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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Olivia Jerome Revealed, Naxie's Nuptials, Anna Has A Jarring Flashback!

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Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital had the character of Julian Jerome (William deVry) in a tailspin.

He is becoming quite clear, via the events that are unfolding in his life, on who is behind the car bomb meant for him that killed Morgan, and who was responsible for his young son, Leo being taken to GH in an emergency situation. As Julian is about to come clean with Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Billy Miller) at GH, and after Sam presents Julian with a photo of  a young boy who she believes is him, the mobster says that everything that has happened has to do with family. As it turns out, Ned (Wally Kurth) saved Leo from taking aspirin when a bottle was left open and brought him to GH where Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) was beside herself.

Rudge meets the lady in red in their new location and reveals that a special message is being sent to Julian for not killing Jason. At the end of the episode, Julian back peddles on divulging the truth of who was behind the car bomb to JaSam and leaves hastily from GH.  Later, Julian bursts through the front doors of the location Rudge and his boss are in. Out from the shadows and the desk, comes none other than Olivia Jerome (Tonja Walker) alive and well, where she says to brother  Julian: “If you can’t make time for family, who can you make time for!”

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Elsewhere, Naxie finally got married!  Yes, there was a pesky interruption via Liesl (KathleenGati) at the ceremony. However, we did have Mac in tow (John J. York) walking Maxie down the aisle.  When word came that Lucy Coe was delayed getting back to Port Charles, the nuptials came to a screeching halt.  But with Spinelli in attendance (temp recast, Blake Berris) and Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) good memory that Spinelli officiated Sam and Jason’s wedding, he could actually make their union valid.  A skittish Spinelli doesn’t want to jinx anything for the happy couple, but reluctantly, and then happily agrees to officiate their ceremony.  During their personal vows, fans of the couple were treated to a montage of the history of their relationship.   In the end, Maxie and Nathan finally tied the knot.  As the reception began, Spinelli looked wistful, surely a part of him was sad to see Maxie move on with Nathan, although he supports their union.

During the wedding, Anna (Finola Hughes) who is a guest as is Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), has a startling flashback where a man says to her “I waited so long for this!”  She looks shocked as she inches closer and closer to her connection to Valentin.

So, what did you think of the Olivia Jerome reveal? What were your thoughts on Maxie and Nathan’s nuptials?  What do you think is the connection between Anna and Valentin? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below!

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Karen Clark
Karen Clark

Olivia Jerome reveal was the worst kept secret on a soap EVER!! It was clear the moment we heard the name Otto Jessups that Olivia was alive and on her way back.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

It only made sense that Tonja reclaim the role of Olivia Jerome. It’s an interesting twist and while I’m not a huge fan of Ms. Walker’s work, I look forward to seeing her take on Olivia in 2017. Plus, seeing her go up against Maura West’s Ava should be a fun present to see them go head-to-head.

As for Anna’s flashback… not sure what it has in store. I have my ideas, but I am waiting for them to pan out.

Maxie and Nathan’s wedding was cute but, I have to admit, Blake Berris simply does not fit the role of Spinelli. I’d rather him in a recast of Matt Hunter or a new character.

Suz tm
Suz tm

The story lines are way to slow! Really board. It took weeks for the Olivia reveal, but no suprize really. The Nell and Anna stories are dragging. The Charlotte /Valentine/Lulu story is boring. Where are Laura and Kevin? They share I love yous a month ago and now nothing?! I have watched for 40 years and I have never been so board.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Well said, Suz. Things for a while on GH were almost moving too fast. Now the writing is moving storypoints way too slowly, to the point of boredom. The focus is still storypoints involving crime, so Laura and Kevin aren’t a priority. And the Charlotte/Valentine/Lulu story is way too predictable. Valentine probably has his ex tucked away someplace, if he didn’t kill her. Way too predictable…

Suz tm
Suz tm

The continued pre-empeted episodes does not help matters. I also feel as if to much of some stories happen “off screen”

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

But Laura and Kevin SHOULD be a priority.

Suz tm
Suz tm

Totally

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

I do agree Laura and Kevin should be a priority, but they’re not because the writers are drawn to writing about crime, not love. I’m surprised GH’s name hasn’t been changed to “General Mafia”. The writers have lost sight of love and relationships being the focus. It’s become about violence and revenge, sadly.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Will get a lot of haters fof this, but there is nothing more boring to me than Kevin and Laura. Alone, I like them, but not together.

