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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Meet Nurse Amy, and Aaron: What Were Your First Impressons Of The New Characters?

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This week on ABC’s General Hospital, viewers were introduced to two new younger set characters.

The first was nurse Amy Driscoll played by Risa Dorken, and the second was Aaron played by John DeLuca, who comes on to the scene as a date for Kristina, but who seems to have some fascination with Sonny Corinthos and his “coffee’!

On Wednesday’s episode, Maxie (Kirsten Storms) comes upon new nurse Amy Driscoll at GH, and asks her if she knows where Nathan (Ryan Paevey) is as she has a clean shirt for him.  Amy tells her he is in the locker-room, but with a bit of sting to her comments.  Later, when Griffin (Matt Cohen) appears the nurses station, Amy seems quite smitten with him and informs him of the patient that OD’d and then rambles on about Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Julian (William deVry) being taken to the PCPD because of it, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears! Sam next takes it upon herself to stop the nurse Amy from gossisping (signaling the throwback to nurse Amy Vining played for years by the late Shell Kepler), and Amy runs off!  Still later,  Franco (Roger Howarth) comes to GH and runs into Amy to go over his work schedule.  She comments in a flirtatious way that Franco fills out his blue shirt very nicely.  Amy drops a bomb on Franco, and reveals that Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) cancelled little Jake’s art therapy session with him, so there is a change to his schedule.  Franco’s clearly rattled.

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On Thursday’s episode, viewers got a major glimpse at Aaron, who is at the Corinthos Coffee house office with his date Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth).   He looks around Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) office and seems very intrigued and impressed.  After Kristina introduces Aaron to Sonny, the young man says he is culinary school and a total foodie, and he has been obsessed with Sonny’s coffee and restaurant.

Aaron asks to look around the place, and exits leaving Sonny and Kristina to talk abuot him where Sonny says he approves of the guy.   But is this Aaron even on the up and up? Is he a son of a mobster in his own right?  What is the deal?

What were your first impressions of Risa Dorken and Amy, and John DeLuca as Aaron? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, but in case you missed it take a look at Amy’s first scene with Griffin after the jump!

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

Aaron-son of Paul?…..Amy-a Cassidine and Laura’s daughter?…just harmless guesses-the characters have possibilities and im ok with them but im going to vote for Donald Trump if he builds a brick wall around Port Charles to prevent future newbies from coming in-lol

Marie
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Marie

Nice to see them pay tribute to the original Amy in a way. Original Amy was a ditzy busy body who never thought before she spoke, and hurt a lot of peoples’ feelings in the process. This Amy appears to be a calculated busy body with a stinger, at least where Maxie is concerned.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Though GH DOES have too many characters on the canvas, as many here point out, my first impression of the new Amy was instant LIKE. She seemed warm and maybe naive–not mean. Now also give her a tender, romantic love story. My immediate impression of Aaron–not so much. Sorry to say, he did not make a great first impression–just middling–one who might get lost in the already-crowded canvas. PS I kept looking for Laura on that crowded canvas–but WHERE IS LAURA? Now, THERE”s the person that needs a great storyline. How come all the other ladies in her age bracket… Read more »

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

Yes-what happened to Laura and her little mystery…last i seen her she was talking to Kevin Collins…Aaron-he is the lesser of the two-thought he was going to kiss Sonny the way he was going on there sounding so enamored with Sonny and his business-lol…he instantly reminded me of Dillion-its why i thought he was Paul’s son!!!

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

Cassidines might have something to do with this Amy-maybe when Laura was institutionalized Laura had the baby from Stravos, and in her state she never knew about this daughter???

Mary
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Mary

Really can’t stand this nurse . I am really really hoping she is the one killing patients and gets caught soon so she is off the show. I usually mute my tv when she comes on I don’t think she has a warm bone in her body. She is just a nosy b___h that wants to cause trouble. Maybe it’s the actress playing the part I don’t like.

Harry
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Harry

VERY cleaver, Jim.
I think a good gossip is always needed on a soap so I welcome the new character. Soap Gossips have a way of reviewing the stories for us viewers–they’re kind of a dumbed down Shakespearean chorus.
However, WHY did they have to name her Amy? That is just wrong for so many reasons.

