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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Returns To The Campus Disco! Have Genie Francis and Jon Lindstrom Piqued Your Interest As An On-Screen Duo?

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On Wednesday’s General Hospital, Laura (Genie Francis) returned to the spot of one of the most unforgettable nights of her life, and not in good way.  With Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) along for the ride, Laura tries to figure out how and what Helena (Constance Towers) has in store for her from the great beyond.

Once inside the Campus Disco, Laura looks at the disco mirror ball and begins to remember the night of her rape by Luke.  Still to this day one of the most controversial moments in soap history. Laura tells Kevin that Luke never forgave himself for what happened that night, and that she never really pushed back on him about her feelings about it  over the years, because his guilt consummed him.  Still Laura admits she doesn’t regret her two wonderful children with Luke, or her marriage.

Laura wants to continue to snoop around the disco, which apparently has had no buyers interested in the place.  She finds a blank note, and Kevin and Laura just continue to think it’s all part of Helena’s sick and twisted mind games.  Then the real estate agent reveals to the duo that the owners haven’t want to sell it, and their names are Lloyd and Lucy Johnson! Those were the aliases Luke and Laura used when they first went on the run from Frank Smith.

When Kevin asks ,where did Lloyd and Lucy go? Laura tells  him Beecher’s Corners.  Next, Laura decides she will go there next to see if she finds any more clues as to what Helena is trying to reveal to her.  Kevin, being as charming as ever, says he will go with her.  Laura says it could be very dangerous, and she doesn’t think this is a good idea for him to tag along.  He says he is a shrink, and he will be fine.  They share a bonding moment.

Is this the storyline that GH has promised fans for a long time that will headline Genie Francis in a satisfying way?  Since it looks fairly certain that Kevin and Laura are growing closer  … how do you feel about Kevin being the new romantic interest in Laura’s life?  What do you think Helena’s has in store for Laura, and what will be revealed? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Penny
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Penny

I LOVE it! I am anxious to see how everything unfolds…

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I love it also–WAY overdue for Genie Francis who commands the “stage.” For me, she IS the show–and Jon makes for a perfect timing–she AND he underplay with just the perfect timing. Grace Kelly and Cary Grant-like in To Catch a Thief, as I said in another post. Now, writers, do your part–PLEASE!

Patricio
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Patricio

Nancy – I agree 100%. Those two would make a dynamic, mature couple. Both great actors with comic chops- add in Lucy and Scotty with all that history – bingo ! Soap worth watching.

Curacaoman
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Curacaoman

They are great together, but since they are not Carly and Sonny we will probably see them once every 3 weeks. I am sure the actual story will be a dud as well

Justin
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Justin

I’m afraid you’re right. I want you to be wrong, but I fear. If the story does turn out to be successful, I imagine somehow they’ll fit Sonny into it, or Jason will rescue Laura somehow.

me3
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me3

Lol! If Sonny or Jason sneak up in this story I will be pissed.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I so want to give them a chance!

Phil
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Phil

I agree that Carly and Sonny are thrown down our throats, but I do like them as a couple!

aria
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aria

auras got to move on from luke whose not coming back and why not kevin? he’s a good guy and laura deserves that, they can double date w/ feliicia and mac and have a good time. laura doesn’t need a bad guy in her life or a dangerous one so i give my vote to kevin.

Omar
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Omar

It is great for Laura to have a front burner storyline and with Kevin..I am just hoping these two head writers are consistent and give us a rewarding finish to the storyline..It seems we get a couple of episodes with Laura and Kevin and then we do not see them and their story for over a week or more! I miss so much Ms Towers..Please bring her back!! GH should have a storyline which will have Heather Webber, Helena Cassadine and Dr. O in scenes together..Like sisters in crime kind of story..That will be awesome! Campy, over the top and… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Didn’t know we had any younger viewers–aren’t the faithful, long-standing viewers the staple of the fan base?

Omar
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Omar

Yes, you are so right!! That said, it will be great to have young viewers to start to tune in or to remain viewing–hence having the soap genre alive for many years to come and perhaps revive it.

