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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Jason and Jason Come Face To Face In Heart-Stopping Cliffhanger!

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The final moments of Monday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital ranks right up there with one of the most “OMG, what’s going to happen next?” cliffhangers in quite some time in soapland.

For in it, Patient Six (Steve Burton),who appears to be the real Jason Morgan, comes face to face with the man everyone has been calling “Jason” (Billy Miller) for the last few years.  But that’s not the only person who got the surprise of their lives, as so too did Carly (Laura Wright)!

In the set-up, after Patient Six rescues Sam (Kelly Monaco) from drowning in the pier after a confrontation with Klein (Gene Farber), he revives her. For a split second, Sam sees the man who looks like the old Jason she fell in love with and mutters how he found her. Then, she lapses back into unconsciousness.  Six picks up Sam and takes off … but where is he headed?

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Meanwhile at the Corinthos home, Carly questions Sonny (Maurice Benard) as to who the guy who dropped from the skylight at the launch party was.  He keeps telling her it’s his best friend, Jason.  An emotional Carly is having a hard time believing this intel!

Carly yells at Sonny recounting that if the guy who dropped down from the skylight at the launch party was the real Jason, where has he been for the past five years? What about all the DNA proof they had proving that “Jake Doe” was “Jason Morgan”?

Next, an irate Jason barges into Sonny’s house demanding to know who Sonny was with at the launch party, and who were those armed men? He also wants to know what he saw on the surveillance footage … who was the fourth guy that Sonny came to the party with? Jason also wants to know where the hell his wife is!

Just then, Patient Six arrives through the balcony of Sonny’s house, and holding an unconscious Sam in his arms! When he walks in Carly turns and sees him … so does Sonny … and so does Jason!  

What did you think of the final moments of Monday’s GH? What do you think will happen next? Are you enjoying the tale of two Jasons thus far? Comment below!

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Joan Brigham
Joan Brigham

I wanted MORE! Hated that the soap was over. Patient 6 is Jason, and Billy Miller must be Drew. The storyline is on FIRE!

Kim
Kim

Agreed. Patient 6 has to be Jason Stone Cold Morgan.

aria
aria

hell yeah i’m enjoying the tale of the two jason’s, the cliffhanger was awesome, thank goodness it didn’t fall on a friday, it would of been a long weekend, hopefully everything goes smoothly today, and GH is on. I can’t wait.

Diane
Diane

Jason will table any questions he has – he’ll be too concerned with getting Sam to the hospital (where she should have been taken in the first place). Carly will continue in denial until she sees some sort of proof (DNA?) since her pride is invested in having identified Jake Doe as Jason originally. Sonny will continue throwing Jason under the bus, insisting that Patient 6 is the “real” Jason. Patient 6 will be frustrated that Carly won’t just take his word, and may finally realize there is a long road ahead if he is indeed Jason, and has to prove it. Lots of good story ahead, no matter what!

Harry
Harry

I think Carly knew the moment she saw Jason storm into the back door of Sonny’s house carrying an unconscious Sam, that she was seeing the real Jason.
You could see realization washing over her face.
The reason Jason didn’t take Sam to the hospital is he knew he and she were being pursued by dangerous men. He took her to Sonny’s for the sake of safety.

Fanny
Fanny

Absolutely right Harry.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Yes, Diane, Sonny is so pathologically selfish and disloyal, he’s already dismissed nuJason. Did you see that haughty, smug shrugging of the shoulders when Billy begged him for help in finding Sam? Heartless! I’ve always wondered why Sonny is so disliked on this site….now I see why. If they start treating Billy as the bad guy here, I’ll be FAST FORWARDING even more than I do for Oscar and Josslyn.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ugh! I agree, Soaphound. It’s one thing for Sonny to believe Steve Burton is Jason; it’s another for him to turn his back and treat Billy’s Jason with such disdain. One would think he would still have feelings of friendship for the latter while at the same time be understandably confused. Perhaps even explain to him that there’s something going on and he’ll explain it to him when he can, etc.

Steve Burton’s Jason coming back doesn’t negate the two years of friendship “Billy’s” had with Sonny and Carly and all he’s sacrificed for them. Really despicable!

Timmm
Timmm

Sonny felt betrayed by Jason Doe. Can he not have feelings?

Celia
Celia

Awwwww. Poor Billy…I mean Jason2….
You got it, Soaphound….you always do. Sonny is not someone one wants to hug….he’s pathetic and so is/are his sidekick(s) : Carly and Michael.
What will happen to Billy Miller? Jason or Drew? Will he be given ‘the cold shoulder’?
This is starting to lookk like MM on Y&R. Does Maurice have that kind of power?
Billy will always be the outsider.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I’m all for this story as long as Billy Miller doesn’t get screwed. Great idea of having Steve Burton back but I would be pissed if Billy Miller became the sacrificial lamb for the sake of telling this story.

elm1951
elm1951

i have been saying the same thing ever since they announced that steve burton was coming back to gh………………….

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh James, thanks for saying what I’ve been dreading since the news of Burton returning. Suddenly Sonny is referring to the man (Billy/Jason) who saved his life repeatedly as “that guy who isn’t you” and shrugs defiantly when Billy/Jason desperately needed his help locating Sam. Sonny is disloyal and a spoiled child. And apparently the writers, etc are so enamored of the underemoting Mr. Burton that even a great actor and 3- time Emmy winner like Billy get pushed aside. Shame on them!

K/kay
K/kay

Well MB did it on twitter then tried to walk it back according to my sister but she does not care because she wants Billy back on Y&R lol

Celia
Celia

Again, Soaphound, there are not enough negative adjectives to describe Sonny.
One of the posters ( can’t remember who) had said that Jason1 was not so “black and white”.
Well, I think Six is not so black and white either.
Too many unanswered questions. Is he really Jason? Or Drew? Is he really a Q? I am going back to my original theory and say Franco is the Q—who are the twins?
At the risk of sounding repetitious, Susan and Alan—or Susan and Edward could be Franco’s bio parents.
Many pooh-poohed on my theory–I don’t know—I do not want TPTB to stall the ‘revelation’ for a prolonged period of time—by the same token, I want the story to make sense. I will not be left wanting!! LOL.

