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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nelle's Plan For Carly: "She Deserves Everything That's Coming To Her" But, What Is Her Motive?

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As we near the beginning of February sweeps in about a weeks time, look for General Hospital to reveal more on the back-story of Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) mysterious plot to seek revenge on Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright)

Just, what is her motive?  Why did she really show up in Port Charles?  Why does Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) instinctively know that something is off with Carly’s young assistant, and that she is out to hurt Bobbie’s family?

In the latest ABCpromo for GH, Chloe Lanier as Nelle is seen saying, “She deserves everything that’s coming to her.”  But the voice-over announcer says, “But there is something no one knows about Nelle!”  But what is it?  So much speculation has been posted on social media over the last several months on just how Nelle may be related to Carly and Bobbie.  Is there a twist no one has thought of?

Watch Chloe Lanier in the promo spotlighting the upcoming story reveal of Nelle after the jump. Then let us know, why you think Nelle wants to make Carly suffer so bad? Comment below!

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su0000
su0000

Nell is tool for her father to get even with Carly..
Nell will be whitewashed/written as a victim ..

J&S are very obvious, they have a need to make everyone a priest or a nun ..

Jean and Shelly= No Bad Guys Allowed !!!
and that is the one of the main cause of GH circling the drain.((DULL BLAH STORIES!

Jenny
Jenny

When soaps were in their heyday and huge cash cows for the networks there were 1-4 bad guys on any show at any given time. We watched to root for the good guys. Villains would be on for their story arc….they would get killed or sent off to jail and we got to celebrate the good guys winning before the next villain came along to torment them. Occasionally for shock value the villain would pop up in a future story arc. Since evil started continually winning…is when soaps have lost 3/4 of their audience. Gloria Monty’s GH….though formulaic….was great with this formula. There was always some action adventure…chasing some object or villain….but it was the supercouple at the centre of the story that people tuned in to see! No one gave a shit about the Left Handed Boy or the Ice Princess…..they were enthralled with Luke and Laura. No one tuned in to see pearls in the Asian Quarter….they wanted the magic between Frisco and Felicia. No one enjoyed seeing teenage Elizabeth raped…but the tender teenage love story that ensued with her and Lucky was heartwarming and true. The majority of society WANTS to see the good guys win. Soaps used to be that way when they were great!

su0000
su0000

Going back decades??
My neighbor, a soap guru granny (luv her) she goes back to day 1 ..
She has mentioned a really bad guy – Ray Gardner- and Billy clyde, and told my of them..
I went to Youtube with her to take a look at those dudes, they were bad to the bone and yet they were stars of the soap (I forget which one) and those villains made people wait with anticipation on the edge for the next day..
Yes, you need to cheer on the good guys and BOOO and long for the destruction of the bad guys..

the bad guys GH now has are powderpuffs, weenies, lollypops, pansies, and non existent ..

Sonny and Julian are wussies, now…. Valentin is not much of anything villain wise and he should be a worst bad boy of all the Cassadines and is a million miles from even being scary.

su0000
su0000

Curious;
How many remember the bad bad villains from hell, in all soaps..
The ones that through decades of time have never be forgotten and how much they put you on the very edge?
And– are those Class-A villain’s missed?

I wasn’t watching back then and I really miss them !! the excitement they brought to stories.

Jenny
Jenny

Well…completely missed my point. Like…beyond missed it.

Celia
Celia

Absolutely, Jenny. The bad-guy always paid the piper, in soaps. Now, he is glorified and adored…..now, the bad-guy is resurrected, over and over.
I have only been watching for a couple of years or so, but, the idea of torturing Elizabeth by reviving and reliving the terror of her rape is sooo without taste, indelicate and cruel. Such a transparent tactic, merely done to redeem Franco in most twisted and idiotic way. Where is the suspense? Perhaps, I stand alone in this? But, does anyone really care about Franco?
I love Roger, but Franco is an enigma….in the most negative, freakish way.
Su mentioned Gardner, Tad’s and Jenny’s father and, also, Clyde. Well, they got their just desserts, according to my grandmother…..but, Sonny lives on.
Sonny ( and the like) is so special, isn’t he? Killing people is applauded ( AJ).
You’re right. No inspiration.

