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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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General Hospital Alum Annie Wersching Dead at 45

In very sad news on Sunday, actress Annie Wersching, who starred in the series 24, Bosch and Timeless, and portrayed Amelia Joffe on General Hospital, passed away this morning from cancer.  Annie was only 45-years-0ld.

Deadline broke the news of Annie’s death.  In a statement, Wersching’s husband, actor Stephen Full, shared: “There is a cavernous hole in the soul of this family today. But she left us the tools to fill it. She found wonder in the simplest moment. She didn’t require music to dance. She taught us not to wait for adventure to find you. ‘Go find it. It’s everywhere.’ And find it we shall. As I drove our boys, the true loves of her life, down the winding driveway and street, she would yell BYE! until we were out of earshot and into the world. I can still hear it ringing. Bye my Buddie. ‘I love you little family…’ ”

Wersching’s first major role came as Amelia Joffe on General Hospital.  She played the role from May to September of 2007.  Amelia came to Port Charles to seek revenge on Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) and wound up lovers with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).

Later, she went on to star as Renee Walker in Seasons 7 and 8 of 24.  She also appeared in The Vampire Diaries, Runaways, Extant, and The Rookie.  One of her last roles was in Star Trek: Picard which came two decades after she made her screen acting debut in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Annie is survived by her husband and children children Freddie, 12; Ozzie, and Archie, 4.

Share your condolences and remembrances for Annie in the comment section.  But first, check out some scenes from her time on General Hospital below.

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Kelly Thiebaud Opens Up on Her Exit from General Hospital, Taping Britt’s Tragic Death Scenes, and Parting Thoughts on Co-Stars

Just a few weeks ago on the January 4th episode of General Hospital, viewers were left devastated when Dr. Britt Westbourne succumbed to a fatal poisoning after a confrontation with ‘The Hook’.

While it was revealed that Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, was exiting the ABC soap opera at the end of 2022, many thought the story would see Britt leaving Port Charles to deal with her declining health due to Huntington’s Disease in private, in order to keep the door open for a possible return down the line.  However, that was not meant to be.  When a report from Deadline surfaced back in August of 2022, it indicated that Kelly was returning to her primetime role on ABC’s Station 19, which caused some confusion and rumors of just what would Thiebaud’s ultimate status be with the daytime drama series.

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Now, in a very special exit interview for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Kelly chats with Michael Fairman and clarifies what led to her decision to leave her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne.

Talking with Fairman direct from London, Kelly, who won a Daytime Emmy in 2022 for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, reveals how it came to pass that GH would kill-off the character of Britt by becoming another victim of ‘The Hook’, and more.

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During the conversation, Thiebaud shares her thoughts on working with her former GH co-stars including: Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Parry Shen (Brad), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Cassandra James (Terry), Roger Howarth (Austin) and Josh Kelly (Cody), as well as some of her favorite memories throughout her run on the series which began in 2012.

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Kelly took the character from being the manipulative ‘Britch’ as an interloper in the romance of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), all the way to becoming a well-loved character to root for.

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While, GH viewers witnessed Britt’s shocking death scenes, Kelly weighs-in on taping those moments, as well as Britt’s emotional goodbye birthday party, and having the opportunity to portray a character who was trying to navigate her life, while suffering from the effects of Huntington’s Disease.

In addition, Thiebaud gives a very special ‘thank you’ and shout out to the fans for their enduring support as she looks forward to new roles and new adventures ahead.

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Check out our heartfelt farewell interview with Kelly below, and for upcoming celebrity features, interviews, event coverage, music videos, and more, make sure to ‘subscribe‘ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

So, what did you think about Kelly’s decision to depart GH? Will you miss her as Britt? Share your thoughts on our conversation in the comment section below.

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Denise Crosby Makes a Return to General Hospital

After a major fallout with her parents, Carolyn (Denise Crosby) and Jeff Webber (William R. Moses), Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) was devastated, in particular because they concocted a plan to make her forget all about the tragic situation earlier in her life. That being, when Finn’s (Michael Easton) late wife, Reiko, fell down a flight of steps and eventually died after she struggled with Liz.

Apparently, the story is not over, when Denise Crosby reprises her role of Carolyn beginning the week of January 23rd on General Hospital.

Talking about her return in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Crosby previewed, “She (Carolyn) wants to make a connection with her daughter and try to make amends for something that is almost impossible to make amends for. She knows it could go really wrong, but she can’t live with herself if she doesn’t take the shot.”

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Something tells us there is more to the story of why Carolyn could have returned to Port Charles? Any thoughts?

Let us know your theories about Elizabeth’s mother upcoming return to Port Charles in the comment section below.

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