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

Mary
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Ginny Bowen

Wonderfully told and thoughtfully acted!!

Steve
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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
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Davy

Totally agree!

Connie Vanslyke
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Connie Vanslyke

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

Patrick
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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… Read more »

Patrick
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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
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robert

so lame

Kay
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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
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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… Read more »

Patrick
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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… Read more »

Janeway
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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… Read more »

Ricky
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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
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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
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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
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Payla

Bring Dante back

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

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

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