Connect with us

General Hospital

62

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Maurice Benard Delivers Emotional Turn As Sonny Confesses At Morgan's Funeral

Courtesy/ABC

Courtesy/ABC

On Monday’s episode of General Hospital, it was the airing of a very highly-anticipated scene as Sonny (Maurice Benard), with gun in tow, addresses family and friends in front of his son Morgan’s casket during the young man’s funeral service.

Sonny, who has left Carly (Laura Wright) a letter (which she never got thanks to the machinations of Nelle!) and who said some ominous goodbyes to his children, looks to be ready to take the blame for his son’s death and take his own life in the process.  The mobster wants to right the wrong, but first he wants to make sure everyone knows how sorry he is, especially Carly, who is overcome by Sonny’s words and actions.

Next thing you know when Jason (Billy Miller) tries to talk Sonny down, he says he has to do this.  And with that, Sonny disarms his gun and tells his son Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) to handcuff and arrest him for Morgan’s death.  At this point, Sonny believes when he called off the hit meant for Julian (William deVry), which ultimately in a series of circumstances took Morgan’s life instead, that the hit was still carried out.  But Jason knows better!

Later at the PCPD, Sonny is in the interrogation room when Jason slips in and tells him that Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) is on her way.  Sonny needs to lawyer-up since he has the beginnings of evidence that show that Sonny is not responsible for the hit.  Dante and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) are outside the room in the police station, where Jordan is trying to get Dante to step away from the case against his father.

Carly is now faced with losing her husband for a prison sentence, following the death of her son.  She is devastated, but Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tells her Josslyn, Michael (Chad Duell) and Avery need her now more than ever.  Meanwhile, Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) is on to Nelle, who is up to something, but what is her end game? Ava (Maura West) popped up at the church to say her goodbyes to Morgan when everyone else was gone, and Kiki and Dillon had a very touching scene portrayed on the money from Hayley Erin and Robert Palmer Watkins after the funeral when they met up.

However, it was Maurice Benard who in the first ten minutes of the episode illustrated Sonny’s sorrow and his guilt that his son is dead, but that he is still alive.  Several moments were played with quiet intensity, and when Sonny cried, we cried.  Watching Sonny break down in tears was even too much for his family as Michael and Carly watched in sadness.  Again, beautifully played by Benard, who should consider this and other performances this year for his Emmy reel.

So, what did you think of the conclusion of Morgan’s funeral?  Maurice Benard’s performance?  Who is truly responsible for Morgan’s death? What is up with Nelle? Share your thoughts to these questions in the comment section below!

 

Leave a comment | 62 Comments
Advertisement

62
Leave a Reply

avatar
11 Comment threads
51 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
26 Comment authors
CeliaRebeccaqAddisonAJRose Recent comment authors
newest oldest
Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Julian is responsible…he put the bomb in his own car to frame Sonny but it was suppose to go off with no one in the car!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

If that is the case, then the question will be how does Julian get himself out of this one? It is always interesting to see what they throw in to get Julian and Ava off the hook. Those birds should have been jailed and executed many times over but yet they still come up smelling like a rose.

AJ
AJ

Maurice did an amazing performance, he had me tears the entire scene in the church. I could literally feel Sonny’s heartbreaking as he said he wished he could trade places with Morgan. I know there are a lot of Sonny haters out there, and at times I dislike the things Sonny does, but I wouldn’t wish that on any parent. The thought of your child dieing because of you has to be a pain like no other, and Maurice showed that yesterday. His guilt over his sons death was simply overwhelming. If Maurice isn’t at least nominated next year for an Emmy I will be very disappointed.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Unfortunately, I did not get to see aforementioned scene , thanks to Obama’s long winded interruption of our soaps. I read the re-cap, but not the same. Iam sure Maurice Bernard did a bang up job, no pun intended, as only he can do. I know I would have been crying right along with him.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Violet Lemm…Obama’s long-winded interruption? Yeah, you’re right. GH is sooooo much more important than what’s going on now,..

Addison
Addison

Dear Violet, I am already missing the eloquence, the poetry and the dignity of our president as I prepare for the orange dawn of the future.
President Obama can interrupt my soap anytime.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Well if that was the plan it wasn’t well executed, no pun intended, by the writers since Julian knew his driver would be sitting in it. Unless the driver was disposable to Julian. I also think it would be a dumb move by Julian to hire Curtis; he’s pretty good at his job. And…Julian still wants to win back Alexis…

Maybe Paul ordered the hit from jail; he was out to get Sonny. Maybe a Zaccharia hit… Maybe something to do with Nell. I’m goin’ with a Nell connection….

