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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

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On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Mister Media
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Mister Media

I thought this episode was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Above all, it proved that the writers could produce a thoughtful, coherent story when motivated to do so. The acting, as usual, was stellar. Kudos to all involved.

Linda Berthiaume
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Linda Berthiaume

love that even in his dreams Carly made him smile and that Carson was there for each other. love how well Carson clicked together which showed no matter what they always find their way towards each other. also loved Sonny trying to protect his son from bad choices. Josh did amazing as young Sonny. also LOVED that they added Mike to this SL at the start and at the end. Sonny ending up shooting Dante at the end of his dream was powerful. well done. wish more shows would be this good

AVP
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AVP

I was looking forward to the episode, and I liked it. I am a fan of Maurice’s. I liked Kelly playing a different (sort of) character; she lost the monotone, finally. I always enjoy Maura. I would have liked to have seen Steve play Jason Quartermaine, not the same ol’ Jason Mobster. Tired of them decimating AJ’s memory. I loved Sean Kanan as AJ. Happy that Chad and Emme were not included in this episode. #insipidlulu-no thank you!
Also, Maurice’s son did a fantastic job!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Well, I confess to not looking forward to to it, but I really enjoyed the first half of this episode. Great actors giving different twists to their characters was clearly as much fun for them to do as it was to watch. But then something weird happened: Carly. To me, when she entered the proceedings, the energy level sunk by half. And I’m NOT a Carly hater; mostly Laura Wright makes her at least bearable for me. I can’t pinpoint why I felt this way, but there it is. Mr. Benard was superb but Dominic really impressed me too. It’s… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Dominic was great and believable as usual. Miss his solid presence and the goodness of his character.

su000
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su000

It was fun to watch for a change-up.
I liked seeing, once again, the Jeromes actually being the Jeromes. I miss them.

Patrick
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Patrick

WHY ??? did Shelly and Chris… have to

as ?? Was it Alexis explaining to Sonny… that Anna was all worn out with work and/or that Robin had died of AIDS

why did Shelly AND Chris write this ? was it relevant

if this was for cause and effect… it certainly didn’t

Robynne Wildman
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Robynne Wildman

Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to it. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed watching everyone and what might have happened with them without the mobster Sonny.

Fanny
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Fanny

Great episode‼️rejuvenated stale characters.. brought in a fresh perspective. Yet who you are meant to cross paths with you will, regardless of what road you take to get to get there.

jeaninegirard
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jeaninegirard

I told myself I wasn’t going to watch this episode seeing it was to be centered around Sonny (not a new thing, LOL!). I’m glad I did though! Standouts for me were the actor playing/who played Dante! Where was this kind of character for him before?!?! And loved Jason and Ava! Wow, why can’t they write scripts of this caliber?! We know how solid the cast has always been but this really gave a chance to showcase their talents. Now back to ho-hum after yesterday.

Sheri
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Sheri

Absolutely LOVED it!!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I really enjoyed the What If episode. I went back over some of the scenes on You Tube, and can really see how Dominic Z.had been wasted or seen to be boring and uninteresting on the show before. I enjoyed seeing this darker side, and Sam as his trophy wife, wearing becoming clothes, instead of the one-note black, which I am so sick of. I also loved the younger looking Mike, while Ava and Jules were more gangsta type, than usual, but wishing I could have pealed Ava off of Jason, who looked nauseus, to say the least. Olivia, always… Read more »

camilla mastrocola
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camilla mastrocola

I loved it. Maurice is such a great actor. I’ve watch him for years…

Brittany
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Brittany

LOVED IT!!! However, I was confused about “Michael” – he surely would not have been named Michael if there was no Carson?