Scoma60
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Scoma60

I’m all for any story that’s not Mob related.I’m fed you with GH trying to sell Sonny,Jason,Julian,Paul,etc…as romantic or heroic.

I’m enjoying Laura with Kevin and this mystery. My only pause is I hope they don’t delve too much into the rape.

That story and history was brilliantly handled when it happened and later when Lucky learned about it. GH does not have HWs strong enough to revisit a story of this magnitude.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Genie Francis is such an excellent actress. I’ve been patient since GH’s 50th anniversary and have stuck around this long in the hopes that the soap will be able to leave the mob behind. They almost did it by placing more emphasis on Nikolas and the Cassadines. But, now I see they’re going back to Sonny & Co. While Luke may have been an anti-hero, he (under his public face) NEVER condoned making a living as a criminal. Robert was his best friend & the police commissioner, and they actually were on the right side of the law during GH’s… Read more »

Shell
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Shell

Well said.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You say it well!

Harry
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Harry

Totally agree with you, Kansas.

Ellen
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Ellen

I like Kevin and Laura. I also think she Would really work well with Ned. Haven’t seen Olivia at all. The problem is in order for people to invest in Laura and Kevin they need to be on more than three days a month and interact with other people as well.

me3
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me3

I need to see more of them, too. But with the summer coming up I don’t know that we will.

I also thought she’d work well with Ned but I think Kevin has the edge here. Jon has a deep, calming presence that works well with Genie’s approach. Their scenes are full of harmony.

chris
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chris

love it. love these two together. laura finally gets a good story

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m holding my breath!

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

Kevin and Laura work well together, and finally a couple i enjoy watching…..yes, this old geezer is doing a happy dance….Genie deserves a story and yes, im interested!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’ll join that happy dance, if I may. 🙂

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

The more the merrier…

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Unless they keep Lucy to cause Laura grief once she catches on. .not interested. .I find Kevin quite boring and together it will be a snoozer fest

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I can’t wait!! Happy to see that they dressed Laura in that nice jacket. She looked great!

Patrick
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Patrick

I loved the full on big smile… laughing… and heck… giggling w/Kevin Laura has been so somber… and nonstop carrying that petrified look…. dang! loosen up Laura for me: bringing back that rape… a feeling of all stimuli wary…. in ready mode could this be… an omen… a sign of Laura totally and at last… giving up on Luke… and we can all do the Luke is dead dance. I think it’s fair to say…. This is Genie Francis show , now so why not go anywhere… with these two… don’t be cautious… Passion…. lets see them cooking for each… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I completely agree Patrick! I really enjoyed reading your post.
I especially agree with “and ( drool ) Jon Lindstrom hanging around in Port Charles bringing sexy back”. 🙂 Additionally, I don’t understand how Nicholas can be hurting financially after selling ELQ and paying taxes?? This doesn’t make any sense. Taxes are a percentage of the total sale, so when you are talking $millions there should be plenty left over??

Rose
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Rose

“How dare GH let Nicholas slide the far?” Very good point. Just don’t seen an end game here, or for that matter why did it start in the first place. He has made exceptionally wrong calls with women, and this includes lying about Jason/Jake for liz and then putting the hit on Hayden.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

She did indeed–fine and dandy–and lovely. Her hair was perfect and she was glowing–seemed to be relaxed and having fun–out from under the “heavy load” at last.

Jen
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Jen

I like the Laura and Kevin scenes a lot. It’s something new and fresh. I’m looking forward to seeing how the story progresses. The mystery is fun.

Melissa
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Melissa

Like them as friends solving a mystery together but not seeing much chemistry there romantically. I think Laura needs a slightly older man type in her life. But NOT Luke!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I see the chemistry! BTW, Genie Francis is a YOUNG woman.

me3
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me3

I can see the chemistry. It’s a slow-burner and I’m loving it.

Harry
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Harry

Nancy, I think Melissa means she would like to see Laura with an older man.
I do disagree, however.
I also agree with you when you said that JL is well adept at playing subtle and understated.
He’s a really terrific actor.

Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

Love them..great to relive GH history

Maria
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Maria

I’m not even going to venture a guess as to what Helena has in store for Laura. My guesses in the past were never even close. I will say that I like Kevin and Laura together. She needs someone less tense than the men she has taken up with in the past. Whose better than Kevin? He’s got to have a sense of humor , he was with Lucy!

Timmm
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Timmm

Lucy was a goof! Kevin can actually have a decent conversation now with a grown, mature women!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Say Amen!

Alan
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Alan

Laura and Kevin are cute together but all I could think about during this episode was that Jean and Shelly actually expect us to believe that the Campus Disco has been standing vacant for 36 years…

Melissa
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Melissa

Yeah, and it’s not even dusty!

Harry
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Harry

Well, in this case I am really happy to suspend my sense of disbelief.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Me, too, Harry!

Jane
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Jane

Not Kevin, I don’t know who.

Anthony
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Anthony

I’m for whatever gives Genie Francis and her beautiful face a real story of her own. She should be kept front and center on the show. And sign her to 10 year contract because I believe she will still be beautiful, dynamic and relevant well into her 60s!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You say it so right! I’m with you!

Ces
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Ces

It’s hard to invest in any couple unless you’re Sonny/Carly or Jason/Sam/Liz because the others are on once every 3 weeks! So, I guess we’ll see Laura and Ken in June to continue their conversation. Also, I find it hard to believe that the Campus Disco is as it was left from 1978!! Really??? GH, please trim the cast!!

Shell
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Shell

I have liked the pairing of Laura and Kevin. I will, however, be glad if a day ever comes where Laura has a fresh story not involving her kids, Luke, or the Cassadines. But it was very nice to see her have a lot more scenes this week. I’m hoping it is the real Kevin and not his twin, working for Helena. When they get to Beecher’s Corners, I’m hoping Laura isn’t backed into a corner where she ends up freaking out and going catatonic again. For a moment there, I feared the writers were headed in that direction when… Read more »

me3
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me3

I hope to never see her go there again, emotionally. Its been enough. I also don’t want her mentioning Luke again either. Hopefully the story will be more about Laura and less about Luke and Laura. They owe at least that much to Genie and her fans after all we’ve had to endure with this character.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Agreed!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Okay I am a bit confused wasn’t it reveal during Ron C’s reign that it was Fluke- Luke’s alter that was the one who actually raped her– I seemed to remember long time fans being ticked off that Ron changed Luke’s history to white wash his dark side by making Luke have second personality. The point being wouldn’t Laura know this new fact–wouldn’t it change her perspective of the past knowing Luke MP Disorder? Because she was talking like she didn’t know those facts. Anyway, I am for anything that brings JL back to our screens– and I can see… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I haven’t a clue what they are talking about..
disco balls, phony names, elvis songs- WTF
I might not have even been born or too young to get down to Heartbreak Hotel….
It’s a bunch of crapola to me ..

Shell
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Shell

Su, even the writers haven’t a clue in that regard. Elvis and Heartbreak Hotel were not played in the Campus Disco and it really irked me when that was mentioned the other day. The Campus Disco scenes were always filled with disco and pop and there was never any music on the playlist that didn’t fit those genres. They also went on to contradict themselves by having Laura speak of how the disco was filled with the “in”, “hip” crowd. Well, no young hip person in those times was going to DISCOS to hear Elvis music. It was clear someone… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Hi Shell.. Thanks for the info 🙂
I know zero of that era of GH.. so you can see it holds no connection to me,,
wow! ABC put out money to use those songs )ie Prince .
the characters who discoed would have to be 60? now, did Tracy disco? Sonny? Monica? ((I gotta see that!

(( I know of John Travolta dancing to staying alive.. the fashions were horrible and the huge hair lol ..))

Justin
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Justin

That era of GH was it’s highest rated ever. Please don’t insult your intelligence and all of ours by pretending you don’t know about it.

