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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Dante Leaves A Devastated Lulu Again; What Did You Think Of The Exit Story?

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As we head into the new week, last Friday’s General Hospital brought with it some mighty tears for fans, and the actors, who invest in the couple known as “Lante”.  In story, a fractured Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), after being tortured on his mission that took him away from his wife, Lulu (Emme Rylan) and the rest of his family, must leave Port Charles to get help from the WSB to try to deal with his severe PTSD condition,   While his mission seemed accomplished to bring down Raj, in the process, Dante suffered horribly while in captivity in Turkey.

Thus set the stage for the quick exit of Dominic Zamprogna.  The Daytime Emmy-nominated actor came back for a short ten-episode run to further the story along, while he remains off-contract with the show.

So, how does Dante tell Lulu that he is leaving her again?  At home, he begins by telling his wife he should never have come back.  Lulu is confused as Dante tells her he doesn’t feel like himself and that he has changed, and he doesn’t know how to change back to the man he was before the mission – afraid he could hurt her and his family.  Dante sadly, but firmly, tells Lulu that the kids Rocco and Charlotte, and her, are the most important things in the world to him.  He has to get help away from Port Charles to protect all of them.

With a bag packed in hand, Dante said he already has said his goodbyes to their son.  A devastated, hurt, and emotional Lulu asks, what should she tell his parents and everyone else who asks for him? Dante expresses that he is broken inside him and he had to get it fixed.

Then in an important point to note, which opens up the possibility of story for Lulu, Dante wants his wife to promise him she’ll be happy and to live her life.  Lulu responds that she will not give up on him, and that she can’t have a full life if he’s not there with her.  With tears flowing, she tells her man that she will wait forever for him if she has to.  But, Dante makes it clear that forever is a long time. Dante exits, but not before telling Lulu he loves her.   Her life turned upside down again, Lulu through her tears says, “I love you, too.” Dante walks out the front door.   We end with a shot of Dante heartbroken on the other side of the door as he is leaving behind the woman he loves, but he knows what he has to do.

So, what do you think about how GH chose to write-off Dante this time?  Do you think this helps free up Lulu?  Do you hope GH and Zamprogna eventually reach a new deal to bring him back to the show full-time? What did you think of these final scenes, for now, between Zamprogna and Rylan?  Share your thoughts via the comment section bellow.

 

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Phil
Phil

In a perfect world Zamprogna would return, but if that is not possible then at least recast. I would suggest Jeff Branson!

Mary
Mary

I would like no recast. I want to see Lulu finally come to the realization that Dante is permanently gone. No more waiting for Dante to show up or not. Time for Lulu to accept what Felicia long ago accepted. Dante, like Frisco, chose to go off for parts unknown rather than stay home. Lulu needs to find another man who is willing to stand beside her and co-parent the children on a daily basis.

Satan
Satan

Well at least they didn’t kill him off… other than that, it reminded me of Bo Brady’s “return” to Days of Our Lives from a few years back… most of it wasted on scenes out of the country. At least Dante got to play out those scenes in Turkey with Sonny. But not much time with Lulu or the rest of his family.

Realistically, how long could a WSB “un-brainwashing” program take?? I would think he should be back within a few months. And they can pay him with the money they were wasting on a dead-end character like Nina.

Bren
Bren

I wish they would bring him back for good, he is good he’s like a very important presence that’s missing from this show.

Michael Teale
Michael Teale

This was an incredibly sad exit storyline for Dante and Lulu. It’s not going to be the same without Dom as a part of the GH cast.

Ginny Bowen
Ginny Bowen

Wonderfully told and thoughtfully acted!!

Steve
Steve

No mention of the welts on his back or the overturned table? Seemed rushed, just like his previous exit.

Similar to his last two years when DZ was under contract- the writers wasted his skills.

No need to recast, when they can’t write for the character.

Davy
Davy

Totally agree!

Connie Vanslyke
Connie Vanslyke

Love Dante and Lulu together wish he would come back and stay.But he has other things he wants to do.

