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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Marcus Learns He’s Not Trina’s Biological Father

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On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Trina (Tabyana Ali) opened the DNA test results that would conclude who is her actual bio-dad. Would it be the man who raised her, Taggert (Réal Andrews) or, the man she more recently has come to know, Curtis (Donnell Turner)?

At GH, Marcus, Curtis and Portia (Brook Kerr) gather to learn the results.  It turns out that Curtis is Trina’s biological father, not Marcus.

However, are these results, correct? Are DNA results ever correct on soaps? Did Selina Wu (Lydia Look) have something to do with switching these in favor of Curtis? Are we digging into this too much?

After the revelation, Trina tells Curtis. they will need to take some time need to figure out their relationship.  Trina makes it clear she’s not looking for a replacement father, and hopes he can understand and accept that.  Curtis promises he will let Trina take the lead on things.

Meanwhile, Taggert, who promised Trina no matter what happens that nothing will change between them, decides to take off and breaks down in the elevator.  Marcus is devastated and in tears, and is left using the elevator as a punching bag for his fists.

You can watch the final moments of the scene, featuring a heart-tugging performance by Réal Andrews below.

Now let us know, are you glad Trina’s bio-dad turned out to be Curtis and not Marcus … or were you hoping it would turn out the other way around? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

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Taggert (Réal Andrews) provided a nice but sad performance today on GH. Let the lab results stand with no more switching please. He should be working with a detective agency on the show to get more story and playtime. Come on GH!

I couldn’t agree more, was just saying the same thing to someone last week about them needing to do more with Taggert. I’m not sure what Réal Andrews availability is, I know he’s had some health issues. But if he’s free and good to go, I’d love to see more of him on screen. Why can’t he get his job back at the PCPD? If Chase can, he certainly can. Or like you mentioned, something to do with a detective agency, or literally anything else.

Taggert is a good character with a history, and the fans like him. He deserves more than playing Baby Daddy Roulette with Portia and Curtis.

I agree & lam sick of all the switching around of DNA results. Marcus should be Trina father. Curtis is too arrogant & self righteous!

Curtis really is really self- righteous jerk. He’s dismissed both Jordan and Portia for harboring secrets, and yet, he’s kept his shady business dealings with Ms.Wu a secret, as well as keeping his kissing Jordan a secret.

Hi, Millie—I missed so many Rod—-Did they switch the results again? Is Marcus Trina’s bio dad?

This is the work of Selina Wu. She even told Curtis should could do it.

I agree. Mrs wu is the culprit. Curtis didn’t want her to do anything to jeapodized the results but she’s a real band didn’t listen. Don’t like the character at all.

I agree l don’t like her character either

Yeah but Wu was going to make it so Curtis WASNT the father, remember? She thought him being a dad would make him more cautious and she didn’t want that… Not to mention Stella’s ancestral DNA project led her to believe Trina has more family in Port Charles- So everything aligned with Curtis being her dad. Portia is who’s to blame for this! I’m so mad at her- But she always has her nose turned up at Spencer…

Very much agree

I believe Selina Wu did the DNA switch don’t like her.

Glad it’s Curtis

Glad it’s Curtis who is Trina’s Dad

It’s Dr. That help Anna

I think we won’t see much more of Marcus.

Jacqueline,
It’s not like him to just run off and ditch Trina. I think eventually the DNA results will work out in his favor, after Ms. Wu’s dirty work is found out.

Taggert was heart breaking in the elevator.
Great work Real Andrews! Wish the results were in your favor.

Never thought I could feel sorry for Taggert, but he knocked it out of the park in that elevator scene.

As far as the results being “tampered”.. I don’t see it. Could Selina Wu do it? Sure, but for what purpose? She’s too smart not to know that Curtis wouldn’t come after her if he found out she somehow faked the test. Taggert too, for that matter, since I believe he’s still employed by the Federal government.

As impressive as Real Andrews was in the elevator scene, I’m guessing Taggert will go out of town or we just won’t see him. There’s little reason for the character to remain in PC.

Real Andrew’s performance was gut wrenching. I hope he gets an Emmy nod for best supporting actor. Portia has become a most unlikeable character.

Of course it’s Curtis. Did every one forget that both Trina and Aunt Stella had DNA matches in Port Charles. Duh! They are both related to Curtis. Now can we have this be the end of this. Just do good stories about how every one copes with the news and give Taggert something interesting to do.

Harry,
I haven’t liked her for some time now. I don’t believe she and Curtis will work out now that he and his ex are getting close again, which in turn will have Portia and Taggert reuniting with their ” baby girl”. Oh, how I hate hearing that term from them.

I’m one who’s glad she has two stand-up guys who are willing to give their lives to ensure her happiness. As in the tradition of Soaps, heartbreak is always an inevitable outcome for someone. I’d rather Marcus be the father … But it’s a good outcome either way..

Real delivered the goods; that’s for sure. His performance was heart-breaking from start to finish on that episode. Bravo!

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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General Hospital Alum Richard Simmons ‘Not Interested’ In Biopic with Pauly Shore Portraying Him

Former General Hospital guest star and fitness guru, the reclusive Richard Simmons, has come forward and addressed actor and comedian, Pauly Shore’s wish to play the 70’s and 80’s pop culture icon in a biopic about his life.

Shore previously took to social media and on X shared a side-by-side of him and Simmons. Accompanying the post, Pauly expressed: I’ve noticed the reactions to me playing #RichardSimmons in a biopic. I heard he’s living in Big Bear. We’ve been playing phone tag (yes, he has a phone). I’m trying to make it happen, you guys. In the meantime, hit up all the big producers. I’ll see you at @TheAcademy 2025!”

However, TMZ’s sources are reporting on Saturday that Simmons is not in favor of Shore playing him in a film or anyone else, or any biopic on his life.

The outlet shared that Richard’s reaction was that he was aware of the effort behind a biopic, mostly spear-headed by Pauly. but that he just doesn’t want to be involved. Simmons also added that he likes Pauly a lot, but he’s not biting, despite the public’s urging on social media about the idea of a movie on his life.

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Born Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons, he became part of the public conscious back in the 70’s and 80’s with exercise studios and the ability to help his clients lose weight; many of them were celebrities. Simmons himself, admitted to at one time to being overweight, and getting into fitness helped him maintain a healthy living style and he wanted to help others.

Later, he began a four-year recurring run on General Hospital playing himself from 1979-1983.  Simmons returned to the show in 2013 for the Nurses’ Ball to taunt Lucy (Lynn Herring). He also was host of the Emmy-award winning, The Richard Simmons Show, which focused on personal health, fitness, exercise, and healthy cooking.  Over the last several years, Simmons has withdrawn from public life.

What would you think of a Richard Simmons biopic and if it included some moments in front of the camera and behind the scenes of what went down when he appeared on GH? Do you think it will ever happen given Simmons current position on the matter? Let us know in the comment section.

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