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GENERAL HOSPITAL: On The Bridge, Robin Explains To Jason Their Past!

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On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital it was Kimberly McCullough (Robin) front and center stage alongside Billy Miller as Jason, as Robin finally meets up with her friend, and on the same bridge no less, which has been such a vital and key part to both their pasts and ultimately their futures.

In an extremely touching performance by McCullough, Robin explains to Jason, who can’t recall any part of their past, how they fell in love, how they broke-up, and how without Jason she would not have become a doctor, had a family, and became the woman she is today.   Robin even recounted her love story with Stone, and that she contracted HIV, and did not know whether she wanted a life on the then cocktail protocol.

She goes to say that Jason was the boy with no past when she met him.  Robin knew him originally as Jason Quartermaine, and not Jason Morgan.  But after his original accident, and he became Jason M, the two connected.   Ultimately, his choosing to continue to work for Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Robin not wanting to be a part of that world, ended their romantic time together.

As Robin explains theit past, Jason seems to begin to muster up some deep emotion for her and feels comfortable the way she seems to be willing to accept him as he is, which is something he did for her many years ago.   As the conversation ends,  Robin says she still has faith in Jason and kisses him on the cheek and leaves.  Later, Jason  has a sudden fragment of a memory of a young Robin (complete with old GH clip) talking to him on the bridge.

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What did you think of the scenes on the bridge between Jason and Robin?  The performance of Kimberly McCullough? Will Robin’s chat get through to the memories of Jason? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Fanny
Fanny

It felt genuine and natural….not contrived, Robin simply stating facts.
Had she come across Steve Burton/Jason on that bridge…it would
have been perfection.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Fanny.
Hope you had a great Christmas with your loved ones.
I said something to that effect, also. Robin and this Jason were so at ease with each other, it was impressive considering they never worked together before. I loved it! Later, my lady.

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee…Sweetness, hope your Christmas with family & friends
was filled with equal amounts of happiness and cheer.
Totally agree with you CeeCee, their scene together was impressive.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you, Fanny….God Bless!

su0000
su0000

It wasn’t good it wasn’t bad..

For me their backstory was like reading the same book for the 3rd time to kill time .. lol

Most the scenes were a talking repeat of what we had already known or seen/ a rerun thing..

tim S
tim S

OUCH su0000.. I thought it was great….

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I bet you would had liked it better if Helene had Jason under mind control and pushed Robin off that bridge…lol

Fanny
Fanny

@Jimh…And the hits keep on coming…good one.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, su,
That is true to a certain extend, su….only because it is a soap and we expect movement. Yes, I understand. But, we can also equate this to real life. It is a very natural and normal happening that when friends and family get together, we tend to repeat the same stories, no matter how many times we have heard or said them before. With my family it’s usually poking fun of everyone for having done something stupid or having made a faux pas, in the past.
I especially enjoyed Robin and Jason as they sort of ‘reminisced’. The Scorpios together was a treat for me since I had never experience the family dynamics before…..I loved it!
So, GH got a pass from me, only because of the Holidays, Robin’s rescue and the Drakes’ send-off.
Take heart, my friend, albeit I truly, truly get the monotony…..Let’s get moving….give us something new and exciting, right? Later.

