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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Elizabeth Learns She’s Responsible for Reiko Falling Down the Stairs; Where Does This Story Go From Here?

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Where is this all leading? That is the question many General Hospital fans are asking themselves following Wednesday’s episode. On the surface, it would look to now drive a wedge between the relationship of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Finn (Michael Easton). So, here’s what viewers found out or had confirmed.

In California, Jeff (William Moses) reveals to Elizabeth that it was she who pushed Reiko down the flight of stairs.  At first, Elizabeth refuses to believe it.  Previously, Jeff admitted to having an affair with Reiko (Mele Ihara) while at Doctors Without Borders and Carolyn (Denise Crosby) admits she knew as well.  Liz starts to recall the missing pieces in her head of the argument she had with Reiko. Carolyn says, it’s all coming back to Liz now.

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It was then, that Liz recalls her confrontation with Reiko where she called Reiko ‘a home-wrecking whore’.  At that moment, Liz threatened Reiko that she would tell Carolyn and Reiko’s husband about the fling with her dad.  Reiko grabbed Liz and told her she should not go through with that.  During the argument, and as a struggled ensured, Reiko tumbled down the stairs. Liz cries and realizes, “I did it! It was me.”

While Liz can’t seem to recall if Reiko’s fall was caused by her own intent to push her, or if it was an accident and Reiko slipped, Jeff shares he didn’t see what happened. However, Jeff really lowers the boom on Liz when he reveals that due to the fall, Reiko suffered a traumatic brain injury and severe bleeding. It was then, that Reiko needed a blood transfusion, and that’s how she got the disease that killed her.


Carolyn steps in and tells Liz they did everything to protect her from the legal system since she was a minor. So, they set out to get an immediate transfer for themselves and sent her away.  Liz struggles to understand why she couldn’t remember any of this. Carolyn shares that originally, following Reiko’s fall, Elizabeth suffered from terrible nightmares and sleepwalking episodes. Eventually, Carolyn coached her to block out the memories, and hence, they sent her away so she would never remember. Carolyn and Jeff say it was better to lose their relationship with her than lose her forever.

A furious and hurt Elizabeth can’t believe they brainwashed her, sent her away, etc. and believes all her parents cared about was protecting their reputations and storms out of the house.

So, how did you feel about the resolution to the mystery of what has been troubling Elizabeth for months and months? Do you think this will end up with a surprising turn? Are there just too many pot-holes in this entire story to make it palpable to long-time viewers? Share your thoughts on the story via the comment section below.

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Hated every second of it. Once again the people at GH are struggling to find a reason for Finn (or whatever struggling character) to still be on the show, so they hijack a story that should have been about Elizabeth’s abandonment by her parents (and countless others along the way) and made it about an irrelevant character that should have left town 5 years ago. I don’t really care where it goes from here. Aside from Rebecca Herbst’s performance delivering on whatever material they give her, once again Elizabeth fans are left wondering why they bother watching.

I swear Chris a n d Dan get dumber and dumber with these stories and Frank allows it.

All three of these actors did wonderfully. I think Liz’s parents caring more maintaining their reputations than helping their daughter fits with the history. I do not however like that GH made this all about Finn & hus dead wife. I don’t care about Reiko. I no longer care about Finn after having watch him mistreat Liz. I hate that the writers used Becky to probably give Michael Easton an Emmy reel.

Please tell when and how Finn mistreated Liz. I must have missed that show.

It’s been great having Liz lead her own story this past year or so. Having this story play out inconsistently and appearing to have no clear direction from the jump, has hurt it. Nonetheless, Becky has finely gotten scenes this past week that she could sink her teeth in. Liz got considerable POV and fair amount of screen time. It’s been since the Jake Doe story that we saw that. Becky did some fantastic, nuanced work this week.

I’m curious to see how the story goes moving forward. I’m okay if Finn and Liz share the next part of this story together since they’re in a pairing together and have been in each other’s stories since Franco died, I’m just hoping that they won’t shift all the focus on Finn going forward. I have a feeling that Heather will also get involved in their story coming up soon, as well.

