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GENERAL HOSPITAL Delivers Emotional Ensemble Cast Performance As Nathan Passes Away

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In Tuesday’s mega-episode of General Hospital, the cast of the ABC daytime drama series was given some heartbreaking material from the writing team, and they delivered it in spades with a compelling five-hankies installment, which illustrated just why the show about to turn 55-year- old this April has some of the most powerhouse performers in television, and they are right there in Port Charles.

In story, Detective Nathan West (Ryan Paevey), while he made through surgery is still in critical condition from Faison’s (Anders Hove) bullet, while Griffin (Matt Cohen) tells the family they think they got all the fragments near his hear out, but they have to keep an eye on him very closely.  This set the stage for heartfelt goodbye after goodbye as this was to be the final episode of Ryan Paevey, who clarified yesterday that he did indeed make the decision to exit the soap.

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Kirsten Storms as Nathan’s wife Maxie, tried to be strong talking to her husband who had not woken up yet about their unborn child, and trying to keep a brave face while knowing deep inside he was slipping away from her.  None more evident than when Maxie asks Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) to sit with Nathan for a few minutes while she gets some air.

Maxie heads towards the bathroom and we see her meltdown, while next she gathers herself together to go back in to sit in the hospital room with her dying husband. Dominic Zamprogna illustrated once again while he is one of the most understated and fine actors on the canvas, as he sits near his police partner, and thanks him for his courage in multiple life-saving situations.  Dante knew in that moment he may lose his buddy.

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Anyone who has a brother or a sister can relate to the heartbreaking scene brought to life by Michelle Stafford (Nina), as she sits by the brother she idolizes, and who took care of her and got her through her horrendous years before her coma, and after her coma.

Kathleen Gati, as Nathan’s mother, Liesel, who made so many wrong decisions, but for the right reasons trying to protect her son in the end from his father, Faison, was also poignant.  At the end of the episode, Maxie sits alone with Nathan.  He finally opens his eyes, and tells Maxie he loves her and flatlines.

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But that was not all the emotional drama going at the hospital! Finn (Michael Easton) tried to convince Anna (Finola Hughes) to give their relationship a shot.  Anna, who is trying to cope with the mess caused by her nemesis Faison, and her feelings for Finn, cannot allow herself to commit to a relationship with the good doctor as much as she desperately wants to.  Finn tells her that it could be dangerous and messy but it’s worth a chance, so please give them a shot.  Anna can’t, and walks away with tears filled in her eyes.  Again, another fine performance by Finola Hughes.

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Then, viewers finally got some answers as to the brain-mapping of twins Jason (Steve Burton) and Drew (Billy Miller), when Jason made his way into Faison’s room at the hospital. Faison told Jason how this whole plot began, because Jason had brain damage, and Faison’s mind control technique wouldn’t work on him.  Faison mentioned that he learned of Dr. Maddox’s brain memory mapping technique, and how he came upon navy seal files of a Jason lookalike,  Andrew Cain, and it was a happy and surprising coincidence!

Next, he tells Jason that his other son, Henrik delivered both Drew and Jason to Maddox for the memory swap procedure. Later, Faison handed Drew over to Helena, and Jason was supposed to die! However, Henrik double-crossed him and kept Jason. Faison then tries to strike a deal with the hit man when Jason asks where Henrik is. Faison admits he’s hiding in plain sight under an alias, and to ask his brother about it, because he knows more than he realizes.

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Later, when Drew and Sam (Kelly Monaco) make it to General Hospital, Jason fills them in on what Faison said which puzzles Drew. Meanwhile, Peter (Wes Ramsey) looks to be covering-up and out maneuvering the people of Port Charles, as all roads seem to lead to Mr. August being Faison’s son.

So, what did you think of the death of Nathan West?  Which goodbye scene was your favorite?  What did you think of the performance of the cast?

What did you think of the explanation thus far of what happened to Jason and Drew? Comment below!

 

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James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

This was so sad but very well written and extremely well acted. Kathleen Gati , of course, shined with every action she took as Liesl. I don’t know if this episode qualifies to be on anyone’s Emmy rell but if it does, I hope every actor who was in yesterday’s episode submits his and her name. It would make a very tough decision for that so-called blue ribbon panel.

dmr
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dmr

I absolutely love Kathleen Gati-a phenomenol actress in both comedy and drama! Kudos to Ryan Paevey and Kirsten Storms!

