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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Griffin (The Priest!) Gives Carlos His Last Rites, While A Shocked Anna Can't Get Justice For Duke!

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital meant the official goodbye of Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Carlos Rivera.  After his long reign of terror and all the twists and turns, Carlos finally succumbed to stab wounds via Julian Jerome (William deVry) that would keep him quiet for good.  As Carlos still had a few breaths in him, and as Anna (Finola Hughes) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) were trying to get a deathbed confession out of him (that Julian ordered the hit that killed Duke), Dr. Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) reveals he is a Roman Catholic priest and needs to give the dying man his last rites.

Anna is shocked! How could Duke’s son actually be intervening and keeping her from getting justice for his father and the love of her live, to administer Carlos the proper religious send-off?  Griffin asks Carlos if he has anything to confess, and just as he is about to say something in true soap opera style  … he dies.  Anna and Sonny are beside themselves.  Father Munro now continues with the rites.

Later, Anna is devastated that the one chance they had to nail Julian is gone thanks to Griffin!  When Griffin goes to the hospital chapel to pray, Anna finds him there.  She feels completely duped by the man she welcomed into her life.  He reveals that he isn’t a practicing priest but everyone, including Carlos, has a right to the sacrament.  He says he wants to help Anna forgive and move on with her life. Then, in the best line of the episode, Anna says:  “She finds his lectures insulting!”  

Sonny and Anna meet up and he reveals that since Julian had motive to kill Carlos, she may just get justice after all.  Anna goes into see the lifeless body of Carlos where she is angry and distraught and vows to get not rest till she brings Julian down.

Meanwhile, Julian is in very hot water.  After lying to Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) as to his whereabouts when Carlos was attacked, she confronts him about where he was and why he was leaving now to go check on Carlos at the hospital.  Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) stops by to let them know that Carlos is dead.  When Jordan questions Julian’s whereabouts in the wee hours of the morning, he says he was at Crimson and that Alexis and Nina (Michelle Stafford) were there as well.  Alexis says she saw Julian around 2:30 a.m.  Jordan says Carlos was attacked before that. Alexis blurts out that she locked up Julian’s gun earlier so there is not a chance he could have been involved.

Oops, Alexis! Jordan says Carlos wasn’t shot, but stabbed multiple times with a very distinct blade.  She advises Julexis to get a lawyer.  Alexis, now becoming unglued, pulls out the dagger that Helena used to kill her mother … and realizes it must be the murder weapon that Julian used!

This episode featured another brilliant star-turn by Finola Hughes.  Watching Anna agonize for justice has been heart wrenching in the hands of this one-of-a-kind actress.  And we had to say goodbye to the amazingly talented Parise, who you never know could pop up in certain characters minds as they deal with the aftermath of his Carlos’ death.

What did you think of the episode and the performances?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Melissa
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Melissa

I actually liked Friday’s episode a lot. But much hinges on whether or not the writers have a plan in mind and aren’t just plotting things along blindly. Making Griffin a priest was jaw droppingly good. The reveal made sense to me given we were first introduced to him in a chapel, and ever since he has seemed a little too good to be true. The contrast between his impulse to forgive, and Anna’s impulse to seek revenge, shifted their relationship into dynamic new territory. But that still leaves us with the weird mystery of his gunshot wound and his… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

I totally called the priest thing a few weeks back. I’m also guessing that Nathan shot Griffin after catching him with Claudette.

As for Julian, why should he have to pay for his crime? Sonny murdered legacy character AJ and he only did like 20 minutes in Pentonville.

Rodd
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Rodd

Well said, Melissa. I agree.

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

Anna will never get justice for Duke…In PC crime pays and makes you the shows new hero…Julian has got to pay-send him to prison and write the character out-same with Ava and all other criminals who commit murders…gosh i miss Edge Of Night-criminals always paid for their crimes and never made the shows heroes-once killed off most stayed dead too!!!…the best murder storyline was when Winter Austen was found not guilty for murder and it turned out she was the murderer but in the end she died and justice was served the way it should be for any murderer!!!

curacaoman
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curacaoman

If you wrote out all other criminals who commit murders there would be barely anyone left on this show

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

You can write villians without being killers…the British soap Coronation Street has been on the air for over 50 years-most of their killers were killed off or sent to prison…American soaps used to be that way…killers were killed off, went to prison or a mental hospital…there have been all kinds of scheming villains in daytime who did not commit murder like Lisa on ATWTs, Rachel and Iris on AW, Linda on Days-killers like Walter Curtain ended up dead and the story moved on with his widow Lenore-that was daytime drama at its finest and how it should be now…it doesnt… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I completely agree curacaoman. There isn’t probably 1 person left on the show who hasn’t murdered someone or attempted murder. Even though they come back to life, they still attempted to kill them. LOL. No can throw any stones here.

