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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Charms Liz, Sam Faints, Jax & Carly Don't See Eye To Eye!

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On Monday’s episode of GH, Franco (Roger Howarth) takes Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) to his ominous art studio.  He tells Liz for him the art studio is a safe and private place away from the noise of the world.

Franco goes on to tell Liz he has been painting a lot lately, and that he was inspired to paint a portrait of her!  Liz is so impressed by Franco’s work.  She is touched and intrigued by him.  As the two of them are getting to know each other and their mutual attraction to each other is evident,  Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) and Valerie (Brytni Sarpy) are looking for Franco, as all clues point to that Franco could indeed be the hospital patient serial killer.  When they get wind that Liz is with Franco at his art studio, they show up at the door and begin the process of putting a damper on Franco and Liz’s burgeoning date.

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Back on Cassadine Island, we learn that Jason (Billy Miller) landed the plane but it then exploded, and so far he is so nowhere to be found.  Sam (Kelly Monaco) wants to keep looking, while Ava (Maura Weat) wants the group to find their way off the island as soon as possible.

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She tells Sam she must face the reality that Jason may have perished.  Sam fires back at Ava that is something she just will not accept.  Next thing you know as she is determined to go look for Jason herself, Sam passes out in Dante’s (Dominic Zamprogna) arms.

Jax  (Ingo Rademacher) arrives in Port Charles and chats it up with Finn (Michael Easton).  Carly (Laura Wright) arrives upon the scene and is stunned to see her ex back in town.  When the two of them have a moment to talk about the solving of the mystery of Josslyn’s kidney donor, it is clear Jax is trying to desuade Carly from her search.  She swears to Jax that she’s respecting Josslyn’s wishes and not pursuing it any further, but Jax knows Carly.   He can tell she is lying through her teeth.

So, what did you think of Franco and Liz’s art studio date? Why do you think Sam is passing out?  Will Jax and Carly come together to solve the Josslyn kidney donor mystery?  Will Jason just reappear A. O.K?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Marie
Marie

Sam is either pregnant or she has come down with a foreign mystery illness. If it’s the latter: If she ever makes it back to Port Charles, Dr. Finn will properly diagnose her and treat her.

CMD
CMD

She’s probably pregnant. Nina will end up with that kid somehow.

aria
aria

pregnant? she barely takes care of the one she’s got, why give her another one? i prefer if she came down w/ some foreign virus that way she would have to be isolated from everyone.

Celia
Celia

I’m with you, Marie….same old, same old. No matter how hard TPTB try to make this character interesting; she fails big time with me. No personality. Are we to feel empathy?
Funny how women pass out on the onset of pregnancy. How often does this happen? I have never fainted, pregnant or otherwise.
And, Jason? Well, Marie….I doubt any of us believed he was dead. The guy has nine lives, so we all knew he’d turn up sooner or later. Who cares? Been there done that….super hero piloted an airplane (wonder of all wonders), saved everyone on board and then ‘quashed’ the hungry flames before the plane exploded? Yeah, right! Okey-Dokey.
Dr. Finn to the rescue. Of course, there needs to be a patient with a tropical disease ( same as his) to make it believable. Perhaps all of the “lost on Devil’s Island” have caught that disease and then they will all get hooked on that ‘stuff’ Finn takes.
To top it all off, all of them will be beholden to Sonny, the provider of the miraculous drug. MY HERO!!

Angel
Angel

Very good Celia- we all knew that Jason was going to be alive and the hero once again ( prop, prop). He flies a plane – never had a lesson, but remembers how. I was actually waiting for Jason to arrive with them carrying groceries from a store and having a hotel room rented for them to all stay in till rescued.
According to the way things are written lately.

