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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nikolas Reveals Himself With Ava In Tow At Valentin and Nina’s Nuptials!

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It was a great way to kick-off 2020 for General Hospital, with one of the most exciting cliffhangers we have seen in awhile, which when it picks-up next week will have major ramifications and emotional moments for so many at the wedding of Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Nina (Cynthia Watros).

The set-up to the soapy cliffhanger had Valentin, who just threw Ava (Maura West) off the balcony and overboard into the waters below, preparing for what he hopes is the happiest day of his life, especially now that Ava is “dead”.  He mutters that he believes with her recent fragile mental state and her excessive drinking it will look like she attempted to kill herself, or just fell.

Meanwhile, Jax (Ingo Rademacher) is trying to talk some sense into Nina, in that she’s playing a dangerous game and Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) will end up paying the cost.  He tells her to cut her losses before the ceremony and not to walk down that aisle  However, Nina does walk down the aisle.

Martin (Michael E. Knight) is officiating, and Valentin has some words of undying love for his bride, which he speaks.   Then, Nina says how happy he has made her and that to promise her that there will be no more secrets between them.  Remember, she is armed with the fact that Valentin was behind the scheme that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) was her bio-daughter.

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After Valentin says “I do”, Martin asks Nina, and she pauses. We don’t know what her answer was going to be as just then busting through the doors is none other than a soaked Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) with a passed out and drenched, Ava in his arms.  Much to the shock of Valentin and Nikolas’ mother Laura (Genie Francis)!  And we fade to black!

Do you think Nina was going to say “Yes” and get hitched to Valentin? Do you think this whole set-up was Ava and Nina’s plan?  And, do you think with this save by Nikolas, means the start of the love story for Ava and Nik?  What do you hope happens next? And, get ready for the big scenes when Laura comes face-to-face and sees her son alive! Monday can’t come soon enough! Comment below.

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Thomas Jacobson
Thomas Jacobson

It was a proper ending to that show. Valentine angst needs to get pumped up for this story to continue to pop. V needs to do more dastardly things yo become the villain he was made out to be in the beginning. It would be great for Ava to become the wife of the prince and gain back her power. On a different note, Sonny and Carly are so tired as a plot.

Rodd
Rodd

I totally agree with everything you wrote.

Davy
Davy

And speaking of tired, Sam and Jason moaning about their troubles is beyond tired. Could they just go away please.

Celia
Celia

I totally bathed luxuriously in the delicious ending to Friday’s ep—-Royally!!
When Nikolas, in tatters, walks in like a chevalier holding a spent, seemingly moribund Ava in his arms as a trophy and with fiery vengeance in his eyes, completely melted me. What an opening to an end ( of Valentin)!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Celia, what do you think of nuNicolas? He sure is cute.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Needs to work on giving more depth to the character–and they should be MORE scenes with his mother Laura (Genie Francis) after all this time of being “DEAD.” Come on, writers, plumb that story line for all it’s worth.

Terry Moore
Terry Moore

Loved it. I was soo happy to see this.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Celia,
So glad to see your posts again, I’ve missed your commentaries, though I don’t always agree, but we can’t agree with everyone all the time, right?
I sure have to be careful of what I say or Michael will let me know as he did with Shay and I after we got into too many off-topics. Hope you are well and everything is right in your world and I want to wish you a very Happy New Year. Looks like things will be looking up in PC. I am getting interested in Mike’s cousin and wonder what she’s really about. You know, I think they could do much more with Sonny, sans Carly. There may be hope there yet, and I do like Jax with Nina.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Jax was once a great character. He needs a deeper storyline. So great on screen.

Boop
Boop

I knew that the character of Nicholas and Valentin were going to be treated differently. Look at what’s occurring , now!

