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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Is Luke Spencer Under Mind-Control From Helena Cassadine … Or Is This Just Another Red Herring?

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On Thursday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, Lulu (Emme Rylan) comes to visit Luke (Anthony Geary) in jail.  She believes that Helena (Constance Towers) has Luke under mind-control, as she had done to Lucky in the past, and is doing to “Jake” (Billy Miller) at present.

What other explanation could there be for her dad’s despicable and out-of-character behavior over the last year or so? As the scenes between the father and daughter play out, clues uttered by Luke would indicate that he is not under Helena’s mind-control spell.  This opens up the possibility of theories that “mind-control” may not be the culprit for Luke’s behavior.

Elsewhere, Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) helps get Helena immunity in exchange for information on how she is controlling both “Jake” and Luke.  After Nikolas blackmails Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Helena is released from prison.   The villainess matriarch of the Cassadine clan apparently wrote down what she knows of what has happened to “Jake” and Luke and hands the information over to Nikolas while Agent Sloane (Grayson McCouch) looks on.   At the end of the episode, Sloane comes down to “Jake” and Luke’s jail cells and tells the men, “You two are going on a little field trip.”

So at this point in the Fluke/Luke storyline, do you truly believe the answer to Luke’s behavior is mind-control via Helena?  Or, could it be that this is the real Luke Spencer, and the Luke Spencer we knew all these years who was the good guy was the imposter?  Whether you love or hate the storyline, what is your best guess as to how this will ultimately conclude as to the true identity of this legacy GH character?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Les
Les

To be honest, this “Fluke” storyline has pretty much put to rest my interest in GH. Moving on…

Kalle
Kalle

Yes, yes, yes! The story is BORING!

Charday
Charday

Yep, move on, please!

denisefan
denisefan

The writing is immature and boring.

harry
harry

Yes Denisefan, I agree. And usually those two variables do not go hand in hand.

Robert
Robert

I do not think it is mind control, it is most likely something the audience have not considered. Luke is a legacy character, the producers and the writers would never have Luke try to murder people, including his daughter,sister and nephew without there being a major twist that will payoff soon.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Robert, I do believe this audience has considered every possible venue concerning the Fluke storyline. We are not talking about an amateur audience here. This site has some of the most intelligent and astute posters I have ever seen. This audience is quite savvy and wise. I cannot say much because I’m a newbie, but our fellow-posters, including yourself, have exhausted every scenario.
I did propose, however, that the potent drugs distorted Luke’s perception of what’s right or wrong…..he’s just so bloodthirsty, nothing else matters.
If that is the case, then there is still something good buried within him. Perhaps he needs to leave for an extended period of time again to detox. I hope.

Patrick
Patrick

“…This site has some of the most intelligent and astute posters I have ever seen”

giddy time

when so many of us have watched for decades plus

this site… thank you MF : is “shared” meaning and heartfelt of the best genre of ANY medium

LOL

“…he needs to leave for an extended period of time again to detox ”

I’d live in Amsterdam for a spell

su0000
su0000

Fluke is not Luke ….
I followed the clues– Luke and Fluke are not the same person.

When Fluke said he was Luke that was said- sarcastically -by whomever is Fluke..
That was Fluke having a self-laugh over it all ..

AJQ
AJQ

I just don’t think the writers will be able to explain who Fluke is or why he acts the way he does in a believable way. The explanation will have to be extremely convoluted.

Luke getting drugs at his initial stay at Miscavige that fried his brain would be believable, except he approached Julian over a decade ago to take down Sonny.

Mind control doesn’t work because Luke shot Helena, two years ago and she was trying to kill him with poison.

Robert, if there is some explanation that no one has thought of, it will be completely out of left field and it will not fit tightly with all we have seen. The writers can try and say, you’ve been watching A, but B has been happening, but that isn’t good writing and it won’t be a satisfactory payoff. The fact that it has taken this long and that there have apparently been so many red herrings already guarantees that the payoff will be unsatisfactory.

The journey has not been interesting. Constant twist and turns are only interesting if they are presented in the context of a coherent and cohesive narrative. That has just not been the case here.

Erick
Erick

With all the mentions of Patricia and seeing the old Spencer house, I think it’s pretty clear that there was abuse and maybe a murder back then, like Luke killed his terrible father or something…. There’s been a lot of talk through the years of their bad childhood but I don’t think anything specific….

