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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lives Hang In The Balance Following Faison’s Rampage!

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital moved Faison’s (Anders Hove) return into full-action mode with bullets being fired, lives on the line, being one step closer to the reveal of Faison’s other son, Henrik, and more.

First off, we have got to give kudos to Anders Hove, who makes this story work because of his sheer genius portrayal of the ultimate psycho-villain.  And, we have to give major props to Finola Hughes (Anna) for being the glue of this story with her layered performances of a woman tortured by this madman for decades.

Now on to the action: as fans had predicted, it was Nathan West (Ryan Paevey) who was in harm’s way trying to protect Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and his unborn child from Faison.  But unfortunately, when he goes to Crimson, his father already had Maxie in his clutches.  Shots ring out, and it looks like Nathan is shot near the heart.  Faison escapes, while Peter (Wes Ramsey) who was already shot by Faison earlier, attempted to shoot him.  Peter calls 911.  He helps Maxie put pressure on Nathan’s wound, as Maxie begs her husband to stay with her.  Lucas (Ryan Carnes), who earlier announced to Carly (Laura Wright) and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), that he and Brad (Parry Shen) are adopting a child, was at the Metro Court and arrives to look after Nathan while the paramedics make their way to the hotel.

In the lobby of the Metro Court, Carly tells her staff to get out of the hotel ASAP, but next she has a gun shoved in her back by Faison!  It’s Jason (Steve Burton) to the rescue, who shoots Faison point blank, and Faison falls to the floor! Now that Faison is seriously wounded, and as he is being carried out by the paramedics, he inflames Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) by telling him he has Lulu (Emme Rylan)!

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Peter, who has made it downstairs, tells the officers, and more, that Nathan has been shot.  Peter says he heard Lulu mention she would be at Wyndemere.  Dante and Sonny (Maurice Benard) are now on their way there!  Alone with Jason, an emotional  Carly asks Jason if he can live with the fact that if Faison dies, he may never get his answers as to what Faison did to him and Drew (Billy Miller). Jason says he knows that may be the case.

Anna is waiting for Henrik to show up at the park, since Sonny and Jason went to the Metro Court.  As she does, she flashes back to years ago, and we get to see two vintage clips of Anna and Faison.  One clip could be a big foreshadowing moment.  Why did Anna look so out of it after taking that drink, while Faison moved in close to her?   Is it possible that Henrik could be Anna and Faison’s son, which is why she has been on the edge of an emotional meltdown?  Later, we see Peter watching Anna in the park from behind the bushes.

At “General Hospital”, both Nathan and Faison are wheeled in and need emergency care and treatment. Bobbie stays with an emotional Maxie, who is trying to process what happened, and that Nathan saved her and their unborn baby  when he took the bullet from Faison.  Dante and Sonny show up at Wyndemere and kick down the door as the gas fumes are slowly killing Lulu and Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

So, what did you think of Friday’s GH?  Is this the end of Faison and Nathan?  Is Anna the mother of Henrik?  Will Jason get the answers he has wanted for the last five years?  Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.

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sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Is Wes Ramsey on contract?

Steve
Steve

Yes, Frank offered it to him in a parking lot.

JK
JK

IT IS SAID IT IS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW BUT WHO YOU KNOW!!!!! WOW.

dmr
dmr

HAHAHAHAHAHA, Steve and JK. SO TRUE. I find his acting to be very flat; although, I haven’t watched all of Friday’s yet..

Harry
Harry

Oh Steve, you are quick on your feet!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Lots of drama, for sure. On screen and off. I don’t care for Peter and hope he is not going to end up related to Anna. I would like to see Aiden Turner, who played her cousin or nephew on AMC-Aiden Devane pop into Port Charles

dmr
dmr

I agree. I find Peter (and the acting) to be very flat. & any storyline involving Lulu, I tend to ignore. Of course, the storyline had to somehow revolve around Sonny.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Peter seems a tad Smarmy to me. Remember cousin Itt from the Adams Family? If you Google Itt and see the picture of Itt with the hat and sunglasses-that is who Lulu reminds me of-always bobbling around stirring up a mess while acting like mother of the year.

Timmm
Timmm

This is General Hospital!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Anna was on AMC too, so should she go-wait, Sonny was too-most of the actors on General Hospital were on another show at one time or another. The cast is bloated, but that does not seem to stop the train from Hooterville pulling up with new characters on a regular basis. Aiden Devane is an established character, and related to Anna-plus he is way hot so I say yes to him. Or to Skye Chandler/Quartermaine.

Harry
Harry

I had also pointed out that Lulu, with her tiny stature and long blond hair, would look like Cousin Itt from The Adam’s Family if she put on sunglasses over her hair.
I am not a fan of Lulu’s but I did love Cousin Itt.