Celia
Celia

@Angel.
Thank you, Angel.
You made me smile with the imaginary groceries ‘s ‘skit’, et al.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

i think these are “skills” he was trained to do when under Helena’s control, which is why he can’t remember why or how he knows certain things, but he instinctively knows he does.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…”No matter how hard TPTB try to make this character interesting, she fails big time with me.” That’s exactly the way I feel about Nina!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hey, Shaybelle. LOL. I get it, believe me, I get it!!!!! Thing is I have come to love Kelly Monaco. She’s sweet and down to earth. And, as I have said, TPTB need to step-up both Sam and Michelle.
It’s healthy to disagree as long as we do not throw punches, mia bella.
By the by? I have a feeling Nik will show up at Ava’s. ….never know; he may already be hiding in her apartment/condo. LOL….XXOO.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCeeGirl…Oh, I hear you!!!!! Just wanted to quickly respond here (again) to let you know that I’ve repeatedly sent you replies which failed to post…once before in this spot and twice on the “Roger” page. This leaves the impression that I’ve given your thoughts the cold shoulder, and such is most certainly not the case. “All is well,” indeed….we’re cool. I just wish that I could send you a personal message so that you would know that I do understand—I “get it”—but alas, even that request was apparently denied the last time. However, with a bit of luck, you’ll get this little note in your inbox, although it’s not nearly as detailed as I would prefer….best kept brief, I guess! Later, mia amica!

curacaoman
curacaoman

When was the last time those people ate or drank something? Maybe Sam just is the weakest link.

Roger and Becky have great chemistry. Franco and Liz though, are very creepy given their history.

Yesterday they had all the arrows pointing at Jax as the culprit. I am just very afraid to ask how that all ties in with Jake’s kidnapping though.

K. Ross
K. Ross

I agree Franco and Elizabeth do not mesh, him and Nina were fantastic together.

Angel
Angel

I see Jax knowing the truth all along about what happened to Jake- knowing him- probably helped with it.

Celia
Celia

We do think alike, Angel. I said the same thing. Jax is hiding an essential, if not the most important piece to this ‘kidney’ puzzle issue. He knows more than he’s letting on.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Jax? Do you mean he helped to conceal things…or that he really helped. Jax is a good guy and would never hurt a child.

Harry
Harry

They better not repeat the pattern of vilifying Jax in order to prop up Sonny.

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

no preg for sam please…let her be ill…let finn be hero and save predictable yawn stuff…hope luke isnt retyrnin

Timmm
Timmm

Laura never opened that damn letter he left her!

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

hope amy is the killer

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

That’s what I’m thinkin, but GH writers don’t like it when the fans figure out their oh so predictable plot lines. We knew the older gray-haired doctor was the killer, but we ALL figured that out, so they kill him and extend the stupid sl because they’re offended that we aren’t as dumb as they think.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I had to wonder if Amy is the killer but also Josslyn’s donor. The way the writers are on soaps these days, Amy could get busted for playing God with human lives but at the same time, get off the hook without any punishment because of her good deed saving a little girl’s life. Hey, weirder things have happened on our stories!!!

CMD
CMD

Really loving Friz. Great new pairing.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Friz? Has that been out there or did u just think it up? Lol…I like them too. If they actually let this couple evolve they could be great together as Elizabeth is an artist too. Great fun I would think to share that passion and it would get Luz painting again.

Harry
Harry

I like em too. I wish Roger was not Franco, but it is what it is.
I especially like it when Franco and LIzzy discuss art theory and the Impressionists.

Timmm
Timmm

Great to see Jax back. What a pro! Michael Easton is good but Ingo made Michael look like a school boy!

Enough with the lizard! We get that Finn is weird!

Cheap sets continue, Franco’s Cave was a joke! Remember when James Franco was on, his studio was big and freakie!

How about JorDUMB bitching at Amy about her peeking into the police record that she instructed Amy to deliver only! First of all, why give an official police report to a civilian? Secondly, its AMY!

And how to Jordan and Valerie find Franco’s lair?

The Super cops are wasting their time, Andre is the killer! You watch, Amy will turn up dead and Franco will get arrested BUT it will end up that Andre committed these heinous crimes!

Gilligans Island needs to end! It is so weak! Valentin is a bust! [No, I’m not talking about you Sam!]

k/kay
k/kay

Oh my gosh would you please stop I can’t take anymore of this great sarcasm I am rolling on the floor!you are getting too good at this!!!

