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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lulu Lets Britt Have It For The Cover-up Of Baby Ben! What Did You Think Of Her Speech?

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This past week on General Hospital finally everyone learned that baby Ben is actually Lulu (Emme Rylan) and Dante’s (Dominic Zamprogna)  son, not Dante and Britt’s (Kelly Thiebaud)!

After the cover-up is revealed of Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), Britt and Brad’s (Parry Shen) conspiracy to steal Dante and Lulu’s embryos so Britt could get pregnant and then pass off her baby as Patrick’s (Jason Thompson), lives are torn apart.  And now, Dr. O has kidnapped baby Ben, and has Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Ben held hostage!

But on Friday’s episode, the time finally came for Lulu to go off the rails and let Britt have it for her entire plot, and the pain and suffering she caused her and Dante.  While in the interrogation room at the PCPD after Lulu interrupts Dante trying to get Britt to talk to her mother so he can trace where  Obrecht is with their son, Lulu has these choice words to say to Britt!

Lulu begins telling off Britt:  “You hurt me, and you hurt Dante, and you hurt our son.  You stole him from us.  How you could do that?  You’re a doctor. You’re an OB/GYN.  You are supposed to help people have babies, not take them. You promised, no, you took an oath as a doctor to help me. You violated me, and you violated my husband. Those two embryos were our last hope of ever having a child.” 

Next when Britt tries to say that when she got pregnant, there was no way of her knowing that Lulu couldn’t produce more eggs, Lulu continued: “And when you knew, you sat there in your office and you told me that there was no hope. That Dante and I would never have a child.  But you knew that Ben was sitting in a crib at Wyndemere… OUR SON!  And you did nothing!  You did not care who you hurt as long as you got exactly what you wanted. What kind of person are you?  Just don’t pretend that you are sorry.  You planned this.  You covered it up, and you had no intention of returning our son to us.  In fact, if Elizabeth had not found that letter, you would be snuggled up with Ben right now.

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I read your letter, and I know the reasons you did what you did, and I don’t care. They were selfish. They were delusional. They were evil. And yet you’re not sick, you’re not a sociopath, and you get it, Britt.  I get why you did it.  And that makes what you have done so much more terrifying, and I promise you, I am going to make sure you pay for what you have done to me.  I dare you to say again that you didn’t mean for any of this to happen like that is an excuse … like that makes a damn bit of difference!”

So, what did you think of Lulu’s speech to Britt?  Do you think everything that should have been said has been said to Britt?  Will Britt and Dr. O ultimately not pay for their crimes?  Weigh-in below!

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Dani
Dani

I loved her speech and she was right on. However, I do not think that anyone will pay for this crime. It is the way GH works. They’re not getting rid of Obrecht or Brit (unless the actors are leaving). Is there a custody battle in the works?

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t think there can be a custody battle for a child you stole– but Lulu and Dante could sue Britt— I mean at very least they could get her for malpractice

sandra
sandra

Looks like all the good actors are switching over to General Hospital Hm! maybe I should switch. I wonder if Adam from Y & R might soon be found over there and the old Billy

sandra
sandra

I also loved her playing Abby in the Y & R. Maybe a time for a change I use to watch GH years ago now that my favourite ones are showing up in GH.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Nailed ut!! Now maybe fans will quit feeling sorry for Britt. Shes a monster!

Liz
Liz

It was about time Lulu got to say something to Britt. I only wish it would have lasted a bit longer, and Dante hadn’t pulled Lulu back. Britt deserves more than what she got from Lulu.

Mark
Mark

Loved it! Britt is sicko!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lulu so soon forgets her past: she got herself pregnant by stepbrother Dillion when he was married to Georgie. Nice now but she is still not much better than Britt!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well to be fair what Lulu did may be immoral but not illegal, what Britt did was illegal and did violate her oath as a doctor which should at the very least get her medical license revoked. As you said in a different post elsewhere, it is okay to have immoral characters who do shady things, but having so many do criminal acts and no one ever goes to jail- or pays the consequences it gets unrealistic. Even if the bad guy dies, eventually another writer will bring them back from the beyond.