Terri Skarzynski
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Terri Skarzynski

Kathleen Gati broke my heart!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, James…we are kindred spirits….with a soft heart. To me, Liesl took her agonizing mother’s role off the charts. I did say, that her scene was Emmy-worthy…..
I felt her pain, as only a mother who has lost a child, can feel, tap and delve into.
Kathleen Gati is one of the most gifted thespian I have ever had the privilege of watching; in awe!!!!!

Shay
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Shay

Absolutely, CeeCee! Kathleen Gati stole the show! No matter what emotions are required, this fabulously talented lady delivers without overdoing it! I absolutely adore the character of Liesl Obrecht and hope she will be on the proverbial warpath for her once-beloved Cesar’s scalp to avenge their son’s death! As I previously suggested, paired with Anna, these two could be Port Charles’ own “Dynamic Duo” to make Faison pay for all of his dirty deeds! (Oh, and Britta most definitely should get compassionate release from her prison sentence in order to attend her brother’s funeral service.)

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
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Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

I love Kathleen Gati and she is incredibly talented. I enjoy every minute of her on GH-yet at the same time always fearful they will kill her off or remove her, since they don’t really seem to value women-especially those over 50-on this show.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

So right, Celia. What does this phenomenal actress need to do to get a nomination? Stand on her head and sing “Springtime for Hitler”? Wait…she could probably carry that off, too!

Jimh
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Jimh

She will probably learn Nathan was never her son…switched at birth because of Faison and the reall Nathan is still out there-lol

mike
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mike

An incredible actress who owns that character. Always delivers even more than is on the page.

Steve
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Steve

With Nathan gone and her getting fired from the hospital, what is there left for Liesl to do? Take Franco’s scraps? She wasn’t even on his mini-guest list last week.

Shay
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Shay

Liesl and Franco could have made for a truly interesting May-December romance…at least they had a lot in common as Port Charles’ resident pariahs.

Debra m
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Debra m

Agree with everything you said. Kathleen was amazing. I am just worried now with Nathan gone if she will be written out. How about getting her involved with Sonny’s father, who is returning?
I cried during yesterdays episode. Everyone did an awesome job. You could just feel Maxies anguish. Will miss Ryan. Nathan grew on me as time went on and the actor himself added sparkle to the role. Wish Ryan all the best.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I can’t see Dr. O leaving her grandchild to-be. She, Nina and Maxi might bond now as family…and it should be interesting when they find out Heinrich is Nathan’s brother. He’ll be facing some femme fatale wrath…with Anna (who is probably his mother) on the other side.

Steve
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Steve

Kirsten Storms was the best she’s ever been. Kathleen Gati always delivers — her scene with Anna was powerful. Wish they threw in a sympathetic scene between Liesl and Finn.

For the first time, Lulu has no parental figure to lean on as Luke, Tracy and now Laura are all gone.

Parking Lot Peter is still flat. Hard to decipher what Faison was saying. And was there no money in the budget for Mac & Felicia? They’ll probably show up today and pretend they were there the full time.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Beautifully done; hated it.

Richard
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Richard

Please come to the Bold and The Beautiful! Talented eye candy is always welcome! Thorne’s long lost son? A new guy in town!?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Actually he’d make a great Thomas Forrester…but he doesn’t want to remain in soaps. He has his own jewelry line and he’s interested in action films. Believe he’s throwing his hat into the ring for those and other type movies…which is why he chose to leave GH.

Katherine Evans
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Katherine Evans

Michelle Stafford’s performance as Nina…. wow…. Really made you feel all of the feels. I think everyone did a fantastic job with this storyline.

Shay
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Shay

Actually, I wanted to smack her——Liesl and Maxie were so effective and genuine in their respective portrayals of grief and Nina just felt like her usual intrusion into other people’s scenarios. I know she considered Nathan her bro, but her spiel was just so self-serving…and then when she went on about how he turned out to be a good guy despite growing up in privilege, I thought, whoa….talk about reverse snobbery!!! As if! At least one saving grace to Nathan’s exit is to never have to hear Nina calling him “Jay” over and over again….drove me up a wall.

Chrystie-Delancey
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Chrystie-Delancey

Agreed!

Jimh
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Jimh

What would had made me finally like Nina…if she jumped in front of Nathan and taken the bullet instead!!!!

