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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.

Rodd
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

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

Su000
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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
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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
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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
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Jimh

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

aria
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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… Read more »

Soaphound
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Timmm
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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
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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
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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
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Timmm

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

Jimh
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Jimh

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

Celia
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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
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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
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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
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Celia

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

Violet Lemm
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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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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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Gregory Harrison Is The New Gregory Chase On General Hospital

General Hospital just got hotter as it beef’s up its storyline featuring Kim Delaney as Jackie Templeton.  Now comes word that TV veteran, Gregory Harrison has come to the ABC daytime drama series as the recast Gregory Chase.

The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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