Addison
Addison

Or perhaps Carlos’s brother?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Ooh! That’s a good suggestion too! In doing so, he would have gotten revenge on Julian AND Sonny! I still think it would be interesting if it was Carlos’s twin that had been killed…and Carlos is really alive but has to “play dead.”

Celia
Celia

I agree, Rebecca. I never thought Julian fid it; too obvious.
I do think your idea that Joe is really Carlos has a lot of merit. I think he came back with the intention of getting his family back, never imagining Sabrina would die in the interim. He does have his son.
If what you propose is true, would it mean that it was Joe who actually died by Julian’s hand?

Rebeccaq
Rebeccaq

Hi CeeCee…yes, that was my theory a while ago. (barely remember it now…but Joe came to Port Charles pretending to be Carlos…then was shot by Julian who thought he was Carlos.) The only hole I see is the composure Carlos maintained after hearing about Sabrina’s death. Still, workable theory, especially for a soap.

Rodd
Rodd

Jimh, I thought the same thing after watching Julian’s scene with Curtis at MC.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Hopefully you are right. I hope they dont destroy Alexis or Griffen

Addison
Addison

If MB would stop playing every scene with his eye on the Emmy reel, he just might get that Emmy nod. If TPTB would stop catering to MB’s desire to win that Emmy, GH would improve.
When you stop trying too hard in arenas of acting and writing, a natural flow is achieved. MB seems to be trying way too hard and the end result is he leaves viewers like me cold and underwhelmed.
The Mourning Morgan show is dragging the show down and like a bad song you hear on the PA system of the grocery store, it’s seemingly never ending.
The Mourning Morgan show is depressing and seems to have no exit strategy.

su0000
su0000

I FF through the dreaded funeral crapola. it was not necessary and too Stupid, it was overkill lame and feed people who think crying pity and depression in their living rooms is cool ahaa!

Anyone who believed Sonny was going to kill himself, there are medications that can help you ….

Anyways, my thought of this total pity party is; taHqeq <– a really bad Klingon word.

(( I call upon the Gawds of Soaps to vanish Jean and Shelly to the depths of the volcano of horrible writer's ..
0ooh, forgot I need to offer a sacrifice.. Sam, step forward , put on this white robe.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I have to agree su0000 I was less than impressed..just as I am with Billy Miller’s Jason. I got so tired of him skulking all over the church..it annoyed me to no end. The best part of the episode was Ava and Scotty who had me laughing out loud..Scott is such a smarmy hoot. And don’t get me started on Jason just walking into the PC precinct..handing a faceless cop some money..telling him to get lost and walking into the interrogation room. I SERIOUSLY don’t get ALL these soaps with two officers in a precinct..and no one else four miles around. That’s irritating too.

davlestev1
davlestev1

For not the number four..GOD knows what wouldn’t really happen if there were FOUR cops…they’d all exit the set at once lol.

Timmm
Timmm

The character of Jason is ruined!

Patrick
Patrick

LOL… then starting “roaring”

it’s like watching her for the Kool-Aid to kick in , already

Sam … what does the audience see in you and Jason….

death knell… time

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I would have FF thru your tirade , but I was trying to figure out what the hell you were saying! Do you really speak like that in real life? If so, I bet people need a translation dictionary . No, I lied. I know exactly what you said and it was all crap. Don’t need no translation for that!

Celia
Celia

WOW!!

Brian
Brian

Is there a medicine for people that write silly nonsense posts? Hey Su, if the drama of a soap opera is too much for you to handle, try Sesame Street, that’s more your speed.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Su, If you really hate GH so much at the present time, why don’t you stop watching, until the exes bring Ron back? Keep in mind, some of the viewers hated his work as well. It’s hard to please everyone

Addison
Addison

I agree with this Suooo person.

