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General Hospital Live Day Two: Carlos Dead, Nina Weds & Nikolas Silences Hayden!

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On Monday’s second episode of General Hospital Live there were plenty of plot developments and fantastic performances and only some very minor technical issues on the version we watched on the west coast.

First as the pick-up from Friday’s episode, Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) made sure she shot Carlos Rivera  (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) dead, this time plugging him with multiple bullets!  It was the end of the line for actor Jeffrey Vincent Parise who made Carlos such a memorable character.  Once again, Finola Hughes delivered a top notch performance as Anna comes to realize she just exacted revenge for the death of her beloved Duke (Ian Buchanan), but at what cost?  Later, Sloane (Grayson McCouch) finds her on the pier and says he will help her cover up the crime!

Meanwhile, the answer to who’s behind the door is revealed, when none other than Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst)is the groom set to marry Nina (Michelle Stafford) the bride, much to the chagrin of Franco (Roger Howarth).   While Nina and Ric’s out of the blue relationship is thrown in Franco’s face, Roger Howarth, during the live show, gave a nuanced and stellar performance while trying to talk Nina out of a making a big mistake and to marry him instead.  When the minister arrives to marry Nina, he asks which gent is the groom?  Ultimately, Nina marries Ric!  Say what?

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Hayden (Rebecca Budig) is at Julian garage where Jake (Billy Miller) works and is about to tell him and Sam (Kelly Monaco), his real identity!  But Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) who is becoming more unglued is begging Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) to silence Hayden if he ever had feelings for her!  Liz hitting with some low blows to keep Jake AKA Jason!

Elsewhere, Sonny (Maurice Benard) has ordered a hit on Jake for “killing” Duke, and in great scenes featuring Laura Wright as Carly, she begs Sonny not to kill Jake, but Sonny informs her its too late.  Shawn (Sean Blakemore) left an hour ago to do the deed.  Only as Shawn went to fire on Jake, there is another gunshot and Hayden gets hit and takes a bullet to the head!  The police and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) find Shawn outside the garage and arrest him.  Shawn and Jordan have the moment of truth, where he figures out she is a cop!

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When Hayden is wheeled into GH, Elizabeth, who is on duty, sees her as well as Sam and Jake , who tell Liz that Hayden was about to tell them something about Jake’s true identity.  Liz is not happy!

Cut to Nikolas and a hit man who tells the dark prince that all was taken care of.  Hayden was silenced and the police think  Shawn Butler did it!  Nikolas says this truth can never come to light!

The closing credits this episode are given to the audience by the very energetic and cute Nicholas Bechtel (Spencer Cassadine) who dances around the set showing the cue cards of the producers, writers, and the director of today’s episode.

So, what did you think of GH Live day two? Did you like the stories?  What do you think about scheming Nikolas and Elizabeth?  Nina’s wedding to Ric?  Carlos dying?  Shawn getting framed and taken into custody?  Which performances did you enjoy the most?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Michael
Michael

Okay, Michael. There were more than a few minor technical glitches in this episode. You can tell that actor Jeffrey Vincent Parise (ex-Carlos) has something very square sewn into his shirt pretty much where his heart is……..a blood patch. That was way too obvious! I knew what it was right away. And then at the beginning, when they were airing what was going on on Friday’s episode, you can tell from the picture on the screen that it was from tape to live when I saw this glaring line between both episodes appear as it went from tape to live. Sorry, but I’ve done live theatre long enough to know that you just don’t make silly mistakes like that.

As for Nina/Ric/Franco, that whole scene/bit was like a cat scratching on a blackboard. Why the hell was Michelle Stafford (Nina) fidgeting with her damn wedding dress so much. That was annoying as hell and it completely distracted from the entire scene(s) between all three actors. You’d think that wardrobe would have gotten out there between scenes and fixed that. But no, they didn’t. If this had been taped 6 weeks ago and we were just seeing it, we never would have seen that.

As for Niklos hiring a hit man to take out Hayden was a great twist and hopefully, it’ll prove that the bullet that Shawn fired never hit Hayden. All they have to do is compare striation marks on the bullets…….oh wait, what am I talking about????? It’ll take forever and a year for them to figure this out. It’s the Keystone Kops all over again several times removed from Springfield, Oakdale, Llanview, and Pine Valley!