Rhonda
Rhonda

JENNY! Sing it, sister.
You are spot on. THANK YOU!

Rhonda
Rhonda

SUOO, you perplex me. On one hand you say you weren’t around when good old fashioned soap villains were around but on the other hand you say you miss them.
How can you miss what you never knew?
I am not trying to start something with you here but it seems you are kind of contracting yourself just a bit?
Is this a case of you offering “alternative facts”?

Neeley Ryan
Neeley Ryan

Gave up watching after 25+ years for the very reason! Bad guys NEVER get brought to justice. Good Guys Never win! IT gets frustrating and I finally gave up. Miss the old days. Bring back some soap writers who know what they are doing! PLEASE! Before we are saying goodbye to GH forever.

Celia
Celia

I like your theory, su. Makes a lot of sense. So, Nelle’s rancor is towards Carly, for whatever reason. Maybe she really is Jerry’s daughter. I can’t remember what fellow-poster suggested Jerry, as her father, a while back.
I had a crazy thought. Could Nelle be Sonny’s daughter? It would really put a wickedly gross twist to this ‘thickened’ soupy plot. The joke would be on Sonny, as nothing really happend between them. Yuck!
Well, It’s plausible.

su0000
su0000

hi Rhonda..
yes, I miss what they once were by hearing of their haydays ..
the soaps then seems to be much different than now..
so, guess I missed what they were.

su0000
su0000

hey CC 🙂
Nell is going to be the victim of the mess..
And then we’re all to feel sorry for her lol

((whitewash whitewash of Nell, wait for it !!))

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

I think Nelle is Carly’s daughter that she’s never spoken of, Maybe she was told Nelle died at birth or maybe she put her up for adoption. I don’t think she’s from Sonny’s bloodline. But faking having slept with Sonny is very low. I wish this plotline would get moving. Bobbi sees thru Nelle. Hopefully Bobbi will play a bigger role in unveiling this. Bobbi’s been a good and interesting character over the years. Why don’t they give her more opportunity??

Alan
Alan

I think Nelle is Carly’s half-sister who blames Carly for the death of their father, John Durant. John was a prosecutor trying to bring down both Sonny (Carly’s ex) and Alcazar (the man Carly was dating) and was killed by a rival mobster. Of course, Nelle will ultimately realize that her sister — like Sonny — can do no wrong and will fall into line with the rest of Port Charles in worshipping at the feet of the Corinthos clan.

That is one of the biggest problems today’s soap writers have — they no longer allow long-standing grudges or animosity between their characters (in GH’s case because they have made it a crime to dislike Sonny, even if he kills your son as in Monica’s case). Some of the soaps’ greatest plots have sprung from animosity between characters: Y&R’s Jill and Kay; AMC’s Erica and Brooke; OLTL’s Viki and Dorian; GH’s Lesley and Monica. Drama comes from tension and when all your characters get along or tolerate one another for the most part it dilutes the storytelling — the wronged parties look stupid for just forgetting what others have done to them (it may not be pretty but it is realistic for someone to hold a grudge against the person who stole their spouse); other characters aren’t forced to take sides which creates layered storytelling; and when characters just brush off the wrongs done against them it doesn’t give the viewers any reason to take sides and become invested (if the character is fine with someone stealing their company or their husband then why should the viewer care what happens to them?).

Celia
Celia

@Alan.
Hey, Alan,
Wow!!!! Such a defining post….you never disappoint, Alan; at least, not for me.
I had made a suggestion, albeit I am not ‘trained’ in GH backstories; that Nelle may have been Carly’s and given to Patricia, at birth?
However, as you say she could be Carly’s half sister. The same theory could possibly apply? That is, Bobbi gave Nelle to Patricia to rear?
I have always had this crazy thought that Nelle knows more about Morgan’s ‘death’ than we realize.
But, of course, your theory makes more sense….you know their history. Nonetheless, Nelle has it in for Carly, big time!!!! It seems thst she will go to any lengths to hurt her. I have had enough, though…..I certainly do not want this storyline to fester…enough, already!