DMRR
DMRR

YES! Monotone Sam is BORING. All she does is cry & whine.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

DMRR,
We would probably cry and whine too, BUT, Sam gets herself into all this self-destructiveness as she runs around in her constant bad-ass mode, thinking she can take everyone down, but only to cause more trouble. This new turn of events, life without Jason should make her character more interesting–I hope!

Boop
Boop

I agree.

Satan
Satan

Talk about tired plots? How about Ava always managing to escape her eternal destiny with a shovel and a trip to the dragon stables??

She’s been shot, burned, thrown off a bridge, thrown off a balcony, had supposedly incurable cancer, and yet she’s not in Hell yet.

Nobody’s that lucky.

Terry Moore
Terry Moore

True, but we love Ava 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Not I. Neither the character nor the actor’s portrayal.

Boop
Boop

I love Ava ,too!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Finally, someone who agrees with me. “Not in Hell yet.”

Boop
Boop

At least you have one because I certainly don’t!

Caleb
Caleb

I found Sonny and Carly to be a tired plot over 15 years ago

Boop
Boop

I love Valentin ; so , I agree. However , I want the writers to be as lenient with his character as they are with Sonny , Carly, Jason, and Sam ; those characters have too much pull with the police department.

Jonny
Jonny

Michael what an amazing cliffhanger. I will say since Dan O Connor was promoted as Chris Van Ettens co head writer the show is a thrill ride. What a fantastic friday cliffhanger that left me wanting more. Cynthia Watros btw is coming into her own as Nina. Shes no longer trying to mimick Michelle but make the character her own. Dan is so fresh for the show. He starred in daytime as Ron’s assistant and is only 33 years old. One of the youngest head writers ever.

Paula Page
Paula Page

Agree with everything you said. Am eager to see the show every day now. Don’t even think of Michelle as Nina anymore. Cynthia Watros is Nina! Didn’t know Dan was Ron’s assistant.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree re Cynthia Waltros. As a more subtle actress, she is able to humanize and to give more depth to the character of Nina. More shades of gray in her acting.

Jimh
Jimh

The only thing i disliked was when Charlotte told Nina no one is prettier than her..ya Charlotte is a child and Nina is in a wedding dress but still i find that an insult to her mom Lulu..sometimes you must Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte!!!

Celia
Celia

Ha!! There’s the Jimmy I know!! Your humor still gets me, my friend!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Great line, Jimh!

Boop
Boop

As far as I’m concerned, that’s Charlotte’s truth. Lulu seldom if ever thinks about what’s best for Charlotte.

Soaphound
Soaphound

There’s a lot of drama to be milked from the return of Nikolas. My only hope is that Carly/Sonny/JaSam have zero involvement in ANY of it. How naive am I? Laura’s expression on Friday was perfect, and that’s the aspect I’m most looking forward to. Genie will hit this storyline out of the park! I despise Valentin, so I’m rooting for Nina to dump his butt, though I know many like him. To each their own. As far as a Nikolas and Ava romance…hasn’t she had enough younger men? It doesn’t work for her, though I certainly envy her conquests. Now Ava and Jax would be fun, if only to watch Carly squirm. Did I just wish for more Carly? Oops.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Soaphound,
Agree, and I just knew that slap was coming when Laura looked at her son after his dialogue and the excuses he made for not returning sooner. Sorry, but I am not crazy about the new Nicholas, and certainly not as another boy-toy for Ava. To me it just makes the woman look older, desperate and shopworn.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Violet, MORE on target comments re AVA and Nik.

Boop
Boop

Your opinion ; it’s great that we have a right to opinions. It’s time for women to date and marry younger men since older men have been marrying younger women since the Old and New Testament (Bible) . I didn’t read where complaining took place in those days.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Your comments so on target! “Genie will hit this storyline out of the park” and “hasn’t she [Ava] had enough younger men?” She’s a man eater (and a scene chewer).