Sorry, I had to vent!

LOL

AJQ
AJQ

If the bullets that Shawn fired didn’t hit Hayden, how would the hit man’s? Shawn was firing through a small crack in the door and standing in front of it. How would he have shot past Shawn and through the opening?

Nik tells Liz it’s only a matter of time that people find out that Jake is Jason, so he tries to kill Hayden to stop her from exposing the secret that he thinks will come out anyway? That doesn’t make much sense. I guess it could be that he needs more time for whatever he’s doing with ELQ, but it’s somewhat contradictory and he should explain that in dialogue.

Speaking of Nik and things he says, I found the whole conversation about how obvious it is that Jake is Jason and that it is unbelievable that no one has figured it out yet to be ridiculous. He lists all the reasons, Jake is the same height, build, coloring, has the same skills, is involved with Helena, was a the clinic at the same time that Jason was supposedly killed.

What was the point of all of that? Viewers, like me, on boards like this, have pointed this out many times in the context of how dumbed down are these characters made to keep the plot going. We know RC reads the boards like this one and follows GH on twitter. This isn’t the first time he has had a character, through dialogue, point out all issues and inconsistencies that fans write about.

But what are we supposed to take away from this? What is the point? Is he telling us that yes, it makes little sense, that’s the way it is knowingly written, that the characters are made to be imbeciles on purpose and now we’re going to have a character point it out?

Or does he really not realize when he’s writing how ridiculous it all is, but then he takes the comments and analysis, and after a while just throws it back at us to make us think he has realized it all the time, we’re not smarter than him, we’re not pointing out a flaw, and he’s informing us of that? I’m going with that one.

But if the point is to try and tell us that we’re not smarter for seeing all this, because he is aware of it, isn’t he admitting to inferior writing?

And if the story lacked logic and credibility already, isn’t it further compromised by the character of Nik pointing out how ridiculous it is and how stupid every other character is? It does. So RC is willing to undermine the story even further, actually shine a flood light on the fact, because it is so important for him to answer back the audience and try and tell us that we’re not smarter. But in doing so, he further undermines the characters and the story and he admits that the writing is inferior.

Harry
Harry

There you go again, AJ, making too much sense.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Exactly, AJQ. But, you know what? If I start being analytic, I will drive myself up these four walls.
As much as we may try making any sense and sifting through the mis-calculations, we have no choice but to act as imbeciles and go with the ‘flow’ of the writing….sigh….anyway…!!!!!

P. Xavier
P. Xavier

AJQ, re: the shooter of Hayden. Did you notice there is another door in the Garage? That’s the door Shawn surprised Jake when JuliAnne came to see him a couple weeks ago. So, maybe Nik’s Hitman was creeping up in there. Where did the bullet hit Hayden in the head? What direction was she facing when Shawn’s gun went off?

CeeCee
CeeCee

We already know that Nikolas’ hitman’s bullet was the one to hit Hayden. In yesterday’s episode, the hit man said to Nikolas…and I am paraphrasing here…” Shawn didn’t even realize his bullet did not hit Hayden”.
Good post, Michael.

PGP
PGP

Friday was live too!

Allan
Allan

I thought it was a great episode, Finola Hughes was outstanding as Anna (as always).
I really do hope that that is not the last we see of Hayden, I was loving seeing Rebecca Budig on GH and I hope we get to see her continue on the show.

Lew S
Lew S

I may get many negative responses, for this, but I can’t stand Ms. I Am So Sweet, Elizabeth Webber! This chick for years has gotten away with a lot of crap! I hope when Jason’s memory returns, he kicks her tail to the curb!

Timmm
Timmm

I’m with you Lew!