I just cant get over the writers retconning this story. Or maybe they didnt, maybe they are writing it that its her parents who are trying to brainwash her again. Because Finn told Hayden how Reiko and he got the disease and it wasnt because Reiko was clumsy and tripped down some stairs. Also, while I am LOVING that Liz finally has a front and center story about her, I kinds wish they didnt try to make it about Finn and his long dead wife. I’m over the fact they insist on taking Lizs stories and insert her love interests as the main character (ie: Lizs rapist comes back became about Franco. Lizs parents coming back becomes about Finn.) I do love that they cast her parents though, finally, after 25 years. I loke the actors so far.

They tell this story with Laura and Rick Weber ?

It is rather similar. If Elizabeth all of a sudden goes into a catatonic state or if they reveal Scotty pushed Reiko, then it’s a carbon copy!

This was all too convoluted. Making Elizabeth somehow responsible for Reiko’s illness and ultimate death is an idea that came way too late. It’s revisionist history. Don’t care for it at all.

What an awful piece of writing! How did this get by Frank Valentini whom is supposed to be such a perfectionist? Between this and the awful Carly/Reese revisionist story I am really beginning to wonder what is going on at GH!!

What’s going on is that they have been treading water since they threw Jason under the bus for a second time, nearly a year ago. That’s why you have the endless Nina propping, as well as filler stories that go nowhere like this mess & Carly’s Jacksonville “detour”. I was hoping Holly’s return might have meant a return to some proper GH writing, but now it’s starting to look like she’s some sort of zombie on the Victor/Shane payroll, so Hell only knows if anything good will come from that.

I love that Becky got a story and material for her 25th, however, I don’t like the retcons. It seems like Chris & Dan want to surprise the audience more than tell a dramatic story. All I wanted was for Elizabeth’s parents to come back to Port Charles, act like they never did anything wrong and try to reconnect with Liz and the boys. I wanted Liz to be emotionally wrecked by it. To lash out at her parents. To cry. To cry a lot. To be supported by her loving husband Franco. A story arc that would have lasted 3 to 6 months. I didn’t want a story about Finn and his dead wife.

Relations in soaps can often seem rather convoluted. With that in mind, I submit the Michael Easton connection…

Easton plays a character (Finn) who was connected romantically to two daughters (Elizabeth and Hayden) of Jeff Webber (and is the father of Jeff’s granddaughter – Violet). Jeff had an affair with Finn’s first wife (Reiko). Finn was also engaged to Anna, whose daughter (Robin) was in a relationship with Jason (biological son of the cousin (Susan) of Jeff’s second wife, Heather – who’s also the mother of Jeff’s son (Steven Lars) and Elizabeth’s deceased husband (Franco).

But wait, there’s more…
Easton also played the character of Silas Clay, bio father to Kiki Jerome, Nelle Benson and Willow Tait. All three had romantic relationships with Michael Corinthos, first cousin of Jeff’s grandson (Jake) and the grandson of Jeff’s first wife (Monica).

I could go on (such as Sam and Alexis involvement with McBain, Silas and Finn), but my head was spinning just figuring this part out.

As the character of Jeff (ironically) in Tootsie said: “This is one nutty hospital.”

I just don’t think writers have any good, original ideas anymore. And it’s not always their fault. The well of face-to-face interaction and relationship building, which makes for human drama, isn’t what it used to be. I blame a lot of it on the growing use and dependency on tech from children to adults. You don’t see kids outside playing with friends. Many are working from home. And even using online dating services to get a date. Then covid further caused more isolation. So now we see regular tv filling up with more news, talk, game, and “fake” reality shows. Amazing what classical composers wrote with no tech of any kind except their own imagination.