Denise Broadwater
Denise Broadwater

I thought it was the first interesting episode for me in a very long time. I think the writers are wise to mine Gh history to help develop Julian/Olivia storyline. I’m not a huge fan of Nathan & Maxie, but even I am a sucker for a sweet montage of their relationship. I feel GH has some promising storylines in the works, I hope they keep it up. I stopped watching for awhile because it was so boring, but things are finally more interesting…I’m even willing to go along with the Lulu/Valentine storyline just because it helped jumpstart a meandering story that needed some depth & interest to hold my attention. I always love seeing Mac & Felicia with Anna!

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

Totally agree about “first interesting episode” in awhile.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Wondering why they did the montage; montages are usually done when the character(s) is/are leaving. ????????

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

The main issue with the montage for me was that I could really see that it’s not my imagination that Kirsten Storms has become less expressive as Maxie over the past year. I don’t know what is going on. But, I don’t think it’s skin issues. Her face is not moving. When she was in that scene in Nina’s office with four women around her, they all looked more excited to be getting married than Maxie. Storms didn’t/couldn’t do more than lift the corners of her mouth to mimic a weak smile.

2 years ago, Maxie was much more animated. She shouted, laughed, looked exasperated/excited/worried, etc. Her eyebrows actually moved. I don’t know what kind of medical or beauty procedures the actress is undergoing. The montage just made it obvious that her acting is being affected, which is sad because Maxie used to be the most expressive character in the case. Now, Sonny is more expressive than Maxie.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Kansas Guest. You make a good point. I thought something was off about Maxie too but could not pinpoint what that was exactly. Yes, she is far less animated than she was before.

MisterK
MisterK

I really like bringing back Olivia…but hopefully not for too long. There isn’t enough room on the show for another evil person. Can’t have Sonny and Julian both being good guys protecting their families…it gets way too repetitive. Please enduldge me a bit: In my humble opinion….. I like the Valentin story line…but I have to admit, I’m not liking the actress who play’s LuLu. She’s seems to have only one emotion no matter happy or sad. Knowing that she is a “Spencer” she just doesn’t have it. There are so many who could pull off Lu Lu, like the actress playing Kiki or even the actress playing Nell…. So, Anna in a good story, great! love to see her in almost all story lines. She brings class to every scene that she is in. I wish we could get more spy vs spy with a true all out WSB adventure, with location shots as in the past. Finally, a huge PLEASE to the PTB, work on more exciting scripts….and please hurry to incorporate some OLTL and AMC characters into Port Charles..they are desperately needed. Again, just my opinion.. Have a great day all! -Mister K.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Why on earth would they incorporate characters from two cancelled soaps into the fabric of GH it makes absolutely no sense. What are these characters supposed to do. Have a pine valley llanview bus trip that breaks down in Port Charles and they all decide to take up residence??? It’s enough to work with what they have. Not add pointless characters just because people miss them.

Suz tm
Suz tm

Totally agree! We already don’t see several characters for weeks at a time

Kevin C
Kevin C

I so agree with you davlestev1…

I love gh
I love gh

Because MANY people watched the entire line-up. For years! AMC, OLTL & GH. People who watch soaps do so for years. I get it and hope to see Vicki & Dorian mixing it up with Tracy.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I love GH I am so SMH…Vicki and Dorian with Tracy Q…HUH..and Blair running around freaking out over Franco..David Bickers with Liesel…BO with Monica…Tad with Laura…and Kendall freaking out over Hayden. ..and Erica taking over Crimson. It’s not necessary it’s not happening nor should it. EVER!!

Mister Media
Mister Media

The writers are doing Emme Rylan no favors. The character of Lulu is being written as one dimensional and not very bright. There are no shade or subtleties to her dialogue or actions. It’s hard to watch.

Patrick
Patrick

I mean no disrespect to her character… ie: momma smurph

but really? all of port Charles is working against Valentin as it is

I love that Valentin and Nina married … to fight for Charlotte

but; back to Lulu… I think her character is adorable… and she can spit fire

just not here…. she’s up against the crème de la crème of high brow

The Cassadine

I don’t care that Laura is fighting for her grandchild

GH: you don’t mess with the recipe of years of gold; in Valentin and Nina

WITH GH best find… in Scarlett Hernandez

this is good stuff and pure bliss

@ Lulu… will have to settle for visitation, rights (?)

rebecca1
rebecca1

Lulu’s just a boring character…but I love Dante.