I guess that is the price we soap opera viewers have to pay for stories that are continuing— sometimes I think telenovels like they have in Mexico are better for that, because once the story arc ends, it ends– and a new telenovel starts with different characters and story begins. In that form the criminals can face justice because you don’t need next week like our soaps do.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Your right about the illegal part and i wish they’d stop making Britt and Dr.O do criminal acts that go unpunished…they can be villians without the illegal stuff…i miss villains like Rachel Davis and Lisa Hughes but i guess they cant write those kind anymore!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey jimh…I think we can give Lulu a pass…she was practically a child then…Brit is an adult AND a doctor! In my opinion…no comparison.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…but I do appreciate your comments/opinions…just a disagree on this one!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lulu was no child…just a brat…lol but she was still old enough to know better…agree or disagree i cant win all the time…lol…and i appreciate your response anytime!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Jasmine pointed out(below) something i almost forgot: Lulu took Maxi to court and lied on the stand, and attempted to run off with Maxis baby in an attempt to keep baby Connie/Georgie so she really isnt much better than Britt!!!

Brenda
Brenda

Correction: Lulu CONSIDERED running off with Connie/Georgie as any other person would have done in the same situation. In the end she didn’t do it, but let’s not forget that Maxie lied to Lulu and Dante for months, letting them think the baby was theirs when she knew she had miscarried. How is what Lulu did worse than that? Everyone keeps forgetting the role Maxie played in that situation–even Spinelli didn’t know until the day of the christening when Brad spilled the beans.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

I ike Britt, since she has been with Nickolas. I donot want Liz with Nickolas, and I was fond of Nickolas and Emily. I really like him with Britt. Like he has a REAL woman.
Lulu’s speech was good. I even re-inacted it, OUT LOUD, from the words above, since I didn’t see it on Friday. And I must say, I didn’t sound bad. LOL

Robert
Robert

I know what Britt. and her mother did was horrible but at the same time, they saved Lulu and Dante. from having to go thru the long draining process of finding a surrogate and the worry if the procedure will succeed. I know Britt. had no intentions of telling them the truth but the fact is they have a child thanks to emotionally damage Britt. and her Doctor Frankenstein mother.

FAS
FAS

You have a screwed perspective of looking at this. Seriously? If I would engage a surrogate to carry my child, I would want to be a part of the gestation process every step of the way. If this were real life, Britt and her mother would not have stood a chance in the medical field, ethiCally, morally and professionally. Do not fall victim to the writers of soaps. They want the viewer to forgive the most beastly behaviour to suit their purpose. None of these characters has a spic and span past. Just saying.

Lin
Lin

If she hasn’t paid for her crimes by now, the PTB at GH won’t make her pay now. Even if she is punished for 5 minutes it won’t stick. The writers are delusional. You have to plan.If my characters do x then y will happen. At GH they do not. They also rewrite history. I don’t think that is good writing.
Though obrecht is funny at times, making her the head of GH makes no more sense than making Mickey Mouse or Mr. Ed head of GH. If think a little comedy is good, like when Luke and Tracey were comical, but this is downright stupid. if it were a sit com, it would still be stupid to have Obrecht heading GH but a comedy is a comedy. I do not think the writer(s) are doing a good job. Though finally there are some scenes (having to do with this story) that have good writing. But after too long.

FAS
FAS

You are spot on!!!!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I don’t know why but Lulu reminds me of those little lap dogs that can bark and bark, but you don’t really feel threaten by them. She makes a lot of noise, but honestly what is she going to do to Britt? On the other hand you got someone like Dr. O who just has to look at you and your blood runs cold.

As for the speech, it felt more like a recap of the plot for those just tuning in than an honest emotional response from the character—- but that’s just my view on it.

The better story would have been Britt coming clean on her own– to see her growth rather than have her just standing there like a child who was caught doing something bad and getting a verbal spanking for it–

rebecca1
rebecca1

I do have a general comment regarding the writing. I think it’s sort of in keeping with Brit’s sense of right and wrong given her psycho upbringing that she would use excuses like, “I thought I could give you another one,” or “I thought you would have Maxie’s baby and raise her as your own…” but it makes no sense to answer those remarks other than with a “SO WHAT?!!!!” It wouldn’t matter if they had one other baby, ten other babies, biological babies, adopted babies or cabbage patch babies!!!!! BEN IS THEIR CHILD!!!! That’s all that matters. There is no excuse…it wouldn’t matter if they had others…THAT’S the main retort that should be thrown in Brit’s face. SHE KIDNAPPED THEIR BABY. Operative word…THEIR baby.

Janeway
Janeway

Thank you ! Thank you! I wanted to scream just that at the TV. So what if they could have another? NO ONE has a right to STEAL someone’s child. Like Dante told Maxie when he found out Connie wasn’t theirs and she was going to substitute her for the child they lost-You can’t play GOD! Child are not interchangeable.

I laugh at people who think that Lante should thank Britt for carrying their child, Ha Ha. Thank the person who let them babysit for their own child? The person who would have kept their child from them for his entire life if they could have gotten away with it.

