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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.

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
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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
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Rodd

I totally agree with everything you wrote.

Davy
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Davy

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

Celia
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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
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Soaphound

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

nancy dillingham
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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
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Terry Moore

Loved it. I was soo happy to see this.

Violet Lemm2
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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… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Boop
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Boop

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

DMRR
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DMRR

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

Violet Lemm2
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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
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Boop

I agree.

Satan
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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
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Terry Moore

True, but we love Ava 🙂

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Boop
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Boop

I love Ava ,too!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Boop
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Boop

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

Caleb
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Caleb

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

Boop
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Celia

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

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Great line, Jimh!

Boop
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Boop

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

Soaphound
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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.… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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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
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nancy dillingham

Violet, MORE on target comments re AVA and Nik.

Boop
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Boop

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

Boop
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Boop

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

Steve
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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… Read more »

Tersa
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Tersa

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

Bostonnc
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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
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Violet Lemm2

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

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

nancy dillingham
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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
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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
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nancy dillingham

Yep!

Patrick Rose
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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… Read more »

Gordon Reeves
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Gordon Reeves

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

Su000
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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… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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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
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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
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nancy dillingham

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

Boop
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Boop

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

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yeah!

Patrick Rose
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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… Read more »

Su000
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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
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nancy dillingham

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

Satan
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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
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nancy dillingham

Yes!

Boop
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Boop

I agree about Valentin.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Boop
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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paulette Ives

I can’t wait to see the next episode!

Susie Peterson
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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… Read more »

Soaphound
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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… Read more »

Patrick Rose
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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
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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
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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.… Read more »

Non
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Non

Nicolas wife ava cassdine yup I’m in

Timmm
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Timmm

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

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Boop
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Boop

Get over it, Timmm!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Count me OUT!

Boop
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Boop

I say yes, too!

Celia
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Celia

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

Soaphound
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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
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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… Read more »

Davy
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Davy

Maura leaving would be a huge loss!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Bostonnc
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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
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Timmm

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

nancy dillingham
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Susie
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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… Read more »

Timmm
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Boop

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

Timmm
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Timmm

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

Dan
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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… Read more »

Jonny
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Jonny

Would absolutely love that

nancy dillingham
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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
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Boop

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

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Plueeeze! NO love story for Ava and Nik!

Violet Lemm2
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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
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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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Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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