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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Fluke Is … Luke Spencer?

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After Friday’s cliffhanger on ABC‘s General Hospital, viewers were either left with clarify, confused more than ever, threw something at their TV or computer screens, or were loving the twists and turns of the ongoing saga of the mystery of “Who is Fluke?”

After Fluke (Tony Geary) and Helena (Constance Towers) are put behind bars (Fluke tried to kill Nikolas, and then there are those bombs), the evil Cassadine matriarch wants Agent Sloane (Grayson McCouch) to get them out of the slammer.

However, Sloane informs them that it will cast way too much suspicion to do so! Fluke agrees, and is ready to finally have his true identify come to light!  He says to Helena that he can’t wait to see the look on everyone’s faces when it becomes common knowledge.  Meanwhile, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), who was running tests at General Hospital on the skeleton remains found in the basement of the Spencer’s old home, tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) and Lulu (Emme Rylan) that she has some preliminary results to share.  Obrecht says:  “These are indeed Luke Spencer’s remains, and he has been gone quite a long time.”  When Lulu inquires how long, Dr. O replies, “Decades.”  Liesl then goes on to say that,  “We estimate the subject has been dead at least twenty years,” and that at this point that is all she knows.

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The scene cuts back to Fluke in jail who says:  “All these idiots have been chasing their tails for a year now thinking I’m Jerry Jacks, thinking I’m Larry Ashton, thinking I’m Cesar Faison, and now they have settled on another bogus theory – they think I’m Bill Eckert!  They should have let poor Bill Eckert rest in peace.  That son-of-a-bitch has been dead all along! The answer has been starring them in the face the whole time … and not one of them cares to see it.”

At the end of the episode, Nathan (Ryan Paevey) comes to the hospital, and tells Tracy and Lulu that he did run the fingerprints on the man that they have in custody. and they are a match for those of Luke Spencer!  Tracy and Lulu are dumbfounded and shocked as the episode concludes!

So, is the final answer?  Is Fluke the real Luke Spencer?  Fluke said Bill Eckert has been dead along! After reading between the lines of the dialog, do you believe we are watching the real Luke?  Share your theories and thoughts on this latest revelation.

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

I dont give a Fluke who he is…maybe he is Mikkos, Jennifer Smith, Patricia, some other Cassidine, Luke or Mr. Rogers…its a beautiful day in Port Charles…would do mind…do you mind…wrapping up this storyline…before i loose my mind…lol

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

This Fluke identity thing is worse than figuring out who John Black really is over at Days and thats been going on for three decades..maybe i need to take Heathers needle and stick it in my neck…lol

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

Let him be David Lochart from Bright Promise…he was mentally unstable…and it would be a great nod to TG…it was his first daytime role!!!

su0000
su0000

Hi jimh!
A great mystery is not knowing the butler did it lol
and Fluke/Luke is a great mystery!
It has kept all twirling figuring it out- ”why” and ”who” ??

RC has known the ending from the beginning..
He and his team have always known we just have to wait for the last page to be turned/reviled..

I still believe it will be shocker 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

sidebar : STAT : Soapbox

JimH : “has the funniest quips, whit, delivery”

not to mention knowledge that is sought out

LOL

don’t we all just love this stuff

Lew S
Lew S

HA!

Patrick
Patrick

thursday’ ep : Helena to Nikolas : “such drive, such fire, where has this side of you been all these years ” LOL “you will make a “decent” Cassadine yet”

LOL… kudos to the writing production : for unearthing top draw “big dog” Tyler Christoppher…. writers: “keep ON” it’s the biggest surprise of near ALL of the fluke fallout…

next up : “Jake Doe” remnants of Jason expertise…. LOL… i only wish he somehow did snuff out Sam…. her gumshoe is OVER the top…. get some act

I hate reading that Brandon Barash IS NOT back permanent… he’s been the champagne bubbly and not a surprise at how much he generates…. especially, with Maxie and Lulu… who’s feminine drive just surfaced… mating call

dissapointed in where the character of Carlos has gone? is he? like several posts… he’s been a treat every time he’s on screen…. real deal reels

laughable : Chad Duell…. as Carly is yelling at him to help resuscitate, Sonny… when his character first sees the bomb at the haunted STAR… with 1 1/2 minutes left… where is the fire ? the draw? I don’t get the attraction here… i’d pin him right up their with Daniel from days of our lives… no spark, drive, and doesn’t matter

I was caught up in AG’ acting…. “get on your knees” scenes with Helena and Nikolas….

recast : Sloane…. he brings an intensity … even Nathan was responding…

LOL : Wally Kurth’ Ned with the flu bug…. he’s so easy to love… sexy

Maurice Benard : the lame ticket oughta pentonville… prop to Sonny… for stepping up to the plate… and oughta the box… he lended a renewed interest in his act, his pentonville reservation paid off… course, it was brought back down with Carly and Michael… it’s so much hit and miss with these three : Sonny, Carly, Michael

this was the loveliest i’ve ever seen Sabrina… in that black dress all gussied up

Tyler Christopher for the win marquee and feature

Patrick
Patrick

Dr. O : “if Anna Devane was still in charge, i’d have had my bone saw out hours ago”

humorous dig….

