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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Brooklyn Rae Silzer's Showstopping Performance! Jason Leaves Liz & Patrick and Sam Split!

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It was an episode of broken hearts galore on Thursday’s General Hospital.

But while all the adults in the “A” storyline where acting their hearts out, so too was little Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma Drake).  We suspect the audience probably needed to wipe away some serious tears during the hour long broadcast.

In a tour de force performance of her own, Brooklyn’s Emma was devastated to learn that her father Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) were not going to be married after all … in fact, they were splitting up.  As a young girl who has had her home life torn apart by outside forces within Robin and Patrick’s marriage, and her now MIA mom, and then compounding that with counting on a life with Sam and Danny, and Patrick, Emma is rocked to her core to find out that Sam is not going to be at the Drake home anymore.  Getting more upset, Emma screams for her mommy! Patrick allows her to place a call to Robin.  As we find out, Robin (Kimberly McCullough) is being held captive now by the returning Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche) and has 48 hours to finish her research, or she will be killed.    Robin can barely comfort her daughter, because she cannot admit where she is, as Emma want her to go come and is still beside herself.  An emotionally drained Patrick tells Emma they will go to Paris to visit Robin.  How heartbreaking and touching was it to see the father/daugher scenes played to perfection by Thompson and Silzer?!

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Patrick and Sam meanwhile said as an adult a goodbye as you can between two people.  Sam finally came to her senses that Patrick was right.  She can’t love him totally and completely like he deserves, now that Jason is alive, and that Jason (Billy Miller) is indeed the love of her life.  Again, Kelly Monaco and Jason Thompson delivered emotionally compelling scenes.

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And then there was Jason and Liz (Rebecca Herbst)!  Jason has learned of Liz’s duplicity! She has now admitted it all, including Nikolas’ (Tyler Christopher) part in it.  She informs Jason she knew since the Nurses Ball and no matter how she spins it, and even admitting she didn’t want to lose him which is why she lied, Jason is fit to be tied!

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Jason realizes that Elizabeth kept him from his son Danny, his wife, his family.  No matter how she tries to rationalize what she did, Jason ends up walking out on Elizabeth and tells her she broke his heart!  The episode also features compelling performances by both Billy Miller and Rebecca Herbst in scenes that fans have waited for over many months!

So, what did you think of the performance of Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma)? What did you think of Jason leaving Liz, and Patrick and Sam going splittsville?  What about Robin being held yet again in a lab?  Did you enjoy the work of Monaco, Thompson, Miller and Hebst?  Share your thoughts on this pivotal episode of GH in the comment section below!

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Pat
Pat

Kudo,s to all of the actors in today’s episode – everyone of them brought their “A” game. Special mention to Brooklyn Rae Silzer for her winning performance!

Timmm
Timmm

Your right, no dead air at all.

Pia
Pia

I cried my eyes out. Even the words Olivia said to Dante were spot on. When she told him you will regret this for the rest of your life! Im not a fan of the new lulu. But everyones performance was exceptional especially Emma!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Stunning absolutely stunning performance. It was so believable it broke my heart. And so realistic because adults make all this poor choices and the it is often the children who have to deal with the fall out—kudos for GH for finally showing a child being a child. A little girl who needs her mommy– If the show doesn’t keep her around after JT leaves they may never get her back– if she wants to continue to act I think she has a bright future in the industry.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You bet, Mary. I think it was so believable because those were heartfelt tears. The pain was real; palpable , touching, stirring the senses. Jason is leaving, thus everyone drew the sadness and emotion from that. I have never witnessed an actor cry such tears (in rivulets) before as Jason did today. There’s no doubt he loves Brooklyn almost as a daughter….she has played one for so long. Finally, Sam/Kelly had real tears streaming down her face; not just wet eyes, lol.

Patrick
Patrick

you wrung my heart out on this one

that parent child relate

heart full

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ok, so I messed up those corrections. Ah, well…you know what I mean.

Timmm
Timmm

Very true Mary. Adults can let each other down all day long and deal with it which ever way they want BUT when kids are involved the BS stops! NOTHING can EVER replace the innocence and wonderment of childhood!

Patrick
Patrick

gavel

thank you Timmm

“…BUT … NOTHING … EVER … “

su0000
su0000

1st-
the performance of Brooklyn Rae Silzer /Emma- greatness ! BRAVA!
2nd-
I am still bewildered why some people like to feel depressed and cry and cry and feel broken hearted and praise stories that make them feel awfully gloomy sad watching hardcore sadness story; why they love that feeling of doom and gloom pain is masochistic , bwaha!