Suz tm
Suz tm

I liked the first Lulu.

Carlee
Carlee

I just hope this Anna revelation is not a huge disappointment, but I have zero confidence in these 2 “women” writers. I have a feeling that this whole Anna story will mess with established history and we are talking 35 year history. These writers seem to be obsessed with rape and sexual assault on women and making women characters on this show to be victims all the time. The whole reincarnation of Olivia Jerome is to redeem Julian and Im ok with that, but again these writers continuously painted Julian into a horrible corner where he assaulted his wife and tried to kill her. Now they are looking for a way out. Such horrible writers, the worst I have seen yet for this show and that says a lot.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Julian CAN’T be redeemed in my book. Twisting the storyline only angers and confuses this viewer. WHY CAN’T ANYONE PAY FOR THEIR CRIMES AND JUST LEAVE THE CANVAS? Such a cheat!

Suz tm
Suz tm

Totally agree. No re-write would ever work in my opinion.

Mister Media
Mister Media

I agree on all points.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I love how they’re getting Julian out of the mess they’ve written him into. Julian is a great character; DeVry a good actor and I don’t want to see “either” written off. I think they can very easily explain away his actions with this storyline. I’ve said all along he never would have hurt her and I’m willing to suspend my disbelief to believe that he was “acting” … knowing he was being watched when he ran after Alexis with the knife. Probably would have somehow whispered to her to play along…we’ll never know because Sonny stepped in. Works for me….

Addison
Addison

Rebecca, I see your point but I do wish the writers would stop creating these messes and then come in with a Brawny quicker picker upper to clean up the mess of their own making.
Why make Julian try to kill Alexis in the first place? And at the time he was trying to kill her he had a look of dark menace on his face. He truly wanted to kill her–the viewers knew it and William DeVry played it that way. Indeed, he said in an interview that Maurice Benard gave him some advice on how to go the dark side.
Of course Maurice is an expert on the subject. He has come back from the dark side to light side so many times that he needs to be wearing transition lenses.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL Add…

I hear ya. But like I said, I’m okay with it. I think it created a good story at the time, a great story for Nancy to play and we all know they barely keep couples happy for long. There’s so much fantastical stuff on this show, so many events that are not realistic that I barely blink. The show’s been on for decades, stories will be recycled, test our limits, have us go at each other…as we know from experience, ahem…it’s all good fun to me.

I dont agree it’s sending a “bad message.” GH watchers should know what to expect from soaps, particularly this show. We know there are a surplus of criminals, of criminal acts, of masks, people back from the dead, breakups, makeups…crazies gone wild, crazies gone sane, crazies gone mad. Haha…

Whatever their intent at the time they’re patching things up both in the chain of events and probably with Alexis and Julian. I’m all for it. I suspect they’ll be two camps on this one but goes with the territory….

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I think the writers changed their original plan for Alexis and Julian. They got so much flack from fans wanting them together, that they then added the sister Olivia threatening Julian plan, allowing Julian to tell Alexis eventually (,after turning her into a lush,)” sorry honey, my devil sister made me do it!” He’s still slime to me, but the writers are for once going with the majority that want these two together.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Violet Lemm…Sonny’s so much slimier and he’s been around forever! Julian just sorta emanates sincerity…

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

It will be fun to see Tonja back as Olivia Jerome for awhile. Two thoughts: 1) Kinda weird that there will be two characters on the canvass named Olivia. 2) This had BETTER NOT IN ANY WAY push my beloved Maura/Ava into the background.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think Maura/Ava will be pushed into the background unless she wants off. They know (or at least I hope they know) that they struck gold with her.

griffin
griffin

My sentiments exactly. Maura/Ava is one of the best things about GH and the main reason I watch it. I don’t think they will push her aside though because they know they have a talented actress with her, one who always gives 110% of herself to the role. I don’t think they would want her to leave.

Jay
Jay

Blake Berris would be a great Morgan recast,

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

But I hear the other actor wants to come back–on a recurring basic. He’s not asking for much, is he now?????!!!!!

Addison
Addison

I have no use for BryanCraig. I am all for a decent recast.

toscanti
toscanti

OMG!!!! Yes

rebecca1
rebecca1

Don’t see him as Morgan at all…unless they want him to go back to the innocent kid-type he was as a child. Morgan as an adult (played by Bryan Craig) was hot…sultry. Different vibe….

