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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Morgan On The Ledge In An Episode Filled With Knockout Performances!

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital was one of the best installments of the ABC daytime drama series in some time which featured stand out performances from the cast, led by Bryan Craig’s emotional and gut-wrenching performance as Morgan, who has been suffering from a manic episode after going off his meds.

Now in the darkest place imaginable, Morgan made his way to the GH rooftop and is preparing to jump off the ledge and end his life.   While he is struggling to take that one fatal leap he is joined on the ledge by a bloody Kiki.  This is all in Morgan’s imagination, but he believes this is happening right now.  Kiki tells Morgan it is his fault she was shot, because he is sick, but they can fix the situation if they jump together and end their lives.   Kudos in this part of the scene also goes to Hayley Erin who played a frightening version of good girl Kiki.

Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) after having a tense discussion with Sonny (Maurice Benard) at the hospital, just wants to wash off Kiki’s blood that is all over her hands.  In another symbolic scene, Carly scrubs and scrubs the blood off of her so hard that she ends up burning her hands.  Griffin (Matt Cohen) happens upon the scene and takes care of Carly’s hands.  She lets him know she did not appreciate being lied to that Sonny could truly walk, and that as his doctor, Griffin lied, too.   An overwrought Carly calms down for a minute and then apologizes to Griffin, and knows none of what happened with Sonny is his fault.

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Back on the hospital roof, Andre (Anthony Montogmey) finds Morgan ready to end his life.   He gets Morgan to open up about how he got to this point.  Morgan recounts … not being able to get aroused to be able to have sex with Kiki, because of his meds … wanting to prove that he is man … wanting to show his father that he is good for something and can take care of the business … but that he screwed everything up and Kiki got shot.  Andre tells Morgan to think of a happy time in his life prior to this whole bad chain of events.   He recalls Christmastime with baby Avery.   Michael (Chad Duell) who left Morgan for a few minutes to get Sonny, returns with him.  Sonny ties to talk Morgan down, but when that doesn’t work, and in a heart-tugging performance from Maurice Benard, Sonny gets on the ledge with Morgan and says they will jump together.  Morgan finally comes down from the ledge into the arms of his father.  Later, when Morgan comes back into the hospital, in another tearjerker, Carly runs to her son with open arms after realizing what has just transpired.  Laura Wright played all her scenes throughout the episode to perfection.   Morgan is now under Andre’s care, and the crisis is overted and now Morgan can hopefully get the help he so needs to live his life.

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And then there was Maura West (Ava), who delivered another sublime performance, as the mother who is praying that her daughter Kiki will not be paralyzed and will survive her near death experience for taking a bullet meant for Morgan.   Ava blames herself for all of her bad deeds that this may be payback.  She also lashed out at Paul (Richard Burgi) and promised she will bring him down if she is implicated in the arms deal.   Paul comes up with an immunity deal for Ava and gives it to Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) at the PCPD, which makes it impossible for her to be touched for any involvement with the arms deal.

Jordan tells Anna she has enough evidence to arrest Paul for what happened with Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise). Anna says she can’t do that, as then she’ll have to arrest her as well. Anna relates that if she and Paul are arrested then Julian and Carlos will get away with killing Duke. In a heartbreaking moment, Anna pleads with Jordan to give her more time, and then she’ll have plenty of people to arrest. Jordan gives Anna only a few weeks and tells her she is truly pushing the boundaries of their friendship.

And just who is Claudette?  After Maxie (Kirsten Storms) tries to propose to Nathan (Ryan Paevey) while he is on painkillers recovering from his gunshot wound received at rhe church, as he drifts off in his hospital room he says, “I love you too, Claudette.”

Finally, when Griffin gives Ava an update that Kiki is out of surgery and the bullet has been removed, he tells her Kiki is now in the ICU.   And in a hankie-filled closer of the episode, Ava gets into the hospital bed with her daughter and begins to sing her a lullaby.  While she sings, the narrative of the other storylines are also being played out, which brought together the entire episode in a dramatic and compelling way.

