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General Hospital Does A Throwback To 1963 In Upcoming 52nd Anniversary Episode & The Luke Shocker Revealed!

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Courtesy/ABC

Circle this date General Hospital fans!  On Wednesday, April 1st the long running ABC daytime drama series will turn 52 with an intriguing episode for its loyal audience.

So what’s on the docket? According to Michael Logan at TV Insider, plenty! Starting with an homage to the very first episode of the series which featured Dr. Steve Hardy, Nurse Jessie Brewer, and intern Phil Brewer.  Of course, those roles were made famous by the legendary John Beradino, Emily McLaughlin, and Roy Thinnes.  But now in a twist, GH  takes a trip back in time with the roles being played by current GH cast members: Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) and Ryan Carnes (Lucas Jones).

Thompson told TV Insider that it was an honor to get into the shoes of Dr. Hardy for these throwback black and white shot sequences: “None of us took it lightly. It was a real honor to pay tribute to the cast that launched our show. Let’s face it: If they hadn’t done their jobs extremely well—if they hadn’t grabbed the attention of the audience right off the bat—none of us would be here today.”   Jason also added that the show really paid attention to detail for the special scenes, which included the recreation of the seventh floor nurses station.  “Every department—sets, props, costumes—did a fantastic job, and seeing it all in black and white is amazing.”

And that’s not all folks! Finally, we have been promised some answers from GH head writer Ron Carlivati on what caused Luke (Anthony Geary) to develop this alternate personality that has been previously known as Fluke!  According to Logan, “It’s a shocker—make that a double shocker—and not to be missed.”

So, excited for the upcoming 52nd anniversary episode of GH? What do you think of the throwback scenes to 1963?  And what do you think the double shocker now will ultimately turn out to be regarding what on earth happened to Luke Spencer?   Share your thoughts below!

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Elhu
Elhu

I look forward to watching the 52nd Anniversary episode, and what a great idea to incorporate some of the current stars into the roles of the iconic John Beradino, Emily McLaughlin, and Roy Thinnes. As for the double shocker involving Luke’s storyline, I cannot even guess what it might be, but I am sure it will be a draw dropper. Honestly though, I am so looking forward to that storyline coming to an end. Anthony Geary has been exceptional in the duel role, but this has dragged on way too long.

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

Agree…100%

aria
aria

Luke killed his dad? that could be one, beyond that i’m not sure i want to guess, i’m afraid it could be much darker if i started guessing. i’m looking forward to seeing the throwback episode i think it will be great.

K in nyc
K in nyc

Maybe it’s that Luke fought his father and accidentally killed his mother. That would cause a kid to lose some of his marbles.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Does anyone really care, at this point? Luke, BEGONE!

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

Thats what ive said for some time now-Luke killed his papa!!!

Mrs B
Mrs B

Very dark. A missing older sister. Mmmmmm

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

GHs shocking twist: Luke kiled his father with a crowbar for attacking Patricia, and with the help of Aunt Ruby buried him in the basement-a dirt floor at the time-of their Elm Street home. Patricia ran away and Ruby took Luke and Bobbi to live with her. But Tim-the father-wasnt dead and craweled out of his basement grave before Ruby returned to have the basement covered with cement, unaware Tim is alive and took off for parts unknown…Tim is still alive and is a transgender-Helene Cassidine!!!

Andrew
Andrew

brilliant!

shrona
shrona

Oh,Jimh, you make me smile! Ron Carlivati ought to hire you!

CeeCee
CeeCee

And the, jimh, the father came to life with Helena’s help , and turned into Freddy Krueger.

Timmm
Timmm

Seems like people just bitch to bitch but Frank and Ron have to really love GH to put all this effort into this special Anniversary show. Thank you guys. Also, ABC must have some interest in GH because I’m sure this episode will cost more money than the usual ones. I cannot wait!

Sal
Sal

amen and agree:>)

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

Helene Cassidine is a transgender-she was born Tim Spencer, father of Luke, Bobbi and Patricia-just foolin…lol…maybe?

Timmm
Timmm

Yes and Luke had a brother who they never mentioned who went off and became an Olympic hero named Bruce who would later change a lot including his name, Brucille!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Now, Jimh, that’s funny.

Mr. X
Mr. X

Anything to get away from the mob wars.

Sal
Sal

agree

Mary SF
Mary SF

ITA– a show called General Hospital actually doing a show about the hospital– what a novel and refreshing concept-LOL

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

That’s the suprise twist we didnt see coming…lol…i think i mentioned once to you that i wanted to see Patrick and Liz as friends like Steve and Jessie were and now they are playing Steve and Jessie for a short retro scene-how cool is that?

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

Could Helene Cassidine really be Tim Spencer, father of Pat, Luke and Bobbi?-B&B is doing a transgender storyline so maybe GH is doing one too???

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Mary SF…if we didn’t have the mob there’d be no need for the hospital…everyone who winds up there is a casualty! Hahaha…true!

Michele
Michele

Hopefully by the 53rd Anniversary show, Jake Doe story line will be ended. Terrible story line. Way too long.

Timmm
Timmm

They are WASTING Billy Miller! Send him back to Y&R!

jonboy
jonboy

Yes!!! Lose Burgess Jenkins, please!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Actually, get rid of Burgess. There is not one redeeming quality about that guy. And, while they’re at it, send Chelsea packing as well.

Nk3play2
Nk3play2

I’m under the impression that it will be over by early or mid summer. If not may Sweeps, then July.

Timmm
Timmm

I wonder how long Billy Miller’s contract is? He doesnt strike me as being happy at GH and he has had some primetime work. If he goes I think they scrap Jakeson and wait for Steve Burton.

Nk3play2
Nk3play2

@Timmm How do u know if Miller is happy at GH? Do u know him personally or something? He’s not on social media giving us any hints. I for one DON’T WANT STEVE BACK ON THIS SHOW! He’s currently ruining another……. Let’s leave him right where he is.

Joe
Joe

I think Luke walked in on his father Tim Spencer raping his daughter Patricia, Luke killed him, and she left, perhaps to get therapy.

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

Ive said that myself…it seems obvious thats what happened!!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

And maybe Luke took on the role of his father in his second personality, and that’s why he raped Laura at the campus disco!

