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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nikolas & Spencer’s Reunion Leaves Ava Attempting To Bring Peace: What Did You Think Of The Key Scenes?

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The long-awaited and highly-anticipated reunion of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and his son, Spencer aired on Monday’s episode of General Hospital.  And it reminded us all how much we love Nicolas Bechtel as the young Cassadine.

While Ava (Maura West) first talks with Spencer in order to prepare him for his father’s appearance and that he is alive; when Nikolas shows up and receives a hug from Spencer, it appeared all might be OK between them, but how could it be? Nikolas let his son believe he was dead for over three years!

Next, Spencer lays into his father for choosing claiming the Cassadine fortune and keeping hidden over telling him that he was alive; leaving Spencer alone with two broken legs, in a boarding school in Europe, and grief-stricken.

The best scenes were actually shared by Maura West and Bechtel, when Ava tries to reason with the disappointed and disillusioned young man over his father’s return, which has a double meaning for her.  She says, “The person you love most in the world just came back to you. That makes you the luckiest boy on the planet. Can’t you see that?”  For Ava, she is obviously drawing a parallel to her losing her daughter, Kiki and wishing she was alive.

Kudos to the actors in these scenes.  Watch them below.

Then, let us know what you thought of Spencer finding out that Nikolas was alive via the comment section below.

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All three actors gave fantastic performances, but Maura West& Nicolas Bechtel were phenomenal.

It was great to see Spencer again, played by the same actor and not a SORAS’d version of the role. But I kept thinking to myself how great these scenes would have been if Tyler Christopher had returned as Nikolas. He and Nicholas Bechtel had amazing father/son chemistry (just like Jason Thompson and Brooklyn Rae Silzer had fantastic father/daughter chemistry) and it’s one of the things I miss most with this story. I like Marcus Coloma as an actor and he fits the role well, but it’s been very difficult to like this version of Nikolas since all he does is sneer about Valentin and reinforce his wrongheaded decision about staying hidden for three years while his entire family went through hell mourning his “death.”

So to that end, these scenes were raw and Spencer’s reaction seemed realistic. I especially loved the scenes between Ava and Spencer when she was attempting to reconcile his anger towards Nikolas. She knows, having just lost Kiki a year ago, how damaging it can be to have a broken relationship with a loved one. Maybe that will endear her to Nikolas more and their faux-marriage will blossom into a real relationship, which was being teased right before his supposed death.

Well said, Jimmy, and I agree completely. Nikolas has some MAJOR fences to mend and poor Marcus Coloma (whom I like very much) has done enough lip-pursing for the next year. Lighten up, Niko!

Not for nothing but that was too long to keep the character off the canvas.

Let Marcus Coloma steal the show as always. Hope he is here for a long time… with Brit in tow to help him with his revenge !

Thank you, Brian! I’d love to have Britt back, sparring with Liesl and… well, everyone. She and Spencer were great together. Then we can also bring back Drew, Hayden, Kim, and dump Gladys, Brando, and Peter the Prop. And how about something fun for Molly and Kristina? Anything but ANOTHER Sonny/Carly/JaSam concoction!

Love Maura West. NuNik is growing on me. Although, I miss Tyler.

Scenes were ok…taking time to get used to NuNik…i wish Ava wasnt a killer…at least lets learn she killed Connie years ago because her demented sister used some mind control…lets have Ava and Julian more like the down to earth old fashion villains like Alexandra and her bro Alan on Guilding Light..soaps have stumbled away from being soaps..especially Days and GH but both remain ok entertainment…Days jumping ahead and then going back to tell the story was a mistake now..its like getting all spoilers at once and knowing the outcome before we actually know the story!!!

I agree, Jimh. The old “villains” didn’t cross certain lines, so we could still love them. Every time I start to root for Ava (mostly because Maura West is so great), I remind myself how bad she’s been. The evil deeds weren’t as evil in the old days. I still miss Alexandra Spaulding and now, sadly, will miss the late, great Marj Dusay as well.

ya…she was great in all her roles

Wonderful to have Nicolas back as Spencer! He stood toe to toe with the great Maura West. I hope that in time, he and Marcus Coloma will share on-air chemistry as son and father. I’m still waiting to care about this version of the Prince.

Spencer has every right to be angry. Nicholas did choose the Casadine fortune over his child and the rest of his family. It wasn’t right to let them grieve for 3 years.

I prefer Tyler, even Nick Stable, but I’ll give Marcus Coloma credit where credit is due.

Mr. Coloma is hitting all the right notes with Gene, Maura, Nancy and the most essential to Nikolas, Bechtel’s Spencer. Marcus was thrown front and center and has literally cranked out lemonade.

He’s definitely making Nikolas his own while staying true to essence of character.

Maura is bringing the best out of Mr. Coloma and in a sense, Nikolas’s next chapter of his return.

Kudos GH, this is a recast that’s working!

I used to find Spencer very annoying, but Nicholas Bechtel has grown into a fine young actor. Bravo.

Doesn’t anyone, including the writers, remember that Spencer knew about his father’s fake death plot, and that they were communicating with each other until Laura took the cell away from Spencer?

That was his first faked death. When Tyler Christopher was still around and he framed Drew (who then was supposed to be Jason) for throwing him out the window the first time.

Spencer wasn’t in on this plot, because it wasn’t initially planned by Nikolas.

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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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