Celia
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Celia

Is willow Nina’s daughter? Kiki’s twin? And, ….Why are TPTB turning Charlotte into a mini-virago? I hope Genie’s past issues with mental health not be, somehow, ‘dumped’ onto Charlotte……that is, heving inherited the gene? …..or, the writers’ intent will, perhaps, be to tackle Charlotte’s ‘unhappiness’, for lack of a better word, with Nina’s and her father’s divorce……thus, her bullying is a form of rebellion? I suppose, because of all the types of bullying going on (including Cyber), it needed to show its face on soaps, as well. I thought the scene was handled well by all three characters. Our first… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCeeGirl…Hello again, mia amica! As far as Laura’s past mental problems, they actually occurred due to extreme trauma from a highly-charged situation regarding her stepfather, Rick Webber…that’s what precipitated her psychotic break from reality. Prior to that moment, I don’t recall her having any great underlying issues that originally indicated a propensity toward genetic illnesses of the mind…In fact, as a young woman she was quite resilient, albeit sometimes emotionally needy and a bit fragile, given she lived through many trying experiences like finding out she was adopted and that Lesley was her real mother, joining a religious cult, being… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Shaybelle,
Thank you for the synopsis…..very enlightening. So sorry……at the risk of sounding rude ( lunch break at school), I can’t go further than that….LOL. Always busy these days….always in a hurry…..
I want to wish you and everyone on Mr. Fairman’s sites ( including him, LOL) a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Much ❤️, amica bella….

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh hey Celia. And season’s greetings to you as well. This isn’t GH-related, it’s Y&R. What the heck is happening? I barely recognize my beloved show! Horrible new characters! I could handle Arturo, even Lola. But Rey and Mia are so militantly repulsive I can’t bear it. Nate? The phony who puts the “goo” in guru and treats life like a Zen hallucination. And the worst – the “brilliant chemist” Phyllis hired who bulldozes her way through her lines like she’s late for a nail appointment. The only pluses right now are less Lily and how HOT Nick Newman looks… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Thank you….I had to take a breather and check in, LOL. What’s happening, Soaphound? Believe me, I’m with you…. This JT caca has been going on long enough. The only enjoyable person for me, at this point, is Mariah…..she is back with Tessa only to catch her in her black widow’s web ( ‘sorta’ speak). Never liked her. Mariah is sharpening her tiny claws ….good for her for having lost her trust and faith in her. I was starting to get used to Rey…..only because he showed his human side with Sharon as he explained his tortured life with his… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

It is always my pleasure to share with you whatever knowledge I have regarding GH’s past! I do hope you find some time to view the video clips I referenced, since they once again demonstrate how truly extraordinary Genie Francis and her Laura are. As for your hectic schedule, no need to apologize. CeeCeeGirl!…I understand, even though I miss our “conversations!” At any rate, I likewise wish you and yours a most festive and blessed Thanksgiving! Stay warm and safe this holiday week! Later, mia amica!

Celia
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Celia

Hi, my Shaybelle,
I did take a little time to watch as many episodes of Genie’s Laura as I could. I am up to the wedding….what an affair that was. She looked soooo young!! And, beautiful!!
I miss our talks, as well……As soon as the subbing is over, I shall post more often…..( the other teacher should give birth in about two weeks, and then maternity leave); albeit, I must confess I am loving to be back in my element. LOL.
A presto, amica.❤️

Shay
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Shay

Oh yes, CeeCeeGirl……Genie’s iconic Laura was indeed a most beautiful bride….she always seemed to glow from within and, to this day, emanates such a timeless quality, so even when viewing her decades later, the young Laura remains fresh and undated…When one combines that aspect with the immense, naturally effortless talent that has always been Genie’s trademark acting style, one can see why she was such a sensation during GH’s heyday and why so many of us still regard her as unmatched by all others who have followed in her footsteps. Additionally, despite her stunning visual appeal, this substantial character was… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, my lovely Shay,
Happy Birthday to you, as well–another year!! I saw a frown line on my forehead this morning!! How depressing!! LOL.
Buon compleanno, e mille di questi giorni. Did you get that?
❤️

Shay
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Shay

Si, comprendo, CeeCeeGirl! Molto grazie, bella donna e altrettanto! Piu tarde, mia cara amica! P.S. Try “Frownies!!!” They work a treat…Lol!!!

