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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Jason/Six And Robin Come Face To Face On The Bridge!

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the on-screen reunion after five years of Steve Burton (Jason/Six) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin).  Through the years, fans of the soap opera have witnessed, first, the young love story of a young Jason and Robin and its transition on how they moved on to become dear friends, and at times, each other’s savior.

Now, where else to have the on-screen reunion, but on the now GH-famous bridge … that special place that has meant so much to key moments in their lives and relationships. When Robin sees Jason/Six on the bridge, she is surprised and confused, and yet not sure to believe if the guy standing before her is the real Jason Morgan.  This is especially complicated for her, because Robin says the man who has been known as Jason (Billy Miller) for the last few years took her place when she was almost blown to smithereens by a bomb at Crichton-Clark.

Robin goes on to say that the other Jason has the same memories as Jason/Six, after he explains that the other guy with Sam is indeed his twin!  Still she has doubts that he is the real Jason, and says perhaps the man with Sam (Kelly Monaco) is the true Jason.  However, that all changes when Jason/Six says to her if he would just believe him that would be “icing on the cake”. Robin then flashes back to the night of their first kiss as young loves, when she first explained to Jason what the expression “icing on the cake” meant … it means, “better, than the best”.

Looking at Jason/Six, and recalling that key memory forces Robin to admit that Jason/Six is the real Jason.  Next, in an emotional moment, Robin runs into Jason’s arms.  She says, “It’s you, Jason!”

Jason/Six goes on to say that Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) are attempting to dig up proof that he is the real deal, but he admits to Robin that in the end all he wants to do is find out who perpetrated these crimes against him and his brother.

It is always great to see soap vets, Burton and McCullough in scenes, and this was no different.  They have always had a very sweet and enduring on-screen dynamic.  So, were you glad to see the Jason/Six  and Robin scenes?  Do you feel you have any more clarity if Robin, Carly, and Sonny all believe Six is the real Jason … or… could all three be wrong? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Bernadette u griffith
Bernadette u griffith

Love it

MORGAN FARANTINO LOVE ROBIN JASON
MORGAN FARANTINO LOVE ROBIN JASON

I m loving SEEING these “TWO” EMMY WINNER’s as STEVE BURTON won his very 1st EMMY award for soap GH with 1 sl and the storyline was with ROBIN his onscreen SOULMATE JMHO IMO. I’m so happy BOTH are such great friends after how it ended and the way JASON “stare/with realistic/genuine happiness “relief” to see her/at the old infamous GH bridge was priceless. GOING TO REWIND IT AGAIN. another 1033 times. #ghrobinandjason #J&RForever

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

We were all routing for these guys back in the day and everyone wanted this scene to work out. There was just some awkwardness and I don’t know if it was the writing, the delivery or just something off between the actors and their chemistry. Something was just ‘off’ and I cannot explain it.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I suppose it was touching and well-acted, but it’s just another slap in the face to those of us who are team Billy. Lord, am I sick of people writing him off because the saint of Port Charles returns. At least Robin had the class to mention that newJason saved her life and has the same type of heart. More than he ever got from selfish Sonny, short-memoried Carly, or that harridan Diane (“I’ve already closed off YOUR file…I know who the real Jason is”). Ingrates! Heck, Patient 6 is handling it better than the rest of the town. Shame on Sonny & Carly!

Jeffrie
Jeffrie

I so agree!!!The way they are all acting is so gross it makes no sense how they all forget the last few years I hate it!!!!

Rhonda
Rhonda

I hope for Billy Miller’s sake they let him be Drew.
He could shine as a new character all of his own. He really never was Stonecold to a lot of us.