Addison
Addison

This Suooo person should be able to express his or herself about a soap opera without being insulted for doing so.
I agree with him or her.
Besides, Sonny is way too big of a narcissist to kill himself. He managed to make Morgan’s funeral all about him. “Enough about me! What do you think about me!” he seemed to be saying while rubbing his temples and while trying to cry. And that scene in which Jax and Sonny share that awkward hug, and Jax discovers that Sonny is holding? Well, that was hilarious, albeit unintentionally. I fully expected Jax to say to Sonny,”Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?”

Patrick
Patrick

“YES” and double agree….

@su makes me laugh… all these posts can seem interminable… of course

it’s a 365 day show… so another perspective rolls… cutting ya off ? No way

outside of that…

one tear drop… executed.. with Sonny… would have spoke volume

one tear drop falling slowly down and out of his head… would have done IT

i’m so over this – long – drawn out bubble that needs to burst

neither of them…. truly interact with any one on the show.. outside of their kids… and that’s at best… do they willingly seek their parents out ?

so now… ugh! it’s don’t say another word… lucky for us.. Diane is on.

a long drawn out “trial” the audience has to fester fall out and famished for REEL. this aint happening…

as I’ve long posted… Bryan Craig’ Morgan brought theCorninthos to life. now that he’s gone… this is only making matters so much worse… for Carly and Sonny. it’s beyond caring about either of them. where is the communication… if ever… between these two ? nothing happens between these two from I love you to looking after their kids…. what s the point?

is this where “Jason” offers validity to Sonny ? that Jason will ride in with his Robin to stud Batman ? LOL. ugh! I cant believe it… this story sucks!

ONE THING… and the only thing… Jason has going for him… is when he confronts the bad guy… he does have that intimidation factor… and machos bigger than most… it all falls so flat… thereafter.

all that keeps moving… Ta -da … ! Valentin, Nina, Charlotte . BEST STUFF

it’s got to end… to salvage any thing left … if and when Carly and Sonny move on

just not interested

Celia
Celia

I don’t think it’s crap, SuzieQ. That’s how you see it, and, believe me, I agree with much of it. So, I guess we both say a lot of crap according to some people. What happened to respecting each other’s opinion, and agree to disagree?
Later, my friend.

Lois
Lois

The performances in this story have been stellar, incredible, etc. But, I am ready for the show to move on from all of the sadness and gloom. I hope it will eventually will not be in the forefront so much.

Rose
Rose

Lois…I hope so, too re: sadness and gloom. But I’m not so sure since they brought Liz’s rapist back into the story. Maybe since Disney is part of ABC they could send a little happiness dust over to GH to,lighten the mood. 🙂

Addison
Addison

If this doesn’t stop, GH should rename itself, “Mourning Morgan.”

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

I know this scene was supposed to be dramatic, but it just came off as if Sonny is narcissistic and super-selfish.

MSJ McDaniel
MSJ McDaniel

Nell is in the plans somehow, connected to Jax and his contacts

Christine
Christine

I find GH very difficult to take anymore and I rarely watch it anymore. It’s just way too dark and depressing day after day, week after week, on and on and on. Enough already! Frank Valentini and those inept female writers need to go.

Daytime soaps should ostensibly provide a fun escape from the horrors of the real world. And in case you haven’t been paying attention, there have been a ton of disturbing real life news stories recently, even just in recent days following the election with violent protests everywhere you look. Whatever happened to the high doses of adventure and romance that this show was once known for? I don’t find it fun to watch a show whose central character is constantly glorified for being a career criminal and who murdered an innocent man, beating the rap for it.

This current program is General Hospital in title only. It’s so far, far removed (down in quality) from its glory days of the early’80s or even the late ’90s that it’s hard to believe that it’s the same show.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

Christine I couldn’t agree with you more. This show is a shell of its former self. I started watching again when they had the 50th anniversary show nurses ball. I wanted to see if they mentioned anyone from the glory days, and in the process got hooked on the Patrick and Sabrina storyline. And then when Billy Miller came on I kept watching because I missed him on the Young and the Restless. And then I just stopped ecause the stoies were to long and drawn out. To much death and depression as of late. To dark. Not like the glory days which I consider the late seventies to the mid to late eighties. Sonny threatening to kill himself at his sons funeral finished it for me.

Dan
Dan

Sorry, I respect your opinion, but I just don’t get the whole “show is too dark” criticism. Soaps are about drama and human emotion. They’re called daytime drama for a reason. You watch a soap opera and then get mad at it for being a soap opera.