Timmm
Timmm

K-ster, the longer I live the more I learn to laugh at life instead of fretting over things I have no control over.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I’m actually really liking Valentin, and am intrigued to see what his plan is! Since he and Nina slept together on Tuesday’s episode, I’m curious as to how she fits into it. Plus, it gives Nina a storyline (which she badly needs) and the two have great chemistry together.

Timmm
Timmm

Well, you know Nina will get pregnant with a Cassadine baby.

k/kay
k/kay

@T I love it just keep it coming you are hysterical without being mean as everybody thinks now days it is fun to laugh at the absurd things that happen on soaps I am very disappointed in the storylines but when I read your sarcasm it makes me smile. Kudos

k/kay
k/kay

forced chemistry next they will pair her with the town cat please quit trying soon hatd

k/kay
k/kay

So hard sorry!

k/kay
k/kay

I am sad not going to watch anymore can’t deal with this good luck to all of you who can

Celia
Celia

I never gave Andre a second thought, my Timmmy. But, perhaps this is the idea….steer culpability away from Andre.
Good call, my guy…..never liked shifty Andre, anyway.
I also agree that Valentin is a bust. I am so disappointed. But, I must admit this is my own fault. I put too much emphasis on how ‘evil’ or supremely ‘fantastico’ a new character should be like in behavior, looks etc.
Valentin has not met my expectations. And, the fact that Nina fell into bed with him( as sweaty and fraught with heavy breathing ad it may have been), I wanted La Nina to do the love dance with Curtis.
I pray, the writers make this ‘incident’ a passing fancy for Nina.

Timmm
Timmm

Never liked Andre either. JELLY stated in an interview that the killer would be someone you wouldnt expect. I wouldnt expect him.

I think the biggest problem with Valentin is Helena said he is the worst of the bunch! Well, so far, what has he done? He shot Nick. Well, we know he is alive. He shot Kevin. Well, he and Laura are falling for each other so Kevin will not die. AND, to top it off, he got to tap a super HOT cougar! I’m not afraid of him, I’m envious! You want devious, have him kill Sabs, Crychael and JorDUMB and then make him a serial killer on the run where he stops in Genoa City and takes out Glummer and Puka!

Later love.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….I definitely could buy Andre as the culprit behind the hospital killings….sometimes psychiatrists are the nuttiest ones in the bunch!!!! Quite frankly, there was always something about him from the fore that created a feeling of personal unease….although I couldn’t put my finger on it! I’m just so glad that Anna wasn’t more engaged with this creepy character….the fact that not-so-intrepid police commissioner Jordan has had the wool pulled over her eyes where this guy is concerned just goes to show how truly inept she is in her job….no intuition whatsoever! Having said that, I also agree over your disappointment with Valentin….I was expecting a suave, smooth criminal just oozing with a mirthful sense of menace….typically Cassadine, in other words, and what we have seen thus far is quite off the mark! As for his rumpy-pumpy with Nina, I was appalled…..she is so darn needy and gullible—it’s not even funny anymore—and I can only guess that there was some method to the sexual madness for Valentin….he must have known that was Liesl’s niece he was slamming between the sheets???? But why???? By the way, isn’t it good that GH has finally gotten around to an STI storyline????….Certainly about time! The entire town has been “at risk” for how long now????

k/kay
k/kay

Ok saw why is Josselyn ten years older then Spencer?

k/kay
k/kay

Josselyn was an infant when this transplant happened now she is that much older then Spencer and Jake this is total crap

MT
MT

Uhm Dante and Sam look kind of pretty together

dmr
dmr

Well, they both share the same lackluster skill set of detective and private investigator. Dante, not sure he’s ever cracked a case. Sam, her investigator skills leave A LOT to be desired.

Celia
Celia

Perfect, dmr.

aria
aria

lol, hey i noticed that too, of course nothing will ever happen, but they do look good together.

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

I caught that too MT. They meshed together nicely.