Ces
Ces

that sounds accurate …. has to make you wonder if that’s why Luke raped Laura? Sins of the father revisited on the son?

elvina
elvina

Can’t wait for 52nd episode, unlike some younger viewers, I watched the shows with Dr. Hardy, Nurse Jessie, etc. so that makes this a fun throwback for me. As for Luke, well how about he saw his sister Pat kill their folks. But the memories have been buried deep in his psyche and now are starting to surface.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

The throwback episode has a real charm, and they made some very good choices for which actors to participate. It should be terrific.

The Luke “big reveal,” enh, whatever.

k/kay
k/kay

The big reveal is!!! Drum Roll Please Luke is actually a band member of the Rolling Stones and has been dead for 20 years.

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

Maybe he is the long missing Jimmy Hoffa???

Shay
Shay

More like “The Grateful Dead,” k/kay! LOL…..

Harry
Harry

Kay, next think you’re going to tell us is that Paul is dead.

Timmm
Timmm

Luke Richards!

mollie
mollie

Luke is the walrus 😉

Harry
Harry

Koo Koo Ka Choo!

Robert
Robert

No one can accuse the writers and producers , of not showing honor and respect for General Hospital’s past. I can’t wait for the Luke double shocker , I know it will be jaw dropping!

su0000
su0000

So true!
RC/crew bring up the past more often than not..
looking forward to the closure on Luke and the trip back to General Hospital 1st episode!
It will be fun!

davlestev1
davlestev1

It may get goofy and over the top but there’s nothing better than a writer who understands the genre and uses the history of a great show. I don’t always agree with RC choices (I really wish the mob would exit stage left) but it never ceases to entertain.

su0000
su0000

I love the mob!
it is a cornerstone of GH ..
long live the mob!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Su0000 and KansasGuest..Frank Smith and all those involved were an extension of the Luke and Laura storyline..in essence the Cassadines are just a weirdly creepy group of over priviledged people who had so much wealth they just started using it to do outrageous things to try and extend their lives to enjoy their wealth and priviledge far beyond their expiration date. When it comes to the mob these are people who funnel drugs and weapons and monies to gangs and take out whoever they feel is in their way. Their are NO redeeming qualities to true mafia tied individuals. They line up families and groups of peoples innocent or otherwise and take em out. There is NO glamour to ANYONE involved in this type of lifestyle. The stories must constantly include brutal beatings/guns/kidnappings/murder/rapes…et al. There just is no reason to sustain this group of people but for short term arcs that are sure to end in all out redemption for the innocents caught in their web of treachery. Even the best of shows knows when enough is enough and you think you’re mining gold when all your hitting is dirt and stones. I WANT IT OVER…WHACK SONNY…redeem the others…the qualities of them are still there but the lifestyle is not…ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I hate the mob….Su, ,mobsters kill; they have no soul. Did you read the book? Lol.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I just want GH to return the PCPD, the WSB, & other law enforcement professionals to positions of respect, as they used to be depicted. Don’t need mob characters to be gone. But, I don’t want them to be romanticized. Luke became a heroic figure because he clearly wanted to leave that life & even persuaded the assassin hired to kill him to turn states evidence against Frank Smith. It bothers me that characters who get a 2nd chance (Sonny, Julian, Carlos, Duke) at life with their families out of prison/confinement go right back to making lousy choices. Every one of their families should, IMO, kick them to the curb when they realize they haven’t learned a d*mn thing.

davlestev1
davlestev1

If any of these organizations had a modicum of common sense there would BE NO long term mob activities so out in the open and tied to the department in such a small city…SHEEESH…there’s no dumber officer than DANTE…and now he’s got an equally clueless..long as MAXIE cool partner to bungle even more cases…

CeeCee
CeeCee

GH definition of “the mob” is a joke. Sonny a Don? Nah…..maybe if he stuffed his cheeks with cotton, lol……but, I doubt it. The first thing the writers should do is educate themselves on “I CARBONARI”, then, take it from there. ‘Tis a poor imitation , especially with Sonny at the helm.
Furthermore, as Shay said, Duke looks more like a dealer of antiquities…..or something to that effect.

Mary
Mary

Looking forward to the episode I think it will be great. I think Luke and his sisters were probably sexually assaulted and he probably killed his father .

Harry
Harry

Most likely the father impregnated Pat and something horrible happened to the baby and Little Luke witnessed it.
At the risk of being called a hater, I hate this storyline. There has been nothing leading up to the fact that Luke suffers from multiple personality disorder. The only one suffering from multiple personalities is this story as it swings wildly from point A to point Z.
As a life long fan of Anthony Geary’s brilliant creation of Luke, I can say with absolute assurance that as far as Fluke is concerned? Jimmy crack corn, and I don’t care. In fact, care less about Luke now than I even do about Jimmy cracking all that damn corn!

Dan
Dan

@ Harry-

I think it’s likely that all the traumatic events that have happened in Luke’s life to this point are what led to the mental breakdown and creation of an alternate personality. That’s often the way it happens to the people affected with these disorders in real life, an accumulation of traumatic events, as opposed to one singular thing.

In Luke’s case, you can go back and trace his 30+ years on the show. Going all the way back to when he raped Laura, killing little Jake, all the times he’s been held captive by Helena, including most recently at Miscavige, who knows what may have been done to him, you have the unaccounted for years from 1984-1993 when the character of Luke wasn’t on the show, the Polonium 210 poisoning, which could have messed with his mind.

Add all those things together, along with whatever happened in his childhood involving his father and sister Pat, and it’s no wonder that a person’s mind would finally reach the breaking point and snap one day, creating an alternate personality to hide from dealing with all the bad things that have happened in his life.

That’s just my theory on how the story should be told. Like you, I’m a life long fan of Tony Geary, and I wanna see the story explained in a way that uses his long and rich history on the show.

Harry
Harry

Thank you, Dan. Nicely done.

Donna
Donna

I havent watched G h all that long but I got in to it when I visited my daughter an have watched it ever since, I had her to fill me in on all the plots and have watched old videos of past shows what I did notice was that everyone showed more wow in their roles then they do now. I saw right away why everyone want Steve Burton back as Jason he acting was excellent and I still think he might return to play the real Jason and this jake/jason was brain washed to think he is Jason by Hellena for one of her schemes/plots ,maybe Im just hoping that is the way it will play out. Looking forward to April 1st

Timmm
Timmm

Yes if Steve wants to come back Jake is nothing more than a lab experiment!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Billy? A lab experiment? I think I shall swoon…lol….from sleeplessness…lol.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Clarification–everyone doesn’t want Steve Burton back. Not by a long shot.

A lot of people do, and they may even be in the majority; I haven’t been able to get a clear sense of that.