What did you think of the performances by the cast of GH on Friday’s episode? What did you think of the episode as a whole? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Michele
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Michele

Absolute perfection. The writing was compelling and the acting left me riveted at every turn. GH is at the best in the game.

irene
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irene

Why is General Hospital always talked about in the form of SCENES instead of stories? I think that is part of the problem with the show.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Every scene is a show every show has scenes

CeeCee
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CeeCee

What a great, intriguing question, Irene. Why, indeed! We should be pressing the story; not any particular scene to carry said story. Obviously, the story itself is lacking something. The actor is not delivering? The plot is not gripping enough? Thus, all we are left with are solitary scenes, frozen in the moment. Again, I just have to commend both Maurice and Bryan. I guess it is because I as taken by surprise by the realism; their inspiring dialogue ….words which seemed to dance and have a life of their own. The fear in Sonny’s eyes, the paleness in the… Read more »

Harry 1
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Harry 1

Irene, please elaborate. I don’t understand what it is you are saying here. And I want to understand.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Along the same lines: why do I lack the sense that long term, any of this, as dramatic and even as emotionally resonant as it is, makes any difference for any of these characters? That any of them will lead their lives differently, or make different decisions, or go in a different direction because of what has happened? “Character-driven” writing implies (to me, at least) that characters change and evolve in response to what they live through. Raise your hand if you think Sonny and Carly will be playing out some version of this same melodrama within the next couple… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

Excellent observation Michael (not Fairman) – I long for characters to grow… and learn!!

Timmm
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Timmm

I have a simple answer. Because MOST stories dont have ALL good actors in them so we tend to pick out a scene with a good acting performance instead of singling out the whole story.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Exactly, Timmm. You said it much more clearly and succinctly than I have. But, that is what I meant…to the letter.

AJQ
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AJQ

“Why is General Hospital always talked about in the form of SCENES instead of stories? I think that is part of the problem with the show.” Irene, such a simple yet astute point and it is the main problem with the show. GH is now written and produced for the chatter of Twitter and social media posts where a group of viewers and superfans of certain actors can pretend to be knowledgeable about acting and production and to prop their favorites. It has nothing to do with good storytelling, the kind that would appeal to a larger audience who are… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Thank you Irene and AJQ, I concur. GH for me is on the same level as “The Bachelor” .. “this is going to be the most shocking moment yet!’ .. that’s all they do is try to shock us now and get us talking about the show. Yes, they behave badly, yes they’re entertaining, but do we actually really CARE about any of these characters? Not when GH’s main priority is giving its “pets” Emmy reels and using hyperbole to get us to tune in.

su0000
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su0000

Bryan is very good… ALL the acting has been phenomenal..
However-
It’s much like being in one of those help groups or in a rehab center, watching it roll on everyday..
I can’t take much more of these bipolar physiotherapy session.. ..

( Dr. Freud and Dr. Seuss have certified me as being quite sane. )

Carol
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Carol

your comment made me smile 🙂

Anthony
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Anthony

Well I thought the episode was ok. Maura West and her scenes were fabulous. As for Sonny getting up on the ledge and saving Morgan – just more silly unrealistic writing. For me personally, a waste of my energy yelling “jump” at the tv every time Morgan and Sonny were on screen. How I wish GH could get rid of most of the Corinthos clan…but just more disappointment from the writers.

Melissa
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Melissa

Agreed that the most effective scene was the last with Maura West’s beautiful singing to her adult daughter and flashes of other mothers and their children. Otherwise I think the praise for the episode is overstated.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, exactly what, I think, Irene has suggested. Some scenes, such as Ava’s singing, bits and pieces of the episodes and of the storylines even, are appreciated versus the big picture.

Patrick
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Patrick

rolling ; on the floor laughing “… a waste of my energy yelling “jump” at the tv every time Morgan and Sonny were on screen. ” the end result… in all that is GH Sonny And Carly are always brought on to two sucker punch us… and leave us ??? barren ? wasted … suck the life right out of any and all scenes and put their stamp and kibosh on interest There’s Sonny… up and at em… long forgotten the wheelchair … as his machismo took hold and Sonny amped up the whole church; therein; at the hospital… ready… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

not once… under water… did Lulu put up a fight and or struggle… she just sank came up for air… about 5 times.. and sank right back down thank goodness she was wearing red it was a lame reunion… Emme Rylan going make- up less… wow she is a wisp of a thing… or is it? what ??? ever happened to Valerie? wasn’t she pregnant? or was it just played she thought she might be? I’m so disappointed and STILL WAITING FOR A LAURA STORYLINE, where she’s NOT trotting out .. angst filled for what Nicholas , Liz, and Lulu… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Yes, I agree that Friday’s episode of General Hospital was excellent and it was definitely filled with Knockout Performances from the cast!