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

One thing I take serious issue with in the Fiz pairing is that Liz has been horribly raped before and at a very young age, so why do they insist in having Franco trap her in enclosed areas where she seemingly has no way of escape. Rape is not a subject to take lightly and the writers should respect this character’s history with that. He pulls the stop button on the elevator, he takes her to some darkened studio and they make a point of zooming in on him locking, chaining and bolting the door like the Hulk was about to come busting theough at any moment. It’s asinine that Elizabeth would remain so calm and collected considering both of their pasts. Didn’t appreciate that and don’t care for the pairing. He hovers over her and I don’t find them attractive together. She should’ve been paired with Griffin. Grizz for the win!!!

Kristin
Kristin

I could not agree more. It’s absolutely disgusting to pair a rapist with a rape victim. Actually, it’s disgusting to pair a rapist with anyone, but I digress. The constant harping on his trapping her and the suggestion on the part of the show that he might do something to harm her is gross, distasteful, and honestly irresponsible. It’s 2016; the show writers should know better.

su0000
su0000

thing is;
It is not real..
it is fictional stories.
no one was actually raped
it’s just storytelling. So it really makes no difference was because time has moved on into now stories.

Kristin
Kristin

Thing is, fiction is a reflection of reality and shapes the way people see the world. It’s irresponsible storytelling. Look at the recent Stanford rape trial to see rape culture in action. Fiction isn’t produced in a vacuum; it’s informed by and informs culture. In 2016, I would have thought we’d moved past pairing rapists with rape victims.

Celia
Celia

You bet, Kristin.
You have just reenforced my philosophy. Everything generated on TV, movies, books etc. reflects reality and influences society.
My dear su, we all know it’s a soap….but, if we are to follow a story; a semblance of respect for the viewer is expected.
You are too forgiving, SuzieQ.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I understand your point and would ordinarily agree but I think it was established that :

A) he did act out due to his tumor and
B) he didn’t rape anyone. He made Sam THINK he raped her but didn’t and if he was telling the truth didn’t tell the actual rapist to hurt Michael…just scare him to get to Jason. Do I remember this correctly? What I don’t remember is if he actually killed people. THATI think he actual did, but again, big leap of faith for Carly, then Nina, Kiki and now Liz to believe he wasn’t in control of those acts. We need to believe that too if we are rooting for him, which I am.

Timmm
Timmm

Good post and great point!

Angel
Angel

Yes, you have a point- but I see it as showing Elizabeth’s strengths.
Even after going through all she did- she survived and is stronger for it.
They showed her a little uneasy with the situation–but she didn’t fall apart- she kept her wits about her and stood strong.
Elizabeth is not a push – over, she can handle Franco and as a nurse she realizes what Franco was in his past was due to a tumor..and she is giving him the benefit of the doubt now.
He has done nothing to her to make her mistrust him or even show any signs of wanting to hurt her. I truly believe his feeling for her would make him do anything to protect her–including stand up to Jason when he gets back and starts being the obnoxious character he has turned into.
Jason was a decent , loving guy before he found out who he was. Even with Helena’s implant–he did what he dad /directed to do- but he regretted it and tried to make it right.
Now – uncontrolled – he flies off the handle for every little thing. He is more dangerous now than he was under Helena’s control.
Another ruined character.

Celia
Celia

Good for you, Angel. Great post! Intuitive!!

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

Why is Nina wearing her vagina on her sleeve? Can she get a pet or something?!?!?! I mean if it moves–she’s a flirtin with it! Run Roxy run!!!

JK
JK

THIS SOAP COULD GET RID OF THIS CHARACTER AND I DONT THINK MANY PEOPLE WOULD MISS HER……FAST-FORWARD TIME!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Stafford and Howarth got the “Great actor, terrible character” disease!

Celia
Celia

You would be mistaken, JK……. I, among many, vote for Nina to stay. Viva Michelle Stafford!!!!!
Love her forever.

Celia
Celia

Speaking of Roxie. She is not the original. Doesn’t she look like an Albino, baby gila monster?

Shay
Shay

So, CeeCee, has the role of Roxie has been recast?….Perhaps the showrunners want to take her character in a different direction! (You know, less “service pet,” and more “independent lizard?” Maybe she’ll even leave Finn for Sonny….) Just a thought……

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Yes, Shaybelle.
Lol….I did mention on another post that Roxie broke up with Finn. She moved on….. to ‘greener’ pastures.
I liked the original Roxie better. This one has no personality, don’t you think? Her coloring is so dull. HaHa!!