But not everyone. I much prefer Billy Miller, but even if he hadn’t come along, I was so totally over the Steve Burton version of Jason by the time he left that I never, ever want him back. Ever.

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

Will there still be the nurses ball? …or none this year? Then here is my version of the Nurses Ball, 2015: ACT1-The Golden Gays stars Brad, Felix and Lucas with Josslyn as the brazenly blunt Sophia! ACT2-Anna, Dante and Nathan in Dumb and Dumber meet Dumbest, the PC Keystone cops who cant solve a crime! ACT3 The Wizard Of Dr. Oz stars Dr. Liesal as The Wicked Witch Of The Westbourne who drops a hospital on nurse Dorky Gale played by Sabrina and her little dog Totolie played by Rosalie! ACT4-stars Monica, Epiphany,Milo, Mac, and Felicia in Missing, a salute to rarely seen GH characters but the stage is empty during this act and they arent even shown! ACT5-Carly and Alexis compete in the MS. Skangsta Moll Beauty Pagent. They walk down the aisle twirling guns as Sonny and Julian try to outdance and outlypsinc each other to Gangsta Paradise. Alexis wins by two big votes! ACT6-Spencer, Josslyn, Cameron and Emma discuss their kiddie love life and then kill all the adults on stage in Children Of The Corny! Finale ACT7-stars Luke and Jakeson in The NeverEnding Story. The reason is obvious!…lol

rose
rose

Way to go Jimh.! Add Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Veldt’ to ‘Children Of the Corn.’ Maybe you can think up an Encore number for Elizabeth and Maxi like…”Now you say you do/will and then you don’t/won’t, you’re undecided now, so what are you going to do?”

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

Liz and Maxi bug me at the moment-i did write something for them but felt it didnt work and i edited it out…Spinelli was to star in ‘The Little Soap(instead of shop) Of Horrors’ as a nerdy flower shop employee who feeds Liz and Maxi to this huge maneating plant but it spits them back out-when Spin feeds Nathan West to the plant, it got a splinter from RPs wooden acting…lol

Timmm
Timmm

Thats great Jim! I was thinking when Lucy asked Sabrina about being involved and Sabrina says she no longer is a nurse at GH. Well, for instance, lasy year, the Magic Mike crew involving Michael and Nathan, they dont work for GH. Matter of fact, if thats the case, who would perform this year? Patrick, Sabrina, Liz, Liesel, Phif, Brad, Lucas. Its going to be a short show! Richard Simmons better break out his shorty shorts!

tracy
tracy

Okay, I have never laughed so hard. Sounds like the best nurses ball yet.

Harry
Harry

Why did Lucy ask Sparkle Pony to be in the Nurse’s Ball? Does Sparkles even have a talent which isn’t predicated upon her flat rendition of “Someday my Prince Will Come (and then the ole ball and chain came back from the dead and ruined it all)”?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Leave lil Sabrina alone, Harry. She’s one of the few genuine people on the show, nervous breakdown and all! 😉 Not saying she’s the epitome of personality…but she’s just so sincere! Her prince might just be Michael…but if I hear Morgan call him Mikey one more time…

Rose
Rose

Rebecca, I’m with you re: Sabrina. I like her, especially when she’s with Felix and Lucy. And we don’t need any more b*ll busting females on GH. I’ll probably be in the minority here considering how many feel about Robin, but I don’t think Patrick was any kind of prince the way he treated Sabrina when Robin reappeared. But it seems as long as it’s Robin/Patrick anything goes.

Harry
Harry

Ha! Rebecca!
Did you know that recent studies prove that saccharine is dangerous to one’s health and that real sugar is preferable?
Therefore, too much Sparkle Pony poses a health risk for us all.

Shay
Shay

Oh thank you, Harry!!!! I knew that huge groan I heard when Floosy beseeched Sappy to once again ruin….er, join…the upcoming NB festivities was more than just my own….it was a collective one! Needless to say, I was beyond incandescent that for the third year running, this untalented wench is about to again be a central fixture for the show. First, we had the Disney-sprinkled debut extravaganza, then the downer deathwatch for the “Rubberino Bambino” with musical accompaniment and sing-along, and now…a tribute to Mary Poppins???? (Excuse me, but wasn’t this supposed to be a Robin-centric project? You remember her, right?) It’s pretty obvious that Ms. “CuckooCoeCoe” is not capable of putting together a decent program to save her life….why must she always take charge? I know you will disagree with this, but even your not-so-beloved “Dr.O.” could do a more professional job gathering talent for this annual spectacle….and I am hoping that Liesl will save the day by usurping the event even more so than last year. Her spectacular “Cabaret” opening and heart-tugging closing act were superb!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I love Sabrina. So she lost it for a second…lol.

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

Sabrina and the Carly/Alexis part is for Shay-i must have forgot to push submit when i originally wrote this days ago!!!

Shay
Shay

@jimh….Yes, I noticed a heavy dose of homage in your NB post, and it was most appreciated! Thank you for that. We are definitely of the same mind when it comes to our views of Sappy, Alexis—and her two favorite co-stars!!!! I especially enjoyed your Liesl scenario, and even though I understood the symbolism of Ms. Davis as the victorious choice as “America’s Top Skangsta,” I think Carly probably deserves the title just a tad more….she is the one who so enthusiastically and fully-immerses herself in that mob culture, while Alexis is simply led there (amidst her own unconvincing protestations)… cleavage first…. by her unabated libido….she just cannot help herself. I think she should be awarded the special “Immodesty Blaise” prize for the most audacious, ongoing display of décolletage. LOL. Lastly, yes, I would miss waxing sarcastic on the Sapster should she blessedly be dispensed with once and for all, but in the interest of making Port Charles a far better and more interesting place to visit, I would be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of having this major annoyance of a character permanently eliminated. We would still have Alexis (and most likely Nina and Grossalie….) to kick around, and for me, that would more than suffice in the “Sparkle Pony’s” absence.!