Harry
Harry

Lew, Jason will be furious with her. But what I really hate is that you know Carly will be caterwauling self-righteously in Lizzy’s face while wraggling her finger at her.
The terrible thing is Carly will be right to be all red faced with anger.
I hate that Lizzy did this.

dmr
dmr

Funny, Elizabeth was disappointed in and upset with Ric for hiring Hayden to play Jake’s wife, -now, she’s deceiving and lying to Jake about his true identity; yet, that is acceptable?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

sandie
sandie

I can’t stand Elizabeth,, never have!! Better than thou attitude and never getting called on her bull#+-&!!
Carly has every right to slam and publically humiliate Lizzy when this all comes out! Not to mention Sam giving this girl a beat down!!!

I love gh
I love gh

It is ridiculous, but Liz does ridiculous things sometimes. I don’t mind her not telling yet; that is plausible. Having her become instantly psychotic ala Nina is what’s off with the story. The writers are simply ignoring the character and trying to give the audience a reason to accept Jake reuniting with Sam.

The same goes for Nicholas. He’s willing to kill a person for Liz because he loves her so much, but he wasn’t willing to break up with Brit? I usually keep quiet about Cartini because I’m so grateful to them for saving GH, but really. The next thing you know, Nina will randomly marry Rick to give her a story and connect her to Sonny. Oh, wait – that happened already.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, dmr.
That is exactly what I said on another post. Hypocrite, little Lizzie. Her actions broke my heart…..I really liked her, too…!!

Lew S
Lew S

Didn’t she though! But remember, it is only acceptable when she lies and cheats.

Timmm
Timmm

Ric always gets crapped on BUT look who is doing the crapping! Usually Sonny, Carly and now St. Elizabeth! Leave Ric alone!

clh
clh

AMEN!

Harry
Harry

Dear I Love GH. I don’t think Nikolas put out a hit on Hayden out of this great love he harbors for Lizzy. I think he did it because the Jason reveal would hurt his plans to take over ELQ.
That is why his behavior is so out of character and heinous.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Yes, I agree with Harry. Nic has his own agenda…the only discrepancy here is that he seemed to be on the verge of telling Sam the truth when she came to visit Spencer at the children’s hospital…

Aria
Aria

Lee s I’m not going to hate on you but I like Elisabeth I will only say that the same argument your making on Liz can be made on Carly and Sam the other two women in Jason’s life so I guess it boils down to who your rooting for jason to be with. At this point I’m going for Liz.

Rose
Rose

i’am voting for sam to be with Jason’s! They belong together!

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

I also hope he kicks Liz to the curb, but my fear is she’ll be pregnant. Isn’t she always? And I just don’t know what to make of Nikolas completely becoming Darth Vadar in his inexplicable turn to the dark side. Did Helena plant a chip in his brain too?

Harry
Harry

Groan, I hope not, Jenny. Madame Ovary cannot be pregnant again.

GRANTLOVER!!
GRANTLOVER!!

No negative feelings here I have always hated miss goodie two slut Liz. Hope she will be the next to get a bullet.

Rose
Rose

me to

Lew S
Lew S

Elizabeth deserves Nicholas and his sorry ass will be shunned by Alexis and Sam, when they find out his dirty deeds. He is truly his Helena’s kin and she would be proud.

Aria
Aria

Sam and Alexis also have Julian to contend with, he’s not exactly being a good boy either.

Lew S
Lew S

So true.

Claudia Kurzyna
Claudia Kurzyna

Nina’s wedding was a surprise! The show was flawless!

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Not digging the new lows that Nikolas is hitting with all the lying to take over ELQ (like he needs more money?) , sleeping with essentially a stranger who he later ordered a hit on. This guy has always come across as unemotional. The last time I feel he added anything to the show was when he was way younger, in the Luke and Laura days. He character and storylines seem very lost. Things got better for a while when Brit was around – he did show some emotional there.