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

I might be ok naming her Amy if she is somehow connected to Laura/original Amy….i remember when AW had John Randolph and his son Micheal who were part of the core Mathews family during the 60s to late 70s…by the 1980s the Randolphs were gone but the show introduced two new characters named John and Micheal who were brothers and i thought with so many names out there why use the same names of major characters who were part of the show for many years and whose memories are still fresh in one’s head…Amy is like that-why not Joanna or… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

M-m-m-m. I wonder also, Harry. Do you think they are going to say she is the “daughter” of Amy? Someone else speculated that she is Laura’s daughter. I say “huh?” to both of those suggestions. Amy didn’t have any children, and we don’t know of any other Laura daughter except Lulu. But knowing those writers at GH, ANYTHING is possible (sigh!), don’t you think?

Shay
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Shay

I like the way you think, jimh! Let’s “Make Port Charles Great Again!”

Timmm
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Timmm

President trump would be so proud!

Shay
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Shay

Hey, Timmmmbo! Maybe “The Trumpster” will give a stump speech in Port Charles….that would be yuuuuge!!!! LOL….

Magento
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Magento

I like both of the actors but I think that there are way to many characters on the canvas as there is. I’m hoping that these new ones will become involved in storylines quick and actually be able to help push the story forward. If they don’t, they’re not needed. I think that Griffin is actually Claudette and is transgendered. He’s just acting way to squirley around Nathan.

Ces
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Ces

Love the Claudette idea!!! Agree @ too many characters on this show! Dislike obnoxious Amy already! Id fire her for what she said to Maxie!!

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

That was my idea…i said that jokingly about Griffen being Claudette-GIVE ME THE CREDIT NOW-lol…ok, i did mention it several posts ago and seeing others think the same so maybe he was a she!!!

Ces
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Ces

lol Jim!!! Sorry, never saw your post but I love the idea! Something is up with Griffin?? Not sure I like the character. He’s pretty bland so being Claudette would be interesting!

Magneto
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Magneto

Sorry I never saw your post but I’m sure that many of us can connect the dots. 🙂

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

I said that about Griffen several postings ago…lol

Rose
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Rose

Jimh…not into Griffin being Claudette. Now about his twin?

Patrick
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Patrick

ie: Griffin

yeah…. I’m starting to think with you as well, plus many others

that locker room scene with Nathan… was a bit out their

Griffin dude… relax

then again… ??? is he lying about being Dukes “son” or was Claudette Dukes daughter…

so

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t think he is lying about being Duke’s child because everyone has said how much he looks like Duke– I’m sure they connect the dots on how Nathan’s Claudette and Duke’s son are one and the same person

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I think that too– the way he looks at Nathan and his mannerism, it screams I used to be Claudette–if he isn’t I will really be disappointed because I am looking forward to this transgender story.

Alan
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Alan

Jean and Shelly don’t write for gay couple Brad and Lucas so I really can’t see them doing a transgender story. Since Griffin is always going on and on about forgiveness, I’m guessing he was a former priest who had an affair with Claudette and was shot by Nathan in a jealous rage.

doribones
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doribones

alan-thought same thing. As a priest, HE couldn’t give her the green card wedding she needed & if Nathan spotted them together from a distance & shot, then ran- he wouldn’t recognize him, but Grif would know who Nathan is.

aria
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aria

griffin as a transgender claudette, what a horrible idea, i will say you guys have quite the imagination but thats all .

Magneto
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Magneto

Yet when it happens just remember to come back and tap us on the back for picking up on it.

ron
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ron

this isn’t passions!!!

Magneto
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Magneto

No, it it was Passions, Claudette would have been a witch and Griffin would have been her little doll boy that came to life in her dying breath.

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

Great minds think alike…and its great to hear when others have the same ideas about characters and plots!!!

Mary
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Mary

I think Griffin is the man that Claudette cheated with when she was married to Nathan. Griffin being a priest makes it even more of a scandal.

Magneto
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Magneto

That’s a good one Mary. You could be right. But who shot him? Maybe Nathan? Or is that what caused him to become a priest?

Scoma60
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Scoma60

Just more dumb mistakes by GH. We don’t need Amy. Give her airtime to characters we know & care about-Elizabeth,Epiphany,Felix.