I liked the interchange betwixt “fluke” Helena, and Sloane at the jail cell…. interPLAY between strong players with ACTing

standing “ovation” reign for Tyler Christopher…. NEWnikolas MAN

OK for propensity : SCRIPTure : Anthony Geary

“The train is off the rails, that boat has sailed, the bus has lost it’s wheels, you better buckle up baby, it’s going to be a bumpy ride”

Helena whet too

Morgan is SSSSOOOO off the charts reel (magnetize)

woah, TEARS streamed with : MB’ Sonny and Dante hug it out…. “‘m glad you’re alive” “I impressed my son”

———————

Ava Jerome is presumed dead…. fade : blackout : the best coming attraction
———————

tit for tat : ? : Sonny gets outa jail free marker…. fan recoil strike ! at least he is ??? empathizing about Ava???

Joe
Joe

AMEN!!! Let’s just make him Casey “space alien” from the planet Lumina and be done with it.

harry
harry

Sue, I like literature and movies which are hard to understand. I don’t mind living in confusion as I negotiate through a series of steps the clues which lead up to solving that mystery.
But this Fluke is the Titanic of stories because of the false and inconsistent clues which can never be tied up into a neat box with a bow.
Moreover, this self indulgent story has Tony Geary’s hostility built into it. Time and time again Geary has given interviews in which he speaks of resenting the fans who adored Luke with Laura. Or how he resented Labine for trying to make Luke finally grow up and be domesticated. He said it was boring for him.
Oh, poor Tony suffering from such horrific conditions. Imagine only having to work six months a year and receiving a salary that even full time contracted actors do not come even close to earning. Finally, Geary has expressed resentment about how Bill Eckert was killed off. It seems this entire Fluke fiasco is predicated entirely on Geary’s bitterness and writing a story spurned by the need for personal vindication is never a good motive. Suffice to say, the need for revenge serves a lousy muse.
As someone who has idolized and respected Tony Geary since I was fifteen, I can say I feel very disappointed in him.
I know he will be leaving soon and he will not be leaving with us wanting more. At this point I want Tony Geary to do a like a sheep herder and get the Fluke out of here. I never thought I would write something like the aforementioned.

Dottie
Dottie

I guess I’ll have to KEEP ON waiting to see if I like the writing about this Fluke/Luke thing! So far, it has taken way too long! I realize that has been part to Anthony’s surgery so I can deal it, but now it’s TIME to reveal everything!! I just hope that after us waiting ALL this time, that it was worth the wait!!

Bridget
Bridget

Y’all think about it I think it’s Stavros Cassadine! And the real Luke is locked up somewhere! Listen to the way he talks.. It’s him, Stavros!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Bridget.
I do not know the characters well, especially the Cassadines. But, from the little I saw of Stavros, he sounded very child-like…..recalcitrant, in a way. There was a scene between him and Victor, where in my mind’s eye, I see him stomping his foot because he was prevented, by Victor, from meting out a certain punishment upon Lulu and Dante as they were held prisoner at the clinic. If Fluke were Stavros, then he would still be trying to inseminate Lulu with his sperm, yes? Ewww!!!!
I don’t know if Stavros’s brain was only half thawed, but, I doubt he could have carried the diabolical schemes this far.
Yet, as I said, I do not know these characters enough for me to delve into their psyche….except that they all seem to be off-kilter. So, anything is possible.

dmr
dmr

jimh, I am laughing! I agree! & your mention of John Black on DAYS cracked me up!

Roger
Roger

OMG!! Yes this storyline is beyond OK Luke Fluke Faison IDF just be done with it

AJQ
AJQ

What a complete and utter mess this story is. Carlivati is just spinning in it and he has the arrogance to mock the audience, calling us “idiots.” And he was talking about the audience because the characters were not suspecting that Luke was anyone else for a “year.”

But I’m not sure we’re the idiots Ron. The entire year has been nothing but an incoherent mess, filled with convoluted plot points and ridiculously bad dialogue that undermines things we’ve heard moments before.

