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GENERAL HOSPITAL: "I'm Your Bastard Uncle, Valentin Cassadine!"

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Monday’s episode of General Hospital revealed to those held hostage on Cassadine Island that “Theo” is actually the devious Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart).

As Nikolas (Nick Stabile), Ava (Maura West), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Lulu (Emme Rylan), Laura (Genie Francis), and Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) are all together in the main room,  Jason (Billy Miller) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) are forced into another room with Jason handcuffed to a chair.  Everyone now is aware that they are in imminent danger and with someone who is a major threat.  After “Theo” utters some words in Greek,  Nikolas translates and informs the others that “Theo’s” henchmen have orders to shoot anyone that moves except for him!

Jason tells Sam that he remembers being on Cassadine Island before, and there must be a reason that he singled out Jason to handcuff other than “Theo’s” explanation of  wrong place at the wrong time.   Did “Theo” know Jason from when he was on the island with Helena?

Later in front of those in the main room, “Theo” rolls up his sleeve, and he shows the tattoo on his arm of the Cassadine Crest.  Nikolas is beginning to figure out just who the guy is, but not before “Theo” tries to get everyone to believe that he is in cahoots with Nikolas.  Laura thinks the guy was the person behind sending her a photo of the Ice Princess.  After Lulu says, “Who is he?”  Nikolas answers:  “He’s my grandfather’s bastard son.  Mikkos dishoned him years ago and no one ever knew what became of him.”  A gloating “Theo” confirms what Nikolas said with: “That’s right.  I’m your bastard Uncle, Valentin Cassadine!”   The hostages are stunned.

Watch the final moments from Monday’s GH after the jump.  Then let us know, what are your initial impressions of James Patrick Stuart as Valentin?  What do you think will be Valentin’s plan for Nikolas, Laura, Jason, and the others?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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finally… a real BAD guy… “i’ll get you my pretty!”… lol… ~

Well, if he is going for the 70’s greasy porn star look, he certainly achieved it. I don’t get it.

And can you BELIEVE it? What we’ve been asking for? Today–Wed–Carlos’ brother (or twin–or whomever) comes to the door of the Quartermaines’ home and is greeted by who else–Sabrina? I almost fell down–so they are “saving” Parisi after all–bringing a really good actor back as another character. I, along with others, posted our desire to have the great actor back–and TPTB “heard” us? Wow! I’m speechless. They’ve done it before, but I didn’t think they’d listen to the “lowly” fans’ wishes–LOL!
Too bad they didn’t cast Parisi as Valentin Cassadine–he would have been GREAT–he can act, has passion, has stage presence–and, most importantly, the viewers can relate (and even empathize?????) with him. Well butter my biscuits, I’m still laughing–and a bit incredulous. Too good to be true, isn’t it??

So, will our GH Gangsta Super Hero Sonny come to their rescue!!!-lol

of course Sonny will come to the rescue. It wouldn’t be GH if he didn’t, unfortunately.

Sad but So-nny True!

No big surprise. As soon as James was introduced as Theo, a new cast member, I posted saying he was Valentin.
I, also, posted he was probably Nathan’s father. But, only because he is the worst of the worst Cassadines.
Liesl’s words are still ringing in my head. LOL.
This entire scenario is soooo reminiscent of a botched High School play. Really? I know, it’s soapy. Exactly what it is supposed to be and do. What nonsense is going down on that devil’s island? Jason will save everyone….or Sonny. LOL.
And, Jimmy? Sonny will be the everlasting hero from now on. He is on the road to salvation, don’t you know????
We need to dispel the bad boy image from our heads. The PTB are fast at work doing just that.
The reason for Olivia’s tirade against Julian was also used to make Sonny look the hero; the perfect family man and friend. Gag!!

Still a chance he is Nate’s poppa, and if he stays he probably has other blocks of wood(like Nate) somewhere-lol

Cee, I would think that Theo would be too young to play James’s father? As for Sonny, imagine if you lived in Port Charles, you would either loath him and his kids or kiss his ring. There is no middle ground. Middle ground people tend to be dismissed at times as being boring but a Middle ground personality tends to give you a chance. If I lived in PC I would go to the “Perks” coffee house, beat up Aaron, he is future trouble, whisk Kristina off to one of Sonny’s private islands, make love to her and she would forget she ever met Parker! Whoa! Sonny would find out and kill me and blame it on A.J.!

