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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Maurice Benard's Performance Tugs At The Heart As Sonny Learns Jason Is Alive!

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For those who ever wonder why Maurice Benard has endured as General Hospital’s central character, look no further than his performance during Wednesday’s episode of the daytime drama series.

It’s been over a year that fans have waited for Sonny to know that his beloved enforcer and best friend Jason (Billy Miller) is alive!  On Wednesday, that moment finally happened.  And even though it’s not a full fledged reunion of sorts, becasue Jason doesn’t remember his past life, it still was quite memorable played brilliantly, and emotionally by Benard.

After losing custody of his baby daughter Avery and while confined to a wheeelchair, Sonny could definitely learn some good news.  Carly (Laura Wright) begs Jason to come with her to help Sonny and to confirm that he is indeed Jason.

In touching scenes, Carly explains to Sonny how she figured out that “Jake” was their dear friend Jason.   Sonny believes eventually that it is true.  He asks Jason to come over to him and holds his hands.  Jason wants to pull away, but Sonny does not want him to let go.   He says in tears, “My God, you came back.”

Billy Miller and Laura Wright also were excellent in the scenes, supporting Benard and Sonny’s reaction to the news through their characters different viewpoints.  Watch the moment where Sonny and Jason come together after the jump.  Then, let us know what you thought of the performance of Maurice Benard …  and the key scenes?

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Sissy
Sissy

Wow!! Maurice’s performance was riveting! Billy and Laura were outstanding as well!

JUDY K
JUDY K

All three are emmy winning performances!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I can proudly say that these 3 actors have delivered on their scenes throughout the reveal. Definitely a November sweeps to remember!!!

Harry
Harry

They were good for sure but I was more moved by Monica’s reaction.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I would not go as far as riveting, Sissy. But, that’s just my opinion. I have doffed my hat to Sonny/Maurice. His performance was more than good. But, in retrospect, I believe my reaction; my compassion had a lot to do with Billy/Jason and the effortless control he showed amidst all this confusion. Plus, because I am so used to seeing Maurice not give a decent performance,( do not slam me, people….my opinion only) I was not only impressed, but moved by his superior, out of the ordinary-kind of emotionally charged rendition. I do hope Maurice keeps it up, but he must shave first. LOL. That beard does not do him any favors.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Jason Morgan-Sonny loves him more than the four(including the miscast one) Carlys combined…stupid custody hearing-where is social services-they would never allow either Sonny or Carly to have custody of Avery but maybe they fear finding a horse head in their bed and staying away…lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Wow…i see Monica….or am i hallucinating after drinking too much geritol…lol…she and Jason will have their Hallmark moment before she goes on her year-long medical convention and returns for sweeps in Nov. 2016 when we learn he isnt Jason who is still in a coma-he is really A.J. Quartamaine…can you imagine Sonny and his skangster moll Carly shock reaction to that…lol

Harry
Harry

Monica, what a sight for sore eyes! I loved her simply asking Jason asking for a hug, and I loved her telling Lizzy to “back off” even more.

Patrick
Patrick

“… her simply asking Jason for a hug ”

Wow! what a scene

full of warmth (love) tender , and understanding

beautifully played out

yeah, the hallmark trademark Quartermaine scenes should come

Billy Miller! insist that your character not be all consumed by Sonny and Carly!

i’m so against this

because if Billy Miller does not act…. with the intelligence he has shared with the audience…. (ala Y&R)

he’s a riveting talent…. god I miss Amelia Heinle

had to go their

Rebecca Herbst is a dream ! no matter how her charcter plays out… the camera just loves her

she was stunning on her wedding day

I just can’t stand all the coniption that is going against her…

I have to believe what Laura told Liz… the day of her wedding…

“This man is taken with you… just tell him the truth”

not verbatim… but I’m holding out hope… that this is what’s lying ahead for this twosome

if not… it’s a no holds barred charge! Nicholas and Hayden… get real… befriend and align yourself and Liz.. and take over ELQ…

just to see these three who are head and shoulders layering more character evolve than Carly Sam and every one else outside of Nicholas Hayden and Liz

madluv4ya
madluv4ya

Maurice just seemss to phone his performances in. Recast and give this character some life. I always fast forward through his scenes unless he’s against Ava, who always delivers.