We also don’t need Aaron. GH’s cast is beyond bloated and characters we’re invested in disappear for days/weeks. Brucas are about to be married yet they get no story or airtime. How do you invest when they’re only on once a month.

GH needs to trim its cast. Get rid of Hayden (instead of bringing family on for her), get rid of Nina, KiKi, Paul, Olivia,Julian,etc..
Give airtime and story to people we know & love.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, “airtime and story to people we know and love.”

Kimberline76
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Kimberline76

I liked both of the characters. Thought the actors were great for their roles. Feel like the ball needs to drop quickly on Christina’s boyfriend so we can learn his real agenda and who he is. Not really sure we need the new nurse.

Patrick
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Patrick

Aaron and Amy are instantly “likeable”

Aaron… how can they make them so cute… he throws me a little bit… as he looks like the spitting image of a younger Tom Cruise

inasmuch as I’ve liked Kristina “exploring” her feelings… I think that GH needs to capitalize on GOOD couples… and these two have it in spades

plus… I like that he’s in culinary school… total foody

Amy: she caught me right away as well… she doesn’t seem in the least apologetic about “her” mannerisms… nurses’ station wherewithal (gossip). I’m in

THESE TWO HAVE CHARACTER

Harry
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Harry

I liked Amy telling Maxie that “We don’t do voice transplants here.”
Maxie does indeed have a very annoying voice as does Lulu. They utilize what linguists call “vocal fry.”

Shay
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Shay

You know what drives me far more crazy than “the fry,” Harry? Upspeak….it is so moronic, despite the fact that people seem to think it gives them some sort of smartly superior tone. And when guys do it, it’s even worse than listening to those insipid females feigning their pseudo-intellectual affectations! I just want to stifle all of them when everything they say sounds like a freaking question!

Timmm
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Timmm

I wander if Amy studied Amy because she is channeling Nurse Vining! Anyway, good to see a normal actress get hired that represents the look of a real hospital employee! [Shes cute but probably will annoy me!] Aaron is Tom Cruise lite! He is young, good looking and could turn out to be a good actor. We’ll see. I do hope he is connected to someone already on the canvas. I do think Kristina should have dated someone a little older. Its really not even the age factor, Aaron just looks so young! Thats a problem over at Y&R with… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Like the culinary thing with Aaron, just hope ABC doesn’t try to connect it with The Chew the way they cross promote a lot of their other shows and Disney. But I can’t help but feel there’s more to him than just liking to cook.

Marie
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Marie

Am I the only one who thinks Aaron looks like very much like Michael Quartermaine-Corinthos?

Ces
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Ces

Totally & a little bit of Tom Cruise with the smile. I like him, not Amy.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I can see the similarity now that you mentioned it Marie. If they had the same color hair and style they’d really REALLY be dopplegangers!!

Rodd
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Rodd

AS much as I liked these two characters, it bothers me twice as much that they were even introduced when the cast is so bloated. Enough, already!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Yes, this new Amy echoes Amy Vining. I loved Shell Kepler and the character she created. Was saddened when powers that be just swept the character under the rug. Miss Kepler provided some humor and emotion, and plenty of devices to upend or to turn stories because of her gossip and desire to be among the inner circle. And that romance she had with the boxer sticks with me. Bless you in heaven, Shell Kepler.

Linda
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Linda

Aaron is probably a spy for another crime family as he was just too interested in Sonny. Amy is going to be the busy body agitator around GH who will be snitching on everybody.

Mateo
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Mateo

I don’ t mind the introduction of new characters but not at the expense of the main reasons I watch GH. I did think that Amy and Maxie had a good mix together. They just bounced off of each other’s energy. As for Aaron, umm, rather pointless to bring him in especially with Kristina questioning her own sexuality. We know her history with men so tossing another one in the mix is not necessary. If they are going to explore her fluidity regarding her sexuality then explore it with the attraction to women. I am not saying we should have… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I appreciate your post.. a while back ago… on the actor… Ryan Paevey (Nathan) I get caught off “guard” if you will… on his looks… and physique.. I will not lie damned if you do and damned if you “don’t” call him “wooden” and not a strong act but his presence… is a let for example… “posts” I am struck… kid you not… how lovely enchanted I am w/ @Rebecca Herbst beauty behold OK… she can act… add smolder any way… ie: Dr. Griffin it’s going to be interesting… what the writers REEL they struck lightening.. without a story out… Read more »

Hayjay
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Hayjay

I don’t like the idea of teasing a lesbian story then sending Kristina back to guys. So I agree that I’m not crazy about bringing Aaron on.