Angel
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Angel

They actually grew up together…his first name is James he didn’t become Nathan until he was an adult

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, jimh!…..that would have worked for me!!! Instead we were subjected to the latest opportunistic chance for histrionic Nina to take a chomp out of the old Port Charles scenery….she just had to make this tragedy all about her!!!! If Maxie had put on the same attention-seeking show of shock and grief, it would have been understandable since she is Nathan’s widow, after all, but in comparison to Nina, she was grace under pressure—-beautiful and dignified in her expressions of sorrow! Ditto for Dr. O…..although I did appreciate her snappy, snarling takedown of Lulu ala Dante….I hope we shall… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree Shay, Nina was so annoying! Stafford gets so little to chew on, she saw this as a rare opportunity to shine but it was the wrong time and of course, Nina is the wrong character for her!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree, Katherine Evans. Her portrayal of the grieved sister was spectacular. We knew the incredible brother/sister bond they had from the beginning. He was so sweetly protective of her and she adored him. And, she too, was very protective of him. One of the best brother/sister relationships ever on GH. I loved how, even after finding out they were actually cousins it never broke their sibling bond. The way Nina handled it (and the way Michelle played it) was perfect. She was somber but contained. She respected Maxi as his wife…knowing it was Maxi who would get priority when… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

What would have been more appropriate is if Nathan’s REAL sister (aka, Britt) had been given a day pass to visit her dying brother so she could say “So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!”

Reed
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Reed

Always enjoyed Ryan’s portrayal. It was easy, comfortable, and understated—stiff worked for me. I especially liked the pained looks during the Ass Man Landers story (yes, I too heard “ass” every time–it allowed me to enjoy the story more), which I found oddly endearing as the makeshift placeholder that it was to carry on in Kirsten’s absence. A solid performer, another one of Mark Teschner’s finds, I’m sure. As an aside, as we look to possibly fill the void, can we please keep Frank from any more parking lot casting decisions? Given how appealing (read sexy, as well as capable)… Read more »

dante williams
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dante williams

I agree with all of that. Valerie has been underused and mishandled since the beginning and she is just one powerful storyline away from becoming a beloved character. She’s a Spencer for God’s sakes, so there’s no excuse not to expand her role, but what can we expect from a show that dismisses characters that are not only important to the show, but anchor the show, are the center of the show, like Laura? Bobbie and Laura should’ve been guiding the whole damn family, and that awful affair with Dante never would’ve happened. I loved her in the Christina-Parker story… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Dante Williams…To say Nina “has not gelled into the canvas” is a true understatement, indeed, and I share your hopes that this purely superfluous creature shall finally be sent packing from Port Charles! I also agree that Kathleen Gati is an absolute joy to behold anytime she graces the GH canvas…no matter what is asked of her, she handles it with the greatest of aplomb! As for the necessity of Val’s return, that is where we do part company. Given Dante’s tragic loss of his policing partner, it would hardly be appropriate to foist this near-homewrecking chippy in blue back… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

I Completely Agree!!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Agree with everything you said Reed. I’ve mentioned Valerie sporadically; she’s a gorgeous model who can act as well…they bring her on and then…nothing! Complete wasted opportunity. First, we STILL don’t know who her father is. How ludicrous was it for them never to explore that??? She was never embraced by the Spencers…granted…her affair with Dante would be, ummm, a “stumbling block” to her and Lulu bonding. 😉 But Bobby? Carly? Lucas? They just dropped the entire story/character. I also loved her with Kristina IF they were to make her bi. Not a big Krissie/Parker fan. I’ve also entertained the… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Oh, where we differ is I actually like Peter/Heinrich. Wes’s style…just has a cool vibe. Kinda slinks…like a cat….

Reed
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Reed

Rebecca, I’m not opposed to Wes either, he’s doing a good job and has a nice screen presence. Too bad he was tagged early on as both Laura’s (Wright) boyfriend and Frank’s infamous parking lot hire. Neither serves him well, as we’re all hyper-sensitive to the casting decisions since Rebecca Budig’s abrupt departure and Steve’s return, and more recently, Genie’s shabby treatment. Keep giving us stories and performances like this week and all will be well…but not forgotten, of course. We’re watching you FV! But more importantly, we should be watching GH. So good!