RichInIowa
RichInIowa

I think we’re in the minority here, madluv4ya, but what a great storyline for the May sweeps: “Who Killed Sonny Corinthos?!”

Shay
Shay

Ooooh….I like the way you think, RichInIowa!!!! As long as it’s “for reals!” (Meaning no miraculous resurrections for “Dimples!”)

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Maurice used to be incredibly good. I agree he has lost it somewhere over the years…. but I think it is largely the result of the writers having turned Sonny into a cartoon character. He didn’t used to be so self-absorbed, he didn’t used to be so childishly temperamental every minute of every day. He used to keep his cool, his nuance and only really blow it when the situation was unacceptable. The entire essence of and around the mob just has morphed into absurdity and Sonny along with it. Not saying that is the case with the scene above, but an actor just doesn’t turn it around on a dime.

Paul
Paul

I’ve been FFing all Sonny scenes since his admit to the hospital. I only watched the custody case scenes due to Ava and Maura West nailed it, as always.

I love gh
I love gh

I don’t think he’s lost it at all. Even on a bad day he’s better than most! Love his character.

Timmm
Timmm

Recast Sonny? You are cold!

Fanny
Fanny

Recasting Sonny is absolutely preposterous ❗️❗️❗️

Harry
Harry

Marc Rubio could play Sonny.

clh
clh

Ok writers, I do have a problem with this part of the story!! How do you have the Jason/Sonny reunite before his mother!!!!!

I could understand the initial story with the 4 currently involved, but his FAMILY should have been next!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

It’s actually true to the characters. Self-absorbed Carly, thinking only of her needs & the fact that Sonny holds her responsible for losing custody of Avery, assumes it’s fine to knock on Elizabeth’s door at the crack of dawn. She has no qualms asking Jason to get her out of hot water – which she could easily do herself – & explain to her *husband* why she had to go to the wedding. OTOH, Elizabeth (who has some manners & is still emotionally exhausted) probably waited until after 9am to call Monica & tell her on the phone what happened.

Carly turns into a child when Jason is around. The competent businesswoman disappears, and she becomes dependant on her “fixer/enabler” to do everything for her. Even talk to her spouse. It’s really annoying.

carol
carol

Monica should have been told before Sonny. However, it’s not Jason’s fault that Carly showed up at his place before breakfast the following day and dragged him over to Sonny’s house. He hadn’t even had a minute to process the reveal for himself. I hope Monica isn’t the last to find out.

I love gh
I love gh

Well, the writers are forgetting human nature & text messaging. She would have known immediately.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I wasn’t watching when SB was Jason so I don’t have the history of their relationship to give this scene context. However, I found it moving and creepy all at the same time, which is how I think Jake- Jason was feeling too. It was touching on some levels, icky on others like watching siblings kissing on the lips icky— I think I am glad I missed the Sonny Jason saga and hoping new Jason will not go back to that life— if GH needs more doctors let Jason saves lives by being a doctor instead of taking lives for Sonny.

rebecca1
rebecca1

It really was quite touching for many if us who have watched: GH for years and know the history between Sonny abd Jason. They were friends, father and son, brothers…bonded. Sonny loved him…quite a moving moment and acted brilliantly by Maurice.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Meant no disrespect to long time fans, but honestly if someone just starting watching that day the only vibe they would pick up on is how uncomfortable the character Jason was–not how much Sonny loved him. I guess in some ways fans of the show are living what the characters are living– fans like you who knew the old Jason would be like Carly and Sonny and fans like me who only known Jason as Jake would be like Jake who can’t remember being that Jason. I think that is kinda cool we get to experience this story line from those different perspectives and I am glad you got to enjoy the reunion from the eyes of history- like I said no disrespect intended.

Harry
Harry

Mary SF, how gracious of you to preface your statement with “no disrespect to long time fans.” If only short term viewers were that respectful (looking at Suooo).
Now, I am a long time viewer like Rebecca but unlike Rebecca that scene left me cold. Yes, it was uncomfortable to watch for me too.
I do agree that Maurice Benard’s acting performance was really good but I was never a fan of the Jason/Sonny bromance.
Sonny ruined Jason’s life and Carly treated him like her own personal rescuer.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi MarySF. Please…no disrespect taken! Not at all. I was just giving.g you my perspective which was very different from yours. Thank you for hearing an opinion different from your own without defensiveness. It’s fun posting when people can hear each other even if they don’t agree.

