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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Learns She Has ‘Family Ties’, Julian’s on the Brink, Trina Gets to the Truth

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On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, two characters were floored at some major revelations; while another continues to run for his life.

First, Laura (Genie Francis), who is snooping around the long-term care facility, is in Florence’s room, when she hears someone beginning to come in.  She hightails it to the bathroom, only to find out and overhear Martin (Michael E. Knight) speaking to his mother, Florence!  When he goes to get her some water, Laura has no choice but to pop out of the bathroom, just as Curtis (Donnell Turner) bursts through the door to tell Martin to keep quiet about everything from this point out.

After Curtis leaves to head back to Port Charles to help Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry), it leaves Laura and Martin to have a heart-to-heart. Martin says how much Florence misses his father, which prompts Laura to tell him that she is his half-sister,  Gordon Gray is her father.   He goes on about how Gordon had a wandering eye, which Laura sadly says she is a by-product of.  She asks Martin why Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is paying for Florence’s care.  Enter Cyrus, who reveals that Florence is his mother, too! This shocker leaves Laura stunned that the man who is out to destroy Port Charles is her other half-brother.

 

Meanwhile, Julian (William deVry) who previously was visited by the ghosts of Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan), Connie Falconeri from Bensonhurst (Megan Ward), and the love of his life, Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) … while in a delusional state … is somehow still alive at the bus station.  He is bleeding out from his gunshot wound.  When a stranger comes to the bus station, Julian asks what time it is, and finds out he missed his bus to Montreal.  Now, he offers the stranger 100 bucks for his ticket, so he can get on the next bus.  Meanwhile, Cyrus’ henchman is on the scene ready to silence Julian, but Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason (Steve Burton) arrive leaving Jason to take out the gunman and Sonny to go after Julian who got away,   Eventually, Julian and Sonny come face to face, but Julian looks to be on his last leg.

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Mac (John J. York) has dragged a very much alive Taggert to the PCPD and demands to know who helped him fake his own death.  Taggert is now played for several episodes by Asante Jones subbing for Réal Andrews.  Portia (Brook Kerr) and Trina (Sydney Mikayla) show up at the PCPD to warn Jordan about Cyrus’ latest ploy.  However, when they arrive they are shocked to see a very much alive Taggert.

An emotional Trina demands an explanation from her father … why he stood by and watched his family grieve for him, without telling her the truth and why he had to remain hidden.  Taggert pleads with her to understand it was for her own safety.  She does not want to hear it and leaves the station with Portia.  In these scenes we must give praise to Sydney Mikayla who delivered a daughter’s hurt and betrayal when she had to play it against Jones, not Andrews, whom she had previously developed an on-screen chemistry with as father/daughter.

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So, do you like that GH tied Cyrus, Martin and Laura together? How much more suffering can they put Julian through?  What did you think of Sydney Mikayla’s performance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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Amazing! GH is crushing it right now. What a month! Though I really dislike Cyrus, it’s interesting to think about Laura being tied to a drug kingpin. I also like her being connecting to Martin…IF only he would lose that damn accent. Please find a way to make that go away. It’s just a really bad accent and inconsistent to boot. Overall, a terrific episode!

Carrie
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Carrie

Oh I like how he has an accent. 🙂 It sounds more like old-timey Savannah to me instead of Shreveport though. If his character 86’d the accent, I would be disappointed. Take care. 🙂

Janet
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Janet

I totally agree with the accent, it is annoying and he is such a great actor.