Claire Labine just passed away last week, and she was head writer during one of the true GH glory periods. Her main stories were about a young man dying of AIDS, a little girl dying in a school bus crash and her heart being given to her cousin, a middle aged wife and mother dealing with breast cancer. No one complained about the show being too dark back then, and GH has a mantle full of Emmys to show for it.

Stories like Sonny and Carly, and all of Port Charles dealing with the death of a young and vibrant 20 something year old are the type of stories soaps have been telling for years. Of course you need a nice mixture and variety of adventure, romance, a little comedy thrown in, but at its core, any good soap is about drama and making you feel emotion. And I think GH has been doing an excellent job of that.

Timmm
Timmm

Maurice shined baby! He is not a poster boy for most beloved BUT if you are fair you got to tip your hat, he did very well. The ONE problem I have with Sonny confessing is he still has other kids that he is raising and or need their dad. Dont throw yourself away for one kid. Sonny TRIED to call off the hit. And I think it was off until Julian set Sonny up. Those Jeromes are dirtier than the Corinthos’s!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I agree, especially poor little Avery with no one but the housekeeper to care for her .Carly was only thinking of her own pain leaving the child without a mother there for comfort. I don’t know what Nell’s agenda is, but she truly seems to care for all the Corinthos kids.
Speaking of which, what’s up with Dante? He seems to have no love or compassion for his father. Is he so perfect, done no wrong, etc? We know better, right LuLu?

AJ
AJ

True Dante has always been high and mighty and that’s always annoyed me about him. He acts like he can do no wrong so I wasn’t surprised by his response to Morgan’s death ( when in doubt blame Sonny). What I was really disappointed with is Michael’s attitude, I hate the way they writers have changed him. Michael use to at least give Sonny the benefit of being innocent. It just doesn’t seem like it’s that way anymore, that’s sad because they use to be more connected like Sonny and Jason are. Jason always knows when Sonny is innocent and fights to prove it. Sonny has been there for Michael and Dante whenever they need him and they both abandoned him at the worst time of his life. At least Kristina was there for him, I was surprised but pleased by that. With Carly I understand some of her anger, after all she is a grieving mother. My money is on Julian, I believe he had someone plan that bomb.

Alan
Alan

Avery is probably better off with the invisible housekeeper.

Say what you will about Ava, she is not the parent who was actually convicted of killing an innocent man and beat the rap. I still don’t know how a court would give any form of custody to a parent with Sonny’s history.

Timmm
Timmm

If Nelle hits on Michael and kisses him, she is NOT Carly’s daughter. [I hope not!]

Dante is a stick in the mud with a hypocritical mind. Crime and murder are more serious than an affair BUT it is hurtful to Lulu and WRONG!

Celia
Celia

Nell’s agenda is clear. ( if I am wrong, I will apologize, LOL). She is ingratiating herself for her own benefit. There are many reasons for her skulking behavior. One of the reasons is probably one of entitlement.
Joss is alive because of Nell’s kidney. She wants payback—compensation for the ‘indisposed’ life she has had to live; such as depending on meds for her every breath she takes for the rest of her life.

Celia
Celia

Hey, Timmmy,
I wouldn’t put it past TPTB to go there with Michael and Nell, even if they end up bring siblings.
Dante? What a joke. He shouldn’t even be involved in his father’s case….which leads me to ask: why is Sonny not wearing prison garb? Then, there’s Griffin. Yeah, here I go again…….
I cannot believe these writers!! What the heck is wrong with them by having Griffin and Anna discuss whether he will go back to the priesthood or not? HE CANNOT!! EVER AGAIN. HE IS DONE!!
As a priest, he took a vow of celibacy. He broke his vows when he decided to lift Claudette’s skirts. The R Catholic Church has strict rules and sanctions. This is the worst of the worse.

The point of a priest is that he walks in Jesus’s shoes, I mean sandals…..(lol?). Chaste!! No sex!! A priest lives in the image of Christ. So, to me, this is making a mockery of my religion. I do not like it. It kind of makes me sick.
That is taboo….no forgiveness, no absolution. CANON LAW. Then, today, he lost his cool by punching Valentin and swearing. How priestly of him. ‘Gimme’ a break, before I break something….LOL.
BYE.