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

If the show would at least drop one of those three waste of airtime-Nina+Rosalie+Sabrina-then that money saved could give more airtime to beloved vet Leslie C.’s Monica who should be on at least once a week and involved in Jason’s storyline-excluding her doesnt make sense but then again this is GH…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Rose…yes, we definitely share a common sensibility and appreciation for nice people…probably in real life, too. Everything we interpret is through our own eyes, how we view people and situations. I think there are certain fans who just don’t like Sabrina, or any other character, just because he/she finds them annoying, boring, ” overly sweet”, etc. To each his own, as they say. But there seems to be a real disconnect for some fans who interpret ulterior motives, mal intent, plotting, manipulating…where none of these traits exist. Must be frustrating for the writers to have their characters so misunderstood…

Harry, my lil luv…lil. I agree. Artificial sweeteners are not good for ones health. But Sabrina is naturally sweet…and in the small doses she’s on screen that only enhances and improves the sour taste of some of the other characters.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi Shay,
It doesn’t matter whether I agree with you or not….I always greedily read your posts. Especially this morning….no sleep. Lol.
I wanted to say though, that I laughed so hard at the little skit between Alexis, Franco, Nina and Scotty . These characters meshed and interacted so well…for me, anyway. Mr. and Mrs. Monchichi? C’mon…that was hilarious. And, Alexis ridiculing Scotty’s coif? I didn’t know she had such a sense of humor…and her delivery was ‘parfait’.
Then, when Franco said to Scotty, with a straight face, “Have you seen yourself? Who else would you be.” Well, I just lost it….still laugh when I think about it.
I must say, I appreciated the comic relief.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Shay, I must get on the yellow brick road and ask the wizard for some niceness. I am thinking very naughty thoughts about a couple of characters. Sadly, I am too tired to be sent in the corner.

I love Michelle Stafford, I love Michelle Stafford, I love Michelle Stafford. Hey, Shay? Do you think that if I keep chanting that phrase, it may telepathically rub off on you? LOL. Ta-Ta. Later, girl.

mk
mk

ATWT did this in 2010 with Lisa and Bob’s 50th. It was a treat and refreshing.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Frank and Ron never ceases to amaze me. They keep pulling out all the stops for every GH anniversary episode.

Iakovos
Iakovos

For all I may criticize GH, the current team does regard April 1 a genuine holiday as celebrates the series genesis. Thank you. Favorite scene I have along that line is the Rachel Ames return for the hanging of a Steve Hardy portrait. She had a lovely conversation with Elizabeth, and Jason was leading new residents. It felt like the old GH when the hospital was the heartbeat of the series and the human condition was explored in depth, without the crazy fantasy and spy turns. I embrace those more human moments, and greatly appreciate GH is still working to provide some along the way.

Thomas Procaccini
Thomas Procaccini

Was Luke’s alternate responsible for the rape of Laura and the death of little Jake? It would explaijn alot .Also, his frequent absences. Over the years, I always wondered why his character really wa not obtaining any personal growth. Actually felt his character was going backwards as far as evolving as a human being. This explains it. I know it was not planned that way but it certainly fits as an explanation. We always knew he had a rough childhood.

Jimmy
Jimmy

This just goes to show how much Frank and Ron care about GH, to put this much effort into the show’s anniversary episodes with the two Nurse’s Balls in past years and now this throwback episode. Even if the writing isn’t the best sometimes, they really know what they’re doing with the show.

As for the Luke story, my theory is similar to the comment posted by Joe above. I think Tim Spencer was a sexually abusive father to his eldest daughter, Patricia, and Luke walked in on him raping her one day. Out of rage he killed Tim, and Pat left the family. Since then, he hasn’t been able to get over killing his father or what he witnessed and that’s what caused his split. Now his second personality – “Fluke” – is his version of Tim, and that’s what caused him to rape Laura at the campus disco. He saw Tim raping Pat, and he did the same to Laura.

And hopefully around the time of the 52nd anniversary, we’ll also get the reveal of Jake being Jason and the mob wars will have quieted down a bit, I know they’ve been a staple of GH for a long time but almost entire episodes are dedicated to it as of late, so they need to relax on it a bit.

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

Ive said that many threads ago…Luke killed his father after Tim attacked Patricia and with the help of Aunt Ruby they buried his body in the basement of their Elm Street home-the floor was dirt and covered with cement-Pat was 18 at the time and ran away-Luke and Bobbi were still children and Ruby took them to live with her-now here is the shocker-Ruby came back a week later to have the floor covered with cement, unaware Tim wasnt dead and crawled out of his basement grave-SPOILER: Tim is still alive and we will see him-either played by Tony Geary or Bob Barker…or as a transgender and played by Betty White…lol

Jimmy
Jimmy

Jimh, you have quite the sense of humor! I was with you on the story right up until the last part LOL. But I think you’re right, I can’t see there being any other possible explanation for the split in his personality, and with Dee Wallace being cast as Pat, I have a feeling this is the path we’re going down. But maybe GH will pull a B&B and throw a totally unexpected plot twist in there (just not a transgener one LOL).

Harry
Harry

I am sorry for my reference to Jimmy cracking corn and my not caring. I had forgotten there really is a Jimmy who frequents this forum.
Jimmy, I do care if you crack corn.

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

Jimmy, what if they will do a transgender and Helene Cassidine is Luke’s father Tim?…lol

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

Sorry about the Helene reply-just noticed you already seen the one i had written under B&B…

jeremy
jeremy

Exciting!!! 🙂

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

“Guiding Light” did something like this on one of its anniversaries (I remember Beth Ehlers played show creator Irna Phillips) and it was a real treat for fans. General Hospital viewers are very lucky to have their show still on the air (even if it’s not perfect, which of course no show ever is.)

mariette
mariette

This is great, I wish Bobbie who actually worked with the “real Jesse,” Emily McLaughlin, would be part of it. She once said in an early interview that she’s make up her eyes to look like Jesse’s when she was a young girl, and was thrilled to be on the show working with this icon.

Very touching for the 52nd, nice news, how creative!

Sandy Meyer
Sandy Meyer

I’ve been watching GH for 51 yrs I’m hooked. I would like to see Jason revealed going on too long love the kids parts looking forward
To seeing the anniversary throwback

Laurie
Laurie

Aw! That’s awesome! 51 yrs. I would’ve loved to seen some of that from back then.
I want the Jason reveal to happen already, too. It’s wrong to drag it for so long. Also, cut down on mob! If women are their target audience, and the new ratings show record lows for GH in 18-49W demo, ask yourself why? Most women don’t want mob, mob, mob in their face start of show to finish. Why don’t they take some polls like they initially did when they arrived?
Having said that, I do like the writers. I think this is a great idea for 52yr anniversary show!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Note the April 1st date …April Fools…… I just hope the Fluke storyline has been worth the wait as we have all endured a long awaited payoff… I hope TG’s summer vacation isn’t starting in a month again… it feels like he just got back… that would really set me off to have to wait until next October for answers!