Anyways..
Jason will return to Liz and his/their family.. (Sam is enough to drive him psychotic lol.
He needs to be alone to findhimself and while searching for himself to have some intriguing adventures during his discovering journey. get it on and going!
((it was insane to write him tied up with 2 crazy women from the gitgo, sigh .

I will miss the Partick character.. I hope there will be no recast, sometimes things/characters need to end. Everything ends..

I am tired of couples and their love gone wrong problems..
watching them can make one feel like an ol’ biddy snoopy Gladis sticking their nose into everyone’s personal problems and demanding to know all their personal business then being an azz ..
I hope soon the love and doom will end and their will new and exciting stories.
I need at the least some adventure, intrigue, on the edge anything story. And– some humor.
Looking forward to Scorpio and Jax and their adventure and hopefully some edgy excitement! 🙂

(( great phenomenal performances from ALL this past week!! ( long applause !

LONG LIVE GH !!!

Harry
Harry

I enjoy being depressed and full of angst, Suoo.
That is why I read your comments.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I just got home, Harry….after a harrowing day at the shelter, feeding the homeless ( that should make su happy)…..dragging my feet and arse. And, here I am, reading your comment which sent me into peels of laughter. Now, I really and truly needed that!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

PS.
As I said, Harry. I really believe that this wonderful little child, Brooklyn, must be so very sad to see Jason go. Those tears; that pain were real, no acting.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, Harry. You wonderful man, you. I have been saying that Dante just needed an excuse to cheat. He already knew it was going to happen. He has known since Valerie moved in with him and Lulu, when she had nowhere to go. As a matter of fact, Lulu suspected as much also, if you remember. That was the reason Valerie went to live at Wyndemere. Now, we are human, and as such we have flaws and weaknesses. Dante felt the attraction, but instead of avoiding any hanky-panky, he looked for an opening to walk through to temptation. He should have made a turnabout. Valerie, the ‘ fille de joie ‘ that she is, opened that naughty door and ‘herself’ wider, no? I wonder if that fruit was any sweeter for Dante. She had complete disregard for family, friends and their generosity. The writers should have never gone there, in my opinion. Why? To show that marriages go through seemingly insurmountable mountains and come out the other side, forgiving and forgetting. Not I. NEVER!!
Certain apples are forbidden Harry, which makes the taste that much sweeter, but, a real man/woman with healthy convictions should always keep his/her moral code in the pocket. Feel its weight once in a while, and get the big picture once that line has been crossed.
Confucius say: “One should realize the necessity of concern for others”. In this case, the concern was not only for Lulu, but for Rocco, for Olivia….for anyone else his behavior may affect. But, the crotch is mightier than the mind. That’s all!

su0000
su0000

hey Harry…. ahaa! 🙂
Sooo happy you enjoy my comments !
I want you to be happy so- I’m going post you lots of my comments! 🙂 enjoy!
((lol))

CeeCee
CeeCee

Correction…concern was NOT for Rocco; NOT for Olivia.

Jillie
Jillie

lol

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Way to go, Harry!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, su. I had sent you a reply but it didn’t post. Your retort to Harry was also sooooo funny….you should both follow in the tradition of Abbot and Costello, AND, Ollie and Stan. Pair up, c’mon…lol…. you guys are so funny when you spar with words…..keep at it, please!!!!!

Terry
Terry

If Jason and Brooklyn don’t get nominated and win Emmys for today’s performance, it would be major mistake and a insult to the talent of these two actors.

JUDY K
JUDY K

TOTALLY AGREE…..THIS LITTLE GIRL IS AMAZING AND SHE DESERVES TO BE NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY WHICH SHE SHOULD WIN HANDS DOWN!!!!! ALL THE ACTORS WERE EXCEPTIONAL TODAY……THE SHOW WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR…..JASON AND BILLY MILLER BOTH DESERVE EMMY NODS!!!

