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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Is Morgan Corinthos Bipolar?

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Could it be that Morgan Corinthos (Bryan Craig), the son of Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard)  is actually suffering from Bipolar disorder just like his father?  That was the twist brought up on Wednesday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital! 

As Morgan is at the courthouse with his girlfriend Kiki (Hayley Erin), since she is set to take the stand as a witness in the murder trial of her father, Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton), Sonny and Carly are worrying about the young man, whose actions over the last many months are leading Carly to the conclusion that Morgan may suffer from the same mental illness as her husband-to-be!

Carly says to Sonny, in bringing up the sensitive subject of bipolar disorder to the mob boss: “There is a genetic component and that means it can be inherited.”   She goes on to list the events that have transpired since Morgan has hit young adulthood: “Morgan was a sweet, calm little boy, and when he hit his twenties he has completely changed.  If Morgan is bipolar, he is at the age where we would begin to see the signs.  Let’s just think about the things he has done:  He had a gambling problem, he tricked Kiki into marrying him, he slept with Ava (Maura West), he joined Julian’s (William deVry) organization, and what about that night at the pier with Michael (Chad Duell) when they got into a fight?  Michael hits his head and fall’s into the water and Morgan takes off.  He was going to leave him and let him drown!  He loses control when he is angry.  Let’s just look at him right now then …  acting out sexually is  a symptom.   He got back together with Kiki and right away he sleeps with her aunt.”

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Things really hit home for Sonny though when Carly goes on to say “Morgan was really depressed when he found out that you were Avery’s father, and not him.  Sonny, God knows what else he’s done.”  A shell-shocked Sonny then utters:  “If I passed this on to my son and he killed somebody.  It’s on me.”

So, do you think Morgan is suffering from Bipolar disorder?  Does it help make sense of all the characters past and present behavior and his sleeping with Denice AKA Ava while he is in a relationship with Kiki?  Would you like to see how Morgan suffering from this mental illness would play out within the Corinthos clan? Do you think Morgan killed Silas then?  Share your thoughts below!

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dmr
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dmr

I think that Morgan suffers from extreme entitled spoiled child syndrome, not bipolar disorder. Although I think that Bryan Craig has matured into a much finer actor than he started out as; unfortunately, I think that Morgan’s development is stunted. I wish the writers would give Bryan a more meatier and juicer story to work with because I think that the actor has developed over the years. Honestly, and this may seem far-fetched, I think that Madeline killed Silas. I may be mistaken-because I haven’t watched daily; but, did Silas discover what Madeline and Ric were up to-plotting and scheming… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Thank you–I came in here to say the same thing–well done.
If you know anything about bipolar disease, you know that Morgan has not exhibited any signs of it–he’s just a stupid (fill in blank–rhymes with ick).

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Bryan Craig has matured into a much finer actor than he started out ” I totally agree.. with; that Bryan Craig should be “tested” with more layers he’s in 2 modus operandi 1. involved with Denise/Ava or Kiki 2. or being tempestuous with mom and dad; Carly or Sonny ??? where’s Michael… not that I miss him… off somewhere with Sabrina? I hope it’s not Madeline… heck… if I have to choose either or… at this point i’d choose Donna Mills over Michelle Stafford I really hope the new writing team… spiff up and treat us to better story for… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

I feel GH was going to write Morgan bipolar when BC joined back in 2013. Jean Passanante was at GH then by the way. It seems they started him off with the gambling addiction & other issues but then dropped the sl idea. I know Jean’s head-writing hasn’t aired yet, she is in the credits now currently breakdown writer. I just wonder if it was her idea or RC’s to start this possible bipolar sl? Here’s hoping if they did do it it would last longer than “TJ was profiled in a ritzy department store” s/l they ended before it… Read more »

Deborah
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Deborah

dmr, I was thinking the same thing about Madeline being Silas’ killer…I feel that it would add and interesting wrinkle in the murder mystery

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree…it’s between Rick and MadMaddie. I don’t think Ava killed Silas. I believe she suspect Morgan, that’s why she is acting so guilty and nervous. She’s trying to steer suspicion away from him. I am inclined to think that whoever is leaving the show is the culprit. Anyone’s contract up?