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

Why couldnt Morgan take Sonny’s hand and force Sonny to jump with him…lol…but seriously, im a long time bipolor sufferer…i have brief outburst over silly stuff, especially when i dont like something on GH but in that case bipolor disorder has nothing to do with it-just the sometimes spotty horrible writing…lol…trying hard to retain my sense of humor…horrible week-not GH-my life…my sister was in hospital with heart problem and as things were looking good she had a relapse and had ‘died’ for four minutes, but an on duty nurse just happened into her room and revived her… her adult son… Read more »

Harry 1
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Harry 1

Jim, I am so sorry to hear all of this. I am happy, however, to learn that your sister came back to you.
Your cat? My cat one time bit into my hand as I stupidly tried to break up a cat fight in the back yard. My hand became as large as a baseball mitt and I had to go to the ER for antibiotics.
Yes, Morgan’s bipolar story is really unrealistic and is not serving those who really do suffer from this devastating disorder.

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

My cat attack was like that scene in The Birds when Tippi Hendren enters that bedroom and was viciously attacked-my arm was so bloody i thought i would need a blood transfusion…i’ve become ill days later and now i must go back to be checked again.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Ah…Harry. They always say never try to break up a cat fight…between cats…or women! Ahem. 😉 But seriously…if you currently have a cat or are getting one in the future…paleeeez don’t let him or her out. So dangerous for them. Fights wuth other animals, hit by cars, fleas, etc. Statistically, outdoor cats only live about five years..indoor cats can live 20 and beyond.

Tristan
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Tristan

Take care, Jim. I am thinking good thoughts for you.

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

Thank you…

Barbara
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Barbara

The performance by all the actor was greatest Emmy worthy . I enjoyed every minute of the show the best. Keep it up.

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

I really enjoyed Fridays episode. It seems we are finally gaining some real traction in story. I can’t wait until Anna and Robert find out they have a son the never knew about with this new doctor. Anna must have been pregnant e hen presumed dead in that explosion all those years ago.

Tristan
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Tristan

I do not believe he is Robert’s son. Anna’s son, yes. But not Robert’s. Hmmm.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

Well maybe he’s Anna’s and the ever fertile Sonny’s, since absolutely every road in Port Charles must lead somehow to Sonny.

Except that Anna and Sonny have never slept together, of course, and the writers would never completely rewrite history for some off-screen liaison that we had no idea had taken place.

Oh, wait. . . .

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oooooo….I love that, Allen! Dr. Munro; meet your parents: Anna Devane and Robert Scorpio!!!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

That would be cool. He could pass as Robin’s brother.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Ooh! I never thought of that! My first inclination was that he’s Stones’s brother. I still think that but this could be a nice twist…if he was Anna and Duke’s son! That would mean the world to Anna…

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

The show is overloaded with primo performers and it is about time the writing was up to their level.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well they certainly do these emotional scenes a lot better than the action scenes. Although I am sure there were some viewers yelling at the set for Sonny and Morgan to jump– in reality they did a honest portrayal of the kind of hopelessness one feels when they are about to end it all and how distorted one’s thinking can get. Although having Saint Sonny be the one the save the day instead of the shrink was bit predictable it was a well written scene and performed with heart and honesty. And Carly’s bloody hands were very Lady Macbeth– it… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

REALLY, Mary?????? You too?????? I have been saying this for so long, I got laryngitis from it. LOL.
I also repeatedly said, Kiki will need blood and Nina is a match.
But, Mary….perhaps we should give up. Shay makes sense in saying that it’s a bit too late.
Besides, I think Ava referred to Kiki as her firstborn. I still hope, though. I’m glad you’re there, alongside with me, Mary. Later.

Timmm
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Timmm

Sonny and Morgan love each other so I dont mind that Super Sonny talked him down. I agree with you about the shirtless doctor. It was a cheap way to give someone a thrill!

aria
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aria

i thought the episode was a standout too, what really stood out for me though was Griffin looking at Anna at the end of the episode, what is his connection to her? i can’t wait to find out, I really like this character and the actor, and if he ends up being related to Anna that will be awesome, he could be Robins twin brother? hence the connection everyone was talking about when they were guessing he was related to Stone since he talked to sonny in his first episode about loosing someone to Hiv? i guessing here, i hope… Read more »

jeremy
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jeremy

Awesome Episode!!!