I’m going to shocked not only if there are logical explanations for things we’ve seen, but if they even bother addressing most of them.

su0000
su0000

hi AJQ
This story is not a mess, it is a ”mystery” where nothing is known until til the end- that is how great mysteries are written and are to be..
We read the whole book and wait for the last chapter to ”know”..
If someone tells us the ending no use to read on the mystery is ruined, so we close the book ..

I think Bill is just a puzzle piece of no great importance a ploy to throw everyone off, a good mystery will do that.. ..

davlestev1
davlestev1

I agree with you AJQ 100%…This story originated in RC’s mind and it’s his to twist and turn to the end. Since viewers have to go along for the ride…don’t expect us to try to figure out a cartoonish convoluted plot that you came up with. The whole ending will be a silly disappointment and that’s what he’s setting it up for. When you write such a huge arc on an outrageous scale..even the writer confuses himself and loses his way. Don’t try to say we should have known all along…BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T RC..and you wrote it!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I still think RC doesn’t know the ending. The twists and turns are made up as he goes along. I say this, despite the fact that many disagree with me.
I agree with your every word.

Philip Brooks
Philip Brooks

TG has major say in this storyline so it should be his fault also for this mess….

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I doubt he contributed much other than his superlative performance; he was in agony before and after his back surgery.

Timmm
Timmm

I dont see it as a mess but a mystery. Everything today is like a Tweet. Why cant we just be patient and go with this story. I dont care if it goes another year as long as AG gets to shine and there is a payoff in the end.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

You’re right, AJQ! This storyline is a total mess! It’s such a mess that even long-time Tony Geary fans are tired of it and tired of him. And I agree with you about dialogue mocking the frustrated, impatient viewers. But we have plenty of reason to be frustrated, impatient and (now) insulted!

Lew S
Lew S

I think Frank Valentini is an excellent, creative and innovative EP and the same goes for Ron Carlivati, as a writer. BUT, I am SO done with this storyline. Tony Geary should definitely be nominated and receive the Emmy for best actor and GH should win for best soap. I have to admit the story has been compelling and has kept us guessing for so long! Something is definitely wrong with Luke (the man was talking to himself as Luke and Fluke). Let’s get to the bottom of the story – PLEASE!

Fanny
Fanny

What the HEY is going on ??? Did Helena have him brainwashed and then reprogrammed
to bitterly hate and loath those he once called family and friends, when she nabbed him
last year. Great twist for us, what fun for them, as they delve deeper into their characters
personalities. NOT ENOUGH GENERAL HOSPITAL EMMY NODS.

Aria
Aria

Let’s just say for them to sell this story the explanation better be good! That’s all I’m saying..

Beth
Beth

Not a surprise and not nearly as awesome as TPTB at GH had led us to believe. Now the burden is on them to explain this in a way that actually, you know, makes sense and doesn’t insult the viewers who’ve been watching Luke Spencer all along. And then, once they’ve explained it, can we please move on? I’ve read in numerous places that this would all be explained in early 2015 and it’s still dragging along with no end in sight. Let’s go already.

madluv4u
madluv4u

I’d like to cast my vote for: confused, big time!

su0000
su0000

LOL
I do not understand why so many are confused..
I am not confused but I am still guessing who Fuke really is..
I like a good a mystery wherein I do not know ”who did it” and this story is delivering a great mystery.. …. ”why” and ”who” .. ?????

madluv4u
madluv4u

Key words: “a great mystery”. This sl is/was sorely lacking.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I think this is finally the answer, that Luke is under mind control by Helena. But there are a few issues

First, how did Julian meet him in the Witness Protection Program all those years ago if Luke has been in Port Charles that whole time?

And if this is Luke, who did Heather lock up in Miscavige? Because if she had locked up the real Luke, does that mean Helena brainwashed him while he was in Miscavige, and when he was rescued he was already under mind control?

Also, if Helena truly had Luke under mind control (like she has Jason), wouldn’t she have been able to stop or prevent him from trying to kill Nikolas? She should have that ability if he was under her control.

Speaking of Nikolas, is he under mind control too? Or is he just pulling a fast one on Helena to make it seem as if he’s on her side when he’s really not?

My point is, there is still a lot of explaining that needs to be done here, the story is far from over.