Celia
Celia

Although I have come to truly like Burton as an actor—considering how indifferent I was to Dylan for most of his tenure on Y&R—- I love Billy Miller more, Soaphound. So, if I had to choose I’d pick Billy to stay forevermore.
I have been smitten since his AMC days, soooo…..
Are we sure Burton is staying indefinitely? I love the story, nonetheless—very curious; and, looking forward to know what happened to Drew and where he had been all these years before he showed up in PC.
The thing is, we don’t know if Six is the real Jason. If Billy’s Jason is an identical twin with a reconstructed face, how do we know J2 is not the real Jason? How do we know if J2’s memories were not transmitted into Six’s brain?
I mean, he was in Russia, under lock and key for how long? Andre left—does he know who is whom? Does Klein?
What sweet irony would it be if Six was Drew and J2 Jason Morgan? We all think the opposite is true—-but, an honest-to-goodness soap would have a soapy twist like that, wouldn’t it?

Sissy
Sissy

Billy did so much with just his expression at the end! Had to rewind and watch that scene again.I can’t wait to see more today.

Harry
Harry

The snail’s pacing of the first Jason return was mind numbingly dull and it was ultimately anti climatic.
The writers and Steve Burton have more than made up for that,. Even Sonny and Carly are suddenly interesting with both LW and MB pulling out some emotionally compelling performances out of themselves. I think Billy Miller is about to finally wake up out of somnolent state. GH has been providing truly outstanding soapy escapism which strikes an affinity with its days of yore.

Fanny
Fanny

It’s as if Maurice B and Laura W had “FLATLINED”….
Steve arrived just in time, “paddles” in hand-ready to revive them.
Thank goodness he’s come home!..As far as Sam’s concerned
Andrew can have her…boring & humdrum deserve each other.
Authentic,Original Jason needs a fresh take on LOVE…

Patrick
Patrick

“Authentic,Original Jason needs a fresh take on LOVE… ”

absolutely… course, now, I don’t want Billy Miller (Drew) ??? stuck with Sam

it’s leaving me with no other recourse.. will I ever see the Billy Miller of ole ?

will I ever see the Michelle Stafford of ole?
will I ever see the Michael Easton of ole? the list seems endless

same goes for Roger Howarth.

why is it that easy on the eyes gets a let

course that can’t be said about Sonny any more. he is dragging this show

Harry
Harry

Hello Fanny (said in my best Omar Sharif impression).
I could not agree with you more.
Honestly, for me it was hard to tell that Sam had been drugged because she always acts so somnolent.

Fanny
Fanny

@Harry, you’re so funny & I totally agree with you.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Fanny,
….I can almost guarantee that if Billy/Jason were free of Sam, he would not be so “humdrum”, LOL. I love Billy Miller….not as Jason2, so much….
Mayhap, I was infatuated with Bad Boy Billy Abbott—he had personality; not this mumbling ( what a contagion, Fanny) phenomenon espoused from Sam.
Why is this character so embraced by TPTB? I wish I could see the attraction; I seriously do.
Nevertheless, I have a newfound appreciation for Steve, propelling me to look forward to his ‘dealing’ with Sam
Will I see a difference in her one-dimensional personality?
…I think I shortchanged Steve as Dylan. But, in my defense, and so many athers’, Burton did not make Dylan an independent character—-it seemed as if he could not separate Stonecold from Dylan, the quasi-Jason Morgan-character.
Thus, I do believe that’s the reason he turned many a viewer off.
As I said, ad nauseam; it was not until the loss of Christian was fast-approaching, that Dylan came into his own….absolutely breathtaking performance.
Furthermore—what Steve is offering me as Six/Jason, or whomever he turns out to be, leaves me in awe…..mouth agape. I am sold, my lady.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Did you guys hear Andre say that “patient 6” is running around “thinking” these people are his family? Also, wasn’t it rumored that Steve Burton was only staying for nine months? Even though I haven’t decided conclusively who’s who…all evidence seems to indicate Burton is the real Jason…but I (and others) have thrown in other theories/guesses…I doubt Steve would be the real Jason if he’s planning on leaving again. And what’s up with what Andre said? (even if Burton was Drew…it would still be his family.) Unless Franco is the Q and Billy and Steve are Baldwins!

Fanny
Fanny

@Rebecca,
Steve mentioned he signed a 3 year contract …Thank goodness!!!

Fanny
Fanny

@Patrick…
Agree W/U wholeheartedly, you’re preaching to the choir ‼️

Satan
Satan

Steve signed a three year contract. It’s the storyline that is supposed to last 9 months, which will likely involve solving the mysteries of who was holding Jason prisoner in Russia (neither Klein nor Maddox were calling the shots, obviously) and also the gaps in Andrew’s life, since we have no idea what happened to him after Frodd threw him down the stairs as a child up until the time he turned up as a popsicle in the custody of the Cassadines. The one possible thing we may know about his life is that he had a wife who looked like Carly 2.0 and a son named Oscar who he’s already met (I think?) without a clue it was his son.

But there’s no doubt Steve is Jason. He didn’t come back to let somebody else keep playing the character he created (for all practical purposes) over 25 years ago.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks Fanny and Steve. I didn’t know Steve had signed a three year contract…great news! (let’s hope GH is still on!)

Satan: (LOL, I do feel weird writing that name! Can I call you Sat for short? 🙂 )
I’m not convinced Franco threw Drew down the stairs. His mom said she assumed he did but she didn’t see it. And I’m not sure Drew ever had a wife (Carly look-a-like or not; he just THINKS he did because those are the memories that were planted in his mind.

