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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Billy Miller Share Scenes as Carly and "Jake" AKA Jason!

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On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Laura Wright (Carly) and Billy Miller (Jason) shared their first scenes on-air as Carly and Jason (well, “Jake” for now).

The set-up had Carly running into “Jake” at the hospital in Franco’s Art Rehab classroom.

Once in each others gaze, Carly felt that “Jake” seemed very familiar to her, so much so, that once they got around to talking about her upcoming Halloween nuptials to Franco, Carly needed a sounding board … and guess who listened to her?

One of the key moments of the scenes came when Carly told “Jake” that today was the 2nd anniversary of her best friend Jason’s death.  And as Carly mentioned Jason, and later Sonny, it seemed that “Jake” may have had a slight recollection, but cannot connect the dots as of yet.  The scenes were written in very much the same way the old Carly/Jason scenes went down, where Carly needed some sound advice, and Jason offered it.  This time “Jake” offered it, basically saying if you want to marry the guy (Franco) you should, and if you don’t, you shouldn’t.   To which Carly responded, that is the way Jason would have given her advice.

What was exciting for fans of GH, and the soaps, was to see these two daytime heavyweights and Daytime Emmy winners, sharing scenes for the first time, where eventually, and somehow, Carly and “Jake” will realize just how much they mean to one another!  Plastic surgery and memory loss can confuse people, after all!

So, what did you think of Laura Wright and Billy Miller together as Carly and “Jake” AKA Jason? Share your initial impressions below!

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su0000
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su0000

YES!!
This is going to pop!!
”The scenes were written in very much the same way the old Carly/Jason”
so true, I could feel it, feel them!!
I see the writers have got this right on.. !!

Laurie
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Laurie

su0000, I always like your posts. I agree the writers did indeed go old school! I’ve read some comments on social media saying the scene was forced, contrived & ridiculous because NOBODY sits down and starts telling a stranger about their private life & reservations about her upcoming wedding. To that I say: CARLY WOULD! AND DOES! First does everyone remember: Carly met Jason at a bar named JAKE’S!! (eery). He was renting a room upstairs after recently being involved in a car wreck (JUST LIKE JAKE-carwreck) and he developed amnesia (JUST LIKE JAKE!). He knew who he was but… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

At first, I was thining how ridiculous it was that Carly would tell a complete stranger, who is newly close with Elizabeth, her life’s story-her qualms about marrying Franco, how Franco is “misunderstood,” her affair with Sonny, etc., but, then I remembered-Carly is a complete narcissist-of course she would do that! With all of the open dialogue in public places about Sonny shooting AJ and his affair with Carly, will it really surprise anyone when the truth comes out? HA! Great scenes with Carly and “Jake.” Growing old of how all of Sonny’s mistakes, sins, etc. are always justified…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You are right on the mark, Su. This scene was so well written and executed. Billy Miller is a natural. He fit into the Jason role like a glove…no newbie her. I also praise Laura….very believable as the wistful and nostalgic Carly…..kudos.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

CeeCee, thats NOT Jason…its his unknown twin Mason the Cassidines programmed to think he is Jason…they even tricked Robin to believe it…The Cassidine want ELQ, the Quartimaine mansion and their money and it doesnt matter that the Cassidines are ten times richer than Bill Gates…lol…the writers are convincing us that this is Jason when he is really Jasons long lost unknown twin Mason the same way OLTL tricked us into believing Victor was really Todd…lol

aria
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aria

it wasn’ as great as the scenes that billy miller shared with becky herbts. i really don’t see this great connection the show wants us to swallow between these two characters i just really don’t. carly is carly she thinks she does no wrong, she’s obnoxious and a winer, so i was bored during their scenes together, more becky and billy please….

su0000
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su0000

LOL
I think the opposite..
Rebeca is a whiny lil dull thing and Carly is strong and slick/dynamic..
And- Jason/Billy Miller could never bore anyone lol 🙂

He won’t be with anyone for quite awhile, anyways..
He has to deal with Helena and the Cassadines, they want their million dollar project Jason back..
(we’re in for some great Billy Miller/Jason action!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I trust your predictions, Su…and Jimh’s.

dmr
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dmr

su0000, thank you! I agree with you regarding the character of Elizabeth. I find the character to be very boring. I didn’t really see the chemistry between her and Jason. No offense to the actress or her fan base. We all have our favorites. My favorites are Ava, Carly, and Nina-all of the narcisstics and maniacs of the show! HA!

