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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Elizabeth Is Reunited With Her Son Jake In Tearjerker Episode!

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In a tearjerker of an episode from ABC’s General Hospital, Monday’s broadcast featured so many gems and well-written scenes filled with heartfelt emotion and subtext, and delivered with exquisite performances from: Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), Jonathan Jackson (Lucky), Tony Geary (Luke), Leslie Charleson (Monica), and Billy Miller (Jason AKA Jake).

The moment every GH fans was waiting for since last Friday’s cliffhanger had Lucky reuniting Elizabeth with her believed-to-be-dead son Jake (James Nigbor).  After first disbelieving Lucky that little Jake could be alive, Elizabeth finally came around, especially when little Jake walked through the door with Luke.  The moment when Elizabeth asked if she could hug the son she grieved for over the past five years was riveting.  Jake looked to Lucky to know if it was OK to hug his mom, and then Lucky says, “She gives really good ones.” Finally, Elizabeth got to hold her son in her arms.  It was simply a hankie-filled moment times ten!

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In yet another beautifully played scene, an overcome Elizabeth takes a beat with Lucky outside of the house to try to pull herself together fearing this will all be ripped away from her.  She says, “I feel like I am going to wake up with an IV in my arm and this is all going to be a dream,” but Lucky reassures her that their son is home.  The chemistry between longtime scene partners Jackson and Herbst was still palpable throughout, and as strong as ever.

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Even Elizabeth and Luke shared a very important scene with so many undercurrents of their history, where it appeared to be the last scene between between Becky and Tony.  Luke had a fantastic line of dialog when he said to Liz: “For such a tiny little thing … you have awesome resilience.”

Juxtaposed with all of this emotion was having Monica, played by the indomitable Leslie Charleson, back on the canvas sharing scenes with her on-screen son, Jason AKA Jake, although she has no idea that Jake is the boy she raised …  and was the all-time shining star of the Quartermaine Clan.  When Monica reminisced about Jason and her love for him, and her history with him to Jake, it was another lump in your throat, tug-at-your-heart moment, played endearingly by both Charleson and Miller.

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And still later we come to the scenes between Jonathan Jackson and Tony Geary on the porch at Liz’s house, when Lucky admits he has demons too, that are keeping him running and not settling down.  Luke tells Lucky that he is not like him, that Lucky is facing his demons, where Luke didn’t.  Lucky says he is even scared to pass this darkness down to his sons.

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Next, Luke told Lucky he loved him, and with tears in their eyes each of the men said they would be there for each other.  Luke related: “If this battle gets bloody and you get weary, let me know …  let me know, son … and I will be there (snaps his fingers) like that.”  To which Lucky replied:  “Maybe next time I’ll rescue you instead.”  To which Luke says profoundly, “You already have.”

As the episode came to a close, it was Elizabeth and little Jake getting to know each other, when who should arrive on the scene …. Jason! Now mom, bi0-dad, and son are all in the same room together.  What will Liz do next?

Kudos go to GH head scribe Ron Carlivati and his writing team for the script for Monday’s airshow.  So, what did you think of the moment when Elizabeth was reunited with her son Jake? What did you think of the Lucky and Liz scenes?  Monica and Jason (AKA Jake)?  Lucky and Luke?  How many hankies did you need for the episode?  Share your thoughts and comments below!

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andrea
andrea

Today’s show was amazing! Liz and Luke’s goodbye scenes and Liz and her lil Jake. Becky was amazing! I felt her pain and uncertainty in those scenes.

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

this is final moment of Luke Spencer and his family finally going home after 37 years I will be miss that old goat I still have lot of memories of him over the years I came in 1981 or 82 when I saw Luke and Laura captured bad guys from ice princess with one and only Robert Scorpio as WSB agent after that Luke and Laura got married and took off somewhere in late 1982 then Robert Scorpio took over for next 10 years later oh, gosh, I feel like going cry by the end of spencer era … Thank you for everything, Anthony .. U r da man!!

Toni VanMeter
Toni VanMeter

I am like you. I have watched this since 1982 and I love it. I will also miss Luke but he needs to retire and enjoy the rest of his life.

JJPaige...LiamHope
JJPaige...LiamHope

aw thanks for the wonderful re-cap Jeffrey…Good morning, as i re-watch the pas week with the fabulous realistic actor he is JONATHAN JACKSON (his way of easily cries,tearing up etc, he is amazin,and the passion in his A+acting i just love this young man, and him huggin’talkin to this father luke i was all tears still am today on my day off!) and then seeing him with laura and with jake jr. & liz? I just love it. so much. LUKE IS yes lat 60s now.but not a OLD GOAT LOL i like to say he will return 1 day even if only 1x i m sure he will come back while GH is on. till then i will love the re-runs,on my dvr, i save and convert from dvr to dvd, love this past week and i am so happy JONATHAN JACKSON has returned! I will await his next return 1 day too as i am sure he will come back again later.

Shannon
Shannon

This was an episode that tore my heart out and reminded of what soaps can be! Rebecca Herbst brought an authentic understated performance and every emotion could be read in her expressive eyes! The history between Liz, Lucky and Luke was honoured and having the original actors, including little Jake added an extra depth to every scene. While no dialogue was needed amongst these master actors, the writers outdid themselves! I can’t wait to see the next scenes with the incomparable Billy Miller and hope that GH can keep on this course!