Asp Burger
Asp Burger

I don’t think of Nikolas as a younger man to Ava. The actors are both in their forties; she’s six years older. If Tyler Christopher were still in the role, they’d be exactly the same age. When the temp recast who finished out Nikolas’s story was with Ava, HE was the older one. In short, the characters are in the same ballpark.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I struggled with that too, Asp Burger. But it isn’t the real ages, it’s how they look on screen. And, frankly, the way Nikolas looks and is being written, Ava could serve him for lunch. But, stranger things have happened and I’m still enjoying the story. And I certainly like looking at Nikolas.

Boop
Boop

It’s time for the truth to be told. I read about their ages ,somewhere.

Boop
Boop

I agree with you about Sonny and his clan ; however, I’m a Valentin and Ava rooter.

Steve
Steve

That was a great Friday cliffhanger — even after all the preemptions.

Misc. points:

*Although Martin is not needed on the canvas, the spark between him and Liesl could make for a fun pairing. At least one of them has a believable accent. Her quip to Ava on Thursday was quite amusing.

*No one thought Ava perished after Valentin pushed her off the parapet. Viewers know it takes 2 falls off there to die (i.e. Katherine Bell survived her first as did Brad).

*Wyndemere is the next set that can use some sprucing up. Years ago, the house had a ballroom with a few different levels. The only grand thing on the current living room set is the fireplace.

*Speaking of sets, overall kudos on the updated Q foyer and living room. While the door in the rear made it more of a grander entry, moving it for economic reasons is okay. Hopefully they’ll use this set more now than the Q den set.

*Marcus Coloma (Nikolas) started on the show on Halloween, but has never been listed in the closing Friday credits with the rest of the cast. Amanda Setton (Brook Lynn) has been there included since her first week. Also, Finola was pushed down to the end of the contract player list. Perhaps her longer than usual summer break was due to some extended negotiations.

Tersa
Tersa

I love having Michael E. Knight back on my screen but hate the way he talks.

Bostonnc
Bostonnc

I agree with both of your statements! Why oh why can’t he just stop that ridiculous accent. Please!! Otherwise, it is great seeing Michael again.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Tersa, I love him, but not this character. I think there is more to him than meets the eye.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And why don’t they tell us, the viewers?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I find his performance (and character) disappointing and just plain DULL. What is the reason for his accent? I’m a southerner myself and love the southern accent–but why does he have one? Any explanation. And I hate the way he walks–all slow and meandering. WHY? Is he supposed to walk and talk slowly?

Soaphound
Soaphound

I’m with you, Nancy. I liked him much more on Y&R as Ashley’s temporary love interest. Here, he’s just another stereotypical creepy lawyer.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yep!

Patrick Rose
Patrick Rose

sigh, sucker

“…Finola was pushed down to the end of the contract player list. Perhaps her longer than usual summer break was due to some extended negotiations ”

what? a woman with power? ie: think Genie Francis. Susan Lucci , power played her persona REALly well off screen.. hence her reign

ONE can only hope.. that her contract negotiation if any… yeah she pulls the show in, for ALL the viewers… hopefully, included – NO GO – on Michael Easton’ Finn.

can you imagine… Michael Easton… w/ Roger Howarth… still have “any” command

WOW just dumbfounded

yeah, i’ll take it

GO ! Ms. Finola

Gordon Reeves
Gordon Reeves

THE GREATEST AND MOST DRAMATICALLY UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT SINCE JASON CRASHED THE DOOR WITH SAM!!!!

Su000
Su000

”finally” !!!
Valentin is acting like a blood Cassidine and not a wimpy creampuff.
Afterall – Valentine is the Cassidine that Helena feared,,

If, a big IF, the Nikolas and Valentin are written as true Cassidines,
we’re in from some great Cassidine action.
But then again- with these writers, they most likely will be written as teddy bears, sigh.

And– Laura and Lulu, both need to bow to Valentin.
they threw hate at him and berated him, a constant spew on him
they were two battleaxes out for Valentin’s blood..
they need to humbly kiss Valentin azz and ask for forgiveness.