As for being Oscar’s son that’s definitely an interesting theory and very possibly true which would create another link with Carly (ugh)…but I’m leaning toward Laura Wright’s real-life boyfriend, the actor Wes who’s about to come on board, to be Oscar’s dad. Just a guess…

And, I’m also not convinced Steve Burton is Jason. (The only reason the writers would make him so could be the possible fan backlash if he wasn’t.) But all things being equal, “Drew” obviously looked like the Jason we know before his plastic surgery…and if he was the one that was messed up and tortured by Helena…that could account for why he doesn’t seem like the authentic Jason to we, the audience, and to those who have loved him and have noticed how he’s changed since he’s been back. I just feel have Burton be Jason is the obvious choice and they might want to fool the audience. Burton might never have been Jason…he might have been Drew from birth but was switched at an earlier date and grew up or at some point came to believe he was Jason.

All I know is that no matter how it pans out they’re doing a fantastic job and I don’t think I’d be disappointed no matter who each one turns out to be; the acting has been exemplary and the story beyond fun and engaging!

@Harry…you Nicky Arnstein you… 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

edit: Oscar’s father..

us not we, the audience

rebecca1
rebecca1

Uggggg! LOL..another correction!! Thanks Satan (yikes! still can’t get used to saying that. How ’bout Lucifer…at least that’s the name of that hot dude on “Lucifer”! Great, fun show by the way ) not Steve! Sorry; brain fog. Fell asleep at 3am…up by 7am.

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

Interjection? Oh, no, no. I was part of the group which you alienated from this forum.
Remember Maureen, Helen, Gary, Frank and others?

I was part of those who had the nerve to stand up to you and call you out for constantly harassing Celia and Shay. I have been watching for years. I never felt the need to comment until I read all those nice people having had their fill with you. Shay is a lady and she doendn’t even bother answering you. The same goes for Celia.
You even started on Timmm, as well as Su0000, a few years ago. Then as soon as others befriended her, you changed your tune. You do not fool me.

I do not know any of these people, but I heard enough. Did that stop you? I would hide in shame.
You want to be Queen B. In your case Rebecca, Mark, Taelyn and God knows who else.

You just did it again last week by quoting Shay because her words about Alexis were not agreeable to you. I am no 20 or 30 or 40-year old who can be kicked around by you like a soccer ball. Approaching 60 and proud of it.
You brought the negative comments by various commenters upon yourself. You are arrogant, petulant and relentless.

MF’s bequest to stop your insults only worked for a month. You are at it again. One of the Kevins called you out by saying that you want to be Celia. You envy their online friendship.
I do not see anyone having a problem with either Celia or Shay except you and all your aliases.
That includes rose.

You needed to hear this to get you off your high horse. It won’t work because you have this superiority complex. You think you are invincible. However, what I see is someone who needs to prove something to herself. It’s always someone else’s fault.

I have said my peace. But, knowing you, you must have the last word, and MF should not have to see this. He has been a gentleman throughout this ordeal. However, I would hope this is posted as yours was. It is only fair. Remember, look back a few sites where it shows, right there in black and white, reprimanding Shay.
I see nowhere Celia mentioning your name. We Italians have an adage, ” Avere la coda di paglia”. Literally it means having a straw tail. It burns when lit.
Fundamentally, it means having a guilty conscience.
I will not even bother any longer, and ignore your insults and insolence as everyone else.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL!!!! Francesca…I just took a quick peek at your long bullshite diatribe and I only got halfway through it. I don’t believe a word you’re saying. You’re some person who appeared out of nowhere…and no “almost 60-year-old woman” would be taking the side of two females who constantly put down older females. Shay and CeeCee/Celia comment on age constantly! From wrinkled boobs to overactive sex drives of too–old–women, to the latest “Anna’s getting comment that Kelly Monaco should be told she’s not the “spry dancer in 6-inch heels anymore…somoene should tell her that hahahaha…”

Sorry! I will say it ONE MORE TIME! I don’t like the continual ageist comments on EVERY SINGLE POST and just like people don’t like racist or religious or homophobic comments…I don’t like ageist. THAT has been the source of constant arguments between Celia, Shay and myself…

The others you mentioned? Where are they ? Who are they? They popped in twice…with one year between…to partake in the “group” you’re talking about. And the way you just went off on me? Sorry; not normal. So, no. I don’t believe you’re just some random poster.

Just the fact that you’re bringing your Italian heritage into this is a big giveaway…Celia does it all the time. So did “grams” or whatever her name was. I’ve no doubt you’re either Celia or let’s see…her grandmother, her “twin”, her cardiologist husband, her lawyer parents..who’d I leave out?

Not interested. You’re too obvious., There are many assorted quibbles on this site on different posts…NONE of which involve me. Yet, you stay silent. Too obvious.

You sound as haughty as Celia. No doubt you’re her or one of her family. Seems like this site is a family affair for her.

I just come to post. It’s not a therapy group.

Oh…LOL…before hitting send I just looked up quickly to see if there was anything I wanted (against my better judement to address)…and I saw this: “One of the Kevin’s said you want to be Celia.” ahahahahha. Yes. I want to be an anonymous 30-year-old poster who I’ve never met. That’s my goal. And you’re 60? Your whole family needs to grow up. Really. Invest the money you guys seem to have that you spend on your European vacations and summer jaunts to Martha’s vineyard that Celia talks about ON A SOAP SITE and seek help…

Timmm
Timmm

THIS was absolute GOLD! This ending on Monday was retro 80’s! Gloria Monty would be proud!

Fanny
Fanny

She certainly would be Timmm !!!
The storyline involving so many characters & revolving around
Steve is exciting,and SO worth it !!! This is why we watch.

Fanny
Fanny

Eye contact ALONE‼️ Between Carly & Jason (Steve) ELECTRIFYING ‼️‼️

Celia
Celia

This was a tumultuous scene, my T….agreed. I loved it—I anticipated the two Jasons’ first meeting. It was just as I envisioned it.
The pent-up emotions–love, anger, confusion emanating from Six was pure artistry—great acting.
Six’s eyes screamed fury and helplessness–all under control. Amazing!!

dmr
dmr

Oh, how much I loved the Gloria Monty era!