Timmm
Timmm

Your right Shannon, the writers outdid themselves OR I say they finally did what their supposed to do!

Mary SF
Mary SF

If they did what they were supposed to do they would have found a way to connect this plot point to Luke/Fluke.

If they really wanted to bring back the kid, I wouldn’t have bothered with Frank Smith and his daughter. I would of have Luke in therapy and while there, he begins having flashes about hitting little Jake. I would of have Luke realized his dark side Fluke, using his Helena connection faked the brain dead results and then switched the kid because Fluke wanted Luke to think he killed the child and be tormented by that idea, when it was Fluke who hit him. Then Fluke gives little Jake to Helena for safe keeping or maybe she handed him to Stravos so he could practice his freezing techniques

When Luke realizes the kid is still alive, he escapes the mental ward to track down Laura and then the two of them could go off on their little adventure trying to track down Lucky– they could have still ran into Holly and Ethan, in their search for Lucky. Lulu could have still have taken off with Dillon to look for her parents but instead of lying to Dante, she just flat out leaves because she is Spencer in chase of the the thrill. Dante could have still slept with Valerie after being drunk and ticked off at Lulu for taking off.

Then the Spencer clan finds Lucky in trouble with mob if you really want to throw Frank Smith in there and saves him. Then it is Luke who lets him know little Jake is alive and not Frank Smith because that made no sense,then the family go off to Cassadine Island to try to find the kid– Tony G and JJ can still have all those heart to heart moments, Tracy still could be fed up that Luke because he took off to find Lucky with Laura instead of her, thus breaking them up, and little Jake could still be alive for the Liz-Jason story.

This way the plot point would have been a nice bridge between the Luke/Fluke story and Tony’s exit whatever that might be– but as they told it, it was a contrived and flimsy story that produced great moments but didn’t really flow like a real soap opera story should do.

Rose9
Rose9

Agreed. I was doing that horrible ugly, can’t breath, sobbing during those scenes.

What am amazing job by Becky, Jonathan, and Tony. Just exquisite work by the actors. And I can’t rave enough about the script/dialogue writers. All these beautiful two people goodbye scenes they are writing for Luke/Tony with Lucky and Liz are so gorgeously laced with character history and actor history. I’m just blown away by it.

Although the whole another back from the dead thing grates at me. These scenes for Tony make it all worth it. This is what soap should be. 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

Nice read…. especially, the part…. “… reminded of what soaps can be! ”

it was simply (BRAVO! ) serial at it’s best…. the flow and continuity between stories… was not loud, not action packed…. weaved in and out of the featured storyboards.

#1. Luke, Lucky, Jake, and Liz
#2. Laura and Nikolas mixed it up… dang it… isn’t she lovely when pulled together
#3. Monica and “nuJason”. I marveled at Leslie Charleson

I like when Monica is telling “Jake Doe” as she went to the guest house… ” I picked that baby up… fell in love, and knew he was mine”

believe you me… there were several times I teared out

for all the lauding Rebecca Herbst deserves…

I really liked the ending scene as show faded…. when “Jake Doe” comes home… and walks in on Liz and Jake… as Jake looks at and turns…. started near bawling

it just seems to me… that we are on the threshold of the new supercouple,

Liz and Jason

If I may laud the Spencer Magic… between Luke and Lucky…. as Lucky is telling Luke he’s battling demons of his own : Luke replies; “it this battle gets bloody, and you get weary…”

Patricio
Patricio

Great post Shannon-

That episode was one for the ages!

Lex
Lex

Great job from Rebecca Herbst. I really felt for Liz today. Now all I want is for the character to come clean about Jason.

And Jonathan Jackson does it again wow. I loved those scenes with Luke on the porch. And also, it’s amazing how Lucky’s presence humanizes Luke. Tony Geary was at his best today.

Tim S.
Tim S.

Okay.. great episode.. but now lets talk about jail time for Cassadines… No one is talking about that… come on…. .lets go…

CeeCee
CeeCee

LOL. What’s the point talking about punishment for the Cassadines, Tim? They get away with everything…just like Sonny.

Harry
Harry

Well, the Cassadines operate under Greek law.
Moreover, I am more upset that the evil Dr O, kidnapper, torturer, and attempted murderess, has been made GH”s chief of staff.
It’s now time to right that wrong.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Harry. I’m not quite sure what Greek law is. But, the ancient Greeks introduced DEMOKRATIA to the world….a good thing, yes?
Good ole Dr. O. It’s an honest to goodness farce, is it not, Harry? Only on soapland !!! LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

Liz should just drive a stake into Helena’s black heart!

CeeCee
CeeCee

And, another through her own heart snd Nik’s. Liz is doing the same thing to Monica, Timmm. I am still reeling over Nik’s words to Lucky….”….Carly, the Quartermaine’s, all of them have just moved on. They have gotten over Jason’s death”. …or some such nonsense. One does not get over a loved one’s death. I wonder how Nik would feel if the roles were reversed.

Harry
Harry

Good point, Cee Cee. I love Lizzy but her recent actions make me sad.

downtownla
downtownla

Awesome episode. This is the GH that we all know and love. Characters we know and love. Family history. Emotional twists. Stakes. Jeopardy. The best scene was Luke and Liz. The two have really grown over the years. The chemistry between Liz and Lucky is palpable. How can we get Lucky back on the show? Loved the juxtaposition between Liz and Jake and Monica and Jason. I really, really, really hope they bring Jason back into the Q fold and not the Sonny orbit. So much to like about today’s episode. More of this, please.