Tristan
Tristan

Hey CeeCee, I am really glad you got a “taste” of the Scorpios. They are wonderful and my favorite GH family. And Robin and Jason…aaah. Someday when you have time you should go to “that site” and access the first scenes where Robin is introduced. Kim was only seven. She is special to a lot of us because we got to see her grow up on screen, absolutely a unique occurrence in daytime. She made her debut 30 years ago, dropped off at Robert’s doorstep. She did not know he was her dad, and she called him “Robbie.” It was too cute. You will also then see Robert in his heyday. The Scorpios really are special. I am so glad you “loved it!” You saw a lot of advance excitement about them from us, and I was worried you would be disappointed. Glad you were not!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Tristan.
Hi, Tristan.
I can certainly identify. I started watching OLTL when I was only ten years old. I loved the show because Kristen Alderson was a kid herself….only six….and, grew up on set just like Kimberly. It was heartbreaking for me when the show was cancelled.
No, I wasn’t disappointed. I was truly moved, Tristan. Thank you for caring. I actually did catch a couple of early episodes with Robin as a child. Her nanny, Filomena, I think, reminded me of my own nanny. I was familiar with Finola since she also appeared on AMC, in which my Gran also watched. I usually watched what my Gran watched; sadly GH wasn’t on that list, lol. I definitely am glad I started watching. I do have my faves and I do tend to critique the show. But I also praise it…keep it on an even keel, right?
I truly did appreciate getting to ‘know’ this family, as a whole….amazing, for the little time it lasts.
Happy New Year, Tristan. Many more!!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

CeeCee, I know exactly what you mean about OLTL being cancelled. I watched As the World Turns from when I was six years old until it was cancelled and I bawled my eyes out. My mom and I used to be able to turn it on in the radio in our car and we’d listen and guess what was happening when suspenseful music was playing with no dialog. Now my mom and ATWT are both gone, but I’ll treasure those memories forever. Also, I hope your family is kind when they poke fun about past mistakes. My husband’s fam has a habit of doing that, and I’m not an assertive person, but I get upset and tell them to knock it off. The past is the past. No reason to make someone suffer multiple times for the same regret. Ugh, it bothers me. Happy new year!!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I thought it was a great effort to acknowledge history and give new viewers some important backstory. WITHOUT re-writing major story elements (as is tragically common with these types of scenes in soaps nowadays…)

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Ashleigh.
Happy New Year, Ashleigh. Did you have your baby? If so, I hope mommy and baby are doing well.
Lol, my friend. The teasing among we siblings is all in good fun, usually directed to my 20-year old brother who would pull so many stunts as a teen…… Such as climbing out of his bedroom window at night, and get caught each and every time. Stuff like that……Or my eldest sister and her best friend would write ‘excuse’ notes for each other to get out of class. They would get in trouble, of course. Lol. Then, we tease my Dad, who was in a hurry on morning and actually went to work wearing two different shoes.
OLTL is a sore subject with me. I still miss all those people so much. Everyone was like family to me. When it was canceled, I too, cried my eyes out. It was like a big chunk of my life was taken away. This is why I always fear that the remaining soaps will be taken away….how devastating; I shudder thinking about it. Take care.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Correction….among us, not we.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

It was a great scene–totally necessary and “natural.”

Harry
Harry

Sigh! On this subject, Suoo is building her own bridge of sighs.

Mister Media
Mister Media

The scenes on the bridge were beautifully well written and acted. Kimberly was really present and committed in these scenes and Billy Miller showed what he is capable of. The one thing that distracted me is that after a year of absolutely nobody recognizing Jake as Jason, Robin immediately knew who he was when he said hello. This was the first time she had seen him with his new face! It gave me a chuckle…thankfully the ensuing scenes drew me in 100%. Long live GH! P.S. – I also found it funny that Paul Hornsby texted the evil Raj, whose name he used and apparently has in his phone. Not exactly a mastermind villain move.

Harry
Harry

Love this post–thank you for saying it so well. Not only did Robin recognize Jason, he recognized her despite having no memory.

As for me? I loved it and since brevity is the soul of wit, I shall leave it at that.

Fanny
Fanny

Gentlemen…As “Jake” Jason saw Robin’s photo at Patrick’s
even picked it up and asked who she was… Because while
recovering at the hospital she appeared to him out of know-
where…

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I loved it also!

Harry
Harry

That’s right, Fanny.

Kevin
Kevin

I, too, made the assumption that Jason had ample opportunity to see Robin’s picture in town to recognize him. Her recognition of him, I think, just naturally flowed from being called by name by the man on the bridge she had been talking about with Elizabeth, as well as the significance of the location to both of them through the years. I liked the scene & rehash of history, finding it appropriate for this new Jason without a memory of his past – yet.