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

GH just feels crappy these days…once in awhile it has some interesting moments but too few…Nelle/Carly/Sonny feels uninspired-a reworking of the more interesting Carly/Bobbi/Tony story when GH was still a good soap!…

Celia
Celia

Hi, Jimmy,
Yeah, some segments of GH are not too appetizing, but I’m really enjoying Valentin and Anna. They were spectacular. There must be more to this story.
The complete Jordan turn-around toward Curtis is not too credible for me.
On the other hand, it will be interesting to see how far Julian will go with Franco and whatever other plan he has.
The cat’s out of the bag where Alexis is concerned. So, what will this mean for Julian?

Sissy
Sissy

I agree with you, Celia. To me, these days, the most fun and interesting scenes are with Valentin in them!

Celia
Celia

@Sissy.
Hi, Sissy,
Isn’t James P. Stuart’s acting polarizing? He and Finola bounce so well off each other…no word falls flat. I was so impressed by their last scene together. Both their faces were an open book.
We were regaled with a glimpse into Valentin’s past life….his pain, his suffering, his feelings of less-than. ……of inferiority, as we gleaned his affection for Anna resulting into her repulsion and rejection. Poor guy.
But, I always maintained that there was anguish behind that, seemingly, hard stare.

Rose
Rose

Celia… I have been thinking about another angle for Nelle. First Carly came into Port Charles to train to be a nurse. If I remember right, her adoptive Florida mother hoped she and Bobby, her birth mother, would connect and bond. Boy did they both make a mess of that. And she “grew up” into what is Carly, and has burned a lot of people along the way.

But I have had another thought about Nelle lately, only the kind that works in soaps. Patricia/Dee Wallace life was really never explored. We know she was married once because of Valerie. But we never found out much more about her or if there was another man in her life. Who knows, maybe Nelle is a result of this and it didn’t end well. And again, only in the soap world…since Joss received Nelle’s kidney, Nelle and the person at the other end of her laptop have made Carly the target. Who knows!

Ces
Ces

I have to agree with Celia on the Valentin & Anna story. Two incredible talents and so much fun to watch! The only part of that story I dislike is that Lulu has to be involved in it where Charlotte is concerned.
I’m really loving Nancy Lee Grahn and Alexis unraveling but the story itself & why Olivia, I assume (?) would have Julian strangle his wife makes no sense to me. I always liked my original theory that Helena’s knife was cursed.
Frankly, the rest of the show has been rubbish lately. A few sprinklings here & there but lame stories otherwise. The whole Franco thing is dumb!

Rose
Rose

We all know Bobby Spenser has been suspicious of Nelle from the get-go, mother of Carly, and she is also Patricia’s sister. So I decided to review her history in Port Charles. There were some things I guess I never saw, or forgot (she married a Cassadine at one point), but Carly didn’t fall far from the tree in making bad decisions. Imagine if MF had been around then for us to critique many storylines and vets who are now are favorites.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ha!!! I caught you Ces! The cursed knife was my theory…remember??? Hmph!

Celia
Celia

@Ces.
Hi, Ces,
Looong time, no see, my friend, LOL. Happy New Year.
I agree about Lulu. I thought her disclosing “I’m your mommy”, to Charlotte, was harmful and thoughtless. Lulu is more concerned with her angst and herself to stop and think what her words could do to an already vulnerable child.
She thinks she has already lost the only mother she has ever known, Charlotte’s little heart and trauma are very fragile, at this point.
By the same token, I do believe that Lulu felt so badly, so moved, so wanting to kiss Charlotte’s boo-boo and make it better, that she sort of lost it all sense of lucidity.