Jackie Meixner
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Jackie Meixner

I agree,too many stories going on,you get lost.New guy much too nice,cute but who cares.Nurse kind of looks like Maxie.I for one hopes that Ashley Jones is back after maternity.The chemistry and acting with her and Kristina was wonderful!Bored with Dante and Lulu.Too many men!Can’t keep track.Kill off Carlos

David
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David

I like the Aaron character, seems like he has possibilities for a decent story line, looking forward to see what they have planned.

The Amy character not so much. It felt like they were trying to make her the new “Amy Vining” who was known for a long time in the 80s as the GH nurse who always spread gossip.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t have any issue with these new characters as long as there is a real plan to integrate them into the story. If Amy is just going to pop up now and then to be a busy body — to be like a modern version of a Greek chorus– no thanks. If she has a real connection to the canvas yet to be reveal, if her character is going to be fleshed out and have a real impact – great. And the same with Aaron— the tendency on GH is introduce new characters but then never do anything with… Read more »

Tommy Burke
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Tommy Burke

Amy reminds of my Amy Vining who I absolutely looooved. I always wished they would bring Amy Vining back. This “new” Amy is as good as it gets and it’s goooood. Nice job GH. Thanks for adding humor to the “hospital” like in the 80’s. Hope she sticks around.

Leesa
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Leesa

That is who she is supposed to be . They are copying characters. I hate the New Amy and do not find her amusing in any way. Amy V. was a beloved character played by Shell Kepler. Only will there ever be one Amy. If they wanted to add a gossip, should have changed the name.

mike
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mike

Can do without Amy, rather see Ephifany more. Like Aaron the actor is likeable and attractive. A great addition to the show which has the best collection of hunks on TV. Ryan Paevey,Matt Cohen,Chad Duell,Ryan Carnes,Billy Miller, now John DeLuca,what a group!

su0000
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su0000

As long she is not coupled, I’m ok with it..
No big deal ..

aria
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aria

i’m so sick of reading how bloaded the GH cast is, maybe people should get a list of the contract players and recurring players, and and then maybe just stop trying to figure out who should get airtime vs who shouldn’t. in my opinion if your under contract then you should be on air more and or at least be a part of a major storyline, if your recurring character then your their to fill up air time, or enhance the storyline of the contract players. so fyi, lucas and brad are not contract players, they shouldn’t have ‘their own… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I am having great difficulty understanding your post, Aria, but I think what you are trying to say is that you are tired of reading viewers’ complaints about a bloated cast. While I like Amy (despite the unfortunate choice of names) and think her character is actually needed, I maintain that there is an art to introducing new characters to the canvas. For the last five years or so, GH has failed in that endeavor. New characters need to have an introduction and they need to be slowly integrated into the fabric of the fictional landscape which included having connections… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Harry, you say it SO well–and I agree with you 100%.

Shay
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Shay

VERY aptly put, Harry! I’ve said as much so on numerous occasions, as well. Since the time that Britt and your not-so-beloved Dr. O. hit the GH scene, there has been precious little new character development and backstory involved in any introductions…they’ve all been slapdash to totally non-existent, and as far as I’m concerned, there’s been absolutely no impetus to accept or be ingratiated to any of these newbies….none has possessed either the charisma or interest to grab the viewer. The only glimmer of hope I have seen as of late is Griffin….he’s the first character that has intrigued me… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

New characters work cheaper and if they hit it off FBI makes more money! I try to point out to some fans, most of our beloved characters started off being new!