Harry
Harry

This little actress is so good you forget that she is acting. I think she may be one of the best child actresses I have ever seen. She was really crying and reacting exactly how a little girl would act after losing her mother twice and after losing prospective step mothers twice.
Yes, the little girl who plays Faith on Y&R is also a tour de force. However, you never forget that she is acting–there is a certain affectation which is discernible. You almost expect Faith to start belting out, “Tomorrow! Tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow!” You never get this feeling from Emma–you really feel that she’s a real little girl suffering from a whole lot of pain after suffering too much loss in her short life.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

How do u nominate “Jason” for an Emmy? Billy Miller, yes, but a character????

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Eileen Hargis:
Again, Eileen you missed the mark. And, there you go again, making people feel stupid. Judy K is talking about Jason Thompson not Billy’s Jason. JT definitely deserves an Emmy. However, Robert Scott Wilson wins, by a longshot.

Patrick
Patrick

from my heart to yours and throughout

emmys all around: for GH and DAYS

here that

i can’t venture at this point

just so that… GH and DAYS cleanup; gut; and “denthrone” as it were.. the denizen of Genoa City and whereever la la land rich reside… (B&B)

JUDY K
JUDY K

REPLY TO EILEEN HARGIS………LETS TAKE IT REAL SLOW…..NOMINATE JASON THOMPSON AND BILLY MILLER FOR AN EMMY….NOT JASON AND BILLY MILLER THE CHARACTER……WOW!!!!!!!!!

Joyce
Joyce

Brooklyn was AWESOME. She should win an emmy.

Scoma60
Scoma60

I just resent the hell out of this story. There was never any reason for Liz to know other than throwing the character on the bus. Everyone comes out clean (even Sam who toyed with Patrick/Emma’s emotions) except Liz. This lie was totally out of character. But it is what it is. I just want Liz to stand strong and throw everyone elses misdeeds back in their face. All the criminals/liars/cheats will come for her and she needs to slay them with their hypocrisy. I also want Liz to tell Jason she is the ONLY person who cared, supported and believed in him as Jake.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Sam didn’t toy with anyone. She loves Patrick; still does. But he and she both knew that she would always have an incredible love for Jason in her heart. That was acceptable to Patrick when he thought Jason was dead.

Sam can’t help her conflicting feelings. Must have been simultaneously unparalleled happiness and heart shattering confusion for her when she found out he was alive.

Patrick still believes Robin purposely picked up and abandoned him and Emma. He no longer grieves for her because of that…so it was easier for him to fully love Sam and move on. Sam knows Jason didn’t leave her…he was presumed dead…and now he’s back. She knew he “died” loving her…and needs him to remember that.

What makes this story so poignant, powerful…is how hurt everyone is. And yes, because of Nic and Liz keeping the truth from Jason, Patrick and Sam. It’s their deceit that caused this trickle down effect…

Not only was Brooklyn heartbreaking wonderful…Jason Thompson, Rebecca…though I had zero sympathy for Liz…but Kelly as Sam was amazing as well. She is so obviously torn…her love for Jason undeniable, all the while loving Patrick and Emma and trying to deny her feelings for Jason even to herself…wanting to return to the easy choice of the family she and Patrick had built. Ultimately…her pull towards Jason won. Gut wrenching stuff…

Harry
Harry

Rebecca, I agree with almost everything you say here, except one–Patrick should know his wife better than to think that after fighting with every fiber of her being to get back to her husband and daughter she both so dearly loves that she would not leave yet again. Both Patrick and Anna should know there is something amiss with Robin and that she is not willfully staying away.
I can apply the same reasoning of spousal knowledge and trust to Dante. Dante should know in his heart of hearts that Lulu would not have had an affair with Dillon and not used that as an excuse to cheat.

Jane
Jane

Sam was misleading Patrick, her actions speak louder then her words. Telling him how she wanted a life with him, up to the minute Patrick finally said it’s over so lets not put Sam up as any saint. Sure Liz was totally wrong and probably should be committed. I do feel sorry for Liz and Jason probably should get custody of Jake.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I agree. Everybody’s dumping on Liz, and now Jason. What a jerk he is, after being OH so in love with her. I hope he was just angry and will go back and apologize. Not that I want her to take him back! But this thing is NOT all her fault. He had a part to play in this. After all, with no memory, he asks Liz to marry him (in the sweetest way possible!). He KNEW he might have a family out there. But he was willing to quit looking for THEM. And drag Liz into quite possibly a terrible situation. Not to mention this jerk said to her about bouncing between him and Ric. Really?! MONTHS before she found out he was Jason, she had chosen Jake. But then Hayden came into the picture. As soon as Liz found out about Ric’s deception, she told Nicholas she could finally be happy with Jake. THAT’s when Nick told her he was Jason. Yes, she WAS deceptive to keep the secret. But she LOVED Jake BEFORE she knew he was Jason. And he loved her! And yeah yeah yeah, Jasam and all. I don’t care, idiot, go back to Sam for all I care. But Liz doesn’t deserve your hate.

