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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.

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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.

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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.

Rodd
Rodd

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!

Steve
Steve

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.

Caleb
Caleb

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.

Michael
Michael

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

Su000
Su000

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!

Jimh
Jimh

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???

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

Jimh
Jimh

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

aria
aria

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.

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

Celia
Celia

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?

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

Celia
Celia

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.

Timmm
Timmm

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!

Timmm
Timmm

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.

Celia
Celia

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!!

Timmm
Timmm

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

Jimh
Jimh

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

Celia
Celia

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!!

Timmm
Timmm

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!

Soaphound
Soaphound

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”.

Celia
Celia

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

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

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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For the first episode of the series aptly titled, “Soaps In Quarantine” Nancy and Kaore welcome GH’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and The Young and the Restless Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) as their very special guests.

Topics are wide-ranging, and entertaining from some interesting tidbits about their soap characters and their individual times on different soap operas, to if they have each gone to the grocery store and what they are experiencing from items being MIA and flying off the shelves and more.

As you will see, the actors and the hosts all Skype-in or Face time in which is something we all can do to be within each other’s “comforts zones” while being isolated at home.

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General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor Talks ‘Being Brando Corbin’

This week on General Hospital, viewers saw that Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) has set Port Charles newcomer Brando Corbin (Johnny Wactor) up with a mechanics garage for a place of business, that has left Brando concerned, but also thankful.

Brando came onto the scene when he saved Carly (Laura Wright) from gunfire. The once believed-to-be-dead son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs), has a checkered past, but has been trying to remain on the straight and narrow.  Sonny had previously put into motion protection for teenaged Dev (Ashton Arbab), that he will continue to be passed off as the biological son of Brando to keep him safe.  That, along with a back-story that includes: the Iraqi War, prison time, drug use, PTSD, familial issues, mob wars, and more, has loaded the deck for actor Johnny Wactor to show his acting chops and more within the daytime drama arena.

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Michael Fairman TV chatted with Johnny to get his thoughts on becoming part of the iconic GH and where he hopes Brando’s journey goes from here.  Check out what he had to say below.

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What do you think about your character’s name being “Brando”? Did GH tell you where the idea for the name came from?

JOHNNY:  Oh, I love it.   No, they didn’t tell me why, but I assume it was in some relation to Marlon Brando; when back in the day he was in a leather jacket … because I come onto the scene wearing a leather jacket as a badass!

What’s your experience been like coming onto a show like GH?  Previously, I know you’ve done a lot of primetime roles and series.  Were you shocked at the pace of shooting a daytime drama?

JOHNNY:  Oh, yeah.  I was made aware of the pace beforehand by my manager, as well as my buddy, Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) who works on The Young and the Restless.  He’s kicking ass over there.  In this genre, you get one rehearsal and one take pretty much, and then, they move on.  It’s definitely been a learning curve, and I’m still getting used to that at times where I’m just like, “Ah, I want one more take!”  I can get a bit obsessive and I’m a perfectionist.  It definitely has been challenging, but I enjoy it.  It’s fun to work at a fast pace.  It’s a lot like working in the theatre.

In story, Johnny is pretending to be Dev’s father.  Did you know that would be part of Brando’s story when you took on this gig?

JOHNNY:  I did not.   I didn’t know that until I read the first script that they sent me.  I’m like, “I also have a son?”   It was a lot to take in, but that’s where the imagination comes in.

What’s great for you, I would think, is that you’re getting to play in scenes with Maurice Benard and Laura Wright and major players who are a part of that core group.  What’s it been like working with them?

JOHNNY:  It’s been a Godsend, really.  Being my first time on a daytime show, for one, anytime you come onto a new project and one that’s been going on for some time, and you’re a newcomer, there’s always that concern like, “What will this set be like?  Is it like a familial atmosphere?  Am I going to be welcomed?”  They’ve made it super easy.  I’m just so lucky that I have people who have so much experience on this show and just daytime shows in general, where they’ve kind of taken me under their wings and are super helpful.  Anytime I have questions, they’re patient.  I’m sure I annoy them sometimes, but they don’t let on to it.   I’m grateful that they’ve sort of “teamed” me up with them to kind of ease me onto the show.

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The fans are seeing a spark between Brando and Carly.  Is Brando into Carly?

JOHNNY:  I’d like to say that he rescued her because she was a beautiful blonde, but that’s not what that was and why he did it … even though I’m not denying that she’s a beautiful blonde.  I think there’s something there, but how far Brando pursues that, I don’t know!  Sonny sets Brando up with the garage and a pretty sweet deal at that.  So, does Brando want to screw this up?  However, not everyone makes logical, levelheaded decisions.  We’ll see.  I’m not ruling it out as something that could possibly happen.