Toni VanMeter
Toni VanMeter

I have been waiting for this so long. I cried through the 1 hour show. It was wonderful. I am so happy that Lucky is back for this. I love him on Nashville and I want to thank him for coming back for the end of Luck.

toscanti
toscanti

What an AMAZING episode. Brought tears to my eyes more than once. The scenes betwen TG, JJ, RH were beyond perfection. LC and BM were wonderful as “Monica” & “Jason”. Kudos to everyone involved. Can’t wait for the fallout!

Fanny
Fanny

The common thread to today’s show was Mothers & Sons…
Elizabeth coming to terms with the knowledge that little Jake
is really alive. Luke letting her know second chances are rare,
enjoy, be happy in the moment.. Luke and lucky on the porch..
PRICELESS. It was interesting to see Monica interact with Jake
/Jason, she seemed comfortable telling him about her son & who
he was..how much she’d loved him from the moment she held him
in her arms. I feel Jake’s personality leaning more towards being
like Jason Q, than JM aka…Stone Cold. We shall see in which
direction they take him… When Laura relayed the daily events to
Nik he didn’t seem too fazed, almost indifferent.. Until she says
it’s a shame Jason isn’t here to witness his sons return… Was
he just about to spill, when Lucky walks in…. These two need
to clear the air, but that’s not all… Is Nik completely innocent
in all this? Not by the way Lucky is eyeing him…

Harry
Harry

Well said, Fanny. Yes, the theme has been mothers reuniting with their sons
I thought the scenes between Luke and Lucky were sublime, bittersweet and emotionally powerful. I found Luke’s words to Lucky about facing the darkness to be very wise and right. And when he told his son.”God, I love you,” it was clear this was Tony Geary saying this to JJ. It’s the end of an era for sure.

Fanny
Fanny

@Harry… Anthony and Jonathan are phenomenal scene partners….
They move around one another with such ease and care, Love &
respect is so evident between them. I can’t tear myself away from
watching Luke & Lucky, the end is near & how bittersweet it feels.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, Harry!

Patrick
Patrick

completely, agree… with you about the scene coming up between:

Laura, Lucky, and Nikolas

I hope NIkolas had nothing to do with Jake. and that it was Helena who did this all on her own.

I loved how Helena was telling Luke… ( 7/9/15) ep.

“The site of you brandishing a gun just doesn’t thrill me”

LOL… she goes on to tell Luke :

“Nikolas has finally picked up the gauntlet. my grandson, has exiled me to a remote life of solitude. stripped me of all power. I am so Proud. How much more Cassadine can he be? ”

fans are in an uproar enough with Nik taking over ELQ… so let it be that… business… how much will NIk be in hot water over knowing Jake is Jason? i hope it’s minimal… even tho I don’t care how Sam feels… she’s going way overboard… as she’s “fighting” for Michael because Jason did. blah blah blah

CeeCee
CeeCee

What a touching post, Fanny…makes me feel wistful and teary-eyed. I am always painfully thinking, what my baby would be like, had he lived.

I also noticed the aloofness on Nik’s part. Very disconcerting. And, it made me think the same thing. Was Nik really and truly unaware that his grandmother held little Jake captive? If Nik did know, it could not have been for long. His heart started to turn cold recently. The thirst for power and recognition does turn heads. As far as I am concerned, prince or not, Nik could not be more plebeian to me. “Nothing is so common than the wish to be remarkable.” Shakespeare.

I am interested to know and, more importantly, understand this new development. Where are the writers taking us?

As yourself, I so enjoyed the relaxed, cozy and unhurried conversation between Monica and Jake. I felt a pang (a good one)….such a credible, comforting scene!!

Lucky strikes me as a very conscientious, albeit tortured soul. He seems to be tormented by something or someone. Himself? Is he another melancholy Hamlet? Was he always so removed?

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee…Ma, Chere Chere CeeCee…
I am so very sorry for your loss…My most fervent wish
for you is happiness & peace dans ton coeur.

Lucky is good, fair and brave…I’m over simplifying him.
“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love” Voltaire.
Losing his loved ones literally and figuratively…started to
mold him into someone he no longer recognized. He
chose to leave PC behind in order to reconnect with himself.
As lucky explains to Nik, he doesn’t feel like he’s succeeded
in doing that yet…& the urge to leave again is overwhelming.
Nik and lucky were compelling to watch, each struggling with
their own demons…great match as brothers.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Fanny.
Merci, mon amie. J’apprecie tes mots aimables.

I suppose that restlessness which has invaded Luke’s being for a lifetime, has been passed down to his son.
Nik is an enigma to me. Just as I thought I knew him, he throws me a curveball. His upbringing was no picnic, considering his DNA. You are so right. Each is fighting his own demon….sometimes, that battle is never won. Later, ma chere.

Maddy
Maddy

Wow! What an emotional episode of GH! Rebecca Herbst continues to shine and brought a nuanced but powerful performance when she came face-to-face with a son she thought had died 5 years ago.

I haven’t been this excited about the show in a very long time. As a longtime Liason fan, I’m so glad that Cartini have righted such a terrible wrong and returned little Jake into the loving arms of his beautiful mother.

amy
amy

This episode was amazing! When Elizabeth got to hold her baby Jake again… I was a mess of tears! Becky’s performance throughout the show was superb! The whole show was excellent. Luke/Lucky, Luke/Elizabeth, Lucky/Elizabeth, Jake/Monica & little Jake/Elizabeth scenes were so well done. Episodes like this one are what make GH watchable. Congrats to the whole team.