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

Morgan is bipolar…but has anyone noticed Heidi, the mental patient Nina talks to…Heidi is unresponsive and doesnt talk…she just stares off into space…she is in a catanoniclike state…thats how i look sometimes after watching a bad episode of GH…lol

Harry
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Harry

Ha, ha! Jim, that is priceless.

Timmm
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Timmm

Shes a writer for GH!

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

I think they are all that way…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am finally caught up, Jimh, albeit I FFed through many scenes…but, Heidi blinked, at one point…LOL.

Patrick
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Patrick

what? would make Carly an interesting character

outside of meddling in every one else’ life

I near gagged and laughed out loud myself… as “Jake” declared him and Carly BFF.

LOL… Carly just got right in to it… started laughing giddily and they hugged

OK Carly

“… Let’s just look at him right now then … acting out sexually is a symptom. ”

Yikes!
Yum!
YES

Patrick
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Patrick

I miss Sarah Joy Brown

Angelo
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Angelo

Me too my friend. Sarah was the original Carly. She is a wonderful actress.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

So do I, Patrick, so do I. And, Tamara Braun, gosh, after that special anniversary episode from 2014, with the 3 Carly’s, shoot, I’d love to see all three of them somehow in scenes together for a special story! that would be WILD!!!

Harry
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Harry

Sarah was amazing for sure but I also think Laura Wright is pretty good too.

Kathy
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Kathy

I think this has the potential to be a GREAT story for all involved. I can only imagine the performances Bryan, Maurice, & Laura are going to bring to the table.

I’ve wanted this story for S&C since Morgan was a pre-teen. S&C together & united working to help their son-perfection IMO

Amy
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Amy

Hope so makes sense(something stories havent been doing lately) & would probably be great because the whole Corinthos clan are filled w great actors.

Timmm
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Timmm

“Great?” Not Michael or Morgan! Okay maybe?

Barbara
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Barbara

They had better not be headed that way as a defense. Totally inaccurate. Surprised Mo would go along with a false depiction of this important subject.

su0000
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su0000

ohh geez.. for godsake not another nut case. This bipolar stuff is stupid in entertainment. Soap diseases are written for entertainment, not to be taken seriously. Y&R has the cry cry Sharon and that is never ending dumb stuff. GH has Sonny but at least he isn’t a constant cry cry like Sharon.. The new writers from Y&R luv diseased inflicted characters for boring drama. No doubt, within a months time they will have written in at least 2 cancers cases, a blind guy, a PTSD guy, an alcoholic woman with MS, and a couple of transplants, they will have… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

I’ve been liking GH the last few weeks, too. As far as all the “diseases” on Y&R, maybe it should be called the General Hospital of Genoa City.

Harry
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Harry

su0000!!!!! I hope you’re sitting down because I could not agree with you more!!

su0000
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su0000

ohh oh!
c’mer Harry, have a beer.. lets talk.
I also agreed with you recently, a couple of times!
That is not right. nope, not right..
We can blame it on the universe!
The moon was in the 7th house and Mars Was crossing Venus and Saturn was on the dark side of the sun, or some such thing that made us agreeing, fer shur ..
Ok- we’re fixed .. 🙂

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

What she said. 🙂

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL

YES !

“…Anyway, I hope Morgan is not turned into Sharon burning down houses and has a crooked neck looking sideways at me lol ..
aha! gotta luv this stuff..
— keep GH disease free!!! ”

ROFL

Patrick
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Patrick

actually

you know who should nut up?

Alexis

Julian is so wasted on her

so many RULES with spinster Alexis

gotta be mob free
and do not lie to her supreme being

Alex
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Alex

Rumor is Carlos is well and alive.

