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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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This was a very good episode. Katelyn MacMullen did outstanding work with a strong script. William DeVry and Maura West’s scenes were a nice surprise addition and they were outstanding as always. The people at Y&R might want to have a look because they need all the help they can get with the disaster they’ve made over there.

Powerful performances! All the boxes were being ticked off except those manipulated scenes between Brad and Nelle in front of the police officer; contrived to invent more trouble for Brad and let Nelle off the hook. Other than that bunkiss, the show was stellar!

Kudos to Katelyn for powerful performance as Weeping Willow.
Chloe is always superb as Nelle.
Sadly, Chad is the weak link. His best performances are when he is angry (i.e. the short-lived period when he was anti-Sonny). The writers rarely give him anything to sink his teeth into.

Yes, Michael was the weak link, unfortunately, and since the story was basically about him, it was disappointing that it’s almost as though he wasn’t involved at all. ….. and Yes Yes Yes, when Michael was anti-Sonny, those were Chad’s BEST scenes, especially the classic “I think I’ll call her AJ”. I wish they’d kept THAT Michael rather than “sonny suck up/apologist Michael” … I actually stopped watching the show the day Michael gave “AJ” back to Sonny/Carly… I had already had it up to “here” with the Fluke mess, and that just tipped the scales for me and I was done for a good couple of years.

Katelyn was incredible and should definitely add this to her Emmy reel!

First; it was good, the acting was superb.
Well done; congrats!
but-
I was hoping for expecting booming drama..
For a year-long (boring) story.
I was looking for a BOMB ending.
but-
it was quite boring, also.

If it were not for the prestige actors giving
us a tight performance, it would have been eeehhh.

I waited a year for an explosive reveal, but naawww.

it was just a normal soap episode, it was expected
what happened, no surprise, no boom writing, just normal.

thanky for the splendid acting to carry it over..BRAVO!

Brad was stupid…and a wimp..he should had mention how Julian made him keep quiet about the baby…when will that come up and Julian’s involvement that he tampered with Brad’s car-hopefully if there is a trial…and when do they place female and male prisoners across from each other in a jail???

I agree, Jimh, and I’m tired of idiots like that guard automatically taking Nelle’s side in that “co-ed” holding area. We see enough simpleminded injustice in real life, thank you. And why doesn’t Brad ask Nelle why she never followed up on her “stolen” baby until now? We all know how tenacious she is, especially if she feels wronged. But… Brad and common sense never did mix.

I think brad will blackmail Julian as his get out of jail card

omg, willow broke my heart, you could really feel the pain, Katelyn MacMullen was brilliant . I felt sorry for Lucas but at the same time he fell in love with Brad, how he could has always irked me. Brad is a weasel, and he could never hide that. So its hard to understand what qualities Lucas saw in brad that were never shown on the show, he always came across as obnoxious and boy really dumb too. Then there’s Julian, I swear if Alexis gives him any attention I’ll be throwing up a lot. one thing annoyed me, mainly Carly making it about her.

Aria, I think Lucas saw Brad as a “fixer upper” project. I mean, Brad tried to blackmail Michael (his nephew) into a night of sex! Not to mention how many DNA switches? Granted, I find Mr. Shen very sexy but his alter ego? Not so much.

Katelyn’s superlative performance was palpable—-at least for me!! As a mother who has lost a child, that performance was real, albeit bittersweet. The actress deserves an Oscar, in my opinion. If she had not been acting, I would have believed she were mourning with heartfelt agony.
So far, Willow has been the understated character with deep-rooted issues—-the flower has finally bloomed—-and how splendid are her colors?

She had me in tears, Celia, and after 50 years of soap watching, that’s not easy anymore. This young lady is a REAL FIND. I can picture her being equally good as an Ava-type character down the road. She even upped Josh’s game, as I saw Chase starting to tear up as well. But I will agree with some of the posts that Michael’s normally serene persona was not appropriate here. A breakdown of happiness would have elevated this reunion beyond just another variation of “The Carly Show” featuring…..everybody else.