It is Nicolas, he, made them grieve and suffer they lived in pain,
and that is on Nikolas, he betrayed them.
Poor Spenser lived the loss/death of his father.
Nikolas was horribly deplorable not Valentin.
but–
the two shrews will baby Nikolas
even tho he made their lives a grieving hell.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

SuOOO
I agree with you that Nikolas has been acting like a horse’s ass, but that doesn’t make Valentin’s actions any less despicable and disgusting, and the worst part is his excuse is he did it all for love.

Su000
Su000

heey Violet, long time–
Both, are despicable-
but Valentin is my man 😉
It will be good, to once again, have Cassidines actually
acting as true blood Cassidines.
((well, that is if the writers can pull it off))
if so–
Nikolas is in no way capable of overpowering Valentin.
Helena feared him above all..
and that ^^ speaks volumes.

its in the hands of the writers,,

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You got that right, Su! Always in the hands of the writers! Sigh!

Boop
Boop

They’re not handling both as if they’re despicable .Who was arrested? It’s very unfair writing on General Hospital.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah!

Patrick Rose
Patrick Rose

“WELL” here we go again… the uber mega talent James Patrick Stuart PULL.

may as well pee on him. LORD where does my libido have to go to net Nina

the propping on this show is laugh out loud!!!!! think Rebecca Herbst to Franco
they are so boring… his facial tick fast acts , lording over every “thing”

JPS : Valentin will take the fall for the writers/producers yen to prop this stale version of Tyler. WOW … when Tyler and Maura first screened on that airline “FLIGHT” to London… that was libido

alas, we have this younger upstart… with power play WILL in hand for spencer… oh god decreeing what ever !!!!

you know.. it just reeks.. how Billy MIller was power played… he’s long gone and MISSED !!!! this show has gone to hell and a hand basket… just clinging to death.. every since Steve Burton resurge of none whatsoever… if you know what I mean. I mean seriously.. sex with Sam ?!?!

I MISS James Patrick Stuart… DREAM

ps: nuNina Cynthia Watros’ OWNS her REEL

James Patrick Stuart is sex

Su000
Su000

Yes!!
Cynthia Watros’ is a great Nina..
Michelle belongs as Phillis, She is Phillis; not a Nina.

aaahhh the Hot one James Patrick Stuart
I hope he kicks Nikolas azz!
He/Valentin is a power Cassidine and I hope the writers do
Valentin justice and bring to screen his dark powers!!
Nikolas is a babe in woods in comparison to Valentin.

Being- Helena ‘feard’ Valentin hopefully, the writers will remember that fact.
— let it roll !!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Su, now you must be kidding me! Valentin is a wuss–not a “power Cassidine.”

Satan
Satan

Apparently he’s not a Cassadine at all. More than likely a “Faison”. If that proves to be the case, maybe he will be a better Faison than Whiny Heiny. Though admittedly that is a very low hurdle.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes!

Boop
Boop

I agree about Valentin.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, Franco and Liz–so BORING and so UNBELIEVABLE! And, yes, Cynthia Waltros “owns her REEL.”

Boop
Boop

These writers need to remember that they need to make all of the fans happy, sometimes. I’m trying hard to watch all of the Soaps; however, I will cease watching General Hospital as I did years ago.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

WHAAAT? SuOOO, WHY do Laura and Lulu “both need to bow to Valentin”? There DOES need to be MORE SCENES between Laura (and Lulu) and Nikolas. Plumb the depths of this plot line. Happy New Year, Su!

Boop
Boop

Do I agree with you? Yes; I told my friends months ago that the writers were going to crucify Valentin , but were going to handle Nicholas with kid gloves or powder puffs.

Cibyl
Cibyl

I hope Valentin go down for pushing Ava in the water. And I hope Nina let him have it, and not marry him.He lied to her when she asked him if there were any more secrets. He said no. A lie. I just feel if he loved Nina as much as he say he do, he wouldn’t lie to her so much.