Harry
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Harry

I know Justin. I somehow get the feeling Su000 posts these comments in between Jello in the resident dinning hall and bingo in the rec room.

su0000
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su0000

hi Justin..
Of course I know GH’s glory years were in the 80’s. However I was not watching and know nothing about its disco era.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

su0000, NOW we disagree again. If you haven’t seen GH when this story was going on–you missed the GREATEST acting team–surely not “crapola”–anything but. Take a peek at the episodes on youtube IF you are interested in great writing, great acting, great suspense and adventure. We all held our breaths until the next day in the “glory days” of GH. Bite your tongue! 🙂

Shell
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Shell

Yes, it was truly “good theater” back then and way ahead of its time for daytime tv. Fortunately or unfortunately, it was such good theater that those stories and those characters haunt and follow poor Laura til this day. When Liz Taylor (original Helena) cursed Luke and Laura, it was as if Genie and Tony were cursed in real life in a way. I am hoping this newest story ends up being a story of closure. After this story rounds out, I am hoping they let Laura find a wonderful new purpose and allow Genie to remind viewers of her… Read more »

Shell
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Shell

Hi again Su. If you are in the mood for kicks and giggles: A great place to see the vintage campus disco stuff is the “sussezq” youtube channel. You would begin with the 1979-1980 LnL playlist. To answer some of your questions: No, Sonny was not on the show until early 90’s so he wasn’t there at the disco. You will mostly see Bobbie, Luke, Scottie and Laura. Alan Q. might be there at the disco sometimes because he wanted Susan Moore, Jason Morgan’s biological mom. (She ended up running the disco after Luke.) Laura’s parents (both of them were… Read more »

Shell
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Shell

lol. Su, I found a scene where Tracy is at the disco. But she’s there in the morning so I can only assume it was either for exercise class or to pay Susan Moore a visit to tell her to stay away from her then- husband, Senator Mitch Williams. My bet is the latter. You can find it on the sussezq channel, playlist 1979-1980, #103, around the 7:58 mark. She is quite lovely and always a superb actress.

Rose
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Rose

Su..and John Travolta co-starred and danced with Finola Hughes/Anna in ‘Staying Alive.’

me3
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me3

Sorry. I meant this reply for Su.

kathy
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kathy

You betcha. I love them. Genie and Jon are great actors and they have great chemistry. They act like they have known each other for years. Wink-Wink I also love Kevin supporting Laura so much. She has been through a lot and so has Kevin for that matter. Maybe Lucy and Luke aught to get together. They are both total downers . LOL!

kathy
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kathy

I forgot to say. They would still be L&L. Maybe this time would be a charm for Luke.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Great actors, great chemistry–now for a GREAT story, right?

tori
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tori

I love the pairing of Kevin with Laura! He makes her smile and is a very laid back sort of guy who is easy to talk to,funny and very charming. His personality is very compatible with hers,he’s a reassuring presence in her life and he obviously considers her a friend and enjoys being with her. I hope the writers continue writing great stuff for them as Laura so deserves a man that she can trust,someone whose there for her that can be understanding and loving. Kevin fits that bill and their funny together as well. I want lots more of… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Love the idea of Kevin and Laura. Going to Beecher’s Corner should be interesting, especially if Mr and Mrs Whittaker are still alive! Lol.

Shell
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Shell

Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker were wonderful. When LnL revisited Beecher’s Corners in the 2000’s, was there any mention if the Whittakers’s were still alive? Had their home become a Bed and Breakfast run by one of their nieces?

Harry
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Harry

YES, YES and YES! As someone who has been so very critical of the writing I have to say that they are finally delivering her. I love the story line. I love that it pays fidelity to Laura’s unresolved issues and history and I also love that they coupled her with Dr Collins to accompany her on this backward journey. I might add that Jon Lindstrom is an underrated gem of an actor and I am so happy he has been brought back in. Well done, writers and actors. Now please, let these two continue to have a well written… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Intriguing story line that is transpiring between Laura and Kevin”–yes, Harry; oh, yes!