rose
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rose

Rebecca1/Reed…agree about Nathan’s time at GH. It was nice to see him grow as actor during this time. Coincidentally I just saw Dee Wallace in a “Murder She Wrote.” Touched by her performance as Luke’s sister and Valerie’s mother in the Fluke story. Always felt it was a wasted opportunity to expand the Spencers. Seems the writers didn’t know what to do with Valerie after Dee’s character died. To make things worse they made her the “bad girl” that put her affair with Dante in motion. All the while Lulu did her thing, and damn everybody else because she knows… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think we’re in the minority, Reed. Literally, I’m not sure if ANYONE here likes Wes other than you and I! Okay…HERE’s where we disagree! 😉 I wasn’t upset at Rebecca Budwig’s departure. Found her boring…she’s the one character (newbie) that really was out of place for me. Didn’t like her with Nicolas; didn’t like her with Finn. Much prefer Anna and Finn and will probably hate when Hayden comes back with the baby… Rose: I don’t think the opportunity for Val has passed. Unfortunatley they don’t seem to want to give her one and I can’t figure out why.… Read more »

rose
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rose

Rebecca1…Add me to your minority. I kinda like Peter/Heinrich. He’s not just another walk on.

As for Val, if you want to keep the Q’s alive and follow the Charles Street/mayor story, another possibility would be her mom/Dee having a relationship/marriage with Mary Mae Ward/Edward Q’s grandson from years ago. Unfortunately, they just don’t make Edwards and Lila’s anymore.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Rebecca and Reed, I’ll stand with you and say I like Wes Ramsey. But I don’t understand the “parking lot” references at all. What is that referring to? I even tried googling and couldn’t shed any light on why he’s being called “Parking Lot Pete”?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Haha…welcome to the Peter/Heinrich club! Our numbers here are growing…we’re up to four! 😉

The story goes that Wes was taking Laura Wright (they’re dating) to work and they ran into Frank in the parking lot, I believe. They started talking and a few months later Wes was offered the role.

Reed
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Reed

Soap Opera Digest 11/10/17 issue, Wes recounted his chance meeting with Frank while dropping Laura Wright off for work one day and several months later it led to the role of Peter. Hence, Frank’s parking lot hire (makes for good copy). Purists feel strongly that Frank has overtly made over GH into something unrecognizable by foisting his former OLTL writers and actors onto us. Those folks have the misfortune of being labeled “friends of Frank,” or FOF. Perception is reality, and we’re a tough crowd, so in wanting the best for our show we can be a little unforgiving. Wes… Read more »

NoraE
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NoraE

For those of us with law enforcement and first responders family members, who have faced these situations IRL, this was very hard to watch. Ryan Paevy’s sweet smile as he faded away was heartbreaking. I suppose interviews with RP about the ‘last of seeing Nathan for now’ means he will return in dream sequences nearer the birth of his and Maxie’s baby–or as a ghost ala Stone. The look on Valentin’s face as he watched a devastated Nina showed that he was at least indirectly responsible for Nathan’s death. At least that’t what a hissing Faison implied. Things are beginning… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

Everyone involved did a beautiful job! I had to let go of the anger I feel about the Genie Francis situation in order to really be able to appreciate the fine performances that these other wonderful actors were giving in such an emotionally sad story.

Haven’t watched today’s episode yet, but I hope someone gets to really beat Faison to a bloody pulp (not the actor, of course). I’m sure people will be standing in line.

Timmm
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Timmm

Good for you. Genie will be just fine.

magen vincent
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magen vincent

Dont kill nathan west off the show

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Always strong performances from GH thesps, but who really can make sense of this whole Fason plot? Or wants to?

I love a strong emotional arc and this day delivered.

Fanny
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Fanny

Terribly sad for the three women in Nathan’s life, who now
have to live without him in theirs. Not to mention Dante,
who lost a friend & partner… Amy will also be heartbroken.

Shay
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Shay

And don’t forget, Britt, Fanny! Hopefully, she shall soon return to Port Charles to mourn her bio-brother’s loss, as well!

Fanny
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Fanny

@Shay…Unfortunately I did forget Britt, due to her absence…
Although, I always felt he and Nina had a closer more loving
bond. Regrettably Kathleen Gatti/ Liesl, DID NOT get enough
air time to grieve… Her character deserves so much more, she
belongs at the hospital where she was meant to be. This show
has the potential to be GREAT…Considering it has a fistful of
Exceptional actors, they should be utilized respectfully.

