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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Linda Purl Guest Stars as Peyton and Carly Open Old Wounds

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Thursday’s episode of General Hospital featured a guest star turn by TV and film star, Linda Purl taking on the role of Mrs. Wade Honeycutt aka Peyton.

In story, while delayed in Jacksonville on her way to Aruba, Carly (Laura Wright) is blindsided by a woman who comes up to her saying how refreshing it is to see someone reading a book and not on their cellphone. Carly shares she lost the phone on the plane she was on before she was grounded due to bad weather in Jacksonville. Being in Jacksonville is the last place that Carly wants to be; given this is the place she grew up in and was then known as “Caroline Benson”.

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When the woman named “Peyton” joins her at her table, they talk about Jacksonville. The very-opinionated Peyton shares that she is a member of the city beautification board.  Then, she looks at the bar and sees a married man she knows with a young woman who is not his daughter, which sets her off.  Peyton calls ‘her kind, trash’, alluding to that the young woman is a call girl.  Carly is taken aback by her comments.  Shockingly, Peyton reveals how Ruby Anderson’s boarding house was torn down by her beautification board, because everybody knew it was a brothel. Next, Carly reveals Ruby was her great aunt.

All of a sudden, a horrified and emotional Carly realizes who Peyton is!  Peyton was married to another man before her current husband Wade. Peyton realizes Carly is Caroline Benson, and knows that Carly has been using her daughter Reese’s nickname.  At that point, Peyton lets Carly have it as she blames her for Reese’s death.

We then learn that Carly seduced Peyton’s then-husband Daniel. Carly defends herself as a 16-year-old teen and that her husband was an adult, so he was at fault for everything.  Peyton calls Carly ‘trash’ who just wanted Reese’s life and tried to get it by sleeping with her father. When Reese found out about the tryst, she was devastated and got in a car, and wound up in the accident that killed her.

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Carly tells Peyton she is not having this; she is a grown woman and owes her nothing.  Peyton tells her to get out of Jacksonville as soon as possible because she doesn’t belong there and never did.

The scenes between Purl and Laura Wright were outstanding.  However, many fans have referenced that the back-story of Reese and Carly was altered.

So, what did you think of the scenes between Linda Purl and Laura Wright as Peyton and Carly drudge up the past? Comment below.

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Of course many adults behaved badly. But leave it to Carly to always blame everyone else, and not take responsibility for her or her families choice of “careers” and/or miss-deeds.

This was a good back story between Carly and the Peyton woman whose husband Carly apparently bedded at 16 yrs., old enough to know better in my book. When she said she was only 16, sounded like she was saying 12 or 13. I also did not agree with Carly’s opinion that the call girl had a right to be at the hotel. I wouldn’t want them at an establishment that I owned. Did she allow them at her hotel in P.C?

Her mother, Bobbie Spencer, and grandmother, Ruby Anderson were both prostitutes. Viewers of GH since 1976ish known this… so Carly’s opinions totally make sense.

Shows how many years you ‘ve been watching! I have been watching for about 40+ years now and bawhen they wrote a story, people knew it was just for tv. Now, every thing is such a risk because there are activists and human rights people going nuts over fictional tv shows!

This entire scene was a trainwreck of a rewrite….

First of all, we already know that Reese Marshall a.k.a the “original” Carly Roberts did not die in a car wreck as a teenager, because she later surfaced in Port Charles as an FBI agent. Though she did eventually die in a literal trainwreck which was caused by that horrible temp hire “Carly” Jennifer something or other… and Laura Wright actually made her debut on GH at the end of that story.

Now as far as this self-appointed head of the Moral Majority of Jacksonville being so “proud” of tearing down Ruby’s whorehouse… uh no. Her tribe of busybodies had nothing to do with that. That house was destroyed by its legal owners…. some of you may recall the “transitional” period of GH in 2011, after Bob Guza left, but before the Valentini/ReRon regime moved in. The interim head writer, Garin Wolf, had a pathological hatred of the entire Spencer family, and he attempted to turn all of them into alcoholic, pill popping, crybaby arsonists. Either Luke or Lulu burned that house down. I honestly can’t remember which one, but that’s because a lot of fires were set by Spencers in those days. Couldn’t find it on YouTube… apparently that period of GH was so horrible that nobody bothered saving any video from it.

