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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nikolas Takes Down Valentin And Ava Has A Surprise Announcement


On Monday’s did-not-disappoint episode of General Hospital, long-awaited confrontations, and shockers were the order of the day that gave cast members: Genie Francis (Laura), Cynthia Watros (Nina), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin)and Marcus Coloma (Nikolas)and palette to shine on, and that they did.  Add to that, a surprising twist featuring Maura West (Ava)and you had great performances all around.

In story, in the middle of Valentin and Nina’s wedding, bursting through the doors of Wyndemere is a water-soaked Nikolas with Ava in his arms.  Next, a stunned Laura runs over to her son. Meanwhile, Ava accuses Valentin of trying to kill her and he throws back to all in attendance that she was drunk. Nikolas triumphantly tells Valentin that he is about to lose everything. Nikolas explains that he has Mikkos’ codicil and it gives the entire Cassadine estate to him. Valentin says he is lying, but Nikolas says that Valentin is Helena’s bio-son and not a Cassadine!




As the two men throw barbs at each other, Laura and Lulu  (Emme Rylan) get Nikolas out of the room,  Next, Valentin turns to Nina and he has figured out she knew about Nikolas. It is then he realizes, she planned to hurt him as payback at their wedding. Nina admits to Valentin she knows the truth about Sasha (Sofia Matteson) and his entire part in the cover-up and deception, and Liesl (Kathleen Gati) told her about the DNA tests. Nina reveals that if he’d only told her the truth, he could have put a stop to what has become of the wedding … a sham.  Valentin admits to Nina that he just may not have the skill set to love her.


Now we turn to Nikolas, as he tells his family how he survived Valentin’s gunshot over three years ago.  He tells Laura, Lulu ad Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), how in discovering the truth about the will, he had to be very strategic on how he would return and how best to make his move to ensure that he beat Valentin.  Just then, Laura slaps her son and reads him the riot act for what he did to his son, Spencer, and how she had to put him in a boarding school in another continent to keep him safe.  Laura says she hates Valentin, but what he has done pales in comparison to what Nikolas did to his own son for the price of revenge.


Then, Ava interrupts the group and announces that she and Nikolas are getting married tonight, and that they have to get ready for the ceremony, to which Laura and Lulu are absolutely stunned.  Fade to black.

So, what did you think of the episode and the performances contained within? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Valentin is da`man!!
It has just begun.
to say Nilkolis has taken down Valentin is ridiculous.
Valentin has game he will survive, easily.
Helena would advise;
never ever discount Valentin, ever.

((of course, it depends on the writers, how they can screw it all up ahaa))

Admittedly one of the best episodes in many moons. Terrific work from Genie and from Cynthia Watros who, for me, has finally assimilated Nina’s character. Typical idiocy from the Port Charles PD believing the man over the woman (Ava just decided to jump off the balcony for a midnight swim?). But I’m leery of all the threats flying; I want to see action. As far as Ava & Nikolas as a couple… I’m not there yet. And the teenage romance quadrangle? I thought summer was over!

i was wondering about the Sasha/Nina story-who was her father…wouldnt it had been Finn??? but he want involved in that story!!!

It would have been Silas Clay, I believe. And he was murdered by Madelaine, if I remember correctly. But both characters have been played by Michael Easton.

Maybe it’s just me, Jim, but I’m totally confused right now regarding who Sasha is or isn’t. I guess that comes from too many of those dime-a-dozen paternity tests floating around.

Hey, Soaphound,
I am in love with Nikolas—not because he’s so handsome, but because it’s ” different strokes for different folks”—his entire demeanor does it for me. I like the way he interacts wth his mother, as well–yes, the hurt is there—-will prabably always be there, but the friction will dissipate eventually. A mother’s love forgives and it’s irreplaceable.
I think he and Ava are perfect for each other—-the tension only magnifies the “buried” attraction. Ava’s vengeance, if one can call it that, is a ploy on the writers’ part—a technique, if you will.
Teen age love!!! Ahhhh!! How long has it been? Young love!! Ages….yet, it is kind of ‘misplaced’, LOL.
Do you think Sasha is Nina’s daughter, after all is said and done?

