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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Patient Six Dealt Heartbreak As He Learns Sam Is With Another Man & Morgan Has Died!

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If you watched Tuesday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, you caught an emotional performance by Steve Burton (Patient Six).

In it, Patient Six, who believes he is Jason Morgan, returns to his place with Sam (Kelly Monaco), where he is overcome by seeing the leather jacket he gave her, and all the larger matchbox trucks and cars for his son, Danny.  He runs out onto the balcony shaken.  When Sam comes through the apartment door with Jason (Billy Miller), Six overhears all the lovey-dovey talk between the two from the balcony, and then a devastating earful when they mention the death of Morgan Corinthos!  When Sam and Jason go upstairs, Six makes his way back to the front door, but not before moving Sam’s motorcycle jacket to the couch, since he is still reeling from all he has just learned.

Later. Six heads to the cemetery and to visit Morgan’s grave, where Steve Burton showcased why he has been beloved by many in the audience over the years, as Six says he should have been here to protect Morgan and that he was names after him. Six mentions that he has lost five years of his life and does not know what has transpired in that time.  Lo and behold, who should also be heading to Morgan’s tombstone, but Ava Jerome (Maura West)! After hearing a noise behind him, Six’s instinct is to draw a gun on her, but then he realizes it is Ava.  The woman that helped him escape captivity in Russia.

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This gives Six the opportunity to thank Ava. He asks her if she knew Morgan. She only says that Morgan was a friend of her daughter’s. When inquiring what happened to Morgan and how he died, all Ava would say is that he was troubled before his death, and that it was an accident, and she needed to leave it at that.

Next, Six tells Ava he needs to lie low and has nowhere to go.  She says she wants to help him and prove to herself that she can do the right thing, and invites him to stay with her. He agrees. Back at Ava’s, she receives a phone call that Derek Wells Media had been bought by Jason Morgan, and she says she could not believe her brother sold his only asset to that man!  When she related this to Six, he reacts in shock at hearing the name! We fade to black.

So, what did you think of Steve Burton’s performance?  What do you think about the pace of the story now that Six is Port Charles, and some key story points have been revealed to him? Will he figure out there are two Jasons in town? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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brian
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brian

It has been very good and makes me excited for the next episode…truly !

Harry
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Harry

I agree, Brian. Burton is cooler than the other side of the pillow. On another note, did the writers and director go out of their way to make Faux Jason and Sam more insufferable than ever? While sad Jason hid in the balcony looking in, Sam and Jason are smooching it up with baby talk while wearing his and her matching attire.
I swear, with their matching black motor jackets and color coordinated outfits, those two look like catalogue models for the his and her Chico’s motorcycle collection
They’re so cute, I can just eat em up!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

LOL, Harry, Sam and Jason always wore matching attire. Now there will be three of them wearing the same black t shirts!!! I sense a biker gang in the near future…

Timmm
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Timmm

Credit where credit is due, the writers are doing a great job with Six. I knew he wouldnt see “Anyone” until Friday. I knew damn well he wouldnt see Sam at their house. I knew Andrew would show up as Sam looked for Danny’s permission slip. [Yes, that was lame!] Steve Burton is showing tons of emotions just with his eyes and his facial expressions. No Stone Cold here! I actually felt bad for Morgan’s “Death” for once! Then he sees Ava at Morgan’s grave. This is going to be interesting being that Ava and Jason are becoming indebted to… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I love Patient 6. Who would have “thunk”, Timmmy? Moi!! Go figure. But, let me tell you….Burton completely turned my head at the end of his ‘visit’ on Y&R. He certainly proved his talent. Steve is a true actor, he is soooo there on cue….facial expressions and all. This story smells of Helena. Who is whom? I have said it from the onset. Whoever is not the real Jason was ‘injected’ with the real Jason’s memories—-brainwashed by Helena and her minions. It may even have been Robin ( as per Helena’s orders when in captivity) who did the deed, thinking… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…Our favorite “freaky fa” Faison is an expert hypnotist….perhaps he played a part in brainwashing “faux Jason” into believing his supplanted memories were real!