Celia
Celia

LOL, dmr. Unfortunately for me, I do not know the Gloria Monty days…..she must have been something, eh?
If what I have been witnessing these last couple of weeks where Burton/Six is concerned; then yes—Brava, Gloria; bravi, TPTB.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….Gloria Monty’s reinvention of GH turned the traditional soap opera genre on its head in such a way that whilst often imitated, it was never equaled by any of the competition during her reign as the “Doyenne of Daytime Drama.” The mere fact that her beloved signature characters and unforgettable storylines are still held up as the gold standard amongst many longtime fans of the show says it all. So, yes, she was indeed “something!”

Neka
Neka

I adore this show. It’s on so much fire right now. 🙂

Priscilla
Priscilla

This is the most exciting story line that GH has had in a very long time. I continue to be “wowed” by the story and the acting. Can’t wait to see how this plays out!

Steve
Steve

Yes, the cliffhanger was soapy goodness, but once again had me questioning why Jason’s (either one) first instinct is not to bring Sam to the hospital run by his mother? It’s the end of October in update NY, so that water would have been rather chilly. Someone I care about almost drowned, may have hypothermia and I’m going to bring her to the mobster’s house? I guess he’ll try to say it’s the safest place in PC.

Minor point, I know it was done to advance story, but Oscar (and his yet-to-be seen mom) get a set while Griffin apparently lives in the hospital locker room?

Despite these minor complaints, I must give kudos that production values were high this past week, with the large number of extras at the MetroCourt, the nicely shot underwater scene and 4 consecutive days of Monica.

Celia
Celia

That’s funny, but true, Steve. Griffin is homeless. LOL.
I am beginning to wonder why Oscar is given so much ‘room’…..
I think his absentee father must be either a mobster ( who will soon make an appearance), or some kind of billionaire ( Wes Ramsey).
A great twist would be if his mother were the mobster.

Fanny
Fanny

@ CeeCee…Wes Ramsey and Laura Wright R dating…

Celia
Celia

@Fanny.
Hi, my lady,
Yes, I saw that, the other day. I wonder what role he will be playing. …..Oscar’s father is a possibility?
We shall see. Also, I anticipate seeing Laura and Wes interact…..LOL.
A bientot.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…What if he is actually a recast Prince Nicky under an assumed name and with a brand new face???

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Yes, my Shay…..Hmmm…..Prince Nikolas ( Nikolai) in disguise? Good guess, Shaybelle.
I am sure Nikolas is alive. Valentin is too self-assured when speaking of him….almost too cocky.
Another guess? The strange ‘relationship’ Klein has had with him may have to do with Nikolas.
Somehow, I sensed they knew each other….I mentioned it, but then I swept it under the rug.
I bet Cassandra has her fragile, little hand in this, as well.
What a gallimaufry of ‘what-ifs”, suggestions, and suppositions, Shay. This entire story is inundated with lunacy; swimming, actually, in murky waters. Interesting but unnerving…..a maelstrom of too-much-all-at-once confusion. I hope I will keep a mind to follow it. LOL.
This could be the favor owed to him by Valentin. Klein did mention Valentin owed him one, did he not?
Perhaps Nikolas has been in that Russian fortress, dubbed as a clinic, all this time.
Oh, heck…let’s go all the way here…..Six could be Nikolas. Nah!?!? Farout?!?!
I will not complain, Shay, because after all is said and done….I am thoroughly enjoying it. Bull’s eye, GH, yeah!!

Satan
Satan

Jason didn’t take Sam to the hospital because he doesn’t know he could trust there. Monica he could, obviously (once she stopped freaking out about him being there) but she’s the Chief of Staff and can’t be everywhere at once. The people who were holding him hostage & drugging him in Russia already have at least one mole in place at GH. This so called pathetic version of “Franco” – a man Jason thought he killed, and for good reason – is employed there as a #$%^@ “art therapist”. He could probably trust Griffin, but their meeting in Russia was so brief that Jason probably doesn’t even know he works there as a doctor. And then there’s the whole issue of that other guy who has been living his life, and Jason was right to exclude him, before he gets all the facts about that part of the story. Of course he didn’t expect Andrew to be waiting for him at Sonny’s house either.

Steve
Steve

Don’t assume Billy Miller is Andrew. This story is far from over.

Shay
Shay

Absolutely, Steve!…I am expecting a huge twist…or two…or three…to this tale before it’s truly told since it would be awfully anti-climactic to simply take Burton’s character at “face value” as being RealJason and leave it at that too soon….Quite frankly, the actor has been playing his role with such an uncharacteristic intensity and passion that was generally devoid in his previous personage of “Stonecold,” that I am already wont to doubting he is actually the authentic Mr. Morgan…Then again, the fierce warrior nature he instinctively unleashed during his immensely satisfying beatdown of his arch-nemesis Franco certainly rang true for the classic Jason as we formerly knew him, as did his touching first moments as a family man reunited with Sam and Danny. In other words, just when you feel certain beyond the shadow of a doubt that original recipe Jason has returned fully intact in his familiar physical state, something gives one pause to momentarily doubt it. I suspect Burton shall be keeping us guessing for months to come as to whom “The Individual” will ultimately be revealed.

Celia
Celia

Satan, you said there is no possible way Helena is implicated in this; so, do you have any idea, who “Big Brother”/ Sister is?
I can think of a couple–Faison and/or Jerry??
Also, where do you think Valentin fits into all this?

Shay
Shay

Not to worry about Griffin’s seeming lack of residence, Steve….I’m sure he’ll be shacking up at “Chez Ava” in short order what with the rate those two are going at it these days!

Celia
Celia

As I said yesterday, Shay; there needs to be a twist. As you say, a huge one. It would not be soapy enough if it didn’t…..one of such a magnitude that it will stun us. Do you think I’m being too melodramatic? Well, aren’t the Cassadines of that caliber?
….must be all those Halloween movies we watched…..