shrona
shrona

Loved the ending of the East Coast version- Nicolas/’Spencer’ dancing with the crew member (nice to see him acting like a real kid instead of a rich snob) and Billy Miller’s shout-out to his mom (I’m a mom myself so that truly warmed my heart!). It was also nice to see Tyler Christopher being goofy after that fade-out of evil Nikolas. I really liked how Jake instinctively protected Sam- hoping we see more of ‘Jason’ before the actual reveal. The whole Nina/Franco/Ric wedding was the worst part IMO. The explanation was lame and the whole storyline was lame. It frustrates me that GH has two legendary soap actors in Roger Howarth and Michelle Stafford and they can’t write them a decent storyline. It’s interesting how Sloane let Anna off- I know it’s just a device to let Finola go direct a movie, but I think it’s establishing a Sloane/Anna romance when she returns. I know Grayson McCouch has been a fan fave on other soaps, but he’s new to me and I thought he did a great job in the love shows. And, finally, an aside to jimh- feel better soon, my friend. Your witty comments are one of the main reasons I hang out here.

shrona
shrona

EDIT TO ABOVE- I know Grayson McCouch has been a fan fave on other soaps, but he’s new to me and I thought he did a great job in the LIVE shows.

Need to finish my coffee before typing my comments….

Timmm
Timmm

Live #2 HORRIBLE! Anna gunned Carlos down like he was a rabid dog! Yes, he killed Duke but Julian who killed their baby is still living large! Case NOT closed and now we have Sloan who is going to cover it up. You have two clean cops in town in Dante and Nathan. They cannot even write a parking ticket. You got Anna and Sloan who are capable and they are crooked! Carly is the best detective PC has! That Nina wedding was one of the WORST things I’ve seen on TV in a long time! Ric and her would make good partners but there is no rhyme to reason. It was bad! Nick is turning into Starvos on steroids! What a shame. And to top it off, it looks as though they are going to kill off Hayden who I like and even if you dont, you have to admit she can ACT! WHY? To be fair I thought Billy Miller did well. Thats it!

Harry
Harry

Timm–you usually applaud GH so your dissatisfaction speaks volumes about what an epic disaster day two was. And it has nothing to do with it being live. It was bad writing, plain and simple.
PS I like Hayden too. She brings out the best in Lizzy, making her feisty, spirited, and yes, honest again.

Timmm
Timmm

I know Harry, I love the show and rarely speak that negative about it but rest assure, I will NEVER give up on the show because of one bad episode, a boring story or because of a character I dislike. I’m in it until the lower me into the ground!

CeeCee
CeeCee

True, true, true, Timmm. I agree!!!
I still think Nina, or someone is dreaming….too bizarre for that wedding idiocy to be real. Well, I hope it was a dream.

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe Franco is having an LSD relapse?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, with GH, one never knows, Timmm. …residual LSD?

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ I love GH,
Hi, I love GH.
I soooo agree with you. The PTB want Jake and Sam together , thus they must use whatever means to achieve that goal. So far, it is working….at least for me. She is the biggest disappointment. She falls under the label, BESMIRCHED reputation to me, now. I had a fresh start with Liz when I joined the GH fan-group, as it were. I came knowing nothing about anyone. I fell in love with Elizabeth’s character…..I saw pretty, puffy clouds, butterflies, flowers swerving and dancing daintily surrounding her and a halo on her perfectly-shaped head. The image of purity, beauty (inside and out), and I-can-do-no-wrong struck me with awe. Wow…quelle surprise!!!!!
As far as Rick and his dastardly deeds are concerned? Try to read my reply to Shay, which I answered this morning, on the previous site…I believe May 15th…..GH LIVE TODAY AND MONDAY….that site.
I think everyone does have his/her own agenda….I believe we all came to that conclusion….something’s up. Good or bad, I hope it all surfaces and not be put to rest without explanation…..that is, Jake’s identity is known; Lizzie and Nik are found out; Nina’s off-the-wall-wedding is a sham, and WHY?????
There are so many puzzling goings-on that I could enumerate…but, what’s the point?LOL.

Loved your post, by the way.

ediebailey
ediebailey

Totally agree, the live shows were horrible, especially the ridiculous wedding which made absolutely no sense. Roger Howarth is the only reason I bother to watch GH and they have virtually destroyed him as Franco. I was on the bandwagon cheering Franco and NIna to become a soap super couple–and was hoping the wedding fiasco was somehow a bad dream. Unfortunately, it was a bona fide nightmare. Apparently, there is some speculation that Roger may be paired with the returning Genie Francis’ Laura (maybe a last ditch effort by Carlivati to script his “happy ending” for Franco) First, Carly cheats on him, now Nina stabs him in the back by marrying Ric.
Finally, more gratuitous violence/mob violence (the deaths of Duke and Carlos, I gather) are a major turnoff for me. I watch soaps for romance, rich family stories and quality acting, all of which GH is sorely lacking at this point.