Timmm
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Timmm

You are so smart my C! The exit of Dylan showed the Steve Burton that should have always been on Y&R. They flubbed up his character so bad! Yes, he got redemption in the end and his abilities are showing on his return to GH. Not Stone Cold but I call him “Stone Blue” because of those eyes that melt the screen with emotion! I pray he stays an outsider and doesnt get sucked into the Corinthi Zone! He should tell Sonny to F off! Monica should kiss Jason’s feet and beg for him to stay away from Sonny, the… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, T.
Thank you, my friend…. I take everything you say to heart. I am very excited about this story….every day, it gets better and better.

su0000
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su0000

It’s beyond understanding why Steve/Jason would even want to be with Sam..YUCK!

Kat
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Kat

Sorry to disagree but after 30 years of watching GH I am ready to turn it off. It has become very boring and the story lines are not going anywhere, Steve Burton is a much better actor than what the writers are doing to him, really he has barely uttered a full sentence since his return.

Dawn
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Dawn

Steve Burton gave such a fantastic performance. A word wasn’t even needed to know exactly what Jason was experiencing in learning some of what he has missed. My heart broke for Jason.

Harry
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Harry

Truly, Dawn! No one can emote with those blue eyes the way Burton can. We viewers were short changed with the first Jason reveal. It wasn’t Billy Miller’s fault, but the way he came back as Jason was anti climatic and unsatisfying. Finally, viewers are getting the return they’ve been waiting for. What I really appreciated is that Burton’s Jason reacted realistically the way anyone would upon seeing his beloved wife with another man. Prior to seeing Sam and later Jason the second, Jason was so overwhelmed with emotion he had to go outside to the balcony to catch his… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Opps, ahem, that’s snacking, not snaking. I would hate for anyone to think my mind was in the gutter with that last sentence.

Dee
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Dee

Totally agree with you Harry. Finally the return of Jason we wish we had when Billy Miller came in. The emotion is there in everything. Recognizing things in sonnys house, the booze, the picture of the corrinthos, the feelings he had immediately for Sam, the emotion about seeing them together, dannys motorcycle, sams jacket, the emotion when he heard morgan died, realizing jake was alive and being confused by that, recognizing Liz’s voice…. all the stuff the true Jason Morgan should’ve felt upon returning to his life. Love it. Burton is killing it, riveting to watch.

Joanne
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Joanne

As usual Steve is rocking the material, my heart breaks for P6 as he realizes how time went on without him. I was disappointed with the pace at first but am now loving it. Unfortunately I am selfishly wanting to see something everyday which I know is not going to happen. I love that the story is allowing me to see Steve with the emotions and the action scenes which has lacked believability since he has been gone. No one does the fight scenes like he does on GH. I like BM but the fights scenes were not as believable.

Celia
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Celia

Agree with you, Joanne. I feel badly for 6, as well. He must be so confused….lots of missing years.
How long will it take for him to piece everything together? A truly riveting story. About time!!
The anticipation….the suspense is there… can’t wait for his meeting with Sam….and, mostly coming face to face with “himself”.

Celia
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Celia

@Shay.
Yeah, Shay, Faison may have had a hand in this….anything is possible. Was he ever en league with Helena?
I wish Faison would make an appearance, Shay…..as Oscar’s father? HaHa.

Shay
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Shay

Oh yeah, Helena and Faison have, shall we say, a “history?” One of a purely professional nature???? I know he used to conduct hypnosis/mind control experiments for the “Ice Queen’s” test subjects, I mean, victims, but as for romance??? Hmmmm….Maybe he is Cassandra’s real daddy! (Hey, a half-sis for Britt!!!!) Sounds like this maniacal Dane possibly could give Sonny a run for the money in the “siring” sense!

Fanny
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Fanny

Moving the story along in a timely fashion, is making it enjoyable….
LOVE having STEVE back on GH‼️‼️‼️

Leila
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Leila

I thought this was a great episode. A Friday cliffhanger on a Tuesday! Steve Burton has been the highlight of the show since his return. My love of Jason dwindled Steve’s last 3 to 6 months. He became unlikeable and I was not sad when his departure was announced. Nor was I excited about his return. However, it definitely helps that he has not reunited with the unholy three. I like his connection with Ava, I liked Griffin helping him, and I even liked his talks with Huxley. I just need him to reunite with the Quartermaines, Liz, and Jake.