CeeCee
CeeCee

That is exactly the reason I called Jason a moron. What fool jumps into ‘life’ so fast without knowing what the heck is in his past? You do have a point, maddie. I didn’t stop to look at it that way; that is, Jason has had a hand in fanning the fire. Great observation.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Thanks for being fair, CeeCee. The deck has definitely stacked against Liz, she’s been made to look like a desperate ninny. Guess we have another catfight to look forward to, once Carly gets her claws on Liz .. lol.

Jane
Jane

Liz does deserve his anger, I mean who wouldn’t be yelling at her??
Carly is another hypocrite but isn’t half the cast? Liz’s is the BIG the lair
and Sonny a killer. Yes who asks some one to marry them NOT knowing who the heck they are? Jake Doe/Jason Morgan that’s who.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Oh yeah Jane, I agree, I knew Jason would be angry. But after he cools off, he needs to realize a few things. Mainly, that Liz has loved and cared about him for over a year, most of that time she didn’t even know he was Jason. And she hardly “trapped” him. He wanted to stay with her even after he found out who he was. He loved her VERY dearly. She lied, yes, and that was reprehensible. But she didn’t “trap” anybody.

Angela
Angela

It is not true that Liz is the ONLY one who cared, supported and believed in him. Sam helped him find out who is was, worked with him to prove Helena and Nik held his secrets. She also forgave him for breaking into her home, trying to kill her and blow up the Haunted Star. Carly fought for him, protected him from Sonny and PAID for his attorney. Just because Liz is the one who invited him to bed, doesn’t make her the only one who cared. Liz has never been an honest person. She has lied to every single man she has been involved with repeatedly, so no, she is not a perfect person. The problem with this story is that she didn’t just cheat Sam out of her husband, she cheated the entire family out of their father/son/cousin etc. Heck, she even lied to her own son!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Play it again, Angela!!!! Great post.

Fanny
Fanny

What CeeCee said !!!

K Ross
K Ross

Totally agree with everything you said. Well said.

k/kay
k/kay

I agree I think they did this to get the fan wars as I call them going again and getting people to tune in. Poor Liz living in denial Patrick nailed it when he basically said once Jason remembers Sam he would come back to her. I am a viewer though that now it is over so am I because I won’t watch the Sonny & Jason hour again they have other characters on that show that can tell a good story also.

Harry
Harry

Simply put, Lizzy played God with Jason’s life and we all know only Carly is allowed to play that role.
Kay, I don’t subscribe to those fan wars and think it’s actually possible to like both Sam and Lizzy at the same time

l raether
l raether

I agree!

Patrick
Patrick

Scoma60

YES! I am worn out .. with pressing how much Liz… will be kicked to the curb… raked over the coals… and given all the purgatory because , someone has to take the fall… and the beutiflly exquisite Liz… as the GH production know… will ??? come out unscathed… because of how beloved she is ! ??? darn tootin’ I love this woman

yet… at the very minimum… and least ??? !!!!! GH PRODUCTION… layer; and give; Rebecca Herbst that much more… and give her that backbone and steely resolve to put herself even moreso… because … she… as a woman… will not be denied ignored and will BE

am I coming from a character that should be fully realized ??? !!! of course… why not!

the men certainly know this… character wise… and … from the audience… she is HOT!

it want her sultry sex self UP ON at at em!