Timmm
Timmm

I am sorely disappointed in Michelle’s stint on GH. She is so talented and what a misuse of her capabilities! Roger has been on longer and after his character Todd was taken away he has been lost. I did enjoy his Halloween “Wedding” but he has too much talent to be misused. I hope your right about Roger and Genie. NEVER thought of them to together but wouldnt Scott hit the roof if his own son stole Laura away from him to!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I think Nina is just paying Franco back for mistrusting her…trying to make him jealous. Why Rick would go along with it escapes me…either way..dumb.

dmr
dmr

Great show, stellar cast. Loved Nicholas (Spencer) at the end; he looked as though he was having a blast-such a cute, talented kid. Tired of the same ol’ with Sonny and Carly. Seriously, Carly-Sonny putting a hit on Jake is going beyond crossed lines? Sonny accidently shooting you while giving birth to Morgan, Michael being sent to prison, Sonny sleeping with Morgan’s girlfriend, all of the lies and affairs; this is a line he shouldn’t cross? As much as I love Sonny-total narcissist who takes no responsibility for any of his actions-always the victim.
Too bad that we didn’t see the Quartermaine’s during the live show-would have been fun to see Tracy, Monica, Ned, Alice, etc-adlibbing and having fun bantering.
Would love to have seen Madeline and Dr. O during the live shows, too.
Happy that we weren’t subjected to Michael, Morgan, and Kiki.
Wondering what will happen with Jordan, TJ, etc.-since Shawn is now gone, aka-“worst enforcer ever.” Has he ever carried out a direct hit? Lol.
Haven’t seen Silas-even before Ava was found and diagnosed as ill-wonder if the actor will be sticking around PC.
Could sort of have done without Nina for two episodes. Parts of the clips were funny with Roger Howarth; but, the scenes just didn’t seem to fit.
Tyler Christopher was amazing!
Well, that’s it for now, ha!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I had a feeling Nicolas was up to something but didn’t want to implicate Liz…when he said she needed to trust him that he’s taking care of it…Nicolas has turned to the dark Cassadine side which I stated a while back; the hurt, betrayal, disappointment he’s felt from loss….his mom, Stefan, Courtney, Emily, betraying Lucky, Britt…twice…. Like Elizabeth, each feels cheated of happiness and are going to do whatever they can to get it.

From the minute he concealed Jason’s true identity and started scheming to take over ELQ he was a changed man. Attempted murder? I don’t know how we’ll ever get the old Nicolas back. What if he had succeeded?

The ONLY out for redemption is if Helena has programmed him…

J
J

When did Nicholas have time to hire the hit man?
Hayden left spur of the moment, and Nicholas didn’t leave Liz’s side.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Actually, she did. She ran out of there after Nicolas wouldn’t back down; probably made the call then.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh…and Nina/Rick? That was possibly the most inane scene I’ve ever watched. Annoying, uninteresting and ridiculous.

I’m thinking it might have been Nina or Franco’s dream…and hopefully when he or she wakes up we’ll ALL be released from that nightmare.

Fanny
Fanny

We’re not in DALLAS anymore, Pamela will not wake up from a bad dream
to find Bobby stepping out of the shower.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Never saw Dallas…but this nightmare of a scene definitely calls out for a reason to exist

Fanny
Fanny

Monday’s LIVE show trumped Friday’s, Roger, Rick, Michelle, Tyler, Laura, Maurice, Kelly,
Billy, and Finola stellar performances. Evenly distributed between the preposterously funny
wedding scenario, Marriage a’ trois anyone, anyone… To Nik’s low key acceptance of
Hayden’s will she, won’t she, spit it out already… Confessional. What’s Gen without a
well deserved shoot out “BANG, BANG, I SHOT YOU DOWN, BANG, BANG, YOU HIT
THE GROUND BANG, BANG”, Carrrr-LOST because he brought his big Mouth to a gun
fight. White Hat Anna had finally endured too much and when tears are not enough, a well
aimed bullet or four will do quite nicely. Too the grand finale,Nik’s reveal Delicious, really
great SHOW.