Rose
Rose

Celia…I respect your feelings for your faith. But I’m sure you don’t want to open up the controversies, weaknesses and politics can of worms that surround the Catholic Church, especially about sex. No institution or religion made up of man/women is free from them from the parishes to the Vatican.

As far as Jesus, he wasn’t Catholic or any denomination, and probably unlike Canon Law, I was taught he was forgiving…”Forgive them, they know not what they do.” And I’m sure he could find someone like Griffin in his fold who has tried to be a healer, whether as a priest or doctor.

Celia
Celia

@Rose.
Sorry to disagree with you, Rose, but I need not to be patronized, with all due respect. I have enough education on my plate in both Theology, and genersl Academics /sciences to know Jesus was of no religious denomination.
That is not my point. The point is that when a priest takes his vows ( strictly the Roman Catholic faith), he moulds himself in the image of Christ; pure, honest, with integrity.
A priest takes vows, when these vows are broken, he cannot continue being a priest, in the true sense of the word. And, I am very familiar with THE NEW TESTAMENT, Rose. As I said, I come from a huge family with scores of priests, Monseigneurs, bishops, nuns etc. do you think I write this stuff from the top of my head? I am well-infirmed.
Perhaps, Griffin can be a Lutheran, Episcopalian or Anglican priest ( remember Henry VIII?), if the calling is so strong. TPTB should reflect on his true vocation. ….a priest with ‘benefits’. Best of both worlds.
Politics never entered my mind. Strictly religious observation here. Obviously, you do not see it this way if you bring politics into it.
This has nothing to do with politics but the effect ‘fooling’ around with an old institution such as R Catholicism . We are not talkibg about Jesus or how forgiving He would be with one such as Griffin. Jesus did forgive Mary Magdalene, afterall.
You completely missed my point. This is about my religion where TPTB take liberties, change the canon law and do not do their homework.
Please try to grasp the theme and rhythm of my post.
I care not about opening a can of worms. Scandals exists in any faith. Agreed!!!!!
However, canon law is canon law…..My point? When a priest ‘steps out’, he can never go back to performing any rites, say mass or anything ‘priestly.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Addison
Addison

Rose makes a REALLY good point. I truly think the Catholic Church could obliterate many of the problems facing it if they stopped making the priests pledge the vow of chastity. They should be allowed to be married the way ministers of other faiths are. It’s time for the Catholic Church to step up to modern times which includes embracing reproductive rights, embracing same sex love/marriage and allowing women to become priests. Pope Frances has been a welcoming voice and is making strides which might help propel the Catholic Church out of Medieval times.
I am not saying this vow of chastity is the reason that child molestation has been such a huge and painful issue with Catholic priests as it begs the the chicken or egg riddle, However, I think it’s safe to say that it’s entirely unrealistic to think that a young priest can adhere to celibacy without that type of physical repression leading to disastrous results. And honestly, can someone please explain to me how sexual repression leads to a closer relationship with the almighty? It seems to be that perhaps the opposite is true.

Celia
Celia

He did for a while, Timmmy. Maurice did prove his mettle. But, somehow, somewhere along the line, Sonny gets lost in the fray.