Patrick
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Patrick

thank you…. it can’t just be me… but : with the nuREGIME of : FV / RC I honestly, have felt… they never know what to do with Carly…. because of Carly history on GH… and the actress herself…. she did deserve that emmy… but since then… ??? I draw blanks… on her character it’s time for GH to split Carly and Franco keep her with Sonny…. : for GH history and veteran know but… to pair her up with Billy Miller… already…. to, what ?? test the waters…. I think he’s doing fine with Liz…. but that’s because that’s… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

Patrick did you watch GH in the 1990’s? I’m sure you did but I can’t remember. Her and Jason are best friends. They really are. I asked because that’s when it started, in 1997 I believe, and the way the show was wrtten back then (sigh..I miss it so), the writers built their storylines up perfectly. Their friendship happened slow over several shows but they’ve been besties since. I didn’t even consider that GH was testing him as a possible romantic lead with her. I just thought that they were intentionally trying to get him around people he was closest… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Not to worry, Patrick. It’s happening…the split will be as colossal and as disastrous as the split of the Ancient Supercontinent…LOL.
But, hey, friend….my feelings for Carly and Sonny run right alongside yours.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

and now it begins @aria..because he’s so good…LMAO

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Liz and Jason have great chemistry in those scenes together…glad they didnt pair her with Nik who is so bland and boring but improves with Brit…wasnt much of a Liz fan until she was in those scenes with Jason…i agree Aria about Carly…you described her perfectly!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yup, jimh. I, too, want to see those two together.

Ces
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Ces

I agree. I don’t “get” Carly & Jason’s undying friendship. Maybe it worked with the other Carly, but Laura Wright isn’t tender enough and comes off a little bit too aggressive in most scenes to buy this relationship.

Laurie
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Laurie

Nice description. Aggressive. Their relationship was strong with both earlier Carly’s. I recently re-watched when they met and became FWB for a few months. Then how their friendship grew. It was very appealing and they had amazing chemistry. Really you guys should check em out someday..Carly Benson 1997 on youtube. Great actress SJB. Carly annoyed the heck out of him back then too. Always blabbing and having a crisis, but it was tempered and he was patient with her. He was like her Xanax. He calmed her down by staying calm. Also I want to add that they were very… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I do not like Carly, period. I agree with you….I cannot picture the softer side of Carly. However, Laura’s acting was great…she delivered. I felt her….does that make sense?
Anyway, the reason why she came off so aggressively has simply and oh, so eloquently been ‘penned’ by Shay…”marauding mammoth”…. “Amazon….” LOL…sorry, couldn’t resist!

Ces
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Ces

I liked Sarah Joy Brown in the role as Carly, not too much the other one who’s name I can’t seem to remember at that moment. I DO like Laura Wright as an actress; she knows how to turn on the tears that’s for sure but this Carly comes off too hard most the time and I think needs to soften up a little bit. She was sort of soft the other day with “Jake” but I guess it’s her defensiveness and yelling as she delivers her lines (much like Jane Elliot) that grates on my nerves a bit. And… Read more »

I love gh
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I love gh

I actually do get it. Jason is the only person, aside from Michael, who accepts her as she actually is without trying to change her or control her. Every other man in her life, on some level, has tried to do just that. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that? Jason gets the same from her. That is what a real bestie is.

k/kay
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k/kay

@ces you are talking about Tamara Braun who replaced Sarah Brown she kept the edge of Carly but bought a softer side she in my opinion had the best chemistry with MB. When they did the Carly segment with the Carly’s you could tell MB was the most comfortable with TB it showed all over his face.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

BillyMiller has quite proved why he has Emmy’s. I watched and you see the killer and the confused “real Jason” all at once. He’s struggling with who he was/became/is and could be all in a few scenes..he made you say…oh uhunh..this may have not been good..then..well..and…yeah..I want to watch this play out without a doubt…

Virginia
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Virginia

I thought “Jake & Carly did o’kay for the short time together. We in NYC missed the last 10 mins because of Special News report by NY/NJ Govs. But I think so far so good. I think the new Jason is going to work out. Time will tell. Enjoy Weekend, Davlestev1

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Thank you @Virginia you too..and find the scenes or watch the replay…All that needs to be in that character is in the actor…RC appreciates an actor who appreciates their gift..It WILL be great!!! And BTW people need to understand RC and FV are not old men who’ve wrote soaps for a myriad of decades…in a lot of ways they are so fresh and pushing so hard to advance the genre that not all things we see will be to our liking…BUT THE MAJORITY IS!!! And I also realize they’ve watched these shows as we have..and people they remember and love… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

LOL…sorry FrankValentini…FV

su0000
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su0000

We haven’t seen or know anything, not yet..
The Cassadines want Jason..