Steve
Steve

There’s no need for the character right now. Perhaps if Dillon and Kiki eventually get engaged, but for now, we have enough Corinthoses.

Karen
Karen

Two Olivia’s and both connected to Julian could make for some confusion.
Love the character of Valentin, and his interactions with Anna are fantastic, actually love his interactions with all the women of Port Charles.

Timmm
Timmm

Well we all knew the Dragon Lady was Olivia!

I give GH credit for putting some effort into Maxie’s wedding. Georgie was cute as a button!

The Spinelli recast is horrible!

Remember when soaps were popular and the network put effort into their shows. I knew Jack Wagner wouldnt show but back in the day they would throw a twist at you and Frisco would have appeared! Must not be in Frank’s back pocket. So Frisco is a deadbeat dad and Mac is the best! Just so dumb that Jack couldnt appear on ONE episode!

No, we had Mudder interrupt the wedding with her over the top old act!

Anna and Valentin are great and I hope the story is going somewhere worth it!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Mudder is just too much! I mean, really???? And she’s still on staff? GMAB!

Timmm
Timmm

She is a cartoon character that has run its course! She should have been in jail long ago! Having her chief of staff at GH, well lets just say, Steve Hardy was spinning in his grave!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Especially all the evil she has done to Duke, Robert, Robin, Lulu &Dante, etc, etc, how she can work or run a hospitol in Port Charles is ludicris. She should be in prison. Oh, almost forgot all the crap she did to Dr. Finn, trying to get rid of him, and dumb Nathan forgets about the woman that raised him, embracing the one that gave him up. I think he went from bad to worse!

Patrick
Patrick

“…The Spinelli recast is horrible! ”

agree

dag… a hair cut goes a – long – ways

I was so looking forward to this… and sank

when he was @DAYS… honest to goodness… he was on par excellent

I will watch any way… as he’s in my memory bank

Blake Berris has all the ingredients to spare

Timmm
Timmm

I know Patrick, nothing against Blake, he just landed the wrong part. The guy needed to be smaller and geekier!

Rose
Rose

I do like Dr. O/Gati being part of GH, but have never bought into her position(s) at the hospital. Wish they could give her a more “believable” (a weird word to use about a soap character) villainess role. More interesting than all the mob/Sonny/Jerome stuff. Can’t imagine how Anna and Robin must have felt seeing her at the wedding after all the grief she and Faison put them, Robert and Duke through at the clinic in Switzerland.

Timmm
Timmm

Thats just it Rose, Liesel has hurt so many on the show she just doesnt belong. She should have ran off with Faison.

Rose
Rose

Timme…I think what happened is Kathleen Gati was such as show stopping actress they tried to write stories/roles to keep her in a Port Charles. Since she didn’t sail away with Faison and Britt they just haven’t found the right fit yet.

Walter Ian Kaye
Walter Ian Kaye

Hey, they had to recast Spinelli over a weekend! Friday they learn BA can’t make it Monday and they have to find someone who can come in Monday. Ya gotta cut ‘me some slack! 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

Slack, I have! No, there is only one Spinelli, I would have had Ellie bring Georgie to the wedding and have some stranger marry them.

Deb
Deb

I don’t understand how they neglected the obvious priest in the room to perform the ceremony?!

robbie
robbie

Right! Like, duh…

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I was thinking the same thing, or Kevin, anyone but this imposter/reject from DOOL.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I was a tad disappointed because one the MAJOR moments of this saga took place off screen– the moment Julian discovered the sister he had killed was still alive– I knew Olivia was the lady in red, but I wasn’t certain Julian did, so I was looking forward that reveal– but based on the way it ended it seems Julian already knows– so the reveal of his finding out the truth will either been done via fake flashback or not at all– flashbacks never are as satisfying as the actual moment

As for the wedding— don’t even get me started, the fact they dragged it out for what? like three episodes was a waste of time. Spinelli, was not necessary and even if the original actor was available, having him married them was so dumb— all this unnecessary drama— who will marry us— ummm the priest standing right there– maybe he isn’t a practicing , but Griffin wasn’t deflocked if he could give Carlos last rights- he could have officiated the wedding—and the interruption by Nathan’s mother– she didn’t raise him, they hardly say boo to each other and she is upset they started without her? — Again more unnecessary fake drama- to stretch a plot point that took too long as it was—but the time actual wedding part came I know longer cared because the whole thing was such an annoying waste of my time.