TMJ
TMJ

I was completely against this storyline because I’m so sick of characters coming back from the dead. It cheapens everything that came before, and it makes me disbelieve any future death. That said, I still found the performances in this episode to be powerful and riveting. Rebecca Herbst, Jonathan Jackson, and Tony Geary were at the top of their form, and it made the scenes heartbreakingly beautiful in spite of the absurdities. Leslie Charleson was brilliant and outstanding. She plays Monica’s heartbreak with such understated elegance.

jonboy
jonboy

Glad to hear Charleson finally got something to do. She gets neglected far too often.

Timmm
Timmm

She is a gem!

Sandra
Sandra

What an emotional and profound episode. Becky Herbst played it perfectly, the fear, the hope, relief, and love. The conversation between Luke and Elizabeth sounded almost personal on the actors part, such a golden nugget. So happy GH has gotten back to history and family.

k/kay
k/kay

Thank you to the writing team for giving my girl a chance to shine! Excellent work Becky you go girl you have as much talent as the rest of those gals and a good Kind person also! Indeed a class act!

CeeCee
CeeCee

We love the actress/person, (at least, I do) and, I think she radiates beauty and goodness, but, k/kay, Lizzie has bee a naughty girl, of late. Nonetheless, you are so right….it does not take away from her charm and kindness, albeit her despicable actions, thus far. The thing is, I never tire gazing and appreciating her beauty…. or watching her act. I still think she is adorable and “a class act”, as you stated.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

First time GH has made me cry since Cartini took over (except for Flashbacks). That’s what we’re looking for guys, we want to CARE. Now keep it up!

Harry
Harry

I believe Kate Hall has been writing these incredibly well written scenes. Kate Hall for head writer!

penny
penny

The reunion was nice, but I didn’t feel the emotional connection like everyone else. I’m happy for the little boy being reunited with his mom but I just can’t get past Lizzy’s selfishness and lies about Jake/Jason.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Penny, Liz is doing to others what she despised them of doing to her!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I said something similar to Shay on another thread, penny. As touching as the reunion between Liz and little Jake was, I expected to feel so much more. Where were the kisses? I mean, Liz has not seen her child for years. She should be overcome with joy, not being able to contain herself. Perhaps this is her personality…not very demonstrative? She could also still be in shock…floating in air . She was so sedate and composed…..I’d be going nuts!!!! Yet, I can’t get over how classically beautiful she is!
And, yes. Her deceit does put a heavy pall on my sympathies, as well.
I actually found the reunion between Monica and Jake (the relationship unbeknownst to either, of course) to be more emotive and affecting…..I didn’t even realize I was holding my breath, until Jake left. I sincerely loved that scene, and how easily these two fine thespians fell into each other and into character. Considering this was their first, honest-to-goodness interaction, they were superb. That’s the stuff of which a soap is made….that is what good writing is…..that’s how a story insidiously creeps into our hearts, entrapping us!! (in a good way).

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee…You can tell everyone, including Elizabeth is treading lightly
around little Jake… Taking it really slow as not to scare him, they are all
strangers to him after all. I’m thinking mother and son will need therapy,
just knowing Helena had little Jake for so long under her care is frightful.
That being said…I like yourself..would be overcome with gratitude, joy &
endless boundless love, that could not be held in check.

Li
Li

This show was great!! The conversation with Monica and Jake was powerful. Lucky bringing home Jake was neat- still kind of random as far as the story line, I am wondering what this is all about and how it will play out. Kids are kind of absent at GH so this should be interesting. How will Jason act with Jake? Now I loved how Luke told Lucky to shake the demons- powerful talk!
I am wondering if Nikolas knew Jake was alive? That will be the big question! How will Lucky and Nikolas interact?
Bring Hayden back! I loved her~

monygrl
monygrl

OMG..what a truly wonderful episode. So very well written. I just cant believe Jake is back and Liz has her three boys to hold and love. Like someone said above, THIS is what soaps are made of. Rebecca Herbst played this beautifully, understated, not the scenery chewing some think means your acting. I felt every single emotion that played on her face. Kudos to GH, Rebecca, Jonathan , Tony and little James. What a great little actor he is. He is playing it to perfection, kind of standoffish (he doesnt know them after all) but still sweet.
I wasn’t as thrilled as others are with the “Jason was perfect” scenes with Monica and Jake. It is way too heavyhanded. We get it..Jason is perfect and wonderful, nobody can meet his high standards.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

That was awesome!!! I would he so happy if Y&R would copy GH and bring Delia back. Pleeeeeease!? I’m praying to the soap gods. I’m also praying to steal Billy Miller back before they ever did that though. It’s awesome to see a wrong be righted for once!!!

Timmm
Timmm

No, Billy is staying! Y&R screwed up!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

That’s for sure 🙁 Billy has never been the same. He made Billy’s sarcasm adorable, and was believable as a screw up who was constantly trying to do better. I can’t imagine BJ being capable of pulling off the scene where Billy accidentally got a tattoo of “Victor” on his back. And BM seems to be completely loved as “Jake” too, with amazing chemistry with Elizabeth. Dang it, Y&R!!!!!

