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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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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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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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