Timmm
Timmm

Word is they are having the same problem with Roxie as they are having with Billy over at Y&R! The original Roxie rules!

Celia
Celia

@Timmm.
Good one, Timmmy. Love the analogy between Roxie and Billy.

Shay
Shay

@Letemeatc8ke…..Somebody had to pick up the show’s sexual slack whilst Alexis gives her lady parts a rest, so I guess Nina drew the short straw!

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

Lol, yeah Shay, Alexis has been called on to perform some Olympic sized work outs. No offense to Valentine with the “short straw” comment, I’m sure.

Celia
Celia

Shay, my dear friend,
I have answered you, as well….but, I see the post did not make. Sobeit. Again, “all’s well”.
I leave it up to the moderators to use their discretion.

Shay
Shay

OMG!@Letemeatc8ke! It never occurred to me that Valentin may have been underwhelming in the manhood department…..I just meant that it was time for some other post-menopausal minx to go to town beneath the bedsheets now that an exhausted Alexis is taking a well-deserved break from her overactive libido, and it would seem that Nina has been selected as GH’s designated “back-up” floozy from the over-50 set! (Not that either Anna or Laura could ever be suitable candidates, but I suppose the desperate for attention Lucy Coe would always be up for another “walk of shame” escapade, especially given that she’s back to hanging out with Scotty!)

su0000
su0000

I am embarrassed for GH ..
It is so very dull…. uneventful, stale and dry.

A plane crash we didn’t see lol ..
no one slightly injured ..
and a whole show of them standing on sand doing absolutely nothing.

They were on Cassidine Island, a very dangerous place where the devil himself Valentin was with his hitmen and nothing. No excitement, none.
Nickols shot, no drama to it and fell out a window, then nothing lol
whatshisname shot and Laura took a bullet out, no drama to it just scary red hands.

GH has lost itself ..
It no longer has an identity as the most exciting hard drama on the edge soap.
GH has become horribly empty of everything that made it great.

((( and soon the ratings will reflect that fact.

Franco is being written as a pet stone and Liz has become quite dull standing around doing nothing much.

Jason is still being written as Jake with muscle and spine.

Sam needs to dump her platform boots with 5 inch heels, she looks/is ridiculous wearing them every second.. She is short, she is little, own it .
Stop trying to make her tall, she is not, she is short. Nothing wrong with that. KILL the 6” heels!
they are ridiculously stupid looking.
If she is pregnant she will lose the baby. Another baby drama story, so hope not.
And— being she is just passing out she is not pregnant .. she has no sickness..
Pregnant women faint and puke, they puke a lot, not Sam..
Whatever she has Dr. Finn will be put in her orbit for a story.

Anyways GH has become unrecognizable..
It is stupidly lame ….. and a total snooze fest.
The Queens of Snooze need to be fired.

aria
aria

how would you know that GH has become unrecognizable? you claim Laura isn’t a Vet, and the only writer whose work your impress with is Ron C. wish most of us long time vets grew to not respect, you need to understand he’s not coming back, he burn his bridges and although Gh isn’t fully at its best yet, it has a better chance with Roc C gone thats for sure.

su0000
su0000

Hi aria ..
you have not read correctly..
I have never ever said Genie/Laura was not a vet.
I said– to me she is avnewbie…
I have not watched GH for 45 years and was not watching during the era of Luke and Laura, she is new to me.

And– you are again wrong..
I was greatly impressed with Guza and Ron, both.

Never say never on a RC return 🙂

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’m actually enjoying the show and love that we”re seeing Scott, Lucy, Jax..keep em coming please. I like the mix of vets and newbies and am into most oif the characters and their stories. Yeah, it’s a juggling act but I don’t mind it. If they focused on only one story that I found boring that’d be different. But I kinda like em all…

Celia
Celia

Agreed, su. Why didn’t Sam take off her spiky-heeled booties? Ava did. I like what you said…” She is little, she is short, own it” . From a ‘little, short’ woman, myself….I appreciate that. I own it, su.
Liz may not have much to do…But, she is so beautiful…..such natural, fresh beauty.