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Shaybelle,
Frownies? Who makes it? My Gran told me to use mayonnaise on my face an hour before showering in the morning. And, my mother-in-law said olive oil does wonders for the face, neck and scalp ( for hair-health). My mother just uses moisturizer.
My Gran uses all natural ‘ingridients’ from the kitchen, LOL…..,Tea bags on her eyes and lemon juice as an astringent. Oh, she, also, uses (I wish I could whisper this to you)Preparation H under the eyes—prevents swelling?
Have I said too much? Uh-Oh….
Buonanotte, bella….

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCeeGirl…The product is simply called “Frownies” and they are just paper-based adhesive facial patches which you apply to wrinkle-prone areas after you first dampen the back of them with water—-or rosewater, if you prefer— to activate them. You wear them at night to train your facial muscles not to make those repeated wrinkle-causing expressions…they come in varieties for the forehead or eyes/mouth area. This is a beauty secret from the ages…Frownies are literally ancient…film stars have used them since the silent days and the item is still produced by the same small company in Dayton, Ohio! Many online beauty websites… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Shay, I apologize for taking this long to respond….. Thank you for the info…..I did ask my grandmother . She has heard of “Frownies—sold at Bed and Bath, LOL….but, she only uses homemade ‘stuff’ ….As yourself, we have light skin ( to the extreme) –peaches and cream? Is that the term? Thank goodness for blush!! My aunt uses the product of which one of her patients suggested it to her ( she’s an OBGYN in Smithtown—-Long Island). I don’t have any lines ( just a little frown line between my brows) or wrinkles yet–however I have been using the… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Second try here, CeeCeeGirl!…Maybe Santa will bring you some Frownies as a stocking stuffer, so you can give them a try on that teeny, tiny line! Lol….By the way, I previously went into much more detail regarding our shared pallors and the skincare and cosmetics that best suit them in my first reply, but I guess the moderators must not be beauty junkies like myself…’tis a shame because I do so love all those lotions and potions!!! Ah…che e la vita, mia amica!!!

AVP
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AVP

The rewrite of history (Rich Webber) saddens me. When I watch the vintage YouTube videos from the early 80’s of Laura, and The Webber Family, there is just no way that Rick would have done that to Laura. Bad attempt at a rewrite of history and decimating another beloved character (Rick).

Shay
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Shay

I can understand your perspective, AVP, although I was never a Rick Webber fan. He always seemed too smug and self-righteous for my taste…so I guess it was easier for me to buy into the fact that lurking beneath all his sanctimony and nice guy perfection was this secret life he kept hidden for so many years. However, i do agree that there is simply too much revisionism when it comes to many of the most beloved GH legacy characters. There always seems to be this desire to destroy even the most innocuous and virtuous ones by sullying their reputations… Read more »

AVP
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AVP

Happy Thanksgiving to you, and to all!

Patrick
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Patrick

this caricature of ; the abilities of said dullard are stretched meaningless. I still can’t buy in to Sonny… his menacing AND piercing eye should speak volume… yet I get lost with his upper lip .. and having never seen his mouth ajar.. with teeth, no? his posture .. PLEASE , LOSE THE PINKY RING it was pure bile… watching Frank Valentini… showing Sonny AND Carly “meeting” AND how we are all so smitten… that Sonny would forget that quickly Olivia… AND Carly big version of blaming AJ for all her mishap… AND was coming on to Sonny… they looked… Read more »

Janice Deskins-Millican
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Janice Deskins-Millican

I really enjoyed watching, sonnys story was always interesting his integrety carried into his life as a gangster always enjoyed him and Carly, hope they stay together. To much breaking people up.

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Harrison Wagner, Son of GH’s Kristina Wagner and Jack Wagner, Cause of Death Determined

General Hospital’s Kristina Wagner (Felicia) and former GH and B&B star Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, ex-Nick) have been mourning the loss of their beloved son, Harrison Wagner, since he passed away this past June at the age of 27.

Harrison was found in a parking lot and his cause of death was initially deferred.  Now, according to a report from PEOPLE.com, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner officials have updated Harrison’s death as an “accident,” with Fentanyl and Alprazolam (the generic name for Xanax) as the official cause.

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Following his passing, Kristina and Jack created the Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund to assist other young men who battle addiction to be able to afford getting into a recovery community.

