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General Hospital Delivers Drama Filled Friday Cliffhanger: Spinelli Finds Out The Truth! Connie is Shot!

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If you have seen Friday’s episode of General Hospital (8/23) you know it was a fast-paced ride, with stories intersecting and heightened dramatic tension, and stellar performances, that made it one of the best episodes of the summer in soaps!

There were several standout moments given to us by several actors:  First, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), when Spinelli finally learns the truth that he is the bio-dad to Maxie’s child, which is now in the hands of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) and Lulu (Emme Rylan) was  pretty spectacular.  How he should find out the truth made this all the more dramatic! It was Ellie (Emily Wilson) who confessed her part in the cover-up and how she came to know that Maxine was carrying around this bombshell of a secret.  And the end of the episode, Dante and Lulu hear Spinelli going off on Ellie and come out of the hospital nursery to ask what is going on? Will Damian tell them?  What will happen when he confronts Maxie?

As for Kirsten Storms (Maxie), she has broke our hearts over the past several episodes, and on Friday’s episode we leave it with Maxie screaming for her baby  … her and Spinelli’s baby  … but everyone now thinks she is just delirious and they gave her sedatives!  Storms also was perfect in the scenes where she was once again reunited with her sister, Georgie (Lindze Leatherman) on Thursday’s episode when Maxie had an out of body experience!

And how about Maurice Benard (Sonny)?  It’s never a good thing to have Sonny in confined spaces, but no one places that wounded little boy and the panic that comes from abuse, better than Benard.   There were a few heart-stopping moments in the scenes with Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), and in the end when the elevator opens, he is on his way to see Connie (Kelly Sullivan) to work things out with her!  Only … Connie has been shot and is lying in a pool of blood! When we last saw her, she was being threatened by another solid performance by Sean Kanan as a completely drunken AJ, who wants to kill “the bitch” as he called her.  Kudos to Kelly Sullivan also. We still can’t believe they have killed-off this amazing talent!

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And if all that was not enough, we have “Derek Wells” aka Julian Jerome (William deVry) finding out he is Danny’s bone marrow donor match!  Then, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) fills him on the night Sam was conceived and what do you know? “Derek” is starting to look like he may remember that night too!  How will this all shake out?  Will Sam (Kelly Monaco) meet her father?  How will “Derek” explain to Alexis that he is Julian? Will he hide it? So many cliffhangers, and that’s what good soap is all about.

We can’t wait till Monday to see the pick-up of all the drama.  Kudos to GH executive producer Frank Valentini, and head writer Ron Carlivati, for ending the summer with a kickass episode that reminds us all why we love soaps!

So what was your favorite moment on Friday’s episode? Who gave your favorite performances? What do you think will be the fallout from all these plot points? Weigh-in below!

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Jp
Jp

Omg. Awesome episode. Brandon A. gave an Emmy winning performance. Kudos GH !

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Wrong name, not Brandon, Bradford!

heidi
heidi

All of the performances on Friday were STELLAR!!! However… Bradford, Kirsten, Sean and Maurice were incredibly STELLAR!!!. Bradford and Kirsten are two of my faves and they always deliver incredible performances and are very under-rated!!! I so wish Bradford were not going recurring… but he needs a chance to see what is out there for him. I selfishly would like to see him stay on contract and have the baby with Maxie bring them back together. Spinelli is one of my favorite characters and they have such a gem in that charcter with Bradford playing him! The possibilities for that character are endless. Maxie has the potential if handled right to be the next Tracy, Anna, Carly and Lucy all rolled into one!!! She is a great complex character that should be on the GH canvas for the next 50 years!!! They can give both KIrsten and Bradford anything and they knock it out of the park… whether they are being emotionally dramatic or comedic they are two characters that make my day when I get to see them play!!!

Maurice and Sean both were so good at emotionally heartfelt scenes and they should be commended!!! Everyone on this week was incredible!!! The show is on fire!!! I am looking forward to next week and every day!!! GH is must see TV and I am so happy it is back firing on all cylinders!!! I am loving my favorite soap and want more!!! Thank you to FV and RC and all of the writers, crew and the best cast in daytime… bar none!!!

randy
randy

amazing tv,,,it really was,,,but i knew the end was coming for connie so i just couldnt get into all the excitement…this is one of those oops in soap opera writing,,,this actress was just to good to let go,,the split personality was not used to fullness,,,they could have gone with one personaility in love with sonny the other with a,j, so many options…connie was one character that really kept my interest so so sorry to see her go,,,she would be one reason id turn into young and restless is if she turned up as new phylis in genoa city..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