Harry
Harry

(gesturing to Fanny).
Waiter, I will have what she’s having.

Fanny
Fanny

Considering your name is HARRY, very funny

Margie
Margie

Funny wedding scene? I guess it was supposed to be. I hated that part of the show.

Harry
Harry

HA! Good comeback, Fanny.

Rob
Rob

I guess its a testament to the acting but I wouldn’t have known it was live or not.

However, good acting doesn’t negate the bad storylines. The mob war is tired, Nina and Franco are tired, Jake/Jason is tired.

Rodd
Rodd

Overall I liked both LIVE shows. However, I was really annoyed with the way Nina’s dress kept getting in her way and her Stepford-wife-like hand motions that reminded me of a hand model. I guess that was supposed to be funny, but I’m such a fan of Nina and Franco together that the whole thing irritating. The story line really jilted me. Other than that, good job to everyone involved. I will miss seeing Carols on the show; Jeffrey is a really great actor.

Harry
Harry

Look out! I have put my cranky pants back on. Day Two was a disaster of Titanic-like proportions. Not only was it horrifically written, it was horrifically acted.
Nina, Franco and Rick! Oh my! What was that? A poor man’s interpretation of The Three Stooges? I don’t have the words.
Now there seems to be a nasty case of SD (Sonny Disease) transpiring in the town of Port Charles. Nikolas, who has always been polite to a fault, a gentleman and a scholar, puts out a hit on a woman with whom he has been having sex? That is so Sonny-like–meaning, it’s damn misogynistic. Mostly, it so not Nikolas. And the usually cool headed Anna is now shooting first and asking questions later? Again, Sonny like behavior and not at all indicative of the smart and level headed Anna we all know and love. Meanwhile Stupid Sonny is once again trying to have someone killed when he’s not exactly sure if that someone is responsible for killing a person he cares about. Yes, this is so Sonny but when will Sonny ever learn from his mistakes? He killed AJ when he erroneously thought he had killed Connie. He also shot Carly in the head when she was giving birth to Morgan and also shot Dante when he didn’t realize he was his son. There’s more examples, but you get my point. He is a thug armed with a gun and yet, unarmed with the facts–a terrible combination.
Finally, Miss Lizzy? I hate that she’s living this lie. It makes her look desperate and pathetic and this so not our Miss Lizzy.
In short, what you have here are three characters, Lizzy, Anna and Nikolas, acting out of character while you have one character. Sonny, who is pledging fidelity to acting in character, byclinging to stupidity and violent impulse reactions. The one who should change will not while the three who should not change, change on the turn of a dime.

Shay
Shay

@Harry….Speaking of “Titanic,” I find it to be no small coincidence it was cited as the CrayClay’s favorite movie, since MS’s utter failure, otherwise known as the “SS Nina,” is sinking faster than the mighty ship itself! (…With the characters of Franco and Ric aboard in the bargain……)

Patty
Patty

I am so over the jake/Jason storyline. Finally the truth is coming out and Hayden gets shot so predictable:( also the scenes with Nina and Rick were beyond lame and was there ever a previous scene between them before getting married? All that said still a huge fan of GH 🙂

carol
carol

Liked everything except the absolutely ridiculous Nina/Rick wedding. There was no back story or lead up to this pairing at all. I had to fast forward through their scenes. It seems as though they quickly cooked up this s/l for the sole purpose of the three actors appearing on the live shows. It was the most terrible thing I’ve ever seen on a soap, and I’ve seen plenty.

sandie
sandie

I agree,,Nina, Ric and Franco was a total waste of time,,,

su0000
su0000

I got it..
Ric and Nina are gaslighting Franco..
The fake wedding was to teach Franco a lesson..
Ric and Nina are not legally married, it was a set up..
Ric had it in controll with fake papers..
Poor Franco is being played …

Patty
Patty

One more comment now Nicholas is hiring a hit man? I want my kinder and nicer Nicholas back:)

su0000
su0000

Patty,,
Nikolas is a Cassidine !!
It is about time he takes the lead of the Cassidine family !
He has Helena at his mercy / way to go Nik !!!