Liz Lives

k/kay
k/kay

@Harry In an interview with RC way back in May he as much said that is why he wrote Liz not telling the truth at the Nurses Ball. I never wanted Liz to get brought into this because I did not want to see Carly stalking her for six months. LOL Take care!

su0000
su0000

ok-
I have to say;

——– “All Is Fair in Love and War” ——–

((heh!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, Patrick…I admire your loyalty. I love Rebecca. Liz looks like an angel. But an angel she ain’t. You know that Elvis song? DEVIL IN DISGUISE? That’s our Miss Lizzie. And so is Carly and so is Sam and so is Valerie and so is Hayden. What to do, Patrick? Let Jason go everybody!! Give him the chance to regroup. At this point, to be fair, Sam is the only one who wants to give Jason the space he needs. Sam is his wife. I know….but, he may still want to be with Liz. He is angry. Liz deserves his anger. But, I don’t know how Jason will be able to turn off his feelings in a snap. What will happen when his singer fools off is up to the writers. We may wish this and that; ultimately what we want to see happen is inconsequential.
Yes, Patrick. Lizzie is flawless of face. Sultry? No. There is no sex appeal emanating from her whatsoever. She just does not have it! Hayden? Yes. Sam? Yes. Lizzie? No. Just my opinion, my friend. Later.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Correction…..what will happen when his anger cools off……( it just boggles the mind how autocorrect makes up these words)

cincydewdd
cincydewdd

Rarely in ANY medium is there a performance that makes the viewers forget that they are just watching an actress. Today, Brooklyn Rae Silzer crossed the line from cute tv soap child, playing pretend, to embodying a soulful, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking agony that I could feel burning inside of me. I’d challenge the best “seasoned” actresses to give that quality portrayal. Emmy for Miss Slizer, PLEASE!!!

aria
aria

omg, ok, first,little emma broke my heart, she was just so heartbroken, Brooklyn Rae Silzer stole the show.
i can’t believe Jason Thompson wants to leave GH to go play this other characters, thats all i got to say on that. Sam, well, i don’t know, she annoys me no matter what(the character not the actress).
my liz, its time you pay for being so weak, this is not who i wan’t you to be, so its going to be difficult watching the likes of carly and sam no so much anymore, but still it will be hard watching them smirk, but the sooner we get through this the faster we can get to you redeeming yourself. I will still have your back over sam or carly.
jason, oh boy i understand your anger and if you want to get back to Sam, go ahead, i’m not sure your right for liz or she’s right for you.
Robin, i hope all the people in your life finally get a clue, and when they rescue you, you need to ask your parents to train you extensively in hand to hand combat, weapon training, in fact ask your friend jason to train you so that when jerry tries to kidnapp you again you can kick his sorry ass.

k/kay
k/kay

I am sure JFP over at Y&R made him a better offer and the actor has had a hard time having another grown up relationship on the show because everyone was yelling about Robin being the only one for him. I am glad the reveal is over good acting from everyone involved.

Timmm
Timmm

JT is leaving because this great little scene between him and his daughter was few and far between anything else they gave him to do in 2015.

Patrick
Patrick

@Aria

ie: Robin : “…you need to ask your parents to train you extensively in hand to hand combat ”

so the truth

WOW! just knowing… GH production… will carry this lovestruck fan… SCRUBS LIVES! in to the sunset and beyond… will settle any unresolved and fastidious nature unbecoming… LOL

I’m so glad the character actress who plays lil Emma… with such fiest… as to roar with… Gramma Anna; is all the rest I’ll take

I like that you lot: “… I will still have your back over sam or carly ”

I will steadfastly reel Rebecca Herbst

Patrick
Patrick

“… An emotionally drained Patrick tells Emma they will go to Paris to visit Robin. ”

OK…

this just; wrenched me up

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Superb soap! Payoff was great as long as the writers DONT pair Jason and Liz up again. We have endured enough of them. Send him home to Sam for good!

JUDY K
JUDY K

GREAT SOAP AND I SO AGREE …..DO NOT PAIR JASON AND LIZ UP AGAIN!!!!! ENOUGH OF HER ………

Mister Media
Mister Media

Brooklyn did an absolutely awesome job. She is a truly amazing actor. Kudos to the writers as well, who gave her very believable and moving dialogue. I loved it when she said, No more girlfriends Daddy”. It really drove home how deeply a parent’s relationship affects a child. A brilliant day on GH all around.

Sandy J.
Sandy J.

Oh my goodness, that little girl tore my heart out! Brooklyn was absolutely phenomenal in Thursday’s performance [and she’s totally believable the rest of the time as well]. I’m so glad that she’s staying on the show and that Emma will be living with Anna, though I’m not sure how that will occur.

Since we don’t know exactly where Robin is being held, my best guess is that it’s definitely not in Paris. Perhaps Anna will talk Patrick into going there alone to look for Robin, perhaps never to return, and leave his daughter with her grandma.