How can Alexis and Derek/Julian not remember each other…people dont change that much…Did Ava, A.J., or Morgan shoot Connie…or as i agreed with Mary F on a previous post did Connie simply commit suicide?

su0000
su0000

Drunk and a 1 nighter 30ish years ago, nope they would recognize each other..
But seem the story jerked Julian’s memory, he knows, now.. he is a daddy lol..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I guess i didnt pay attention to the drunk part…lol…thanks for reminding me!!!

su0000
su0000

Connie did not have a gun to off herself, and she was scared and pleading for her life she had no plans to die..
It is now a murder mystery story; whodunit !! I like those stories and I’ll bet its not AJ..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I love whodunits too, and i agree with you it wont be A.J., but maybe Connie grabbed the gun from A.J. and it went off accidentally? But i hope its Morgan…he will go to prison, Johnny saves him from another inmate who tries to kill him for revenge against Sonny, and Johnny is released and befriended by a grateful Sonny…both men pair up to fight the Jeromes…i hope Ava stays for a long time.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

The AJ Connie had written in her own blood will stand for Ava Jerome…

Mary SF
Mary SF

The stress of being threaten could have caused Connie to disassociated into a different personality and one of her alters could have kill another alter, homicide but also suicide, since the alters are all in one body. AJ could have left the gun– I find it hard to believe it was Ava because that seems too obvious– it is not much of a whodunit if everyone already knows who the killer is. That is why I thought a alter of Connie might have emerged and did the deed– not intregrated Connie but a spilt Connie If Ava did it, then I will be disappointed because a good whodunit is the person you least suspect– like the butler— or the maid????

Patrick
Patrick

OOHHH God’ I so hope not… IE: about Connie.

could it be, that; with her illness… ? she was such a strong… came on like gangbusters… and fans and critics alike… lauded Kelly Sullivan.

I, like Randy… above… I couldn’t get in to her exit.. because of how GOOD SHE is.

she’s an actress that was so natural at her delivery.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

There is a possibility A.J. left his gun behind…Connie, under a lot of stress, picked up the gun and shot herself or it accidentally went off…Then A.J…who was drunk…returned for the gun, seen Connie laying there and fled with the gun…or Connie grabbed the gun from A.J. and it accidentally went off causing her to shoot herself. Maybe Ava witnessed everything and knows exactly what happened but doesnt come forward to not get involved but Kiki finds out and makes her mother go to the police just as A.J. is being sentenced to the electric chair? possible…but i love a mystery no matter how it turns out…

Patrick
Patrick

didn’t Ava… say something to the affect….

that… Jerome changed his looks? ie: plastic surgery? that’s what I thought I heard her say… when they first met up.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

He probabaly did change his looks but another poster pointed out they were drunk(which i obviously missed)

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

The AJ Connie had written in her own blood is a clue that Ava Jerome…not A.J. shot Connie and Ava probably did it while A.J. was momentarily passed out…Ava was gone by the time he had awaken…

Patrick
Patrick

@jim.

Wow… this is going to be a mystery and a half.

Shay
Shay

Is it just me, or do the Jeromes seem to be not very well-organized? Thus far, they haven’t been too on top of things, sort of sloppy, just winging it…. and then when all looks to be falling apart ,well, Ava simply gets her gun!!!! For supposedly having spent years plotting this major coup in PC, Julian and sis appear easily thrown whenever their plans go even slightly awry. Let’s just say they both come off a bit….mental, maybe????

Mary SF
Mary SF

It doesn’t get much better on a soap than Friday’s GH. For me Spinelli finding out he is the bio-dad and his lady love covered it up was pure gold. And Derek realizing he is bio-dad to Sam was good too. Both men having different reaction to the news they are fathers was a nice contrast. Can’t wait for Monday to find out what happens next, which is how a good soap story should make you feel—

Bina
Bina

My favorite part if the show was Spinelli finding out he has a daughter. Finally, the truth is revealed. I don’t want Lulu & Danté to suffer because this truth is finally out though. I guess you can say it couldn’t have happened at a better time because at least they really hadn’t bonded with the little one. It was only fitting that they named her Jacqueline (only if they knew the significance of that name) I can’t wait to see the reaction of Spinelli once he finds out what they named her. Looks as though, Ellie has lost Spinelli anyway by withholding this piece of information from him. That part of this is very sad 🙁

Ghlover
Ghlover

Way to go GH!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

DITTO!!

su0000
su0000

I was impressed!!
Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) was great as a ‘serious’ actor..
He should get more high drama scenes/stories and not always be written as a sidekick wing man..
Give Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) more hard drama!!!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

Spinelli – “…I’ve never felt anything like this”

Ellie – “you had intercourse, with Ellie”

therein begets drama…. comedy…

5 days a week!