How are you playing Brando right now? Is he a good guy … or, are there secret ulterior motives going down that the audience may not know about, yet?

JOHNNY:  In my opinion, he is a guy who has got a good heart.  I don’t think he is infallible.  I think he is someone who is determined to be on the mend and make up for his decisions and his past, because he is someone who has made poor decisions.  I don’t think you can rule him as a good person who will never make a mistake, or won’t get into trouble, or won’t make some bad decisions.  “Does he have ulterior motives?”  Maybe, but I think that if he does, they might be a little unconscious.  I think he is a genuine good guy.

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Are the fans swooning over you on social media now that you’ve made your GH debut?  When you get the, “Oh, he’s hot,” do you take those compliments well, or, is it uncomfortable for you, and you deflect that?

JOHNNY:  It’s always flattering to get those compliments.  I think when I was younger, like 22, first getting into this business; I was definitely pining for those compliments and put more weight into it.  I will say; it’s always good to have someone say something positive about you.  I will take, “Hey, he’s good-looking.”  I love the comments.  It’s great.

So, what would you love to see happen with Brando?  Is there anything that you’re seeing with your character that you wish you could do …or get to have the opportunity to be able to drive the direction in which he goes in?

JOHNNY:  That’s a great question.  I love when the writers put Brando on the scene and planted some seeds early on when he was revealing a little of his background to Carly.  He reveals he has PTSD and spent time in prison.  Brando also has got issues with drug addiction.  I would love for those to kind of resurface somehow.  Maybe Brando has a relapse and gets back on the sauce, or drugs, or maybe has some kind of other issues with PTSD, because those are the real things in the world that people deal.

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What’s great about it is that they kind of loaded you up with a back-story that they can fill in, so that as a viewer, you ultimately root for the guy

JOHNNY:  Absolutely.  Yeah, nobody wants to root for the guy who has everything and just has the perfect life.  We’ve all made mistakes.  So, alright, he’s trying to get back on the horse and make a good life for himself.

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Did you get any pointers from GH vet Steve Burton (Jason), who you have also shared several scenes with since coming to GH?

JOHNNY:  The most pointers I’ve gotten from Steve are about preparation for the scenes.  Every time we have scenes together, he’s just always willing to work with you, and make sure that you’re prepared, and he’s prepared, and the scene is going to be the best that it can be.  Also, he’s been really invaluable with giving me more of a crash course on the background of these characters.  This show has been on for decades and it’s tough to get caught up in the short amount of time between when you find out you have the job, and you start filming, to really know who everybody is.  So, he explained to me who Jason is on the show and who the Corinthos family is and what they represent … these are dangerous guys!

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Take me through what happened when you learned you got the part of Brando, and were joining the cast of General Hospital?

JOHNNY:  I was at my apartment.  I think it was probably two days after I went in for the producer’s session.  They brought in 4 or 5 guys to read in front of the producers, (at least that I saw) and I felt strong about my reading.  Then, I just kind of tried to forget about it after I left so I wouldn’t get all into my head about whether I got the part, or not.  Then the next day, I didn’t get a phone call.  So, I’m like, “Man, really?  I thought that might have been it.”   But the next day, I was with my girlfriend at the time and my agency was calling.  My manager was on the phone as well, and they shared with me that I got the part, and it was exciting.  It was a relief and an affirmation.  It’s always exciting when you book a job and then to book a major recurring role on a show with a character whose name is “Brando Corbin”, needless to say, was really cool.

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I think it’s very apparent that you have the “It” factor.  You already have a shown a strong presence on the show and have a very bright future ahead of you.   I have seen a lot of actors come and go, and who launch their careers on daytime over the years, and I think you are going to be one to watch for quite some time to come.

JOHNNY:  First of all, thank you so much for saying that.  That’s really kind of you.  It’s really high praise.  Coming from someone who knows that show and who is a fan of it that means I passed the test!  Thank you, Michael!  I really appreciate that affirmation.  It’s good to get validation from someone whose opinion really matters.

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Could you see a love interest for Brando coming up in the future?

JOHNNY:  I could definitely see a love interest for him coming up.  Maybe multiple love interests!  Who knows?

I think there are a lot of single ladies in Port Charles.

JOHNNY:  Yeah!  But, why do they have to be single?

Right! Or, they could be married!

JOHNNY:  It’s Port Charles!

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So, have you been enjoying Johnny’s performances as Brando Corbin thus far?  Who do you hope he becomes involved with romantically on GH? Do you want to know more about his back-story and see what happens next now that Sonny has set him up with a garage? Comment below.

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