Timmm
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Timmm

Hopefully he is alive and kills Sabrina thinking its Anna on a cold misty night on the docks!

Shay
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Shay

Hey, Timmm!!! If that were to happen, it would almost make me wish for a return of that mangy madman!!!!! (Although it would have to be an awfully heavy mist to mistake the sleek, petite Anna for the ever-expanding Sappy!)

Mateo
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Mateo

The more awareness that this show, or any other show, can bring to mental illnesses with an informative spin the better. People need to know that certain behaviors unchecked can be the result of an illness and not necessarily a character flaw. Congrats to GH for taking that thoughtful road and even considering it as a possibility. This is what daytime drama is about.

su0000
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su0000

hi Mateo.. No.. it doesn not correctly inform people. Bipolar on soaps are written for entertainment, not medical facts.. The writers are not professional doctors nor medical advisors to write anything medical, they write for entertainment using whichever aliment for drama. I can imagine Doctors who deal with bipolar people cringing at how it is portrayed in a soap opera which is fictional writing. It is best that unqualified people should not write bipolarism in fantasy not of real life, soap operas, soaps writers are not certified medical advisors.] If Morgan is bipolar what he does and how he does… Read more »

boes
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boes

How great that you can explain it to all us klutzes. We’d be lost if we didn’t have you to explain EXACTLY how it is.

I guess Agnes Nixon wasn’t as smart as you, when back in the day before she sold her enormously successful shows to ABC that she refused to write any medical stories that weren’t factual because of the dangerous misinformation it would give to the viewers.

Thank God you’re so much smarter and clued in than she is, eh?

Mateo
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Mateo

The topic being discussed in that environment allows for others to learn about the illness known as bipolar. To correct your obviously ignorant comment above let me start by saying that every television show has medical consultants on staff to garner facts about any said illness. It’s called responsible writing. Of course it’s done for entertainment. This is a soap opera and it’s a drama so it has to be portrayed dramatically or it would be a documentary. Writers are not unqualified to discuss a topic such as illness. Most responsible and literate writers research a topic. And any research… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

Yes, diseases are often written for entertainment on soaps, but some soaps do consult doctors or experts in certain fields of study of whatever s/l their knowledge is needed for. Maurice has bipolar and openly speaks about it now specifically to help others. Anyway, I don’t like how Sharon is written at Y&R. It’s straight-up WRONG!! That is not bipolar. I know the Y&R writers wrote for Sharon while they were there, but they didn’t write that horrible sl when she burns down Victor’s ranch & marries Victor!! GAG!! If GH wrote this in I think Maurice could guide the… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Mateo, what I was trying to say (but said so badly because I was writing in haste) is that manic depression (bipolar disorder) is complex. Sure soaps historically have dealt with their public awareness duties dealing with such issues as breast cancer or heart disease, but trying to touch upon the subject of bipolar disorder is an all together matter. As I am sure you know, manic depression is a chemical disorder of the brain causing surges of dopamine to ebb , flow and then retreat wildly into the frontal lobes. Excuse the overly simplistic layman’s explanation but the end… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Mateo, that would be fine if Morgan exhibited signs of bipolar disease. I happen to know a lot about it, and Morgan has shown NO signs of it.
Moreover, this actor lacks the acting chops to pull this off.
And oh my God! I am totally agreeing with Suooo yet again. But this time, she is RIGHT!
Now I have to go outside and make sure the sky is still blue,

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

There’s definitely a change in the air when this happens. Maybe it’s the apocalypse?! 🙂

Shay
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Shay

Exactly, Harry! Just this week there was news that those with high IQ’s are particularly more prone to this mental affliction, hence, that should definitely preclude Morgan as a candidate, since he certainly isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed! In light of that bit of information, I’m also at a loss as to why SonnyMumbles suffers from this particular malady.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Mateo, I am in TOTAL agreement with you! Yeah, soaps can offer escapism, but they also have deep history in telling good drama, which sometimes includes cancer, bipolar disorder, anorexia, alcoholism and so on and so on. It all can’t be about CAMP!