While I agree with Harry about Sonny ruining Jason’s life..and Carly acting like she owns him…the way she’s acting even NOW…thinking she comes before Sam…and even Liz (I’m not on Liz’s side AT ALL in this but still, at this point Carly believes Liz was as shocked as everyone else). So, instead of Sam or Liz…Carly feels entitled to “need” Jason more…she always did that and it was infuriating to watch. Lol…I digress…

Even though Sonny took Jason..and reshaped him into his enforcer…and I hated that too…and hope THIS reborn Jason goes back to the Quartetmaines…there STILL was a genuine love between Sonny and Jason. Strong, unbreakable. And so seeing Sonny, who I’ve wanted to pay for the way he treated AJ forr years…and for killing AJ…I mean I REALLy wanted and still want him to pay…I couldn’t help but be moved by seeing Sonny…so weak, vulnerable, in the chair…cry for the return of his beloved friend. It was just, for me, a poignant moment. As for Jason being uncomfortable
…he’s going to feel the pressure, frustration…at not being able to remember and return those feelings to people he intellectually knows he knows…but can’t feel he knows. Makes sense…

To give you a bit more history, this has come full circle. When Jason was a Quartetmaine, loving of and loved by them…he was in a car crash…a drunken AJ, his brother, at the wheel. When Jason woke up in the hospital, he had no memory of who he was. Monica, Alan, AJ…they all loved him and showered their love on him…trying to get him to remember who he was. Frustrated, angry…he never regained his memory due to brain damage he suffered during the accident. Feeling pressured to loven e a family he didn’t remember, he rejected them…Sonny took him in and Jason Morgan was born…

Also ironically, Sonny and Carly faulted the Quartetmaines for trying to win him back; now Sonny and Carly are doing the same. Monica knows better from the last time around which is why she remains non pressuring…

Hope this fills in some gaps. Unless you already knew most of this…lol…but the history is rich, the emotions strong and for me…the heightened outpouring of love from Sonny was very powerful and true to the friendship he had and thought he had lost…

Mr. X
Mr. X

I thought the Sonny and Jason reunion was well done. I’ve only been watching GH since right after SB left and it made me wish i’d seen some of their history together so it would have meant more to me. I learned the details about it from Sonny just like Jake did.

Diane Cera
Diane Cera

Maurice,

Your scenes in the show on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, were just incredible. Some of the very best I have ever seen! You are a great actor always, but those scenes were incredible! Have watched and loved you for many years–awesome performance!!

Mateo
Mateo

Sometimes the character of Sonny gets a little one dimensional. I have to admit, however, that his scenes with Billy Miller were so heart tugging that I had to remind myself that this was just a show. The emotions that Maurice Benard conveyed on the screen were so brutally real that it was hard to hold back the tears. Billy Miller’s pain also ripped through my screen as he tried to convey that he remembered nothing of their past. I can’t tell you how impressed I have been with this story. It has gone beyond the Earth in showing sincerity and reality in the expression of each characters feelings. They never went overboard. They were controlled and nuanced and had the power to let subtlety convict. Starting with Kelly Monaco and ending with Maurice Benard I have found this story point to have delivered on the promise the writers created way back then. I know it took forever yet I can overlook that because they delivered. I know that the Quartermaines reactions will be even more fantastic. Monica and Tracey will just shine in the moments. I am ready. Thank you GH for not going campy with this revelation and for letting each and every actor SHINE with their reactions. This is why I love GH. Power. Conviction. Talent.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Great post, Mateo. And, right on the mark about Sonny. I do not consider him much of an actor, but, he won me over just for that one scene…LOL. He did get a positive reaction from me. I guess pigs do fly; well, sometimes.

Nikki
Nikki

well in reality Carly, Sam and Sonny have been more of a family to Jason than the Q’s so I can see why they were first above his other family.

I loved the scene between Jason and Sonny you could tell how without any words spoken Sonny said all he needed to say with a look and a touch. I am glad Jason remember something from the past at the end. Sonny is going to be the one to make Jason remember. MB nailed it out of the park.