Shay
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Shay

I don’t know, Fanny, I felt that Britt and Nathan really bonded over their shared difficulties—-even embarrassment—-in coming to terms with having the infamous Dr. O. as their mother…it put them in a relatable situation only the two of them could have understood. For me, Nina was always about her own neediness and possessiveness of Nathan as belonging to her…yet, as Officer West became more well-rounded and mixed with others in Port Charles, his previous links to the Reeves family seemed much more tenuous and unimportant. But I absolutely agree that the always magnificent Kathleen Gati was not given enough… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

The story’s not over yet, Fanny. I think (hope) we’ll see a lot more of Dr. O…bonding with Maxi and Nina…we haven’t seen the last of Olbrecht’s grief or wrath.

rose
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rose

Seems changes are happening at the being of a new year and full moon. Sorry to see Ryan leave. And good luck to him. Can’t blame him for wanting to see what else is out there. Just wish that he didn’t have to die in case the writers want to bring him back. This has also been a double hit for GH since the Genie news. But maybe, maybe there will be a re-think on this decision. Hope so. Especially with outcry of the fans who are upset about losing her and how it went down storywise. Then there is… Read more »

Sue M.
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Sue M.

Liked Nathan .. Too bad he will not be on GH no more!!

Sue M.
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Sue M.

🙁

Sue M.
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Sue M.

Don”t like it one bit !!! They ended his character much too soon!!!!

su0000
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su0000

I didn’t cry.. Nathans death was sombre as it should have been. Too much talking for me, I did FF some of it. I did not FF; Faison’s (Anders Hove) Michelle Stafford (Nina) Kathleen Gati (Liesel) they were outstanding BRAVO! They were the best of the episode. I do not want Faison to leave!! I want to keep him, forever!! He is the best of the best BRAVO! I am excited for the Drew story, what he knows and how it will be brought out it will by far be the best of upcoming stories.. The Sam, Jason junk needs… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

su000, we are agreeing yet again–scary!
I did not cry either. Nathan seemed like an all around good guy, but I never invested much emotion into his character.
He is beautiful to look upon and seems nice.
He’s the guy in high school whose yearbook is filled with these type of signatures–“You seem like a nice guy, wish I could have gotten to know you better.”
Really, it felt like watching Superman die. Therefore, his death did not feel real to me. Superman always comes back.

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, Harry! I experienced the same lack of emotion regarding this character’s death. He came, he went, whatever! Although I have nothing against the actor who portrayed Nathan, I found the Valentino-esque proportions of grief expressed by so many women—and a fair number of men, too!—over this character’s passing and RP ‘s departure awfully OTT. He willingly chose to leave for greener pastures and I wish him well, so that is hardly worth whipping oneself into a frenzy of tears and sorrow. Peavey’s rabid fanbase can still follow him elsewhere…it’s not as if he’s fallen off the face of… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Harry and Shay, It was not, necessarily, the “death” of Nathan which has wrung people’s hearts…..but, the superb acting by everyone involved in the “death” scene…. even Amy, for once, wasn’t annoying. As I said on another site, Kathleen’s , ” Mein liebchen und mein Sohn”, tortured invocation did me in—heavy-hearted—shattered…that’s all Liesl needed to say….Then there was Kirsten/Maxie—–she must have tapped something so painful within her core for rendering such an outstanding performance. She was in a fog—almost robotic, but for the tears streaming down her cheeks… And, albeit neither of you is a fan of Nina ( LOL),… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Yes, CeeCee, the performances were above the usual standard…..though that was not at all out of the ordinary for Miss Gati…she always delivers and I do want to see more, more, more of her superbly portrayed Liesl—-sad, bad or whatever!—-in the wake of her son’s murder! Kirsten’s Maxie was also extremely effective without being too much…she’s really still in shock and only coming to terms with her loss now, so I trust we shall be in store for many more moving moments with her. As for Nina, I simply cannot handle this character’s OTT tendencies which are always bubbling just… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Dooley noted Celia, Yes, the performances were compelling and beautifully done. I found Dante to be the saddest because the actor is so understated. It’s the quiet interjected into the emotional reaction which usually gets to me. If a character is constantly yelling, screaming and emoting, then when they really have something to cry about, they leave me cold (see Aunt Stella). As I said somewhere before, Stafford finally won my approval the other day when she tried to offer comfort to Lulu. She stopped shrieking and posturing and suddenly, she seemed like a real live human being who was… Read more »

Chrystie-Delancey
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Chrystie-Delancey

What I don’t understand is why they had to break up Maxie and Spinelli to have her with Nathan only to kill him off? I realize it has been a few years, but it still does not make sense.