DYLAN
DYLAN

WHY doesn’t ANYONE say to this brain damaged murderer…”Hey bro!!!!! You were going to be a DOCTOR and SAVE lives!!!!!!! Sorry that Snarly Carly Mob Moll Extraordinaire got a hold of you…grow a set!!!! Go back to being a doctor instead of a murderer!”

tim S
tim S

maybe now he will be go back to school to be a doctor.. maybe that is why they had the scene on the bridge.. he can choose a new life.. He has 9…..

Torqumada
Torqumada

I can’t like this enough.

Speaking of Snarly Carly and Groundhogs Day with Sonny, where did her erstwhile brother Lucas go?! We get 3,000 scenes with Sonny and Carly until I want to stab my tv. But Lucas doesn’t get so much as a under five once a month. Sheesh.

The Jason stuff took waaaay too long to reveal. Can we pick up the pace already.

Teenage Kimberly did not age into a credible adult actor. Her decision to take up directing is wise and I wish her every great success.

Mister Media
Mister Media

Yes! I agree completely.

aria
aria

Dylan, i i’m not picking on you since your not the only person who always brings up wanting jason to be or want to be a doctor again but tell me, is he suppose to become one within a few months? i just think at this point in the characters history, that dream is long gone.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

If the guy can get shot, be brought back to life, have his face totally reconstructed, lose his entire memory, end up just happening to fall in love with his past love, be subjected to mind control, etc….I think they could possibly find a way to turn him into a doctor. I mean….they’ve explained Robin repeatedly leaving her beloved daughter and we bought it. Just saying, soap fans are pretty forgiving. That being said, I wouldn’t want him working on me.

Harry
Harry

Robin came as close to anyone intimating as such, Dylan. I think that is as close as we are going to get.
But here is what I am wondering–is there going to be a scene in which Jason, who now seems to abhor violence while fearing his own proclivity for violence, finds out that his BFF Sonny murdered his brother in cold blood and got away with it?

Tristan
Tristan

Dylan, I hate to say it but you called Jason what he is, “a brain damaged murderer.” He would never get into med school, let alone have the smarts to become a dr., because of all that brain damage. He needs to find something legal and moral that doesn’t tax too much of what IS left of his brain.

Susan
Susan

He can’t ever be a doctor again. He has a rap sheet. They don’t take doctors with rap sheets

Shay
Shay

Oh, really???? Ever heard of Dr. Liesl Obrecht? I know, I know, her most recent charges were “dropped,” but in Port Charles, no crime ever goes unpardoned….except for Blackie’s!

fginaspy
fginaspy

KM did a great job, but the scenes were a let down for me. I wish someone would just say to Jason it is ok to be who you are now. A third incarnation. Monica, Robin and Liz accept him as is. Sam has accepted him as her friend. Jason should realize he belongs with Liz or no one for awhile.

Harry
Harry

I love Lizzy and so it pains me to say this, but she accepts Jason for who he is because the Jason who embraces Sonny’s world cannot embrace her simultaneously.
Her reasons are selfish and I think she even admits it.

Alan
Alan

“Ultimately, his choosing to work for Sonny and Robin not wanting to be a part of that world, ended their romantic time together.”

I think GH might want to check their history because while Jason and Robin did initially break up because his involvement with the mob they ended up reconciling and their “romantic time” REALLY ended because Robin told AJ that Jason was a lying liar for claiming to be Michael’s father and Jason got all mad for being called out.

Oh wait — we can’t let something like facts paint St. Jason in an unfavorable light…

Fanny
Fanny

Alan, your right…FACT CHECK!!!