Brooklyn’s closest competition, acting-wise, is the little girl who plays Faith on Y&R, and who did an exceptional job on Thursday evening’s Dolly Parton biography, right down to the Tennessee accent. Let’s just hope that TPTB on both of those soaps choose not to SORAS these characters in a year or so in order to make them teenagers. They have terrific young actresses already, and I think fans are really tired of the unrealistic aging of core family children just to create love stories. Yucch!

If the Daytime Emmies continue next year, I think they should create a special award for exception performances by children under the age of 10, in which case Brooklyn Rae Silzer would be shoo-in as the current year’s recipient. What a talented little girl, just as her TV mom was at the same age. Another star has been born.

Brett
Brett

I didn’t realise Brooklyn was staying, great news.

Patrick
Patrick

“I” would truly say… my hats off to.. and adore… and am smitten

Brooklyn Rae Silzer; Emma, GH
Lauren Boles; ex-Ciera, Days
Hannah Nordberg; ex-Josslyn, GH

Rose
Rose

Good stuff today. Random observations….

Emma was incredibly moving…hope her real life is way better and as a child actress she has very supportive parents.

Billy is finally getting to show his range as an actor on GH…put his smitten, lovey-dovey face with Liz against the face we saw today as he confronted Liz and walked out. Wow! And if Liz didn’t get it, part of the strong bond with Jason and Sonny were the absolutes…loyalty and trust…and she betrayed both. Don’t know if there is a path back from that. I know some say she stood behind Jake/Jason, but it was because of her own selfish reasons.

Another big black mark against Liz…she is also a major architect in Emma’s distress. If she had revealed Jake was Jason from the get-go, Patrick and Sam probably wouldn’t have gotten as far into their relationship, lived together as a family, and then got engaged…making it all that harder for Emma today.

Still can’t believe Anna, Robert and Patrick haven’t done more to unravel Robin’s leaving and track her down.

Kinda wish Olivia and Johnny had bumped into each other at the Haunted Star to see where that could go…again. At one time they had quite a relationship…along with her homemade cannolies, etc.

Soooo bored with Lulu, who has never been one of my favorite characters no matter who played the role, Dante, except when he’s playing cop, and Valerie. Feel bad they couldn’t have found a better role for her than femme fatale.

Timmm
Timmm

I didnt think of that. Yeah, Liz screwed over little Emma to.Damn her!

Patricia
Patricia

This was a great episode, soapy, tear filled, heartbreaking, beautifully acted and written. Jason, Billy, Kelly and Rebecca were wonderful. But it was Brooklyn that destroyed me. Amazing acting for such a young lady. I love GH, but I am rarely in tears. Today I was constantly in tears. Beautifully done. I smell Emmys!

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

Who is Elizabeth’s mother?

sue
sue

Interesting question! She and her sister came to live with Audrey as teenagers. I think Jeff (McGyver) was her dad (hoped he’d visit but never did) and I thought he and mom were missionary doctors or something but never mentioned her. maybe that’s why Liz is messed up….being dumped by her parents….

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I believe Liz’s parents worked for Doctors Without Borders, stationed in Yugoslavia at the time Liz came to live with Audrey in 1997 (?)

Margaret carini
Margaret carini

The caliber of acting on GH has been outstanding. Little Emma is most talented. She’s a keeper. I hope GH keeps her on.

su0000
su0000

The acting on GH is always top-notch..
GH is home to the best of the best actors..
When they get the material to strut their acting, they all do ”emmy” performances..

Sad, but Emma no longer has a connection on GH but Anna and the Anna charter lives a dangerous life, and not a good thing for Emma// Anna is not an at home mother character..
Emma will leave with Patrick.. It will be a good thing 🙂

Pina
Pina

How did Sam toy with anyone? She found out her husband was alive and living in the same for a yr. What is with these ELIZAHOE FANS? Seriously the only ones at fault for all of this honestly is Nik, and Liz so don’t blame Sam for any of this. Y’a
ll can never get over the fact that Jason choose to marry Sam and not that Elizatwat wench! If that skezer Liz would have said something Patrick and Sam would not have gone this far.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I totally agree Pina! I said the same thing several posts above.