John Paul Murphy
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John Paul Murphy

Um, because the actors playing both Spinelli and Nathan chose to leave the show…. and the show must go on for Maxie.
What exactly doesn’t make sense? The only other solution is to recast (which is challenging with popular actors) or to fire Kirsten Storms when her co-stars left the show. How would those options have been better?

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

So this guy is allowed to be snarky to my question and I my calling him on it is not approved?

Celia
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Celia

Snarky? Ahhh, Chrystie, my love…..that ain’t nahtin’.
Oh, how I feel you!! There should always be a courteous answer, I know…..but, courtesy left with Lord Byron ( who really was not that courteous, LOL)…. might as well add levity to the ‘snarkiness’.
There are always options, Chrystie. You have a legitimate question. These actors sign a contract….when the end is ‘a-neering, they either renew, or not, or they may be given the boot…….no one is really permanent….. whimsy!!
Sometimes the show gets hit just as much as the actor…..and, we, the fans, are left wanting….

Kim Jackson
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Kim Jackson

The writer could of replaced his role. This world is hard enough, let some good in the soap be. Nathan West character showed there is good! Now Maxie is a widow, another fatherless child will be born

jeremy
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jeremy

and the BEST DAYTIME DRAMA, GOES TO (GENERAL HOSPITAL)!!!!
KUDOS, TO ALL ACTORS AND ACTRESSES 😉

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

I return from an extended leave and this is what I find. What a mess! Nathan is gone. Good bye, Ryan, I hope you find what you seek, in your young life. I agree with all those who are cheering KG on. She deserves an award much more than some who have been nominated. She is wonderful, as a person and as an actress. Genie, I will wait for you. You are the best, my dear. That is not the only mess. My name mentioned in vain here? Toxic. “Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t know you had the authority to… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Welcome back, Francesca!…Both you and your words of wisdom have been much missed! (I sincerely hope your ears were not burning during your absence…however, please do know that there were those of us who mentioned you with only the kindness, affection and respect you deserve….) I echo your sentiments regarding the phenomenal Kathleen Gati and incomparable Genie Francis….these two ladies have certainly raised the bar of excellence for all those acting on the GH canvas, and it’s a true shame that neither has received the accolades and screentime that their considerable talents should be commanding from their showrunners and peers.… Read more »

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

Thank you, #Shay, for you welcoming comment. Civility has never hurt anyone. It does seem to have gone out of style. General Hospital included, my dear. Finola is definitely the definition of class, as is her character. I do hope she stays for an unlimited time and for the people in power not to pull a Genie, whom I cherish, on us. Cosi’ e’ la vita. As for Burton, I have not been a fan of Jason since he became Sonny’s side kick. I have been watching for a long time, and one word has stuck in my mind. From… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

My dear Francesca….Ci incontriamo di nuovo! Please excuse my delay in responding to your gracious post!…As with so many things you have stated in the past, your thoughts on the subject of “civility” are spot-on! Alas, so much that speaks of class these days is considered passe’ by far too many….which is why I always admire your own “stylish” take on the many issues we broach here…both of the soap and life variety! I do hope you’ve not been dissuaded from commenting on a regular basis by those hooligans who seem intent upon holding court here….if good people like yourself… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

P.S….Buon San Valentino!!!!!!!

Darnell
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Darnell

The most amazing episode I’ve seen in a very long time. This is why GH is the best. The cast performance was brilliant. Kirsten Storm delivered a powerhouse performance as Maxie. Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford was amazing. Kudos to the writers,,,, they should have let Nina go in on Faison.

Chris
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Chris

So may I get an honest response? What brought this about? Why did Ryan choose to leave?

Lin
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Lin

Supposedly Ryan Pavey got it a job making movies for the Hallmark Channel. I assume if the truth be known that GH could’ve kept him if they would’ve given him time off to make movies. Though he hasn’t said that he just said he wanted to go on and spread his wings or whatever. However I doubt if that GH gave him an offer or he could do both. And how stupid to kill such a character off in my opinion. They could’ve given him all kinds of storylines where he went off to get further training or whatever and… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Actually, Chris…Ryan doesn’t appear to want to be a soap actor anymore. He’s interested in action films and has said he’s looking for work in that area. As said, he’s also been in some Hallmark films (LOL..quite the departure from action films…but he’s diversified!) and has said he’d be open to doing more for that channel. He also has his own jewelry line. Not sure if he’s hired anyone yet but he designs and crafts it himself. Time consuming… So, it doesn’t seem he wanted the option of being recurring or being able to have time off. I have a… Read more »

Janie
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Janie

I really will miss Nathan, He was a good actor. and very nice on the eyes. He will definitely be missed. was anxious to know how Maxie and Nathan would be as parents.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

WOW, WOW, WOW…this is what good writing and acting is all about…so character driven and bravo to everyone at GH involved in this story line…

Timmm
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Timmm

Kristen and Ryan were amazing. Hard to hear some of Faison’s dialogue but I liked the scenes with him and Jason. Nina was way over the top! I wish and hope Maxie pounds Cindy Lou Who into the ground!