Shay
Shay

One of my soap-loving friends has always maintained that Lulu reminds her of a grown-up version of “Cindy Lou Who” from Whoville…….

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Would also love to see Fiona Hutchison. She is excellent and have not seen her in years.

Patrick
Patrick

“Phyllis”

Thank You for the wonderful laugh out loud… “cousin IT” Lulu and Peter.

I’ve christened her : Mamma Smurph… love your bobblehead bettah

NoraE
NoraE

Maxie in the blood-stained pink boucle jacket was a step too far. All that was missing was the pill box hat. Not very subtle, GH. That may have been a major clue as to Nathan’s fate. Hope he simply goes into hiding, as he is presumed dead, away from Faison and recuperates and brings his pretty face back to Maxie and the PCPD.

Robin will be the one who determines whether or not Peter is her half-brother. Ande will be involved in finding the answers for Drew and Jason IMHO.

What say ye?

Steve
Steve

Ryan Paevey’s acting has improved greatly in his time on the show. Career-wise, it’s time for him to see what else is out there. Nathan in hiding could be interesting, but I think this is the beginning of the end of the West(bourne)/Obrecht family. If Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford are still on the show at the end of this year, I’d be surprised.

They better not retcon Parking Lot Peter to be Anna’s son. Where would that fit in the historic timeline of the show?

Patrick
Patrick

I’ve already posted as such… Wes Ramsey ie: Peter , Heinrik.

dear god in heaven. Finn is bad enough… now a son… WHICH , is not lost on the audience… WHO DIDN”T want Anna to have something any thing… after Duke died… we were teased with Griffin. NOW… that laura Wrights boyfriend is hired and contracted…

REEKS

he doesn’t have any presence or meaning that jumps out at

??? I don’t get it

we’ve already seen Anna with Griffin. that seemed to be enough

now that Frank Valentini tenure and agenda are OUT IN THE OPEN ????

why not beef up his pets … for however long this genre – LASTS –

we know that they know that… let’s squeal for a nielson number… and FV and his favorite and pets can laud de la to spite and run this show in to the ground all the while collecting a substantial – wasted – paycheck

i’m not going to see this…. Wes Ramsey and Finola Hughes… FORGET THIS
at least this would be better than with Finn ?

Mary
Mary

This Faison is definitely a living breathing psychopath. He wakes up every day wondering how many lives he can destroy.

Harry
Harry

Yes, Mary–Faison is an over-achiever for sure

Shay
Shay

At least by GH standards, Harry! Although he’s still a piker compared to “Helena the Great!”

su0000
su0000

I do not want Faison dead..
I Love Anders Hove/ Faison..
GH needs Faison, desperately

I was hoping Faison would have shot and killed Jason..
Anders Hove’s acting is superior over Steves.

I hope Faison lives to bring his excitement, intrigue, suspense and thrills to GH..

Great 5 star acting by ALL (APPLAUSE !!)

LONG LIVE FAISON !!!

su0000
su0000

And–
Cesar Faison and Anna had sex..
Welcomed or not welcomed, they had sex.
Peter is her son ..
Back in time, they had something going on between them.

Anna hates Cesar Faison for forcing himself on her, perhaps and Anna is desperate to keep her secret hidden.

Patrick
Patrick

point of interest : Cesar Faison as played by the theatrical Artiste , Anders Hove

i’m enamored by him… ANY TIME – any of us – are given a dole out of “REAL” actors… acting.

he may be a caricature … ( unfortunately, the GH writers will do this to any actor who is propped and supporting… the Corinthos’ Clan. ) so… is he dead ? will his heart soften ?

can we imagine a newfound family with Cesar, Leisl, Britta, Nathan, Heinrick?
i’d love that Wes Ramsey is killed off

know that ^ won’t happen.

any way : SOD snippet : SOD asked Anders when was the last time he saw Anthony Geary : ” maybe about 18 months ago, I went to Amstdam and had breakfast with him. we went on a little ride on his boat. it seems like he’s having a wonderful time there and enjoying life and his wonderful apartment by the canal.

hoo ha ha – Thanks to: Gloria Monty , GH – AND – Genie Francis. he just hates the reference… GH caved in… gave HIM … all the bookoo buck.

points of interest : did you know he was roomates for 2 years.. with Kin Shriner. ? who would have thought .

DOES it seem to you… LOL with this big splash with Fridays cliffhanger… this was the ceremony for MOB feature . back in full swing

ps: I can only assume you like Nelle , because of the undercurrent, cutting, and in your face scenes between her and Carly.