Celia
Celia

Alas, Shay. Maura has that IT factor which is soooo rare ( It’s been haunting me all my life, LOL) ….beauty alone does not cut it—it’s the sex appeal, it’s the ‘look but don’t touch’ effect, it’s the ‘je ne sais quoi’ force….all attributes which contribute to the whole package. Another example is Bree Williamson.
There are many beautiful women who are blah because they lack that innate God-given, natural sensuality. No matter how they try, it just isn’t there.
The same goes for men.
I am really drawn to Griffin. I can honestly call him beautiful…..he has the perfect features…..but he is not sexy….Griffin is better looking than Nathan, for example….but, Nathan is a stud with sex appeal—Adonis personified.
Now, to my point. I do not see the sexual attraction Ava has for Griffin. So not her type. Must be a great ‘manipulator’ in the boudoir.
Perhaps she felt less than because of her marred face? Ahh, well, we are helpless when it comes to our feelings/attractions–the heart and TPTB go where they want to go, n’est-ce pas?

Celia
Celia

Yeah…Dr. Feelgood, Shay!!

Carol
Carol

That last scene was one of the best in a long time. In my area the show was interrupted earlier in the episode. I was very glad that I only missed about 15 minutes in the middle. Fans wait for a very long time to see these scenes. It’s just a shame that the news can’t be broadcast during regular “news” programming instead of interrupting for every little thing.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Carol,
I’m not sure of what interruption you’re speaking; but, in the NYC area programming was interrupted because of the terror attack in Manhattan. BREAKING NEWS, worthy of interruptions…. Eight people are dead, if not more…..
I don’t consider the loss of innocent human life, “a little thing”….I hope you are not referring to that murderous act ?!?!

Timmm
Timmm

But yet half of Americans continually piss all over Trump because he wants a wall and he wants to end Isis. What will it take to give this president a chance? God bless the victims in Manhattan.

Carol
Carol

No, I most certainly wasn’t referring to the terrorist attack in NYC on Tues. I was referring to a news item regarding the arrest of P. Manafort etc. by the FBI. That news had already been covered earlier in the day. This took place on Monday not Tuesday. No need to attack me unless you’re certain of what I meant.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Well said, Celia. Especially when there are always other ways to watch the show if it’s interrupted during airtime. Not like years ago.

Celia
Celia

@Timmm.
Oh, T….what’s the point? It will never sink in, my love. The focus is not what’s good for this country….but somewhere else.
I have young ones to worry over……what will their world be like? Scary prospect.

Jovin
Jovin

Completely fake news!

Harry
Harry

Carol, I live in the West and yesterday’s entire GH was interrupted for the breaking news reporting on the Isis terrorist attack on civilians in NYC.
I certainly think that news is worthy of interrupting daytime programming. However, I remember the days when there would be an announcement from the local station that today’s program would be shown at the two am and then one could DVR it.
I am not seeing that type of announcement anymore. I know you can catch it on HULU or Youtube. I tried watching yesterday’s episode on Youtube yesterday because I do not get HULU. But something was amiss because the image I saw did not mesh well the dialogue. For instance, I saw Sonny and Miller’s Jason but HEARD the voices of Lulu and Laura. It looked like Dante said to Sonny,”By the way, did I tell you look absolutely beautiful today?” Hmmm..

Shay
Shay

How messed up is that, Harry??? Now if it were Sonny saying to Jason/Not Jason/#6 that exact same dialogue, well then , it would have made perfect sense!

Celia
Celia

You have that in reverse, Carol. I did not attack you, …..you have just attacked me. I wonder, “Carol”.
I was very polite. As I stated, I said, ” I hope ….”, meaning, I was not sure if you meant the cowardly act of murder in the City. Read my comment again, with a different, ‘eye’ ….I am sure you will be able to decipher its meaning.
As far as Manafort (sp)……we need to know what went on between 2009 and 2014, don’t you think? Fraud, Foundations, foreign accounts etc. All acts against our peoples, our country. I love my soaps, but what happens in my beloved country comes above soaps.
My parents have law offices in Manhattan, and spend many a day and night in their second home there.
Furthermore, my husband sees patients at a very well know hospital there, as well. ….at least twice a week.
I apologize if you thought I was accusing/attacking you….not my intention. No need to get huffy.
Stay well, “Carol”.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh my G-d, Celia. I don’t think anyone else is getting your “quote marks” over everyone’s name that you’re having a conflict with, LOL, but I KNOW that you think it’s me under a different name. I think it’s hilarious! I must admit I enjoy reading your various confrontations with other people; you seem to think you’re a perfect poster and never antagonize anyone. Oh! And that statement you made about “everyone gets a turn” if they say something offensive and it comes back to themd. I guess it’s been coming back to you. There’s no way to convince you none of these other posters are me with a different name…LOL…just as you can’t convince me the same round of people come up and then disappear every time we have a conflict. What I will say, again, is I did have a different name ONE time on ONE comment after a barrage of attacks. Other than that, I never use another name. I don’t need to hide. Jeeeezzz…after the crap I went through for several days in a row if I was going to “run and hide” or change my name I wouldn’t have answered each ridiculous assault for days/

So, perhaps you shoudl check your own attitude. I have no idea who “K” or some other poster with a similar name was on the Lexi/Parker exit story but one of the said you had a passive agrressive attitude. I thinked that summed it up nicely. When you’re not thanking someone profusely for “helping you”…guiding you through the stories…you’re insulting others.

Why am I directing this to you? Again, because I read your replys and it’s been several times now where you put quotes around the poster’s name…thinking it’s me. It’s not.

But I agree with Carol. Your approach to her put her on the defensive. As you did to me two years ago when OUR argument began. Time for reflection…

Jeremy
Jeremy

WOW, GH is killing it. AWESOME!!!!!

Jacob
Jacob

Loving this story and this cliffhanger.