Harry
Harry

I love Lizzy, but yes her actions were selfish and atrocious. She should have listened to Laura. Laura is ALWAYS right.
And yes, I don’t understand why some folks are being critical of Sam. She gets to be upset with Lizzy and is well within her rights.
I just hope little Miss Lizzy picks herself up from her boot straps, dusts herself off, and walks into the sunset as a strong, self actualized, confident woman who doesn’t need any man to make her feel complete.
She’s been a work in progress since the day she showed up unannounced at Grandma Audrey’s as a teenager ordering pizza on her Grandma’s credit card, drinking beer, smoking cigarettes and armed with nothing but an attitude.
Let her get back her feisty spirit and man, let her stop with the sniveling desperation which obliterates her sense of right and wrong. That’s not out Mizz Lizzy!

su0000
su0000

Hi Harry,,
Liz played a good game !!

——– “All Is Fair in Love and War” ——–

CeeCee
CeeCee

Agree with you Pina, a million times over. Nik is the root of all evil, which threw me for a loop since he is supposed to be the ‘good’ Cassadine. I still maintain that Helena hypnotized his brain, stole his real brain and replaced it with Victor’s or Stavros’s. Lol.
By the by? Is your full name Giuseppina? Italians always use the end of a name as a nickname/moniker. Just curious, forgive me.

Wanda
Wanda

It’s good to see the old GH back. Showing the true character of Liz and Carly. Emma is another Robin. Emmy time

Timmm
Timmm

Shes a little dreamboat and I wish she could stay but she needs to be with her parents. We can only assume shes acted this way off camera, wanting her mommy back and now that SHAM has hit the road, Emma is crushed and needs stability. This little girl is a great actor and I want to see her grow-up on GH but for now it would be wrong to ship her to grandma’s house!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I dont think Brooklyn is leaving.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Maybe Maxie could raise her… there is sort of a symmetry there right?

Timmm
Timmm

We finally have Robin and Patrick back together and soap or no soap Emma should be with her parents who are unfortunately off the show. What I think is best is having Emma visit Anna a lot and also she can stay with Uncle Mac so she can stay on camera and grow up on the show like Kim did.

Beth
Beth

Brooklyn — What a great performance–I cried like a baby — stellar!! Brava

Jeff
Jeff

Performances from all yesterday were amazing! A heartbreaking episode. I can’t wait for Carly to find out Liz knew!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Right? It’ll be worse than an H-bomb, Jeff. Lol.

Cherie
Cherie

Amazing all around Brooklyn was phenomenal better than some adults she deserves an emmy. I wish Sam and Patrick stayed together I use to be a total Jasam fan but I started to love these two as a couple breaks my heart a little. I hate Liz but Rebecca is always a powerhouse preformer.

Linda
Linda

All the performances were excellent. Brooklyn is a great little actress and I hope she stays on GH when Patrick leaves. I wish Robin would come home to her as she is so troubled by not having a mother and father living together. When GH ended today I wondered if Jason was going back to Liz to give her a second chance. I cant wait until Monday to find out!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Nope, hes going back to blast her again. No reunion for Jason and Liz.

Christy
Christy

I’m hoping Jason will remember 2006-2009 – back when Sam and Carly were terrible towards Elizabeth… actually Carly has been terrible for a lot longer. Remember after Lucky “died” in the fire above Jason’s cycle shop? Jason allowed Elizabeth a slow dance while she tried to imagine Lucky being with her… it only lasted a short moment, but Carly spied at them from the window and thought Jason was cheating on her and so she ran to Sonny and then they proceeded to both betray Jason, by sleeping with each other.

Liz has stood by Jason, saved his life a few times after he was shot and passed out in the snow… they had a secret hideaway to met each other (after Jake was born), they wanted to be together as a family, but his dangerous line of work was too scary to put baby Jake in the the middle of. He even proposed to Elizabeth, but then Michael got shot and it was a deadly reminder that mob kids really aren’t safe. Sam on the other hand, watched as baby Jake was kidnapped and did nothing to stop it. Then she hired a couple of guys with guns to confront Elizabeth and her two boys, to scare her away from Jason. She went to Carly’s and taunted her to tell her Jason & Elizabeth’s secret… that Jason was Jake’s real father. Naturally Carly started up with the hating Elizabeth and went on a typical rampage.

Wish he would remember how long he’s know Elizabeth, how long he’s loved her and all the times that Carly and Sam were just hateful. The two of them have done so many horrible things. I know Elizabeth kept this most recent secret too long, but I hope Jason can remember all the times she tried to tell him “something”, and remember how long she loved Jake Doe before knowing he was her longtime love, Jason.