As far as the Linda Purl character’s attitude towards Carly…. maybe she should think about the fact that Carly was a teenager at the time, while her pedophile rapist of a husband was a grown assed man. Is she sure he wasn’t raping his own daughter at the same time?

Nothing against Linda Purl… but I don’t care to see that character again. The Devil’s not a big fan of self-righteous hypocrites.

WOW!! Thank you for the very descriptive and informative précis, Satan. I’ve only been watching for eight years, and although I, more or less, know Carly’s ( and other characters’) background, it’s not the same as having watched the soap first hand.
So, Carly’s background is shady—-thus, she should have risen above it. Sixteen is young, but not so naive not to know right from wrong. Granted, a slimy, sexual predator knows how to attract and snare his prey with the power of persuasion—-very touchy subject. I think that almost every girl that age has encountered such situations—-the difference is parenting. You know—-parents who care enough to give “the talk “ about the dangers out there. Obviously, Carly was no so lucky to have had the luxury of such a family.
But, the reason I do not like Carly is because she is very judgmental when it comes to other people ‘s mistakes. She is a hypocrite and so self righteous.
Now, I would think that because of her broken past, she would hold a modicum of tenderness, understanding, consideration, compassion and forgiveness in her heart for anyone, including those who have hurt her, since her misdeeds can fill an ocean—-that’s all!! Ciao ❤️

Hi C, so you are saying that Sonny is better off without Carly and you approve of his and Nina’s relationship???

Hello, my love—No-no–not at all, T. Just the opposite!! I think Sonny and Carly belong together. I apologize for not making myself clear—actually, my mind was not fixed on who should be with whom. I was describing Carly’s self-imposed elitism. She is a nouveu riche AKA gutter rat ( strictly talking about the character–not Ms Wright, who is an exceptionally, beautiful actress).
As far as Nina, I would love to see her back with Valentin—Anna and he just do not make the cut of a passion-driven couple.
What Nina did (out of spite) is also deplorable. If you remember, Nina did try to tell Carly, by phone, that she had found Sonny. But, Carly, being who she is, started maligning Nina, threatening her never to see Wiley again——if I remember correctly.
I simply do not like Carly. I do like Nina because after all her miserable and horrible consequential mistakes, she does try to make amends, albeit futile and unforgivable. It’s a matter of preference with me. Right or wrong, that’s how I feel.
I think these women both suffer from “persecution syndrome” ( I just made the phrase up. LOL), each for her own personal reasons. Neither is a saint. But, Carly, by far, is waaaay out there in my list of distasteful character!!
Ciao, babes❤️

I think Garin Wolf hated most. He wrote horrible for the couples on the show. He never paid attention to backstory.

Though I thought there were a few holes in the story that I didn’t understand due to be a recent (ten year) viewer, I found the scenes riveting.

Me too. Watched many years ago than stopped and have been back only about 12 or 13 yrs, so this was all news to me and very interesting.
Kind of helps understanding Carly a little bit.

Me to Rodd, I forgot all the past history and just loved the job Linda Purl did and hope she visits Port Charles!

Love Linda Purl. Now how about GH cast her sweetie Patrick Duffy as Dr Jeff Webber. He’d be great.

Don’t hold your breath they do not want to write story for Becky been on for 25 years she is well liked on and off camera I will be honest have not watched in four years or more but I do know from what I read how they treat her over there have no desire to watch it myself as I have always liked her character . I always hoped she would find another job where she was appreciated. It would literally not shock me if they end up making her the killer I’m the story they have going on over there then they can write her out. Geeze you know Frank needs some more shirtless non actors on that show ugh

This was a complete rewrite. Reese Marshall who came to town as an FBI agent was a very much alive “Carly”. She had survived the car crash and became involved with Sonny. She helped him rescue his children when Faith Roberts kidnapped them. AS I remember her character was involved in two of the shows best ever shoot-out sequences.