Robert
Robert

You are right, many a legion of fans have discussed every possible theory in regard to Luke’s murderous behavior and I agree with you the audience is a smart one and I figured the writers and producers know this, that is why I believe they are trying to be a step ahead of the fans and that is why I am confident they are planning a major twist that will respect the audience’s intelligence.

harry
harry

Thank you, Cee Cee. You can be my ghost writer anytime.

Love, Maverick

(From Top Gun)

Mary SF
Mary SF

Mind control makes no sense because if Helena had him under her control why did she allowed him to shoot her on the Haunted Star? Why did she poison his earring to kill him if she could control him? And Fluke first made his appearance in PC when she was “frozen” waiting to be revive by Robin, whose procedure hadn’t been proven yet.

No either Luke had a twin brother we never knew about or Luke has multiple personalities that come out at different times– like those times Luke would disappear, he could have been Fluke–then he would come back when he was Good Luke. This might be possible because he did say to Lulu getting her old father back would be one option, meaning there could be other personalities that could come out if pressed.

Sally Goodman
Sally Goodman

Could it be possible,that Lucks father was having sex with is older sister,and luck killed both of them

Timmm
Timmm

Well, mind control would make you seem like to everyone including Lulu you are not who you looked up to all these years. She knows it and it hurts her. And speaking of Lulu, this actress finally got to shine and have a decent scene with TG. She is talented and capable and I really like their scene in the jail together. Anyway, I still think the real Luke is locked away on Cassadine Island and this is an impostor.

vinnie
vinnie

Totally agree Emme scenes have been awesome

Anne
Anne

Every episode makes this storyline worse. Suspense is not heightened. So in about 20 seconds Nicholas persuades Scott to grant full immunity to Helena? Is she going to go through the motions of de-programming Luke and Jake? Reveal the full story of Luke now!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Exactly, Anne.

su0000
su0000

nawww .. there is not going to be any deprogramming of Fluke, he is what he is supposed to be..
and Jake, well he might need a tweak lol ..

Scott to grant full immunity to Helena, well he can do that in a heartbeat if wants to and he did to save his his own ass.. it was just that simple..

the big problem is;
People are way way over thinking it..
When you overthink you change things, create things that you believe as the way it is, over thinking can and does distort..
Over thinking this story will only confuse you and keep you from following along ..

over overthinking -fiction- will confuse ya every time.. lol
just go with the flow the way it is written is the way it is to be 😉
RC, FV and team have it all ready to drop on us, the answers to the mystery is only days away.. This is fun! I am EXCITED!!!!

harry
harry

In other words, according to Sue, it’s the viewers’ fault.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I like the storyline but i also hate parts of it…Ron C. is no Henry Sleazer when it comes to mystery writing(Henry S. was Edge Of Nights headwriter for nearly 3 decades…his mysteries where well paced character driven stories that had a beginning, middle and an end…it too had fun twist and turns but didnt go over the top campy with no sense dialogue and messy plotting like GHs)…however GH still has entertaining moments here and there and…i like some of the twist and turns and suspense but this storyline feels endless…it goes on and on like no ending in sight…even the Energizer Rabbit knew when its time to quit…lol…i believe he is Luke and its just his time of the month…lol…if this is TGs exit storyline lets do it this way…have Luke on the fog shrouded piers…we have Tracy in the distance looking for him and calling his name…Luke looks into the camera and winks at the audience, then turns and disappears into the fog forever…Tracy is shown on the piers but Luke is already gone…she suddenly hears an unfamiliar female voice of a woman calling out Luke’s name…the woman runs into Tracy who also is calling out for Luke…the woman introduces herself as Nola Robinson(Kim Zimmer) who is looking for her missing estranged husband Luke Robinson…Nola and Luke used to live in Amersterdam where her husband worked undercover for the U.S. goverment but they had to flee because there is a hit out on him for reasons unknown to her and they fled to America and she fears the hired hitman is also here and has found her husband…Meanwhile, Tracys Luke has disapeared for good(TG has left the building) and everyone in PC and us GH fans never learn the truth about who Fluke really is…lol

harry
harry

Truly an impressive post, Jim.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I don’t believe Helena is controlling Fluke. Perhaps it is Luke, a new Luke turned monster. It’s very possible that his brain has been so battered with mind altering drugs to obliterate any human feeling he might have had……voila’ Fluke! In a way, this is the end product for which Helena was aiming. Other than that, I draw a blank.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I think you are mistaking Luke for GHs writer Ron C.,…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

You’re probably right, Jimh. HAHA. Later.