Ellie.

I hope the fallout isn’t her blame.

didn’t she swear to hide the secret from Spinelli w/Maxie?

Spinelli should be mad at Maxie most

I was more relieved with Mac & Felicia…. that “their” daughter, made it through.

Patrick
Patrick

oh damn! I ruined the punchline…

Ellie: “you had intercourse, with Maxie.”

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

i heared Ellie goes to hospital roof and Franco tells her to jump…true or not…will she!?

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

I was sad for everyone especially Spinelli, his acting was spot on. My heart ached for him. Also Sonny in the elevator, he went right back to the closet his Father put him in.
And Maxie’s scenes with Georgie. WOW!!!!!!!

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

GH is on fire! Love how all the secrets and family ties are coming together. GH has one of the best acting troupesmin daytime and they knocked it out of the park. I also enjoyed when Julian/Derek figured out he was the guy Alexis was talking about. My favorite part was when Olivia saw the blood coming from under the elevators door! Reminded me of The Shining! I gather some of you think Ron & Frank have destroyed GH but I think differently. Sure, all is not perfect but its pretty darn close. Im enjoying the show more than ever!

Emily
Emily

Yes!! Bradford Anderson killed it!!:) Emmy nod and power performance:) The range that he delivered, wow! Nice to see him more than a tech guy, few minutes of detective work and Spinillisms. Looking forward to the rest of the drama, the fallout from the secret.
Also liked Sonny’s performance being trapped in the elevator, they tapped into his claustrophobia b/c of Deek.
Loved seeing Georgie again, like she never left, the way she was guiding and helping Maxie, the chemistry between the sisters and great acting from Lindze. Not to mention the kiss for Mac and Felicia (tissue time).
It’s all tying nicely together, really enjoying the storylines and scenes.
Going to love when Robin returns:)!!

Patrick
Patrick

ditto – the chemistry between the sisters and great acting from Lindze. Not to mention the kiss for Mac and Felicia (tissue time).

especially those kisses from Georgia

Emily
Emily

Thanks Patrick:) I also liked when Felicia was walking towards “spirit Maxie” and looked like she was headed rgt for her. The “ghost” moment was played out nicely too:)

heidi
heidi

Agree completely!!! Loved the scenes with Georgie and Maxie and Georgie and Mac and Felcia… just so sweet and so well done!!!

Emily
Emily

Thanks Heidi:)

Shay
Shay

Never cared much for Georgie….she was always just too prim, plain and proper for my taste. Thus, I have had more than my share of her….she came, she saw, and now she can go again. I am tired of all the “Jones” family drama without Frisco being included…..it’s just not right! Please send Mac and his “bride” off on an extended honeymoon so Maxie’s real father can come back and help her make things right with her own little miss and Papa Spinelli.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

G.H. is must see tv…for now!

Patricia penn
Patricia penn

I would like to see Georgie brought back to General Hospital in real life. The ghost scenes were very touching but I would like to see the real Georgie return

su0000
su0000

GH is excellent and puts Y&R to shame..
I like thrilling harder drama..
GH has it!!!
We can not have it as good as the past weeks all the time on GH because stories need to build to the wow point we just watched, that takes time, but when the time comes FV, RC and crew knock it out of the park!!!!

I also like the speed .. that we don’t have to wait years to find out, but it all comes out rather quickly..

Rose
Rose

All last week was epic. Absolutely amazing and heartbreaking scenes all around. Gh has been stealing my heart all year. And this week was reminder so I don’t forget how much I love this show.

aria
aria

GH and everyone were on their A game , love everything but the biggest mistake under FV and RC regime wish is getting rid of such great talent like Kelly sullivan, it really sucks.

Patrick
Patrick

I have to put it out their as well.

the biggest mistake under FV and RC regime is getting rid of such great talent like Kelly sullivan, it really sucks.

Shay
Shay

If only it had been the “candystriper with the magical stethoscope” (aka Sabrina…) instead…….very few would have mourned THAT loss!!!!!!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Maybe Kelly wants to leave. Maybe she has other obligations .