Boop
Boop

If you believe what you’re writing , none of the people on these shows would date or marry ; nor would they talk to each other.

paulette Ives
paulette Ives

I can’t wait to see the next episode!

Susie Peterson
Susie Peterson

Wow. A lot of Ava haters out there. She is around because of the amazing talent Maura West gives to her work. Maura is incomparable. This show needs less storylines centered around Sonny and Carly, but I’m excited for Sonny to find out Carly is lying about Jax. There are so many gifted actors on this show and we don’t see enough of their characters anymore. Julian, Alexis, Ned, Olivia, Lucas, Liesl, Monica, Nelle, Finn, Michael, Valentin, Elizabeth, Franco, Curtis, Willow, Chase. These characters are portrayed by the strongest performers on the show.

The show has become the Jason/Sam/Sonny/Carly hour and it’s becoming a snoozefest. The only one out of that bunch with any talent IMHO is Maurice. Steve is way too robotic and was the same on Y & R as Dylan. This show also has some people who should politely be told that acting isn’t their forte – Brad, Martin, BrookLynn,Jax, Jason, and the current Jordan.

There are some actors who have such superb talent, but the current writers don’t do their talents justice. The writers have written some of the characters into corners or made them unwatchable. All Lulu does is whine anymore about Charlotte. My gut still says she isn’t Charlotte’s mom. I think Claudette is.

The writers have killed off some of the best characters the show has ever had. Drew for one. Honestly, one of the reasons that stsrted me watching General Hospital again was Billy Miller because I loved him on Y & R. He is extremely talented, and he had incredible chemistry with Kelly. You can’t replace that. Another irreplaceable character is Hayden. She and Finn have so much more on-screen chemistry than Finn and Anna ever will.

I realize some choose to leave for other projects, but do you have to use the same overdone storylines to get rid of their characters? Killing off Kiki Jerome was a huge mistake. Maura and Hayley had one of the best on-screen relationships on the show. Add Matt Cohen to the mix, and it was magical.

Yes, actors choose to leave for other roles and those often don’t work out. The writers have killed off a beloved character, and of course, they can’t return. How many times do we see characters return from the dead on soaps? Way too many. I think most of us know GH is a above that.

The Kevin/Ryan story has got to end. Jon is terrific, but let sleeping dogs lie.

And please end the story with Mike at Turning Woods. It’s touching, but it’s time.

There is so much talent on this show. Utilize it!

The show has hit the ball out of the park with the vast majority of it’s young talent especially little Violet.

Most days, I watch minimal scenes. I’m very thankful for my DVR.

But, I keep watching and hoping the writers will get the message.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Susie, I couldn’t have said it better or agree more. When Billy Miller checked out, so did I. I rarely watch whole scenes anymore, I just get the gist. Too much Peter, JaSam, Sonny and Carly bulldozing their way into EVERY story, and the sidelining of others more worthy. How terrific an actress has Katelyn/Willow become? She should have more to do, as well as many others. The teenage love quadrangle is overplayed. Yeah, Dev has great hair, but Cameron has more substance. Elizabeth and Franco are trapped in wedded bliss and the Wiley thing has played itself out. I want Billy/Drew back, Hayden too. The Nikolas return is all that’s holding me lately.