Margie Dalton
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Margie Dalton

I would love it! I could see Lucy kissing anyone but Baldwin. Doc ship has sailed let him be happy.

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

I kinda like Laura and Kevin together, but as as someone else wrote — there is NO way in hell that the Campus Disco would still be there from 1978-79. Come on! In fact, I’m pretty sure it was mentioned in the ’80s that the place had been turned into something else.

Timmm
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Timmm

I think its a Chipolte now!

Joe
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Joe

Ha ha!

Justin
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Justin

So happy to see Genie in a story of her own. I fear that we still won’t see her much because it’s not mob-related, but here’s to hoping.

Timmm
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Timmm

Look, I’m happy that Genie and Jon are in a story that COULD be front burner. I love them as humans and their characters. ONE thing I didnt like and it comes across as GH either being CHEAP or LAZY, why no flashbacks? IT was a major point in the story of that night in the disco. If you are a newer fan, you may have not seen the disco scenes with Luke and Laura. To me its cheap not to use the flashbacks. They either dont want to pay Tony for his use OR they want us to forget… Read more »

Shell
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Shell

Timmm, I too was expecting flashbacks and that ever-present Herb Alpert song in the background. Lord knows they played it a thousand times in flashbacks during that story line. I’m sure Herb Alpert became one rich musician during that time. I think you are correct that maybe there is a Tony-related reason why they didn’t go there.

me3
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me3

I honestly don’t think the flashbacks would’ve helped. They were clearly trying to make a point about the past while leaving it in the past. They wanted to note it, briefly. I think the decision to leave it out may have been financially motivated but I also think leaving it out takes the attention away from Luke and how scandalous it was. For once, all that mattered is Laura’s resolution of those events.

Timmm
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Timmm

“Rise” was such a good song! I’m sure it wouldnt cost much to play it ONE time!

Anne
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Anne

More Laura, more Kevin, please. Please move the story beyond Laura’s past with Luke to something fresh and now that doesn’t involve Laura’s kids or her relationship with Luke. Over and done. She’s vital on her own. Please write something substantial for her

Shell
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Shell

Preach, Anne. Preach! 🙂

me3
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me3

Yes! I hope it gets more into Laura and her past. Forget the rest. I’m falling in love with the character again and, from what I’ve read on other sites, many newer viewers are, too.

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

Definitely want to see more of Laura and Kevin/Genie and Jon!

Janet Byrnes
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Janet Byrnes

WOW A story with two likeable actual actors, with talent no less, Hooray, lets go. But one thing no more poor Luke. he raped her, and then TG wanted to never see Laura again.? YUCK. No mob, and these two talking to each other and I may even come back to watch this. I will dvr it, so if they are actually on, I can watch them and NOT have to subject myself to another killer hero.

Terry
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Terry

I like them as friends, but to be honest, I was always a fan of Kevin and Lucy and their great chemistry! Still, I am along for the ride because I love Genie and Jon.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Love the characters and the actors. Together even better. The mystery story is interesting too.

I much prefer watching ANYONE over more Sonny/Carly or Jason/Sam. Too bad. I loved Billy Miller on AMC & YR. I haven’t enjoyed any of his work on GH. I don’t think its him, so it must be the writing. Whatever it is I wish he’d go back to Y&R. JT as NotBilly is as bad as BM as the Borg. JMO.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yeah, better than the Sonny and Cher–er–Carly show by a long shot, eh? 🙂

Re Billy Miller: I didn’t watch hom on AMC or Y& R, but he hasn’t lit any fires for me on GH–agreed– must be the writing.

Tracy
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Tracy

This story so far is one of my favorites on GH. Love seeing Genie and Jon get some substantial material, worthy of their talent. It’s just a pleasure to watch something new and fresh handled by two skilled veterans. I only wish it got more focus.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m saying Amen, Amen, Amen to all these positive, enthusiastic comments re Genie and Jon, the pleasure of watching two skilled veterans–and a group desire to give the story more focus and AIR TIME. Come on, GH writers, this is your chance–don’t blow it.

Les
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Les

Amen!