The character was killed later in a train wreck. The actress who portrayed “Reese” was Keri Wuhr. When she was killed off the show she was pregnant in real life and sued the show for wrongful termination. I don’t believe the case went in her favor.

I was mistaken. THe actress who played the real “Carly” was Kari Wurher. GH must have been a bad experience for her as there is no mention of it on her Wiki page, Biography or IMBD!

No the original Carly was Sarah Brown she owned the character

you are correct but she used her ex-best friends nickname “Carly” as her own. The so called “real Carly’s” name is Caroline Benson.

I meant the Carly we have known since Sarah Brown and all the others through Jennifer Bransford and now Laura Wright has the real name Caroline Benson.

If you followed the story, after it was revealed that she was Caroline Benson, the daughter Bobbie Spencer gave up for adoption, Carly Roberts (now Corinthos) admitted to taking the name of her childhood friend who was believed to be deceased. Later Reese came to Port Charles as was revealed to be that friend (I.e. the original Carly Roberts).

Yes, Sarah Brown was the first to play Caroline/Carly, but Greg is correct in his use of “real” for the Reese version.

Kari Wurher does list GH on her IMDb page but not her original 15 minutes of fame on MTV’s game show “Remote Control”. Ah, good memories.

Thanks Steve. This was a really confusing rewrite to a lot of fans. THe writers should never play so fast and loose with the show’s history.

As much as I like Laura Wright she does bear some responsibility here for the confusion. She should have done her research into what occurred in this storyline which began before she joined the show. She would have known then that this rewrite was just that and may have chosen to play these scenes in accordance with the show’s history.

Actresses are not responsible for how the story is written nor the dialogue they use!

Elizabeth Korte is the GH staff writer responsible for continuity and historical accuracy. Lately she’s been playing a little loose with history. Trying to squeeze a window for Dominique to have Mac’s kid when she was on screen the entire time is glaring example of pushing the boundaries.

The actors and actresses that portray the characters usually have nothing to do with the direction that a storyline takes. So it’s a bit unfair to blame Laura Wright. While it’s probably a good idea for them to be aware of the character’s history in order to better portray them, it is the writers that are responsible and should be aware of previous storylines. I think that the writers are really letting the fans down by continually rewriting history as they have done pretty regularly over the last year or so. Whether by design or by accident, I know a lot of fans are extremely frustrated by it. There are multiple storylines that have been drug way too long, several that have been introduced and then seemingly just dropped or the ones that go against the what long time fans have come to know and understand as a favorite/despised character. Sonny is a perfect example of the latter. Whether you like him with Carly or prefer him with Nina, Sonny isn’t the person he was before he fell of that bridge and lost his memory. That storyline is also, in my opinion, why an actor should NOT be allowed to switch things up because they’re board with the character they’ve been portraying for decades.

Kari Wuher played a FBI agent

What I find absurd about this excursion into the past — and its consequent rewriting of history — is that the time period of the prostitute careers of Ruby and Bobbie took place before those characters first appeared on the show. So the writers are adding backstory to backstory and altering facts along the way. And to what end?

Oh Jamesj75, I wish I understood the thinking behind most of the recent hare-brained decisions going on here. I’ve decided it’s either (1) lack of respect for longtime viewers who remember details (can’t you just picture the “no one will remember” remarks around the “brainstorming” sessions) and/or (2) genuine ignorance of past plotting which is either laziness or, again, lack of respect for us. The worst part of all of this is that another Carly-centric story is brewing and that means more Drew and Sonny also. Which, for me, usually translates to fast-forward. Good to read your thoughts again, my friend!

Soaphound, terrific to see your thoughtful reply here. I agree with your assessment, including the “‘brainstorming’ sessions,” lack of respect for longtime viewers, and the brewing Carly-centric story. We have seen such instances previously. It’s nauseating, really. Some of us longtime viewers DO remember past plotlines. I think the repeated attempts to prop up Sonny and Carly (and, in the process, garner Emmy nominations) are simply and unfortunately the overriding doctrine of this show. You aren’t the only one using the fast-forward button… Please take care, Friend!