Celia
Celia

Yes, yes, and yes……I do appreciate Steve Burton. He has been great so far….surprised me.
But, Billy is Billy….he will always be my fave, Soaphound.
TPTB should have never gone there—taking away the main substance of what makes Billy/Jason who/what he is, and just bounce it around…..in limbo.
Perhaps that is the reason Sonny and Carly never took to him……because he would not be dominated? Tamed by them?
Nevertheless, I cannot deny the impact Steve made on me. However, therein lies the crux of the matter…..this unfailing loyalty to Sonny and Carly seems to take over his better judgment, if he even has a sagacious thought in his head.
Six is the ‘puddy-tat’ to this heinous duo as Tweety is to Sylvester……so malleable in their hands.
The difference is; Tweety always outsmarts Sylvester. Duh!!

kym
kym

Six needs to be Jason. I absolutely love the chemistry still after all these years.

Celia
Celia

@Kym.
Hey, Kym,
Absolutely agree. This is why I have always believed Billy Miller should have been cast as his own individual being; that is; someone else.

MB
MB

There is no slap in the face. No one including Sonny and Carly are dismissing the good things that Billy’s Jason has done. They have all praised him. But one is Jason and the other isn’t. If they believe Steve is Jason what are they supposed to do? Are they supposed to pretend he’s Jason out of some kind of loyalty? So he can continue to live someone else’s life?

This is all just nonsense from Billy stans who are desperate for him to be Jason and I can’t understand why that’s important. He’s nothing like Jason and can just be Drew Q. There is no difference moving forward. He wants out of the mob, wants to run a company, so he can. And he can have Sam, the two are a snoozefest. Sam putting on a suit and sitting behind a big girl desk. Please. They can have each other.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m not interested at all.. what happens with Billy Miller character involvement WITH Sonny and Carly… and Sam. this has been… a snoozefest

AFTER – seeing Billy Miller and Leslie Charelson.. scene @the Quartermaine cemetary plot.

the scene ends with so much heart
the scene ends with so much sensitivity

the scene belongs to : BM Drew ? and HIS mother… Monica

yeah.. I watched the scene soonafter.. as she went to the hotel where Steve Burton Jason was staying.. and it was just as moving…

as Monica is telling SB’ Jason… “It’s so good to see you”

GAWD – we get to see Monica

the magnetic pull.. from Billy Miller and Leslie … MAGICAL

this is ALL – I want

OK – @GH , HIRE Robin Christopher to bring that girl power.. to the Q

let’s see BM as Drew and Liz.. do over and better… make that Jake Doe tryst with Liz.. more playful… sensual… DANCE

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

Very well put, MB. Your description of Sam is painfully true.
I am a fan of both Kelly and Sam, but her sitting there behind that desk as a publishing executive does distort the character, as we know her.

The same could be said about Lulu, the journalist? Oh, my. I hope she will make her pronouns agree with the subject. Only in soaps could people become experts with a pen without formal training, or enter Medical School without a College degree and pre-Med experiences.

I think you have summed it all up very effectively. Everyone will fit into his place eventually. Move on is right. But some drama needs to go through all the necessary soapy steps before that happens.

Harry
Harry

You make some really good assertions, MB. I don’t quite understand this team business. Can’t you love Burton without that love negating your love of Miller? I think there is room for both of these fabulously talented men.
I have appreciated Miller since his AMC days and loved how he just brought that Billy Abbott character come alive with an abundance of natural effervescence. Miller is that guy who enters a room and party begins just with his entering the room. That is why I never felt he was the right fit as Jason Stonecold Morgan who could enter the room and become part of the wall paper if he so chooses. Let Miller have his own character, let him be himself, let him do what he does best, let him be Drew/

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think Soaphound means it’s a slap in the face to Billy Miller; rather Billy Miller’s character. It’s painfully obvious that Sonny, Carly, Diane and today, Robin are pulling away from him. They’ve understandably been beyond ecstatic to have “their” Jason back, but haven’t been exactly reassuring or compassionate to the man (Billy’s Jason) that they all called friend and claimed to love just weeks ago. So, yes, the character has experienced a slap in the face, over and over again. If he’s not who he thinks he is, then it’s all the more important that he still feels the love and support of people he thought of as friends…who are rallying around his brother and have vacated from his life.