Patrick Rose
Patrick Rose

“…I realize some choose to leave for other projects, but do you have to use the same overdone storylines to get rid of their characters? Killing off Kiki Jerome was a huge mistake. Maura and Hayley had one of the best on-screen relationships on the show. Add Matt Cohen to the mix, and it was magical. ”

HERE HERE —-

why I cry still –

where

Patrick Rose
Patrick Rose

why I cry clamor and all race to get it

I love when one and all soak it rinse and tell it … ME’s -on –

@Days is keeping me interested

so on
left dangling

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree with you re the story with Mike–and the Kevin/Ryan story–“let sleeping dogs lie.” GH NEVER lets sleeping dogs lie. They just don’t know when to “quit” a story line. They just have one anti-climax after another until the story “withers” away–and, most damning, loses all of its original power.
I, do, however, vehemently DISAGREE with you re Ava and Maura West. Ava’s story should have ended when she committed murder, but, no. She had to also plot to kill her brother, have sex with (and a child) with Sonny after killing Connie the woman he loved, etc., etc. She is a caricature and a ludicrous character. Begone, Ava. And, to add insult to injury, the actress is forever chewing the scenery, licking her lips, cooing obnoxiously, giving side-eye–you name it! Give me a touch of subtlety, somewhere, somehow—PLEEESE.

Non
Non

Nicolas wife ava cassdine yup I’m in

Timmm
Timmm

This new Nick looks 12 years old next to Ava! No thank you!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So agree! Why can’t TPTB see the obvious????

Boop
Boop

Get over it, Timmm!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Count me OUT!

Boop
Boop

I say yes, too!

Celia
Celia

I heard, through the grapevine and/or scuttlebutt, that Maura is leaving GH? Please say it ain’t so!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Celia, is that you? It’s been ages! I’ve basically been FF-ING much of GH since Billy Miller left and I went into a major funk. If Maura leaves, count me out for good. How have you been? Due to a “cookies” issue, I’ve only now regained access to the site!

Celia
Celia

Hello, Soaphound—-yes, it has been a while. I started teaching full-time, so I haven’t been participating as much . Thank you for asking—-hope you have been well.
Nonetheless, I do catch up with the soaps, regardless of the fact that the timbre, on these sites, has changed.
There are so many long-time fellow posters who are MIA–
So glad to “see” you here.
As far as nuNikolas? I love him!! I know that Christopher is the preferred actor in the role, but I was never taken with him—-I don’t like him–and that’s the truth. LOL.
I look forward to an alliance between Nikolas and Ava, both romantically and as “co-conspirators” against Valentin, who has lost his va-va-voom–sort of demorilizing , since I did like both the actor and the character, as diabolical as he is. He is sort of boring now.
As far as Maura, she is the best there is. Never a dull moment. She simply has IT–no matter the storyline, Maura masters the role. She’s untouchable. So, it would be a truly profound loss if she left.
The next fiend to be caught in his own web is, hopefully, Peter. He gives me indigestion…..such a bland, oatmealy-kind-of-guy, who unfortunately, has stripped Maxie’s luster from her.
Again, my friend, hope to communicate more in the future—-Happy New Year.

Davy
Davy

Maura leaving would be a huge loss!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Oh, wow! Say it IS so! I’ll have to see it to believe it.

Bostonnc
Bostonnc

I am just loving the show right now. Friday’s cliffhanger was wonderful and the preview that I saw online has me very excited for tomorrow. Honestly, just watching Genie Francis and her reaction to Nikolas immediately put a lump in my throat. She is the center of this show!

Timmm
Timmm

They finally found a place for Laura to fit in after all theses years. I enjoy her now.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I have always loved Genie. A great, compassionate actor–and fantastic ad-libber. And just let her raise that one eyebrow–and you know mischief and fun and humor are on the way! Go, Genie!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

A man after my own heart, you are, Bostonnc! “Genie IS (always has been and still SHOULD be) the center of the show! Why can’t TPTB see the obvious?

Timmm
Timmm

I dont get all the love for Ava and the hate for Carly?

New Nick isnt a bad actor but is too young and stupid. The other Nicks were darker and more competent!

I love having Ingo back but I hate that he was mixed up in the Nicholas crap. Jax should have leveled that punk! Plus, I would have loved Jax and Hayden as a couple.

Great ending Friday with Nicky boy carrying Ava through the door. THATS the way cliffhangers used to be on GH!