I guess I don’t care about all of the versions of “history” surrounding Carly or who played her. Not to take away from the good acting by Laura, but I just don’t like the character.

Hi there! I agree with you about the history but I must say, especially since I love Linda Purl, I am loving this go-around with her and Carly whom I never thought I’d agree with.Also didn’t know Linda could play totally obnoxious so well. They make a good toe to toe pair.Guess I’m with Carly on this one.

Violet…Actually I am finding Carly’s “go-around” with Peyton (Linda Purl) a little amusing. Finally Carly has a tough adversary. Even though a “family” home for Ruby I must admit I also would want the “rooming house” gone.

Oh Violet, I do love Linda Purl, especially in this scene-stealing role. Back in the 70s, I had a tremendous crush on Shaun Cassidy and Linda made a dramatic T.V. movie with him in 1979 called “Like Normal People.” It was about two mentally challenged young people wanting to marry and I still recall Linda’s deeply moving performance. Nice to see her still beautiful and her acting chops better than ever.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Dante is Shot as Jason Reveals Himself

Just how was General Hospital going to reintroduce the character of Jason Morgan to the canvas with the highly-anticipated return of Steve Burton in the pivotal role? Well, why we don’t have all the answers, the show wasted no time, and Burton first appeared at the beginning of the Monday, March 4th episode.

In story, while Sonny (Maurice Benard), Selena (Lydia Look) and Ava (Maura West) are at the warehouse, they are facing off with the FBI and the PCPD when John (Adam J. Harrington), Anna (Finola Hughes), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Chase (Josh Swickard) et al show up.  Meanwhile on the roof, a man kneels over a skylight window who pipes up with, “it appears they are late to the party.” It’s then revealed just who the man is talking to, and it turns out it’s JASON!

Meanwhile, John and Anna are questioning Sonny and Selina on what they are doing in the warehouse. Selina says they are planning a poker game. Next, the man with Jason aims his gun at Sonny. However, Jason messes up his shot, but the shot rings out. Inside the warehouse everyone scatters about. They realize the show came from the skylight.

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Jason tells the other man they’ve been compromised and need to leave the location. Below, in the warehouse, Dante thinks that he and Chase can get onto the roof since the shooter didn’t see them. So, Dante takes off with Chase to find the culprit. In the meantime, John orders a CSI unit. Next, Chase returns and says the building is all clear and Dante is pursuing the suspects.

Now on the pier, Dante catches up with Jason (who’s back is to him) and the other man. Dante orders them to freeze. While the other man gets away, Jason stays put and Dante orders him to turn around slowly with his hands up. Dante is shocked to see its Jason. Confused, Dante says, “What the hell?” Next, the other man returns and fires two shots into Dante’s chest.

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As Dante goes down, Jason runs over to him. The other man calls Jason “Jacobs” and tell him to leave the cop to die. Jason tells the other man to go to the planned site and he will find another way out. Next, the man attempts to fire at Jason who is hovering over Dante, but Jason shoots at him first and takes him out.

Back at the warehouse, Ava sees a bullet hole in Sonny sleeve, as John says that it confirms that Sonny is the intended target. John and Sonny stare each other down due to their dark past.  It’s clear that Sonny doesn’t trust John and vice-versa.  Anna tells Sonny she is not out to get him and doesn’t want him to die. She adds that Sonny, “Must have had an angel on his shoulder because she doesn’t see how that sniper missed from this range.”

Chase returns to the warehouse having dropped everyone off at the PCPD, but says Dante hasn’t checked in with him. Sonny looks very concerned, as Jason is looking very concerned over Dante’s body.

So, what did you think of the first episode back for Steve Burton as Jason Morgan? Will it be revealed that he has been infiltrating this organization to save Sonny? Does Jason not know his true identify? What do you think is going on?  As for Dante, will he pass out from his injuries and not identify Jason was even there on the roof with him? Comment below.

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Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.


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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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