Anne
Anne

Agree with all of comments, but what was missing was just basic curiosity from Eliz about what happened and who had her son all these years. Wouldn’t that have been the first thing most of us would have said?

Becky
Becky

That and an explanation for how it could be pulled off. The glossed over explanation from Thursday or Friday was Luke saying something about the Cassadines being able to pull off things like this. Didn’t fly for me. And I still don’t like this much rewriting of history. JJ was amazing, as always. Oh, and instead of spending more time with the boys, especially Aidan, he had to go off to fill in his mother? He could have phoned! This is all too lame for me. From reading the other comments, apparently I’m the only one. More realism please.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

The thing that bothered me is that if it were my daughter, I would have collapsed to my knees in relieved tears. I didn’t see the stunned relief that I would have felt. But that also would have really scared Jake, so I don’t know. Maybe Liz was maintaining self control. I wouldn’t have been able to.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I agree with both of you. While I have loved these last few days of GH…Jonathan Jackson is practically the heart and soul of the show..he is so natural, easy-does-it, his rapport with Luke, Laura, Elizabeth..the whole thing hearkens back to the essence of the show. It FEELS like GH…Luke, Laura, Lucky…Monica…sigh…. If only Luke were staying…JJ back for good ( doing the impossible…staying on NASHVILLE as well…love him there, too!) perchance to dream, lol, with Scorpio, Holly, Sean…THAT was GH! And these scenes only emphasize what a different, lesser show it’s become.

But…while having lil Jake back was poignant, the acting great, the reactions were waaaay too minimal. A child, a son, a grandson miraculously alive! And, what. Some tears, tender moments. There should be shock, hysterics, disbelief, perhaps fainting, swooning, lol, SOME expressed shock!

And, please…Lucky’s leaving to see Laura? When two sons, one whom he hasn’t seen in years other than presumably on skype…and the other just returned from the supposed beyond!

Carlivati did the same thing on OLTL. Todd, Roger Howarth comes back after YEARS presumed to be living amongst family and friends with a different face, ala, Trevor St. John…and after a simarly composed response they’re over it.

What about Ava/Diane? Did u see many jaws drop when she walked in? Nada.

However, Kudos to the actors and to bringing back a piece of GH’s yesteryear…

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

By the way, is Jake Jason’s biological son? Because if so, the casting was perfection. That little boy looks like a Steve Burton mini me.

Becky
Becky

You got it Ashleigh. Lucky agreed to say he was the baby daddy to protect the boy from the mob.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Haha, Ashleigh. I thought the same thing. They even spiked up his hair and gave him a bit of an albeit sweet, cold stone, nonchalant attitude.

Ces
Ces

I thought the “moment” was mediocre. Maybe because that kid just stands there with this dumb look on his face. Jonathan Jackson is always amazing. That’s where my kudos goto.

k/kay
k/kay

I think it is the same little boy get ready for a bumpy ride that child has been raised by Helena for what four or five years this is going to be RC’s version of the bad seed. He will start off with drowning cats I can bet that is where he is headed that is why the boy shows no emotion.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ive been saying the same thing…little Jake will turn out bad…first he’ll spook his brothers…then he will try to harm Spenser because he wants Emma…he’ll mentally torment Liz…then Josslyn will fall in love with the little terror of her dreams…lol

Shay
Shay

I had the exact same notion, k/kay! There is something deeply chilling and spooky about this so beautiful, but eerily calm, quiet boy….it goes beyond the natural trepidation that any child in his situation would display. If this storyline progresses in the fashion that this troublesome foreshadowing would suggest, then I would say be afraid…be VERY afraid!

Timmm
Timmm

I didnt want to pick on a kid but he was Steve Burton like! [Mr. Roboto!]

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Haha mini stone cold!!!!

Ces
Ces

Too bad he wasnt more like billy miller!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well to be fair when he was first hired on GH he was what 3 or 4, back then all they hired him to do was stand there and look cute and have a passing resemblance to Steve Burton. I don’t think he is professional child actor and he probably hasn’t done any real acting in his life, so this isn’t his fault, it is casting fault, they should have recast the role.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You got it, Timmm. Shay actually called him Sone Cold Jr. Little Jake is so cute, though. Brick-Wall, not so much.
How did the name ‘stone cold’ come about, anyway?

Timmm
Timmm

@CeeCee. Stone Cold was a nickname given to Jason by Spinnelli.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thanks, Timmm. Stone Cold surely fits Steve/Dylan, albeit I saw a tinge of a ‘humanoid’ presence in him as he said farewell to a tearful Avery.

Dan
Dan

If you think about it from the perspective of the Jake character, can you imagine how overwhelming and confusing it would be to have these people show up out of nowhere, disturbing the only existence you’ve known for the past 5 years? A place where even though he was being held, he was obviously well taken care of, and wanted for nothing. Then some guy shows up telling you that he’s your father and he’s gonna take you away. Hell, that would be scary for me now and I’m 35, let alone an 8 year old kid, lol.

I think that he was told to play it this way. James Nigbor, the boy that plays Jake is a real cutie, and I think he’ll do just fine.

And of course, K/Kay brings up a great point. There’s no telling what Helena could have done to this kid’s mind over the past 5 years. We know brainwashing and mind manipulation is her specialty. Will definitely be something interesting to look for.