Mister Media
Mister Media

Agreed! Well stated.

Timmm
Timmm

Good post Mary.

Mister Media
Mister Media

The Olivia Jerome /Julian Jerome story smacks of another story being made up as it goes along. I remember when the reason for Julian’s actions was that he was being controlled by “Fluke”. At that time the exact same chain of events was portrayed. GH is really hampered by the mob stories and mob connections. The biggest failing of the show is that of the writers’ inability to construct a compelling, consistent story arc with a beginning, middle and payoff. You can’t wing this stuff. Long live GH!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Left me stymied also!

tony
tony

Couldn’t agree with you more. Some of the overall ideas are good i.e. a hospital murder mystery but it was made up as they went along and designed to kill off extraneous characters and retool a mish mash of couples, recurring characters and some of Carlivati’s dummy moves. What if they had built the Hayden reveal, tied it to Jeff Webber, brought Jeff back and Sarah, gave Monica her job back, killed off a few characters but tie the murder to the hospital ala Phil Brewer. Alex’s dissent into madness has been overdone. It was time to give Genie a story. She could have been tied to the hospital early on, get her on the board, romance with Jeff maybe who’s played by Grant Alexander or Robert Newman.

fginaspy
fginaspy

The writers disappoint once again. While I didn’t mind the Spinelli stand in the character was not necessary to officiate the wedding with Griffin in attendance. Whatever Valentin’s relation to Anna is he better not be Robin’s father. DO NOT REWRITE HISTORY!

Janet
Janet

I’m getting that Anna was raped by Valentine. No wonder she’s put that buried , I agree stop with the story lines assaulting women already. Rape or knifes to woman’s throat, I still want Julian to be sent to sing, sing for that one.

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Great Tuesday episode. High drama, sweet romance, and juicy suspense. So much was happening. Yes! Welcome back, Tonja! Olivia has returned and looking as wicked as ever! I can’t wait to see the original Jerome mob princess get reacquainted with Julian, Anna, Lucy and getting to introduce herself to Ava, Sonny, and Griffin. Must see scenes are on the horizon when Olivia crosses paths with those six. Bring it on! I could tell by Julian’s facial reaction when he entered the new location that he does know that the boss is his sister, Olivia, cause he didn’t seem shocked in the least when he saw her come out from the back. We will hopefully get some flashbacks to when Julian did realize the sister he killed, Olivia, is very much alive and is taking her revenge on him while also targeting Sonny’s territories. My gut feeling for the last month or two is that Olivia/Rudge may be in cahoots with the Wu crime family. This would explain all the chinese and asian themes throughout the story. The location of the pawn shop was in the asian quarter so maybe the Wu’s gave it to Olivia/Rudge as cover for themselves. I beleive we are going to see Julian, Sonny, and Jason all team up to deal with the new mob faction in town in the name of protecting their loved ones. Sonny and Julian already teamed up once before during the prison storyline in early 15, when Fluke was threatening to kill Michael and Lucas on the outside, and Johnny kept sending his goons over to beatup Sonny and Julian. Meanwhile, I would love to see Olivia take away the newspaper from Julian and the gallery from Ava. Woah! We finally got a clear flashback to something that went on in the past between Anna and Valentin. I suppose that one could speculate many different scenarios just from that short clip, but since they seemed to have changed their minds on him being an all-out villain, you would think the reveal isn’t that he raped her or beat her up. The notion is kinda implied from the little snippet they showed, but doubt it will be anything like that cause it doesn’t add up with the cryptic remarks that Valentin has made to Anna, and as he said last week it’s something she did to him. I am gonna stick with my other theory concerning this great mystery (not the one about them being siblings) and that she busted him working undercover. Andre revealed to Anna a month or two ago that he learned Valentin was a diamond thief, when he profiled him at some point in the past, and Anna was knee deep in fencing jewels at one time. I wonder if maybe Anna and Valentin fell in love while working together on a series of heists, but in the end she betrayed him and he lost his freedom along with the woman he loved. She doesn’t recognize him cause… Read more »

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t agree with everything you said but I think it was a great post and I love your enthusiasm and reflection. It’s so easy to criticize the writers and I know a few of us have pointed this out several times but one would assume…LOL…that writing the same story for decades…daily…is a bit of a “challenge.” There’s bound to be redundancies, some dull episodes…there’s always going to be stories some love and others hate. For the most part I still enjoy watching the show…it’s a fictitious escape into a familiar world so I go with the flow.