In addition to my above quote, I must say that it was actually Shay who first suggested Valentin was the worst Cassadine to whom Liesl was referring. Ergo, Nathan’s sire.
I remember Shay saying that other than Mikko ( who is dead) , it must be Valentin.
Nonetheless, I was sure that the mysterious ‘Theo’ could not be anyone else other than Valentin. Too many coincidences……The Greek island, Nik and Maura ending up there; The Magnificent Duo ( tracking/sniffing hounds extraordinaire) , Jason and Sam followed by half of PC etc.
I know, simple deduction. LOL.

@Timmm.
Hey, Timmmy.
Well, I think that if Julian can be Sam’s father; if Phyllis (Y&R) can be Daniel’s mother; if Hope can be Claire’s grandmother (DOOL), Valentin can be Nathan’s father….more years separating them than the people I mentioned. Yes?
As far as Aaron? Well, I was so excited, Timmm, when I heard he was joining the cast….I always root for any Italian, LOL.
But, boy, was I disillusioned!!!! I said this to you before. There’s something icky about him….scuzzy, oily personality ( I do not mean his person). He is just too sweet; too nice.
So, I agree. He is trouble.

Jim, did you see that fight between Sonny and Julian? Sonny is a wimp! Spencer could take him!

So could Roxy The Lizard-lol

Did you know, my Timmmy, that ‘Sonny’ was Al Capone’s moniker? I do not see the link. HaHa!!
The typical representation seen in Sonny is a mafioso. However, one needs to be authentically siciliano or calabrese. Poor Sonny looks so misplaced.
Also, Sonny was sporting the typical ‘cosa nostra’ pinky ring. Is this something new? I don’t think I have ever noticed it before. Did he always wear it?
All he needs is a cigar and a skinny mustache that curls at the ends ( I think: French style?).
They are both wimps. Remember Julian overpowered Alexis….as he knew he would.
Stupid men, both of them. Muscle does not a man make. Using force only proves their cowardice.
I know I bore many of you with my quotes….but, here’s another….can’t resist. I think I have known Shakespeare in another life. I am madly ‘in love’ with him….
“Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The Valiant never taste death but once”. JULIUS CAESAR.

A little anticlimactic since the rumor that he is Valentin has been around for weeks.

I can only hope that J&S will hang up their bloomers and do right by the devil incarnate, Valentin…….
J&S always fall short on delivering suspenseful drama– but good at creating a mess .

Anyway, I like the 10 minutes that have seen of Valentin, so– so far so good .

((and PLEASE let him kill Sam))

I have to take credit, I think I was the only one who predicted all these people would end up in the island (maybe not but I didn’t read any other post with that thought). So, yay me! Ahem. Haven’t seen today’s episode yet.

Yes, you did. And, I posed it, as soon as Laura and company decided to cross the Atlantic. I just couldn’t remember who said it, at the time.

Thanks…I actually think the island could use a few more hostages (not sure if you were a viewer when Jerry Jax was introduced years ago) but I guess budget cuts slice everything. I’m still trying to remember Laura’s five hundred instructional guide

Ahhhhh!!!! Instructional word guide on how to make the grand escape! Ayiyi…

The title of the article…BEYOND HILARIOUS…LOL!!!!!

Enjoying the twists & turns of Miklos bastard. There are more nuts in this family.. In my heart hopefully Luke will rescue them! Hopefully my Sam & Jas5 will be safe. Does he know she’s Natashia daughter? I thought Alexis went thru Menopause few yrs back. Great job Lucas & Olivia ‘dead to me’ perfectly said.

ah! Just finished watching today’s show. Never saw Janes Patrick Stewart before and I’m very impressed! He has a really natural delivery…he’s terrific! I still think nu Nic is adorable, charming and verrrry likeable, but I think his acting is hit or miss. I feel like I’m watching a nervous stage performance. But I like him and enjoy his rapport with Maura. There’s something about him that’s endearing (in the midst of his good looks).

Great actor! Now let’s hope GH doesn’t blow what could be a great story!
Off topic but why is Julian demonized by all and yet Sony does the same things and everyone makes him out to be the Mob boss with the heart of gold? This is just one of the reasons why GH storylines make no sense. You have one mob boss talking about another as if he’s better with his harem of women and children to boot! Smh

* Sonny

I agree for the most part. It’s maddening. On the other hand while Sonny threatened Carly’s life…Julian seemed just cornered enough to actually try to kill Alexis. Ridiculous to turn him like that since he truly did and probably still does love her.

Applause, applause, Magneto. Sticks in the craw, right? Thing is there’s no halo over Julian’s head. Sonny’s shines so bright; it’s blinding!!
This is a classic case of what’s good for the goose; is NOT GOOD for the gander.