CeeCee
CeeCee

How poetic, Nikki!! Sometimes, a look and a touch is all one needs to convey what’s in the heart. Later.

debra ramiez
debra ramiez

what can you say all you can do is cry our jason is home like sonny said you came back great work by all .

dmr
dmr

I have said this many, many times-even while Steve Burton was still cast in the role as Jason. I would like Jason to remember his Quartermaine heritage. Remember medical school-become the patriarch of the Quartermaine family. I want Jake to remain Jake-continue to be kind, friendly, sweet-a little funny, and not be involved in organized crime. I would love to see Jake tell Carly and Sonny where the dog died and is buried! Two narcissists that need to be put down for good!

Timmm
Timmm

Maurice was great. He has all these emotions floating around about his wheelchair and losing Avery and then this happens. Him and Billy Miller were just great. I’m on the Jason Q bandwagon BUT if Jason is Jason Morgan again we just saw a preview of what magic to expect between Maurice and Billy. What a scene!

su0000
su0000

Maurice/Sonny has always been one of my favorites!! ”luv Sonny!
I was not surprised over his performance, it is not the first time Maurice has brought it all the way home.
It’s just that the Sonny haters were FF or too hating to notice the power acting of Maurice..

Fanny
Fanny

Given their history…I was moved to tears…

Harry
Harry

His acting was great but I still hate Sonny.
He killed AJ in cold blood and continues to not pay for his crimes. He ruined Jason’s life and ultimately was the cause of his near death. Both he and Carly are like Tom and Daisy Buchannon from the The Great Gatsby.
They just use people up and walk away.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, susu.
I am a Sonny passionate disliker….not hater, babes. I despise what the character represents. He is a bad guy, su. No matter how much ‘fluff’ with which the writers surround him; the fact remains, Sonny is a hardened criminal. I will give Maurice a round of applause, and a BRAVO! Actually, he and Billy both deserve accolades. BRAVI to both. Let’s not forget Carly. BRAVA! Bye.

Shay
Shay

MB may be a prince of a man in real life and even display an occasional glimpse of humanity in his Sonny character, but enough is enough. “El Corinthos” is no role model, hero or pillar of the Port Charles community, and it’s time he stops being treated as such. If I had my druthers, both Carly and he would roll outta town tout de suite! (No pun intended there…..) They’ve spread their particular brand of poison for far too long, and I most definitely want to see this newly-reborn Jason avoid them like the soul-destroying plague that they are. His future should be as an upstanding citizen and a family man….no more mob-related activities! As for “Jake”….may we now dispense with referring to him with the prefatory “Little” since his “real daddy” is once again known as “Jason?” (That would be nice….poor kid will be getting an inferiority complex as if he hasn’t enough problems already…..) I’m still waiting for him to receive his evil-doing cues from Helena to wreak havoc….that pint-sized terror is just too convincing as a mini-psycho to let his Cassadine-ingrained tendencies go to waste without further deployment….maybe for Christmas???? (That’s the way Ron C would have played it, with a heavy dose of holiday-themed sarcasm….) In terms of Morgan? He’s rating darn crazy to me with that unfortunate cropped do…perhaps instead of meds a mere makeover would brighten his mood! At any rate, I am trying with all my might to get back into this show….I made it through certain parts of this week’s earlier episodes and most of Friday’s…..yet it remains a tall order for me since I just cannot handle the still very obvious delineations between the old guard and the insipid newbies of Port Charles….as far as I’m concerned never the twain shall meet! Oh well, must go for now. Ciao, bella! P.S. So for which goon do you think Robin’s menacing “Mr. Man Bun” is working? Faison, Helena, or another unholy miscreant from GH’s cast of criminals past?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hello, Shay,
Who is behind this last jaunt of Robin’s? I don’t know what else to call it, at this point. It could be anyone. Dishonest John? Evidently everything to do with Jason is linked to Robin’s captivity….it’s same old, same old. It even looks like the same little office/lab where she was held before.
Paul actually came to mind besides the usual malandrini. To be honest, Shay? I do not think TPTB have a plan yet. They are throwing bones, hints and innuendos until they come up with a plausible story. It would not surprise me.
Poor little Jake, though. Now that I am aware of Liz’s ‘bit’ of history, it would not be so improbable for him to have mental issues; worsened by whatever screws Helena put in his head. She is most likely still in control by twisting and turning said screws by remote control. Are you ready for more of Robin and her baggage? Believe me, I know I will be run through the coals, pinned to the stake, stoned by the crowd; LOL, but I must call it as I see it. Why can’t Robin ever come home the normal way? Get on a plane!!!! I wonder if anyone cares to learn what the heck is behind this present debacle. Not I….only prolonging the misery.