I also think that it ridiculous to compare Britt wanting to hold on to the child she STOLE and Lulu wanting to keep the child she was GIVEN and told was HERS.

And the best are those that think Lulu deserves to lose the baby that she created with her loving husband, because as an immature, insecure teenager she slept with the boy she had a crush on (& broke up his marriage) and had an abortion because she was not ready to be a mother. The irony of this situation is that Lulu has been very sorry for the pain that she caused and made peace with the people she wronged. The potential grandmother, Tracy has been one of her greatest supporters and does not blame Lulu .

rebecca1
rebecca1

Janeway: Nice to find a like-minded viewer on something you would think EVERYONE would naturally agree on. It just seems so insane to rationalize why it might be one iota acceptable or excusable to steal someone else’s child…and to actually come up with 100 plus reasons why it’s not okay instead of just shouting…YOU STOLE OUR BABY!!!! And the laughable yet frustrating thing is that the conversation was repeated in several different ways/days…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Lulu was no insecure teenager when she took Maxi to court and lied…or when she tried to run off with Maxi’s child even when she knew the baby was Maxi and Spins…even if she was a teenager and all she still knew it was wrong to sleep with her married stepbrother…but i agree what Britt had done is far more criminal…however, knowing the writing of this show she’ll probably do no time for it…jmo!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

jimh…
the situation with Maxi and Lulu is totally different than Britt and Lulu.

Britt STOLE Lante’s embryos. STOLE. She impregnated herself with another woman (and man)’s child. She went to her lab, took THEIR EGGS/SPERM/EMBRYO…mix n’ match as you will…and placed it in her own body. First…to deceive Patrick. So right off the bat she’s stolen another couple’s child…and has another man believing she’s having HIS child.

After she reached some semblance of normalcy…and had opportunities to attempt to make it right…which could never really be made right…she perpetuated the lie. As Janeway said…she was basically “allowing” Lulu to babysit…or even hold…her OWN child! It was so beyond outrageous…so beyond wrong and nutz!

I don’t see a comparison with the Maxi/Lulu thing. That was good intentions gone wrong. Maxi loves Lulu…she waned to do a selfless act…she sacrficed all the way thru. First, in carrying their child..then…giving her own child to them so as not to hurt/disappoint them. When she realized she couldn’t go through with it…she gently tried to reason…she was devastated at the fallout.

Lulu…understandably was grief-stricken. She believed this was her biological daughter. She loved this child from the time Maxie carried it to the time she held her in her own arms…brought her home…bonded. There was of course confusion, hurt, betrayal, loss…it was just an emotional devastation from all sides.

I didn’t particularly like Lulu through this SL only because while I realize everything I just wrote above in this twisted tale…I still thought she should have caught Maxie some slack and appreciated her misguided friendship…since Maxie did what she did out of love. But the point is Lulu was fighting for what she was led to believe was her daughter…one she’d bonded with and come to love.

Britt came to love a child she STOLE…a baby literally stolen in its embryonic state….soooo different a situation.

Sigh. I’m exhauseted! 😉

Jasmine
Jasmine

Lulu was right on. But if memory serves me right, wasn’t she trying to steal Maxi’s baby when she knew it wasn’t her baby? Didn’t she take Maxi to court and lie on the stand too? She is no better than Britt.

Charday
Charday

You have a good point, Jasmine, as did Jimh (leave it to beaver). I can’t stand Lulu (or Dante)—they’re so self-important and full of themselves and only see their point of view with anything. The Lulu character was so mean to Maxie when she found out the truth there–unredeemable after that. While Lulu had every right to be mad at Britt, she ought to be thankful that Britt essentially served as her surrogate and gave her a baby. I’ve really enjoyed the Britt and Dr. O characters the last year and hope there’s a lot more of their shenanigans to come.

Shay
Shay

So true, Charday!!!! I LOVE Dr. O. and the huge reveal that she was Britt’s “mutta” was one of the best on GH in years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed their up and down mother-daughter relationship and all the capers that ensued because of it. Definitely never a dull moment with those two….I am looking forward to more fun escapades from them! As for Lulu and Dante, you really nailed their basic attitude and behavior, too. I’m so tired of their unending melodrama……….particularly Lulu’s crazed, over-the-top obsession with babies.

su0000
su0000

Whomever wrote the script/speech for Lulu did and excellent job!!
It was stellar..

long awaited… loved to kidnapping twist.. it’s a soap and the drama is never ending!!