Jim
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Jim

Cyrus is a bore…not the actor but the character…when is Julian gone for good…and when does Nelle return married to Morgon Corinthos

Kay
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Kay

It’s been going on for years WDV must have offended someone because for years he has been treated awful

Steve
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Steve

Julian’s goodbye tour is going on as long as Cher’s. Ian Buchanan is a like fine wine – getting better with age. Connie (and that dress) are a good sight in small doses. Would’ve been nice to see Carlos and Olivia Jerome. These writers could probably do better by Tonja Walker than Jelly did. Other than the unnecessary accent, Martin is now somewhat relevant. Will his now being Charlotte’s great uncle change his dynamic with Valentin? Genie never disappoints. Sydney is a star in the making. Any day John York is on is a good one. Hope Real Andrews is… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I’m expecting Julian in Hell really soon now. But somebody has to explain how he made it from a bus station in Secaucus New Jersey to that old foot bridge north of Port Charles, within seconds while bleeding out…. Meanwhile Laura seems to be in a Hell all of her own, now that she knows she’s related to Cyrus the Virus. On the other horn, she and Martin might actually be able to have some sort of sibling relationship. Seems like they’re making the effort to make Martin more of a real person, as opposed to the cartoonish lawyer with… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Satan
What got me was Diane’s speedy arrival at Jason’s side. I’ve gone from N.Y to N.J and could not believe her explanation. Yes, that did look like the P.C bridge and now both Sonny and Julias are in the drink! I also agree about them using Taggert’s stand-in for those scenes.

Priscilla
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Priscilla

Wow! A true soap episode. Laura, Cyrus and Martin are all related! I never saw this coming. Especially Laura and Cyrus. It’s great to have Genie Francis in a major storyline. She’s an amazing actress.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Priscilla
I agree with you. Can not see that trio sitting around the Christmas tree!
Don’t tell anyone but if he wasn’t the terrible man he is, I could almost feel sorry for Cyrus. Good actor that he is, he can really turn on the emotions.

Harry
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Harry

I agree. As I noted down below, the talent simultaneously coming from all three actors was off the charts. And I’m so happy to see Michael E Knight in a front burner storyline. He seems to be finding his sea legs as he fleshes out the character of Martin Grey. The other day I loved how he flashed Valentin (played by his long time friend) a grin when he was called back to the table. Love his natural brotherly chemistry with Laura which was almost instantaneous. Finally, I loved his interaction with his brother Cyrus. The two actors looked close… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Harry
You said it all. I really love these two actors,and wish they were playing good guy parts, though it wouldn’t be as exciting, right? We know Cyrus can not come to a good end, and Martin while using the law for good and evil, who knows about him. Happy Holidays to you Harry, stay well.

Johnny
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Johnny

Julian’s exit has been the longest, most dragged out exit story ever!! Get it over with already!! As the only former mobster who actually changed his ways, it is disgusting, as always…to watch murderers Sonny and Jason claim a higher moral ground. But that is par for the course on GH.

Did they REALLY bring Steve Burton back 3 years ago to have uncomfortable chats with Maurice Benard???

Rodd
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Rodd

Oh My Lands! I was so blown away by Sydney Mikayla’s performance! She really carried all those scenes. Laura popping out of the bathroom left me scratching my head, wondering how she’ll get out of the hospital without consequences for herself, Curtis or Kevin. After all, these “professionals” lied to get her into the facility. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how her new “family” will impact her quest to take down Cyrus and how she’ll deal with half-brother Martin once Cyrus is removed from the scene. And, I must say that I enjoyed Julian’s fleeing from Sonny scenes.… Read more »

mike
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mike

This is great story. Jeff Kober is a good villan and this will give Michael Knight more air time. GH is must see again.

Carrie
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Carrie

I know this article is about Thursday’s episode, but omg Friday’s episode was awesome! I love the scenes between Michael Knight and Jeff Kober. These two actors bring out the best talent in each other. Such a great idea for the writers to make them brothers. I had been bored with the “robotic” Cyrus Renault but not anymore. His character is far from robotic when he’s sharing a scene with Michael Knight. I LOVE the way Michael Knight plays Martin when standing up to Cyrus; Completely unafraid of Cyrus. Great job to both of them and to the lovely Miss… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I could not agree more! That hospital room was positively crackling with talent, charisma and energy. The dynamics between the three characters was off the charts. It was a brilliantly written and acted scene. “ Am I that predictable?” Laura asks. “No, I’m that good,”retorts Cyrus. Oh snap!

