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

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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.

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.

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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Davy
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Davy

When I saw Franco kissing Kim all I could think was “Billy Miller should be doing this!” GH is a mess right now. Sad.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What I said!

TVJeff
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TVJeff

As ridiculous as this mind mapping is, I’m fine with it if it creates a good story. It’s a shame that BM is leaving as it seems that Drew would need to be a major part of this story. It appears that this is what will keep Kim & Julian in town as I haven’t seen anything about the 2 actors leaving the show.

Kay
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Kay

Billy is leaving because he has got shafted does anybody remember the big hoopla when he came??? Not one actor except for Kelly has supported him no let’s support the mindless robot SB who takes total advantage if his fans

TVJeff
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TVJeff

I totally agree with you. Even when SB returned they could’ve created a great story but didn’t. Much of this occurred when I boycotted GH due to GF’s firing!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes!

Satan
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Satan

This Drodd storyline gets 666% worse with every passing day.

Caleb
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Caleb

I was hoping for a “I’m Lester Pate!” moment, but they couldn’t even give us that! 🙂

Jill Marie
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Jill Marie

Yep!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, and the devil take the hindmost!

DMR
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DMR

This show is in the gutter. I haven’t watched in weeks. It’s horrendous-the writing & storylines.

su000
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su000

DMR-
if you haven’t watch GH in weeks– how would you know if it’s ”?horrendous”
naww you aren’t going on other peoples opinions and not your own, are yah?

Do you know if Kim is actually leaving GH or is it just a dupe ?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hi su000, I’d say just a dupe, wouldn’t you?

Brian
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Brian

Has it ever occurred to anyone that the highly lauded Roger Howarth is just a horrible actor? Honestly, I don’t get the big deal about him.

Kay
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Kay

Yes it is I gave up on Y&R now I guess I drop this they need a EP that quits making decisions always concerning his pets

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What I said!

Kay
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Kay

This should have been Billy Millers story their is something going on and I am sad that it once again have blown it like I said having pets ruin a story and TB is like watching paint dry ! Just put Alexis and Julian back together

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Horrors, Kay! Say it isn’t so! No one is THAT desperate, are they? 🙂

Caleb
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Caleb

This is literally the dumbest thing I have ever seen on this show. Good grief.

Thad Bosley
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Thad Bosley

Very well could be the worst storyline in the program’s 56 year history. I sit in front of my 65″ TV, my face paralyzingly cringing. Astonishingly putrid.

Steve
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Steve

I’d say Fluke, Denise Demuccio and Man Landers were worse – and that’s only recent examples. Oh, even worse, Anna potentially having a child with Faison.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You say it well!

Timmm
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Timmm

First, lets face it, neither Stafford or Miller ever fit into GH. Point fingers which ever direction you choose. Secondly, Valenti loves Howarth, Easton and Ramsey Its his show and this is what we get. I will stay until the bitter end! At least we get to see Robert Scorpio from time to time.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, I stay because of Tristan and Genie!

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I misread this headline as “and Believing He Is Drew Kisses Him.” Now THAT would have been interesting (and unexpected)!

(Hey wait a minute, it’s no more far fetched than what they’re actually trying to sell us!)

If the rumored resurrection of One Life to Live comes to pass, can we hope that Roger Howarth will go back to playing Todd (the only soap role I’ve really liked him in) and TPTB will finally admit that this whole Frodd thing doesn’t work? OK, OK, I know: that OLTL resurrection isn’t REALLY happening. (Next you’ll tell me mind-mapping isn’t real either.)

TVJeff
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TVJeff

OLTL is not coming back. Ever. Nor AMC. Not trying to be negative. Just realistic.

Sally
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Sally

Oh dear God. It’s not enough that Miller had to sit back and let Burton take over a role he worked hard on to make his own, now he has to sit back and watch Howarth take over his replacement role. What does Frank Valentine have against Billy? As Franco had memories wash over him and as he reached out and kissed Kim, there’s hapless Miller as Drew just standing there with his hands in his pockets with absolutely nothing to do. We waited for a long time for Drew to finally submerge his past with his present and they… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Amen, Sally!

Maggie
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Maggie

I am so disappointed FOR Billy Miller!!! I have been waiting patiently for him to get a story he deserves ever since Steve Burton came back! Why couldn’t we see Billy bring Drew’s history to fruition!?!? Bad move GH; BAD MOVE!!!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So crazy! If it weren’t for Genie Francis’ and Tristan Rogers’ presence on GH, I would say goodbye to the mess TPTB have made of GH. So hard to watch they cray cray!

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Has anyone stopped to think of what could have happened, had they succeeded in transferring Drew’s memories to Cameron? He would have believed he was in love with Kim, yuk! Anything would have been disastrous.

Michael
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Michael

Roger Howarth is brilliant and always riveting to watch.

Jill Marie
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Jill Marie

No he is not brilliant and riveting to watch–not for me anyway.

Michael
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Michael

Alrighty then,

Momosity
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Momosity

I’m with you, Michael. Roger Howarth is the best actor on the show right now.

Steve
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Steve

The twist of Drew 1.0 knowing he was a Quartermaine all along was a shocker, but made sense. We might get some interesting scenes now with Roger & Leslie.

With Billy leaving this week, I’m not sure how this story eventually wraps up without a recast or Burton taking a dual role.

Probably stretching out until November sweeps.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

I am wondering if the moving plans will change now for Kim and Julian.As much as Kim will be drawn to Drew, she will not want to step on Liz’s toes, so to speak.Iam sure Liz’s plan will be for Drew to fall in love with her, as did Franco, but he is in love with Kim, so who knows what will happen.

Amy
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Amy

I’m super excited to see how the Drew-Franco and Kim relationship develops. The chemistry between Roger Howarth and Tamara Braun was instantaneous and absolutely sizzling. I’ve been waiting for a coupling as electric as Tamara’s CarLo days and I think we are finally going to get one with Drew-Franco/Kim. Now, what to call this pairing? KimCo?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Agreed!

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

I must say that I am one of the few who had hopes for this SL, but I may have been wrong. I do not like Franco/Drew and Kim with their romantic remembrances igniting their new involvement. Kim being a doctor and Liz’s friend should have more sense. That being said, I really can’t imagine this turning out to everyone’s satisfaction.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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