Uh-oh—we gotta bring Luke back so he can help Laura do battle with this newest spawn of the Cassadine clan.

Sorry, thats Sonny job now-lol

Hey, Jimmy.
How much do you want to bet that Sonny will also save Finn’s life?
Why else would TPTB share a scene with us where Finn confides in Sonny? Hmmmmm. Another heroic success in the works….. wonders never cease. And, Sonny is a big, small wonder. Pardon the oxymoron.

Please, no.

Would have been much more exciting if ABC hadn’t leaked it to the press weeks ago.

He is the best actor for this role, I am so happy he is back on a soap. Finally a new refresh villain. Thanks GH! Live the new nick too! But do miss the old one let them be twins!!

Feels like the Metro Court hostage story rebooted

Hmm…who was his momma ?
Is a full sib to Alexis ?
He’s relate to Sam too.

Interesting, Lisa. I have only watched GH for two years or so. I can’t really speculate due to lack of back-stories.
Is Valentin Alexis’s full brother? If so, would he kill his own niece? Of course he would!
I like your idea, Lisa. I wish ‘they’ would go there.

Sigh. More sci-fi and crazy. :- (

Ready to move on.

Not imposing enough-nor old enough–to be a “super evil” Cassadine as touted.
Went over like a wet balloon, as far as I am concerned.

Finally, we got our Valentin! Wish it were Michael Muhney BUT this guy can act! [Needs to shave, though] I hope he is evil BUT isnt murdering people and getting away with it like Sonny boy! Although, it would have been cool if he would have put a bullet in Clulu’s head when she asked “Who is this guy?”

Oh, my Timmmy. I think Muhney would have been too young to play Valentin, albeit he’d make the perfect villain.
Both great actors. But, James is HOT !!
Although very cartoonish, I am enjoying “DEVIL’S” island; Valentin and his minions; and, all the PC marionettes.

He really doesnt put the fear in me but I guess your right, you sweeties ALWAYS fall for the bad guys!

@Timmm.
HaHa, Timmmy boy; it all depends on the baddie…..certainly not Sonny.

Timmm, thanks for reminding us of the great Michael Muhney. Wow, I would learn how to do a cartwheel if he were playing this role!

You and me both Soaphound!

“Did “Theo” know Jason from when he was on the island with Helena?”

Which, that’s a complete and total retcon. Jason was at Crichton-Clark and escaped with Robin shortly after he and Helena were defrosted. They went back to Port Charles, he got hit by Ava’s car, he was in the hospital, and then living at Liz’s house. There was no period of time when he was under Helena’s control where he could have jetted off to Cassadine Island for a few days.

He looks too young to be the grandfather’s off shoot. He looks closer to nick’s age. Gh screw up as usual.

Yeah, rcraig, maybe. But, Mikko must have impregnated Valentin’s mother later in life. There are members in my family who are older than their aunts snd uncles.
It does happen….as men are ‘viable’ at any age . Look at Mick Jagger.

I want the character of Valentin to be a combination of Stefano Dimera, Victor Newman, and Adam Chandler.

You forgot Victor Kiriakis, Deimos, Andre…
Just joshin’ with you, Lou.
I do think that all these guys are tame little lambs compared to Valentin. Think Liesl.
I expect to see Valentin’s forked tongue, spewing fire. He must have flown through the castle’s tower….a scene straight from HARRY POTTER.
Could be he wants Roxie. Ha!!

My bad !!!! I didn’t want to appear greedy.

@Lou.
Love your repartees, Lou. You never miss a beat.
But, yeah. I am ready for a ‘classic’ villain. If not Helena, then Valentin will do….Sick of the run-of-the-mill, pedestrian baddies that are Julian and Sonny…
I just hope this will not be a repetition of a repetition of a repetition.
We shall see. But, other than welcoming and seeing James on stage, I was not impressed with the ‘acrobatics’.

Sorry, but if this was supposed to be an exciting reveal, it fell REALLY flat for me. I think I had the same face as Laura, a mixture of “what the hell ” and “come again? ” I’m still trying to figure out who the heck this guy is. Then my mind started to wander upstairs and what I might do if I could get Billy Miller in cuffs and…suffice to say the entire episode is a big blur for me now.

Welcome to the show! I’m pumped for this storyline. Flush all airtime for Darby, Valerie, Curtis, Dylan, and especially Kiki and give it to this fine actor and hugely promising storyline instead.