I, also, agree about Nancy G….coming from me, that’s a lot. I have made a complete turnabout where this off-the-charts talented woman can do with hercraft.
Julian has always been her handicap, and you got it right, Ces…..this idea that he held his wife at knife point to protect her and the family is soooo ‘outer spacish’….. these writers think they are writing to/for morons.
Ditto about Franco.
Later.

Rose
Rose

I think there can be a comparison between early Carly , current Nelle, and triangles. But while Nelle is going to finally spring something, she’s not as bad-girl as Carly was in the beginning. She truly did sleep with Tony and never showed a softer side that Nelle sometimes does. Even Lucy the librarian was more conniving I think, but at least funnier.

Celia
Celia

I agree, Rose. I had said as much to Shay ( my post was eaten by the Cyber-Monster, lol). Nelle’s gorgeous eyes can be as cold as ice; yet so compassionate and sad, at times. Could she have a dual or multiple personalities?
What’s up with this girl? You guys are GH experts….what enemies did Carly have in her past life?
At one point, I thought she was a Jerome….that she was involved in Morgan’s death?
But, as Aria said, viewers do get antsy ‘waiting’. The interest fizzles, after a while; just as it did with Fluke.
I find that this is the biggest problem with GH. The stories go on and on ….so exasperating!!

Celia
Celia

Oh, my gosh, Rose. I did not realize Carly had been adopted. I guess she must have had some attitude when she first came to PC?
So, now I understand your comparison….Carly reminds you of Nelle.
Ok, so I looked Tony up. He was married to Bobby and Carly slept with him, her stepfather. How soapy of her, LOL.
I definitely see how history could be repearing itself. But, if this theory is to stick and follow a pattern; then Nelle is Carly’s daughter? Pretending to sleep with Sonny is payback?
But for what? Did Carly give up a baby of hers at birth?
Was this baby ( assuming it’s Nelle) given to Patricia to rear? Is that plausible?
You just opened a can of worms, Rose….and, they’re crawling all over my brain. I can’t begin to tell you how wild my imagination can be….LOL.
Thanks for the backstory, Rose.

aria
aria

i have no idea where this storyline is going but they need to speed it up, this is why people get bored and frustrated and then don’t care, also, if Nelle is related to bobbie and carly then her pairing w/ michael is ichy, just saying, also if she is related to them both, then why is she more interested in making Carly pay? instead of both? so i doubt she’s related to them by blood. whatever the case lets get things moving pronto!

dmr
dmr

& didn’t Morgan kiss her at The Floating Rib before his accident? So, if she is Carly’s daughter or sister, that is just so gross.

Patrick
Patrick

ALL I can say.. is that i’m sick of how boring Michael is

he’s now…. ??? sharing value lessons in how life should be?

is this all he can deliver

outside of his facial expression and posturing… he’s dead

Nelle deserves better… she’s not who I look for… but certainly has acting chops to mix in … who needs the Corinthos’ jeezuz

EXPLETIVE … frank / jean / shelley

you are blind…. take your paychecks for another year

November 2017 can’t come soon enough

mike
mike

In the hands of a lesser actor Michael would be boring, but Chad Duell brings something extra to the scenes.

Steve
Steve

Michael Quartermaine is quite interesting. Michael Corinthos is dull as dishwater.

CD plays angry and vindictive well. He needs a strong female counterpart. Abby, Kiki (original recipe) and Sabrina didn’t fit the bill. Nelle has potential, if she’s not his half-sister.

rebecca1
rebecca1

or his aunt.

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

GH was so good last week.

Olivia Jerome return, Anna and Valentin scenes, and Naxie wedding.

Yankee fan
Yankee fan

I am loving this Nelle story. Great scenes with Bobbie last week. Karma is finally coming for you Carly!