Jimh
Jimh

Both GH and Days have shown improvement…i might start watching regular again, especially now that i noticed Days is On Demand…

Jimh
Jimh

Carly could get pregnant just by the way she looks at Jason…Sonny could get pregnant just by the way he looks at Jason too….what a love triangle—.lol

Celia
Celia

Belly laughs, Jimmy. I am laughing so hard….tears streaming down my cheeks.
I feel guilty laughing considering what’s going on in the City…..Prayers…..

dmr
dmr

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, and both characters would so love that, too!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Jimh, that’s similar to my thoughts. Sonny is waaayyy too into Old Jason, in every way. I’m surprised Sonny doesn’t get a crew cut and start furrowing his brow whenever he needs to act. I know it’s too late now, but I’d rather new Jason and Franco were related. Billy Miller and Roger Howarth are more resourceful actors and would make a sizzling fraternity.

Fanny
Fanny

That was GOOD‼️

Shay
Shay

I think pretty much the whole of Port Charles will be “getting pregnant” by “The Individual” before his true identity is actually ascertained, jimh! Everywhere he goes he is getting that same amazed reaction by one and all…and Steve Burton’s riveting performance is making it deservedly so!

Linda
Linda

Burton is the real Jason so Miller must be Drew. Where was Drew all those years until he came to PC with a case of amnesia. Could be Oscar’s father?

dmr
dmr

I think Tamara Braun will be Oscar’s mother, and Drew will be his father. But, I could care less who the kid’s parents are..not interested in the “teen scene.” UGH!

Satan
Satan

Things seem to be pointing in that direction, with Andrew as Oscar’s father and the new character Kim (who will look a lot like Carly 2.0) being his mother. This puts Andrew in San Diego about 15 years ago, though we obviously have no idea why he was there, let alone where he was before that, or where he was after that. San Diego is a big Navy town though, and the fact that Andrew seemed to adapt to his brother Jason’s skill set being programmed into his brain by Helena Cassadine does suggest he might have had similar training of his own, prior to being abducted by Helena.

Navy SEAL, maybe?

Celia
Celia

I follow your reasoning, Satan….but, how do we know which Jason is Andrew?
Please help me with any clue.
As far as I can see, we don’t really know, do we? Either one fits the timeline? ….maybe??

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think the new actor, Wes (Laura Wright’s boyfriend) will be Oscar’s dad.

Satan
Satan

He might be somebody Oscar THINKS is his dad (since I think it’s only a short term role for Ramsey). But it doesn’t make sense that they have kept Oscar’s parentage a secret for several months, only to have it turn out to be two random newbies. (technically a half-newbie in his mother’s case, since long time GH viewers know Tamara Braun – but not as this new character)

So assuming Oscar’s dad would have to then be somebody already in Port Charles, you would have to narrow it down to somebody who is the appropriate age to have a 15 year old son, and somebody who was NOT in Port Charles at the time that son was born, because he was born in San Diego, which is not exactly a short commute from upstate New York.

Now that we know that Drew isn’t Jason, and that he has huge gaps in his life story, he seems the most likely suspect. And of course, they will play on the confusion of the real Jason having the face which Oscar’s mother will recognize. And since she used to be a Carly, this will no doubt lead to scenes between her and the real Jason, as he tries to convince her that he’s never met her before in his life… and then explains the whole twin thing.

Since it’s been reported that TB’s first appearance is on 11/22, I’m predicting that Carly is going to invite Oscar and his mom to Turkey dinner, and she will also invite the real Jason. She may or may not invite Drew (who might be eating pizza with the Quartermaines) but you can bet your soul that the cliffhanger will be TB seeing a face that she thinks she knows… and possibly slapping that face because she probably thinks that Drew abandoned her and their son. (which probably wasn’t his choice, given that Drew ended up being a prisoner of the Cassadines and Hell only knows what else)

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Sat…ahem… 🙂

Sounds like a plausible theory and one that would probably play well. You could be right. And, yes, I’m familiar with and love Tamara Braun (and loved her as Carly).

I’m still not dismissing the idea that Wes could be Oscar’s dad. He’s the right age and who knows what his back story is… OR…he could have something to do with Nell…

What I like is that I’m not sure.

If I remember correctly you’re not a Franco fan. I am…I love the character…especially how he’s evolved, how great he is with Liz and her kids…and I think he has a lot more depth than many of the other characters. He’s always reflecting on self; he’s vulnerable with those he trusts and snarky with those he doesn’t. And I think he and Liz are great together so I’m not one hoping for a Liz and one of the Jason’s reunion…

As for Oscar’s mom and Jason (with Drew’s old face) the twin thing will have to be public knowledge by the time they meet for there to be an explanation to her liking…and as for Oscar’s mom…there must be something shady about her too since Oscar apparently doesn’t want anyone to meet her.

And agree, no matter how all this turns out Billy’s character was a prisoner of Helena’s. But who is the rich client who is paying to keep patient six a secret? Is it Helena? Another resurrected Cassadine?

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

What audacity, Rebecca. It was not too long ago when you posted under different names and was caught with your hand in the cookie jar. You cannot blame anyone for doubting who is posting. Let us be fair. Let us be friendly and nice to each other.

You accused me of being someone I was not, remember? That is not my style. Do not judge others by your actions.

PAX

rebecca1
rebecca1

Audacity, Francesca? Audacity is you interjecting again, into a comment I made to Celia…about an attitude and comments she keeps making about me.

I have no idea who you are. Didn’t when you first attacked me a few months ago (so much for your, “let us be friendly and nice to each other.” Where was that sentiment then? Or…does it only apply when I speak.

I have no clue who you are. Do I suspect you’re either Celia or a family member? Yes I do. Why? Because you showed up out of the blue a short bit ago, tied yourself to Celia and even when she has confrontations with someone else you say nothing unless it comes from me.

Though I don’t need to explain yet another time…as I did months ago when “I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar” as you say…I posted ONE TIME for ONE COMMENT after a barrage of assaults aimed at me by Celia, Shay, you and a few others who aren’t “regulars.” It was infantile and mean-spirited then…and it is those types of “group attacks” that make this, Twitter or any other public site destructive.

There have been snarky comments sporadically made by many aimed at different posters at different times. There’s only been two coordinated full-blown attacks…aimed at me by the same few.