I prefer scenes with Nelle and Bobby… now that’s noggin bashing at it’s finest

su0000
su0000

..Griffin Faison …. perfect !
I’m waiting for it, how sweet it will be ..

Patrick
Patrick

I just hate the idea of nepotism .. at the expense of : all the rest , of the cast and audience.

so therefor… I do not want Wes Ramsey to take… thus far he’s not triggered. ugh! well if you have to find something… he can have Lulu. stir on that.

any way : I like your last few lines about Anna . which would be a dynamic trek for Our Anna to traverse. every fiber of her being and brain waves pitting all her person up to now.

“…Anna hates Cesar Faison for forcing himself on her, perhaps and Anna is desperate to keep her secret hidden ”

well this is making me well up . rape and the birth of a child she never knew.. and wants to not know.. because of her long history with Faison and all the people he has hurt .

although, she knew about Kimberly but never reunited with her until well in to adulthood. which in itself is a miracle . because yeah its saccharin… but these two WORK it with Emma.

so .. WHATEVER THE “HECK” Frank Valentini is canvasing… it’s nothing more than the fab 4 plus Drew plus Finn plus Peter August. plus Franco. like I said.. that’s 9 actors he pedestals and features.

it would be so easy to clean house and FIND and HIRE WRITERS who are willing and eager to flesh out the whole cast

sharon
sharon

Well, Micheal. it was sad, especially with the rumors about Ryan leaving. We sill have more aftermath to see. Very much LOVE #naxie. This affects a decent amount of the cast. And of course Anders Hove is great at being creepy!!

Patrick
Patrick

I thought Ryan Peavy was taking time off to make a movie ? NO MATTER HOW any one cuts and dices…

Ryan Peavy… of course has improved past wooden.

Ryan Peavy… is so near perfection … like Maxie shared with him… “I liked looking at you @Crimson.. even tho I was making it seem like I was mad at you”

YOU cant’ take your eyes off of. HE”S HOT . ‘bam ’nuff said… I love and appreciate what few women will say as much.

as I’ve always said : I make the time for Ryan Paevy. Nathan has been @GH.

Contract role; December 30, 2013 to present.

OK I had to step up just in case ANOTHER BLINDSIT by the dullard hit

rose
rose

He’s probably branching out. I have seen him recently as Mr Darcy in an okay, soapy movie where he is a rich, dog trainer/judge who falls in love with another dog person. He only had to take his shirt off once when he came out of a swimming pool. Just hope he is not written off GH. I’ve grown to like him, and I think he has grown as an actor. Nice to see.

Harry
Harry

Ryan Peavy would make an excellent Superman.

nicholas
nicholas

no point in watching anymore with genie francis having once again been fired from the show !! and another mass shooting ! please give us the fans both a break and some much needed respect ! enough with the mob and guns ! in happier news Days of our lives ( the soap opera on nbc ) has Tyler Christopher ( nikolas cassadine ) in it from now on ! I only watch Days of our lives from now on : Days of our lives is the best soap on the air at present . Bold and beautiful is so boring with the silly repeated triangles and yet another ridge brooke reunion ! massive yawn ! and Young and restless is now a miserable and sad shadow of its former self ! trust me : Days of our lives is the soap to watch !

Patrick
Patrick

ABSOLUTELY – Here ye, Here ye,

“… trust me : Days of our lives is the soap to watch ! ”

Sony / NBC / Days of OUR Lives

su0000
su0000

Fact..
Genie was hardly used..
She was mostly backburned..
Until Kevin/marraige Laura had no stories ..
Past year Genie has been wallpaper not seen unless ”talking” someone.

me
me

First of all, there is absolutely no suspense to this stupid story because we all know what’s going to happen 4 days before it will happen. Second, I’m so sick of soap opera writers who are stuck in the 70s: the completely helpless “wimmens” need the big strong men to come and save them after they’ve been kidnapped, or held hostage, or blah blah blah. THIS is why nobody under the age of 50 watches soaps anymore. It’s ridiculous. (And don’t even get me started on Anna working with Saint Sonny, of all people, to bring down the bad guys – naturally she can’t do it without him – GMAFB).

Patrick
Patrick

I WAS PISSED ‘ Sonny and Anna , in the car…??? heading to Windemeare or even the metro court

as he spouts to her : ” We’re playing by my rules ”
LIVID ! that’s what this show is?

this is just so out of character for Finola Hughes… isn’t she bombarded with propping and carrying this show.

stuck- STUCK – w/Sonny , Finn, is it Peter/Heinrik. Our Anna …

HELP US DUKE

Harry
Harry

Patrick, that unfuriated me as well.
Anna has been fighting her own fights with command, control and style thank you very much. She doesn’t need Cheer’s Nick Tortelli to come in and show her how it’s done because she can show him.
Watching Sonny try and dominate his superior (Anna) gave me a whole new appreciation for Robert. Robert treated Anna with respect and as an equal.
Please keep Sonny out of Anna’s story. Give him his own story he can dominate or bettter yet, give him a long vacation.