On another note, really not all that excited for the Nurses Ball….it was nice to bring it home but …MEH… however I did like the ” Raining Men” dancers… I think I watched that episode a few times….

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well lets hope Ron doesn’t pull some kind of April’s Fool joke and the Luke reveal doesn’t happen after all– because it is pass time we found out what happened. I too think Luke must have killed one of his parents, maybe with the baseball bat that Fluke was so attached to.

I think one of shockers might be there are more than Fluke/Luke personality. I remember when Lulu was visiting Fluke in jail and mentioned getting her Dad back, Fluke said that is one possibility. I don’t know why, but the way he said that lead me to think there could be more personalities and Fluke was the keeper who is aware of all of them. Sorta like in real life case of Sybil when one of her personalities knew about all the other ones, but not all the other ones, knew about her.

As for the throwback– it does sound charming and I’m looking forward to see these actors playing these iconic roles that help make the show what it is

Christine
Christine

I think Luke was sexually assaulted by his father and then his father made Luke sexually assault his sisters and that when he developed his split personality to block out the pain and shameful feeling he was having.
Also, I hope this Michael story line is over soon. A.J. was no saint but Michael wants everyone to feel sorry for him. Please end it soon!!! Subsequently, I hope the writers will end the Jake Doe story, let Jason come out and end this ( Stuck On Stupid ) story line……

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

AJ WAS a saint compared to Sonny…he wasn’t a murderer like Sonny, he didn’t steal Sonny’s son and raise him as his own…Sonny did that to him, he wasn’t part of the mob and he WAS murdered by Sonny. Thus, Michael isn’t looking for sympathy for himself or AJ. He wants payback and justice. Makes sense to me…

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Me too, Rebecca. I am loving it. Finally someone seeing Sonny for what he is and calling him out for it. Long overdue, and the fact that it’s his “son” who is doing it makes it all the better.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’m loving it, too, Michael (not Fairman). I only hope Michael’s revenge continues and that he doesn’t fall victim to Morgan and Kiki’s plot…I still have fantasies of AJ rising once again all Michael has done in his name…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

To see all Michael has done…

Jules
Jules

Guiding Light did this first, RC is just copying what they did for their 70th.

I think it’s so sad how few viable doctors and nurses GH has anymore. Nothing against any of these 3 or their work, but hospital vets like Dr. Quartermaines (Alan and Monica), Leslie, Bobbie, Audrey, Robin, Noah et al who still mean so much to the show are still so desperately wanted. These players garner more reaction when they appear than 3/4 of the current cast. What abou a double dose of nostalgia- a throwback episode with throwback actors? These 3 are fine, and have left their own marks in the GH halls, but it’s not the same. It’s just not.

Timmm
Timmm

I think what is sad is Anna, Emma or Patrick have not mentioned Robin in months. Recast the damn role! Its too big a hole to let it go unfilled.

AJ
AJ

It’s sad to see the impatience today’s viewers have for long running storylines. Yes, the Luke story has run a long time, but that was because of a medical issue. The Jason/Jake story has plenty of story left. Rebecca Budig will be part of it. Clearly Jake needs to fall in love with someone other than Sam before he remembers who he is, etc. Sit back, watch & enjoy the story unfold. If you don’t like long storylins, soaps probably aren’t for you!

Timmm
Timmm

AJ, I agree, no one has any patience anymore for nothing. Everything is a tweet and its on to the next juicy subject!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, Timmm, I, for one, do not tweet…nor am I on facebook. It’s infantile and silly.
However, you must agree that the fluke storyline has gone on and on and on ad nauseam.
Besides, where is the next juicy subject?
My Gran says the same thing….back in the day stories were stories. I agree. I remember being enraptured by OLTL and Y&R . But, this is a different generation; different writers with a different frame of mind…you know, go with the flow, and all that jazz? LOL.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Is it that today’s viewers have no patience for long-running storylines, or that they have no patience for this particular one?

There’s a particular skill involved in spinning a long storyline and keeping people interested. It can be done. But it’s been quite a while since any soap had a headwriter who could handle it. (And network interference definitely does not help.)

This storyline seems to me to be coasting along purely on the strength of AG’s performance. It doesn’t seem to me to be particularly well thought out or well told (I’d also say it’s not horrible, it’s somewhere in the middle), and that could be why there’s so much impatience with it.

Charday
Charday

Look forward to the throwback to the founders of GH, but as far as the Luke/Fluke and the shocking answers promised I certainly hope so. GH has gotten boring to me over the last month. I find myself fast-forwarding through certain characters’ scenes or just doing other things while the show plays. I’ve never done this before while watching GH.

Timmm
Timmm

Anything with Nathan, Spin or Maxie, FF!

mfarris70
mfarris70

I am beyond excited for this episode for all the obvious reasons. My guess at what the double shocker could be– Luke killed his father Tim, but he actually wasn’t successful and the old battle-ax is alive and living with Pat. Torture for Luke but I’d love to see him interact with the one character in history that terrifies him.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Another thought– if Pat was the victim of abuse or was simply being mistreated by her father, why would Ruby not take her to Florida? It’s been said Pat was 18 or 19, but it seems cruel to just leave her behind and tell Bobbie to forget that her sister existed. I think there’s a big plot point hidden there.

Timmm
Timmm

Well, just as I have rolled the red carpet out for Frank and his homage to 52 years of GH I must say that Michael hiring Sabrina is hypocritical. She went after Ava and she is connected to Carlos. He is a mobster who is way more careless than Sonny. Secondly, how stupid was it to have Michael, his daughter and new nanny sitting at a BAR! Last, I think it is terrible to have Morgan force Michael into becoming an alcoholic. Alcoholism is a disease and it should not be used as a tool to grab a baby out of ones arms. Terrible! I guess they are grooming Morgan to be Sonny version 2.0! Kiki, awww, forget it!

su0000
su0000

lol no one will force Michael to become an alcoholic, that can’t be done..
they will plot to make it look like he is one or a drunkard/whatever,,

I’m luvin Morgan, he is standing tall in his family. Morgan isn’t going to let anybody screw with his sister/family! good for him!!
I’m behind Morgan ..

GO GET ‘EM, Morgan .. 🙂

talking about Michael’s ”stupid” actions..
he is not right in the head..
he is full of hate and revenge and not in control of himself..
hey!
Michael is bipolar like his daddy …

Timmm
Timmm

Bryan Craig has really improved as Morgan. I love how he and Sonny are buddies. When a son looks after his dad it is a sign of maturity. Pizza and Monopoly, love it!