Awwwww!! I like Curtis, Dillon and Kiki, Jason…
We have not seen the end of Dillon and Kiki. I am waiting for that to happen expectantly.
Plus, I would say ten Hail Marys if Curtis would dump Valerie for Nina…..hot, hot, hot.
I am sure James P Stuart ( he must be of Scottish heritage….my Granda’s surname, as well) will get his due time; with or without the above characters.
Love James P.

Nina and Curtis? Yeah, I could go for that! Michelle Stafford is simply amazing. Give her a stronger storyline! Mr. Valentini, are you listening??
P.S. Watching Double Jeopardy at the moment. Ms. Stafford looks borderline scuzzy in this movie. Age has only made this woman look more and more beautiful.

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I agree, Jason. I said the same thing days ago. Michelle gets more beautiful with time. Sadly, there are many who abhor this gorgeous butterfly….they actually ridicule her.
When she puts her sexy on….well, she’s incomparable.
Sex scenes mostly bore me to death. But, all I can say is when Michelle’s Phyllis ( Y&R ) danced her dance with ‘Ronan’, my eyes could not look away.

Guilty as charged….and proudly so…..CeeCeeGirl!!!! We’ll never see eye-to-eye on your MS superfandom/admiration(expialidocious…) but hey, I think we can survive our difference of opinion! As for Valentin’s not-so-surprise appearance? Seems like it took forever to finally reach fruition, but now his unveiling is fast-tracked in record time? A bit of a build-up to this rapscallion’s revelations wouldn’t have gone amiss….I was hoping the storied miscreant of all miscreants would have languished in plain sight under a false identity for at least a substantial while in order to exact his evil revengenda…..until Liesl blew the whistle on him!!!! This way was just sooooo….anti-climactic!

@Shay.
You bet, Shaybelle. We do disagree as to Michelle’s talent and simpatia; well, in your case, lackthereof. DOUBLE LOL. That’s why we get along so well. We accept and respect each other’s opinion/ reaction to characters/ storylines etc. It’s what makes the world go ’round.
I do agree with your entire premise where Valentin is concerned. The thrill was spent as soon as the mask came off.
We are of a mind, Shay……it would have behooved the writers to have created suspense. Sloooowly leading to ‘the discovery’ of the man behind ‘Theo’.
You are too kind calling Valentin a rapscallion/miscreant……excecrable, fits him to the letter. ….he is Helena reincarnate. Are we sure he is not her son? LOL. Was Mikko as bad as his wife?
I expected Valentin to take Sam to the railroad tracks, bonds in hand; waiting for THE train to Hades.
Yes, the evil revengenda ( how witty and hilarious are you? Only you can spin a word so meaningfully…just love it) We missed the chance to have been grabbed by the throat and having gone through ‘hoops and loops’; tongue in cheek suspense. The prelude did not herald a “took my breath away” plot. The outcome killed the overture.
As you say, no build up….killed the mystery too soon. We do not get to see the shock on Liesl face? Willl that still happen…..only if we assume Valentine is, indeed, Nathan’s genitor.
Nonetheless, I’ll wait and see how this will all unfold. I do not want to see Jadon’s heroics…I am soooo done with that….and Sam sighing in that husky unintelligible whisper, ” Jason, he’s taking me to the railroad tracks; eek; he’s gonna tie me up; and, I’ll hear the train’s whistle blooow”.
I am hoping that the writers have a good reason and an ace up their sleeve for hurrying this along. Even so, I do believe my expectations were too great ( sorry, Dickie).