Shay
Shay

@Celia….I’m convinced that Sam’s stiletto booties can only be removed via surgical means because, yes, she is that attached to them!!!!

Celia
Celia

Shay, that is so ‘cutely’ hilarious. I think you’re right.
Let’s face it….we all wear stilettos some time or other. But, there’s a time and place for everything.
I wonder if Kelly wears them to/at the beach.
She has such a cute, little body, she needs no enhancement.

Amy
Amy

He doesn’t know her anymore, shes changed a lot & does NOT lie like she used to & he has no right to tell her what to do when she does all the parenting & he just takes the kid on vacations, wasn’t even really around during the transplant I hate that arrogant sob & this short visit isn’t short enough day 2 & wish Sonny would kill him

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

Hahahaha, yessss!!!

Jenn
Jenn

Loved the Friz date! I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how great this pairing is. Roger and Becky have my attention!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Mine too!

Celia
Celia

Very sweet, these two are. Franco is genuine…Liz, still a little hesitant, for lack of a better word. But, ‘willing’ just the same.
I just wish Franco had ‘handled’ Nina a little more delicately. I am over it, though, as I am rooting for Nina and Curtis.

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

Yes, Celia!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Is it me, or did anyone else think Franco’s studio was Sabrina’s and Felix’s old apartment with a lot stuff thrown into it– maybe when they do a search of the place they might find Felix’s sister who went into a bedroom and was never seen again

Michael
Michael

It’s not you. They reuse sets a lot to save money.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

Yep, I noticed, too. They should’ve said it was in the same bldg., to explain its appearance. It’s just like Liz’s new house being a retooled version of the old Webber house, most recently owned by Mac and Felicia before it burnt down.

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

Did S&F’s apt come before Liz’s art studio, cause it used to be that, as well.

Linda
Linda

the island storyline is getting boring. I dont think Franco is the serial killer. Maybe its that nurse Amy as she knows everything going on around GH.

Jimmy
Jimmy

It was really refreshing to see Jax again. I really miss Ingo and wish he would return full time. And for that matter, bring back Vanessa Marcil as Brenda too. They are both much more compelling than half the characters on the show.

I’m really liking Franco and Liz together, which surprises me to say because I never thought of them as a couple before. I was a huge Nina and Franco fan, but now I’m intrigued to see where “Friz” will go, and how Nina will fit into Valentin’s plan.

I think Andre is the killer. He’s been suspiciously MIA during all of the killings, and seems to be withholding something from Jordan. I hope his next two victims are Amy because she is intolerably annoying, and Valerie because she’s a useless character, and seeing her walk around in a cop uniform is hilariously pathetic.

As for the Island Crew, Sam is probably pregnant or sick, and I think Kevin will be fine, considering how much fanfare the potential Laura/Kevin pairing has gotten. I just want them off the island because they’ve been trapped there far too long. It seems like it’s been the same night on the island since the beginning of July.

su0000
su0000

hey Jimmy..
Sam is not pregnant.
She is not throwing up, morning sickness.
you can’t be pregnant without the throwing up, often .

she has whichever deadly illness that Finn can cure..

Celia
Celia

Not true, su. A woman may be nauseous without vomiting (ever) in her first trimester of pregnancy. Not everyone “throws up”. I did not.

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah, they sign Ingo and Vanessa and we will never see them! It took Laura OVER a year to get on screen more than once a week! FV likes HIS people only!

Jeannette Noceda
Jeannette Noceda

What cracked me up was when Liz asked, “Where are we?” Really Liz, you don’t remember the studio you actually had for quiet a few years. The one you screwed around with Jason in and screwed around on Lucky. It’s almost the exact set.

Rodd
Rodd

I thought the Franco studio was Sabrina & Felix’s old place reused.

dmr
dmr

I thought it was Dante and Lulu’s old loft, hahaha.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

The killer is either Nurse Amy or Dr. Maddox.

dmr
dmr

Is Franco’s art studio Dante and Lulu’s old loft? Sam faints? Who cares. Sam’s monotone and investigator skills leave A LOT to be desired.