Harry
Harry

Su00, Michael is NOT bipolar like his Daddy. Sonny is AJ’s stepfather and Sonny is bipolar. AJ was an alcoholic and not bipolar. Morgan is trying to exploit the Quartermaine’s genetic predisposition for alcoholism.
I detest the fact that Morgan is plotting against his own brother with Kiki for so many reasons. One, alcoholism is a tragic and destructive disease. Second, Morgan doing this to his own brother is evocative of the time Carly spiked a recovering AJ’s grape juice with vodka, dumped his body in an ally next to the garbage bin then sousing his body with the remaining vodka, and then called the Q’s anonymously to report that their son was passed out in an ally. Carly did this in the name of keeping Michael away from his father and now Morgan is trying to exploit the Q’s propensity for alcoholism by framing his brother. I don’t like this one bit. Moreover, the new Kiki is horrid. She smirks and grins like a high school girl bully while plotting against her former boyfriend. She is not acting like the big sister who is concerned about her baby sister but like the character she played on Y&R–Abby, the girl who bullied the underdogs and who catfished her lonely and sad friend to the point where he attempted suicide.

Harry
Harry

I meant to write that Sonny is Michael’s stepfather, not AJ’s. And Timm? You’re right about Sabrina being hired as the nanny of course. I was not watching when Sparkle Pony went insane and tried to kill a pregnant Ava so the hypocrisy of Michael’s actions had not hit me until you and Shay mentioned it.
Still, I am on Michael’s side on this one. I just wish he hadn’t hired Mary Poppin over the Cuckoo’s nest.

CeeCee
CeeCee

C’mon, now, Su. I don’t want to hear a repetition of Cain and Abel. Do you?
What Morgan is doing is WRONG. Even if one of my siblings (which would never happen) would turn against me? I would never retaliate in kind. That’s just sinister.
Also, why are the writers changing Kiki’s persona? TPTB are ruining the character.

Shay
Shay

Amen to that, Timmm! Seeing the precious angel, Avery, being handled by that lunatic nurse makes me see red….it’s just as bad as when this newly-born babe was stolen and constantly cradled by Nina the Nutter. Enough already with this child abuse! Between that nauseating bar scene to which you alluded and today’s self-righteous display of arrogance by Sappy, I’ve more than had my fill of all this selective amnesia when it comes to whom is fit to care for said infant. However, where we do part company is that after all the passing around of this young, innocent life that we have already witnessed, I’m more than onboard with whatever means it takes for either Ava and/or Kiki/Morgan to get this little sweetie back with her real family. It’s simply absurd to have to tolerate the spectacle of that insipid, interloping babysitter trying to worm her way into the Quartermaine fold in the same way she tried with the Drakes….no more! The Sapster is no better than all the other gun molls in Port Charles and her sense of phony superiority to the contrary is patently ridiculous. She always has been—and will be—nothing more than Carrrrrr-LOS’ sloppy seconds and they need to sent off together, once and for all. They are both stagnant characters with the same old shtick no matter what scenarios are concocted to make them seem otherwise.

Timmm
Timmm

Amen Shay!

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

Shay, i want GH to keep Sappy because i always love your comments about her-id missed that if Saperella was gone. Under my nurses ball comments way above i wrote a little scenerio about her myself and i dedicate it to you!!! P.S. one about Alexis too!!!

Rose
Rose

Gosh, I may be going out on a limb , but I have never minded Sabrina. Don’t like what she tried to do to Ava, but it wasn’t without provocation because she had been lead to believe Ava had been the cause of her baby Gabriel’s dying. As a result she had a post trauma breakdown and came after Ava. Sabrina is like a babe in the woods when it comes to some of the other characters in Port Charles, and most certainly Ava. Don’t mind Michael having Avery/AJ either when you look at the baby’s other options. Not that he’s not beyond angry at Sonny now, and the Quartermaines aren’t perfect, but Michael has good, first hand reasons why his imperfect family is better than the gun world of either Sonny or Eva. Love to see him take a stand. And he asked Sabrina, she didn’t Maneuver her way into being a babysitter. But I will admit Carlos is her bain. She can just be too nice. Miss her friendship with Felix. He and Lucy brought her out of her shell.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Sabrina is and always has been a good hearted character. To see deceit or manipulation in her is a complete lack of understanding of Sabrina. She genuinely loved Patrick and Emma and she has no interest in Michael. He approached her to work in the clinic, he approached her to be Avery’s nanny ( AJ’s nanny sounded a tad weird considering…but I digress). I know there are the die-hard hate Sabrina haters..and that’s okay. Just like in real life there are people we like snd click with and people we don’t. But deceit, manipulation, insincerity are not valid reasons…they’re simply not part of how this character was written.

As for Michael being hypocritical, I think it appears that way but there’s still a huge part if Michael that is, like Sabrina, honest and trysting. Instead of seeing Sabrina as some evil, dangerous woman who tried to harm his sister, he understands the temporary breakdown she hadm the grief she went through, the revenge she sought…and also realized that in the end she realized her break from reality, her complete anguish and her conscience ep which caused her to warn Ava and admit, as well as apologize for what she had done. Whether one would feel safe, or should frust her with a baby is debatable, not because she’s not good but because she be arnpms so emotionally fragile and broken…you could fear that unintentionally something could trigger that again, though I don’t it. To a judge however…probably won’t work in Michael’s favor.

I completely agree with everytthibpng zhzrry said about Morgans plot against Michael. Literally think the sam rep thing. Terrible…can’t see hoepw any of these people can come together as a family again…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

If you could interpret the parts of that which are apparently in Swahili…go for it. Cannot desk with an auto correct that seems to be set I “try to figure out what that sod is”. However, I’ll translate one word. Harry. I agree with Harry…not zhzrry. Yikes!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Annnnnnnd. It happened again.

su0000
su0000

Father against son, brother against brother, is a great soap staple, always has been always will be..
there is always the journey of getting back together again, and they always reunite..
The brother against brother is really great drama for great stories!

I am team Sonny and Morgan.. they will win 😉

( this stuff its awesome soap stuff!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Rose…
You’re not going out on a limb. I totally agree with you regarding Sabrina. She really is one of the sincerest, good intentioned characters on the show. Michael is as well.

