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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Recalls Formula to Stop Mikkos Cassadine’s Weather Machine In Nod to 80’s ‘Ice Princess’ Storyline

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Last time, someone saved Port Charles from a deep freeze, it was Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).  This time it was the love of his life, Laura Collins (Genie Francis) who did the trick and saved the day!  But that was just one heart-stopping moment among others on Friday’s suspenseful episode of General Hospital.

As had been teased by GH head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, along with GH EP, Frank Valentini, the 60th anniversary of the show would feature a throwback to the original iconic ‘Ice Princess’ storyline, featuring many beloved vets, while bringing in the next gen.

In Greenland, Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Laura have infiltrated Victor Cassadine’s (Charles Shaughnessy) bunker which was the retreat his father, Mikkos Cassadine would hide in while trying to take over the world.  Laura comes upon an old-style computer where she recognizes the weather machine program on it.  Shocked, she explains to Curtis how the original weather machine used carbonic snow to create blizzards, but it was destroyed years ago.  Laura realizes that this computer is running the same program. When Curtis questions her, it dawns on them that there must be a second weather machine out there that the computer connects to. Laura firmly says Mikkos never did anything without a reason.

Now in 2023, Curtis realizes there are two weapons at play here, the pathogen and the weather machine, when Laura figures out the target of the weather machine is Port Charles. When we cut to Port Charles, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Portia (Brook Kerr) and Jordan (Tanisha Harper) are looking out a window at ‘General Hospital’ and watching snow fall. They are curious as to why there would be snow in May, although they brush it off.

Meanwhile, Laura recalls to Curtis that she is the one who saw the formula for the weather machine. She had buried in her brain when she burned the paper with the code on it.  However, she memorized it.  In a throwback clip, Laura remembers Robert (Tristan Rogers) telling her he always feared someone would come after her because of it.  Asking Curtis if he trusts her, she then enters the formula with the one-shot to terminate the program.  Her attempt is successful, one problem solved, but more danger looms.

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Elsewhere, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), who was given the pathogen, thinks he is hallucinating seeing Anna (Finola Hughes), because previously he saw Helena (Constance Towers) talking to him. Anna, who is talking to Valentin through a window from outside his isolation room, promises it is really her.  She wants to get a hazmat suit for him, but Valentin says it’s too late for that.  Somehow, Anna gets into the room, and is now exposed to the pathogen. ‘Vanna’ talks about their connection and love for one another knowing their fates may be sealed.  But hold on! Holly Sutton (Emma Samms) has arrived after her showdown with Victor and has the antidote!  Great performances here from James Patrick Stuart and Finola Hughes.

After Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Drew (Cameron Mathison) are OK following their confrontation with Victor, they call Carly (Laura Wright) and then tell Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) that Liesl will be back to give her the bone marrow she needs to survive.

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Victor, who has escaped, yet again, winds up back on the Haunted Star along with his pathogen-carrying canister. He is furious at learning from Holly that she rendered him impotent when she slipped something back in his drink a few months back.  Victor learns Spencer (Nick Chavez) took off with Ace and Trina (Tabyana Ali). He intends to leave without his family. Victor pours himself a drink and says he need to get the pathogen and antidote someplace safe. When he opens up the canister, he screams “No!”  Next, Spencer shows up.  He demands his uncle hand over the pathogen. Victor says he’ll have to rip it out of his cold dead fingers. Spencer says “fine” and then proceeds to slam his head into the bar.

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On the island, Trina with baby Ace in tow meets up with Curtis and Laura. She warns them of the airstrike, but they tell her its been called off from its original destination and now the WSB is sending a drone strike directly targeted at the Haunted Star. Trina panics realizing Spencer is on the boat.  As bomb sounds go off, Spencer is stunned.

What did you think of the action-adventure, escapades, villainy and heroism and the nod back to the 80’s ‘Ice Princess’ storyline during this episode and this storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I remember it well….when Laura found the code and memorized it. I remember Robert showing concern. That part of the original story was always kinda sitting there, unaddressed. I imagine Gloria Monty might have intended to revisit it one day had Genie not left GH. I like that these writers used it for the 60th anniversary.

I’d say the odds are probably against Laura remembering a chemical formula some 40 years later, especially since she was a vegetable for a good chunk of that time, and one would think that might wipe some stored memories.

But she got to save the day at least. Might have been better if she got to throw Victor into the freeze chamber, like Luke did to Mikkos back in the day, rather than him getting blown up by a drone strike.

Didn’t they already replay the freeze chamber thing with Stavros when they made the switch from JLB to ER as Lulu?

“Especially since she was a vegetable” gave me a good chuckle.

With Faison, Helena and Victor all gone, it’s time to bring back another classic villain. Frank should be on the phone to Brian Patrick Clarke to reprise Grant Putnam (and of course you’d want his dog back, too). Maybe Heather and Grant run into each other at Darkham?

Yes this is Exciting that now Victor will be STOP Once and for All, The Team came Though and Yes they all put up a Fight. I CONGRATULATIONS them All. The Writer’s Did an Great Job on this One. So Now get them all Home Safely to Port Charles with there Family.
Much LoVe GH.

Tina Greene,
I think you are jumping the gun here. There is more coming before they can get back including Valentin’s fate and another beloved character dies I think. Unless they show Victor’s dead body, I’ll never believe he’s dead.