Janet Byrnes
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Janet Byrnes

If this mess wrote out all the murderers. No more show .Even the child Spencer tried to kill Emma, and cam. Anna may not have killed Carlos, but she certainly tried.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Jim…’Mr. Gangsters Neighborhood’…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Forgive me, dude…I had to laugh…LOL!!!!! Oh…and BTW, I (also) miss The Edge Of Night. Yes.

Take care, Jim.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

This is an interesting story but I dont like the way they are writing Anna. She has morphed into a revenge at all costs obsession to get Julian. She will sacrifice legal rights, family, friends to get what she wants. I dont like this, Anna has always been a person of the law. What an example she is for little Emma. NOT! Even Duke wouldnt want this for her.

Mary K.
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Mary K.

This was one of the finest episodes GH has ever produced. The time went by so fast that I was gaping at the previews not even comprehending them. Glanced at the wall clock and thought it must be running fast. It was like a vivid dream that left you a bit unsure of your own status for a few seconds. More please.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Okay Anna has become a bit Moby Dickish with her obsession for justice for Duke. She is not even law enforcement so how can she and Sonny be allowed in Carlo’s hospital room. How many times have loved ones been shooed out those rooms, but these two can waltz right in. Frankly I used to like Anna but lately her pursuing her white whale named Julien is making her more unlikeable by the minute. As for Griffin being a priest, he must have been pretty darn young when he went to Seminary. It takes about seven years of study to… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I was thinking the same thing Mary!

su0000
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su0000

I never thought I would say this’
I hope someone shoots and kills Anna ..

That character needs to put out of my misery..
It’s sad, indeed— that J&S destroyed the greatness of the strong power woman Anna..
I can hardly tolerate watching her, anylonger.. (and that is a shame.

As for carlos– he died magnificently !

Griff.. I knew he was priest/holly whatever very early on, no surprise ..

Timmm
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Timmm

Anna needs to accept that Duke is dead and move on. Duke was not an angel, he was in the mob. I understand she wants Julian to pay but sometimes life happens and you have to accept that it isnt always fair. Anna doesnt need to die, she needs a visit from an ex- Aussie! MOve on Anna!

Shell
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Shell

Yes. Come back Robert. 🙂

Shell
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Shell

I thought Friday’s episode was great. Anna and Griffin struggling in different ways. Their portrayals were wonderful. Sonny being the last person one might expect to be the voice of reason and adding some dry wit when least expected. You could feel Anna’s frustration as she stood there wondering what alternate universe she had stepped into. The surprise priest to her right. The alter boy mobster to her left. The evil murderer on his death bed feeling deserving of sainthood. Catholics and non-catholics probably chuckled at some of the dialog, for different reasons. It worked. Great job.

BB for GH
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BB for GH

I loved the episode with 1 exception. I can’t believe GH crossed this line of all lines, in my opinion they showed nothing but blatant disrespect to the Catholic Ceremony. Not being of this faith I am not sure of the rules but I would assume last rites should be a private matter – if ANYONE else would be present I would think it would be family. On top of that Anna insisting this has to stop right now so she can get her confession?? Seriously GH ?? I also believe Confession is a private matter as well. This just… Read more »

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I’m Catholic and can confirm that when a priest offers to hear the sacrament of confession, final or not, the room is usually cleared for total privacy. The Anointing of the Sick or Last Rites is a completely separate sacrament and does not require privacy. But, the recipient is usually extended the courtesy, if they are conscious, of having family present. I can assure you that most police do not insist upon questioning a patient when Last Rites are being performed. And, in a hospital, no staff would permit detectives or a non-family member, like Sonny, to barge into a… Read more »

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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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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