While I was hoping for this reunion to happen I could never really think of anything Elizabeth’s parents could say that would rationally explain their absence from her life. Once it was revealed that Reiko was in Elizabeth’s memory I kind of released myself from much serious emotional investment in the rollout and accepted that the writers were obviously fixing to tell a crazy story with a confusing timeline. I’ve really struggled with the writing of the entire show for quite a while so this just feels like more of the same mostly disappointing mess. I’m a forever Becky/Elizabeth fan, though, so am watching and rolling with the punches like I always have. Becky’s portrayal makes me keep hope alive and it’s been great seeing her get some substantial material. I’m curious to see what happens next with Elizabeth and all the other characters in the story but I can’t even imagine what else the writers are going to come up with.

This convoluted mess is just something to push Finn even more to the forefront of Elizabeth’s story. The writers are dead set on pairing Liz with Finn despite how poorly the couple has been received by critics and fans alike. This whole thing would be so much better if Elizabeth was still with her devoted husband Franco and he was playing the supportive role while she got the front burner. Every story doesn’t have to be about a new romance. Elizabeth deserved a story about her and her parents. Instead, the audience must revisit Finn’s dead wife that no one cared about in the first place. The only way to salvage this mess would be to have Finn secretly targeting Jeff and his daughters all these years! And, for good measure, have him be the one who faked Franco’s death so when it’s all revealed, Elizabeth gets her HEA with the love of her life.

The “love of her life” is Lucky Spencer. Not some half assed retcon of a serial killer invented so Frank & ReRon could keep a pet from their own cancelled TV show gainfully employed.

That said though, I do agree with you that Elizabeth & Finn (created for the same reason as Frodd) was a ridiculous pairing. Not nearly as bad as Sonny & Nina, but what could be worse than that mess? Most of the current couplings on this show are laughable, really. Just when you thought Brooklynn & Chase might have had a shot, it turns into some ridiculous cartoon about autotuned lipsyncing “music”.

That’s a big problem, Satan. They can’t write convincing love stories that we can invest in. Chase and Brook Lynn were doing so well on a nice slow burn, becoming friends and allies before romance intervened. Now, it seems she’s more obsessed with Linc than Chase! He’s such a sweet guy and so likeable and ridiculously handsome…he deserves better. Finn is a dullard, PERIOD. And not just with women. His scenes with the adoring Chase seem one-sided with Chase delivering all the smiles and brotherly love while Finn just seems preoccupied…with what, I don’t know. He doesn’t seem to have an ‘inner life’. At least Froddo has some personality and sex appeal…well, until this latest incarnation. Austin Gatling Gun or whatever the hell his name is this time is a snore and his pairing with the spirited Maxie is catastrophic.

I thought this whole SL is stupid. Kevin could have finished the hypnosis and brought out the rest of Liz’s memories without going to find these half-assed parents that only succeeded in making her more guilty and unloved. I like Billy Moses but he sure does not do parent, husband or Dr. very good. The mother reminds me of a jailer, and I swear I could hear the keys clamging on her belt as she walked across the floor, scarry! I heard enough about Reiko years ago who Finn thinks was an angel, and now to find all this with Liz taking the blame for killing his beloved wife, enough is enough.

I just truly hope dead Reiko does not all of sudden… appear alive. That would be absolute worst storyline yet !

and Violet, thanks so much for thumbs up on your comment to my Josh Kelly election comment… I just don’t understand why so many take issue with him… I would definitely give him a best new addition to the cast any day, but just far too sad that Kelly Thiebaud is exiting… they have great on screen chemistry.

Worst storyline yet?

How quickly we forget Fluke, Denise DeMuccio and the never-ending Peter (Anna’s not-son, but nephew) problem.

Character assassinations of Rick Webber and Paul Hornsby, the woman in white, plus the temporary couplings of Emily & Sonny and Felicia & Luke all stunk up the screen more than Lizzy’s current convoluted story.

I don’t understand what the problem with Josh Kelly is. He just has not been accepted well, although I’ve recently gotten to like Britt with Dr.Gatlin-Holt also. I’ve seen 4 of her new episodes on Station 19 and it makes me miss her on GH all the more. I think her Huntington’s Desease will ultimately drive her away from Port Charles.