Carol, K and some other posters, some I’m familiar with and some not, who have called out Celia and Shay are spot on. It doesn’t escalate because most of us don’t chime in.

You just butt in yet again…let’s nip it in the bud, shall we?

@Celia. I say what I mean. If I have a problem with you, as in now, I do so under Rebecca1. If others have a problem with you..say Carol, K, and a few others I’ve noticed recently, I suggest you reread your comments to them…or reflect on some past comments to see why you get these reactions.

Personally? I’d love to bypass you on this site. And I do. I have. But you either “speak” about me, which I can read as I’m “in the roomf”, LOL, or you instigate when you see an opeining, as you did last time.

Let’s just stay out of each other’s way. It’ll be a happier place.

Kevin C
Kevin C

WOW WOW WOW, I had stopped watching GH but now back watching and I am LOVING it…SO GOOD…Love that Steve Burton is back, he’s an awesome man…THANKS GH for some great story telling…

su0000
su0000

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Thank You C0-Head Writer Chris Van Etten !!
GH was more than weak and extremely boring and then Chris came, and now GH is actually becoming GH, again..
Good stuff, Chris Van Etten 🙂

Alan
Alan

I think Chris Van Etten taking Jean Passanante’s place has made a huge difference in the show’s pacing but once again GH is putting all its eggs in one basket story wise. If you don’t like Sonny, Carly, Jason, and/or Sam then there is absolutely nothing going on in Port Charles for you.

This whole “GH is about these four and if you don’t like them then too bad ‘cause that’s all we’re serving” approach is definitely not the way to draw in new viewers — or retain those who came on board after the cancellation of AMC and OLTL both of which featured much more balanced and varied storytelling.

Myself, I’ve already switched over to much more entertaining DAYS and just fast forward through GH unless Ava, Nina, or the seldom seen Laura are on.

rebecca1
rebecca1

It’s not the only story, going, Alan. It is THE story that most of us are really enjoying…it’s been great so far! But there is Anna and Finn, Laura and Kevin, Nina, Valentin…then Cassandra and her ties to Valentin (along with Anna’s interjecting herself into their criminal activity)…there’s Amy’s brother coming along, Julian’s coming back. If you don’t like any of these characters or their stories (which, of course is personal taste) than I understand your thoughts. But, there are other things going on. They’re keeping a nice balance…

Celia
Celia

LOL, Alan, you have described me to the letter. Your no-nonsense comments are a breath of fresh air. You tell it like it is.
Love it !!
Days is delivering…..got a glimpse of Susan ….What a woman, LOL. I started laughing spontaneously as soon as I saw those teeth….. can’t wait for what’s to come….
And, yessss….my faves on GH; Ava, Nina and Laura ( and a couple more).

Alan
Alan

Eilleen Davidson has been one of my favorite actors for decades but her multiple roles on DAYS really put her full talents on display. Susan Banks is hilarious — and I can only hope that Sister Mary Moira makes an appearance.

Celia
Celia

Same here, Alan. I took to Eileen since the first time I saw her on Y&R. I was about twelve when I truly got into the character in the late 90’s…old enough to follow a storyline.
Yet, as a six-year old, I remember watching her on DAYS with my grandmother. But, I did not appreciate her talent until much later, as Kristen, Susan and Sister Mary. Eileen threw me for a loop—
I can honestly say that Ms Davidson must be one of the most versatile soap stars on TV. The role of Susan is my favorite.

fginaspy
fginaspy

GH is definitely on fire as many have said. The skylight sequence was fabulous and the middle of the episode. I was glued to the TV. Monday’s ending with the two Jasons coming face to face. Bring it on. A previous thread has posters theorizing that perhaps Franco is the twin. A wrench to be sure. I want Six to be Jason. There is too much history (20+ years) for this not to be the case. I hope the writers do not disappoint in telling this tale.

TimT
TimT

I think it’s going to end up that Steve is Drew/Jason M and that Billy is actually Jason Q,and I will let the GH writers figure out the details.

Satan
Satan

Absolutely impossible…..

The last brain surgery Jason had before he took his unexpected swim in the Port Charles Harbor was due to the fact that a piece of AJ’s dashboard was still stuck in his brain (and somehow missed in the 666 prior brain surgeries).

Jason Morgan is Jason Quartermaine. Andrew Quartermaine was completely unknown to anybody in Port Charles at that time, and Hell only knows what happened to him between the time Frodd threw him down the stairs as a child, and when he hooked up with Oscar’s mommy in San Diego. But he wasn’t anywhere near the Q mansion.

Celia
Celia

Yessss!!!!! That’s what I said, Satan. I do not know much about GH, but I know enough to say exactly what you expressed… “Andrew Quartermaine was completely unknown…”…
So, you really think he is Oscar’s father? Hmmmm. A couple of possibilities, I guess.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…I love Franco and there’s no proof that he threw Drew down the stairs. Betsy said she didn’t see it…I think rather they were close and Franco was traumatized by Drew just disappearing from his early life. Thus, the painting and the nagging thoughts that he once had a brother…

Steve
Steve

Actually, it is possible if the switch was made just prior to the crash and not after.

Robert L
Robert L

O.M.G. This is how soaps are suposed to be!!

Celia
Celia

Yes, Robert….bubbles abound!!! GH/staff/writers have just shown exactly the soaps of old ( inclusive)….. not an expert on GH storytelling, but this scene has surpassed all my expectations.

Rachel
Rachel

What a treat! A fast paced, thrilling return for Jason and outstanding performances by all. Its easy to imagine the conflicts Jason’s reappearance will create. I haven’t been this anxious to watch the next episode since the early days of Robin & Patrick. And I love Anna & Finn’s chemistry, I hope they have a reason to continue to explore their new relationship.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh, I agree with all you’ve written, Rachel. And I love Anna and Finn, too! Can’t believe how well these two are together…from looks to banter, flirtation, hesitation, etc. I’m enjoying Finn much more with Anna than I ever did with Hayden.

Remy
Remy

Jason would run to Sonny, NuJason would buy Julian’s company, u decide which decision adds up to which face.