Satan
Satan

I’ve been reserving my judgment on “NuNik” until we got to see him in context, i.e. interacting with his family & friends. Now that he’s “revealed” himself to Port Charles, that can be looked at.

He’s already a better recast than that last temp hire was though. Even if he looks like a near clone of Nick 2.0 from back in 2001 or so, and by that comparison, doesn’t look like he’s aged in almost 20 years.

I don’t get the love for Ava either. She should have been in Hell a long time ago… but we really don’t want her either!

Susie
Susie

Perhaps because Carly is so self-righteous. She’s married to a mob boss for Pete’s sake. Sonny has kids everywhere, and Carly feels the need to judge Ava for anything? Of course, Ava is the reason Carly’s precious Morgan is dead. Let’s forget the fact that Morgan suffered from mental illness. Carly also shouldn’t also be raising Avery. She is not her mother. Yes, Sonny is her father. But treating Ava as if she is unfit is ridiculous. The character of Carly is nothing but a high and mighty b*tch. She has forgotten where she came from. Carly is also lying to Sonny about Jax (another useless character). This isn’t going to go over well. I can only hope Carly loses Sonny. It’s so deserved. She can be with Jason. Sam doesn’t belong with him. That story is done and over. Carly thinks Jason is so fantastic? She can have him. This show is going downhill fast! If it proves true that Maura is leaving, I will be too. What kept me watching is gone… #Julexis, #Fayden.

Timmm
Timmm

A lot of Sonny, Carly, Sam and Jason haters but I’ve never heard anyone bitch about Jax? He is better than any of the others listed and he should have slapped that FAKE Nick upside his head!

Celia
Celia

Say it, again, Susie!!!! I do love Laura Wright, but Carly has suddenly become holier-than-thou…… above all others. Pretentious.
I love Genie, as well, yet no one can match the undeniable aura and in-your-face-talent as Maura West. Somehow, all of Ava’s shortcomins (and then some) fade into oblivion compared to her superior acting skills. Ava has never pretended to be anything/anyone other than what she is!! “Gotta” love her and hate her simultaneously.

Soaphound
Soaphound

You know, Celia, I never realized how many Ava haters there are. I try and remember that (a) it’s only fiction and (b) you can still like someone while hating what they do. Granted, Ava’s sins are major even by soap standards. But Sonny and Jason aren’t angels, either. Besides, Maura is just so much FUN to watch. Reminds me of when Sally Field did BROTHERS AND SISTERS…We saw aspects of her talent we’d ever seen before and it was thrilling.

Boop
Boop

Susie, I definitely agree with you about how they’re writing Avery’s rearing ; the writers are taking liberties with this child’s life. That’s another reason that I’m unhappy about G.H. The writers act as if Ava doesn’t have any parental rights; plus, as if Ava doesn’t have the right to contest the custody. I, also, hope that Maura isn’t leaving the show .

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, “the other Nicks were darker and more competent.” This one needs to get some depth into the character–and have more heart-rending scenes with his mother Laura (Genie Francis). Let a pro do her thing!

Boop
Boop

What you can’t get is called , opinions! We all have them!

Timmm
Timmm

True. So why are you telling me to “Get over it”?

Dan
Dan

I thought these scenes were electrifying. This reveal was something that they’ve been building to for so long, and a lot of times in soaps the pay off ends up not being worth the wait. In this case, it was well worth the wait.

GH has such a deep, talented cast of acting talent from top to bottom. An embarrassment of riches one might say, that is second to none in the industry today, in my view. It’s on full display with an umbrella story like this, where so many get a chance to shine.

It was wonderful to see Genie Francis be given some emotional material to sink her teeth into. They don’t give her the opportunity often, but every once in a while she gets to remind everyone why she’s the iconic legend that she is. James Patrick Stuart was excellent, Maura West brings it as always, Cynthia Watros has really made Nina her own and is doing a great job, even Marcus Coloma is starting to win me over. I still miss Tyler Christopher very much, but circumstances are what they are, really hope he gets the help he so desperately needs in his personal life. That aside, Coloma is starting to grow into the role.