Patrick
Patrick

wouldn’t it be FUN if Helena… did get !!!!

this would further , the dashing, daring, delight, Nikolas now IS !

that way thee : “mind altering” imagination guise… LOL would dare more

with Jake and Nikolas… c’mon Helena : don’t stop now…

fluke/luke can respite in Holland, Amsterdam

sorry Tracy

Ric
Ric

A did storyline. Bring Viki from llanview to town.

Melissa
Melissa

No no no, Viki was yesterdays news.

mfarris70
mfarris70

A split personality would do a lot to explain things and would also explain why Luke frequently skips town without explanation. I don’t think Helena is controlling Luke in any way. If she could do that, why would she wait until now? Also, what is the end game here? We still don’t really know what Luke and Helena are up to.

Rob
Rob

interesting question. what I would like vs what do I expect to happen? My best guess is there are reasons for what Luke did, and the change in him somehow goes back to helena’s poisoning of him and the “cure” for the Poisoning. I don’t buy a Luke was exchanged back in the 90’s with Bill Eckert. In my heart as a viewer of 39yrs, if this will be the exit for luke I want it to end with Laura, she comes to help him and for her to take care of him they way he took care of her. thats what I want.

what I expect is for all of the to play out with Luke having a inoperable brain tumor caused by poisoning which changed his personality and a death scene if Tony is truly retiring.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Rob. I said above that strong drugs , which you call “cure” , were administered and, subsequently, bedeviled his brain…LOL

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

Painting Luke/Fluke into a corner, must be getting close to one of TG’s vacations.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah…I hope his vacation is permanent this time.

Timmm
Timmm

CeeCee, you get a timeout! Tony is awesome!

Patrick
Patrick

i agree with you : mainly because.. Tracy was on top… dynamic… womanly with Joe Scully, jr. romantic, in love, a virtuoso… HAPPY

if only the show would bring him back !!!!

exit AG

rcraig
rcraig

At this point does anyone care who Fluke is? So done with this story. It is absolutely absurd how they portray the legal system. I realize this is supposed to be entertainment but it is just too stupid to be entertaining. How many times does Helena have to die before she is really dead? Just ridiculous. Just been FF through the whole show in 5 minutes. I just wish we could get General Hospital back

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I hate this storyline more with each passing day. Please just end it. I no longer care who, what, where, when, or why.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Dont’ know… don’t know… end this stupid storyline already. it’s been a damn year.

Karen
Karen

I really don’t care who or what or why Fluke/Luke (Yuck) is doing what he is doing. I’ve watched GH during the highs and the very lows and the weird but this is tedious and beyond anything except my DVR fast forward. Move on already – let Fluke/Luke marry Helena go off into the lower part of the world and stay there.

harry
harry

I don’t have anything to say on the subject. I am so burned out that they need to come up with a new word for being this burned out.
I never thought I would be singing BB King’s “The Thrill is Gone” when it comes to anything to do with Luke Spencer.
And here’s another song I am singing. “Jimmy Crack Corn and I Don’t Care”!

su0000
su0000

awww dear Harry..
this has been one helluva a journey!
I had fun.. the next couple of days will tell all, the who is ..

Harry, have you been over thinking the ‘who’ is?
It has been easy to follow if ya do not over think just go with what is written, what is before you, and then there is no problem following along..

overthinking fiction is not cool..
it will only make the story what it is not meant to be because it has become jumbled up by overthinking it .. lol 🙂
the clues were dropped, no problem here. I’m too lazy to overthink, I simply watch the story.. lol ..

CeeCee
CeeCee

And I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE, that Ron doesn’t care if the fans care or not.
I have never wished death on any character. But, Luke/Fluke needs to be buried. Then again, he’ll be baa-ack!

k/kay
k/kay

Not watching any longer until it is over sorry TG is making a mockery of the fans of this show and all my friends who watched quit six weeks ago. 🙁

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well, GH seems burned beyond recognition to the point it doesnt look like the show i fell in love with so many years ago…im still entertained here and there but i dont rush home to see it like i used to!!!

harry
harry

And Cee Cee…”I’m about to lose my mind, hurry, hurry.” Also, Tony Geary has basically said he doe snot care what the audience wants.
Suoo, there’s a problem when your entire defense of GH lies with you blaming the viewers for not being good viewers.
I have been an ardent admirer and fan of Tony Geary’s since I was a child (In other words, for about one hundred years). For me to criticize him is a big deal–it means something is inherently wrong.
I cannot even stand the sight of him anymore, and I never ever thought I would feel such a thing.