But my biggest gripe with this whole thing is, where are Laura and Lucky through all of it? Why is Lulu dealing with this all on her own without her immediate family around to support her? I really think they should have brought them back for this story because they are Luke’s family and they should know what is going on, and if this mind control thing is real, Lucky went through it too, so he should know. Plus, it might help mend his and Luke’s relationship if Lucky helps bring Luke back the way Luke did with him.

babsy
babsy

thank you! my thoughts exactly – you can’t do a reveal like this with LUKE without LAURA – and we know Genie Francis is available. Otherwise it’s not really being true to the show’s history and the audience!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Amen, babsy! Luke without Laura–impossible!
And I’m sure that Genie would come back for a storyline like this–and most especially to help usher out Luke Spencer–if this is indeed TG’s swan song.
Tony Geary has begged for an “adult” storyline for Luke and Laura–can’t think of anything more “adult” than this! Genie is the best! And TG and Genie together–unstoppable!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I had briefly touched on this very subject a few weeks ago, and again, as recently as a couple of days, Jimmy. I had proposed that Nikolas and Sloane were working together to thwart the blood-thirsty Grim Reapers’s actions.
It is very possible that Helena is controlling Fluke…(boy, if I had such powers, there would be no war, no diseases, no hunger in this world….), however, I get the impression that Fluke is in charge, not the other way around. Also, has anyone else noticed that Helena kowtows to Fluke? She is almost in fear of him….so subservient. If he is the “baddest”of the bad, I’d give him a wide berth too.
I’m really beginning to agree with the poster who suggested that Fluke is really Nathan’s bio father.

su0000
su0000

hey CeeCee whozit going?
We’re talking about the mind of rc and fv too..
King of shockers..
It is NOT who we all now believe it is, no way..
RC is trolling us with a carrot into a brick wall !!

Tony is in with this story, it is also his story..
Luke will remain the loved Luke..
People have to wait for it..
RC and FV in twitter are saying the best is yet to come.. that excites me ! lol

Luke is not brainwashed, no, don’t go there RC wants that, jump over it..

Timmm
Timmm

Fluke is in charge. Helena was afraid of him on Friday and if she controlled his mind she would have simply ordered him NOT to kill Nick. Its another Cassadine.

randy
randy

heres my theory ..nobody gives a dam any more,,,and as for me i never did,,cassidines with out laura are a total waste of airtime,sorry but the writers totally messed up on this one,,,this could have been an amazing story with genie francis back,,,it could have been laura love for luke that uncovers the mystery..or better yet it could have bem laura playing the double or triple roles…makeing every one wonder if laura had lost grip on reality again, or was sweet laura back for revenge on a family that has just moed on with out her,,,its just my opinion ,,but all this storyline did was piss me off that ava or nina werent on screen….you can bring all the a list stars of daytime on,,,michelle stafford ,billy miller..donna mills..but the heart of general hospital with not beat untill genie francis is back…

Sue
Sue

we need and want genie and lucky back! Get Robert and Mac back to help luke! We don’t need anymore new people, use the ones you have! As for tony Geary, he is doing a great job! Another award coming up! The show would not be the same without luke!!!

Bill
Bill

Thank you Randy! I have been saying this since Genie left the show. They should have offered her the moon to return full time to the show.

babsy
babsy

Absolutely correct. If they want to really be true to the show and its history and the loyal fans, GENIE FRANCIS must be brought back.

Dennis
Dennis

No, Obrecht said IF these remains are Luke, then he’s been dead for decades. In other words, the remains are not Luke.

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

I myself said in a previous post those remains arent Luke’s…i think the body is Steve Hardy who has been rolling over in his grave because of what has happen to his beloved GH…lol

Tim S
Tim S

The only reason that Steve Hardy would be rolling over in his grave is to get out and to applaud the writers for such a good job in writing all the stories.. Bravo!! Bravo!!

Look at all the bad talk about this storyline… but all of you keep watching…. not soo bad afteralllll!!!

Anne
Anne

Luke, Fluke. I’m past any interest. Annoyed and weary of this storyline. Maybe they can pull out an interesting twist and somewhat satisfying ending, but I doubt it.

Mama23
Mama23

This story is STUPID. Let’s ruin the character of Luke like they did Frisco.

su0000
su0000

lol
Luke can not be ruined if it is not Luke..

su0000
su0000

If he is Luke there is a story that will follow..
I sorta thought he would be Luke because it would perfectly be befitting for Tony to be Luke, actually..
There was a time Luke was the bad guy, much like Fluke..

I think Fluke himself has killed one guy- the gangster working for him who was a killer..
Fluke had others do his dirty work he never killed anyone he had others do the dirty deeds..

Luke would never be cozy with Helena, that is why I do not believe Fluke is Luke..
He being all cuddly with Helena, well- that is not right, nope..
Luke would die before he ever being cozy with Helena.

I still think Fuke/Luke is a Cassadine with plastic surgery..
The Cassadine clinic of horrors can create some weird stuff..
Whatever- Luke and Helena as cuddly buddies and Luke ordering Helena around and Helena ordering Luke around, well there is something very not right about that..

But in the end, to have Luke be himself would indeed be righteous..