Celia
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Celia

Wouldn’t it be something if Jason/Steve fell for Ava? What an impossible triangle—Jason, Ava, Griffin. Love it !! I felt the same way….that is, iffy, about Steve. But, I have come a long way….I like the way you think, Leila. I will not be too thrilled if he embroils himself with Sonny and Carly. Sadly, it cannot be avoided. And, if the soap gods have any pity for Jason1, they will leave Sam well enough alone—leave her with Jason2. I don’t know how ‘exciting’ that pairing was……but Sam must not have been so different with him as she is with… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Celia
Sean Kanan was the second actor to play an adult AJ Quartermaine. Gerald Hopkins played him for about a year, before SK took over. Kanan abruptly left the series and was replaced by Billy Warlock, who gained fame on DAYS. Warlock, who was a lot shorter than Kanan, played AJ for the infamous meat hook scene. While somewhat resembling Stuart Damon (Alan), BW and Steve Burton did not look like brothers (unlike SK and SB who looked like family).

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, Shay.
As I said, I love all explanations….it makes it much easier to follow plots.
Now, there’s the Drew story. Are we hearing about Drew for the first time? Is this a new character or did he really exist, as Franco’s playmate? Brother?
Also, why does his ‘mother’ call Franco Bobby?

Shay
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Shay

You’re welcome, CeeCee! As far as I know, this is the first mention of Drew…but as I have stated before, I shied away from much of the original (James Franco-featured) story because his tale was often so horribly unpalatable…just very dark and repulsive. However, I can tell you that shortly after his birth, this character’s so-called “mother,” aka, nurse Betsy Frank, formally named him Robert when she purchased him from Heather, hence the “Bobby” moniker. He later dubbed himself with the edgier “Franco” branding when he launched his art career. (And, of course, the character was also called that in… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Many other people have died in Port Charles, yet, they are not remembered, memorialized, or even mentioned. Jason’s brother AJ died, at the hands of Sonny, yet, here he is, at The Moron’s grave, mourning. His wife has moved on, his child is being raised by someone else, and where does he go to breakdown-Morgan’s grave. Seriously, I can’t stand to watch “The Moron Hour.” The character was highly unlikeable, disrespectful, petulant, and just nasty, yet, we continue to mourn him and paint him as a Saint in death. Why? Because he is the Dimpled Don’s kid.

Steve
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Steve

Well, if Six is original Jason, he assumed AJ died when Billy Warlock left the series. AJ, in the form of Sean Kanan returned to PC right after Jason was presumed dead.

We had a respite for a few months from the Morgan love fest. But, yes, it is back full force this week. At least Nikolas is getting mentioned more.

Jason/Six would also believe Jake is dead and that Sonny was with Connie.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Steve. I am so confused!!!… someone else played AJ? I started watching at the end of Steve’s tenure; that is, when a Duke-masked Faison shot Jason who, in turn, fell into the water—what is that water? The only waters I can think of in that area are the Erie Canal, Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario…..LOL… Seriously, Steve, I was not aware AJ had been replaced. Was Sean not the original? Anyway, what you say makes sense. I just wonder if Steve’s Jason remembers ‘everything’. Also, I thought it was very tacky for TPTB to have Jason1enter the “Morgan” residence… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I received an AJ and Franco explanation in my inbox. If it was you, Steve, thank you. If it was not, I thsnk whoever took the time to explain.
I do have a much better, clearer perspective.
Out of context: Franco must have super human strength in his arm. He picked up that pumpkin by its stump as if it were made out of plastic. LOL.

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….There was a whole slew of actors who portrayed AJ through the years before Sean K was introduced in the role in 1993—alongside Steve Burton’s already existing Jason as they played Q half-bros. Their striking likenesses made this duo believable as real siblings, even though the resemblance was purely physical. Jason was always the “Golden Boy” and AJ was forever the “Bad Boy.” In 1997, Kanan left the show for personal reasons and Billy Warlock was recast in the role which lasted (on-and-off) until his character was “killed off” in 2005. Fast forward to 2012, and Kanan reprised his version… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Steve….P.S. As for the striking resemblance between Sean Kanan and Steve Burton, if memory serves, they are actually distantly related in real life, right? I know they both had roots in Cleveland.