Rose
Rose

Let’s just hope this isn’t the beginning of ABC starting to push GH over the cliff like they did AMC and OLTL. This time using a story, and even a favorite for years like Tony/Luke, that many loyal, regular viewers don’t like so they ” don’t rush home to see it” anymore. I guess I’ll never really trust ABC.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

If they are doing that (and it certainly seems plausible) they are doing it with TG’s blessings. Really says something when you have a head writer and a lead actor with massive egos who couldn’t care less what fans think. I wish both of them would be gone yesterday.

Pat
Pat

No idea if it’s DID or Luke gone bad (brain-fry from drugs/Helena) – or if it’s the proverbial long-lost evil twin, but this story needs to have a big payoff! I loved the “Lizard Lounge” banter between Scotty & Ric in court on Thursday’s show! Funny..

penny
penny

I stopped caring about who fluke is many episodes ago. It’s boring, please finish it. I love Geary but even he has to admit this ship has run it’s course.

su0000
su0000

the story actually started 4 months back.. the usual time for lead soap story is 4 months and ending times for sweeps..
The story time is right on spot..
(before Tony needed to leave the story was just starting and there was a 6 month pause..

Seems some people are wore out from thinking, not knowing is killing them because soap stories are usually very transparent and we know who after the first week..
Not so with this story.. it did make people ‘think’ and to wonder and kept most in a dither/boggled because they do not know the — who, what and why’ not this time..
nope, not this time.. we had to work/think to figure this one out all the way to very last page, we did not know ..
that has never ever happened with a soap story, never … I LOVE IT !!!

harry
harry

When I want to think I will re read James Joyce’s Ulysses or Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. And I do enjoy a good mystery as long as the clues leading up to solving that mystery form a trail of bread crumbs.
All these inconsistent clues are providing is a maze of confusion which will ultimately lead to disappointment.

Szmitty
Szmitty

It’s Luke’s evil twin that no one ever knew about…..

Scott
Scott

If only they could

Kim Callahan
Kim Callahan

I so hope its not true and this is the real Luke!!! I loved the old days with him and Laura and their kids!!! I will be so disappointed as a long time fan for over 40 years!!

Nancy
Nancy

I love the story. It gets everyone talking and guessing. Greatest show and possible Emmy winning role for Tony Geary.

Fanny
Fanny

We need to move beyond the Luke/Fluke storyline, it has dragged on
longer than necessary and I’m no longer interested, in who he is or isn’t.
His hateful words and indifference towards the people who still believe
and love him unconditionally is unforgivable.
Drop the wretch down a flight of stairs ( without hurting Tony’s back )and
see if that jogs his memory.

JUDY
JUDY

THE LONGER THIS STORY GOES ON THE WORSE IT GETS..IF IT WASNT FOR BILLY MILLER I WOULD HAVE STOPPED WATCHING…

Patrick
Patrick

I am in LOVE with Liz… she’s breathtaking… whomever she’s with… it’s a tug at the heartstrings… whomever she scenes with

my heart wants that it’s “Jake Doe” because he’s better with Liz than either Sam or Carly…. GH do not dull the senses… it’s Liz all the way

therein… the malady.. because so much is happening for Liz right now

Rick Hearst : Ric Lansing is dynamo!!!! DANG
the smolder is still turning with Nikolas
the chemistry with “jake doe ” is off the charts

I’m in love with Liz…

I have to submit:

I’m so in love with Franco and Nina! the human element between the onslaught of AG’ fluke or luke ignites

the pairing of Michelle Stafford and Roger Howarth is complete

I cried with MB’ Sonny : when he first held his daugher Avery… WOW that baby and MB enveloped bond

I’m so going to miss Johnny Z… with either Lulu or Maxie for Serial connect on all fronts recipe for romance,love, danger, sex, tingling sensations

Wally Kurth’ Ned… is sublime… romantic lead.. sexual in love catch

Carlos belongs in the cast

WOW just doing some things right

Patrick
Patrick

ps: add to the above…. Ava ava AVA… w/Morgan

theres a lot of magic stirring

Patrick
Patrick

the HEAT between Anna and Sloane …. alot

Patrick
Patrick

Lucas and Brad are bringing so MUCH

Patrick
Patrick

Felicia and Mac for auld lang syne

capture my heart

harry
harry

Patrick, agree about Lizzy. She is an eternal beauty with that perfect porcelain skin which never seems to show the trespasses of time.
On another note, I am so damn sick of Helena. She makes my skin crawl and not in a good way. (yes, there is a good way, and this ain’t it!)