GH has been on fire since Dan O’Connor was promoted to co-head writer. Stories are moving along at a quicker pace and it seems like they’re going out of their way to have some sort of cliffhanger or reveal at the end of every episode, to give you a reason to tune in the next day. That’s the way it should be done. It’s a sense of urgency in the storytelling that GH had been lacking for quite some time.

Hey Michael, how about an interview with GH’s new head writing duo? Would love to hear from them, if that’s something that you can make happen.

Jonny
Jonny

Would absolutely love that

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, truly was wonderful to see Genie Francis be give some emotional material to sink her teeth into. She can really “take a bite,” given half the chance! 🙂

And, speaking of Ava (Maura West): yes, she brings it–just TOO MUCH of it. Tone it down, girlfriend!

Boop
Boop

I agree with you about the writing ; there’s a tie (for me ) between Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Plueeeze! NO love story for Ava and Nik!

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Hi Nancy, there was an old song titled, Say It Isn’t So, but in this case I fear it will be. Every thing I read points to these two, falling in love, hooking up, etc.Oh well, watcha gonna do?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah,’fraid you’re right. GH never misses the chance to go for the sensational, the ridiculous, the absurd, etc., etc., does it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alexis Breaks Three Years of Sobriety, Carly Locks Up Nelle, Nikolas & Liz Continue to Reconnect

On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, after downing a drink at a bar, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) held off on a second one, but unfortunately and sadly lost her sobriety of three years.  When she called people in her life to come get her out of the bar and home,  no one was available, so she called none other than her ex Julian (William deVry).

And it was Julian to the rescue, who also took the legal eagle to an AA meeting. The car ride between them was not all pleasant, especially when Alexis went down memory lane for a moment and recalled when Julian held a knife at her throat.  After the fallout with Neil (Joe Flanagan), she wondered why she ruins all her relationships … consistently.

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Elsewhere. Michael (Chad Duell) is trying to get Nelle (Chloe Lanier) to sign and authorize the heart defect surgery on Wiley.  Michael said they  need both parents signature on the consent forms and Nelle is refusing to sign.  When Carly (Laura Wright) finds out she is ready to handle Nelle and goes up on the hospital rooftop to confront her.   Once there, she tells Nelle this is her chance to get people over to her side by signing the consent to let her son have the surgery he needs.  Carly also tells her that Wiley is her leverage.  If she lets her son die, she has nothing to hold over everybody.  And still, after all of that, Nelle refuses to sign.  So, resourceful Carly locks Nelle in and up on the roof so she can’t leave!  Will Nelle come to her senses for a few seconds and sign the papers?  Previously, Nelle told Michael her kidney surgery basically ruined her life, so she does not want to do the same thing to their son.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) is worried about Cameron (William Lipton) and so she sets him up with a therapy session with Neil.  Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) happens by the hospital after getting Ava (Maura West) squared away with Franco (Roger Howarth) for his portrait painting of her in the art room.  He runs into Liz and she shares her concerns for Cameron, and how familiar it is to he,r and how traumatized he must be – having two incidents where he was basically kidnapped within a years time.  She bring up how when she was raped when she was younger that Emily, Lucky and Nikolas were there for her.  Are Nikolas and Liz growing closer again?  Are Ava and Franco?

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And … leave it to Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) to get what she wants …. and what she wants is to hit the hay with Julian, after Julian hit her up late after dropping off Alexis.  Is he on the rebound from his car talk with Alexis? Or, is she just so into Britt for some fun?

So, were you upset that Alexis drank? Do you like Britt and Julian hooking-up? Will Carly get Nelle to sign the consent forms  for Wiley’s surgery? And, are you intrigued by a redux of a Liz and Nikolas romance? Comment below.

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