It was a multi million dollar project/experiment, to bring Jason back..
They did not spend a year and millions bringing Jason back out of love so he could go back to Port Charles and start a romance with Liz.. lol

The best is yet to come!!
I’m excited for the Cassadine and Jason story to develop..

Ces
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Ces

I don’t even get why the Cassadines want Jason. Makes no sense and I think they need to get rid of Helena & Jerry JAX once and for all. They are both boring!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

WELCOME BACK LAURAWRIGHT AS CARLY

soapgal
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soapgal

I was just so surprised at how much I loved the Carly & Jake scenes , they instantly had that vibe/connection that pulled me in , & up until I saw these scenes I hadn’t realized how much I had missed the friendship of Carly/Jason

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

What if he’s NOT the real Jason…i dont trust the Cassidines…maybe they programed him to think he is Jason…so much so others will think the same…maybe they cloned the real Jason who is still in a coma and gave nuJason a whole new face for whatever reason to help with their sinister plans! Or he IS Jason who is simply programmed to do whatever the Cassidine( like Fluke might be one) want him to do like KILL Sonny! and nuJasons escaping was really set up by the Cassidines!! BEWARE!!!…lol

Laurie
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Laurie

I can never fully enjoy the show because I always wonder if what I am seeing is real. The writers are so TRICKY, they trip me up all the time! I’ve thought maybe he knows he’s Jason and he’s just digging to find out who he is to everyone. Then I thought what if he’s already programmed by Victor and he’s just asking all of these questions to Liz to gain her trust. My head spins thinking about it. I can’t even…

I feel the storyline is find w/o the Cassadines, but we can’t seem to get away from them. Sigh…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I know what you mean about seeing what is ‘real’ and that is why i thought: what if he isnt Jason and we are being tricked but i hope he really is Jason…i like his chemistry with Liz…the show has too many villians…i want a hero and i want it to be Jason!!!

Laurie
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Laurie

Jim, he did light up when Carly said Sonny. If he’s not really Jason, then why does Helena have an orderly on her payroll watching him?

And is there any way Obrecht already knows who Jason is? Could Victor have told her. (Really I quit trying to keep the Cassadines straight decades ago. I’ts fun, but I tune it out unless it’s Victor)

When both Franco and Michael turn on Carly, and when SHE turns on Sonny after learning his assassination plans for Franco, will Carly turn to Jake? She doesn’t have female friends does she?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Those are good questions…i see a programmed Jason shooting Sonny and Franco getting the blame or shooting Franco and Sonny getting the blame…Dr.O might already know who Jason is…maybe Dr.O does the things she does because the Cassidines threaten to harm her family if she doesnt cooperate…would be a good way to redeem her if she was being blackmailed all this time…i seriously dont think anyone wants to be Carlys friend…imo, Carly is way overbearing and too controling…she seems she cant make up her mind who she wants…i think Carly has anxiety and mental health issues…she sure drives me crazy…lol…she… Read more »

Jason
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Jason

I know. He might be a Jason clone and that they might be doing this in order to bring Steve Burton back in the canvas. However, if they do a storyline where they introduce a bad guy in the canvas during the OLTL crossover and had Jason do a face/off surgery in order to find out what he was hiding, only to have the bad guy take Jason’s face, died and blame on Jason, then everyone finds out that Jason is the guy the his face. They are just repeating the Todd/Walker/Victor storyline from OLTL. Could they just not give… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

They are doing that: THE TALE OF TWO JASONS just like OLTL’s TALE OF TWO TODDS…Jason probably had a twin just like Todd and had the imposter Victor pose as Todd…now Jasons twin Mason has been programmed by the evil Cassidines to believe he is Jason to carry out their sinister plot to take over ELQ and the Quartimaine fortune!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Laurie and CeeCee, thats not Jason…its his twin Mason programmed by the Cassidines to carry out their sinister plans against their enemies in PC!!!

Beth
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Beth

Only one word needed….OUTSTANDING.

su0000
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su0000

I’ll top your ”’outstanding”’
with
… Spellbinding !!

(next..lol

Beth
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Beth

Agree

harry
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harry

I’ve got one–exaggeration

Michael S
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Michael S

Loved it! Can’t wait for more!

JUDY
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JUDY

BILLY MILLER IS OUTSTANDING NO MATTER WHAT SHOW HE IS ON…..WHAT A PLUS FOR G.H.!!!!!

Rodd
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Rodd

I thought it was great! The actors and writers are doing a fantastic job with this. Loving it.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I didn’t watch the episode yet but whichever way it plays out I hope they don’t pair these two together as a new couple (what might have been). I’d definitely like to see him with Liz this time around…

As for old ways…Jake/Jason’s personality came out with Elizabeth too…he used to encourage her with her art…and did the same thing when he asked her to draw something when they were in Franco’s art therapy room.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Oh…did NO ONE notice that when his bandages were first removed he had a beard!!!! LOL. Facial reconstruction complete with facial hair!