Mateo
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Mateo

So Morgan shows no signs of bipolar? Hmmm, let’s see, some signs of bipolar disorder are agitation, depression, sexual hyperactivity that is sometimes compromising or devastating to another person, racing thoughts, increased self esteem or grandiosity…sounds like Morgan Corinthos to me. To the commentator who stated that Bryan Craig does not have the acting chops I beg to differ. That young actor has massive skill and intensity. He is amazing in his role. This will not be specific to any one person. There are many types of bipolar disorder with varying levels of intensity. But using the basic criterion as… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I want to be entertained NOT educated, its a soap!

Mateo
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Mateo

If you want entertainment watch repeats of Carol Burnett. That statement is just too much but at this time I just can’t…i just can’t.

su0000
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su0000

It’s all about the entertainment, Timmm.. And people dying of cancers etc is not entertainment it is simply using a condition to create soap drama which is basically fiction.. Diseases are used for drama to make people sad and cry lol.. No soap can ever diagnose, treat, nor correctly portray a soap disease of the real world. It is used as a tool for storytelling drama.. An example; The Y&R writers Jean and Shelly (now GH’s HW’s) gave Y&R Michael sex cancer lol.. Turned his cancer into an ED story/whatever lol It showed no reality nor informed anyone of anything… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

I’m going to vehemently disagree. I was riveted by GH sl’s: Stone’s AIDS (1 of the best sl’s of all time IMO), Monica’s breast cancer, BJ’s heart, when Lucy was a surrogate for Dominique & Scott when Dominique was ill & passed away before the baby, Serena, was born, Robin’s HIV diagnosis was stunning & beautifully written & the ripple effect it had on canvas. I even enjoy Sonny when he gets off his bipolar meds & goes to his dark place. Although rape isn’t a disease, Liz’s rape in the park where Lucky then found her & helped her… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

You must not watch the nightly news because with all the violence and hate its nice to tune in to a campy episode of GH.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I would explain a lot– I am not against this being a story line as long as it is an honest depiction of the disease and not an excuse to have Morgan go off the rails– I would love a truly well written story about it and if it can bring Dr. Collins back even better.

Timmm
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Timmm

You may get your wish, Carly mentioned Kevin the other day.

Shelly
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Shelly

I think it’s a great twist to the storyline. One I hadn’t thought about but would explain some stuff.

patsy alford
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patsy alford

I WOULD LIKED FOR THEM TO TALK ABOUT THIS SUBJECT A WHOLE LOT MORE BECAUSE MY SON HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH BIPLOR INEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS DIEASE [EXCUSE MY SPELLING I DONT I SPELL SOME OF THESE WORD RIGHT], BUT ANY WAY THIS IS A GOOD STORYLINE TO BRING OUT IN MY OPINION BECAUSE MORE PPL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS SICKNESS.

boes
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boes

Nah, he’s just a moron. After all, he is the spawn of Sonny and Carly so why the surprise he’s an idiot?

Shay
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Shay

This is true, boes! On the other hand, me thinks that Morgan’s biggest malady is arrested development along with a hefty dose of ADHD! He cannot seem to focus on much beyond his immediate physical urges!

Lynn
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Lynn

Maybe if Morgan got a JOB he’d have more to do than jump from bed to bed. He’s always drinking at a bar or out to eat what does he do to earn this money he always has? What a deadbeat!

Carol
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Carol

Remember that Maurice Bernard is bi-polar and has always insisted on a realistic portrayal of the disease.