Celia
Celia

@Addison. Hi, Addison, That is neither here nor there, with all due respect. Do you think I stand for everything the Catholic Church preaches? Obviously, both you and Rose missed my point. I am not sure why Rose was compel d to open this ‘can of worms’, as she calls it. It seems to me that she actually stirred those worms, not mine. I simply made an observation to the wrongly written dialogue and ideology of a supposed priest and his Church. The writing is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, without factual standing. You are absolutely correct….it is shameful what goes on with some of these perverts…..again, that is not my point. I am sorry for opening this up. You are not lecturing me. Rose was……I am used to it. Believe me, there are those ( people that I know) who sort of dismiss my words because they are older, and think they know better. Whether this is the intent of some posters or not; I pray to stick to the topic and point I was trying to make. The fact is, Addison, when a priest gets caught misbehaving, he cannot ever go back to the church. That is the rule. For Rose to delve deeper into that without facts, with all due respect, is completely out of the real of my discussion. Rose decided to bring politics into it, not I. So, for you to chime in only reenforces this fallacious idea of forgiveness and Jesus this, and Christ that. I was merely pointing out the rules. Sure, rules are broken, but when discovered, there is excommunication…..that is the punishment. I did not organize, nor, write canon law. That is something that many have tried to ‘change and refine’ through the Vatican. Perhaps Pope Francis will make some headway. The request of returning and regaining his ordinance after breaking his vow of celibacy has been tried and rejected many times. As per Pope John II. But, as it is….it is what it is. Now, had Griffin decided to leave the Church for other reasons ( in his case to be a doctor)….. canon law could be somewhat flexible….however, any rite he performs is illicit. As they say, once a priest, always a priest….but, with special dispensation from the Pope himself. Nonetheless, in the meantime, the rule of no sex as an ordained priest still stands. If you have the time, Addison, check out CATHOLIC EXCHANGE—-Cathy Caridi, J.C.L. “The Catholic Church teaches that when a man participates in priesthood, he participates in the priesthood of Christ Himself; they act in persona Christi Capitis, in the person of Christ, the Head of His Body, the Church”. PRIESTHOOD ( Catholic Church) Do I believe RC priests should marry? Yeah, if they so desire. But, until such revolutionary movement is active; stick to he rules to which said priest has sworn to adhere. All I was trying to point out was that I wish TPTB would stick to the rules of canon law. The writers… Read more »

Toni I
Toni I

It was one of Maurice Benard’s finest performances. When he broke down in front of Carly and Michael I could feel Sonnys emotion and pain. Their reaction was also very real. The look Carly gave Sonny as he left the church tore at my heart. How can they ever come back from this. I hope the writers will make it happen. I hope Carly will open her heart again. As for Sonny, he bared his soul and I think he will always take some of the blame for the death of his son just because of his violent lifestyle. He may even believe it would be better to stay away from his wife and family for their protection. I just want to know what Nell is plotting. What skin does she have in this game? I must give the Writer’s credit for this tragic but beautiful storyline.;Well written. Bravo to the entire cast , but especially Laura Wright and Maurice Benard who brought their A game to this one: Passion, pain, despair, grief ,guilt, blame and Torrment; truly Emmy winners.

Addison
Addison

OH dear God, I cannot be the only one who thinks Maurice was just phoning it in and mugging it up for the sake of an Emmy reel.
He is dragging the show down and needs to take a long vacation. Hell, I will pay for his ship fare.
Sonny just needs to do like a sheep herder and get the flock out of here.

AJ
AJ

phoning it in, I don’t know what performance you watched but it is very rare that actors leave me in tears. Maurice performance was so emotional all and raw that you would almost think he lost his own son in a such a violent way. Maurice deserves to get an Emmy nomination next year he has done some great work

Celia
Celia

Love that last sentence there.
You are so right, Addison. Why are the writers stretching Sonny’s scenes, situation, whatever one wants to call it?
I am also tired of his somnambulistic ‘limbo’; on both the threshhold of half dream and half reality.
This torture, displayed by Sonny, does not the heart move. It did at first, but now, it is passe and I find myself in deep ennui. He just does not generate patois, at this point. After all is said and done, he is still SONNY!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I think Paul is responsible. He blew the case on Julian in court because Ava was blackmailing him with knowing he was the hospital killer. Now that the information is out and he’s in prison, what perfect way to both get back at Ava, and right the wrong of destroying the case against Julian and letting him walk free, than to plant a bomb to kill him? By the time Paul was captured, he realized that his actions crossed the line and he hurt so many people. This could have been his final act to try and correct some of his misdeeds.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Paul is one of my guesses too that I posted above. But I’m also leaning toward a Nell connection…

Steve
Steve

Yes, Maurice was at his finest during these scenes. And of course we have the predictable outcome of Sonny not being directly responsible.

During the funeral and so far this week, budget cuts are showing on air. First, no day-players as seat fillers plus the absence of Lucas, Valerie and TJ from the funeral. A throwaway line from Bobbie mentioning Lucas & Valerie working might have helped. I gather Ryan C is no longer on the show and Brytni S is now recurring.

Other noticeable cost saving measures — the one table restaurant (Scott/Ava/Kiki/Dillon), lack of extras and especially the reuse of Elizabeth’s old house set for the parolee. Jeez Frank, couldn’t a different set be repurposed?