Rose
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Rose

Very well done by all. Loved Ava singing the lullaby. If I have any suggestion it is that they lock the door to the hospital roof.

Timmm
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Timmm

Thats funny Rose. Maybe Nina can hire a guard to watch the roof, as well?

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

**********NEWSFLASH**********

Heather Weber fell off the roof of the hospital a few years ago and survived, so no need to worry…

Timmm
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Timmm

She landed on a bag of BLT’s!

Vet from the Get (abc soaps)
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Vet from the Get (abc soaps)

i actually enjoyed Bryan Craig’s performance. Especially since he refrained from licking his lips as he frequently does. I thought he was believable and heartfelt. Maurice was just playing himself and though not much of a stretch, his scene with Bryan was touching and sad. It got to me, and I did get teary. Very unrealistic that a nurse or aide on any floor but especially a psych ward would un-tether a patient who is in restraints under Dr’s orders without consulting with the Doctor or Head Nurse. I have grown to like Maura West a bit more than I… Read more »

Harry 1
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Harry 1

What a great post, ABC Vet. I agree with almost every point you made.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

This will shock you Harry, I agree with everything Vet said too. Which means…you and I agree again! What’s happening?????

Lunatic banshee…lol!

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Been watching Laura Wright since her days on “Loving.” She’s a treasure. The main reason I wish they would use Jackie Zeman more on “GH” is because it’s great to see them play off each other.

Timmm
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Timmm

Its funny/sad, GH refuses to use their vets or I’d say most of them. I could agree if there was no purpose but both Monica and Bobbi have a lot of family on the show. It sucks. Another point, Maxie is a chatter box, you mean to tell me she doesnt EVER talk to her mom? DUMB!

Gert
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Gert

Wonderful story telling. I empathize with Morgan. Bryan Craig has been outstanding. All of the cast is great.

Wil
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Wil

The Corinthos family is a core and veteran family on GH. They’re here to stay. The episode was excellent. And it’s a daytime drama; it’s going to be over the top sometimes– it’s fun.

rosie c
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rosie c

As a newer viewer I’m thinking how was i not watching this amazing show ages ago? Imo this is by far the best story lines and acting of any daytime soap. This episode was fantastic. Now I’m hoping for some honeymoon scenes with Julexis.

Timmm
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Timmm

Oh you can count on a bubble bath or 10!

Shay
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Shay

Oh, I so hope not, Timmmbo!!!!!

Rose Chilibeck
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Rose Chilibeck

LOL …Yea!! Bring it on. 🙂

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

Best full week of GH in a very long time. I didn’t think anything could top the great episodes on Tues/Wed with the action/drama but Friday’s was even more amazing with so much heart. The show truly had a little bit of everything this week and it’s very rare these days in daytime soaps that you can have a complete week like GH just pulled off. Bravo to the writers, actors and directors.

Josh
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Josh

I agree 100%, great week of shows from Monday through Friday. If anyone watched and you’re still complaining, then I really question why you bother watching. We got action, drama (including the hospital drama everyone always says they want to see), emotion, great acting. Bryan Craig was tremendous, Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Maura West, Richard Burgi, Finola Hughes, Emme Rylan, Dominic Zamprogna, Nancy Lee Grahn, so many great performances.

su0000
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su0000

Hi Jay.. Wow! lol I do not understand who some can see this doom and gloom as entertaining lol So far; We have lil’ Jake a messed up in head kid hit by a car near dead and fighting to walk again . We have Kiki fighting for her life . We have Nathan in the hospital gunshot wound We have Carly scrubbing the skin off her hands We have/had Sonny paralyzed We have Morgan going through bipolar attacks We have Tracy going into brain tumor or stroke We have Lulu near dead from drowning GH has become- saddening, cheerless,… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

Well with everyone in the hospital at least the hospital is more of a focus for the show! Maybe ME is coming on as another doctor. Lord knows Port Charles needs them!

toscanti
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toscanti

I couldn’t agree more, by far the BEST week for GH in a long time. It had me in tears multiple times. Kudos to the new writing regime and the fantastic team of actors.

cooks7570
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cooks7570

I can’t wait till Valerie’s back on my screen. I wish Anna was the one that saved the day.