The shows have greatly improved lately!

genie francis was amazing……….wow!!

Ever since Dan OConnor name started appearing at the end of October it’s been so good. Hes 33 and the youngest head writer in GH history. I am literally on the edge of my seat.

Dan OConnor is the best new head writer in the biz. Hes only 33 years old btw. Since his name came in credits two months ago the show is a thrill ride. Last two episodes of GH were complete total fire. Theres something fresh about his writing. Anyone else notice a difference since Dan came on?

I didn’t think changing co-head writers would make that much of a difference in the show, but it certainly has. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it the last several months. I had no idea Dan O’Connor was that young. That was a brilliant decision to promote him, get a younger, fresh perspective in the head writer position, someone that has never been a head writer before, rather than recycling the same names from show to show, like we see so often on soaps.

Bravo to Chris and Dan, they’ve gotten GH on fire again. The way it should be. They have the most talented cast in daytime, in my opinion, it’s about time the writing catches up. Can’t wait to see what they have in store next!

For everything that is holy put Genie with Curtis the chemistry is off the charts! CW has finally begun to show you her skills and not imitating MS

Good show but going back to Nina…during the Nina /Sasha story why wasnt Finn involved-wasnt he the father???

So Val the Bastard is still a bastard but he ain’t the bastard we all thought he was??

Helena had a side piece while Mikkos was off trying to freeze the world?

Let me guess…. Faison. Since he & Helena obviously knew each other well, why not in the “biblical” sense?

Which makes Val & Whiny Heiny brothers. And I’d actually buy that before I would buy Val being Alexis’s brother, so why the Hell not?

That doesn’t mean either one of them need to stick around long term though. Especially not Heiny!

I love how both Anna & Nina reacted to Valentin with her emotions. Made you feel sorry for Valentin. Is Anna really in love with Valentin? I am hoping Valentin has a plan.

GH has been very good. the elephant in the room is the new actor that plays Nick. He is too young, has no chemistry with Laura and the actor is only average. What they should have done is have Tyler Christopher crash Nina’s wedding, holding Ava in his arms. THAT would have been a shock to us viewers. Why not hire Tyler back and support someone who has issues and his GH friends would be there for him, as well. BUT, Hollywood doesnt give many second chances. And by the way, Ava falls off the balcony, Nick just happens to be there to save her and not a scratch on her! Hmmm?

Amen, Timm! The new Nick hissing four or five words at a time is driving me crazy. Maybe the slap LUra gave him will get him to spit it out in sentences instead of disjoined phrases. The poor guy even pauses for commas, while acting frienzed and frantic. He has to be exhausted at the end of his scenes. I sure am. He’s a handsome young fellow, but not a good fit for this part. He’s just too young.

Put in the work and sort yourself out and get back to work, Tyler Christopher. Your loyal fans and GH kingdom await some good news from you. No slaps or judgement, Dark Prince. We’re all pulling for you. You’re a fine actor and truly missed.

Nora, I think the powers that be got too caught up in his looks and didnt listen to his delivery close enough. Oh well, what do we do? Nice comment about Tyler. I wish him the best!

Timmm, I totally see where you’re coming from. I’m still giving MC a chance to claim the role. It seems to take some longer than others to “fit in”. But when I compare his scenes to the brilliant work of Mark Grossman on Y&R (also dropped into a tough recast position), I start to worry. In no time, Grossman claimed Adam Newman as his own character and is consistently excellent. But Marcus seems very self-conscious, as extremely good-looking people often are. My advice is to watch himself on tape and try to tone down the tics (the lip pursing is sexy but mostly inappropriate) and the posturing and just be “in the moment”. On the plus side, I like some of his work and he’s so handsome, I hope he begins to connect more with folks. The Ava thing will, hopefully, be a paper marriage only!

I will give him time. It was just such a big return with mainstream characters involved and there just isnt a lot of time to learn the role that EVERYONE is focusing on. Like you said, Mark Grossman nailed the role and has chem with everyone over at Y&R.

not lovin’ new Nic. sorry he looks just a little too young for the role

I maintain that this new Nic looks too young is because he is! T.C is older and was more appropriately suited to Ava and Laura both .Aren’t these women about the same age?

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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