Jake CNJ
Jake CNJ

I agree it’s been great…love all the chatter to…great story when u fave the fans talking. The actress playing Nelle is really good too

Jake
Jake

She is her son. Either tucks while wearing panties or has had M2F transformation.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t know who I dislike more, Carly or Nell. Carly is the epitome of smug and I truly can’t stand her..from the early days when she tortured AJ. The woman needs an attitude adjustment. As for Nell, I have never taken such a dislike to a character. She creeps me out. I’ve thought all along she’s related to Carly…either her sister or daughter. Whatever the relationship, obviously Nell feels cheated, left behind, has “suffered.” So revenge is the key, seemingly by breaking up Carly’s marriage like Carly attempted with her own mom’s.

Michael is beyond boring. It’s a shame because I think Chad Duell can act. But he’s never given anything other than understanding or angst. There’s no life to him, no personality. Morgan had LIFE! (even in the midst of his darkness). He was sexy, sensual, troubled, innocent, guilty, vulnerable, animated…they threw him interesting relationships ala Ava…then Kiki…back to Ava…back to Kiki. Through it all he was full of passion. They REALLY need to amp up Michael. I thought they were on to something when he rejected Sonny and was becoming a Q. He could have become powerful, a strong contender, a force. But nope. Back to papa Corinthos…But I digress.

I can’t stand Nell but am simultaneously curious to see how this all plays out. Just play it already!

jatlitza
jatlitza

I really liked michael when he was with the stripper (i can’t remember her name), and when he was struggling after his release from prison and turning to jason a lot. i thought he showed fine acting there. once wolf took over they made him a victim. then when valentini came in, I felt they wrote him too easy. he used to be more complex, and they simplified him. it is my dream that the girl he was with who died would come back to the show again. i though wolf missed it, when he killed her off.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi jatlitza…

Yes! I forgot (how I could is beyond me…) but you’re right. Michael was very interesting as the tortured, imprisoned, jailed boy trying to survive. His anguish, his withdrawal and subsequent opening up to Abby (the stripper) was a great arc for Chad to play. As I also mentioned, I saw a lot of potential when they brought AJ back into his life and he decided to become a Q. And then, bam! Back to the Corinthos clan. Bad move all around…

Rose
Rose

I feel the same about Michael…I just tuned out when decided to overlook that Sonny killed AJ. And then when he gave Sonny the baby AJ/ Avery. The writers have just turned him into a marshmallow.

jatlitza
jatlitza

rebecca, I really remember bc this is the first I watched the show in years. I watched bc I saw vanessa marcil was returning. yes, I know how disappointing that was to many people. I think it was a mix between her medical issues (the actress said she had) and the writing. but, I still tuned in bc I really like her. This was also the first I ever saw Chad Duell. I loved the way he acted with Jason at the time. I know how many feel about Guza, but I think he understood how to write for many characters in a way I haven’t seen since.

rose, i agree it was very weird they way they made michael suddenly return the baby to sonny. i think it’s also weird how much sonny wants to take care of this baby on his own. he is a mobster, he would never make her the first priority. they haven’t written sonny realistic in a long time. they have almost made him a victim. sonny used to be real about how dangerous he was.

Paul8148
Paul8148

So should be AJ long lost kid, not Carly’s.

Aria
Aria

That would make her michaels sister, gross!

Celia
Celia

Gross, is right, Aria. But, there has been no ‘touching’ between them, thus far. Michael and Nelle seem to be ‘stuck’ in a platonic relationship……is Nelle keeping Michael at arms’ length for this reason?
In this case, Paul could be right.
So, this would explain her kiss with Morgan (as mentioned by Ces or dmr–can’t recall)……that is, no blood relation. She could be AJ’s, come to avenge her father’s death.

Darlene
Darlene

I think she is Bobbie or Carly’s daughter but I hope something happens to her before she breaks Carly and sonny up

Steve
Steve

She can’t be Bobbie’s daughter as Bobbie was unable to have more children shortly after Carly. Highly unlikely that she’s Carly’s daughter as these writers would have dropped an anvil or two by now to indicate Carly had a deep secret from her past.

