from 1996–1999, 2003–2011, and lastly from 2013–2016. He also took on the role of Connor Bishop from 2004–2005. The late actor took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2016 for his work as Nikolas.

Share your thoughts on GH honoring Tyler at the end of their Thanksgiving episode via the comment section below.

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