Patrick
Patrick

Mike -AND – Dante : RING IT UP. knocked out perform IE: this past Wednesday heart searing tug: as Dante “can I share something in confidence ” the total honesty as best Dante – COULD – share; him not even fully knowing the full extent of what happened to him so he shares his fears with Grandpa… AND Max Gail DELIGHT as ever… is just as heart rendering.. BECAUSE PEOPLE.. this was Mike best lucid moment.. and he shared it with Sonny son.. his grandchild. from the start of their conversation : Mike : “I use to be some one who is all their; what you going to do ?” “my head may be full of holes, I can still tell when some thing is going on” to bring this spotlight full : “Mike to Dante” sharing one of his best times .. the night you spent the night in jail with me. (when Dante volunteered , so he wouldn’t be alone) and when Mike shared when he was working at “Charlies” he rented a room to Dante. you know, this just hit, home run after home run. thee one bond between two solid actors. leaving me with the impression… that this is @GH farewell… to Mike and to Dante. AND to @GH and their audience. what more is their to do ? it’s been dragged out so much…. I WILL SAY emphatically… I saw not one scene that bonded or meant any thing between Mike and Sonny ; Mike and Carly ; SURE their were hugs and smiles all around but nothing like what we witnessed with Max Gail and Dominic Zamprogna. as for Dominic acting : from this time around.. we saw layers of intrigue with so much potential.. to be tapped REELED and continue his EMMY Nominations. he’s that GOOD. what the eff is going on with Frank / Shelly / Chris … let me give you proof on his dullard troupe. EVERY ACTOR who is being swallowed up in the Shiloh debacle just stink. COME ON !!!! did big daddy Sonny truly … have to go to TURKEY .. to get his son and bring him home… did Sonny “faking” is death , and/or taking one for the team.. leave us all that bereft … NO .. because , what ? Robert Scorpio couldn’t have brought him home? and it’s not Robert fault that he doesn’t know that Dante feels like he has been brainwashed ? whatever is going on with Dante… with good writing… he can truly ring up shade, intrigue, genuine softness, AND his dark side is just as illuminating as Jon Lindstrom. PLUS he looks good in a suit… so corporate him. @Frank Shelly Chris – this was the tourdeforce scene in which to culminate in the most endearing “HIRE” of the past year… hiring Max Gail. YOU are not going to ring out any scenes with either Sonny or Carly. they do not ring up that way. it’s time to leave well… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

Max Gail lit a fire under all his co-workers. the one other actor who truly .. TRULY, shined w/Max Gail.

Rebecca Herbst, Liz… she was at the chapel the night of the earthquake, waiting for Franco. another stunning HOUR as he waited with Liz…

notwithstanding, the always remarkable.. Stella.

WOW do these three actors have something to remember.

recall post : I was all of 14-16 years when I first happened upon Max Gail.

his smile… lights up our world

robert
robert

so lame

Kay
Kay

Why bother with him. Should have just killed him off. The character of Lulu should meet and get involved with a dynamic actor. GH needs some freshening up!

Rodd
Rodd

I was revisiting the whiplash I got when they wrote him off the first time. As the scenes with Lulu played out, I kept asking why it was so difficult for him to tell her that he felt he’d been brain-washed. Why did he (or better yet, the writers) feel the need to keep those words from his lips? It would have softened the blow a little. And is Anna going to reveal that he’s in a WSB facility for de-programming?

Dominic was a true asset to GH. They lost any focus on him years ago. However, when he was given something to play he knocked it out of the park.

I hope he returns full-time soon.

Patrick
Patrick

the – one – scene which riled

it’s like they have to put them in every way they can… meaning Frank Valentini and Shelly AND Chris… speaking of Carly and Jason @metro as Dante is sitting their having a drink

as Dante acknowledges them… as they share they are glad to see him and glad he’s back.. which would have been OK… good enough… serious overkill. but no.. they have to show Carly sharing what Sonny told her about his and Dante TURKEY trip.

bit by bit; blow by blow… as Carly loud mouths ALL her scenes and is the least feminine. as she shares something like your father beat out the WSB and brought you home. UGH ! it’s just near torture

I hated that when the bar back dropped a ??? cart of dishes… the sound just affected Dante AND he picked up a knife… and lickety split he man himself with dead pan eye boldly holds Dante like imprisoned.. rendering him helpless

Dante … uncharacteristically weakened apologizes like meekly.. AND he leaves

it just smarts that this scene was unnecessary.. wasn’t the dream enough and flashbacks of.. with Lulu.. enough.. as if any audience hasn’t seen with. they had to have Carly and Jason sitting there after the fact… exclaiming what was that all about. ??? made me sick of them that much more