Harry
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Harry

Why is Six afraid of Seven? Cause Seven ATE Nine!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Exactly! What about mourning people we love like Alan, Emily or A.J.? Morgan sucked when he was alive and sucks now that he is “Dead!”

Harry
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Harry

Well, Morgan died during Jason’s five year absence so it makes sense that he would be mourning for him. Before he allegedly died, he was already aware of the deaths of the aforementioned family members.

Shay
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Shay

Other than by Monica, AJ was never properly mourned! Sure, Mikey got petulant and self-righteous for a brief while when he discovered Sonny killed his bio-dad, but honestly, this late character never got his due….even his funeral was FF-ed with just a quick musical montage….no real service to speak of, then he was promptly shipped to the Q mausoleum for Sonny and Ava’s disgusting, disrespectful crypt tryst send-off to their victim. How lovely….

Harry
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Harry

Well, I agree about AJ. He was disrespected in life and disrespected in death.
My Lord, Sonny and Ava made love on top of his not yet cold body in the Quartermaine crypt! I tell, ya, no respect.
AJ is the Rodney Dangerfield of daytime television.
Did any of you know that when Johnny Carson died reporters went to Rodney Dangerfield’s house to get his reaction? Trouble is, Dangerfield had died a couple years prior to Carson’s death.
AJ? No respect, I tell ya.

MisterK
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MisterK

Although I’ve enjoyed Billy as Jason/Jake….Steve Burton showed us why he was beloved as Jason Morgan. He was “Jason”, all the mannerisms, facial expressions and more. He conveyed the hurt and concern as only the “real” Jason could have. Now, more than ever, I hope the powers that be ensure he is the real Jason…I didn’t realize how much he was missed until yesterday.
***By the way, Thanks Michael Fairman for the giving us the opportunity to vent and post about our favorite shows…and the ones we’ve sadly lost.

Satan
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Satan

Wait until Jason finds out that the woman who helped him escape from Russia was the one responsible for putting Morgan in that car…. which was bombed by her psycho sister… and that both of them are his in-laws!!

Jimh
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Jimh

ya…its ok.

Jimh
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Jimh

maybe Jason is Oliver’s father and Dr.O is his mother-lol

su0000
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su0000

Steve/Jason is a creation of Helenas.. he is Helena’s.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, that’s what I said, su, LOL.
….except, su….we do not know which Jason. One is the true Jason; the other is Drew.
It was Drew that disappeared, as we learned today…. Would it not be more feasible to think that Helena took Drew, and moulded him into a robot. Maybe?

Steve
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Steve

Re: Danny During the end of the Phelps/Guza/Wolf era, Franco was played by “Special Guest Star” James Franco. In his final appearance, while Jason & Sam were vacationing in Hawaii, Franco shot a video that implied he raped an unconscious Sam. Valentini/Carlivati take over and Sam was pregnant with a WTD storyline. The baby was assumed to be stillborn when Heather switched Sam’s newborn with that of Tea Delgado. Months later, the baby switch is revealed, and this time Heather falsified the DNA tests to indicate Franco was Danny’s bio dad. Shortly after, Jason takes a nap off Pier 52… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Steve.
Thanks, for the concise synopsis, Steve.
I wrote to you, earlier….I received your explanation in my inbox before it hit the site.
So, I hope you get one or the other. LOL.