KP
KP

Wrong. They had broken up a day or two before she told AJ. Robin and Jason were NOT together when she went to Carly’s house to tell Jason that she told AJ about Michael to protect Michael and Jason from Carly. You can see the video on Youtube of when she tells AJ. AJ says ” I heard you and Jason broke up”, Robin says “Jason told you?” and AJ says “no, Carly”.. Robin then tells AJ about Michael.. perhaps in some small way as a payback to Carly.. but moreso to get Jason back from Carly. It backfired.

clh
clh

Exactly! But it wasn’t her place to tell either. She did it for selfish reasons, of not wanting Jason to be the father.

Harry
Harry

Robin was not being selfish and Jason, Sonny and Carly were horrid to her after she did the right thing by both Michael and AJ.
Not allowing AJ to be a father to his own child was a heinous thing to do.
Robin always knew that Carly was and is a destructive, possessive and controlling force. This was the first time I hated that unholy trinity that is Sonny, Carly and Jason.
Sonny was especially disappointing because he loved Robin like a daughter after Stone died. Both Sonny and Jason owed Robin better. She did the right thing and it took courage.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I agree with Harry–“she did the right thing.”

su0000
su0000

AJ was a self destructing drunken con man.

Alcoholism
Admitted to an alcohol rehab program
Nearly died of alcohol poisoning and admitted to a detox program.
AJ was responisiable for Jason’s brain damage, AJ was driving drunk..

Arrested for drunk driving several times

Loan shark operation in college

Hired someone to beat up Nancy Eckert to keep her quiet about his misdeeds

Responsible for the car accident that left Jason brain-damaged [1996]

Had Jason and Sonny’s warehouse torched [Feb 2001]

Blackmailed Skye into helping him try to regain custody of Michael [2001]

Pursued a relationship and marriage with Courtney Matthews, Sonny’s half-sister to try to get custody of Michael [Jan 2002]

Drove drunk and crashed into the Oasis, a strip club [Jul 2002]

Torched the Oasis after finding out that Courtney was stripping there in order to keep the owner quiet about A.J. being the one who plowed into the club with his car [Aug 2002]

Hired Coleman to stalk Courtney [Sep-Oct 2002]

Hired a private investigator to follow Courtney [Jan 2003]

Set the gatehouse on fire as part of a plan to give Edward custody of baby Kristina [Mar 24, 2003]

Teamed up with Skye to kidnap baby Kristina [Mar 31, 2003]

Brought an intoxicated Janine Matthews to Courtney’s wedding shower to cause problems [May 30, 2003]

Bribery; paid Janine to convince her daughter, Courtney, not to marry Jason [Jun 2, 2003]

Attended an illegal auction; was present while Luke was auctioning off the Dead-Man’s Hand [Oct 31, 2003]

Stole the Quartermaine fortune and fled the country [Dec 11, 2003]

Falsified divorce documents to render them invalid

Assaulted his brother Jason Morgan

Hired Faith Roscoe to kidnap Michael, Morgan, and Kristina

Staged Michael’s death

Shot and wounded his father Alan

Attempted murder of his brother Jason
Revealed after A.J.’s death:

Hired Dr. Asher Thomas to kill Jason in 1996 while Jason was in coma

Blackmailed Dr. Thomas to certify that A.J. was insane when he kidnapped Michael, shot Alan, and tried to kill Jason

Fugitive; fled town to avoid arrest

Blackmailed Tracy Quartermaine to obtain the position of C.E.O. at ELQ [Jan 2013]

Instructed Duke Lavery to steal a jar of Pickle-Lila relish from Tracy Quartermaine [Feb 2013]

Threatened Connie Falconeri and choked her [Aug 2013]

Held a gun on Connie Falconeri and threatened to kill her [Aug 2013]

Arrested for the murder of Connie Falconeri [Aug 2013; found not guilty]

Attempted to strangle Ava Jerome [Mar 4, 2014]

I can see why Carly would not want AJ to have Michael.