Janeway
Janeway

Over the past ten years phenomenal actor Dom Zamprogna has taken the character of Dante off the script pages and created an amazing, indelible character. Cocky, fearless Dante, as undercover Dominic, ( & madly in love with Lulu) courageous and steadfast as family man/ cop Dante and now a new Dante, as broken and scarred. Dom has amazing range and chemistry with everyone on the canvas. I was ecstatic to see Dom return and to be willing to reprise his role in the future. Dom is Dante, there are no substitutes, IMHO. I couldn’t see replacing him anymore than I could see replacing Maurice, Tony or Genie. The connection Dom shares with Emme Rylan is unparalleled on current GH, as evidenced by the way Dom’s exit blew up SM and had even non Lante fans saying they cried like a baby. This visit showed just what Dom ( and Emme) can do with the right material and intriguing story line. I hope TPTB Take note and bring back Dom sooner rather than later.

Ricky
Ricky

This was a great way to exit. The acting was so powerful. I agree with Phil, if Zamprogna returns that would be great but if not, recast with Jeff Branson. Or bring Jeff Branson in as the new police commissioner as Jordan would have to resign because of health issues and take her character in a different direction. As police commissioner, he would have great chemistry with the DA, Margaux Dawson and create a triangle with Lulu. Hmmmm.

Patty
Patty

Would like to see a PTSD storyline play out. This hasn’t been given that much attention in the soap world as of yet..

Jackie
Jackie

Wonderful acting and SO sad. My heart was breaking for both of them. NO recast of Dante for me. It wouldn’t be the same with someone else.

Payla
Payla

Bring Dante back

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In a cool move, the powers-that-be at ABC’s General Hospital, had Laura (Genie Francis), the now mayor of Port Charles, name none other than former commish, Mac Scorpio (John J, York) as interim police commissioner while Jordan (Brian Nicole Henry) recovers from her kidney transplant and needs some time to recover from her medical ordeal.

Now while the show is making sure in story it is stated that Mac is the temporary person in charge of the PCPD, for many longtime fans of the series, they remember fondly when Mac held down the position for years.

In the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, York said on the surprise story turn: “I was thrilled when Frank Valentini (EP, GH) told me!” He added that he was advised there was great story coming up, and added, “That’s fantastic! I can’t wait to see what is going on.  However long it lasts, I’ll take whatever I can get and I’m really looking forward to being back in there.  There is a whole nee squad. a whole new group of people. I don’t even know who these cops are anymore!”

Shortly after being named commissioner on Monday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Mac is already getting wind of some criminal activities and things that seem way off; from Lulu’s (Emme Rylan) new assignment with The Intruder, to his brother Robert (Tristan Rogers), being pushed out of the WSB and forced to retire, and much more.   Can Mac get the police department to solve some crimes ..> for once?

So, what do you think of John J. York getting to be back in action at the PCPD? Do you hope somehow the story turns and remains in the position even after Jordan is well, or are you hoping Jordan can get back into the swing of things fast and return to her job? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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The tidbit on her part that was revealed is that she will share scenes with Maura West (Ava Jerome).

Cartwright’s first episode will air sometime in early July and it will be a five episode arc.

Last seen in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,. Cartwright has worked in TV and film since 1961 amassing a huge amount of acting credits including the motion pictures: Witches of Eastwick, The Right Stuff, plus the above mentioned credits.

So what would Cartwright’s mystery role have to do with Ava J.?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Around the same time, actress Elizabeth Hendrickson revealed on her Instagram account that she had wrapped her  run on the ABC daytime drama series, with a photo of her in front of the GH studio sign expressing: “It was an incredible year on @generalhospitalabc playing Margaux. Thanks to all my new friends, It was truly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. On to the next!”  Hendrickson began playing Margaux in 2018.

Now it will be interesting to see who becomes the new DA of Port Charles.

As for Hendrickson, rumors have been swirling that she may be returning to Y&R now that Adam (Mark Grossman is back on the canvas, and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and Kevin (Greg Rikaart) are coming back.  Could Chloe be far behind?

So, send your well-wishes to Liz on a job well-done, and let us know where you are hoping she turns up next via the comment section below!

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