Shay
Shay

@Rose….I can respect that you don’t regard Sappy as the “bane of existence” that I (and some other regulars here at MFSoaps) do. We all have our personal likes and dislikes. But I can tell you that my derision for this character dates back to “Day One.” I could never abide this sugary miss and her peculiar mix of arrogant self-righteousness and feigned innocence wrapped up in that “Ugly Betty” persona that was then “magically” transformed into an ersatz heroine-princess with all the attendant hoopla and fanfare worthy of a Disney dramedy……her “journey” has been an utterly ridiculous combination of tragedy and the absurd, all rolled into one perturbing package and the ensuing years have not softened my view of this insipid creature one iota….on the contrary, it has only deepened my original convictions and annoyance with this nuisance of a nurse. Moreover, my other issue with the Sapster has been that the actress portraying her is so woefully lacking in dramatic skills….she cannot act her way out of a paper bag. She has darkened the GH canvas for over two years now and I haven’t seen one whit of improvement in her delivery and performance techniques….for me, she is the female equivalent of RP’s Nathan, who has been roundly and regularly razzed for his wooden presence (…and yes, I am looking at you, Timmm, in addition to some others! LOL.) Hence, in the event you were previously unaware of my criticisms and the reasons for them,well, there they are in a very brief nutshell.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

@su…you’re right in the sense that soaps are made of this kind if stuff…but this tear between Michael and Sinny goes so deep…from Sonny keeping AJ and michael apart, poisoning Micharls Monday against AJ, threatening and finally killing AJ…the father whom Michael came to love…having sex at his crypt…now Michael taking away Sonny’s baby…and Morhsn repeating the sins of his mother by trying to make Michael appear drunk and und unfit…there’s so much betrayal all around it would be more absurd for them to reconcile than it would be for Anna to be running Around with a Faison mask on and making out with Dr. O! 🙂

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Mind…not Monday!

Laurie
Laurie

Shay,

I don’t loathe Sabrina to the same extent that you do, but I’m more than done w/the character. I actually didn’t mind her initially, but sorry, the tripping over her lines, forgetting her lines, is tiresome, especially no more lines than she has had in the last year! It actually makes me mad & here’s why:

I don’t mind if GH hires newbies-Nathan is new, yes, he’s stiff, I guess, but he always knows his lines & he doesn’t trip over his lines. He actually HAS improved since his 1st day. I went back and reviewed. IMO, Sabrina continues to get worse.
The horrible writing w/her lighting candles & suddenly speaking like The Godfather, “don’t worry my son, justice will be mine”..WHAT? I didn’t know when we lost our minds our vocabulary changed with it! So it was bad writing that a bad actress couldn’t pull off. I 1st thought, maybe the volume is too heavy for her, but when she came back form maternity leave, she was worse, not better. Now she doesn’t have much dialogue, but clearly is still getting paid, so why not take lessons on your days off? What’s wrong with that? You have been given a gift here. You’re on a hit show w/no experience, so why not study your craft? Even Jason Thompson still studies his craft & he’s a vet.

For GH to even write this sl, Sabrina as Avery’s nanny is offensive to me! The character says she’s all better, but she’s gotten 0 therapy, just like everyone else on this show. Nothing has changed w/her. Yet, she’s all better now. Let’s just take her word for it. Nevermind she lost it a few months before that and put her wedding dress back on thinking she was back at her wedding day. She only needs a trigger. Whose to say Avery isn’t a trigger? I’m the only 1 that thought Kiki should’ve knocked her block off yesterday! I don’t think Kiki knows that Sonny put a gun to Ava’s head does she? I can’t imagine she would do be supporting Sonny or Morgan if she did. Why not try to get custody herself? What bothers me about the “let’s set Michael up” sl is why is that even necessary? He paid the judge off. Or, persuaded the judge to give him custody. Judge won’t listen to Morgan anyway. And if they took it to a higher court, why wouldn’t they just use the fact that Michael hired Avery’s attempted killer as her nanny? That’s provable. She lost her job over it. So the whole setup sl is convoluted.

All this plus Rosie is such a better actress. I feel she was pushed out of a sl w/Michael for Sabrina. Too bad. If we only get 1 female Latino on a soap at once (insert sarcasm), I prefer her.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Laurie…

I like Sabrina. I don’t think she’s the most compelling character, not by a long shot. But she’s one of the few characters who is written as less caricature, more down to earth…no masks, saving the world, not a spy, an alien, a an FBI agent…just a nurse at GH. (And now not.) Yes, she had herbreakdown and went waaaaaay over the top in seeking revenge. I agree, too, that maybe, in my view not inevitably, there could be a trigger that might cause another break which should make Michael think twice. Again, I think her breaking is doubtful ; I don’t see her ever hurting a child. Even in her irrational thinking she only wanted to hurt Ava, though of course it could have had dire consequences. Sabrina herself was appalled, and confessed. No one would ever have known she deliberately gave Ava those pills…she took it upon herself to come forward.

One could argue Patrick, whom I love, should never be allowed to operate again. He too was grieving…and while operating on Rafe, a boy dying on his table, he contemplated killing him…either by faulty procedure or taking too long to continue the operation. Either way his grief was so deep and his desire for revenge so strong his ethics went out the window, his sense of right and wrong. He, too, contemplated killing a child in revenge. Though Sabrina took it a step further, she “snapped to ” and warned Ava not to take the pills. Yes, it might not have been in time, had the labor occurred, but in the end Sabrina didn’t want her plan to be carried out. Both Patrick and Sabrina were shown grief stricken and in that grief brought down to a what-if situation…what if you could avenge your child’s death.

I might be misreading you but it seems a large part of your criticism is the actress, not the character…at least as you say, at the beginning. Understood. Room for improvement but never struck me the way it does you. I’m hoping they give her a more interesting story. I do like Rosalie…thought the actress was good from her start.