JANET
JANET

su Your right bad AJ . he tried to pour Booze down a dry recovering alcoholic, made him think he would kill him if he didn’t sign over his son, told him he had already made his family think he was dead in a drunken car accident.made businesses pay protection money. amoung other mob things.he ran the mob. He sent a brain damaged man to kill his so called enemies. He abused and gave drugs to a sexually abused teen to get her to dance on his bar. He stole another mans son, The mother of ths child the one that was sooo much better than the father, oured booze and drugs down him lied to half the town about childs paternity. slept with her mother husband because she didn’t raise her in a brothel. They killed a man in cold blood for no reason other than he was getting close to his son. AJ did drive drunk, but no one forced Jason to jump in the car. If you are dumb enough to get into a car with a drunk driver you have to also take responsibility for what happens to you. Saint Courtney killed a cop. and let zander take the blame AJ wanted his son. he fought the only way you can with a dirty mobster. dirty. You actually think Sonny was ever as good as a man who had a diesese? Alcoholism .When AJ was cleaning up his act, Scummy and Snarly did the best they could to destroy him. AJ DID NOT KILL CONNIE. AVA DID AND THE CHARACTERS ON THIS SHOW ARE ALMOST ALL MURDERERS,

.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I totally agree with you Janet. I loved AJ and couldnt stand everything you just described that was done to him. Not only that, but he lived in Jason’s shadow. Even Emily showed favoritism to Jason. The only Q that was ever totally in his corner was Skye. It was heartbreaking…his life and his death.

DYLAN
DYLAN

I am at a serious loss here. Really??? Any of you are attempting to show how bad AJ was, as compared to Sonny?? Rack up a list of how many characters who have been shot, maimed, injured, and murdered directly because of Sonny. All AJ ever did was try to be a better person and a better father, and continually had to use underhanded means to do that. Sonny hung the guy on a freakin’ meat hook, and forced him to sign away his parental rights!! That does NOT make him Michael’s father, that makes him Michael’s kidnapper!! Even though at LEAST 20 characters have directly met their fate as a result of Sonny’s murderous greed, somehow he still gets hailed as a good, loyal man, and a great father. He has repeatedly threatened to kill Carly, and was even close to killing his beloved “son” when
michael turned on him. What do you people do for fun in REAL life, when you are not worshipping fictional murderers??? WOW! Sometimes I am seriously ashamed to be part of humanity!

Rose
Rose

I liked the bridge story with Robin and Jason. Thought Kim and Billy really pulled it off, especially since I don’t think they’ve ever done scenes with each other before. Simple, no distraction, like climbing to the top of the mountain and experiencing time out of time for a few minutes for those of us who remember Robin and Jason back when.

Ann
Ann

It was a very touching conversation between Robin and Jason. Both of them did a great job. It felt sincere.

MrsHew
MrsHew

The actors were outstanding , but the writers did not do ther due diligence. They didn’t break up because of Jason working for So my, they broke up because Robin spilled the beans about Michael being AJ’s. As far as Robin recognizing him, I wa bothered at first but the. I remembered thy she saw him before he was hit by the car.

Mister Media
Mister Media

Right – she saw him BEFORE he was hit by the car when he still had his original Steve Burton face.

Janet
Janet

The scene was beautiful well done between robin/Jason

aria
aria

that scene had me aching wishing Kim would stay, realizing she’s only there for a little time makes the scene more poignant.

Timmm
Timmm

When I saw Robin and Jason on the bridge I thought of CeeCee. She had stated that she wasnt to familiar with Robin and Jason and their history. Well C, THAT was it in a nutshell. Two people who loved and supported each other and never had nothing but respect and supported each other. People seem to have a problem with Robin nowadays but this was a scene to remind fans that Robin was a sweet sweet girl who held many hands back in the nineties. The 2000’s, she just hasnt been on a lot to solidify her legacy. I loved the bridge scenes and it reminded me of what used to be. su0000, give the writers credit OR ELSE!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I see it, Timmm; and, I thank you. So well said, my friend. I really fell in love with Robin within a couple of episodes. She made a resounding impact on me. Kimberly seems like such a nice, genuine person. I really wish she could stay. I could listen to her speak forever. Not too many people have that calming affect on me. HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. Luv-ya.

nicholas
nicholas

You need to watch Days of our lives . Patch and kayla are back on and A Martinez who played cruz castillo on santa barbara is now on Days of our lives as Eduardo . Days of our lives is a million times better than Young and restless and Bold and Beautiful . I have given up on Young and Bold and now only watch Days of our lives because it is that good !

