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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Chase and ‘Janelle’ Two Sides To Every Story?

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On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, viewers were given more of the back-story between Chase (Josh Swickard) and Nelle (Chloe Lanier) told through a series of flashback from their disparate recollections.

At the PCPD, over the phone, Chase thanks his former police partner, Abby for sending the files he had on one … Janelle Benson.  As he peruses through the files and sees the image of Nelle contained within it, and a postcard from Florida, Chase flashes back to his interrogation room and meeting suspect ‘Janelle’, when he was working as an officer in Maine.  Nelle was being questioned in the drowning of her fiance’ Zack..  Chase asks why the upset ‘Janelle’ chose to vacation in Maine instead of Florida.  She says it was so Zack could put space between him and his disapproving family.  However, ‘Janelle’ does admit going kayaking was her idea.

Next, she cries that she had to make the decision to try to save Zack from drowning, but thought maybe she might die too, so she decided to save herself, and not go in after him, in what was an impossible situation to be in.  Abby questions ‘Janelle’ about Zack changing his will right before they headed off for their vacation.  ‘Janelle’ lets it firmly be known that it was all Zack’s idea to change his will.

Chase believes ‘Janelle’ is innocent, but Abby thinks Janelle is played the helpless victim card.  Chase decides to release Nelle.  Later, Chase remembers traveling to Florida, because Nelle was reportedly being harassed by Zack’s family.  When he got to Florida, he recalls staying in a motel, and was set to meet up with her at a diner.  However, ‘Janell’e surprised him while he was half-naked in a towel and the door of his room.  Next thing you know, things get hot and heavy as she seduces him.  Chase flashes to them hitting the sheets and being in the throes of passion, and promising to take care of everything for her.

Meanwhile, Nelle and Michael (Chad Duell) are talking at The Floating Rib.  Nelle admits to Michael that she has a past with Chase, and her fear of him trying to bring her down now that he is in Pot Charles.  She says that Chase would do anything to get ahead in his career.  Michael asks if Maine was truly the last time she saw Chase.  She says it wasn’t, and says he followed her to Florida.

Now, as there are two sides to every story, Nelle flashes to coming to visit Chase at his motel room; where he is only wearing a towel . In her version, she portrays Chase as the instigator.  She start to cry and tells Michael that in her gut she knew that something was off about Chase, but she felt like she was drowning inside and he was her lifeline. Nelle says Chase became obsessed with her.

Then while alone, Nelle remembers how she was able to get Chase to go out to the store and get her some water after their hot sexcapade.. Once she is all by herself, Nelle calles the police to report misconduct by an officer at the motel.  Meanwhile, Michael has headed over to the PCPD to confront Chase.

So, which version of the story of  Chase and ‘Janelle’ do you believe? It appears Nelle has done a number on Chase. What did you think of Chloe Lanier’s performance where she can go from portraying the victim in a situation, to an evil bitch, with ease?  What do you think of Josh Swickard as the PCPD’s main cop, now that Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) is on his way out of GH?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I believe Chase’s version. Josh Swickard has made me totally forget about Dante. Swickard has star quality, there is a vulnerability and innocence that comes across in his performance that is very appealing. Nelle is the kind of character that keeps viewers coming back. Lanier’s performance reminds me of the ORIGINAL Carly, though sleazier and more evil. Good and evil together = interesting and compelling! Great casting choices by GH.

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Soaphound

100% agreement, Bradley. Josh Swickard is a real find and, though I hate that he fell for Nelle’s machinations, I like that he may help bring her down. Now, if only that tool Michael would wise up faster, we could move on.

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hi Bradley.. I like Chase and am looking forward to his development. He has just begun and there will be changes as we learn of his backstory. With both Dante and Nathan gone Chase is needed to carry the torch and that will take time. I recall when Nathan arrived he was ehh not so great and the viewers were up in arms over the no talent bad actor pretty boy model lol, but after time he grew into his role and became awesome, I feel Chase will also become. Of course Nelle is lying and Eventually, Chase will take… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

using newbies to prop other newbies. perfect of everything that has been wrong with this show since February 2012.

Lillian
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Lillian

Too bad we are losing Dante. Was enough to lose Maxie’s husband.

Satan
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Satan

If they really needed to fill the cop role, they need to get Jonathan Jackson back on board. Nashville’s final episodes are on the air, so he has to be done filming that by now. Bring back Detective Lucky Spencer.

And once he gets back into his routine at the PCPD, he can get the mother of his children away from the psycho serial killer. Or should I say, the serial rapist using the name of a dead serial killer.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Of course I believe Chase, but how anyone could fall for that little witch’s “charms” is beyond me! Like he couldn’t do better in his sleep! He is smoking hot but also very sweet and a little goofy, too. A perfect combination for daytime!

Jimh
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Jimh

Pot Charles-lol…yes the show has gone to pot-lmao!

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Just, saying ” when it seems like soaps “story” collide and it’s a free for all… may the best Serial – SHOW –

General Hospital : Nelle N Chase

Days of OUR Lives : Ben N Ciera

GH: meh . like @Soaphound… I feel like Chase is being soiled by Nelle up to the gills stank Corinthos’

DAYS : pulse quicken > this is like a two person Tennesee Williams PLAY ; gala premiere. Robert Scott WIlson IS THAT GOOD. STIR more please. am loving my Ciera Alice to bits

Lillian
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Lillian

Can’t stand this girl.pleasecrap up this story. And let everyone see the conniving person she is . For me enough already.

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dmr

I know that a lot of people do not like Nelle; and although, I am not really a fan of the two storylines (the past/pregnancy), I think that Chloe Lanier is a phenomenol actress. Josh Swickward came across really inexperienced in the flashback episodes, though (not sure, if he was trying to come across as nervous, being around Nelle, a woman he was attracted to, or an inexperienced cop, but it felt awkward to me). I would much rather see Nelle/Chloe Lanier on my screen, than that lousy Peter/Wes Ramsey who looks greasy, slimy, and can’t act for ****. For… Read more »

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Soaphound

I agree, dmr, and is it just me or, unlike most actors, does he get WORSE instead of better? In spite of Liesl’s evil imprisonment, I find myself wishing she would get rid of him. Doesn’t speak too well of Mr. Ramsey.

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So this is where all the soaps stories are– the latest news section rarely has anything related to soap story lines which is what I like the most from the old site. It is a bit of a pain to have to look under each soaps section to see any “action” on what is on screen, but now that I know there where to look I will — as for the topic– I am not a fan of new characters being tied to relatively newer characters–a soap should have a set of core characters and newer characters should be tied… Read more »

Nik
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Nik

I am so glad this storyline is coming to an end but I hope the fireworks happen after she has the baby and Carly is in the delivery room.

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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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Gregory Harrison Is The New Gregory Chase On General Hospital

General Hospital just got hotter as it beef’s up its storyline featuring Kim Delaney as Jackie Templeton.  Now comes word that TV veteran, Gregory Harrison has come to the ABC daytime drama series as the recast Gregory Chase.

The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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