Ces
Ces

Do the writers actually have a storyline or are they writing as they go along because nothing makes sense to me anymore.
I’m so confused now!!

In other news, lemme guess. the Governor is letting Sonny off for murder because he saved his daughter on the boat? really?

su0000
su0000

Ces,
of course the Governor is letting Sonny off it is meant to be..
did you actually believe Sonny would be held in prison, no way never happen..
It is a story not reality, so ya I can see the the Governor letting Sonny off 🙂

The writers knew the ending/outcome of the story from the beginning..
that is how it works with the ending in sight while writing..
We just have wait for it..
and a good mystery is always somewhat confusing that is what makes a mystery good, not knowing the how, why and who until the end.. every great mystery is like a jigsaw puzzle-

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ahh, Su. TPTB picked the wrong state for fictional PC. The governor of my state would have never set Sonny free. …..too unrealistic for a diehard New Yorker, such as I. Nooooo, nooooo, nooooo. Let the rats in Pentonville have Sonny.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Well, what CAN we believe? Do we trust the Commissioner that he didn’t switch prints? If Frisco is now head of WSB, is he corrupt too?

It’s obviously some version of the real Luke–but questions remain. It can’t be Helena mind control–he was going to shoot Nikolas against her wishes. I don’t think it’s DID–but…who did the “real” Luke think he was talking to in the basement? Why would Bill Ekart’s bones be in the Spencer basement? Who dug them up & why?

Why did Nik help rig the election? Is he going to tell Scotty the truth now?

I know I’ve been waiting for this storyline to end, but I’m intrigued by the questions–I want answers. And now that they’re looking for answers maybe there will be a little less of threatening, screaming OTT Fluke on my screen, which will help enormously.

Tim S
Tim S

It is a good storyline… one that moves and changes lanes. great!! I can’t wait to find out what the scenes in the basement was all about between the two Lukes… Good things to come!! FUN FUN FUN… Great writing as always GH….

Mary SF
Mary SF

I am beginning to think the only way to make this work– dead body is Luke; Fluke is Luke, and the guy who went looking for a raccoon over a year ago was Luke– there has to be three of them– Identical triplets perhaps?

Tim S
Tim S

lol.. time will tell!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I was one of those who wanted to throw something at the television LOL. All I can say there better be an explanation that ties all the threads together in a nice big bow for me, otherwise I will need to buy a new television when I do throw my shoe at it.

su0000
su0000

hi Mary SF,
Of course the ending will all be tied together in a big bow lol
RC and team had the ending working all through the story 🙂
they know what we are still guessing about..
I am so waiting for the final curtain to fall..

Robert
Robert

I am trusting the writers to have a serious explanation for the truth behind Fluke! The writers and producers have more then enough shown long time fans of their respect for General Hospital history and legacy characters. I have no doubt this storyline was given their proper attention and will reach a satisfying conclusion.

su0000
su0000

Of course all will be clearly answered, at the end, now..
It has been one helluva journey!!

I had absolutely no problem following along..
Many could not follow along because they OVER THINK way too much..
Overthinking fantasy/make believe is never a good thing to do, it will just confuse you..
Never over think and nitpick and analyze, that is stupid to do in itself lol just enjoy the entertainment the fictional story…

I have had a really good fun time with the Luke/Fluke story and it was a great treat for me to go on the wild and crazy journey…. luved it !

I still do not believe Fluke is Luke, but If he is then BRAVO! How befitting!

babsy
babsy

If they are really devoted to being true to the history of this show, LAURA must be brought back to help tie up these loose ends with Luke. Otherwise, the PTB don’t really care about the audience, despite their declarations that they do.

Tim S
Tim S

I agree Robert!! I can’t believe all this complaining that is going on… come on.. relax.. it has been a good story.. and great for the actor to be able to have back surgery and then come back.. There is so much going on with GH that no one should be complaining. It is great how the writers are brining back GH history and at the same time making a new future.

i quit watching Days a few years ago after poor and slooooowww writing of stories that drag on and on.. GH is much better and keeps my interest. Also it is not predictable as many soaps are…

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

Ive complained about it here and there but that doesnt mean im not enjoying most of it…i suffer severe back pain so i understand what TG has suffered and it delayed this storyline somewhat but the Fluke story needs to be tied up soon because some will get tired of it and tune out…if i didnt like the show i would tune out…my problem is minor flaws here and there and the writing seems to be that tptb arent certain how to bring this paticular storyline to a satifying conclusion…but i do like some of the twists and turns!!!

JUDY
JUDY

LOVE GENERAL HOSIPTAL…… BUT THIS STORY LINE SHOULD HAVE ENDED LONG AGO…….AT THIS POINT REALLY DONT CARE WHO HE IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marko
Marko

Totally ridiculous storyline. Enough is enough. End this farce.