Shay
Shay

I’m totally with you on the notion that so much of GH is still being made up as the (new) writers go along, CeeCeeGirl!….However, at this point that is not necessarily their fault due to the fact they were left high and dry when they stepped in for Ron C….he certainly didn’t provide any sort of cogent blueprint for the future that they could follow…..all that remained were a sky-high stack of his red herrings, dropped storylines, flights of fancy and loose ends to tie up…. Whatta mess!!!! Whilst I do commend their efforts thus far, I wish that they would just drop a lot of the newer characters and plot directions that so clearly are not working. To continue to compound those mistakes is so former regime…then again, these ladies must still take orders from FV and the higher ups, who simply won’t seem to get with the program on getting rid of all of the excessive deadweight. Thus far, they have yet to dismiss even one single character that is truly the problem….just other fan favorites that fuel the fire of viewer alienation. As for the Robin wrap-up, I’m also with you on that one….I hope it is finally done with some sense of logic, normalcy and deference to her character’s true nature and past with Patrick, Anna, et al. The holes in this long-neglected story have been so huge Kiki could have cleanly driven through them even in her most inebriated and impaired state…..LOL. Same for all this twisting in the wind where “Little Jake” and his inculcated “bad seed” tendencies are concerned….it’s time to let all h#!! break loose so that this poor child can receive the help and attention he so desperately and obviously requires.

Candy
Candy

Great performance, but nothing will change when Sonny & Carly make it all about what they have lost, and forget what Jason can’t remember, but who cares they got Jason back and screw everything & everyone elses feelings as long Carson gets all they want, nothing changes

Harry
Harry

All I heard was “Me, me, me, me, me!” And unless Sonny is taking voice lessons he has made Jason’s return all about him. He tells Jason that hiring him as his right hand man was the best decision he ever made with nary a mention how it was the worst decision he could have made for Jason.
He ruined Jason’s life and recruited him into a life of violence when he was most vulnerable. It was that life which ultimately led to Jason’s near death experience.
If Sonny truly loves Jason he will let him go and lead a happy life with Lizzy or Sam. I don’t care which woman he chooses, however, I do hope he stays the hell away from Sonny and stops being Carly’s dutiful little lap dog.

Timmm
Timmm

I recall Jason wanting to work for Sonny after he changed his name to Morgan. I also dont remember the Q’s doing much to help Jason remember who he was after he hit that tree? Sonny isnt running a cult where Jason was brainwashed, he chose to work for the mob. Sonny can be hypocritical but I dont remember Sonny being at fault here?

Harry
Harry

Jason has sustained brain damage which rendered him unable to remember his identity and the memories attached to his identity.
Sonny took advantage of Jason when he was his most vulnerable and did not respect him in the morning.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Right, Timmm. I think Jason will make his own decisions. He’s hell-bent on finding out who shanghaied him, showing no interest in Sonny or Sam, at this point. I only wish he will not fall prey to Lizzie’s wiles and machinations.
I do not know of this great fraternal love between him and Sonny; however, I can only believe that there must be some truth in what Harry is saying. Considering Jason was not himself, Sonny, whom I equate to a vampire, was more concerned about reeling him in, and not so worried about Jason’s mental health? Harry does have a point….Sonny should not ever put Jason in the situation of choosing. Exactly what did Carly mean when she said both she and Sonny needed him? Why couldn’t she just say, as Monica did, to take his time to find himself and heal? It is obvious to me that they are all strangers to him. I am sure Jason cares for them, however, the only commitment he was able to make was to Liz. Jason should stay away from all of them, except for Monica and his kids……can’t bleed a stone. Ok, Timmmbo. I said enough, huh? Are you bored yet? G’Nite, jumping in shower….

