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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
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Phil

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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Monday, General Hospital will finally be airing a new episode – the first in months due to COVID-19 – which had previously shut down production of the show.  Now with safety protocols in place, GH will become the first ABC network show back on TV with original installments.

GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini spoke to ABC 7 Los Angeles’ entertainment guru George Pennacchio on the legacy soap opera’s return and picking up the story where things left off.

Valentini offered up for Monday’s episode: “The very first few seconds of the show, I think, will blow a lot of the audience’s mind because there’s a big surprise that we inserted in.”

Meanwhile, viewers know that their is a major custody case going on for Wiley/Jonah, and that Mike’s (Max Gail) battle with Alzheimer’s could wrap in the coming months if the story continues as it had before the shut down.

However, Valentini shared that fans have some very exciting things to look forward to on GH: “There is a bang and a surprise and a twist and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

In addition, Pennacchio reports that the GH Nurses’ Ball will return sometime in August, which usually airs in May, but didn’t, because of COVID-19 this past spring.

As to how GH will handle the love scenes, the kisses, and the intimate moments between characters which are a staple of the genre during the health crisis, Frank expressed:”Physical intimacy is limited.  We’re going to leave a lot more to the imagination.”

So, what surprises do you think are in store as previewed by Valentini when GH returns with new episodes? Comment below.

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Hartley has been subbing for series star, Kelly Monaco (Sam) and according to Daytime Confidential is filling in only for a few weeks in the role,

Lindsay tweeted when the news broke: “Some big shoes to fill…precious too. I hope you enjoy watching Sam as much as I have enjoyed playing her, temporarily.”

In addition on Friday, Monaco’s mom, took to Twitter and informed a fan of Kelly’s the status of her daughter’s health which was good news that she will be back (as it looks as of now) on Monday to tape new episodes of GH,

Carmina Monaco shared:”Kelly is great and should be back on set Monday. 14 day quarantine after a breathing problem with mask 1st day back. 3 negative Covid test, I’d say she is better than great. Thank you for all of the love,”

GH fans are eagerly awaiting new episodes of the long-running ABC daytime drama series to begin airing, and they won’t have to wait much longer as this coming Monday, August 3rd, the story picks back up.

We look forward to Kelly’s return to the series in the role she made soap-famous, while Lindsay takes over to keep the character present in the storylines.

So, what do you think of Lindsay being the temp recast for Kelly? Glad to know Kelly is doing OK? Share your thoughts below.

 

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It has always been about safety face for the cast, crew and more that make Port Charles a place that millions of viewers have come to love over five and a half decades.

On Monday night, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) shared on her Twitter account her thoughts on her first day back to work and to filming on the set, and to let all of her fans know it all is looking A-OK.

Nancy expressed: “1st day back. The uncompromising detail & apparent hard work of all involved have my deepest respect. I felt safe, protected & more importantly that my being there was safe for others. Organizing this took epic care & I applaud all involved @GeneralHospital @Disney @ABCNetwork”

General Hospital follows The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless who now have all gone back to taping new shows, as well,  (DAYS is targeting a September 1st return, but has episodes through mid-October banked).’

In addition, GH will begin airing new episodes next week on Monday ,August 3rd; which has come as wonderful news to fans of the series who have been watching encore presentations over the last several months,

So, happy to hear from Nancy on GH’s safe return for cast and crew?  Comment below.

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