Shay
Shay

@Laurie….Thank you for your response. I have long enjoyed your thoughtful commentaries and keen insights here at MFSoaps, so it’s a treat to share our mutual views—and to discuss those which may be otherwise. To begin, I just wanted to clarify that in terms of Ryan Paevey, I don’t necessarily agree that he is not doing a good job or deserves the constant bashing he receives on this website….he has vastly improved during this past year ….it’s quite obvious that he takes his role seriously and has put in the time to sharpen his dramatic skills, and I commend him for that. I was merely contrasting the amount of guff he takes here for his initially stilted performances with that of the woefully deficient actress who portrays Sappy. Save for me, and one or two other brave souls, few have weighed in on this comparable topic prior to your eloquent assessment. And yet, all of your observations are absolutely spot on….I have taken like notice of them from way back when, and as you have rightfully pointed out, there has been no demonstrable upward trajectory in this person’s acting abilities since the debut of her character….she has remained totally perfunctory and amateurish….at best. While my issues with her have included the very nature of said role and what I consider to be the patently ridiculous storyline(s) surrounding it—not to mention the laughable dialogue assigned to her—my most particular grievance was with the prominent position this character was warranted from her first appearance, most certainly not an enjoyable viewing experience given her highly apparent need for the rest of the cast to act as a crutch for her extremely green attempts at drama…..her obvious lack of finesse and attention to her craft drove me to complete distraction, along with resentment that so many really fine fellow cast members were repeatedly given the short shrift in both screen time and plotlines in her favor. Having said that, I am in total agreement with your opinion of the Avery scenario….the manner in which this poor babe has been passed around like a basket of fruit since her brutally forced birth has always rubbed me the wrong way, and the latest twisted development surrounding this precious infant’s custody and care is truly one gone too far. Even though I could see this idiocy coming from a mile away, I still cannot believe that there weren’t any responsible adults in Michael’s current sphere (Monica, Tracy?) that didn’t recognize and voice what an insane (pardon the pun….) notion it was to have the insufferable she-me with the questionable grasp on reality serve as any child’s caregiver, let alone the very one she sought to eliminate before it even could draw its first breath. But hey, Sappy says it was all just a silly mistake and she’s just fine now, so that makes everything hunky-dory, right? Why is it that her lame excuses, pitiful apologies and especially, personal assurances of purportedly restored sanity, continue to be met… Read more »

downtownla
downtownla

Does that mean Ryan Carnes is now on contract? If so, that would be great. He was actually smiling with Brad in the last episode. It’s great to see him not so sour or serious.

Timmm
Timmm

I hope. Give him a story, he deserves it.

Iain
Iain

I hope the Luke storyline goes along that Tim Spencer was a pedophile and abuser who had assaulted both Pat and Luke. They saw him going after Bobbi while she was sleeping and Pat offered herself and then Luke kills him. Pat is so traumatized as Bobbi walks in to see Luke over her father dead body so Pat sends them to live with Aunt Ruby. Pat takes care of Tim and leaves feeling guilty for not protecting Luke & Bobbi that she never want contact again.

Jay Keaveny
Jay Keaveny

Since Roy Thinnes is still alive and in reasonably good health, perhaps General Hospital should make an effort to include him in an anniversary celebration.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

The plans for the 52nd anniversary show sound exciting, and any time the show honors its great history is a worthwhile event. So I will tune in to that show. However,…

I have checked out of GH once again because of the endless, dragging storyline of Fluke and, of course, the constant presence of Sonny and Carly. Please get back with me when Sonny is off the show and Laura is back on!

su0000
su0000

you might as well stop watching..
Sonny is a cornerstone of as is Carly and they are not going anywhere lol
I love Sonny, and recently I have noticed how RC & FV have changed him, he is not the same as he was a decade ago, not at all .. they mellowled him out 🙁

Laura is never coming back, I read that..
So, goodbye and happy trails 🙂

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

su0000, you are indeed a breath of fresh air. With your winning attitude, I assume you’re part of the tunnelvision GH writing staff! 🙂

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

PS: I think we’ve had this spat before… We can simply agree to disagree…

k/kay
k/kay

Laura is not coming back and Ms Francis has absolutely no ill will toward the show. In two interviews she has stated their is no place for her on the show! Let it go and wish her the best! If you are to put her back in Geary’s atmoshphere it just shows the big age difference he looks 90 to her 50,

k/kay
k/kay

Atmosphere!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

She’s busy doing Nutrisystem commercials. The other day it ran during GH…talk about breaking the fourth wall!

mgb357
mgb357

how about this twist – Luke Spenser was born – April 1, 1963 in General Hospital.

AND he was delivered by Dr Hardy AND was switched at birth my Dr Brewer……..

(Roy Thinnes later starred on ABC in The Invaders – a space alien take over of the Earth). And it turns out this Luke is an alien replica of the original Luke, memories and all….

CeeCee
CeeCee

Luke Spencer is not 52. He looks more like 72.

Timmm
Timmm

I was talking to Jim about the Nurses Ball earlier and there really are not a lot of official hospital employees who could put on a show and make it a spectacular. I would broadcast the show on a Thursday and Friday and it would include all the actors or most in some role “Out of Character.” This way anyone could participate, the actors could speak as real humans about the charity and you could even bring back some fan faves just for the NB because this event would not be story driven. Michael Fairman, I know you have connections!

Shay
Shay

That’s an interesting concept, Timmm. Anything that would bring back our many old favorites, like Jack Wagner, Rick Springfield, John Stamos, etc. would be alright by me! In the absence of these professionals, too many performances at the NB have simply been too amateurish, particularly last year’s, and when there are unrelated filler acts, it really ruins the mood. And by the way, may I also add that it would not go amiss to see “Mr. Michael Fairman” in a cameo appearance….perhaps interviewing the attendees????

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

Yes…i wish they could work it out and bring those stars back…i really didnt care that much when Ronn Moss appeared instead when he is more known for B&B…and it would be great to see MF doing the interviews!!!

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

Trimm i like that idea…and i agree that there arent enough medical staff at GH for the NB…

Cathy
Cathy

Why do they have to ruin all of GH and it’s glorious history. Why not show the original episode with the REAL characters. Sorry but Jason T and Ryan C are not vets and don’t fit nor does a remake story of GH from its glory days. I am so tired of this regime ruining my GH. Tired of ruining vets and GH stories for the writers to have a device to attract viewers. This shouldn’t happen at the expense of GH history.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Cathy, you are so right, especially regarding “this regime ruining my GH.”

vinman
vinman

I know the episode is GH…the begining April’63;I can imagine GH….mid 60’s….
Carly as Audrey Hardy
Helena as Lucille March Weeks
Scott as Lee Baldwin 😉
Silas as Tom Baldwin.

lizzy
lizzy

OMG the Fluke thing will be over (hopefully) The anniversary show sounds fantastic I am 64 and I have been watching on and off since day one. Missed some due to school – work etc. – when I found it on soap net I was ecstatic and then with DVR I don’t have to miss anything. I remember using vacation days for Luke and Laura’s wedding.
Looking forward to it.

General Hospital

GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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Breaking News

GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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