Soaphound
Soaphound

MB, Rebecca said it best in her response. I don’t want Billy to be Jason at all. In fact, I can’t wait for him to get away from the toxicity of Sonny’s “world”. But if my “friends” referred to me variously as Sam’s husband (Carly), the stranger (Spinelli), that guy (Sonny), or the lovely sentiments of dear Robin (whose life he saved), “You’re just NOT Jason”, I’d be as angry as Drew/Billy was. Call me overly sensitive.

Patrick
Patrick

I couldn’t believe the gall and disrespect by Diane

yeah.. she’s always out for the buku buck and high browing her legalese

granted… I LOVE HER

I just thought.. what the heck … what’s this obvious dump

I’ve seen Monica render her heart and home as his
I’ve seen Curtis befriend and support

even Sam isn’t believable… ? what’s she going to do… fantasize about her days of ole ? when she was tramping all over the globe.. with Steve Burton

it’s so dull and lame… as Carly is telling Sam… you are going to have to make a choice

I hope it’s that cut and dried – BAM just like that.. BM is Drew… and dances with Monica and Liz. oh.. and starts a new job @GH hospital

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think Sam’s been great, Patrick. I think she’s so confused that she’s almost repressed her feelings for Steve Burton’s “face.” Cassandra, Sonny, Carly, Michael, Monica, Robin…etc…all reacted way more than she did when she saw him. One would have thought she’d completely freak out and literally have to be sedated.

I just think her love for Jason was so strong…she mourned for him so long…and now she couldn’t bear the possibility that her current husband is not THE Jason. That would mean her entire relationship was based on a past that didn’t exist with him. At the same time, she loves her husband, whether he be Jason or Drew…and I think she’s afraid to admit she has doubts. Because then her love and loyalties would be divided and she’d be tortured. Which is understandable…

I AM curious to see how it plays out. If Steve Burton is Jason Morgan, the man she once thought was the love of her life, will she go back to him and his Sonny/Carly lifestyle? Or, will her love for THIS Jason be enough…with a more stable, safe, normal lifestyle, away from the business.

Dilemma. And then where does Oscar and the gorgeous Tamara Braun fit in? Will he remember his love for her? Accept Oscar as his son? (Which by the way would mean that Oscar is Michael’s cousin. Jocelyn’s brother’s cousin.) LOL…such a tight-knit community!

And, nope. Franco and Liz for the win. (Although Liz and Griffin were always such a cute looking could-be couple should Franco fall out of the running.)

rebecca1
rebecca1

oops! Not Cassandra…I meant Oscar’s mom, Kim.

Torrey
Torrey

i’m done with GH after this story. I think it really sucks to do this to Billy Miller and his character…he’s been carrying the character of Jason Morgan all these years, and now Steve Burton decides he wants to come back and they just do this switch-a-roo?? I don’t like this, and won’t be watching anymore. The better twist would have been for Steve Burton to be Andrew, that way he could take on playing a new role. Oh well, I will strictly go back to just watching Y&R and Days!

Soaphound
Soaphound

I agree, Torrey. Did you hear Spinelli on Friday? Calling Billy/Jason “the stranger” and even implying he illegally obtained Aurora Enterprises and that Scout will now be part of SB/Jason’s family?! I’m surprised Diane didn’t have formal adoption papers ready for SB to sign and having Jordan arrest Andrew for corporate fraud! Oh wait, the year’s not over yet.

k/kay
k/kay

All I know is Liz fell in love with Jake Doe treated him with respect the rest of the bunch including your precious Sam only decided to love him because they thought he was Jason and god forbid he stay with Liz. Just one day I would like to see someone anyone slap the holy you know what out of that screaming Carly and that husband who never looks anyone in the eyes

k/kay
k/kay

As for the question I felt nothing!