JANET
JANET

I AGREE. I hadn’t watched for years, now I DVR it every day. In place of the MObs are us. When Scorpoi goes I will also be back out.

k/kay
k/kay

Oh my gosh stop it with the Jason worship he was a punk he had no problem keeping AJ from his son I guess it is ok for him to lie. Please could you get Luz out of this storyline stick her with Rick a bad guy who owns it and also doesn’t look like he needs to go to a weight watchers meeting. Pretty soon Miller will have more cleavage then Kelly Monnaco

Shay
Shay

Whilst that last sentence may be a wee bit of an exaggeration, k/kay, I will add that at least Jason’s so-called “moobage” is a far cry from that ever-present example of embonpoint, Alexis!!!!!

Karen
Karen

I truly enjoyed their scenes so much more than any scenes to date with Sam, Liz, or Carly they came across as genuine pure and unassuming that’s how real love is. Sam is to pushy and Carly is desperate and Liz urgh… I felt the two actors had real chemistry its to bad Robyn has to go but if Sam and Jason are going to work she has to lose the desperation and start over from scratch and fall in love all over again with who he is now.

Fanny
Fanny

I feel very much the same, for the audience to believe that
they belong together…Sam & Jason need too start fresh.

Karen
Karen

Thanks Fanny to bad Robyn has (KM) to leave I think she could have one this Jason over easily with her honesty and humbleness something lacking from all three of the women in his life now…

Linda
Linda

For many years, I have wondered what Sonny’s mob business deals with. It’s not drugs or guns so what is it? He has boats coming in with something but I don’t think it has ever been said what exactly the cargo is. Anyone out there know?

Tristan
Tristan

He is a “coffee importer.” And if you believe that…

Linda
Linda

Oh, I know that he is in the coffee business to cover his illegal dealings. So someone please help me figure out what the “mob” boss does that is so illegal. What does he deal in?

JANET
JANET

if you believe that, I will sell you the bridge Robin and Jason are on.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

“Coffee importer” is his cover business. Until it’s specifically stated, I continue to assume that Sonny controls the Five Families with counterfeit designer goods. Fake Manolos & Birkin bags are what keep those crooks in line. 😉

Linda
Linda

Yeah, I think the writers won’t ever let on what it is he really does. They want to keep Sonny (and Jason) as bad asses but they still want them to be “good guys”. Drugs and guns are bad so they don’t deal with that. I told my girlfriend, it’s either knock off Louis Vuitton stuff or diamonds, ha ha.

DYLAN
DYLAN

From history, we know for a fact that Sonny delights in exploiting teenage strippers. We know that he emotionally and physically abuses women he claims to love. We know that he is a child kidnapper. We know that he is a cold blooded serial murderer, who feels no remorse other than getting caught. We know he is a man who would viciously shoot a cop with NO plan as to who would clean up the body…..of the carcass that was his SON. We know that he threatened to murder Carly SEVERAL times, he woman he currently claims to love. Huh? We know that he took a brain damaged 21 year old and turned him into a col, unrepentant murderer for hire. PLEASE…if ANYONE can offer me a reason why this greasy, violent, misogynistic, narcisstic, disgusting murderer is considered a GH lead, please type it for me!!!!

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee, Shay, Harry, Su000, Timmm, Jimh & ALL Soap LOVERS
here and everywhere… Wishing you good times, good cheer, & a
Memorable New Year❗️❗️❗️

Tristan
Tristan

Even when we disagree, this GH group here on Michael’s site is THE best around: intelligent, passionate, quirky, controversial. This is not like a middle school girl fight (the Sam and Liz fans are crazy obsessed)!!!! It is a group of adults of various ages that like to discuss GH as adults. Believe me, for a soap site this is rare! And because rare, to be treasured.