I love love love Nik as a true Cassidine and I’am happy he is no longer a wilting petunia ..
Nikolas! Rise as a Cassidine and take your place at the head of the table!!!

GO NIKOLAS!! … strut your Cassidine DNA …

Patty
Patty

Lol I get it and it would be fun to see him run ELQ!

Aria
Aria

The performances on this episode seemed way more natural, so much so that I thought it was taped so bravo to everyone I give them all A+. But I’m sad the direction they are taking certain characters, why would nikolas bother putting out a hit on Hayden when he can easily have her vanish to an island like he did with grandma Helena? Or come up with something else, he’s rich and powerful I’m sure money can buy something better then a hit to kill someone, it was just a bad turn for this character and Elisabeth becoming desperate and being set up to be abused by the bully club headed by Carly is also sad. Anna shooting Carlos is more realistic she actually should of shot others too but at least it made sense for her character, I always saw Anna more as an ex wsb agent then law enforcer, wsb ala cia more likely work outside this straight narrow line of law enforcement. Let’s hope the show isn’t trying to take Liz and nilk to the point where the characters become hated .

Mary SF
Mary SF

For me, the live aspect was overshadowed by the storytelling. Ric and Nina????? I couldn’t tell if they were being serious or if I should expect Franco to wake up from a dream or if Nina just wanted to mess with him, I will find out when I watch today I guess.

Jordan blowing her cover just like that– after months and months of dodging the truth, without any say so from higher ups, she just gives it all up? She could have stopped Shawn without outing her cover.

Anna killing Carlos– I hated they took the character there. All these years not crossing the line, never killing Julian or Faison for all the horrors inflicted on her – she decides to kill a man in cold blood—to get justice for Duke– if Anna does that, what is the difference between her and Sonny???? Nothing, both take the law into their own hands, and for me they have tainted Anna by having her commit murder.

And Sloane lecturing her on the fact that by killing Carlos they lost their chance to get Julian— really??? She wouldn’t have thought of that herself, a seasoned law enforcement. And Sloane saying he needs her to help him clean up the mob in town– isn’t Sloane working for Helena– and Nickolas bringing down ELQ, rigging the mayor election??? Obviously he isn’t one of the good guys or he wouldn’t be offering to cover up a murder for her– if he still crooked this will be something he can hold over her forever?

And lastly Nikolas– I guess he is going over to the dark side– unless as someone else has said Helena is controlling him somehow, which would I hope. He lectures Spencer to to be honest, yet he is lying all the time. He orders a woman’s death, and acts like he just order pizza– I don’t see how he can condemn Helena for her acts of violence, when he is going the same, there got to be more to it– or they are really destroying this decent character just to have plot twists.

Oh yeah, don’t you just hate it when someone at death’s door like Hayden, and instead of using her last moments to say something as simple as Jake is Jason to Sam, she says, tell Jake I’m not the only one who knows??? I know this is to drag out the reveal, but honestly it drives me crazy when they have characters do that. It was like when Connie was dying and Sonny asked her who shot her– instead just saying Ava, she takes all energy to spell out her initials in blood–look where that took us. LOL

The Substitute
The Substitute

Nic and Liz made me sick today and this is from a Liz fan what in the holy hell is going on over there? Michelle Stafford looks and acts stupid and Roger Howarth God these people get pay checks for this crap. They are not actors they are comedy skit people. I have had enough of RC & FV games you need to trim the cast and start acting like you have even a glimpse of how to run a soap opera. I feel the same way about all the others you do not deserve to stay on the air.

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su0000

well, The Substitute..
goes to show, one needs an open mind and a good sense of humor to enjoy GH ..