Timmm
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Timmm

Not FBI. Fv frank valenti

Alan
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Alan

I think most people wouldn’t feel like the cast was bloated if the writers were creating compelling, interwoven storylines for the vets and then wove the recurring characters in to enhance the plot. Unfortunately, there really don’t seem to be any stories on the canvas other than the current Carlos mess so if you’re not a fan of mob stories you’re out of luck. Everything else is more of a character description than an actual story: Nathan has an ex-wife; Christina might be gay; Morgan is bi-polar; Hayden’s dad ran an off-camera Ponzi scheme; Finn gives himself mysterious injections; Jordan… Read more »

Aria
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Aria

Harry and Alan you both express better what I was trying to say, I feel every time fans complain about the same thing still you two made valid points why . I do feel a lot of the characters have great potential but aren’t going anywhere because none really have a storyline. Even though I’m so done with the Carlos charater at least he keeps Anna in a storyline. I GH is way better then the other 3 soaps no matter how hard I try I can’t get into them so for now in my opinion GH is way better… Read more »

Jane
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Jane

We didn’t need theses characters, but I don’t trust Aaron.

Alan
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Alan

The second Aaron started sucking up to Sonny and gushing over his coffee and his restaurant I lost any interest in the character.

Amy could have potential but based on the character development of other Jean and Shelly creations such as Darby, Andre, and Curtis I don’t hold out much hope.

Of course, the first thing I think every time I see a new character is “why am I watching a stranger when Genie Francis is on contract…?”

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Your last sentence says it all as far as I am concerned, Alan!

I love gh
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I love gh

You are so right!

doribones
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doribones

AMEN!!!

Tamera Burdette
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Tamera Burdette

I haven’t given Aaron much thought but hearing Amy speak to Maxie I immediately thought of Amy Vining. Thinking maybe she’s a daughter or maybe a niece or something. I agree on too many characters but I like Amy, so far

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I do like both characters—their stories ought to be interesting.

Letemeatc8ke
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Letemeatc8ke

GH just won an Emmy, so they are going to take that.as a pat on the back to continue in the same direction with all sls. Jason – whose memory recovery never takes him back to being a Quartermaine, only a Morgan – will reunite with Sonny and Carly and his thuggish ways. We saw hints of that with his “buddy” talk with Sonny. That’s what they used to do. Are they afraid to have Kristina be gay?! Reveal the Griffen and Nathan connection already! And Finn with the biga** needle. Sup with that?! They take so long to reveal… Read more »

Jessica
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Jessica

I don’t like amy’s attitude. I’m waiting for someone to slap her. My husband walked in the room & thought she was Maxie, lol! Idk about Aaron. He’s a little too excited about coffee. When he was off exploring the restaurant I was like oh no, he’s planting bugs for the cops or another mobster! Idk if I want Christina with him. Btw when will we see Ethan again?

Leesa
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Leesa

Good assessment there. Great point , you’d think Paranoid Sonny would follow Aaron out to the restaurant and wouldn’t let him walk freely around the place. I agree, SLAP her and then slap her again. Ethan should return.

nme
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nme

Amy would get fired if it were a real hospital. There are laws now. Of course things get talked about in a real hospital, bot not aloud. She reminds me of Maxie. If I keep watching, hope she’s not there long…this is only about the character. ABC still should have cancelled GH and kept OLTL!! I started watching GH again after several years because of some of the cast from OLTL. Glad Michael Easton is back, but wish he were McBain.

Debbie
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Debbie

I think she sounds like and looks a bit like Maxi.

Leesa
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Leesa

I cannot stand the “New Amy” and her portrayal of a beloved character played by Shell Kepler. She is mean, nosy and I do not find her funny at all. BTW she is not new to the hospital, she is being portrayed as always been at GH. Remember her interaction with Monica and the way she was talking about her family behind her back? So forget the idea that she is related to Laura etc.

Shannon
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Shannon

Not sure about Kristina’s new friend Aaron, but kinda like the new Amy character. She reminds me of the Amy Vinings character grew up with. Have her tone down the loudness, needs to be a bit softer, even if gossiping is frowned upon at work need it to be more like standing around the water cooler or general conversation like on Grey’s Anatomy and less like she’s the announcer bring those that joined the show already in progress up to speed. Love being able to catch up on episodes on the ABC app as it now airs at 2pm when… Read more »

Cecewriter
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Cecewriter

Amy is a good, dingy nurse. We haven’t had a busy body for a while. I think she may be the one murdering patients.
Aaron is too wishy- washy. Kristina needs a real man to turn her on, or commit to being gay. She has been quite a disappointment.!

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Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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