Shay
Shay

Amen, Patrick and Harry! Our Anna is a big girl who can take care of herself…we don’t need MobBossSonny calling the shots where she is concerned! As for “Dimples,” an extended vacation would be a grand idea…preferably with a one-way ticket out of Port Charles attached to it!

Terry
Terry

Peter was shot yet needed zero medical attention and is walking around normal at the end. If that’s an error its huge. But, otherwise, bullet-proof vest and that means Peter was expecting trouble. I don’t get why Nathan wouldn’t be wearing a vest.

Rodd
Rodd

Terry, I wondered about that, too. They didn’t answer how he could have been shot, yet roam all over PC without a care. I’m assuming it will be addressed and that he was wearing a bullet-proof vest because he was anticipating trouble. And lurking behind the bushes, spying on Anna, makes it look like he’s son number one for Faison. I guess we’ll find out next week.

rose
rose

I was looking forward to a Faison story, but didn’t like the one delivered. No matter how good the acting. Cassadines have always been evil, but more subtle. Made them more interesting.

Not a great way to end the week and start a weekend with. Just too much violence, guns and shootings for my taste, especially for a daytime soap. I can listen to the news anytime for stuff like this. Which is becoming too common in the US everyday with seemingly no remedy in sight.

And if this was supposed to be a trade-off for losing Genie and her storyline potentials, which are more in line with what i like on GH, ugh!

Timmm
Timmm

I dont believe the actor is to interested in a long term stay in the states.

As far as the violence, Rose, these soaps have to compete with so many other forms of entertainment. Its just what they have to do today. Maybe switch over to the Food Channel?

rose
rose

Hi Timmm…I know what you mean about violence and competing with other forms of entertainment for an audience. Especially if you are trying to attract those whose have become used to it growing up with video games for instance. Or anyone watching the amount of violence and discourse everyday in the news which can now come with disclaimers.

But why stoop to the lower violence level? Let soaps still set a certain standard for daytime. If this causes the soap genre to end, so be it.

Personally i like action, adventure, laced with a little violence…sometimes. if there is a good story attached to it. Even during “nighttime” tv these shows are harder to find. Right now my major complaints about the current crop of “action” in both tv/movies is the degree of violence, the % of screen time devoted to it, and the lack of really good stories. Some of this even happened in “Wonderwoman.” I have loved the character since i was a girl, and would have wanted more of the Amazon women story.

And I really have no time for cooking shows. Does the “Chew” ring a bell.? 🙂

mike
mike

Pissed that they are killing Nathan, if Ryan wanted to leave there had to be another way for him to exit the canvas.

Carrie
Carrie

After that horrible Ask Man Landers story, Ryan probably begged the writers for Nathan to have the most violent demise possible. ..never to return.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

🙂

Satan
Satan

The “Man Landers” story had ME begging for death! Unfortunately, I’m immortal so there would have been no escape.

dmr
dmr

I like Nathan’s character-the one male character who actually has, well, character. He is so genuine and kind, and takes an interest in his marriage, his job, his friends. I’ve always liked Ryan Paevey. I just didn’t care for the Nathan and Maxie pairing, because I don’t care for the character of Maxie. I find her to be extremely annoying and immature. I think after the “Ask Man Landers” debacle, he was probably begging to be let go!

Timmm
Timmm

He wont die. Somehow I think Nina does.

Shay
Shay

How I wish you had been correct on that assertion, Timmmbo!

Alan
Alan

This episode left me with so many questions…

~ If Faison has always been Anna’s nemesis why has Sonny suddenly been awkwardly shoe-horned into things? (Oh, yeah — everything is about Sonny. I forgot, my bad.)

~ Why did it take lil bad-ass henchman Jason two seconds to take down Faison when Anna and Robert couldn’t get the job done in over two decades? (Oh, yeah…everything not about Sonny — which is nothing — is also about Jason. Again, my bad.)

~ Did the writers really think having Faison take Carly hostage for the space of a commercial break was going to make us like her? (Hint: NOTHING will make us like her.)

~ Did I miss the episode that explained why two detectives like Nathan and Dante are suddenly running around dressed like a couple of Paul Williams’ background cops on Y&R?

~ Despite the “big” news that Lucas and Brad have suddenly decided to adopt a baby why is it that all I could focus on was that throw-away line that Brad is adopted too?