Oh, you said it, Soaphound—-Tears don’t come easily any longer on soaps. “Willow” truly moved me—-
….too close to home for me; yet, you responded to her pain as emotionally as I.
I have never been impressed by Michael—he seems too placid, no matter the circumstance. One would think he’d be furious!!—perhaps he is still in shock?
Carly reminds me of a supreme schoolmarm—-actually, I had one of those in bording school—walking up and down the dorm’s hallway, at night, like a watchdog. Invincible. She fits the part—soooo tall. All she needs? Army boots., and a shotgun flung over the shoulder. Ha!! Then again, I am petite; therefore, any woman taller than I seems to dwarf me.
Seriously, I actually like Laura —great actress. Unfortunately, with Carly, I get this overwhelming urge to smack her.
One more thing—Don’t you love Wiley? Someone in that ‘room’ , today, was entertaining him in the shadows. Loved his little giggles.

This kid is amazing. When Monica took a selfie of her with Jason, Michael and Wiley, I had tears in my eyes! That little boy is a joy!

I loved her from day one. Willow has been given this opportunity to shine. She is beautiful and I bet a Beautiful human outside the show. Michael dropped the ball in his scenes and I was disappointed but I never thought about how hard Willow would take this truth. It is heartbreaking.

Katelyn is a shining star, isn’t she, T?—– as yourself, I loved her from the onset. She is going somewhere —the top.
The truth hit her hard. And, this was her opportunity to dance…..and dance she did.
I felt the pain, Timmmy—
As yourself and Soaphound shared; you were moved—-imagine the impact of that scene affected me—-left me breathlessly in tears—how taken I was!! How we all were!! What a performance!!

C, I could only imagine your pain. How long has it been?

Willow will obviously make a play for Micheal just to get close to the baby even if not hers

Oh, Jimmy—-how fertile is your mind? And naughty???? LOL.
Willow doesn’t seem the type to work such a web—-but, hey, it’s a soap and you are rarely wrong.
Willow may become so distraught, she may not be responsible for her actions. She’s already distancing herself from Chase. Hmmmm—too bad—Chase is worth a million “Adonis”(es) compared to wishy-washy Michael—-nary a sexy bone in his body—Ha!!

Listen, GH has been much better this past year. BUT, to wait this long for this story to conclude, AVERAGE! Thats it, average. Most gave good performances. Bobbi looked like a zombie. Michael was horrible. Willow was great on Friday. She showed what I knew she had, CHOPS! Good for her.

One thing outside of this story, kind of. I thought of the perfect couple. Liesel and Spinelli. Seriously, those two would be a riot together!

Don’t get me started, Timmm. They’re two of my faves and the comic possibilities would be a treasure trove. I still crack up over Liesl’s delight, years ago, in the taste of Elizabeth’s children’s cereal (her 3rd bowl): “They taste surprisingly fruit-like”.

Liesl is “DA Voman”, Soaphound—I am in awe!!

So nice to finally see little Wiley being treated like a todler, playing with his toys and munching on snacks, etc. I was sick of seeing him constantly being carried around by everyone, like a baby. I’m sure he’ll disappear into the nursery with all the other forgotten kids.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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General Hospital Issues Statement Condemning Racist Attacks Directed at Tabyana Ali

After continued online racist comments directed at General Hospital cast member, Tabyana Ali (Trina), the series has issued its own statement on the situation across all of its social media platforms on Tuesday.

Ali, who back on June 9th took to X to stand up to the racist remarks sent her way, has been facing the same situation since joining the soap opera back in 2022 as a recast in the role of Trina Robinson.

Throughout her time on the ABC soap opera, Tabyana had been one-half of the popular young love story of “Sprina” along with Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer).

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Now General Hospital is standing up and alongside Ali, with its statement which read: “General Hospital does not tolerate hatred or bigotry of any kind. Racism has no place in Port Charles. GH is for everyone.”  Since its posting, the ability to comment has been turned off on the GH Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While the statement does not specifically name Ali, according to Soap Opera Digest, ABC has been communicating with Ali and her representatives about how best to navigate the situation. Once the statement was issued, Ali took to X and said, “I appreciate you so much ABC/GH.”

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Back on June 9th, Ali opened up about the “hate” directed at her and then added, “To anyone that hates me, that’s absolutely fine. I don’t know you and you don’t me, but regardless I’m sending you peace, safety and prosperity.”

Several of Ali’s GH co-stars have posted the statement on their Instagram accounts including: Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jacqueline Grace Lopez (Blaze) and Kate Mansi (Kristina).

What do you think of General Hospital’s statement that racism has no place in Port Charles? Are you glad they stood up for Tabyana, and moving forward for any form of racism related to the show and its cast? Comment below.

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