While I appreciated the homage to the original storyline, there’s quite a bit to comment on:

Why was the second weather machine introduced and wrapped up all in the same episode? It would’ve had more meaning if Robert (or Bobbie) saw the snow and said “oh, no this can’t be happening again.” Or even if Elizabeth mentioned her grandmother telling her about the time it froze in August.

All the story about how the antidote was untested and Liesl trusts Holly (who has no medical training) to administer it to Valentin?

Farewell to Charles Shaughnessy. It took a while to accept him as Victor, but he brought his all. Had to shake my head a few weeks back when they asked Alexis what she remembered of Victor growing up. After all, CS is only a year older than NLG (Thaao 11).

Elsewhere in PC…
Looks like they’re writing Nina into a corner. Don’t the writers know the audience doesn’t want to see Carly win all the time?

For a show that takes place in a hospital, Willow looked the best stage 4 cancer patient ever. If her body was in the state that TJ described, it would be too late for the bone marrow transplant. And, where is Terry? Second to Leslie Charleson, Cassandra James absence is very noticeable.

Oh, and Michael, a correction – the love of Luke Spencer’s life was himself.

And incidentally where is Taggart? Has no one informed him about Trina? He raised her yet Curtis is the only “dad” worthy of knowing she’s missing.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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Eva LaRue Makes Her ‘General Hospital’ Debut: What Were Your First Impressions of Natalia Rogers-Ramirez?

On the Monday, February 26th episode of General Hospital, former All My Children favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria Santos), made her first appearance in her new recurring role of Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother, Natalia Rogers-Ramirez.

In key scenes, as Kristina (Kate Mansi) and Blaze are happy after spending the night together, Kristina is in for a shock when she is still in bed and the door opens and Blaze’s mother, Natalia strolls in seemingly oblivious to walked she just walked in.

Natalia announces, “Alison, Mommy’s here!” Then, Natalia looks over and sees Kristina in bed and both women are a bit startled. Kristina introduces herself to “Mrs. Rogers-Ramirez.” However, Natalia corrects her and says it’s “Miss.”

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Next, Blaze walks into the room still in her robe. She is very shocked that her mother arrived in Port Charles much earlier than expected. Natalia wants an explanation of just what she walked in on. It is then, Kristina concocts a story and explains they had a girls’ night, and it got late so Alison let her crash.

Natalia seems to buy into Kristina’s lies. Blaze starts to argue with her mother over the non-vegan sandals her mother brought her from Puerto Rico and her grandmother’s pudding, which she has told her in the past she dislikes. Kristina pipes in that the reason Alison doesn’t like it, is because of the texture and the same goes for avocado and flan. Natalia says she thinks she knows her own daughter.

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Then, Blaze gets more upset and asks Kristina to stay and be by her side. Blaze announces that she and Kristina are more than just friends. We already know that Natalia is from a very conservative background, so we anticipate on tomorrow’s episode of GH, she won’t approve finding out her daughter is gay. Stay-tuned.

So, were you happy to see Eva LaRue back on daytime and now on General Hospital? What were you first impressions of her new character Natalia Rogers-Ramirez? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out the scenes from her arrival below,

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General Hospital’s William Lipton to Star in Music Drama Series ‘The Runarounds’ From ‘Outer Banks’ Creators

This sounds like a perfect starring vehicle for the multi-talented William Lipton (Cameron Webber), who recently made a brief return to General Hospital for his best friend, Spencer Cassadine’s (the exited Nicholas Chavez) gravesite memorial service.

Now comes word that Lipton is set to star in a new series in the works entitled The Runarounds. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because The Runarounds is the name of the band seen in season three of Netflix’s popular series, Outer Banks. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has given the green light to an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for The Runarounds which premise features the story of a post-high school band as they try to make it big.

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The fictional drama is inspired by the real life band of the same name and will star its group’s members: William Lipton, Axel Ellis, Jeremy Yun, Zendé Murdock and Jesse Golliher.

The Runarounds will be set and film in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Outer Banks was also shot. Skydance Television is the studio behind the series. Outer Banks creators Josh Pate, Joshua Pate, and Shannon Burke will bring this project to life.

Lipton took to his Instagram on Monday, once the news of the series was revealed, expressing, “Where are we going, fellas? To the top, Johnny!” Immediately GH co-stars past and present shared their congratulations to William including: Sydney Mikayla (ex-Trina Robinson) and Enzo De Angelis, who plays Lipton’s brother, Aiden on GH.

 

In a statement, Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon MGM Studios, expressed: “When we first met with Jonas and Skydance about The Runarounds, it was immediately clear that they brought us a special show featuring an incredibly talented cast and real-life band. We are very much looking forward to sharing the exhilarating journey of The Runarounds with our global Prime Video customers.”

The Runarounds were actually formed as a band back in 2021, when Jonas Pate issued a casting call looking for a group to appear on Outer Banks. The group first performed together when they played for Pate ahead of appearing in season three after being selected from a more than 5,000 musicians who responded to the call.

No word yet on when The Runarounds will be released.

So, excited for this opportunity for William Lipton to star in this music drama? Hope he returns to GH down the line? Comment below.

 

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