~ Does this random gay adoption story involving two characters who have a combined airtime less than Background Nurse # 4 have anyone else anyone suspecting that Carly will steal Nelle’s baby and give it to her lil bro so that Michael won’t be chained to Nelle forever?

~ Are the writers about to write a retcon plot where Peter August is the child of Faison and Anna? Because writing a retcon plot where Peter August is the child of Faison and Anna is one of the worst ideas for so many reasons…

~ Speaking of Peter August, how did he get shot and just get back up? I know Maxie was all about Nathan being shot but why didn’t she wonder why Peter was up moving around after she witnessed him being shot? Why did the police just allow Peter to leave the Metro Court without questioning when the shooting of an officer occurred in the offices where he worked?

~ Why was Laura written out and yet we are still stuck with recast Lulu? (Clearly there is no explanation for this last question…)

Patrick
Patrick

i was enthralled with : OK Carly looks good. WITH her mom Bobbie and brother Lucas.

GOD it was a dream sequence…. SOMETHING NEW GOES ON.

IE: POSTERS – take another look at that eppi… where Lucas and Bobbie are so in psynch about the baby… that these two actors HAD to – HAD to – share the scene with laura Wright… WHO , check it , could do nothing to add but prop these two alimighty connection. I LOVE Jacklyn and Ryan Carnes . he smolders. Carly is nothing more than window dressing… at least outside of her full on trample with Sonny and Jason and Michael and Josslyn. She couldn’t cut it with Lucas and Bobbie. LOVE LOVE LOVED this full on honest scene.

it’s a beautiful story in the making… SHOULD GH WRITERS attempt how GOOD this could be. hey… just watching Jacklyn and Ryan tear this up. proof about the cast.

of course… I’ve been thinking about Felicia and Mac… I was thinking about the movie : Grand Canyon… which starred Mary McDonell and Kevn Kline… as the married couple who’s only child is off to college… and they are left discovering each other again ? she goes out jogging… and finds an abandoned baby. of course they keep it… so well done. i’d like to see this happen to Felicia… and she and Mac grapple with all the life changes and consequences…

PLUS : I read about these two any way in a past post.. that they would somehow have a child with a disability. no matter the details… it’d be a blast to see MORE OF THE CAST FEATURED.

Grand Canyon also featured Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard… LOL… yes this is 1993. TALK ABOUT HOT ! dag! these two meet in the movie and their contrast is meeting up – dating – these two and KK and MM, above, become fast friends. Alfre is always mesmerizing… but her character is so cute and sexy with Danny Glover… you could tell he is so taken with. GREAT MOVIE

Mary SF
Mary SF

The reason given as to why Dante and Nathan were in uniform was there was a protest on Charles Street earlier in the day and they were require to wear their uniform in order to beef up police presence at the rally– not sure why they put this into the story, but that was the explanation given.

Ric
Ric

You are on spot with everything that was said

dmr
dmr

ALAN, you speak my language on so many different levels! I am in total agreement with you! Port Charles revolves around The Dimpled Don, and apparently, nepotism is running amok at the ABC studios! Sonny and Jason once again are labeled as heroic, the PCPD and WSB-inept, and Laura Wright’s boyfriend has an integral part to play with ties to legacy characters. Don’t get me started on the insipid Lulu! I used to like Lulu. Now, I find her to be extremely irritating! If Laura has to leave Port Charles, can she take her annoying daughter with her, please?

Harry
Harry

Alan, love your comment and agree with your every point. You too, Patrick.
And yes, we lose the grounded, but ethereal Laura, whose history is fascinating, mysterious and certainly worth investigating, but we’re left with Little Lu.
This Lulu seems unworthy to be the result of the Luke and Laura super soap romance. She’s petulant, perky and well, ordinary.
Laura’s out and Lulu stays and we never got to see what was in that letter Luke left her.

Aria
Aria

Peter as Anna son? I’m not sure how I feel bout that, I’m mean yikes, but those flashbacks were awesome, Finola looked amazing, and no no no on killing off Nathan, that would be very sad, ok back to peter being Anna possible offspring with faison , it would surely be more dramatic and shocking but I wish Anna son was still griffin. What do they have in store for February sweeps? Faison is already shot before we are even there, unless feb sweeps starts before that, regardless I’m anxious for the outcome.

aria
aria

the more i think about this theres no way peter can be anna and faison son, first because faison is not obsessed w/ peter, if peter was his son w/ Anna, then Faison would be so in love w/ this son, and would care less about ryan. And to think the show would go the rape route would be disturbing. I’m all for Anna having an offspring,, considering that Anna, and Robert went on the run in 92 i think? theres no reason why anna couldn’t of been pregnant but w/ Robert child, not Faison, and offspring somebody other then peter, he just does’t cut it as anna son regardless.