Harry
Harry

When he was four, his hair was styled up to make a point. You can see that in the picture Lizzy was gazing upon before Jake’s entrance.
It’s amusing to think that the Cassadines maintained that Ed Grimley point all these years.
I guess they were trying to make a point.

clh
clh

The scenes were good between the adults but emotionless with the child. It was like Elizabeth was hugging a tree. Nor thrilled with the new Jake as he looks a little Psychotic to me.

Timmm
Timmm

I dont understand why he was coached by the director to show some emotion?

Harry
Harry

He does have a bit of a Children of the Corn thing going there–does he not?
What amuses me is that the boy has the exact same hair style he did five years ago.

Ces
Ces

Right? Lol!!

aria
aria

its not a new jake its the same kid playing jake, he was younger, and probably after “jake’ was killed the kid playing him never kept up with acting, but its the same kid..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Perhaps little Jake is being schooled to behave that way…he has that disturbing ‘Damien’ look about him. He has been with Helena, afterall.

Justin
Justin

It was beautiful, almost had the 90’s General Hospital feel to it. I just have so many questions, and seriously, they’re not going to explain how or why little Jake ended up on Cassadine Island, other than it being Helena’s machinations? They have to explain who’s organs Josselyn received, though, correct?

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

If it were me, I would get a DNA test ASAP.

I can see it now. Should GH live for years to come (and I am holding my breath), a new regime tells the story that it is a Jake look-a-like, not the real deal.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hmmmm. Good idea. But, as we all know, Chrystie, something drastic needs to happen before any bright idea dawns on any of these characters.LOL

Rob
Rob

I have a feeling Nikolas knew little Jake was alive. This will complete his turn to the dark side.

janet
janet

Turn to the dark side. If its true and Nickolas knew .Darth Vader has nothing on him. I like Nick and Lucky is his brother. Of course Liz took Aiden and proved he was lucky’s so he could be playing the revenge game. I just hope not. Seems most of this show has tried to keep kids from the parents. Liz needs to think what she is doing.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Absolutely. I said as much, Rob. How truthful has Nik been? It looked to me he could not look his mother in the eye. Too bad. All these characters, that I sooo loved, have disappointed me to no end. I am still hoping the writers will redeem him and Liz, somehow.

S.U.
S.U.

Yet another emotional episode I thoroughly enjoyed!! I loved every second of it from Luke/Lucky, Jakeson/Monica and Elizabeth’s reunion with her son. Becky Herbst has been doing outstanding work this year and it’s nice to see her being given so much material after so many years on this show. Killing off baby Jake was a huge mistake and I’m glad it’s being rectified. The last few shows have felt like old school GH for me. I hope they keep it up! There are still a lot of questions about what happened to little Jake that I hope will be addressed but for now, I couldn’t be happier with this story!

Timmm
Timmm

The good news: Monica and Jason’s scenes were an A+! Billy Miller seems to have chemistry no matter what show he is on and who he acts with! Its great to see Leslie back and we have been waiting for scenes with Jason. It was worth it. For once they didnt side step important dialogue and make us ASSume they had a conversation off camera. It was just precious! I cannot wait until Monica puts two and two together! {A mother always knows!]

The good news part II: Another home run by Tony and JJ. You see people, this is the Luke that all of us long time viewers fell in love with! JJ is so talented. I dont see how he is not a major movie star? Anyway, I loved how Lucky said he might rescue Luke one day and Luke said that he already had. If you think about the whole Fluke story thats what I got from Luke’s line. Having Lucky back home was just what the doctor ordered!

Timmm
Timmm

Now the bad news: I wanted so much for Rebecca to knock it out of the park and submit this scene for Emmy consideration but she blew it! I understand her not believing Lucky initially that Jake was alive but once the kid walked into her house she should have been hysterical! She acted like Jake was lost while shopping at Target and the security guard found him stuck in between one of the cloths racks! I wanted to cry. It was just not that good. Any mothers out there? Tell me how you would feel if your deceased child walked into your house five years after you “Buried” him or her? I like Rebecca but she really let me down. I was much more blown away by how Monica and Jason sat and had iced tea as she filled “Jake” in on her beloved Jason.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I was more hysterical when our Target store closed…lol

Timmm
Timmm

Thats funny Jim. I cannot believe they are closing some of their stores. Now K-mart and Sears, I understand.

Ces
Ces

Haha! That’s what i was thinking. JJ was the only powerhouse in those scenes. The rest was nothing to write home about.

CeeCee
CeeCee

HaHa, jimh.

Rose
Rose

Jim and Timmm…in reading the business news, for TarJay to close one store is nothing compared to their Canadian experiment. They came into Canada a couple of years ago to great fanfare, opened about 150 stores (or a least lots) nationwide, and had to close down everything within two years. Totally beyond bungled.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I buried a baby 15 years ago…i probably would go into shock or had a heart attack…

Harry
Harry

Jim, I am so sorry.

Rose
Rose

Jimh…So sorry. This storyline must be bringing back memories.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Rose,
This storyline is otherworldly and the most painful…a heaviness in the chest, for parents such as Jim and I. It is a profound ache in our hearts that can only be ‘understood’ by those who have walked and are still walking in our shoes.

Harry
Harry

Ha! Jim, that is funny.
Timm, I understand but I was thinking that Lizzy was trying to keep herself controlled as to not frighten the child. Lizzy is so beautiful that she takes my breath away. Easily the most beautiful woman on daytime.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey……I just said that! Rebecca is easily the most beautiful woman on daytime. Why? She is natural. No fru-frus; no frills; no fuss. Just a natural beauty.