Shay
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Shay

@Timmm…I see you got the “Dr. Seuss Memo!” Lol…..

Nik
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Nik

General Hospital folks are so stupid to get rid of Nathan and Laura. Nathan’s character was a balancer among so many nuts and to Laura would have made a great Mayor and I am sure the writers had something good for her. For GH to have Alexis to run for Mayor is so dumb since she is a recovering Alcoholic, Moll Girl, flighty but she is a great lawyer but she needs to stay in the background since we know she and Julius will get back together. Great work GH for shooting yourself in the foot when it comes to… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Exactly, Nik….The notion of substituting the phenomenally-flawed Alexis in place of the morally-upstanding Laura in the mayoral race is wrong in every way possible! I truly do not understand the showrunners’ obvious desire to highlight this obnoxious, sanctimonious character over much more interesting and substantial women in Port Charles…At best, she’s a hot mess of a knock-off Cassadine with no real historical ties to Port Charles, so why she is given so much screentime is beyond me…especially since as you say, she’ll be back to her same old over-exaggerated erotic escapades with her abusive gangster ex before you know it…hardly… Read more »

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: General Hospital, B&B’s John McCook and Y&R’s Mishael Morgan Take Top Honors

Friday night, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ (NATAS) 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in 15 categories on a live telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.  When the dust settled, it was ABC’s General Hospital who took the night’s top prize for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series.

This marks GH’s continued record-breaking number of wins in this category and brings it up to 15 victories for the iconic show, which is currently in its 59th year on the air.  GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini accepted the award on behalf of everyone connected with the show, when Drew Barrymore presented the final award of the night.

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The night also brought with it the historic win of The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair). The actress became the first black actress in Daytime Emmy history to ever take home the Lead Actress Daytime Emmy.  In the emotional highpoint of the evening, in terms of acceptance speeches and significance, Morgan spoke to the current generation breaking glass ceilings.

Morgan expressed: “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”  In her speech, Mishael shared: “I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do, Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation they can strive to be the best.”

Veteran actor, John McCook who has played Eric Forrrester on The Bold and the Beautiful for over 35 years, finally won his first ever Emmy after four previous nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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The Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series trophies went to two standouts from General Hospital, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus), while Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), added another mantle to the GH trophy case with his first win for Outstanding Younger Performer.

Days of our Lives writing team led by Ron Carlivati took home the gold for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, while GH won for Direction.

The biggest winner in terms of total gold belonged to The Kelly Clarkson Show. When all was said and done, between the Creative Arts ceremonies held last weekend, and last night, the talk show took home 7 awards including: Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Talk Show Host. General Hospital followed with five total wins for Daytime Emmys 2022.

The ceremonies featured DAYS Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) anchoring the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to her longtime co-star John Aniston (Victor), who was not present, with the help of John’s daughter, Jennifer Aniston, who was seen on tape.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children) made her first public appearance since the passing of her beloved husband, Helmut Huber and introduced the In Memoriam segment.  Grammy-winner Michael Bolton performed his classic tune “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” during the tribute.

Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner were the hosts for the telecast, and with the overturning of the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision on everyone’s mind last night, Turner gave a nod to how she and so many others felt, when Frazier told her how nice she looked in her dress. Nishcelle commented, “I chose this dress. It was my choice.”  That moment received huge applause from the audience in attendance.

Check out the full winners circle list from last night’s 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards below. 

Then let us know, are you happy with the results? Who were you most thrilled to see take home an Emmy? What did you think of the telecast? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

General Hospital 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama, Actress

Mishael Morgan, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Performance In A Daytime Drama, Actor

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actor, in a Daytime Drama

Jeff Kober, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actress, in a Daytime Drama

Kelly Thiebaud, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Nicholas Chavez, General Hospital

Outstanding Writing Team For a Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Game Show Host

Steve Harvey, Family Feud 

Outstanding Game Show

Jeopardy!