Just a few days ago on December 1st, Kristina remembered her son on what would have been his 28th birthday with a touching Instagram post. It included a video clip of Harrison dancing along with the words: “Sometimes I feel like a pinned butterfly. There’s no second chance. There’s no see-him-again. There’s no nothing. He’s not coming back. It’s final. But life goes on. How do I spend the rest of my own without Harrison in it? What does it mean to be ‘all right’ after the death of your child, your blood? The pain will never go away. Today is Harrison’s birthdate. I had the privilege to know him for 27 incredible years. Harrison was larger than life, but beneath his commanding presence was vulnerability and compassion. He understood his own defects and worked hard to turn them around, to strengthen his positive attributes. He was a good listener and stood up for others when they couldn’t speak for themselves. He is missed. Happy Birthday, Harrison. To all bereaved parents: May you find peace. Let’s stick around and see what’s in store for our extraordinary lives.”

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Jack and Kristina have two sons together, the late Harrison, and their eldest son, Peter (age 31).  The actors were previously married from 1993 to 2006.

We continue to offer our condolences to Jack, Kristina, and Peter through this difficult time, and hope that from Harrison’s passing, that the scholarship fund in his name, will help others.

Share your thoughts on the closing of the case on Harrison Wagner’s death, and send your continued condolences to Jack and Kristina via the comment section below.

The Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund notes that if you have a loved one that is in need of help with their substance abuse, please give them call at 888-977-4549 to learn more about the recovery options available.

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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Felicia, Robert & Holly’s Masterplan Revealed Featuring Heart-Tugging Moments from Tristan Rogers & Emma Samms

Wednesday’s General Hospital began where the previous episode left off, with an on-fire, Holly Sutton (Emma Samms), literally! As the action picks up, Robert (Tristan Rogers) covers Holly with blankets to try and douse the flames.  The paramedics announce Holly has suffered second-degree burns over 75% of her body.

When the ambulance takes off, Robert goes with it. Meanwhile, Jordan (Tanisha Harper) and Mac (John J. York) are looking for evidence from the cabin fire … and wonder where the necklace has gone?

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Later, the ambulance pulls over to the side of the road, and one of the drivers is none other than paramedic Felicia Scorpio (Kristina Wagner)! Felicia reveals herself as does Holly, who is perfectly fine, and Robert, who was in on the entire ruse to get Holly safely out of the country and away from Victor Cassadine (Charles Shaughnessy).

Viewers learn in flashbacks how this trio worked together to pull this off: Felicia showed up at the cabin with fire retardant clothes for Holly to wear and revealed how she planned to set the stove to start the fire.  We then learn that Holly and Robert staged Robert’s drugging and mugging, in order for Holly to steal the necklace and leave it inside the cabin for the PCPD to find.  It was Holly’s plan to ensure that Victor would have no further use for her.

Next, Robert gives Holly the keys to a car that can’t be traced; as she is to drive to Canada with a new ID and completely disappear.  Felicia adds that records will show that Holly was taken to a burn facility halfway around the world, freeing her to find out just where Victor is holding her beloved son, Ethan.

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Holly has a surprise in store for Victor on her departure! In a flashback, Holly meets up with Selina Wu (Lydia Look) on the pier and gifts her with one of the jewels from the necklace in exchange for poisoning Victor for her. Holly tells Selina she won’t find her son alive and well if Victor is dead, and assures Selina the poison will not kill Victor, but will be payback.

As the episode comes to a conclusion, and if you are a longtime fan of GH, you probably reached for the hankies in touching and beautifully-played moments between Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms.

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In the story, Holly apologizes to Robert for all the trouble she has caused, but the two share a passionate kiss before they say their final goodbyes. BUT .. you didn’t think Holly would try to get away without one last scheme? She had the necklace in her pocket the whole time, begging the question … was she  going to take it with her? However, Robert knew Holly had the necklace and asks her to hand it over to him, which she does.

For her final moments, Holly walks off into the fog, which could only signify that this guest star turn for Emma Samms has come to its conclusion.

So, what did you think about the twists on today’s episode? Did you think Robert, Felicia and Holly were in cahoots? What did you think of the final scenes between Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms? Comment below.

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