The ONLY saving grace of this story … which is often the case … is Rebecca Herbst. I can’t fathom why this show consistently treats her like a second string, D List member!

She is a beloved 25 year veteran who has proven her worth to the show time and time and time again.

This is one of the worst stories I have ever seen on daytime. It is contrived and forced and should have had nothing to do with Finn.

Back in 2002, the writers did something similar to Rick Webber. They retconned him into some kind of a sleazy cheating lech who hung out in attics.

I like a lot of what this writing team does … but this story is an epic fail!

It is isolated, weird, and just does not fit in with the fabric of the show. These are legacy characters … not day players to be sacrificed to uncharacteristically bad writing.

They are asking above,”Where Does This Story Go From Here?” I couldn’t care less, because it is of no interest to me, as is Elizabeth and her whining attitude. Sorry, I know how much she’s liked by most but to me she’s so needy and annoying.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Chase Proposes to Brook Lynn; Kristina and Blaze Share a Kiss

Finally, many GH viewers got their wish, when on the Monday, December 4th episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Chase (Josh Swickard) got down on one knee (a few times) and proposed to Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton).

At first, Brook Lynn balked at his attempt as she believed Gloria (Ellen Travolta) and Lois (Rena Sofer) were pressuring him to do so. When she tells Chase marriage is off the table he pulls out an engagement ring. Chase reveals he was planning on proposing at Christmas, so he had the ring ready to go. A romantic Chase shares that he doesn’t want to waste one more day as he clearly knows what matters now … her!  With that, Chase gets back down on his knees and proposes again, and this time Brook Lynn says, “yes!” The two seal the deal with a kiss!

Molly (Kristen Vaganos) breaks the news to TJ (Tajh Bellow), that she now wants to accept her sister, Kristina’s (Kate Mansi) offer to be their surrogate, after all the failures they have been through in trying to find a candidate that will stick.  While TJ voices his concerns, he eventually comes around and tells Molly, “Let’s have a baby,” and now seems excited about the prospect of Kristina being the answer to their prayers. They seal the deal with a kiss!

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Kristina and Blaze (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) get together with a bottle of champagne, since Blaze’s latest song just hit number one on the charts. During their conversation, Kristina asks what is Blaze’s real name? She reveals it’s “Alison”.


Later, Kristina opens up about her past and her abusive relationship with Keifer, her short marriage to Trey and then how she went away to college and fell for her professor Parker Forsythe (formerly Ashley Jones).  She then reveals Parker went back to her ex. However, Kristina’s takeaway was she realized she was clearly into women. That leaves the moment open for Blaze to make a move on Kristina and the two share a kiss.

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So, three kisses moved the stories forward on this episode of GH. Which are you most happy about? Chase and Brook Lynn getting engaged? GH moving forward with a same-sex romance for Kristina and Blaze, or TJ and Molly coming together to agree to let Kristina be their surrogate? Three kisses, three different stories.  Let us know via the comment section below.

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Daytime Emmy Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon; The Tradition Continues

On Sunday, it was Mishael Morgan’s (Amanda Sinclair, The Young and the Restless) turn to host the annual Lead Actress nominee luncheon, for this year’s talented woman who are going for gold at the upcoming 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday night, December 15th on CBS.

Morgan took home the Daytime Emmy in this category in 2022 becoming the first Black actress in the now 50-year history to ever win it. In a tradition that was started by four-time Daytime Emmy winner Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie, The Bold and the Beautiful), the winning actress from the previous year has to pick up the tab, choose a restaurant and host a fun afternoon gathering for this year’s crop of nominees.

Attending the festivities were 2023 Lead Actress nominees: Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, The Young and the Restless), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Sharon Case (Sharon, The Young and the Restless) Finola Hughes (Anna, General Hospital), and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy, The Bold and the Beautiful).