((when this is over I hope they give Franco a great story 🙂

Toby
Toby

Lulu had every right to say what she did to Britt. Lulu has made mistakes, but she has owned up to them and moved forward to make herself a better person. Britt, on the other hand, continues to only think of herself. She is evil and won’t change. Hopefully, we will see Lulu do what she says and make Britt pay, but I do not think it will happen because it doesn’t look like Britt or her evil monster mother are leaving. So for what it was worth, Lulu was at least able to scream at Britt and vent her feelings.

smoochie
smoochie

Like I said before Lulu has every right to do whatever she is capable of whether physically or verbally ,to give Britt what’s she deserves, but watching the two actresses it’s like seeing David (Lulu) and Goliath -(Guess) Lulu is like the mouse that roared with a strong Kelly Thiebaud/Brit towering over her. Emme/Lulu is a much more petite woman in comparison with a seemingly bigger-boned and broad-shouldered Kelly (Brit who at 5’9″ appears taller than TB ( 5’10” and he has to look up into her face)It’s almost like watching the mismatched pair of Tom Cruise and Kelly ‎McGillis in Top Gun- So I hope something is written for Emme/Lulu where she gets to posture herself to appear larger than life so that the dastardly duo of Mutter and Dutter can’t help but cower in the wake of Lulu’s wrath. For me, no matter what kind of spin is being put on this convoluted baby-napping in order to gain sympathy for these two (three actually including Brad) villains du jour, redemption has left the building and left them in the dust of it’s gonna be time to pay.

Janeway
Janeway

Bravo to the writers & Bravo to Emme Rylan! Lulu was spot on about everything! It was about time Lulu had her say.

Nik stole the show at the party expressing his hurt and anger at Britt for betraying his trust and breaking his heart. Dante expressed his anger and pain to the woman who had caused so much pain to him and the woman that he loved, and who not only stole their child but almost ruined their marriage as well.

Lulu hit the nail directly on the head when she said that Britt VIOLATED her and her husband. No matter what kind of crazy mother Britt had, she is a doctor, she took an Oath. She is supposed to help people have babies. She had access to their genetic material. She is supposed to be a trusted professional. Doctors aren’t supposed to steal patients embryos and keep their babies. Especially after Britt realized that Ben was the only child that Lulu would ever have and had a ringside seat to the torment Lulu felt when she thought Dante had a a child with Britt. It was beyond cruel it was selfishness to the utmost.

Also loved tiny Lulu going after Britt, and Dante having to pull Lulu off her. He couldn’t exactly let his wife attack a prisoner in the police station as much as he would have liked too. LOL

Daisy
Daisy

Thank you Janeway. Perfectly said. Britt VIOLATED both Dante and Lulu. If all had not been revealed, Britt would have continued the deception, playing the kind and caring mother and ALLOWING Lulu to spend time with her own son. Oh, but Britt felt so guilty. BUNK. Not enough to tell the truth. Not enough to see Lulu suffering every day and yet continue to lie. I won’t deny that she loves that child now, but it didn’t start out that way. She didn’t care at all about the baby. It was a means to an end.
I find it amazing that some say Britt did them a favor. She gave them a baby. They didn’t have to find a surrogate. I guess what those people are saying is any “incubator” will do. Sorry, I don’t feel that way. Thankfully, the truth is out and hopefully Britt will suffer. I don’t care if she doesn’t go to prison, but I want her to see the disgust on peoples faces and in their eyes every time anyone looks at her. I want Dante and Lulu to change that little boys name and even take that away from Britt. I want her left with NOTHING.

dmr
dmr

Honestly, I just want this ridiculous storyline to be wrapped up. I shook my head as Dr. O. walked out of Nik’s bedroom with the baby, back to Dante and Lulu. That would have been the perfect opportunity for them to pull the woman by her hair, since her back was turned to them. Or at least trip her, and grab the baby!

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

Lulu did an excellent job! I like Britt but it was good to see her put on her place

Red
Red

It was a great speech delivered by a subpar actor, unfortunately…but the words will not be reflected in the story. Britt’s character will not pay for this brutality. She will be redeemed in some way so they can keep the character on the canvas.

Sharonda
Sharonda

IA with what Lulu said. However, her delivery was off. She should have slapped her at the party and then with a lawsuit! the next day and the hospital. GH is as much to blame because they hired her. Lulu should seek monetary damages from Maxie (either Dante added Maxie on his insurance as a dependent unless she got Medicaid-which I doubt, or either paid out of pocket for everything because of the funds given to him as a gift from Sonny) and the hospital, and criminal negligence from Britt!

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

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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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