And wish he’d remember Emily too. 🙂

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Its NOT love when you lie to a person, no matter what the reason for it.

Christy
Christy

Ha! True. But Carly and Sam have lied and cheated wayyyyy more times than Elizabeth, and Jason always seemed to get past it. Just like Sonny told Jason, that Carly has done a lot of bad things, lying to Sonny and he would be so angry at her, but always seemed to get over it and get back together with her because he loves her.

Christy
Christy

Majority of people who love each other always seem to lie about one thing or another, especially on a soap, and they seem to get over it. What Carly and Sonny did with each other all those years ago, betraying Jason, he seemed to get over it, as Sonny was still his boss and best friend, and same for Carly.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Wow…I learn something new all the time, Christy. Another good reason to make me despise Sam and Carly a little bit more. I guess compared to those actions, Elizabeth’s lie doesn’t sound as ominous. However, it still does not absolve what Lizzie did. One should never be afraid of the truth.

Erika
Erika

Brooklyn gave an performance not normally expected for her age. It was outstanding! Can’t remember what the last time a child actor her age performed that well. Hope the people in charge at General Hospital do whatever is necessary to keep her on the canvas. The kid pool at GH is going to get thin pretty soon. Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer) might not be available too much longer if his Disney show does well. And GH already let go of Hanna Nordberg (ex Joss). She proved last night in The Coat of Many Colors that she could play a wider range.

Patrick
Patrick

Fun post

I’m delighted that these child actors hold their own… and frontburner…

Jane
Jane

I am so glad I am NOT Liz right now.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Emma really brought it, she didn’t hold back, she REALLY let the waterworks, the pain, the anguish, just GUSH out of her! On rewatch, I noticed even a pro like Jason Thompson couldn’t hide his pride in her with a little smile. I am so sad this father-daughter team will soon be no more.

kaffen
kaffen

I loved Brooklyn acting today

Love Jason acting too

Love Kelly and Rebecca acting too

I’m ready for Sam and Jason going forward

Now it is Phase 2..with Julian and Alex is trying to keep them apart

Kevin
Kevin

Just watched the episode… I so would like to see Robin & Patrick in witness protection but unable to fathom Brooklyn leading such a life on the run & in danger. Abandon Emma, leaving her with Gramma Anna for her own good. And watch what happens to the girl dealing with her abandonment issues as she grows up in Port Charles!

Kudos to that little spitfire actress! Nicely done & genuinely portrayed – hoping you stick around, but if not on GH at least in the public eye! 🙂

JANET
JANET

Brooklyn could certainly give lessons to the other actors on GH. She made me cry. She really tugged at my heartstrings. I want mommy !. I can’t wait to see her and Patrick go to Paris, discover Robin is not there get Anna and Robert to come and they can rescue her. I don’t know who coached this beautiful child but she certainly brought it. Great work. Patrick, ?Jason always can bring the tears , Sam and Lizzie here we gio again. Liz may have been at the heart of emma’s pain, today but she kept Danny and Sam safe with no mobster hit man to live with. Carly , I hope falls off her high horse if she says a word. Remember carolie, all the pain you caused Bobbie and Tony. The pain she has caused Michael, Monica , AJ. etc etc, etc.Carly’s middle name is liar. Jake/Jason was a killing machine for the mob. Wonder if jake will be happy about that, and jump back in the middle of Sonny’s mob ? I will watch the end of scrubs, than its over. Toooo much mob for me. Plus I don’t care about the rest of the show. Laura came back a year to late. I did enjoy Emmas performance. and loved seeing carlos back. Anna didn’t kill him in cold blood but. The intent was there. Someone needs to tell TIIC to wake up and give us a soap not mobs are us.

madluv4ya
madluv4ya

I wanted to burst through the tv and hug that kid myself. Brava!!!

Janet
Janet

Yes, Carly and Sam have lied and behaved badly in the past, but Liz hiding Jason’s true identity not only hurt him and so many others, it was life changing. It would have gone on a lifetime if she’d had her way. That kind of lie is unforgivable. And, she is still talking crap to Sam, who should slap her face. That kind of lie if unforgiveable. So sorry JasonThompson is leaving. His scenes with Sam and little Emma were heartbreaking. Such a talent.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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