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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!

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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.

su0000
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 !!

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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!

General Hospital

GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 Part Four: Joss Sings For Oscar, Valentin Takes The Stage, Kevin In Dire ‘Straits’, Ava Waits For Ryan

The conclusion of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 episodes brought with it emotional moments and performances from the stage, and major drama with yet to come ramifications for several people of Port Charles.

After Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) knocked out Kevin and switched places with him, yet again, the serial killer is on the loose at the ball. Later, when Scott (Kin Shriner) is backstage and is upset about Ava’s (Maura West) relationship with Kevin, Scott comes face-to-face with “Kevin” and having enough, tries to grab Scott’s hand to stop him from leaving. But, lo and behold, off comes his prosthetic hand.  Next, Ryan clubs Scott over the head, who now is the only person that saw Ryan at the ball.

Elsewhere, Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) confronts Willow (Katelyn MacMullan), after overhearing her conversation with Diane that she has a child, and he asks here if she was pregnant when she left “Dawn of Day”.  She claims she miscarried their child, but he refuses to believe a word out of her mouth and becomes irate.

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Michael (Chad Duell) saves Willow and warns Shiloh to stay away from her and his family. An out-of-sorts Shiloh heads back to his table where Sam (Kelly Monaco), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen) are.  Shiloh informs Sam that he just found out someone had his baby and deceived him.  Lucas and Brad are both alarmed.

The first musical performance of the episode was Ned (Wally Kurth) and Olivia’s (Lisa LoCicero) rendition of Seals & Crofts classic, “Get Closer”.  Wally Kurth and Lisa LoCicero remain one of the endearing duos on the show.

Meanwhile, the question. and of course. the big musical finale hinged on Josslyn Jacks (Eden McCoy), and if she would perform the song she wrote with Oscar (Garren Stitt) at his request and in his honor.  In the best scene of all the ball episodes this year, Sonny (Maurice Benard) finds a conflicted Joss outside the ballroom.  She says she thought she was stronger and could do this, but she isn’t.  An emotional Sonny shares with her how Oscar will always be with her, and be OK with whatever choice she makes. Sonny relates it back to Stone and his relationship with him while the young man was living and while he has been deceased.  Maurice Benard and Eden McCoy delivered in this tender scene.

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In the next musical number, Valentin Cassasdine (James Patrick Stuart) attempts to calm down a drunken Nina (Michelle Stafford), who is all out of sorts due to her hatred of Willow.(and perhaps her lust for Jax?), by taking to the stage to perform his number.  This time, Stuart plays the piano and sings “Nothing without You” by Vienna Tang.  And once again, Valentin wowed the audience, and James sang beautifully, as he has each year at the ball.

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Still undecided if she can perform, Josslyn worries she’s letting everyone down. Jax (Ingo Rademacher) comes to see her and reassures her, saying she doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone, she just needs to follow her heart.

Finally, Josslyn makes the decision to perform, and that she does in the emotional high point of the episode.  As she performs this song about the list of things she and Oscar were planning to do together before the young man died, and how she will carry it with her, she sees Oscar in the back of the ballroom in his tux singing with her and rooting her on.  Kudos to Eden McCoy for being the heartbeat of this year’s ball, along with Lynn Herring, who the ‘ball’ would not be the ball without Lucy Coe,

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As the Nurses’ Ball winds down, Shiloh is becoming unglued, and as Sam tries to calm him down, he tells her she needs to finish her initiation tonight.  He says he needs her to be in the ‘trust’ and he needs her strength.  Oh-oh!  Will Sam go through with this to trap the guy, or are we going to witness a major backfire?

A massive light bulb has gone off in Lucas’ head and he tells Brad he believes Willow and Shiloh are Wylie’s birth parents. Brad doesn’t know what to say, and we all know why!

As Lucy is instructing the clean up crew to take everything down on the stage, the curtains open and Kevin is suspended in midair hoisted up, knocked out, and trapped in a straight-jacket!  Everyone is horrified.  Cut to Ava who is at her safe house preparing to kill Ryan all by herself.  She gets everything in place, while she sips on some booze and waits for Ryan to arrive, and sure enough, we come to the cliffhanger.   Ryan sees Ava from outside the widow.  What will happen next?

So, what did you think of the final installment of this year’s Nurses Ball? What did you think of the performances from Joss, Valentin, and Ned and Olivia? Will Ava kill Ryan, or will someone else do it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first,check out Josslyn’s AKA Eden McCoy’s performance below.

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General Hospital’s New Opening Title Sequence

Last Friday on the May 17th episode of ABC’s General Hospital, viewers took note of a new version of the opening title sequence of the daytime drama series.

Some thought perhaps it was tied to the GH Nurses’ Ball episodes since that is when it debuted, but in fact, it turns out it is the new updated title sequence moving forward.

With slower images of the cast, new theme music, and the end graphic plate bringing back the hospital image; thus far fans have seemed to like the new and improved version from what was previously airing.

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A GH spokesperson told Michael Fairman TV on the change: “We ‘opened it up’ so that we could better feature our amazing cast.  And the back plate of the hospital is to honor our longtime GH fans.  The new music was composed by Paul Glass.”

So, what do you think of the new opening title sequence featuring the slides of the characters/cast in Port Charles, the pace of the new theme, and the retro use of the GH hospital image? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THURSDAY: E! News Daytime Drama Deep Dive Visits DAYS, GH, and Y&R

Mark your calendars for a very special segment on the soaps, when E! News delivers their Daytime Drama deep dive on Thursday, May 23 hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy at 7pm-8pm ET/PT on cable’s E!

Look for set visits, interviews, retro clips, and more with some of the most famous and enduring characters in the genre.  Here’s just a sample of what to watch for:

When E! News visit the set of Y&R, Eric Braeden recounts the time Victor was feeding his wife Julia’s lover trapped in the basement dead rat; while Tracey Bregman (Lauren) reflects on why the viewers love the relationships and families in Genoa City.

In Salem and Days of our Lives, E! chats with series staples: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), then Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  Deidre reveals “possession will be on my tombstone” in terms of Marlena’s most infamous story of all-time when the good doc was possessed by Satan, while the beloved duo discuss why daytime is the best job to have.  Alfonso talks on the history of her character sharing: “I am going to hold near and dear to my heart the beginnings of Hope. And the adventure and the romance of Bo and Hope”.

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From the set of General Hospital new interviews are featured with: Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia), plus Casting Director Mark Teschner remembers Meghan Markle’s acting debut on the ABC daytime drama series.

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Teschner remembers: “Meghan Markle actually had her first speaking role in television on General Hospital.  She worked on the show in the background as a nurse, and we brought her up to read her to see if there was something there.”

Steve Burton chats on the craziest story he has ever played as Jason Morgan, revealing, “The one that always pops into my head is we had to go catch a monkey that had a virus, and I said to Laura (Wright) I think this is probably the end of my career today.”

The E! News special segment will show nostalgic clips from all the daytime dramas, including Luke and Laura’s wedding on GH, Marlena’s possession from DAYS, and some of Victor’s nefarious schemes from Y&R.

Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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