Jimh
Jimh

Those two do got on my nerves…i have to take an anxiety pill just to watch them!!!

aria
aria

wow, i never thought about it that way, your right, liz did fall for him before she knew he was “jason”, and the “others” only gave him the time of day once they believed he was “jason”, although carly did like Jake doe too, in that obnoxious controlling way she tends to with anyone she “welcomes ” into her self righteous circle. Carly is the ultimate hypocrite.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi aria…I don’t remember it that way. As I recall, Sam was with Patrick (I actually loved them together) but she and Billy’s Jason started forming a connection BEFORE she knew he was Jason. If I recall she started knowing him when he worked for her father, he gave her a ride on his bike and it seemed to me there was a growing attraction/connection which both felt even though they didn’t act on it and each was in love with their respective partners.

So I do think by the time Sam found out it was Jason it all fell into place for her..the drawer, the pull, the attracton. Ironically, he probably won’t be “her” Jason Morgan…but still….the fact that he’s an identical twin and was programmed with the same memories would explain why she fell for him again.

In a way, the same can be said for Liz. I think there was enough similarities or familiarity that each woman felt that on a certain level they were drawn to him before his “identity” was known. And then, of course, their feelings only grew stronger when they thought he was the man each originally had loved.

I’m with you on Carly. Detest the character.

Celia
Celia

Agree, Kay…I said as much on a previous post.
Liz and Jake had everything going for them. The writers veered in the wrong direction.
The situation coulf have been remedied once she was caught in her own duplicity.
But, Sam “won”…. Why?…. Because she is Sam.

K/kay
K/kay

If the writers really are up for this because everybody thinks he is Jason just because he has the old face me thinks Billy might be the true Jason especially the way Franco talks today and doesn’t he know the truth? Oh well hope everybody doesn’t kill each other over it before it is solved!!

Patrick
Patrick

@ K/Kay , @Celia – PLUS

exactly… posts are always spouting clamoring.. for that story line original

when two hearts meet and wallah a love story for the ages

it was never forced… it was a natural progressive story that let your imagination LIVE through this newbie coupling

it was hot it steamed me out.. woah MORE please

jeremy
jeremy

🙂 Awesome Episode 🙂

su0000
su0000

I’m getting tired of everything becoming stupid..
And– people being trolled into buying it..

Quote
” However, that all changes when Jason/Six says to her if he would just believe him that would be “icing on the cake”. Robin then flashes back to the night of their first kiss as young loves, when she first explained to Jason what the expression “icing on the cake” meant … it means, “better, than the best”.

Ok–
They BOTH have the same memory, that is fact.
So.. If SB/Jason has the memory of “icing on the cake” so does BM/Jason..
Both Jason’s have the memory of their first kiss with Robin and her explaining the expression of “icing on the cake” ..

That absolutely does Not prove SB is Jason. so, calm down … lol

Satan
Satan

Seriously, who is signing your paychecks to continuously spread the disinformation. Get over it.

su0000
su0000

hi Satan ..
what I said is Fact, they both have the exact memories, their minds are one.
They BOTH have the same memory, that is fact.
So.. If SB/Jason has the memory of “icing on the cake” so does BM/Jason..
Both Jason’s have the memory of their first kiss with Robin and her explaining the expression of “icing on the cake” ..

Again.. their minds are on and both have the same memories.
And as of now, nobody, which is which..
Also.. when we are told who is whom don’t take it to heart, many twists and turns on the way before this story ends..

Celia
Celia

As far as I can see, they do have the same memories, su. I said this from the onset….obviously, whoever toyed with them, namely Helena, transmitted the real Jason’s memories into the other’s brain.
So, who’s the real Jason? They are both so convincing, It’s kind of nuts…..very talented. Bravi.
Again, a person has his/her individual nuances….the tilt of the head, the walk, the VOICE etc…..
Seriously, I am intrigued by the story, but, really? ….I will follow along; it’s a soap.
All these people who have been close to original Jason, should know him inside-out…..it’s not that difficult.
I will throw all logic and perception to the wind, and play along.