Linda
Linda

So tired of this Fluke story and the writers have twisted directions so many times. If Fluke wanted to get back at Sonny then fine, but why involve Gerry, Faison, Helena, Julian and more? This story goes back so far that most viewers cannot even remember how it started. Overkill, overdone, overindulged. PLEASE STOP IT. WE DON”T LIKE IT ANY MORE!

Cassie
Cassie

Wasn’t there a spoiler/rumor floating around about 6 months ago that Robin was going to find (real) Luke and spring him from captivity and come back to town with him? That was supposedly going to be another “sweeps twist” some time this month. I think it was mentioned on a few sites.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I would gladly welcome Robin with Luke in tow as Quasi Moto or Pagliaccio even; as long as this fallacy comes to an end.

Linda
Linda

Add me to the confused list. IMO all clues lead to Damian Smith. Luke is probably on Cassadine Island with Robin. Just remember this story has gone on for so long because Tony had two back surgeries.

CeeCee
CeeCee

That is also very confusing to me……how well Tony is managing after his travail. He should consider himself a very lucky man. Two back surgeries? I was always under the impression that the older we are, the more risky back surgery is because our bones become too brittle. Normally, back surgery would not be recommended. I am sure he was made aware of the risks….he probably felt those risks were a better choice than living with excruciating pain. That takes courage…kudos, Tony.
So, not only should AG count his lucky stars, but also the orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgery. He must be an ‘artist’. Very delicate surgery, indeed.

Timmm
Timmm

ANY surgery is riskier as you get older. Plus, he smokes. Smoking will deteriorate your bones over time and eventually be no stronger than balsa wood. He is very lucky to be recovering, hopefully pain free.

Diane
Diane

I have ben watching GH over 40 years and this storyline is the most frustrating and confusing to me. It’s going on to long!!!!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I have been watching for 3 years, I think. Well, since the OLTL trio came on board. So, I can’t really compare storylines as you are able, Diane. I am hooked, albeit I begrudgingly comment, at times. However, I also think it is bordering on SyFy programming and the metaphysical….let’s not forget supernatural. Perhaps, we love the story so much, we are just too eager finding out what the mystery is??….LOL.

Mark Y.
Mark Y.

What I know about GH I learn here. I can’t watch it. Too much violence. But this post and info? What a mess!

Jn
Jn

This story line has been going on long enough The writers are getting like the writers on Days of Our Lives .That show drags stoy lines forever . Finish this and finally let Jason come back . That is starting to drag on also

LeftyJeff
LeftyJeff

I don’t give a flying fluke either. Why is GH so hugely VIOLENT more than usual? It’s all plot and no character these days. And so super bloody. Everybody carries a gun or two or three. It’s ridiculous. ONE LIFE TO LIVE was never like this.

CeeCee
CeeCee

No, it was not, Lefty (lol-gangsta or left-handed?…couldn’t resist) . I love the moniker…adds mystery, LOL.
OLTL or AMC were tame in comparison. But, speaking of AMC, Josh Duhamel looks delish tonight,(Grammys).

Timmm
Timmm

I’m beginning to see why people dislike Taylor Swift. She is EVERYONES best friend except Kathy Perry AND she is dancing to everyones performance and it comes off as old and disturbing! She looks like an ostrich in a nice dress!

Patricio
Patricio

I was thinking the same thing. These are the same writers were ran OLTL? That show could tell stories bug and small with characters you cared about.

Not the case with GH. The FLUKE story is just one of many bad tales.

harry
harry

How did Taylor Swift get in here?
Maybe SHE is Fluke.

Jay Keaveny
Jay Keaveny

Maybe the Spencers are triplets. Same DNA.

candy
candy

I’ve been watching GH for years, this is the dumbest story line ever! Get it done and over with all ready. I have actually stopped watching it due to the Fluke story line and the violence that continues on the show. Isn’t the world a dark and crazy place already? All the repeated Mind Control story lines, really? It would be nice to have some fun episodes again.

Maureen Stephan Hoeler
Maureen Stephan Hoeler

Dr.O. says remains ARE Luke. yet Nathan says finger prints of fluke are Lukes. Duh, which one is it??????

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Dr. O didn’t say the remains are Luke, She said IF they are, he’s been dead a while. She didn’t test DNA, she tested for how long the body the bones belonged to had been dead.

Jme
Jme

lol…..The writers are insulting EVERYONE’s intelligence!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Not if we laugh over it as the snail-paced storyline moves along, Jme. I found it entertaining ….a mind-teaser. But, now? I think it is over the top, and, we have all had enough. All the different paths this s/l has taken is infuriatingly painful to watch. But, as lamentable as it is, I am still drawn to it. I do love GH.