Angel
Angel

Unless Gh is going to rewrite history —yet again to prop Jasam ( killing Jake wasn’t enough) Sam cannot be pregnant again. Before Danny was born- sam was told by the Drs. that her eggs ( way back then even) were only 10% viable and she would never be pregnant. She was told to adopt if wanted a child. But miracle of miracles – along comes Danny. Now are we going to have another miracle child –years later? Maybe the writers need to hand out this “miracle cure” to all the women out there watching the show- who have the same problem and are dying to have a child and can’t – how this is accomplished so easily. New writers may not know the past–but viewers do ! We know the main theme now is to prop Jason and sam , no matter what it takes and how unbelievable it is….but can’t you at least try to hide your favoritism? You know there are more than one group of people watching the show –and according to the ratings lately- you aren’t backing the right couple. Another propped pregnancy will be adding another nail in the coffin. Besides – I don’t think she is pregnant – If the writers have any clue- they will make her sickness part of Helena’s curse. Mom and dad are already affected. Jason and sam’s relationship are affected. She is in line next. Just keep your hands off Danny. There has been enough babies/children hurt and killed on GH to last a life time.(Don’t care about that part of the curse). Jake has had more than his share of bad things happening to him, too. Lay off him.It’s time he has some joy in his life. As for the serial killer– It’s neither Finn, Franco, Griff, Amy, Maddox or anybody we already know on the show- I see it as someone who hasn’t been on yet . Another new character – (if the writers are creative enough). I like Laura and Kevin together. Just do it right and don’t mess it up. By the way – When are we going to find out what happened to little Jake on the Island with Helena? Or have they just dropped that altogether? Valentine is going to be Nathan’s father– finally they are getting around to that story…maybe.? Writer’s are doing a fairly good job with the Elizabeth /Franco storyline so far. Just keep it up and don’t rush it or ruin it. Slow and steady and keep it light and fun. This is new ground for Franco- let Roger show his talent in this. 2 great actors like Roger and Becky can bring this story alive. Just give them something to work with. Franco’s past has to do with a medical condition – a brain tumor. I see talk of him being a rapist- he didn’t do anything to sam and he said he had nothing to do with what happened to Michael. What did I miss? If… Read more »

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

Wow, great dissertation Angel!
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Totes agree about the JaSam stuff. 1st thing Sam does is go to see her mom to t

Angel
Angel

But the first thing she asks about is what her mom remembers about Valentin and her time on the island….then she asks how she is and what happened.That really floored me. My first words would of been all about my mother…then when that is all done – then the rest of the stuff. Priorities , I guess.

jlov
jlov

the reason this show is going to be cancelled is bc they still have they are still writing for all of ron’s creations. there was a reason ron was fired. he was good for a time, but after a while he had too many characters no one cared about, and strange storylines. if these new writers came in, they should not have felt obligated to keep on the ron legacy (unless there were good parts). they should have immediately came in, and cut at least 5 people out. instead they tried to dress them all up and make them more interesting. did they feel bad for a few actors loosing there jobs? better a few new actors, than an entire studio. these writers seem afraid to put there own stamp on things. i heard at days they had these new writers come in and take out at least 5 actors and put in all new storylines. that’s why they hired different ones. what was the point of hiring these people if they continued ron’s legacy, and we have 10 extra actors on set we don’t need? i also want to add, i actually like the new hires, since they came on. there are only a few and they have a clear purpose and fit in well w the cast. as oppose to ron’s who you wondered why they were there and were isolated from the rest of the cast.

jlov
jlov

by new hires, i meant new actors.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I don’t think it’s Andre. He’s another one I like. You have the good/bad boy Curtis and I agree he’s really good looking…and then you have Andre who’s the good-looking, less street-wise type good guy. I still think he might wind up with Anna, at least for a bit. But since she’s going to be off the canvas for a while they may have changed course. Speaking of Anna, I originally hated Paul but I like him now. If Julian and Alexis are really over…much to the crowd’s dismay they might not be…but if Alexis is single again I could see Her with Paul.

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GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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