Yvonne
Yvonne

You are completely right Su. And now Robin is joining the Sonny and Carly team, sad. Separately, no one writing on this sight should be personally insulting like Satan was to you. We’re all entitled to our opinion about the soaps and the characters, that’s what this sight is for.

Celia
Celia

Thank you, Yvonne…..but, there are the select few who will attack if one’s opinion does not live up to theirs.
I always respect su’s opinion….she’s usually right….more oft than not…

Teena
Teena

I think its about time things got really shook up & Jason & Robyn became a couple again!! Imagine all those possible story lines!?!

Darnell
Darnell

Everyone knows that SB Jason, no matter how many twists and turns, is Stone Cold. Which leads me to my original statement. BM should want to be Drew. This characters history so far is untold and could detonate the entire city of Port Charles. There’s so much the writers can do here by giving BM something beefy to chew on. Wouldn’t it be great is they someone work the Loving murders into this chaos leaving Gwyneth Alden as Alexis’ biological mother with BM working in the background. Talk about a vendetta- Sam, Jason, Drew, Alexis, Robin, Luke, Lucky, LuLu, Laura and her mother. People have forgotten the day Leslie was found in that house sitting in a chair in front of a window. She was in the same catatonic state Laura was placed in. It was the same drug. Obrecht was the chief overseeing the Loving project for Ceasar Faison and Helena. This was all apart of this mind controlling experiment she used on several PC characters. Bring Helena back so Laura can kill her for what she put her family through. Come on GH, explore this and tie it all in and be done with Helena once and for all.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Darnell.
Billy Miller and his fans (and I happen to be one of them) should want Miller to have his own character.
It wasn’t fair to make this naturally bubbly and bouncy actor try and fill Burton’s shoes.
Let him be Drew and everyone will like him better than Stonecold. Otherwise, he’s just a poor man’s Jason. Miller deserves better.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Rhonda, you speak truth! How i miss the goofy, devil-may-care quality that Billy brings so naturally. There was one moment, way back when Jake Doe was first recovering…he and Elizabeth were standing on the stairs above the nurses station, waving and carrying on with silly abandon and with Billy’s megawatt smile lighting up the room. That was vintage Billy! My only immediate concern is that now he’ll be grumpy and vengeful toward Jason, which is unfair and pointless. Let’s skip that phase and jump to an original, funny Andrew. Oh, and PLEASE let him grow that gorgeous hair back!

Lisa
Lisa

I remain unconvinced P6 is the real Jason.
However IF he is the real deal – I still want Sam with Billy’s version.
I’m just more a Miller fan than a Burton fan.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Right, Lisa. I honestly don’t care whom Sam ends up with–the only thing I care about is that the actor we saw flesh out Jason Quartermaine and later, Jason Morgan, turns out to be the real Jason. He doesn’t have to end up with Sam.
Sam is kind of boring to me.

Jacob
Jacob

My hope:

BM/Jason is original jason Q kidnapped in the 90s and have been somewhere for 20 years, partially studying as a doctor (maybe in iraq as a medic where he saw combat at one point thus Helenas grating “Soldier Boy” name). Is a businessman, aligns with the Qs, has clashes with…

Patient 6/Jason is Drew but became stone cold when replaced original Jason Q by Helena (or whomever, who cares) and is the person that we’ve been watching since the 90s. All his relationships stay in tact. Where has he been for five years? who knows/who cares but he’ll probably take over Sonny’s operation.

Thus there is a clash of brothers of business vs the mob as well as over Sam, Liz etc.

I’m giddy that I am in love with this storyline as much as I am and a little bit too.

Jacob
Jacob

sorry, meant to write that as a doctor, original recipe jason q is able to move from business into medicine (this is a soap, it happens all the time) and Monica is able to finally have Alan’s son be a doctor at GH.

Fanny
Fanny

Jason/6 & Robin have known each other since their teens, been through so
much together …Love, Life, Death…betrayal, forgiveness, hope.. A deep
abiding friendship that has lasted decades deserves to be true.
Patient 6 has to be Jason Morgan, otherwise this has all been another
“FLUKE-ISH” joke.