Shay
Shay

Most “rare,” to be sure, Tristan! (Well put!) I think the main difference between other “GH group sites” and the one here at MFSoaps is that no matter how—as you point out—“passionate” we may be in stating our assertions, we genuinely like most of the other posters, respect their opinions…..and often even admire them as friends of comparable intellect, interest and imagination….and it shows. As the majority demonstrates, that ethos permeates these threads, as we somehow manage to strike the perfect balance of being extremely topical, yet also going off on some highly entertaining and edifying tangents, so that one truly benefits from the chance to get to know and enjoy each other on a more personal basis, and perhaps, in the process, even learn about other various and unexpected subjects. To be sure, one can never really guess where our discussions will lead….but they are most often full of wonderful surprises! (Particularly when you consider that nobody here seems to be what many of us may have previously assumed to be the stereotypical soap fan….there is such a fabulous cross-section of demographics represented, and, at least from my perspective, few contributors could be called ordinary, but many are certainly very extraordinary! Not to mention, humorous, classy, talented and unique!) Like yourself, I have visited other GH sites—never to post, but simply to check spoilers or recaps—and I have to admit, I’ve been wholly unimpressed. The comments tend to range from immature and naïve, to merely commonplace……there’s seldom the creativity or cleverness of in-depth thinking and witty, tongue-in-cheek remarks like what we encounter here on a regular basis, and although there is undoubtedly camaraderie to be had amongst those other posters, their utterings are largely of the quite banal variety….ranging from daily reports on their weather conditions, aches and pains and pet antics, to the largely looming issue of “what’s for dinner?” It’s all well and good for those who enjoy such matters—bless those souls for having found each other—but this website has a really special alchemy when it comes to its mix of individuals….it’s like one big GH viewing fest and sophisticated cocktail party all wrapped up in a single cybervenue. No wonder it is so popular and addictive…..yet, also immensely friendly!!!!! I was initially amazed at how welcoming and encouraging people here are….so many have such kind and generous attitudes, and I’ve never forgotten the lovely responses I received from longtime contributors when I first began posting here…they were excellent examples in promoting the participation of others, and since I so appreciated their enthusiastic reactions, I’ve subsequently tried my best to emulate them when I notice an unfamiliar name with something original to say about Port Charles and/or its people popping up here….because it truly is the more, the merrier, as far as I’m concerned! But enough with the glowing superlatives to describe the distinct nature of these threads….the most expedient way to define them is “simply the best!” and for that, we must, first and foremost, thank… Read more »

Harry
Harry

Right back to you, Fanny!

su0000
su0000

Thanks Fanny 🙂
and wishing the very best of happiness and health in the new year..
HAPPY NEW YEAR! = to each and every one herein!!

Shay
Shay

Many thanks, my felicitous Fanny! Wishing you all that and more…..Happy 2016, indeed!

Timmm
Timmm

Sorry Fanny, I’m late but heres wishing you the same! Thank you!

Rebecca Franklin
Rebecca Franklin

Emmy material. Heart wrenching. Kimberly and Billy were amazing.

JANET
JANET

Robin tried to save Jason from Carly using Michael to control him. Robin was leaving for Paris to become a doctor. She thought AJ deserved to be a father to his son. She didn’t know her father until she was seven, . She was leaving the show so no matter that what she did was right, she was made the goat for Scummy , Jason and Snarly the unholy three. THE MAKE THEM THE HEROS OF THIS SHOW EVERYONE ELSE HAD TO BE WRONG.

Mary
Mary

This scene was great,but the events Robin described aren’t exactly as I remember them.Jason didn’t choose Sonny over Robin.If I remember correctly,he chose Carly over Robin,after Robin betrayed his trust and convinced Sonny to fire him.

Kashiera
Kashiera

He didn’t choose Carly over robin. He chose michael.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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