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

I’m assuming after his face was reconstructed and he was bandaged his beard grew. My husband’s hair would grow that fast.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I don’t know…the way they’re playing it is he has a brand new face. Everything…which is why no one recognizes him. Which, LOL, obviously could never be done to that extent because it would be a face transplant! So…to me…if such extensive work was done that he’s unrecognizable I would think there’d be scar tissue, stitches, bruises, swelling…which would perhaps stunt hair growth in those areas. And…they’d have to shave him before the procedure…just seemed ridiculous to me. After all I just said…perhaps you’re right! 😉

Ces
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Ces

I didn’t want the character of Jason to return because I really DID NOT like him nor did I like Steve Burton’s lackluster acting style —- however, I do like how GH is weaving “Jake” into the canvas and that guy with a glimmer in his eye has more personality and acting chops than Steve Burton had the entire time he was on the show. I may just like this Billy Miller fellow and I might add he is VERY easy on the eyes!!! 😀 okay, my only little beef would be that Jason’s Eyeballs wouldn’t change and his voice… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I think they explained the voice thing when Jason was escaping from the clinic he ripped out his breathing tube. Robin mentioned doing that damaged his vocal chords, which is why he could not speak. I have been assuming since they don’t recognize the voice that damage altered his voice enough that it is not same as his old voice. As for the eyes, well I think that is why people are getting the feeling they know him, but eyeballs alone wouldn’t be enough to say he is Jason– when those eyeballs are encased in a whole new face.

janet
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janet

Glad I don’t watch this mess anymore Didn’t have to sit through that !

k/kay
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k/kay

Hey Janet you are missing screaming flinging hands over acting and everybody saying this is great soap opera!

k/kay
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k/kay

It is a blatant disgrace to call this even remotely good story telling !

GH-er
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GH-er

I never wanted Jason back either – the Sonny/Carly/Jason Mob Hour was just too boring for words, but I am loving Billy Miller! He’s chock full of charisma. I just hope NuJason is written to be much more than the character he was before. I don’t want him with Liz or Sam, either. Been there, done that, and the wars over those poor characters are just awful. But I am looking forward to all of this playing out and seeing where it goes.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’ve got to repeat this question again!!!! LOL! Didn’t anyone notice he had a beard when the bandages were removed!!!!!!!!????????

harry
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harry

I tried to answer…..but yes, I did notice.
What they can do with facial reconstruction surgery these days.

su0000
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su0000

Rebecca1..
I worked for/with a reconstruction/plastic surgeon for 7 years..
I can tell the minute someone has had something done, especially the lips..
hint- their upper lip does not easily move its really funny when you try to have them say.. ‘work’ .. anyways that form an ‘o’ effect, the lip upper lip will not move..
looks really funny.. gives meaning to -stiff upper lip hahaaa..

anyways..
Mens facial hair does not stop growing even after surgery and in bandages,,
I’m glad he shaved! Billy uh Jake/Jason he is so overly awesome!

Shay
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Shay

@rebecca1….YES, I noticed! And it bothered me as well that there was no continuity to that particularly detail. I’ve often said that the current GH is an abridged version, and this is but one example….they take a leap without explanation or logic, and expect you to simply go with it, no questions asked!

Nick D.
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Nick D.

Off topic, but it was great seeing Connie the ghost! That was a surprise given she starts on Y/R next week (recurring, but still I can’t imagine Jill was too excited about sharing her haha). Her new hair looks great. Love KeSu.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Wow, Connie got a great makeover in Heaven…with my luck ill probably end up in Hell and still look the same…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I think this scene was purposely contrived to show the viewer what an easy feat it is to be put at ease in Jason’s company and divulge one’s deepest secrets, per se. He seems to be able to draw out whatever is on one’s mind . Is it possible for this scene to also suggest that it is Jason Quartermaine’s re-introduction to Port Charles? I knew neither, so whose mien; whose behavior; whose characteristics does this Jason mostly recollect for the audience…JM or JQ? It is so frustrating for me not to be acquainted with all these characters. I can… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

I do not think RC has the brain power for that in a storyline he is the James Reilly of soap operas he has made GH into Passions which is considered a joke in the soaps.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey CeeCee…I think this scene…and the scenes with Liz…and lil Danny holding his hand when he was in the coma…and probably Sam when she meets him…just means that he seems familiar to all of them…the core of who he is hasn’t changed. He’ll probably be a combination of Jason Q and Jason M…I think he may have his emotions back…time will tell. But the easy rapport just shows that he connects with everyone in his past…and they all seem to “sense” a familiarity…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