Finally, did anyone else notice Tuesday’s episode was directed by Gary Tomlin?

davlestev1
davlestev1

WHEN you don’t respect the format that changed the face of primetime forever..you get chips with no dip..dip with no chips..et.al.

davlestev1
davlestev1

On the other hand I’m not enjoying gray beard Franco..it’s creepy and makes him with Elizabeth seem cringe inducing..now Valentin..it’s like he kept all his little boy naughtiness and wrapped it up in one mesmerizing adult..he could romance anybody and make it wanna be you..Even Monica lol..

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I absolutely hate the way Franco looks. Wish Roger Howarth could see him as we do. And cringe, I do,everytime Liz has to kiss or snuggle with him . That convict guy even looked better, and speaking of, what has he got to do with Alexis?

Steve
Steve

Violet

My theory is Frank asked Roger to grow his hair and beard to differentiate Franco from Todd. I’d bet on a clean shaven/shorter hair Todd returning sometime in 2017.

Patrick
Patrick

ditto on Valentin.

it’s endangered acting… that’s come to life. watching the dramatic flair of VALENTIN.

loved the scene when he’s at Nina’s office… as he’s about to leave.. he tells her she’d be a good mother…..

and HE FLINGS OPEN the double doors; his arms wide… exits

gallant; read it… savor and tantalize is now on the menu

I’m caught he’s big

Patrick
Patrick

@Violet Lemm

finally… someone mentions Franco look.

Roger Howarth… no matter how beloved… and ( honestly ) resting on his OLTL act… is that… done.

He’s so lucky… Rebecca Herbst as Liz is on par even keel…

nevertheless is coming off as an immature childlike act… that Liz does not need in her life… AT LAST Liz is stepping outside herself.. and is seeking out this relationship

Franco !!!! get a makeover…. get a lift… cut your ideals… this is a big production that should not cater

a nice spiked updo… with the sublime enchanting stunner Liz draws… is the best

let’s get that do up and it’s that much more sexual chemistry… because she’s needing a man

Thank you Roger… easy to do

jaybird369
jaybird369

OK…YOU KNOW WHAT: Sonny’s guilt, sorrow and (Boo Hoo Hoo) crying DOES NOT change the fact that Sonny is STILL a heartless, murdering, two-faced and worthless SCUMBAG!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!

Later.

Celia
Celia

You said it, jay-jay!!
Bye.

Breaking News

GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

Continue Reading

General Hospital

Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

Courtesy/ABC

Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

Courtesy/ABC

What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

Courtesy/ABC

Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

Courtesy/ABC

Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

Courtesy/ABC

Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

Continue Reading

Breaking News

GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of Police Captain In New Film, ‘Equal Standard’

While the cast of General Hospital is on their three-week summer hiatus, many of the actors have gone off to do different things with their time … some are traveling … some are on tour or making personal appearances, and some are making movies or filming other projects.

Maurice Benard is continuing to land film roles when he has the time to step away from his role as mobster Sonny Corinthos on the ABC daytime drama series.

Now in an Instagram post this week, Maurice shared an update on the filming of his upcoming motion picture, Equal Standard which also stars Ice-T.

In his post showing him in his character’s police uniform sans jacket, Maurice expressed: “Always great to play different characters.  In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”

In story, Equal Standard tells the story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. The movie also features Robert Clohessy, and OLTL alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).

So, glad to hear Maurice is getting the opportunity to play more diverse roles?  Comment below.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

This week, Nick lost temporary custody of Christian leading to a defiant and emotional turn by Joshua Morrow (Nick) as he has to say farewell to the little boy he has come to love as his own son, and give him to his father, Victor, who wanted and was granted custody of the child. Watch the hankie-inducing moment! Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

  • Celia: “Gabi is on a slippery slope....I must have missed the repetitive DNA ""switcheroo" part. Oh, Lordy Lord!!…
  • April: “It’s Nick! But I was kinda wishing it was Adam!
  • rose: “Mary SF...I'm in Toronto area this summer visiting my son and grandson. Heartland looks really good, but since I…
  • rose: “Shay...So our favorite dowager is back! Yea! I'm going to be optimistic the movie will not disappoint.
  • rose: “k/Kay...sorry about your sister and the ripple affect it must have on your fairly. I don't want to dredge…
Advertisement

Power Performance

Rob Scott Wilson as Ben

Days of our Lives

Airdate: 7-5/6-2018

Advertisement

Popular