I, too, enjoyed the wedding. And, I actually understood Dr. O’s fury. She was hurt and understandably so. The actual wedding was sweet; it was fun to see the flashbacks and I think important because this couple has been absent for a long time. They started strong and then took a back seat to other characters and stories not to mention Kristen’s absence for a while. They became a background filler…an occasional story. By putting many of their experiences in one montage it brought back their evolving love story. Still, theirs isn’t even close to the great love stories on soaps…it’s still sweet and fun and I like both characters. It was, as others have said, ridiculous to not ask Griffin if he could officiate…but other than that I was glad to see they at least had guests! So annoying when barely any characters appear and they fill the room with extras…

Kudos to a short but sweet wedding and for managing to intertwine some other relevant stories into the mix.

Loved seeing Mac! If anyone should be brought back it’s John York!

mollie
mollie

Nicely written 🙂 I had forgotten Anna’s history as a jewel fence and that makes a lot of sense. Good insights!

Addison
Addison

I resent like hell that Felicia and Mac are trotted out for Maxie’s wedding when they have not been given a story line in over 10 years.
They are the heart and soul of the show and they both look fabulous and seem to be somewhat ageless.
Meanwhile, the pointless Nina is force fed into almost every story and seems to have a larger role in her son’s, er, I mean, her brother’s wedding that Felicia does.
Stafford is in the same age range as Kristina Wagner so this is not a case of giving way to the younger generation but it does show that Frank V favors his newbie pets over the GH vets. Vets vs Pets? Maybe. It does attest to the fact that GH does not value its veterans. Triston Rogers recently Tweeted as much.

Patrick
Patrick

Tuesday’ ep :  1/10 left me in wonderment, would call it amazing… i’ll go their two actress’ who are shining… from spotlight 1.  Nancy Lee Grahn. I haven’t naysayed her character in a long while.   try as I might to stop my irritable at her high moral standard… I continually watch Alexis.   it’s because she’s with Julian.   I’ve posted before, she’s attached.. to two of the HOTTEST MEN in Port Charles… Julian and Valentin YET… she’s dealing with a very hot topic and issue(s).  first and foremost… My heart started pounding… as she told Julian… ie:  Tom Baker… ( not verbatim )  I wanted him to stop.. he wouldn’t… tears welled up  … Go Nancy…. it’s your time… rivet my take… it’s nice to see these two… helping and caring for each other… perhaps these things were not addressed… two very diverse background.  we’re getting to see inroad of two people feeling there’s a lot of passion these two ignited.   which goes along with how he wasn’t in his right frame of mind when he pulled that knife.  as for her drinking… thus far it’s not made clear… she’s not over the top and not underplaying… nor do I think it’s being overplayed… ie:  w/ Nikki @Y&R.   the part that bugs me is when they start playing their character as can’t touch that… dag!  in moderation… partay Julian is smolder… Rudge is smolder… Valentin is smolder… Dante is smolder… hats of to Nancy Lee Grahn 2.  Jacklyn Zeman. I have adored her forever.  she’s my lady.  and she plays one… with smarts .. she’s to be pomp and circumstance… she never shy away… she levels with you… and meets you eye to eye.  her scenes with her daughter, Carly are heartwarming… I will continually prop.. how lucky Laura Wright is to have her onscreen mother by her side.   Bobbi is her ONLY true ally.  I loved when Bobbi walks in to the metro… and she can’t get Carly attention… gawd… Carly was caught actually fantasizing about sex with Sonny…. slap me LOL   Bobbie takes command… “Earth to carly.. welcome back you were on quite a “trip”      shall we hope… another read between the lines… END THIS Jacklyn … LOL.. I roar with her panache and skill… as she dealt Nelle OUT.  and rang her up … just waiting for Nelle to spill.  This lady is a tramp and she’s worth GOLD. @GH… work this marvel… who carries this show.  I LOVE Bobbi Spencer and Jacklyn Zeman. Hollah !  Nancy and Jacklyn are ON two of the FUNNIEST scene stealers… who knew Jean and Shelly are writing ? ( i’ll try for 3) 1.  Scotty Baldwin… LOL… as he phones Franco… I gotta go… theres a fire…  Franco mutters :  those ambulences need to be chased I fell in love with Kin Shriner … years ago.  he never fails to impress .. so comedic 2.  Franco is leaving Alexis house… he mutters : ” doing a little house cleaning I see, ( he picks up… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