Lyn
Lyn

See, when you write a good story and the things come together you go: AH HA! That’s why that happened, that fits there. You DON’T go: Um… what about X Y and Z? Because seriously, this story has changed so much since the beginning it’s tragic. Why waste my time when nothing I watched in the first place makes sense or even goes with the story anymore? that’s called making stuff up as U go along.

Howard
Howard

I agree with you all.But I think also that if he Fluke is Luke..many might pissed because we were led to believe someone was held at miscavage someone was held in the basement with character talking to character taking rope and duct tape off. So hopefully Fluke is disguised as someone who johny knows and who julian said was a figure from witness protection…Damian Smith may fit this individual. But..now im confused more than ever..because only a fraction of characters would remember him.

TMJ
TMJ

Nothing revealed on a Friday afternoon ever turns out to be true.

Kara
Kara

I don’t care anymore who he is! This stupid story has dragged on WAY too long. It’s reaching the gestation period of an elephant.

Nancy
Nancy

People are so mean. The story went this long because of Tony’s back surgery. Love the story. We still don’t know how this happened to Luke. The whole show is sooooo good I have nothing negative to say.

Dottie
Dottie

I think that of it is the real Luke he is brainwashed from Helena. And how the heck did Dante turn around so quickly? He had a skull fracture and couldn’t possibly have rebounded that quickly. GH has no storyline flow like it used to. Please bring back Robert if only for a visit.

anoa
anoa

If this is the answer then the last year has been pointless. Maybe whoever this is effectively erased Luke from the system and planted his own info. We saw Helena remove Jason’s prints from the system. Luke being brainwashed or under Helenas control doesn’t seem to jive with him threatening her so often in the past two weeks and the fact that the underlying storyline has been going on for over a decade considering Julian’s involvement and the use of Barrett Enterprises. DID would be lazy, and still wouldn’t explain Flukes ability to run a company and fund Julian. Julian told Alexis that Fluke approached him after 10 years in witness protection. Julian presumably went into WP after his death in 1990. So after 2000 he was approached by Fluke, fifteen usage ago. This is the same time period when Faison was brainwashing lucky for Helena. Faison and Fluke seemed like equal partners. Also Luke was not on during the cartel days, so what was the purpose of their involvement? On May 29, 2014 Fluke asked an orderly about the “person” in the padded cell and proceeded to enter. Why would an orderly be guarding an empty room? The next day Fluke tells Luke he is not Luke Spencer. Fast forward to Luke being fed pills by an orderly and then crushing them up. We saw characters on screen interacting with two different people. Even with the corpse at the house, Helena asks where did he even get the body. The man we knew as Bill Eckert “died” in 1993 but someone else emerged. And why would Fluke get so upset with Bobby badmouthing Bill? Luke hardly knew Eckert. The real Luke is out there stashed somewhere.

Gert
Gert

Yay!!! Finally somebody who follows through this very lengthy timeline! Totally agree real Luke is held captive still. Tony Geary interview in 6/26/14 TV Guide reveals him saying there is a 2nd character involved because Luke isn’t a sociopath. To me that means an impersonater. Unless the writers changed the story they pitched to Geary to stay with the show? I hope not because if it’s mind control, DID, etc I will be insulted.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Gert.

k/kay
k/kay

RC threw everything against the wall to see if it would stick! Word through the grapevine is they are hiring Brian Williams from NBC to write since he is so good at making up stories?

anoa
anoa

At least he can remember dates lol.

Jme
Jme

They better have the ‘real’ Luke stashed somewhere, because they are going to lose a lot of loyal viewers if they are trying to sell this story as this person actually being the ‘real’ Luke.

Charday
Charday

Time for this storyline to come to a conclusion. Enough, already.

lisa
lisa

Get it over and done with already – whoever he is……too much

Linda
Linda

what I want to know is how can sonny be a hero? He is a thug, a murderer, and his sperm is way too strong. time to retire this particular don and let the end of the mob be written in PC. Fluke – Luke I am beyond caring. time to check out of the PC hotel forever!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you, Linda….again…a mobster is a mobster is a mobster. Only on Soapland does this happen.

Linda
Linda

I live in New York, do you think our governor would pardon sonny? I would give him a boot in the ass and send him back to solitary confinement! Unfortunately my favorite soap One Life to Live was canceled and I was hurting so decided to pay closer attention to GH. So not worth it! But the soaps on the other stations are horrid and at least they can act on GH which is their saving grace.