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

Perhaps Faison had a child with Alex Devane and Peter (Heinrik) will be Anna’s nephew and Robin’s cousin. Don’t retconn the Anna-Fasion story into a drug rape. That’s just so wrong.

downtownla
downtownla

Sigh. It’s like Frank and the execs at ABC live in a bubble. They are frustrated execs who seem to prefer a different genre. The more I think about it, it seem like Carlivati was actually the one soap fan. He probably was frustrated having to deal with all these boneheads. I never watched Days of our Lives before, but now that he has taken over there, I have started. You can see, this guy really knows and loves the genre. The people at ABC are trying to change the genre, but you can only change it so much before you’ve killed it.

Jimh
Jimh

So Peter is Anna’s ans Faison’s son?????????????

Helen Martines
Helen Martines

I don’t know who else remembers but being a cop and being with Maxine is like the kids

of death. This will be the 3rd police officer she will bury. Didn’t anyone else think it would end up this way?

Helen Martines
Helen Martines

Kiss of death not kids, stupid auto correct.

Satan
Satan

Maxie should have stayed with Spinelli. Not a cop, so he’s not likely to end up dead…. unless the fascists at the NSA come after him for hacking.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I can’t say with certainty but I mentioned quite a while ago on another thread that it looks like Peter/Heinrich is Anna’s child. If that IS the case, for some reason she doesn’t seem to recognize him. It’s one thing to believe he’s her son; another to think she didn’t keep tabs on him all these years…unless…she didn’t realize she gave birth. Perhaps she was told she miscarried and Faison stole him which would make the most sense. And, now, Anna realized the other son must her hers….

I also enjoy Faison’s appearance. This one, though, was quite short. Budget? Scheduling? Unless he survives and we see him moving forward in snippets…what we DO know is he isn’t going to be running around causing havoc or kidnapping anyone else. So; a bit disappointed that it was a on-two punch and done.

As usual, Carly had to be a target and Jason had to save her. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???!!!! Can we get a story without Carly somewhere juxtaposed into the story? Would have been more interesting if Sam was being held…or even Drew! What if Drew had come back unexpectedly from his honeymoon and didn’t know Faison was in the hotel. What if Faison just walked up behind him, held the gun to his head, have Drew and Jason exchange glances before Jason makes the shot that saves his brother…

Nathan? I truly hope they’re not killing him off. I heard that Ryan was taking time off for a film; didn’t think it was confirmed that he was leaving permanently. I hope they do the endless coma thing with a window to return….

rebecca1
rebecca1

“always” enjoy…not also

rose
rose

Rebecca1…Sometimes there is a beauty in what I call the “lost years” in some character’s history…like Anna, Robert, Luke, Robin, Jasons, even Faison. And when it comes to the Cassadines, always seem to take place in some clinic in Europe, and recently Russia. So writers can keep re-inventing a history. So maybe Anna was impregnated without her knowledge at one time, maybe not. I would rather one long lost son be Griffin though. And another reason not to kill off characters like AJ for future years. You might want to put them into current stories again.

As I have noted in one of my comments on this thread, didn’t like the Friday Faison story at all. Won’t repeat my thoughts here.

And like you…why Carly yet again at the end of a very disturbed muzzle? Or Sonny being a major player in this story?