Fanny
Fanny

Harry, I completly agree with U where Helena is concerned.
Nick should do to her what she did to Katherine bell…….

downtownla
downtownla

I FF all these scenes, just like I do the Sonny and Ava ones. To me, it’s like Twin Peaks or Lost. The storylines don’t seem to be mapped out far ahead or in much details. They just go for crazy. That’s why you have so many contradictions and inconsistencies.

west virgina fan
west virgina fan

the original rapist luke was replaced by a good twin (maybe caught him getting ready to do something evil and forced him into a coma)–helena finds the real luke along the way and resurrects him–original evil luke wants back at everyone who was part of nu luke’s life

or this is all happening in a snow globe and luke is married to Helena and they are both in a retirment home in Florida and General hospital has been his fantasies while they are playing endless games of bridge

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

That snowglobe part sounds somewhat like another hospital…ST. Elsewhere when that show ended with an autistic child with a mini St. Elswhere inside the globe and all the hosiptal drama was part of the childs fantasies…lol

Peter
Peter

I’m pretty tired of the story line too, but also understand that it would probably be wrapped up by now if Tony G didn’t have to take a leave of absence to heal. My take is that this is NOT mind control and this guy is NOT Luke. It’s his sister Patricia who probably looked a lot like Luke and had a sex-change and is now taking “revenge” on everyone for some reason.

Pat
Pat

Think maybe Luke has a twin? How old is sister Patricia? Could they be fraternal twins…then she had sex-reassignment surgery (along w/plastic surg!!) & came into PC to wreak havoc upon everyone’s lives related to Luke?

RGreen
RGreen

I agree with many of the comments, this story line was never very intriguing to me. Mix that in with the excessive duration and it makes for a dreary combination. I hope Fluke somehow is Bill E. because at least that would allow those of us who are Luke fans to still adore him instead of finding a way to ignore his reign of evil. GH doesn’t need these far fetched story lines to be compelling. Let Maxie get a job. I miss her work antics. Jack also needs employment. Michael needs to quit whining. (his complaints are legit, but his constant whining is wearing thin.) Franco needs some power, perhaps a JOB might help. (What’s up with all this GH unemployment anyway?) Bring back Johnny!! And Anna. And Patrick hasn’t had a compelling storyline since Robin left. I miss that confident, if self centered, character who was frustrating in the best of ways. Having said all that, I’ll probably never quit GH because even with these complaints, I still look forward to watching it every night. I’m invested in the characters, not the implausible drawn out story lines we sometimes have to tolerate.

su0000
su0000

This story is the common/usual 4 month run for a lead story..
It had just started when Tony left he returned in Nov..
and there have been many other stories going on at the same time..
Franco and Nina..
Maxie and Nate
Jordan and Shawn
Anna fired
Jake and his identity journey
Sonny and Julian
Carlos and Johnny Z were back
Michael freaking out every other day
Patrick and Sam
Tracy and Ned on screen also Oliva
not to mention other stories happening during the Fluke story..

If some watched the just the Fluke/Luke story that was up to them lol 😉

su0000
su0000

and during the Luke story ;
Ava had her baby .. Nina and Ava were brilliant! Franco and Nina took off with the baby and Silas helped Ava..
So much happened during the Fluke/Luke story..

I LOVED IT ALL .. WAS EXCITING FUN !!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Here it is Valentines Day Eve and GH Super fans, I just thought of a theory, perhaps a story for Ron to appease Tony Geary and GH’s fans. Perhaps Luke did have a twin and this guy Fluke is the evil one where Tony gets to go out with a bang and say FU! Maybe he dies or leaves town with Helena with a ton of money, whatever. Fade to black, ah, almost and then we see a twinkle in the dark skyline and it is the skyline half way around the world with Luke and Laura locked in a passionate kiss, fade to black, THE END! Tony goes out a bad guy, Tony goes out with his one true love! Everyones happy! Happy Valentines Day!

aria
aria

i have no idea where RC is trying to go with this storyline, love Anthony Geary, but when he utter the line and i’m paraphrasing here, “don’t you wanna know” to lulu when she asked him whats going on, i realize that i’ve had enough of the teasing on this storyline, its overkill now, dragged on and beyond dragged, theres only so much even Tony Geary can do. and since this is an RC storyline, i’m praying he hasn’t turned Luke into his oltv version of Vicki and Jessica and their 100 split personalities, i say that because if he does, that means this storyline will never end, and we will have to see endless variation of evil Fluke, he’s probably got 4 more versions, like baby fluke, cousin bill,twin brother he killed and of course the personality that controls the others, god help us if he’s going anywhere in that direction.

anthony
anthony

this whole fluke thing is tedious.