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Taking to her Instagram, Melissa Claire Egan shared: “To be nominated alongside this incredibly talented group of women is a TRUE HONOR!!! Thank you to last years winner, the fabulous Mishael Morgan for hosting an epic Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon today. It’s so nice that they all offered to give me their Emmy if they win!!”

Michelle Stafford took to her Instagram and expressed: “Lead Actress Brunch. This is a real honor. I’m truly honored to be in a group with all of these incredible women. I’ve loved them all for a very long time. We are all so grateful to be working on our shows… to be working in general, as actors. What a spectacular group of women. Mishael (Last years winner) put together a brunch that was BEYOND spectacular with gift bags even!! I mean Mishael, you are an absolute class act. Thank you for the beautiful day 🧡”

Finola Hughes posted her sentiments as well, “Yesterday was the leading ladies lunch for the Emmy’s. It’s a tradition started by the inimitable Susan Flannery. (The previous years winner throws a luncheon for the nominees). Yesterday was a very special lunch. Mishael Morgan raised the bar! The conversation was at once light hearted and deep. This was an amazing group of women, supportive, funny and caring. Thank you all for a brilliant few hours 💕 🌸 ✨”

Posting on their Instagram Stories were Michelle Stafford who gave us a little more behind the scenes of the luncheon, where Mishael also handed out a gift bag to each of the ladies, and Sharon Case who accompanied her photos with the tune “This One’s For the Girls” by Martina McBride.

So, looking forward to seeing which of these talented actresses takes home the Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy on December 15th? What do you think about how the tradition has been handed down for many years that the luncheon carries on? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom Shares Heartfelt Message to Mark His 30-Year Anniversary as Dr. Kevin Collins

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since back on December 3rd, 1993, when General Hospital viewers got the shock of their lives as the ABC soap opera introduced the psychiatrist twin brother of serial killer, Ryan Chamberlain, in the form of Dr. Kevin Collins.

For soap fans that meant we got to see even more of one of the finest actors ever to appear in the genre in Jon Lindstrom. The talented actor started on GH a year and half earlier in June of 1992 as Ryan.

Fast-forward to 2023 and Lindstrom is in the running for this year’s Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series when the 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards are given out in less than two weeks on Friday night, December 15th on CBS. Could an Emmy on his 30th year playing Kevin and Ryan be in the cards? Stay tuned.

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It has been well-documented that former GH creatives Wendy Riche (ex-EP), Claire Labine (ex-head writer) and Michelle Val Jean (ex-writer) were all instrumental in keeping Jon in Port Charles with a second role as Kevin, when he could have headed to As the World Turns at the time to play the role of Damian Grimaldi, that eventually went to Paolo Seganti.

Taking to his Instagram on Sunday to acknowledge this special milestone, Jon shared via video message, “I woke up this morning to see that today December 3rd, marks 30 years since I debuted as Dr. Kevin Collins on General Hospital. I knew that it had been a long time, but 30 years since the doppelgänger to Dr. Ryan Chamberlain was introduced. It really is remarkable. It’s been a great ride, a great run. it’s like an entire career right there. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It’s just been great.”

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Lindstrom paid tribute to those who helped create Kevin, expressing, “I have a lot of people to thank about that, let alone people like Wendy Riche and the brass at ABC at the time … Claire Labine who was writing the show back, but Michelle Val Jean was really was the one who I had the pleasure of working with to develop and bring to life Kevin Collins. She’s still a great friend today. So, there’s been a lot of blessings around this for me, and don’t think, I don’t know it. I pretty much drop to my knees every day in gratitude. Thank you world for supporting Dr. Kevin Collins and Ryan Chamberlain, for that matter. I’ll do it as long as they’ll have me.”

Accompanying his video, Jon wrote: “So grateful today for my 30 years of ‘Kevin Collins’ (and ‘Ryan Chamberlain’) on General Hospital, and for the wonderful journey my life has been, for my friends, my the family and incredible opportunities I’ve had. Hope you all have much to be grateful for.”

Share your congrats and well-wishes to Jon for 30 years as GH’s Dr. Kevin Collins via the comment section below.


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