Miriam
Miriam

I’m loving this story, and GH is certainly on fire right now! I don’t think I care one way or the other which one is Jason, just that the story is so exciting to watch! I often don’t have time to watch the show every day, so I usually stockpile it for the weekend so that I don’t have to wait 24 hours to see the next episode 🙂 Last night I watched Monday and Tuesday’s shows and my daughter, who doesn’t watch it but has seen enough of it over the years when I’m watching it, came home from school and came into the room just as Steve Burton’s Jason was taken to the police station. The look on her face was priceless and I had to try to explain the mystery to her. she just shook her head and said, “Wow, this is getting interesting!”

Ricky
Ricky

Since Guiding Light went off, I switched back to GH. Every show goes through a period of the writing not being what they think it should be. You hear people complaining about how bad the writing is and going on about how this character isn’t good. Blah Blah Blah. I’ve stayed true to GH. I’ve always like Billy Miller as an actor since he was on Y&R and GH hit it big when they hired him as Jason. I really wasn’t happy when I first heard that Steve Burton was returning but this story is on FIRE !!!! At the end of each episode, I can’t wait for the next. I don’t know how this is going to go but I’m riding this out. I am a little ticked off at the way Sonny is treating Jason (BM) now that he has seen Patient 6. Even though they felt he was different, Jason (BM) has always been there for him for the past few years. But that’s acting. I smell Emmys for GH.

Rose Marie Ware
Rose Marie Ware

Yes, loving it….now let Steve Burton come all the way home….

Celia
Celia

Great, succinct comment, Rose Marie.

Darnell
Darnell

This is amazing!!!!!! I know there’s more twists and turns coming because it’s unfolding too fast. It appears the writers will make us think that he’s not really Jason before confirming he is. I won’t like that but as long as SB is the original, I’m good. Now that Tamara Braun is back, her history must be tied to Drew before he was kidnapped. This kid cannot be SB’s Jason. And now with the original Jason back, this should be where Franco moves back into the black and have Drew try to help. Awesome writing team GH. You have redeemed yourself.

P.S.- So what happened to the announcement Vanessa Marcil????

rose
rose

And how wonderful were Laura and Kevin’s engagement scenes!!! They were lovely and fun at the same time, and a nice break from the Jason’s story. I’m liking how the real Jason stories are unfolding. But to catch your breath you have to have other things happening in Port Charles. Personally I’m really liking Anna and Finn tip-toeing around each other. And the ManLanders story, especially with Amy’s brother coming home.

Do have a question about Patient 6 Jason. How can he be in such good athletic shape after being mostly immobile for five years?

Steve
Steve

Rose, I wonder the same thing about Six’s physical stature, unless those horse tranquilizers had an opposite impact. Being a soap, we have to suspend disbelief.

rebecca1
rebecca1

He’s going to be in good shape from his torso up, Rose. Physical therapy always involves working on upper body strength…particularly for someone who has to depend on that part of his body.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Another thought, Rose. Perhaps Amy doesn’t know yet that he’s lost his legs…she knew he was badly injured but maybe he didn’t tell her that yet…and that’s why he delayed his visit. Or, maybe “in story” he’s only found out now that he needs another surgery to amputate…either way he probably was getting physical therapy, even if from bed.

The only other possibility is that he won’t be in good shape..(althought that would be too grueling to get out of shape for the role like some actors for film roles) .or they’ll have him appear less in shape by camaflouging with ceratain clothes…

rebecca1
rebecca1

oh my gawd!!!! i COMPLETELY misread your comment, Rose!!! I think Su had mentioned on a previous post that she didn’t understand how Amy’s brother would come back looking so fit, etc (LOL, unless I misread that, too. I’ve been on very little sleep lately and usually respond to posts while still in a fog…) And you mentioned Amy’s brother coming back…Anyway…Danger! Danger! Will Robinson!!!! (Or, scusi my comment. To quote an expression I can’t stand, “my bad…”)

rose
rose

Rebecca… Ha Ha! re: “Danger, Danger. ” Love that series by the way. I figured you had mixed Jason with Amy’s brother. And I know what it can be like to be a little brain foggy, especially when I’m posting in the early morning hours.

I am looking forward to see Chris Van Etten as a real vet come onto GH and his story. And a good way to show the ManLanders story had a serious reason to it. Also interesting to me after seeing some of the Invictus Games this summer started by Prince Harry.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL, Rose! So frustrating that there’s no edit button…and we never have a guarantee our corrections are going to post. (I read Netflix is doing a remake of Lost In Space scheduled for 2018…I don’t have netflix but I’ll be interested in the reviews.)

Yep; I’m interested in Amy’s brother coming aboard. You know I like her. She’s too cute and I find her much more likable than when they first brought her on to do nothing other than recreate Amy Vining…epic fail. But as the warm, bubbly and insightful friend, nurse (loving sister, etc) I think she’s a sweet addition.

dmr
dmr

I will watch the episode tonight. It sounds like it was a great episode! Yet, I can’t help but mention, …and so starts the “Sonny, Carly, and Sidekicks Hour.”- UGH. I think I would enjoy it more if Monotone Sam was not one of the sidekicks.

Celia
Celia

Oh, boy, dmr….Michael is the worst sidekick!! Everytime he calls Sonny ‘Dad’, or refers to him as dad or his father, my hackles go up. Hypocrite.
Sam? Hmmmm. I don’t consider her much of anything. What is her function, anyway?! She’s either in hospital weeping …..or caressing her black leather jacket; which should actually be in shreds by now, after how many years?

Ski Cornelius.
Ski Cornelius.

Chad. Duel. As. Michael. Quarter wine. You. Comment. And. Hoot. Michel. You. To. Hospital. So. Sam. Flowers. ❤️

Satan
Satan

Dragon-roasted crow now being served in Hell’s cafeteria for all who believed the fan-fiction stories.

The Devil hates to say “I told you so”, but……..

Breaking News

Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

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Breaking News

GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital

General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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