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

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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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Su000

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))

Soaphound
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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!

Jimh
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Jimh

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

Margherita
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Margherita

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.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

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.

Celia
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Celia

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… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

The shows have greatly improved lately!

eric gagné
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eric gagné

genie francis was amazing……….wow!!

Jonny
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Jonny

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.

Jonny
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Jonny

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?

Dan
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Dan

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… Read more »

Kay
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Kay

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

Jimh
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Jimh

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

Satan
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Satan

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!

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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.

Timmm
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Timmm

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… Read more »

NoraE
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NoraE

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… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

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!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

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… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

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.

brian
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brian

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

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

brian,
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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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

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The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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