Mentioned under Partick comment I recently saw Ryan playing a rich, Mr. Darcy dog person in a soapy movie. Not an award winner, but time-out charming. I hope he stays with GH. But only if they give him more meaty stories. Otherwise you can’t blame him to see if there is anything else out there. I’ve grew to like him more during the ManLanders story, as well as Amy. For me it was a fun diversion to Sonny/Carly and Cassandra drugs stories.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hey, Rose… Yes. I think you know I liked the Man Landers story, too. I thought it was cute and a great way to showcase Amy as well as Nathan. Prior to that little “diversion” Amy was an attempt to resurrect the Amy Vining character from years ago. Didn’t work. It was too obvious for long-time viewers and didn’t work since there was no history; to newer viewers she was just annoying. The story showed her personality beyond the busybody; a young woman who is compassionate, passionate, loving, loyal…and has a great, sharp mind! I loved her advice/marketing skills as well as her ability to write. I STILL think she should do a column at Crimson! As for Nathan, he too was shown to have a compassionate nature; his empathy for Amy’s plight to help her brother was so endearing. He is the epitome of gorgeous inside and out. So, yes, a sweet, fun side story away from the maddeing crowd. As for Nathan Paevy, it was just a matter of time before such a stunning guy with modeling experience and now acting experience would be getting more and more offers. He has really come a long way with his acting; still a way to go but he’s a natural considering he’d had no experience. Perhaps it’s his soulful eyes but I always found his acting very genuine; no pretense. So while I think he’ll take whatever opportunities come his way (he”s also a jewelry designer…has his own line that he crafts from natural elements…very earthy, non pretentious) I do hope that he finds the time and the GH “powers” find a way for him to stay with the show. I guess we’ll find out shortly based on whether his character lives or dies. I also like the window they leave open to tamper with history. I’m not talking about things like, LOL, Luke and Laura were never married or Lucky was never born! 😉 But, the ability to add stories like the one with Jason and Drew, a history we didn’t know existed that can be woven into the present. So, with Anna, I do believe Peter is her son. Whether it’s with Faison, Robert or Duke remains to be seen. But, really, when a show’s been on for fifty years (?) I think it’s great that they have a creative path to new stories. Otherwise we’d be watching the same thing every day! Familiarity and continuity is one thing; boring and stale is another. By the way, I accidentally stumbled upon one of Ryan’s lifetime movies, or was it Hallmark…don’t recall. Yes; nice departure. On another note, I FINALLY watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Don’t have netflix but got the DVD from the library. After about 30 minutes of disappointment at the beginning I wound up loving the entire “four” seasons. I hope there’s more to come. Not sure if you saw it but I was surprised to see Carolyn Hennesey and Julie Berman in… Read more »

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Hey Rebecca1 … I always enjoy your posts! I sure hope they don’t kill off Nathan?? 🙁

rebecca1
rebecca1

Abruzzfan!!!! Welcome back!!! 😉 I missed YOU!

Not sure if you received my recent message to you on one of your old posts? Hope so…

As for Nathan, I guess we’ll find out today (Monday) or in the next few days. I hope not, too.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m kinda “worried” and /or just wow… on Finola Hughes doing all the work and all Peter / Heinrick has to do is show a little puppy dog eye and wallah he’s taken in

PER @suOOOO. we are “thinking” by having Anna… not knowing… was she raped, micky’ed, her eggs taken… the denial or not acknowledging… watching Anna realize… which is without doubt a tour de force actors dream ? and wallah it’s a reunion that fans have wanted… per my post… because of her lover DUke .. we’d swallow anything. WHY NOT ? Frank Valentini agenda , cards full, has an easy ride at said character actors (wink wink )

Wes Ramsey .. has been featured enough to know there is still an empty screen

’nuff said. will familial turn take ?

Patrick
Patrick

PS: oy

this Faison expenditure … just wow

I was already a littled miffed at how quickly it all went down . theres our mighty little Lulu… straight on headstrong… isn’t she ? with Leisl. who’s so theatrical … was just going to lay down and rest her head as the toxic gasses get her to sleep

LOL.

any way…. wham bam… will Faison seeing his sons… take any away from GH top villain? with two sons… and disregard for Britta ?

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Hey Patrick … I like your thoughts on Anna and Peter as her son?? Very intriguing …. indeed!

dmr
dmr

Wes Ramsey’s performance is definitely empty, and does not warrant a front burner storyline with integral characters. Many on Twitter agree that he got the job because of who is girlfriend is, and that he doesn’t have the acting chops to carry out the role. Meanwhile, our veterans are sidelined and on recurring status.

alfred
alfred

#GenieIsGH
Not watching until this is rectified.

sylvia
sylvia

Finola is giving another amazing performance. I’m on the edge of my seat watching, waiting for the story to unfold. Longtime fans know she never had sex with Faison. Did he steal her eggs at some point? Could have happened, he’s a madman for sure. Is Peter the child Anna was pregnant with when the tanker blew up? Robert’s child? Faison would never push away any child that was his and Anna’s….

K/kay
K/kay

What????

K/kay
K/kay

Tristan Rogers told them where to shove it he won’t be back ! bravo TR

rebecca1
rebecca1

good points, sylvia! I have been thinking that he was Anna’s with Faison… (see above) but I do see your point, as well. Another theory, maybe it’s the child that she was told she miscarried…hers and Duke’s? Somehow Faison got involved and stole the baby?

K/kay
K/kay

RP has improved get out while the getting is good all he was ever used for was eye candy without a shirt ow he has a chance to show he has more to offer I did see him in two other movies and I did see he has a chance my sweetheart run do not walk to the exit door

Timmm
Timmm

So, anyone who walked away from the show because of Genie missed a whopper! Anders is just magic! Finola is already so good BUT he and her are on another planet when they are together. His obsession and her inability to write him off comes across genuine!

I have no compassion for Lulu and Muddah’s rescue. Emme is wrong as Lulu and Kathrine, a very good actress BUT should have been one and done!