Carrie
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Carrie

Harty, I like the few times Martin has looked Cyrus dead in the face and says “Who the hell do you think you’re talking to?” Martin isn’t afraid of ole’ Cy and I love it. Cyrus is almost subservient to Martin. He does not challenge Martin like he challenges everyone else in Port Charles. Martin ain’t putting up with Cyrus’ nonsense and Cyrus knows it. 🙂

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Cyrus still recognizes Martin as his big brother, so I think he respects him for that.

Harty
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Harty

Carrie, yes! I love the dynamics which exist between Martin and Cyrus. The close eye contact and the flickering as of familiarity in their expressions shows so much without telling too much.

Carrie
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Carrie

Meant Harry, not Harty. Sorry.

Patrick
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Patrick

Cyrus: “imagine my delight when i discovered i share DNA with such an esteemable woman.” Laura: “don’t expect me to have the same delight, i don’t give a damn about our shared DNA…” Martin: ( MY delight ) that at last, Martin has a breakthrough !!! I LOVE his friendship w/Valentin. these two men are far and away , more interesting in all the other male bonds. Wow… watching @Cyrus: facial EXPRESS’ion (s) as i’ve said from the time he first aired. keep up. (Roger Howarth could get acting lesson) it’s not lost on me, that Cyrus as the oldest… Read more »

VioletLemm
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VioletLemm

Oh, I guess I misunderstood the men’s relationship. I thought Martin was the elder brother.

Harry
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Harry

Hi Violet! I just know that the brilliant Jeff Kober (whom I know from China Beach and Sons of Anarchy) is about 4 or 5 years older than Michael E Knight so I just assumed he was the big brother. I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. Good riddance to Julian and 2020!

PS. Kidding about Julian, love William deVry. The character was just written into a corner with no exit strategy.

Violet Lemm
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Harry
Happy Holidays to you and yours too. I did not watch China Beach but recently saw a couple of NCIS L.A and he was being held as a long time prisoner. Very good role for him and great acting chops as usual.

Harry
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Harry

Patrick, I love how you recite the dialogue to reinforce your point. Much appreciated. Yes, you’re right. Jeff Corbin could give many of the actors lessons on how to emote without screaming, smashing the crystal, and rubbing one’s temples in order to demonstrate emotional angst.

Celia
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Celia

I need to praise Genie’s acting skills repeatedly—-her talent is as vast as an ocean. The various expressions/emotions crossing her beautiful face tell a million stories. I was so engrossed as she studied her nemesis’ body-language with bated breath while he interacted with Martin. I must say that I am beginning ( belying my preconception of both the actor and character) to truly appreciate Kober. Much like Genie, he has the gift of capturing an audience by the diverse expressions on his face. I saw that devilish facade soften as his eyes turned to his mother!! So impressed, I am.… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Sorry, but I think this educated girl could somehow understand the love her father had for her to protect her in this way, and just be thankful that he’s alive.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I was speaking of Trina above. Good actor. She’s got a mouth on her that’s for sure and she doesn’t mind who she uses it on, be it Cyrus, Curtis, Jordan, etc.

Mark Brown & Patricia Silva
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Mark Brown & Patricia Silva

It definitely puts a totally new spin on Laura’s birth dad when everyone heard that she killed her Surrogate dad figure back in the 2000’s Rick Webber and faced a total catatonic mental breakdown in 2005. Fans of Laura are taking a long puzzled reaction to her half blood relationship to both Cyrus & Martin. Shock for Trina regarding her dad’s near death revival, btw Great acting Trina! Let’s hope that both Sonny & Julian survive their fall? Great acting GH Cast & Crew. Forever Loyal Devoted Avid fans from Modesto CA.
Patricia Silva & son Mark L.D. Brown.

Karol Hayes
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Karol Hayes

I want sonny 2livej

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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