Jayne
Jayne

I still do not think luke is fluke. Things are beginning to come untied and it is not making any sense right now. I still think that it is damian smith, mikkos unfrozen or valentine. Helena seems scared of the fluke and treats him like a lover who controls her. My guess is a cassadine that has had facial reconstruction. I think REAL luke is with Robin where ever she is being held captive. It is time to get over fluke and get jason/jake to remember it all and back with who ever he wants to be with, whether it is sam, liz or someone else.

west virgina fan
west virgina fan

Well…the only major character that was effectively in witness protection ten years ago was….Laura (as Genie Francis was effectively banned by the Guza regime). So…Laura is Fluke with a Luke mask. And as for Tracie not getting it. Well, except for Joe Scully it does not seem that she was every all that enamored of any of her husbands so maybe spanky buns wouldn’t have noticed. Certainly Laura has the right to hate Luke. Having her kill Lulu would have been a bit over the top (but maybe having all those people mistake a mop for their mother made her snap).

This is at least as plausibe as the transgendered serial killer elder sister Pat, or the mind controlled Luke from Helena (come to think of it, Laura fell in love with one Cassidine through the stockholm syndrome–why not Helena as well?)

mike pizzi
mike pizzi

I am willing to give Frank and Ron the benefit of the doubt If Tony Geary is happy I am happy I dont want Tony to retire So i will stay patient with the Fluke storyline I can see fans are getting annoyed but stay patient like me Ron better write this good Plus other storylines are just as bad Like Sonny getting pardoned and Ivy’s dad is the New York govenor give me a break

Lin
Lin

I am so confused. Mr. Fairman, I’d like your take on everything and opinion.

Harley
Harley

ARGH! end this stupid story-line once and for all … You can change your figer prints — it’s done by editing software in the database and that Helena (Constance could have done it —

CarrieT.
CarrieT.

My theory..The inmates ran Miscaviage. Maybe Helena made that happen.
Suddenly..there’s Heather..with an injection of LSD. WHERE did she get it?
Has Luke been “tripping” for over s year? Or have WE?

Harley
Harley

Fluke – Luke , or Luke Fluke? END IT NOW! Someone was dressed up as luke! he was tied up! — So stop this madness..

carla
carla

The storyline has been interesting and entertaining. Every good thing must come to an end. The end has come. Move ON.

Dan
Dan

Guess I’m in the minority on this page, with all the negativity I’m reading, but I’ve enjoyed this storyline. This is just the latest twist on this roller coaster ride of a story. And I actually think it’s a pretty brilliant twist.

We’ve all been here speculating on who Fluke really is, and they gave us all the red herrings, Jerry Jacks, Faison, Larry Ashton, Bill Eckert, even Luke and Bobbie’s long lost sister Patricia, and it’s possible he’s been the real Luke the entire time, whether a Luke that is either being controlled by Helena, or a Luke that totally snapped from reality, and went off the deep end.

Has Fluke really been Luke the whole time? Yes, no, maybe? I don’t know, and that’s why I watch, and will continue watching, and continue supporting a show that provides me 5 hours of entertainment each week.

I thought this past week was fantastic from start to finish. I usually watch a week’s worth of shows and get caught up every weekend, and I generally watch one or two episodes, then go do something, and come back later or the next day and finish. This weekend, I started with Monday and I was so engrossed and on the edge of my seat with everything that was going on, I just flew right through the entire week in one sitting.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Dan. Yes, it has been a very intricate storyline, and, I’m sure, most entertaining for many. But, the s/l has lost a lot of steam and our interest has waned. I don’t think, at least I don’t, viewers, in general, have this much patience…..how long has it been? We Americans, are a most irrepressible, but impatient society…LOL.

su0000
su0000

well
A lead soap story runs around 16 weeks/four months .. and is timed for a sweeps closing..
Tony reentered end of November..
According to RC and FV the best is yet to come during the sweeps….

I’m excited for the next ‘chapter’ the ‘last page’..
Nothing is going to be as most think it will be , ya betcha!

What is important- this is Tony’s last big hurrah , he wants this story he loves this story it is his story is what he wants to leave behind after his exit….
And Tony has given most his life to GH and he damned well deserves to have it his way ..
I give Tony a huge BRAVO! and love that he loves the story!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Your not alone Dan. This story is ever changing and look at us all on this site going back and forth! Great stuff. I’m watching GH everyday no matter what. But I cherish FLUKE/LUKE because I know Anthony Geary will not be on this show forever!

cindy
cindy

This storyline needs to end…enough already. Focus on Sonny getting out of prison…his relationship with Carlie and Michael….focus on Ethan and Maxi…does Elena have nine lives…get rid of her once and for all and Luke….is it or isn’t it?

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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