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Entertainment Tonight

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts 

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL 15000th Episode: Laura Faces Being Ousted as Mayor as Port Charles Bands Together in Support of Her

Finally, after many preemptions, General Hospital’s 15,000the episode aired on Wednesday. In it and front and center in the standalone episode was GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

In story, after a scathing op-ed is run in The Invader from a group of citizens called “The Friend of Port Charles”, they take aim at Mayor Laura Collins and want a recall to replace her. When trying to figure out who was behind the story, Laura’s friends and the citizens of the town, band together to keep her from being ousted and to figure out who would attack her in the press like this.

That sets up a few sentimental flashback clips featuring the three current longest-running members of the cast, Genie, Kin Shriner (Scott) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie).  Viewers get a glimpse of Scotty and Laura’s wedding, and then Bobbie’s contentious and duplicitous side when she fought for the love of Scotty against a teenaged Laura.

As Laura tries to determine who is behind the op-ed, Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a lead from Ms. Wu (Lydia Look) that Laura’s half-brother, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is behind it.  Laura then heads to Pentonville to confront Cyrus.  She asks if he’s the brains behind “The Friends of Port Charles”.

Cyrus insists he is only an advisor. He goes on to say that this is a group of people who are disillusioned by the way she is running the town.  Cyrus gets angry and vengeful, and emotional, when saying the police department is corrupt and how ELQ and Cassadine Industries gets tax breaks at the expense of less fortunate people, etc.  Laura can’t figure out if these people in the ‘friends’ group have such high moral value why would they hire a criminal, like him, as an advisor?

Renault goes on to say that it’s up to God and preaches she needs to be less self-righteous.  Laura throws back to Cyrus that where was God in that scathing op-ed, that he did filled with such hate?  Laura then forgives him and walks out, which stuns Cyrus.

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Later, Scotty in front of Laura, Bobbie, Anna (Finola Hughes), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring), proposes to Liesl (Kathleen Gati), but she turns down his marriage proposal.  Liesl feels they have a good thing going , so why mess it up with a marriage at this point. The two kiss.

In addition, Laura meets up with Maxie (Kirsten Storms), who are visiting an institutionalized Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Maxie brings her some cosmetics from Deception because of the bad lighting in the facility.

The softball game was the throughline of the episode, and at the end, we saw the payoff, when all the characters converged on Charlie’s giving their support to Laura, who says she is ready to write her rebuttal.

Then in a voice-over from Laura, she speaks to the essence of Port Charles and its residents which included: that they have a strong community that she is proud to be a part of it and she speaks to her legacy over generations.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) proposes a toast to Laura, as she notes that if she loses the recall then so be it, adding that if the person who replaces her is a Port Charles lifer, like she is, then the town will continue to prosper.

So, what did you think of the 15,000 episode milestone episode? Did you enjoy the performance of Genie Francis? Did you like the way much of the cast was utilized, or did you feel otherwise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH’s Finola Hughes, Marcus Coloma & Josh Swickard Talk On 15,000th Episode Milestone

The juggernaut that is ABC’s General Hospital, is marking yet another accomplishment in its storied 59-year-history.  The iconic soap opera is set to air on Wednesday, June 22nd (unless preempted), its 15,000th episode.

As part of the celebration, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas Cassadine) and Josh Swickard (Chase), who all appear in the standalone episode, chat with Michael Fairman to mark the occasion.

During the conversation now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Finola and Marcus, and later Josh, who logged on later while at Disneyland, discuss: their beginnings on GH from landing their respective roles, who in the cast perhaps most intimated them, at first, and what it has meant to be part of the legacy of General Hospital.  In addition, Finola, Marcus, and Josh reveal some of their more challenging storylines, and more.

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Later, the trio each gives us a tease of what’s to come now that Nikolas has slept with Esme (Avery Pohl), what lies ahead for Anna and her love-interest Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and Josh talks on working with his on-screen love-interest, Amanda Setton (Brook Lynn Quartermaine).

Watch for a special appearance by GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) within the interview, as we do a deep-dive of being part of the ensemble cast.

We also take a moment to send out our condolences to Kristina (Felicia) and Jack Wagner (Ex-Frisco) on the passing of their son, Harrison, and how you can donate to the scholarship fund in his honor.

Check out our GH 15K interview with Finola, Marcus, and Josh below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more upcoming features, interviews, and upcoming Daytime Emmy red carpet coverage.

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