ie: Alexis and Julian

ALL we ever saw… prior to this storyline

three things

1. Julian trying to redeem himself and stay out of the mob.. and live a clean life and for his children

2. Alexis on her cross … don’t you ever lie to me… and supreme courted her virtue

3. sex sex and more sex

so now… we are seeing a breakdown… of both characters

finally … seeing inroads to better character develop
and … for what its worth a real journey of love lost and caught

Nancy Lee Grahn and William DeVry are giving their all… and it’s to their huge credit… because they are rising above the “crap” they were scripted

once again… GH has two stellar couples to glean

Valentin and Nina
Alexis and Julian

ie: back to Nancy and William

this opens their characters to more layers of expression

Patrick
Patrick

god, these are good actors

su0000
su0000

Awwwwww crips
I was hoping for the Wu family, to get a good war going on to liven things up..
Now it’s a sister and brother cat and dog fight..

ohh well, this Olivia Jerome had better be a true murdering gun molll ..
But eh, J&S will turn her into a meek lamb in short time and her and Sonny will build a meditation chapel to hang out in .. lol

su0000
su0000

OK-
I’m so disappointed it is not the Wu’s..
Mama Wu being Brad’s mother and the chaos that would erupt from bringing Brad and Lucus and papa Julian into an adventure story along with Sonny .
Brad and Lucus saving each other from death, good stuff.
If, J&S had a working imagination it could have been awesomely different to have Lacus and Brad in a leading story instead of the same old players dominating every single story.
J&S are so stale that are moldy.

Addison
Addison

Me too, Suoo.

Rose
Rose

Is there a chance the WU’s are helping”finance” Olivia J? How else could she afford to live in exile, and then have the money to stage a comeback against Julian? And WU’s found a perfect ally to help get rid of Julian and maybe Sonny in the bargain. I don’t usually like crime and violence all of the time, but in this case I’m kinda looking forward to a limited turf war. As a bonus it presents the possibility Brad and Lucas will get to be part of a much bigger story than they usually get. Plus it’s more exotic. When you look at Olivia’s decor it is oriental. I remember my Grandmother having a television set that had the same black closing doors with gorgeous Chinese inlays that Olivia has on her cabinet.

su0000
su0000

hey!
It would have been a great opportunity to give Brad and Lucas a big upfront story..
And of course papa Julian and his sister too..
Brad mama Wu’s son married to Lucas papa Julians son.. all entangled in a great adventure story..

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

1,000% Agree!!!!

Alan
Alan

I am so sick of Lulu and her whole “Valentin is a killer and shouldn’t be at the wedding” shtick — she oh so conveniently forgets that her sainted father-in-law Sonny killed AJ, she killed Logan, her mother killed David Hamilton, and her brother Nicolas’s aunt/sister-in-law Kristina’s mother Alexis killed Luis Alcazar and Kiefer Bauer.

As for Lulu’s insistence that Charlotte be told she is the girl’s real mother, I think it has been yet another fail on the part of Jean and Shelly not to have scenes where Laura talks to Lulu about how her life was affected when she learned that Lesley was her real mother after having grown up believing that she was Barbara Vining’s daughter.

The reveal that Olivia is alive and behind all of Julian’s actions feels like the writers making up anything to get out of the corner they have written the character into. Everything on this show feels like it is just made up as the writers go along (especially the return of Liz’s rapist which quickly went from being a story about Liz to a story about Franco to a story about Alexis — and will probably end up being a story about Kiki who will be revealed as the culprit which is the real reason she was on that bus with Dillon).

And as for Anna’s flashback…I hope these writers are not going in the direction of having Anna assaulted by Valentin resulting in a child that Anna gave away and Obrecht adopted at Faison’s urging. I know that Anna’s on-screen family has been reduced but “Nathan DeVane” is not the answer.

Suz tm
Suz tm

Totally agree. Laura was greatly affected by being taken away from her life/family at a young age. That’s when I first started watching!! The writers need to work some history into current story lines

Timmm
Timmm

ALL these years we wished Laura would be here for Lulu and now that it can happen, NONE of these mother and daughter scenes are shot! Plus, bring back Julie Berman and recast Dante, he is a snore!

