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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.

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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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GH’s Maurice Benard Launches ‘State of Mind’ Website

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “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.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Friday’s episode of General Hospital combined with Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, saw Daytime Emmy-winner, Cynthia Watros, run through the gamut of emotions in her portrayal of the duped Nina Reeves on her wedding day and the aftermath.

Watros, who made Annie Dutton of Springfield and Guiding Light one of the most memorable soap roles of all-time, showed GH viewers why she is just THAT good!  We have always said that Cynthia can play: drama, romance, torture, cray-cray, heartbreak all rolled-into-one; especially when given the material.

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In story, after part of the secret is out that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not really Nina’s bio-daughter – Nina, who has had everything she believed in fall in on her, tries to regain her strength to go back to Wyndemere to face Valentin, and move out of his house.  Once there to get her things, Nina tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that where she goes is no longer his business.

Valentin admits that he was looking for her daughter which caused this whole situation, but he also does not admit his part in the Sasha cover-up and that he was the one paying her to portray Nina’s daughter.  He even goes so far to insist that Sasha’s actions were all her own.  Nina still does not believe him.  After she packs her bag, and heads for the door. Valentin tells her that his life is meaningless without her. Nina basically says, “True, that” in so many words … and makes her exit.

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Next, with sunglasses on, Nina returns to the workplace at Crimson where she finds Sasha with Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucy (Lynn Herring).  She calls security and tells them all to get out.  Sasha then spins a yarn, much to the chagrin of the audience, knowing that if she implicates Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Valentin, Nina would be devastated.  So, Sasha says she acted alone and faked being Nina’s daughter, when she was contacted by her attorney, and she was in cahoots with the guy … until he suddenly died!  What!?  Nina looks very suspicious… and throws back that how would Sasha know how to change three DNA test results.  Sasha had an answer for that – she had a friend who works in a lab do it.   Nina still believes she could not have done this alone without Valentin.  Then, in a heartbreaking speech, Watros as Nina shares how she has lost everything: her daughter, her marriage, hope she even had a daughter in the first place, and the list goes on.

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And … let’s not forget Tuesday’s nuptials, which we gave our review and recap previously here.  It is there that Nina is first blindsided, and the betrayal, rage, and hurt displayed by Watros was all top-notch.  Here is Nina finally marrying the man she loves, whom she had to allow herself to come to trust all over again so she could be with him, even with all of the warning signs around her.  Not only does she have Lulu (Emme Rylan) spoil her nuptials with exposing the secret of Sasha, but then has to process the deception  which means to her that maybe she never had the child she so desperately wanted and believed she had all along.

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The Friday cliffhanger though posed an upcoming intriguing scene.  Ava (Maura West) showed up with a bottle of booze to commiserate with Nina at Crimson (The same woman who Nina literally ripped the baby right out her and kidnapped it in a heinous revenge plot).  Will these two wronged woman team up?  Will there be hell to pay?  That is yet to be seen, but without a doubt, Cynthia Watros is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

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James Patrick Stuart Finally Gets His Photo In The Hallways at General Hospital: Watch What Happens!

Where has James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin Cassadine) photo been all this time from the dressing room area at General Hospital?  Well, looks like we may have the answer to that question!

In a brand new video ditty posted by the folks at GH, Stuart is seen combing the hallways looking for his portrait along with the other major stars of the ABC daytime drama series .. problem is … it’s MIA! Something James takes notice off.

Then, in a time-jump (LOL), Stuart finally gets his big moment when he officially joins the ranks of the cast with his photo being unveiled right next to Maurice Benard’s (Sonny) picture.

The tweet accompanying the video relates: “Contrary to Valentin’s opinion… @japastu is having the best week ever.”   Of course, the tweet refers to Stuart’s character who has just had a disaster-filled wedding to Nina (Cynthia Watros)

Watch what happens below.

Then let us know what you thought of the clip and how much you enjoy the talents of JPS in Port Charles via the comment section below.

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