Lisa
Lisa

I think there are many of us not happy with getting rid of Kelly Sullivan..she was not meaning she was killed off… that I suppose is to send Sonny in a tail spin..AJ will be blamed, Michael will be torn between two fathers,, and the Jeromes will make their moves… Connie never did get to tell Sonny what she knows about them,, did she… also Britt isn’t prego from Patrick her sick mother stole the Lulu/Dante Embryo , that will come out they will have their baby and Maxie and Spinelli will have their own crap to work out with the ginger too….
Can they please bring JASON back I can’t stand that John.Silas character he brings no life to Sam… why can’t JASON come back as a guy who looks like Jason but isn’t Jason lol!! And the kiki thing,, ridiculous,, really is there only one girl that she they could find?? Either make her star and recast kiki or do away with it..it is so stupid,, bring back star that would be an interesting four way story….

Jared
Jared

GH is very good right now. I remember the days of swearing off abc, but it appears Frank & Ron have done a good job dusting off this heirloom of daytime and making it fun, relevant and dramatic again, so I’m watching. GH & DAYS are my favorite shows right now. Very well done on the turnaround, guys! Having said that, I’m heartbroken about Connie. Whether played by Megan Ward or Kelly Sullivan, Kate/Connie has consistently been one of my favorite characters on daytime. Plus she’s the only person who could make Sonny tolerable to me. I truly believe she was the love of Sonny’s life. Sorry Brenda/Carly/Olivia fans. This is a heartbreaker for me. I really wish Frank & Ron could have kept our beloved Connie alive.

Patrick
Patrick

but it appears Frank & Ron have done a good job dusting off this heirloom of daytime and making it fun, relevant and dramatic again, so I’m watching. GH & DAYS are my favorite shows right now.

I echo your take. BOTH GH & DAYS are on par excellence…

so nice that i’m not the only one… who endears what Kelly Sullivan has accomplished.

I’m heartbroken about Connie. Whether played by Megan Ward or Kelly Sullivan, Kate/Connie has consistently been one of my favorite characters on daytime.

A newbie this lauded…. applause, Ms. Sullivan.

Patrick
Patrick

operative word… on Kelly Sullivan.

“Consistent”

with natural ease… complete take… she fully embodied character play and intrigue

my best to Kelly Sullivan.

Li
Li

I thought GH on Friday was fantastic! AJ was awesome! But Spinelli was fabulous and so realistic- some of his best acting yet! I can’t wait to see what happens now. I am sad that it looks like Connie is being killed off. I hope that she miraculously gets through this shooting and just decides to leave town so she can be safer somewhere else. I still think Sullivan is such an amazing actress and it bewilders me that GH has let her go. I do wonder if it was AJ or someone else?? Finally GH is getting good again, in my opinion it’s been a mild summer Port Charles. Bring on the Robin return, Britt baby lie, Maxie’s downfall and Derek Wells. I like him- a lot. It’ll be fun fall!

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

Gh is good

Spin had his moment

Connie is done

Derek Wells (Julian Jerome) is gonna make Sonny C. Pay!

And Silas and Sam is getting hot!! Film Noir chick (Ava) is gonna be a headache!!!!

All-All GH is doing much better then the YR!!!!

Eat you Heart Out …….Mr. Burton

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

plus Robin is coming back!

I Love GH
I Love GH

Loved it!!!!

Kat
Kat

Keeping the focus on the core cast is the key. When they veer into Kiki/Franco land, I just fast forward. Roger Howarth belongs on OLTL as the one and only Todd Manning!

Kat
Kat

Franco is now irrelevant. He’s not the Danny match, not Kiki’s father, and, in my opinion, not really a Q. Heather lied!

Patrick
Patrick

Franco? who is he now? he’s been on long enough… and it’s like any rescue of character and/or redeeming… and or finding his place… went nowhere?

perhaps it’s that clean slate mode… and Roger Howarth does have fan pull his way.

1. i’m kinda glad he’s not kiki’s father… her screeching and loud behaviour I can see less of. immature as well.

2. how will Carly now see him? it’s been so long since Carly’s had relevant story… is she wavering? from the canvas? what would she do now? bed Franco again… and we’ll imagine it’s Todd… Please don’t waste julian talent… with her either.

you cut to the quick… right. LOL… I am definately not treading or fine lining… Silas… I just hope he as well isn’t Kiki’s father…. and start showing some pairing with Sam now… forever and a day… he’s on track, IMO, with his direct approach to Sam/daniel/rafe… and his position at general hospital…

kiki…. not so much interested at all…. featuring her in this “summer teen angst” blah… story comeback… was tiring and bleak to see any promise for all three of these characters…. michael/kiki/morgan. it’s no longer that interesting that michael and star kiki… find themselves.

franco – he’s lucky he’s roger howarth… but.. where does he go? if he isn’t a q… and what… backpeddles to Carly? you said it perfectly… from an audience viewpoint… irrelevant.