Patrick
Patrick

read @Ashley post above…. I wanted the reunion to be … all out tears… crying… a letting go of my heart… that I can release all these past 4-5 years on hold

i thought the same as Ashley… that she didn’t want to “scare” Jake… with losing her emotions

dang it tho! Liz has chemistry galore : w/ Lucky, “nuJason”, Nikolas, just whomever they pair her with… and we are witnessing proof postive of her Lead Actress carry

su0000
su0000

I would imagine;
when a mothers dead son walks into the room she would;
1st ; faint/pass out !
2nd; hysterical crying
3rd;
as Liz.. in complete shock unable to grasp what was actually happening..
A mummified moment .. (not quite in this world at that moment..

Rose
Rose

I’m more inclined to #3. 1&2, though understandable, would be too much for me. And what about Lucky…it’s as if he’s delivering the mail.

janet
janet

For people complaining about fans not being happy, watch the last two days of GH ,and you will see why. This is what we were use to, except for the Guza years where the mob was the *good guys*, Monica and Billy Miller, just like the four L’s all actors in every sense of the word. But, Jason was NOT good after the accident.
We get story lines off screen, twitter to answer questions, and actors who have no talent. none, nada . We get every actor who isn’t working right now ,but did on a different soap. why? Liz did a great job . maybe the kid has been brainwashed like Lucky was, I certainly hope Liz remembers that lucky and takes Lil Jake to Kevin. The thing I most hope for is FrankenRon see what we see and make ajustments.

su0000
su0000

C’mon..
GH was not a daily cry fest in the 80’s..
No matter what the era moments as Tony’s exit are rare, in any soap..
Y&R doesn’t have any scenes as the past 3 days of GH ..

I’d bet nobody cried through Luke & Laura in their white space suits and helmets and
Luke in the jungle in a loincloth with black dress socks on.. lol
80’s GH had a lot of campy crazy, also..

Soaps have their moments, and it is the special emotional moments of the 80/whicher years that are being remembered..

GH has its’ moments too..
If JJ had not returned it would be different moments..
I love this story.. It is fun for me to get a wee look back..
Tony as always is at his best..
JJ is giving his best, all are giving their best for this story, Tony’s last.
It is pushing emotions, very well done !

Liz and lil Lucky and Jake/Jason are set up for some great stories..
I can see Jake recalling he is a Q before he recalls he is stone cold..
Nikolas and ELQ is good stuff..
Of course Sam will freak out when she learns Jake is Jason and in love with Liz..
GH will have a great fall season..

The Tony exit story was written for these special moments that will never be forgotten, they will linger on and very well done….
((looking forward to the Luke and Tracy’s goodbye 🙁 Jane and Tony will give us greatness..
The very last scene; emotional impact ..

Harry
Harry

Since you’re well adept at utilizing Youtube videos of GH of days gone by, please look up “BJ’s Heart”. If you don’t cry upon watching those scenes, then well, you have no heart.

su0000
su0000

Dear Harry..
I do not care to cry 🙁 but some scenes I just have to cry
Here is a crying YouTube list for you..
BJ Jones’ heart going to her dying cousin, Maxie.
Josslyn’s donation from Jake
Storm shot himself so that Katie could get his heart.
Zack’s liver went to save his brother’s daughter
Olivia received Gus’s heart after his death
Viki received her husband Ben’s heart
Colleen’s heart went to go to a dying Victor.
Rafe’s heart went to Alice
Dylan’s part liver went to Paul
I guess there are many favorite soap organ-transplant storylines to make one cry..

indeed, BJ’s heart to Maxie may well be the best one ..

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Yes, Su, there were campy, crazy stories back then. Wild, fantastical trips on earth in Port Charles to one from another planet with Casey, the alien. But at the heart of all those stories were relationships. Families were closer, friends were closer, romance was everywhere you turned…from Frisco and Felucia to Anna and Duke, Sonny and Brenda, Robin and Stone, Lucky and Elizabeth. There were cliques…great families…you just had to be there, lol! And the scene between Luke and Lucky was just the way it was…just a very special relationship. To put it succinctly, it was a vibe…and ya just can’t get it back….

Harry
Harry

Okay, Suoo. I did not mean to sound snappish…not this time.
I can see that you are trying and I do appreciate it.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

No matter how “crazy” and “camp” GH got in the 80s, it had one thing that today’s GH does not have: it had Luke and Laura, greatest love story of all time! Amen!

MC
MC

I thought the whole episode was played with great understanding of what the situation was. It would have been easy for Rebecca Herbst to sob uncontrollably and flail about, making it all about Liz. Instead, she took the role of a mother who didn’t want to frighten what would, almost certainly, be a traumatized child. I thought the struggle that Liz was having – wanting to hold on and never let go, vs. not wanting to frighten Jake – came off perfectly.

It is hard to pick my favorite point in the episode, but I think it was right after Lucky told her Jake was here. She glanced to the door then the camera watched her through the window of the house moving from the fireplace, looking towards the door, she crossed to the door and steadied herself on the chair before finally looking so hopefully at the open door.

Clearly Liz, was in shock. She was stunned and voiced as much when she broke down outside the house. She said she wanted to smother him and never let him go, but she knew that would be too much for the little boy.

I’m sure there will be many questions and follow ups in the days to come, especially for Nik. But well done all around.