Shay
Shay

Here, here, Harry! Between fulfilling his roles as slimy, sleazy Sonny’s “go-to-guy” for all things violent and the cloying, clutching Carly’s “manservant” for well, every one of her needs, emotional and otherwise, there was precious little left of any kind of life that I would want to see this “Jason” resume. Other than his love for Sam and son Danny, there is nothing I’d wish to see him reprise this time around….and whilst I can appreciate him with his other “family,” aka, the lovely Liz and creepy automaton offspring, MiniJake, I cannot help but feel that after the duplicity of Nurse Webber, she really doesn’t deserve to hold on to this “miracle man” when all is said and done.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Buonasera, Shay.
As you indubitably know, we share the same ‘KILL BILL’ instincts towards Sonny. But, just this one time, I saw something I had never seen before. I do not know from where Maurice drew all the emotion and anguish so visible on his face. My eyes actually welled up.
I was, nonetheless, abhorred by Sonny’s and Carly’s feeding frenzy at the sight of Jason. Mamma mia!
By the by, belle amie, I did reply to your lovely paragraph, telling me your comment was pulverized. But, my answer to you bit the dust, as well. It was mostly about Monica. I may have made a comment about the guardians of The House Of Comments. All in jest, Shay….all in jest.
As far as little Jake? That’s another story wafting toward the rafters into oblivion. As was Morgan’s bipolar disorder. I suppose these subjects (no pun intended) are not important enough to deserve attention. Sonny in a wheelchair takes precedence. In no way could that child come out of Helena’s clutches unscathed. How do we know he is healthy of mind and body? And Morgan? What happened to Carly’s concern over her child and his probable mental disease? Both she and Sonny created such a hoopla not too long ago. Again, it’s all about Sonny, and now, Jason.
The writers are doing these delicate topics (maladies) a disservice.
Time for SATURDAY NIGHT…someone’s calling! ‘Nite, babes.

Paul
Paul

Glad they did the reveal to Sonny so that it got the character to stop his ridiculous whining about how Carly’s absence cost him custody of his daughter. Maybe his threat to murder Ava accomplished that?

CeeCee
CeeCee

LOL, Paul. I don’t know what’s worse; a whiny Sonny or a murderous Brutus.

BeBoppaLula-Vet from the Get
BeBoppaLula-Vet from the Get

I am usually hard on Maurice because he falls back on certain (trademark?)facial expressions or gestures, e.g..sardonic grin with flash of dimples after saying something threatening, grazing face and /or mouth with his fingers ( study of Marlon Brando as the godfather who only grazed his face with fingers once) or putting his hand on his forehead. (SB, VM etal who claimed to be gratefully under MB’s acting coach wing, all used the sames gestures as MB for awhile).
As far as I’m concerned the character of Sonny represents the part of G.H. I’d like to see diminished in it’s relevance and importance because I’ve been waiting to see the show go back to it’s hospital roots.
Yet with all that I’ve just expressed, I have to give props and credit when it is duly deserved.
Maurice got to me in his reunion with Jason. When his lower lip started trembling and he got teary, it seemed very sincere and heartfelt. I could honestly feel himt when it finally hit home that Jason was standing before him. It absolutley tugged at my heart in the way in which Sonny clutched Jason’s hand s in his and didn’t want to let go.
So kudos to Maurice for getting it right, which he can do. ( I used to love him as Nico Kelly on AMC).

CeeCee
CeeCee

Great post. BeBop. Sonny definitely feels the pull towards Jason; no doubt. However, I also think his being stuck in that wheelchair, makes Sonny very vulnerable….almost as if Jason has the power to make him walk again. That’s the feeling I got from that gesture. I think Sonny drew strength from Jason’s presence, ergo…not too eager to release Jason’s hand. It was almost , as if he let go, Sonny would lose himself.

BeBoppaLula-Vet from the Get
BeBoppaLula-Vet from the Get

CeeCee, an astute observation. When you think about it, just knowing Jason is alive and well is so healing mentally for Sonny, that it will indeed accelerate his quest and ability to walk again. Or we may come to find out that Jason has healing power, vis a vis laying on of hands. Who knows CeeCee, maybe that hand clutch, will have Sonny up and about in a few days. Jason could have a new calling. Who knew.. LOL

CeeCee
CeeCee

Mais, oui, vis a vis; oeil a oeil may work. If the hand clutch fails, Jason should try the feet…LOL

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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