Patrick
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Patrick

“…It’s just a pleasure to watch something new and fresh handled by two skilled veterans. ”

RIGHT ON !

nice post

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I am intrigued. Nod to the past. Puts a beloved actors in a strong story line. Please let us enjoy some romance and mystery without violence and the mob!!! Miss Francis and Mr. Lindstrom are excellent at what they do. Thank you, writers, for giving them this opportunity.

Maybe this is how Laura can really move on from Luke without the short-term herky-jerky plot twists she has been given since her return. Fingers crossed for Lucky to come home!

And as much as I liked watching Ms. Towers, I am weary of the Cassadine shenanigans.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

NOW we “mature” viewers (read loyal, longtime fans!) have a super couple all our own–Genie and Jon (has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?). And, yes, we DO know the difference between the actors and their characters, “Laura” and “Kevin.”

If memory serves (and it does, thank you!), we fans were oft-times criticized and chastised for NOT knowing the difference. We didn’t then, and don’t now, take kindly to that false allegation. LOL!

Dan
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Dan

As others have stated, anything that gets Genie Francis on screen more is great with me. She’s been criminally under utilized since returning last year. Makes me wonder why they bothered signing her to a contract, if they weren’t gonna write any stories for her. I’ve been waiting for them to give her something, anything. A story of her own, rather than being a background player to whatever is going on with her kids, lurking around Wyndemere. And anything that gets Jon Lindstrom on more is a win in my book. This is definitely a step in the right direction.… Read more »

Shell
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Shell

Good points, Dan. Reminds me of how they put Luke and Tracy together, when their characters had probably crossed paths less than 10 times between 1978 and 2006.

Les
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Les

I am so glad I tuned back in for Genie’s return. Her appearances have been far too sporadic so am pleased to see she may get a front burner story at last! Please keep her front and centre. Kudos to the writers for adding Jon Lindstrom into the mix as I have always enjoyed his work on GH. Admittedly, I was sceptical when I first heard the rumours about the pairing but once they hit the screen together it made total sense. Watching this relationship develop as they unravel the mystery could be a real treat!

paul453
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paul453

I can’t wait to see more of their scenes. I didn’t watch General Hospital much back in its heyday, but I always liked Genie Francis. I got very interested in Port Charles; I think because it came on 30 minutes before All My Children. Loved Jon Lindstrom on PC. I found out what a great actor he is when he was on As the World Turns. I prefer Kevin over Craig but it’s nice to see his handsome face and captivating presence anytime.

me3
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me3

These two work SO WELL together! Whoever thought of this had a moment of brilliance. I’ve always loved Jon. He’s such a tasteful actor. So having him with Genie, who’s also understated but deep, is such a lovely combo. They are a breath of fresh-linen smelling air on this show right now. We go weeks in between their scenes and I’d love to blame it all on tptb but I think Genie probably prefers this schedule, too. She gets to work and travel with her family, who she’s always put first anyway. I just hope they find more time with… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

I reserve my answer for later on… but so far so good!

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

Laura and Kevin just shined together in their scenes last week. She just seems like a much better match for him on a emotional level than annoying Lucy. We have got two beloved veteran characters who’ve been single for a while and seem to be lonely. I like the fact they have now each discussed their past romantic troubles with last month him opening up about Lucy and this month her talking about her life with Luke. I am loving the idea of a slow burn into something real for Laura and Kevin. Kevin going with Laura back to the… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I love that the writers are attempting to utilize the history of the show with the Nurse’s Ball and with Laura’s past. I’ve always liked Kevin Collins, he’s intelligent and comical and has a great demeanor about him. I also like Kevin being paired with Laura. It’s nice seeing a new friendship unfold while expanding on the history of the show.

patricia magliochetti
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patricia magliochetti

i have been a big fan of general hospital since the 1970s,i love this show,love the story line with luke and laura and robert scorpio,they made the show.you should bring back luke and robert

Sandy
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Sandy

I like Kevin,but he’s no “Luke”. No one will ever replace him on screen. There is only one partner for L aura and that is Luke!

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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