PS – I still don’t think that we need to be criticizing the child actors.

Harry
Harry

I agree–Lizzy was in shock and also fighting to keep it together for the sake of little Jake.

SW
SW

Oh my gosh!! It was an amazing episode! Tears!! Now Lizzie, do the right thing with big Jake and be the heroine I know you are!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Yes it was another brilliant show filled with great moments, and if you are willing to overlook all the contrived and flimsy story that made those moments possible, then yes you should be very happy. But this isn’t what soaps used to be, soaps used to like a great meal, filled with many courses, with each course, wonderful on its own, so when dessert came– it was just the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. Ron and Co love dessert, but one cannot live on desserts alone, and soaps need more than a handful of great moments strung together to survive.

k/kay
k/kay

The writers had so much time because of constraints on JJ’ s time I am willing to cut them some slack the last few weeks Tony has even relaxed and showed his softer side. I’m sorry this is one back from the Dead I am willing to accept because it righted a producer and writer who decided they did not need a legacy character remember JFP just about killed everybody she could get her bloody hands on. I will watch drama likes this any day over the mob nonsense and excuse me everybody being fooled by a woman in a black wig and an accent and not know it is Ava.

jeremy
jeremy

Yes, Indeed it was. What a Powerful Episode. This is, What GH is about. Loved every minute of it, to all involved. Thanks GH!!

Tami
Tami

I Thought Rebecca Herbst did a good Job. Liz was unbelieving what Lucky was saying because she saw him in the hospital. She was num IMO – I think If my child came back from the dead I would be hesitant to believe he was my son. I think Becky shows her emotions in her facial expressions which I find well done. I tend to get more annoyed at some actressses who scream a lot. I think Liz reaction was appropriate for what was going on disbelief, happiness, anger, scared, hesitant to hope. I liked the Nik and Lucky scenes today also.

Charday
Charday

Two great episodes in a row! So thrilled to see Monica Quartermaine back and let’s hope it sticks.

Nanci
Nanci

I loved seeing Monica again. Been years since I have!

Nanci
Nanci

Loved Liz’s scenes.
Confused, though.
She has 3 boys. Jake is
Jason’s, but was raised by Lucky.
Are Aiden and Cameron Lucky’s
bio-children?

Tima
Tima

Cameron is not Lucky’s bio-son, but Aiden is.

Harry
Harry

But Lucky raised all three boys as his own.
Lucky is the only father poor Cameron has ever known.

CeeCee
CeeCee

So, Liz had three kids with three different men? Hmmmm. Such a netherworldly concept for me.

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee..
A few of the women on GH have had their children with
different men… In order.
Elizabeth had Cameron w/Zander, Jake w/Jason, Aidan w/Lucky.
Carly had Michael w/AJ, Morgan w/Sonny, Joss w/Jax.
Alexis had Sam w/Julian, Kristina w/Sonny, Molly w/Rick.
Laura had Nik w/ Stavros, Lucky & Lulu w/ Luke.
Tracy had Ned w/ Lord Ashton, Dillon w/ Paul.
Olivia had Dante’s Inferno w/Sonny, New baby w/Julian.
Ava supposedly had Kiki w/Silas, Avery w/Coin-toss Sonny
or Morgan. Still to early in the game for Lulu, Maxie, Sappy,
Rosalie if she stays on as a Q or a C, wouldn’t this scenario
be a pip…Hayden comes out of her coma pregnant w/ Nik’s
baby…….

Nanci
Nanci

Thanks for the info, you guys!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Fanny. Thanks, Fanny.
WOW!!!! I cannot relate, Fanny…LOL. I suppose there are women/men who do live such complex lives, in the real world, not just Soapland.

Deborah
Deborah

When I first heard they were bringing little Jake back, I was not happy. There are too many back from the dead stories on GH. However, the writing and acting for the episodes were amazing and emotional. I know this is picky, but if they were going to rewrite history, they should not have kept writing the “5” years comments since Jake died. He died in 2011 so it has only been 4 years.

tlove
tlove

I am so over the lies. This whole storyline will have to go full circle before Elizabeth and Jake/Jason find their way back. I’ve been catching up on all I’ve missed in my stubborness. Even before she knew Jake was Jason they had that undeniable chemistry that they always had. She was always his protector, confidant, nurse, supporter his love and in my opinion soul mate. The nurses ball when she decided she was going to take her happiness. Was a revaluation for her. Side bar… Why couldn’t Nick keep this to himself? Anyway… I was rooting for her last weekend when i watched that episode! But now all she is doing is perpetuating the lie. Fact, the truth is going to come out. It’s breaking my liason heart! I understand why she did it. I can’t understand why she is still digging the hole deeper? ELizabeth has to say it before anyone else does. Note, does anyone remember the chemistry that Lucky and Sam had? I was rooting for them when JJ wasn’t in the role. I think i understand though it sickens me, why they wrote Elizabeth and Nic together. They successfully killed that Lucky And Elizabeth childhood love. Their love was well It was sweet. Now this… Ok RH bring Elizabeth out of this. Im trying to wrap my head around how? I would have done as she did that first night but it would have had to turn into something more for keeping the lie going. I don’t agree with why and how the lie has evolved after that initial shock of learning the truth. But i believe this storyline as horrible as it is will lead Liason into forever. Just my theory. Jason had this idea about Elizabeth stuck in his head. Start at the beginning.

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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