GH is not a traditional soap, and I love it that way..
I like to smile and laugh along with all the dark drama/ variety & balance 🙂

(( GH is not for everybody it for cool people who ”get it 🙂 lol

umm why do you watch ”crap”?
Punishing yourself by doing that is not logical when you do not have to watch ”crap” ………………. lol

Shay
Shay

I do so like the way you don’t mince words, “The Substitute!”

J
J

Or when Duke was shot, and Anna kept talking to him without asking who shot him…

Charday
Charday

Hate to see Carlos gone–his character had passion. And I’m sick of these GH’ers getting away with murder. I say off to prison with Sonny, Anna, Ava, all of the mob henchmen, etc.

su0000
su0000

lol
Do you really want to watch ‘GH Prison ………lol

Charday
Charday

No, I want the characters to go to prison and off the show!

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I assume there’s a point to the wedding–there has to be. Clearly Nina is nuts, Rick must have an ulterior motive and Roger is must the most amazing actor.

I have long said I still think Helena is doing something to Nikolas and hopefully Laura’s arrival will do something about that.

Anna was grieving & Carlos deserved to die, so whatever…And Sloan and Anna had way better rapport on Monday’s show than Friday’s. (He was weird Friday)

I can’t take what they’re doing to Elizabeth. I get she was attracted to Jake and always had a space in her heart for Jason–but she’s just being irrational. And I can’t take the no chem, forced pairing of Sam and Jake. She’s been so touchy touchy with him these past few days, which seems weird and inappropriate. If they want to pair these two–they better turn up the chemistry cause it’s flat right now.

And before people jump down my throat, I’m not a Jason/Liz 4 ever person. I like her with Jake and I like her with Nik. But I hated her with old Jason because i saw nothing attractive or interesting about the character.

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Lucy..
The way I see it–
The wedding is not real, it was put on to teach Franco a lesson..
Ric and Ninna staged the wedding.. the papers are not real, Ric can do that..
I am anxious to see the backstory..
Ric and Nina prentend wedding…. I like that lol

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I hope so. It’s such a bizarre story. But I’m usually open to twists. I watch, I’m entertained, I go back to work.

sandie
sandie

I hope and pray they keep Hayden on for a very long time! She has so much to give GH !!

su0000
su0000

Hayden (Rebecca Budig) is a treasure, a great addition to GH..
She can make you love her or hate her..
She brought fire with her to GH..
She is reoccuring, hopefully there will be a contract for her ..

Don
Don

For live episode two no misteps well done performance were good in general more natural. I hope in the future more live episode like they did with OLTL.

J
J

I thought I heard an “F” bomb on Day 2 right before a scene with Sonny and Carly.

Lee Anne
Lee Anne

i heard it too! I thought Carly said it. It also sounded like they tried to mute it out, but missed.

Mark Y
Mark Y

How did Nina get away with kidnapping Ava and the baby?

Rose
Rose

Sam is my favorite actress on there…but it was not her place to tell Juluin about the baby!

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Nurse Bobbie Spencer and legacy star of General Hospital, Jackie Zeman, will be getting the chance to bring to viewers another one of her passions besides acting, that of interior design and creating beautiful surroundings for her loved ones.

Zeman is set to co-host TLC’s new series, Make This Place Your Home.  Celebrity Chef and lifestyle guru, Jaime Laurita, who has traveled the world cooking and creating homes on the road for rock stars such as Sting and Steven Tyler, will be Jackie’s hosting counterpart.

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Executive Producer Frank Valentini Talks Returns, Exits, And Previews The Drama This Fall On General Hospital

Surprise returns, a wedding, a heartbreaking social issue storyline, romance, and heavy drama are all ahead this fall on General Hospital.

Executive Producer Frank Valentini sat down with Michael Fairman TV during the ABC TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour All-Star Reception to answer our rapid fire questions throughout the bustle of the industry event.

Valentini previewed what’s ahead in and around Port Charles for several characters and duos as the summer comes to a close, and a new season marks new beginnings.  He also addressed the recent cast exits that have seen fan favorites departing the ABC daytime drama series.

Now, as viewers will witness this week, there is some major distress ahead for several key characters that will play out over the next few months.

Here’s what the showrunner had to say about some hot topics that fans have been buzzing about, and more below.

Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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