Rose
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Rose

Only interested in a possible bipolar story if they keep it short and not string it out for a year. Also, after watching GH yesterday, I think they should seriously consider changing the name to Mobster Inc. Not that I would like continuous disease/ gun and car injury/ very sick baby stories/ with doctors and nurses going in and out of patient rooms and looking at their charts. Don’t mind some of the gangster/dark side/crazy stuff…I think it adds to what makes GH interesting. But the current focus, again, seems to be on the Corrinthos/Jerome stories which bear no resemblance… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Rose, I would rather they not do it at all. Yes, Bob Guza was exercised sensitivity and thoughtfulness with Sonny’s diagnosis…..initially.
But there was no follow through. I have not heard Sonny mention his disorder until just recently and he is seen swinging back alcohol–something one is not supposed to indulge in while taking lithium.
So, if they cannot do this right, I say do not do it at all.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

If this can be done tastefully with a realistic portrayal it has potential to be an impactful story. If they handle mental illness like most soaps do, I’m concerned. We’ll see.

Timmm
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Timmm

Just make him bi and him and Brad can hook up!

JUDY
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JUDY

EACH DAY I RECORD THIS SOAP…EACH DAY I GO THRU MORE AND MORE..NOT GOOD AT ALL!!!!!! EVEN THE JAKE STORY LINE HAS BEEN SO DRAWN OUT THAT NO ONE CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TIME TO STOP WATCHING FOR ME!!!!! A WASTE OF SO MANY GOOD ACTORS.

carol
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carol

I don’t know if Morgan is bipolar or not, but I wish he’d let his hair grow out. Don’t care for this look on him.

Michael
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Michael

I’m not a doctor so I don’t know.

Harry
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Harry

We should ask Peter Bergman, Michael. He played a doctor on TV!

Laurie
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Laurie

Why does he have to be one or the other? One can be bipolar AND a spoiled punk bitch at the same time. I’m guessing Morgan is both.

Always write for these types of characters. Potential goldmine.

su0000
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su0000

I is ah luvin Morgan a whole bunch !!
Morgan is a great character 🙂
but—- I want his hair back!!!!

Guza created Morgan and then he was sent away, he vanished!!
RC brought him back- a great move!!
Bryan has done very well with the character, he has greatly improved to a gold star!

Laurie
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Laurie

BC said in an interview him shaving his hair is part of the upcoming bipolar sl. I’m serious. Not sure what that has to do w/bipolar but I guess we will see.

su0000
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su0000

Morgan/Brians head is not shaved..
It is a popular guy cut, many have the style, no big deal..
I still see him as a messed up guy, many guys are messed up but not bipolar..
Morgan has a messed up life he just needs to get it together..

dawnhaze
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dawnhaze

Morgan is definitely a spoiled, rich child who wants all the cake and icing too. He is so jealous of Michael and wants everything he has (like all siblings) but bipolar is an hereditary disease and I’m sure like others have said that the writers have probably cleared their writing with people who would know. Maurice is a walking encyclopedia on the disease. I would say the writers have to come up with something to explain away some of the things Michael has done or otherwise he would be painted in the bye-bye corner for sure. I really don’t believe… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

You said “to explain away some of the things Michael has done.” I believe you meant Morgan. Yes, looks like it’s coming.

dawnhaze
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dawnhaze

Hopefully now that Scotty has broken Ava down in court and she has confessed to being Ava, the storyline that flew around about it coming out that KiKi is really the child that Nina supposedly lost. Even if Morgan turns out to be Avery’s dad, there will be no reason for Ava to be spewing her venom around. Besides I still think she was the one who offed poor ole AJ in the hospital and it wasn’t Sonny to killed him. It isn’t possible for everything to be Sonny’s fault on GH. I hate it that Silas was killed off… Read more »

Lynn
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Lynn

When did this happen?’ Are you a day ahead of us?

su0000
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su0000

naww
Morgan is bipolar he is simply screwed up..
He is a messed up guy, a f-up but so are many people that doesn’t make them bipolar..
writers need to be very careful with giving a character bipolarism, for one- it is not curable.

Jane
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Jane

Great show Friday cant wait for Monday.

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On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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