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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.

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Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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