Also, Nathan, the actor has improved but I just dont have many feeling towards him BUT Maxie does love him and they both did a good job as he lie waiting for paramedics.

Same with Michael Easton, never a fan, wouldnt have minded if FINN had died in Anna’s house. It would be another reason then for Anna to hate Faison.

Funny that Sonny is walking through a crime scene in the Metro where two people had just been shoot. Then he goes with Dante to Windemere? Sergeant Sonny?

AND, Peter was shot and then he pops up and pulls a gun on Faison? Then he shows up where Anna is waiting for Henrik? Boy, I’m not so afraid to get shot anymore!

All in all, great show, good job GH!

Satan
Satan

Well, consider Dante’s situation….

He just found out a psychopathic terrorist abducted his wife. His police partner just got shot by the same psychopathic terrorist, and there’s not time for the police commissioner (busy at that crime scene) to assign him a new partner. Dante needs some backup, not knowing what he might run into at Windemere. Jason might be a better shot than Sonny, but he just handed his weapon over to the cops after shooting Faison.

So why not let dear old dad come along for the ride? He knows what he’s doing with a gun. Dante knows that from his own personal experience (insert demonic laughter here).

Timmm
Timmm

Good point Satan!

dmr
dmr

& Dante is a keystone cop who I’m not sure has ever cracked a case or caught a wanted criminal.

NoraE
NoraE

But why did they have to put Dante and Nathan in uniform to have Nathan shot? I know–Charles street demonstration, but the blood on the blue and again on Maxie’s Jackie Kennedy colored coat was over-soaping. And has anyone asked about poor Officer Roger’s? I guess he’s okay, since Finn was also knocked out, but jumped up and performed surgery and the guy who conked him. Aaand now my head hurts.

With all the actor’s comings and goings of late, I think the writers are as lost as last year’s Easter egg.

Satan
Satan

Dante & Nathan in uniform was a silly plot point, but I doubt it would have made a difference in Nathan getting shot. Faison probably would have shot anybody walking off the elevator at that moment.

Ironically, the only thing that might have prevented the shooting would be if Maxie had managed to blurt out “this is your son!!” before Faison could pull the trigger. As much of a bastard as Faison is, he most likely wouldn’t have knowingly shot his son.

Oh sure, Petey is probably his other son, and he shot him… but Faison has been doing this psycho terrorist thing for decades now, and he can probably tell when somebody’s wearing a Kevlar vest under their shirt. Those things are a little bulky.

Timmm
Timmm

The writers might have been conked on the head!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

The episode had high-charged drama. Can’t wait to see it pick up today after being off all weekend.

Jake
Jake

Can’t offer Genie Francis air time but Laura Wrights
Bf goes on contract. No Genie, barely any Nwd
Or Monica, Dillion is gone but it’s all good b/c
Steve Burton is back eating up payroll and Laura Wrights
Got her her man close so she can keep
An eye on him. Way to go GH

Capt. Internet
Capt. Internet

I think Anna’s sister is Peter’s mom. GH is starting to run low on villains – perhaps Helena is on ice on Cassadine Island. Tune in tomorrow . . .

Tim
Tim

Under Frank V term at GH there have been some good characters created but are filled with lacklustre talent. Faison’s other son could carry on his legacy of diabolical madness and fixate on Anna.But no the role goes to a talentless former Guiding Light castoff.

Steve
Steve

The writers are missing so many beats that relate to Faison in GH history…

Faison has terrorized Felicia on multiple occasions. Maxie (or Felicia) should have mentioned this.

Faison held Lucky captive for over a year, making everyone think Lucky died in a fire. This should be Lulu’s motivation in bringing him to justice. A missed opportunity to see Genie Francis do another Angry Laura scene.

And yes, Tristan Rogers and Jack Wagner won’t appear, but having Robert and Frisco send cautionary warnings to current PC residents could be included.

Patrick
Patrick

Kirsten Storms : GO … & watch this past Friday and Mondays eppis’

Maxie has graduated to a maturity level

I am so impressed with your screen time… the whole shebang save for the trying dialogue … and production value, from Frank and Shelley

I don’t know.. yeah, per Steve .. it was a little short of pill box hat… your not in Dallas girl.

any way. was it the lighting… KEEP the weight on…. your hair and make up. it all came together… it was riveting to watch “you” outside of the ditz airhead. that’s tiring. where you can keep that … because it has it’s cute. is when you are working @Crimson … or when you are hosting or not @ any festivities….

hey : no matter how many times Nathan has been shot… I cried. and “You” Kirsten thee SURPISE OF the show. riveted me

heck if the writing holds … we can now look forward to … another family to show. Nathan / Maxie / bundle of

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Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

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Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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