Shay
Shay

No, he’s more like a blank canvas….heis now free to be anyone he (and RoHo/Cartini) choose him to be….a fresh beginning, so to speak. I think it is all according to plan, to make Franco2.0 more palatable and redeeming in nature. But instead of using the predictable means we thought we saw coming, there will be some surprises along the way. I don’t mind the slow pace of the journey after the frenetic intro to the revamped character…kind of adopting a wait and see attitude, since I like RH and respect his acting abilities. About the only thing I really don’t want to have happen is another pairing with Carly….she and Todd were fine together, but this time around I would like new direction for both LW and RH.

Shay
Shay

P.S. I’m with you, Patrick, on the doubtful claim that Silas is truly Kiki’s father. That is just a cover story Ava is using to protect her daughter and even more likely, herself!!! As I have previously mentioned, something really is not right with that Jerome clan….think there are an awful lot of skeletons to be yet unearthed!!!! All I know is that it is getting a bit crowded on the “paternity go-round” at this point….a bit too much of who’s your daddy going on in PC!!!!

Jeff
Jeff

Bravo GH!! Friday’s episode knocked it out of the park. GH is much more exciting than the Y&R and should be #1 in my opinion. The Y&R moves at a snail’s pace with the same storylines played out over and over again.
The acting of the GH cast is always stellar!!

Daisy
Daisy

This is what Ron C. does best…weave stories together until there is this awesome reveal. It came sometimes be painful getting there but its definately worth it!

Jane
Jane

Her name is not MAXINE.

dmr
dmr

An amazing week in Port Charles! Loved the scenes between Luke and Sonny! Loved seeing AJ in his downward spiral! Loved the Kate and Tracy scenes! Loved finally seeing Franco! (Besides the Michael, Kiki, and Morgan fiasco storyline, loved it all)!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I really GH a lot on Fri. episode . The **** hit the fan! Major KA-BOOM! AWESOME! Will be watching today for sure.. Can’t wait to see what will happen next.. Again really enjoyed GH episode on Fri.. In fact, I always enjoy watching GH!

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I really liked Spinell’s performance ! I hope he tells LuLu & Dante the truth that he is the father & Maxi is the babys mom..

jeremy
jeremy

I for one loves GH. I cannot wait for todays episode, and the rest of the week. Love it, love it..

Matt
Matt

Amazing amazing amazing! Carlivati blows me away with his sense of timing and plotting.

Donna
Donna

When Kelly Sullivan took over the roll of Connie/Kate from Megan Ward I was disappointed because I really liked Megan. However Kelly really made that character her own and did so with excellent acting! Not many actors can play dual characters with such conviction and believability. GH, you have done your viewers, Ms Sullivan, the other cast members and even yourselves a disservice. Shame on you GH!

Lisa
Lisa

I agree,,, I loved Kelly as Kate/Connie she was amazing as Connie. Both but how funny was she with Todd?? Lol! 🙂 she was great with sonny too. I was very host that she died,, I never saw that coming and not happy it did at all. However, did you notice when she was writing the initials in her blood she had a smile creep across her face,, slight but definite..

Ghlover
Ghlover

So Sonny finds Connie but waits until blood is coming put of her mouth to call 911…Did you guys hear that 911 call? Jesaus i hope i never need him to help me!! Also i am tired of Kelly Monaco. Where was the emotion in her performances during the Danny saga? I dont even see real relief and joy now that their is a donor. I like better Silas with Ava.

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

Don not bet on it

Kelly and Silas for the win

I loathe Ms Lana Turner wanntbe

ja scott
ja scott

oh my god — they killed Connie! you bastards!

Christy
Christy

you know another twist would be that Maxie was actually carrying Dante & Lulu’s child AND the britch is carrying another child for them as well… dashing the “truth” coming out about Maxie & Spinelli’s baby existing at all… but now Spinelli knows that both Maxie and Ellie kept what they thought was the truth from him….

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Not Ava, we would lose Maura!

Shay
Shay

Okay….now that we have dispensed with poor “Connie,” may we now return to the stupendously sublime shrew of sangfroid, Dr. StrangeO.???? Her absence has left such an unwelcome and overwhelming void these past few days…..

General Hospital

GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

Photo: JPI

Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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