Harry
Harry

I could not agree more, Fanny.

rebecca1
rebecca1

But is he Jason Quartermaine??? THAT is the question…

Caroline Taylor
Caroline Taylor

If Jason/Six isn’t the real Stone Cold I’m done

Satan
Satan

If Jason isn’t the real Jason, this entire SHOW is done. One look at the recent ratings tells that story. All those people didn’t come back to watch a bait & switch. Especially not one engineered to prop that piece of shit character laughingly named Frodd “Baldwin”.

Yvonne
Yvonne

It was a really great scene and emotional flashbacks are always great. However as Robin said BM/Jason has the same memories. GH should be fair and do flashbacks for BMs Jason having those same memories. It’s very unfair that they only do it for SB because he has the same face…making it easy for Robin, Sonny, etc., to say SB is the real Jason. Even if BM turns out to be Drew he shouldn’t be thrown under the bus as they’re doing. SB could very well be Drew because he would have been brainwashed BEFORE BMs version was hit by Ava’s car and lost his memory, thereby having the same exact memories. It’s not hard to think after living with Elizabeth and realizing he had been a slave to Sonny and Carly that BM/Jason would want to put his family first…even though he still continued to put his life on the line for them, which they have conveniently forgotten (the writers should be ashamed for omitting that and minimizing BMs Jason). Whether SB turns out to be Jason or Drew Carly and Sonny will hold onto him because he’s the version that puts them first before his own life and family….why would Sam want that guy. Now BMs Jason should use the “icing in the cake” line and have the doubters/traitors eat their cake, lol!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Good post, Yvonne. Not sure if you’ve read some other theories; mine included. That Steve Burton IS Jason Morgan…but was originally Drew. When Jason Quartermaine ( Billy) was in the car accident with AJ all those years ago…”Drew” was put in his place…and his new identity was formed aka Jason Morgan. Meanwhile, Jason Q was whisked away…probably lived his life as Drew…until he was taken by Helena and re-programmed once again. When he was hit by the car by Ava, he lost ALL identity, had no memories…but suddenly Jason Morgan and Jason Q’s memories started flooding back.

Convoluted; I know. But I think it’d be interesting. (If the years/time frame) all made sense.

Even with the same memories, all close to Billy Miller’s Jason felt he had changed; not so much the memories but his personality. So I feel it’s not just the pinpoint memories but his demeanor, attitude, gestures…his personality. That’s why I’m pretty sure Steve is Morgan. If it turns out that’s not the case that’d be an interesting twist…

I do agree that Billy’s character, not Billy, as been thrown under the bus by his “friends.” I and several others have felt that, as well. It’s heartbreaking to see how lost Billy’s Jason is…how rejected, confused, frightened, threatened. Monica, Sam and Curtis have been the only ones to stand by him.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Again, I agree, Rebecca. Spinelli’s betrayal was the most upsetting. I loved when Billy smiled sadly at him and said, “What’s wrong, Spinelli, don’t have time to say hello to an old friend?” Heartbreaking. And your theory is actually quite compelling. Certainly better than a lot of the dreck we get asked to swallow!

Timmm
Timmm

To bad Jason and Robin didnt reunite last year, they might have spotted Sam at the bottom of the bridge!

Celia
Celia

HaHa…..and there goes that subtle humor, again.
I regret to say the scene means nothing to me, as I am ignorant of their past relationship.
But, I can, certainly, identify with the fans who have an emotional tie to their history.
Happy Thanksgiving, my T. Blowing you a kiss…..hurry up, catch it!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Caught it, back at you dear! Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!

Shay
Shay

@T and CC!!! Hope you both had a Blessed Thanksgiving! Sorry for the belated greetings….busy, busy!!!!