Phil
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Phil

In an episode full of knock out performances it was Laura Wright’s and Maura West’s performances that stood out to me!

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes the acting was good but there were no big surprises. There was no way Morgan was going to jump. I cannot stand him and had hoped that Heather would burst through the door and push him off the ledge! Kiki was great and Haley has grown before our eyes. Michael was smart enough to go get his dad.

Carly washing her hands was very good.

Anna and Jordan. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!

Maxie, Nathan, Nina, Franco and Mudah wrecked a decent show! No purpose for their scenes whatsoever!

Thank God we have Tracy to look forward to on Monday!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I thought Laura Wright was perfection….so credible, Timmm.
I was so confused by Hayden’s and Tracy’s cryptic conversation….were they talking about the same thing? Is it possible for the elder Quartermaine to be Hayden’s father? Wow…SISTERS!!
Tracey had her first big seizure….after her few TIA’s….poor Tracy.
Where are TPTB going with this?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

As usual, Bryan Craig was outstanding. Heartbreaking.

Rodd
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Rodd

Brilliant!!!

Kim G.
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Kim G.

I’m actually wondering if the new doctor is Anna and Duke’s child that she “lost” back in the day?!

Maybe Faison and Helena had something to do with this and as Griffin grew up, he discovered he has a half sister (Robin) who has HIV, which gave him inspiration to be a doctor???

I wonder if they will put him with Liz , Kiki, or even Valerie…also, don’t forget Sabrina will be back in a few months, so she’s also a possibility for him.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Kim…yes…that was my second guess; first was Stone’s brother. I posted above that I thoughtI he might be Duke and Anna’s son as well. Still inclined toward the Stone theory but being Duke’s son would be beautiful for Anna. I just dont remember if Anna miscarried…not sure I was watching back then…or if it’s plausible in the sense that their baby was thought dead but kidnapped.

Timmm
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Timmm

I would like Griffin to be Duke and Anna’s ONLY if Duke were alive!

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Loved the episode. My only reservation is the ease with which Sonny, who was paralyzed a couple of weeks ago, climbed nimbly onto the ledge with little or no effort. I thought he was recovering but not fully recovered enough to execute a stunt like that. The drama would have been heightened if he had struggled somewhat and if his risky behavior had been noted in the scene. Otherwise, good stuff! Long Live GH!!

Melissa
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Melissa

Yes, Sonny went from 0 to 60 in under 10 seconds! Shouldn’t he at least be struggling a little bit to walk?!

Alan
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Alan

Another awful episode. Carly walked around with Kiki’s blood on her hands all night? That’s sanitary. And then she goes into the doctors’ quarters to wash her hands because how else is she going to run into a shirtless Griffin. Can you say plot driven? (And the hand washing scene felt forced to me — if Carly was ever going to go all Lady MacBeth, it should’ve been for her part in covering up A.J.’s murder and lying to her son about it.) Also, Carly is married to a mobster who murdered A.J. and has committed countless crimes but the… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Good one, Allen. Griffin could be Alex’s, Anna’s and yet another sister Lindsey’s ( deceased) son. If he is Lindsey’s, then he is Aiden Devane’s ( Turner) brother.
My grandmother told me that Charlotte, the sisters’s evil aunt took many secrets with her when she died. GH can do anything it wants with this history. It’s a can of worms waiting to be opened. Griffin could be related to anybody, at this point.
Nonetheless, I think you’re on to something, Alan.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sorry; ALAN

Phil
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Phil

No offense, I respect Shriner’s hospital, but I am tired of GH becoming an infomercial for the hospital. If I have to hear did you know there are 20 Shriner’s hospitals across the country one more time…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I understand, Phil. It’s too staged; too contrived; too obvious. But, I do feel for those kids whose family has zero money. This is done to incite us, the viewers to donate. We can’t really hold it against them.
As I said days ago, everyone should walk the halls of any children’s hospital and check out the suffering by the kids and family members. It is devastating.
Boston Children’s, St. Jude’s etc. hold marathons every so-often. I do not think Shriner’s has marathons. I could be wrong. Their funding is all donations….so it needs all the exposure it can get.

General Hospital

Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

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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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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