Suz tm
Suz tm

You are so right! It does not seem as if the writers “know” the characters and their history.

Rose
Rose

Lulu’s always impulsive, and it always gets her in trouble. Many times she doesn’t consider how other’s feel about her actions or how it will effect them. Remember the trip to Canada with Dillon to help find Luke or Lucky (?). Why tell Dante??? What about Rocco??? But “hey,” she’s a Spencer like her Dad which gives her an excuse. Yes, I get bored with her, too.

On the other hand she was more recently a prisoner of Valentin’s on the Cassadine Island and saw Nik killed and a Kevin shot. Hard to shake that off at the wedding when he arrives with her stolen embryo daughter, Charlotte. And while writers are trying to make her sensitive to Charlotte in the linen closet, I think you really have to be careful about how you reveal you are her real mother. Just another example of her impatience. Maybe talk to a Kevin first? Makes you think of the real life story in the news about the now 18 yr old girl who was taken from the hospital when she was born, raised by the kidnapping woman, and has now been reunited with her biological parents.

Alan
Alan

Another fail on the part of Jean and Shelly was the photo of Julian that Jason found — it’s clearly a photo of young William deVry which makes no sense since it was established that Julian was given plastic surgery for his new identity as Derek Wells in exchange for his testimony against the mob.

This show is such a mess.

Jojo
Jojo

Knew it once they said reincarnation. The only one with a vendetta against Julian would have been his sister or his father and since it was a woman it was obvious. Specially with the professor with the red nails

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

That picture looked exactly like little Jake! Yea, I know, Jake who ?,and what happened to the diary that he supposedly wrote about the little girl he played with while on the island .They dumped that story pretty fast.

Timmm
Timmm

This show is so bad! Thye bring Olivia back from the dead and did not show Julian shitting his pants. What a mess! I think they are tanking the show and Frank has a contract beyond GH to produce a nightly drama.

Steve
Steve

For all the negativity, you have to admit Thursday was a fantastic episode. The heartwarming moments with Mac (yes, he needs to be used more), real flashbacks (Anna/Olivia) and fake flashback (Anna/Quasi-Valentin) were great for long time viewers.

I’ll even overlook the contrived rehash of Olivia’s obsession with Duke. Upon her “death” 25 years ago, she found love and happiness with Colton Shore (Lucy’s cousin and Felicia’s ex-boyfriend). Anything to have Tonja Walker back on screen.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

That woman is obviously insane with all her photos of herself with Duke, including one with herself in a wedding dress, which looked like it had been cut, and put together with his. Julian actually acted sympathetic towards her. I guess, in some cases, blood is thicker than water!

Vivian
Vivian

I think there is a possibility that perhaps at one time Anna and Valentine were lovers. Maybe he even proposed to her and something went horribly wrong in the relationship causing her to blot hate him, thus blotting things associated with him out of her memory.

JMER
JMER

The ep on Thursday, Jan 19, seemed to be a crowd pleaser for all fans. There were some awesome, sweet touches to the wedding that have been overlooked in previous weddings and the Jones/Devane/Scorpio/Lavery clans have been overlooked as well. So I was happy to see that the entire ep was about them, except perhaps for Sam and Liz, from Valentin showing his true self finally as he punched out a drunk Griffin and suffered a bit of a breakdown in front of Anna to the return of Olivia Jerome (aka as Liv it seems LOL) and her dashing onscreen partner Duke who has more presence and charisma onscreen than many newbies on the show since his demise. His pics are that good and Anna and Liv’s talks and dreams with him have been a highlight for this fan. When Liv talked about doing the Tango with him in the 80s and photoshopped in her pic, I was both horrified and laughing. She’s that good and a kick in the pants for this long neglected daytime serial.

It really makes up for the backwards redemption of Franco and Julian which has been monopolizing the show the past couple months (I seriously can only handle one of these redemptions at the most or I tune out) along with the Corinthos storyline. The writers need to be left to their devices by the execs and producer. If they wanna move the moral center, create a priest, and shove a few more bad guys off the pier, so be it. Really happy the Valentin and Olivia J are there to play some straight villains which is exactly what the show needs. Yes, they have layers but no one should be getting away with what they get away with. Some are hurt and continue to live without in returnn hurting every single person who stands in their way.

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GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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