Peggy
Peggy

My hat go off to GH writing staff. Believe style of this storyline be far more twist as turns to come ! Looking forward see were going lead next weeks head . something tells me few old faces about show up in town. myself been thinking of shocking ways that tell who real Jason Morgan . believe my way would tear Jason Morgan life apart . lead into quiet new storyline . looking forward next weeks head !

Sandie
Sandie

I absolutely HATE this storyline,,,all this because SB wanted to come back?? I wasn’t a fan before,,,now,,definitely NOT

Patrick
Patrick

I – love – the mushy

Felicia and Mac are at Annas.. unaware that Robin is “home for the holidays”

just all out group hug…

I even laughed when Robin told Mac and Felicia

“do not wake the baby”

LOL… hearty laugh for Ms Anna. her heart just leaps off the screen.

AND ; per her SOD interviews.. she has lamented and /or commented she really doesn’t care if her character ever gets a love interest

I believe that now… dr. Finn and Anna knowing looks.. is NOT cutting it…. Anna failed at any resonate with Valentin…. FINN ??? is going to do it ?

get real

Anna Mac and Felicia with their grand kids Emma and Noah … all I needed

General Hospital

Executive Producer Frank Valentini Talks Returns, Exits, And Previews The Drama This Fall On General Hospital

Surprise returns, a wedding, a heartbreaking social issue storyline, romance, and heavy drama are all ahead this fall on General Hospital.

Executive Producer Frank Valentini sat down with Michael Fairman TV during the ABC TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour All-Star Reception to answer our rapid fire questions throughout the bustle of the industry event.

Valentini previewed what’s ahead in and around Port Charles for several characters and duos as the summer comes to a close, and a new season marks new beginnings.  He also addressed the recent cast exits that have seen fan favorites departing the ABC daytime drama series.

Now, as viewers will witness this week, there is some major distress ahead for several key characters that will play out over the next few months.

Here’s what the showrunner had to say about some hot topics that fans have been buzzing about, and more below.

Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

Photo: ABC

FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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General Hospital Marks Maurice Benard’s 25th Anniversary As Sonny Corinthos With Special Promo

For 25 years Maurice Benard had made Sonny Corinthos an iconic character for the ages on television.  Now as the actor celebrate his 25th Anniversary with General Hospital, ABC is celebrating this milestone with a very special nostalgic promo looking back at the mobster and his loves.

Maurice debuted on General Hospital on August 13, 1993.  Sonny Corinthos was then a nightclub owner running some illegal operations, to say the least.

Sonny’s romances with Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil), and all the main Carlys (Sarah Brown, Tamara Braun, Laura Wright) have been a staple of the show.  In addition, Sonny’s relationship with Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), and of course Sonny’s relationship with his hit man, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton).  Benard’s scenes with Michael Sutton (Ex-Stone) are some of the most memorable moments in history of the series.

Take a look back at 25 years of Maurice as Sonny below.   TV Line  gave the exclusive first look.

Let us know, what has been your favorite “Sonny” moment and performance by Maurice in the last 25 years? Share your picks and your congrats to Maurice in the comment section below.

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GH Preview – Week of August 13, 2018

This week on General Hospital, Griffin (Matt Cohen) is about to spill the beans that he had sex with Ava’s (Maura West) daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin) during Kiki’s sexual harassment trial against Dr. Bensch (James DePaiva).  Now that Ava knows the truth about their tryst, what will she do to the man she loves and her daughter?   And the verdict will also come down on who won the case Bensch or Kiki?

Then, Robert (Tristan Rogers) enlists Jason (Steve Burton) to help track down Anna (Finola Hughes) and Finn (Michael Easton).  How will these two unlikely allies get along? Can they work together to find the duo before it’s too late?

Check out these teasers below for this week’s GH. Then let us know what storyline you are most interested in seeing play out via the comment section below 

MONDAY AUGUST 13

Scott apologizes.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14  

Kiki is on edge.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15

Sonny gets an unexpected visit.  

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

Michael’s emotions get the best of him.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

Alexis gets terrible news.

 

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