The 3 likely outcomes for Nelle:
1- Carly’s half-sister from her father, John Durant
2- Jerry Jack’s daughter
3- AJ’s long-lost daughter with Nikki Langdon (although she’d probably hate Sonny more than Carly). It also seems they’ve closed the AJ book.

Hopefully we are surprised and it’s none of the above.

Alan
Alan

Any interest I had in this character evaporated yesterday when she helped brainwash Josslyn into forgiving Sonny (you know, ’cause heaven forbid ANYONE in Port Charles see him for the criminal that he is).

Celia
Celia

LOL… true words!!

Di Inscoe
Di Inscoe

They never got Mitch on OLTL, he always got caught, only to escape to do more damage

rebecca1
rebecca1

He was one of the best soap opera villains ever!! I’d love GH to bring him on…

As for not getting caught, Mitch was a recurring character; he wasn’t a core character like Sonny. So, like Helena or Faison on GH, he was just a great villain to keep alive. I always loved his stories.

In the end though, he did bite the bullet.

Mateo
Mateo

Here’s the deal…all the attacks on GH and it is still one of the best dramas on television. Why? Because they do tell stories. I will agree that the character of Nelle is a little boring. I am curious how she can “hate” Carly so deeply when all Carly has ever done is be supportive and kind to her. All that hatred is misplaced by Carly’s actions. Carly is no saint. She has caused many problems and done stupid crap but to Nelle she has been nothing but kind and supportive. Currently the story with Alexis and Julian is keeping me riveted to the screen. Nancy Lee Grahn is super great. And Anna’s story with Valentin is starting to hold my attention. The actor who plays Valentin is really good. He mixes good and evil without effort. A sign of a great actor. I only wish that Helena was around to play off of him. Those scenes would be too good. I really like the show’s direction now. I want to see Bobbie really kick Nelle’s ass. Cause Bobbie is the only one who can. As for every one else on this show I love them. This cast is perfection. Even the ones who have limited range actually keep me interested because they just have style. Compare these stories to the drivel on B&B and DAYS and there is a reason that they are falling in ratings. GH should have B&B killed in ratings. Jean and Shelly are slow story tellers but they have really done a consistent job telling their brand of stories. I miss Ron Carlivati quite a bit but even without him I can dig GH big time. I know Ron is headed to DAYS but even his genius can’t help the sub par cast and yawn inducing stories. I wish him luck though because he is a guy who can save a show. But my praise goes to GH. My only request is that they bring back some of the crazy. I want more Heather, I want to see Valentin get a little frisky and I want to see Bobbie nail Nelle to the wall for messing with her family.

Di Inscoe
Di Inscoe

T.Y. for the reminder about Mitch, the whole thing with TPTB shut it down in such a hurry, sloppy ending, and NO, I was not satisfied as John and Natalie never married, if ever I have rooted for a couple, they were it, more so than my love for Madam!

Steve
Steve

It’s time to pick up the pace on the Nelle reveal. Come on, today’s highlight: Sonny and Carly read the mail. What’s next? Friday – Jason gets an oil change. Monday – Alice vacuums.

Celia
Celia

Too funny, Steve….I just got a flash of Alice vacuuming in stilettos. HaHa!!

Shay
Shay

And her “Dominator” outfit, CeeCeeGirl! (Not to be confused with the dominatrix-themed garb ala Alexis…..)

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hey, Shaybelle,
LOL. Well, I’m glad that you appreciate my nutty sense of humor!!

Shay
Shay

Appreciate, understand, celebrate and share, CeeCeeGirl!!!!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Two peas in a pod?
Maybe? Except for Alexis? LOL. Well, Shaybelle….I am a convert. I don’t even know how it happened. I think that as soon as Alexis ‘detangled’ herself from Julian, I started having respect for her.
And, from that “angle” I could appreciate Nancy’s true devotion to her craft. I had not realized she had it in her.
What say you?
Later, cara.

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

Courtesy/ABC

When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

Photo: ABC

Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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