Brett Bradley-Howarth
Brett Bradley-Howarth

I hate to say it, because GH is my favourite show, but I don’t care about this storyline anymore, I just don ‘t care, bored to tears of it.

morrison
morrison

Luke is my boy; through out the drama, the Spencers are kidnapped and brain washed. So, may be, Luke is victimized by Helena, but this particular plot is really involved, and do not forget the whole Jason (Luke) subplot.

diblee
diblee

We have seen them both at the same time…maybe we are mind conrolled. Yes so bored!

Michele
Michele

Luke is Luke and story line should end. Now it’s time to work on Sam and Jake. I am sure everyone agrees.✳

Dustye
Dustye

OK. Has anyone considered that Bill Ekhart and Luke are actually identical twins that were separated and told they were cousins? Those are SOMEBODY’S bones!! I feel this IS Luke. He defies Helena, yells at her etc. so I don’t think he’s under mind control. In fact I don’t know wtf is going on and I’m almost over it. I have been watching since 1978. Story lines like the Ice Princess and “the disc” and Grant the Russian spy were all cleared up in a year. This is not right. Anthony Geary deserves better. He’s a SOAP HERO. Ready for Sam to discover Jake is Jason.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

When did Bill Eckert become a completely different person and why?

nelson
nelson

would you please end this story line with luke or fluke has been over a year for crying outloud end this solve this now and concentrate on bringing jake as jason back to his memory to reunite with sam enough is enough dragging this story line we need answers before the end of the year stop slowing this story line my goodness. getting tire of this story line with luke.

nelson
nelson

again witters end this fluke story bring back jason.

Mariyn
Mariyn

i really getting sick of this story line I tape the show and fast forward through this waste of time boring and dumb story line get over with it already PLEASE

Paul Noonan
Paul Noonan

It’s TG that has some say over this storyline, so shouldn’t the blame go to him…??

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Yes, it should.

Michael
Michael

I love GH, especially the writing. However, there is one major flaw in the “Fluke” storyline, and I cannot believe that Frank and Ron are not addressing it. The storyline loses traction and credibility with the almost complete absence of Laura’s name in this story. Even if she is not on the show, there is one character that would be able to tell the difference between Luke/Fluke. At the very least, Lulu would be on the phone discussing all of this with her mother. The fact that this is not even alluded to makes the storyline frustrating. Other than than, I think it hails back to traditional soaps, which keeps the viewer guessing. I just hope it isn;t ‘mind control’, which is the most boring possible solution. (Please take Jake/Jason out of the mind control story- the concept is so far fetched that it is just plain boring.)

Elizabeth Benefield
Elizabeth Benefield

I agree with your comments, Michael. The writers seem to underestimate the intelligence and memory of their long-time audience. I have been watching this show since it first came on the air, so I am well aware when a main character is left out of the equation of such a serious storyline. Laura, Luke’s former love and wife, Lulu and Lucky’s and Nichol’s mother has not been contacted during the entire four months. And weren’t there TWO people in that basement when Fluke was holding Luke prisoner? Two people having a conversation? I join the majority of the faithful watchers… The storyline has become tiresome. Where is the romance, family loyalty, and real life business matters that make sense but are still entertaining?

k/kay
k/kay

They have set out to destroy the legacy of Lluke & Laura that is why I quit watching to not even mention her name is an insult to the actress who brought a lot to the show for many years! As for the dual personality/dark half I called this months ago!

Dustye
Dustye

GET BACK TO JASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

viewer88
viewer88

This has got to be close to the end of GH.
Luke with DID. It worked on OLTL over 40 years. It even worked with Connie for a few months. When FV and RC had to end OLTL they did a proper job of writing on overdrive. They’ve pretty much have done that with GH since taking over, and as a result they are killing the show. I don’t blame them…It’s like what do you do,?…when all that you know doesn’t work any more. Hey! dude…let’s reveal that Luke has had DID for the last 40 years. ABC doesn’t deserve to have soaps any more. They should continue their mission to scope the world for mishaps and broadcast “the news” 24×7.
Sorry I’m seeing GH go finally, I will be happy when ABC eventually goes-it’s inevitable but will take some time.
Wishing FV and RC a happy retirement. Luke with DID really?
Lol…could there have ever been… in the entire history of soaps a bigger screwup? Good bye guys… Good bye ABC!…Good bye GH.

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Luke has DID?? Noooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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