Indeed, CeeCee,…INDEED! So, you ask me if Mikkos rated as evil as Helena? That would be rather like comparing apples and oranges because they are so vastly different in the manner they’ve been presented…LOL. Check out the one and only man to inhabit that role, the late character actor, John Colicos. As you will see, he was no chick magnet on the outside…really almost comical in his appearance and megalomaniacal approach as the Cassadine patriarch….more of a cartoonesque Onassis/Soros-like figure than a Greek God, that’s for sure! Hence it was quite obvious his power and wealth served as the aphrodisiac to attract so many of those apparent lovers, including, his legend of a wife! Yet, I still find it hard to reconcile today’s version of said dragon lady with being his still-devoted spouse. You must remember, our initial view of Helena came after the death of Mikkos as an equally, over-the-top vengeful loony—then played by the somewhat faded and matronly drama queen, Elizabeth Taylor—when she crashed Luke and Laura’s wedding, so they seemed like a perfectly well-matched couple in a number of ways, not the very least of which was a darkly insane temperament. Not so much with the cool, classy and refined Constance Tower’s version of this fabled villainess….I can only envision her waxing so romantically over a tall, dark and handsome gentleman like her own real-life spouse, John Gavin. To think such a beautiful, sophisticated and intelligent woman would be pining for the toad-like Mikkos over thirty years following his demise is truly stretching it! But the talented Miss Towers has pulled off that amazing feat….however, I would say that her Helena has a much more organized and business-like approach to her lunacy….a method to her madness, so to speak! (And I’m still anxiously awaiting her great return….I refuse to believe this larger-than-life virago has been permanently vanquished from this earth!) Furthermore, do I believe there is any possibility that Valentin sprang from her womb? Anything can happen on Cassadine Island, but I rather hope not, or Helena shall not only be Mommy Dearest, but “Grandmommy Dearest” to Nathan! And it does sound very much like Valentin has suffered his fate as an outcast Cassadine due to his lowly, illegitimate birth….a typically historical royal situation and prime fuel for his grand resentment of his father and his family. I suspect his mother’s identity will be somewhat less illustrious….perhaps a servant girl or even a prostitute??? LOL. Oh, speaking of his “revengenda” plans? You are so right, CeeCeeGirl, that is a fabulous term, but alas, I cannot take credit for it….it was first uttered by Gabriel Mann’s adorable Nolan Ross on “Revenge.” Definitely made so much an impression on me that it stuck in my mind….yet, I can only wish I’d thought of it! But thank you for the compliment, just the same….I do so love a clever turn of phrase or cheeky play on words!…Having said that, there are my Helena thoughts in a nutshell…..now I best be going….I have a number of posts yet to go because the end of the GOP convention left me exhausted yet exhilarated and I used the weekend to catch up on my rest and recharge my batteries instead of visiting these threads. I hope to meet up later!

It’s nice to see a real true villain emerge and all the better he’s a cassadine. I’ve said it before and I’ll day it again very character doesn’t have to be ambiguous. Some guys have all the luck pain and evil inside. It’s ok.

Enough of the crazy Cassidines !!!! That’s not what we want !! Loving Franco and Elizabeth. I never thought that they would click, but I am happy to say that they do ! Looking forward to Elizabeth and Hayden’s story and Kristina and Parker’s love story !!!!!! Loved Kristina and Sonny’s heart to heart. Finally , love is back on the canvas. Would love to see Nina and Carly’s friendship grow. Maybe a surrogacy down the line to make Nina a mom !!! Claudette is a bore. Thought that she was French, where is the accent ???? The last thing that GH needs is more new characters !!!!!!!!

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In Karen’s backstory: after getting help, Karen was reunited with “Jagger” and left Sonny. The two married and left Port Charles. Karen returned as medical student and had divorced “Jagger” in 1997, and the character landed on the General Hospital spinoff soap opera, Port Charles. Eventually, Karen was struck by a car and died. Three actresses played the role during Karen’s history: Cari Shayne, Jennifer Hammon and Marie Wilson.

Watch Scott and John talk about their vendetta against Sonny Corinthos in key scenes from GH below. Now let us know, do you think Sonny should pay for his manipulation of Karen Wexler many years ago? Comment below.

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“She just came in like such a freaking pro,” shared Kate on LaRue. “She was so good. It was such a funny first introduction for our characters – it was written so well and it was so tense and uncomfortable, which was so fun for us.”

The two actresses instantly created a bond. As Mansi explained, “Right away, we were doing these funny one-liners back and forth (between scenes). Blaze said something like, ‘Kristina is more than my friend, she’s my partner,’ and then they’d call, ‘Cut!’ and Eva and I would look and each other and we’d be like, ‘She means writing partner,’ or she’d be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, she means producing partner, right?’ We were just dying laughing.”

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On Wednesday’s episode of GH, Natalia learned Blaze was gay, but isn’t quite believing her, thinking she had been somehow influenced by Kristina.  In the key scenes, Blaze tells Natalia that Kristina is more than her friend. She’s her girlfriend. Blaze asks if her mother heard what she truly said, and Natalia claims she did, but then starts cleaning up the place as a method of trying to cope with what she just heard.

Things get testy when Blaze says, “Kristina and I…” Next, Natalia cuts her daughter off, firmly saying, “There is no Kristina and you!”

So, did you enjoy the tension-filled scenes between Kate Mansi and Eva LaRue? Are you liking where GH is heading with the story of a disapproving and religious mother, trying to come to terms with her daughter and her girlfriend’s sexuality? Comment below.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

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Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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