But wait until they find out thats Mason…Jasons unknown twin brother…the real Jason is still in a coma…the Cassidines have fooled Robin and even us fans…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Exactly, rebecca. That’s what I meant…..there is something very familial about ‘Jake’ which gives him access to everyone’s innermost feelings and vice versa.
I think it is this quality which made Carly confide in a ‘complete stranger’.m

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Billy Miller is AMAZING. I have never seen him act before, but I love his scenes. I DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT want to see the revival of Jason Morgan, Carly and Sonny. The old Jason was reprehensible. I was so excited when he “died”. I think Billy Miller is far more talented an actor than SB and already you can see that Jason is not the essentially brain-dead Cyborg SB played him to be. So while I quite enjoy the talents of Laura Wright much of the time, I do not want her and Jason reconnecting. I want this… Read more »

KMB
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KMB

I agree, I am loving Billy Miller! He brought me back to GH after a very long absence. I was never really a Stone Cold fan, but I am already enjoying this interpretation of Jason thanks to Billy. As far as Carly, the only pairing I ever really enjoyed her in was with Jax….

Ghlover
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Ghlover

If Tamara would be back as Carly things could get hot !

Laurie
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Laurie

Note that Carly had that ugly dang evil eye recorder wrapped around her neck when she spilled all of her life secrets to Jake in 60 seconds flat! Franco could’ve been watching the whole thing before he walked in. There could be 2 reasons that he doesn’t like Jake-this one and the fact that he hates Jason anyway.

Laurie
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Laurie

Cee Cee, Some people hated the scene and some people loved it. It didn’t bother me, because I at first thought they were going old school. It was shades of old Carly, life in a mess, her insecurities about her ability to make her own decisions and think for herself at the forefront. This has been a true and running them of this characters since she hit town in 1996. Wait, not true. When Sarah Jo Brown’s Carly hit town, she was a cold-hearted, manipulative young lady determined to ruin her bio mom’s life for payback of giving her up… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Your posts are pretty condensed to me, Laurie. Thank you , I feel I have more of a grip on these characters and their past lives …..good and bad.
You said something very interesting…at least, my ears perked up (symbolically speaking)… You said Sam schemed? Really! …..well, ‘blow me down”…LOL. I thought she wore a halo ! Isn’t she trying to prove that Nina is concocting something? I suppose it takes one to know one.

Lee
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Lee

I miss SB as Jason Morgan. It seems like Billy Miller might go the JQ route and that would ruin it for me.

scyren
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scyren

JQ probably would have never dated Sam. So, I don’t think they will do that. But I’m with you. I want JM. I miss Steve. Jason had brain damage and that is why he acted the way he did. And SB nailed that.

Lia
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Lia

You know, I love Billy, but he’s just not Jason Morgan. I really wish GH had left Jason off the canvas until Steve Burton was ready to return, because he is Jason Morgan. Sonny has Shawn, so it really isn’t necessary to have Jason back at this time. Y&R should have made it work with Billy Miller, because he is Billy Abbott. The current actor in that role is not doing it for me. I like Burgess, but he just isn’t Billy Abbott imo, so that role has been thrown off for me. It just sucks for those of us… Read more »

Rose9
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Rose9

I really enjoyed the Carly and “Jake” reunion scene. I always liked Carly and Jason’s friendship and it will be really nice to have that aspect of the show back.

scyren
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scyren

I’m so confused. Memories wouldn’t not affect his personality because of the brain damage. Did I miss something? Are we supposed to pretend there is no more brain damage? Cause, last time he had amnesia he still acted the same. The brain damage was the reason that he wasn’t wired the same as everyone etc. And Jason Morgan would not be okay with Carly sleeping or marrying freaking Franco. Has everyone on this show lost their mind. I didn’t have much respect for Carly but I can tell you right now, I have none left at this point. Jason would… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Why would THIS Jason/Jake say anything “personal” to Carly other than give his instinctive advice. He’s not going to say what he thinks is a perfect stranger (even if he senses a familiarity) “why are you asking me because you’re just going to do what you’re going to do anyway.” This is a new actor playing a character with a new face and no recollection of who he is or who he loves. And…it’s a soap…so as we say anything can happen. Maybe he won’t have the same brain damage. Maybe THIS brain damage unscrambled his prior brain damage…which would… Read more »

lee b
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lee b

just get jason back an get rid of all the dumb plots fans waited long eoungh about to stop watching cuz of all the dumb plots

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Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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