Shay
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Shay

@Steve….And I need a barf bag after reliving that! Seriously, Franco’s “Franco” (Try saying that ten times really fast….Lol) was one of the most revolting soap opera characters ever to inhabit the GH canvas…Sure, at first he was a novelty, but as he plumbed the depths of utter depravity, he completely turned me off the show for quite some time…it was only after he was presumed dead and the 50th anniversary year approached with all those wonderful legacy player guest shots that I could stomach the idea of once again visiting “Port Charles.” Hence when I heard RoHo was taking… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Steve Burton has never been better! His story thus far is so poignant and he’s conveying such depth of emotion…really…kudos! I always felt that all the years he’s played Jason as “Stone Cold” he was very expressive even while his emotions were supposedly suppressed. He’ s great at showing emotion with his eyes, be it joy, sorrow or fun. (Those comical/quizzical expression he would make when talking to Spinelli were priceless!) I’m really enjoying his comeback. Really, the best thing GH has going on right now. (Although. on a side note I’m loving the Anna/Finn story.) I like Finn much… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Rebecca, Finn is actually funny now.
Loved him jumping up and down with faux enthusiasm at the prospect of he and Anna going on a double date with Mac and Felicia.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

LOL, Harry! I know! I LOVE them together! I haven’t enjoyed Michael this much since he joined GH. HIs sarcasm, snarky responses to Anna…the scene you just described…it’s gold! Finola’s come alive, too! I really hope they evolve this past the pretend stage (although probably at that point Hayden will come back with the baby). Really? I’d much rather he stay with Anna. They’re so fun to watch together and make a great looking couple.

rose
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rose

I’m liking Steve back as well. Have to admit I wasn’t that excited with him by the time he originally left GH. Same old, same old “Stone Cold.” But by that time I even think he had lost his enthusiasm as well. Until he left Y&R and they actually gave him a finish where he could show that he was more than a one-note story-line. Just don’t want him falling back into the Sonny/Carly orbit. And I am also very tired of the Morgan stuff. Am liking Anna and Finn as well. Finn may not be Robert, but they still… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Always loved Jessica Tuck, but man, would someone give her a cheese burger?
I am not talking about how svelte she is but about how pale and wane she is.
She needs some protein and some Omega 3 pronto.
She has vegan written all over her.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Great observation, Rose! Jessica really does resemble Helena! Not sure if they’d be related in this story line considering Valentin is a Cassadine…and these two were intimate. But that would have been great casting if they were or will be looking for a new daughter of Helena’s to suddenly be discovered. By the way, you’re allowed to “hate” a story or a line of “business!” (I hope you’re not making a disclaimer because of the negative reaction the word “hater” has gotten on here regarding characters, etc. Completely different. Many of us HATE that AJ was murdered and Sonny got… Read more »

Claire
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Claire

Steve has been amazing since his return. I too noticed the emotions, his eyes you can see are searching for answers, and I feel the emotion too.I’ve been glued to the tv watching and I haven’t been this interested in GH for a while. Jason’s return changed that. Wouldn’t be bad to have his brother return as well…bring him back from the dead too. he got the shaft last time he was on.

knitter1
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knitter1

But…are we sure Steve will be Jason? Or will he be Andrew? It will end up with both Steve and Billy having to go thru lots of x-rays to find broken bones from when he was pushed down the stairs by Bobby! Franco will be having a hard time with this one.

aria
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aria

i can’t wait to he finds out Jake is alive, thats going to be a whopper , i’m enjoying the pace of the storyline, not just w/ jason but other characters. GH is still in my opinion the best soap around, even if Y&R is celebrating their milestone at #1 and BB out ranks GH in the ratings, they still pale in comparison.

Steve
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Steve

Also, Six would think that Danny was Franco’s biological son. The paternity test that Heather switched was not revealed until after Jason got shoved in the harbor.

Celia
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Celia

The confusion is getting worse now, Steve. Franco’s son????? Oh, boy!!

Sw
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Sw

I’ve been enjoying his return, and the surprising pairing with Ava! Have to met though, I’ll be really disappointed if it turns out not to be Jason. I love the nuanced sensitivity that he’s been showing as he learns different things, it’s really taking me back to the glory days of Jason! Hope the story progresses at a reasonable rate.

Alan
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Alan

Thank goodness the show found another way to force us to mourn Morgan Corinthos.

Shay
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Shay

And more to come, I’m sure, Alan. Remember Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner! There’s sure to be plenty of “Morgan moments” built around the holiday celebrations at “Chez Corinthos!”

Timmm
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Timmm

And this was a character that 90 percent of the viewers hated! But my Shayster, it could be worse, imagine if Sabrina would have been Sonny’s daughter!

Jovin
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Jovin

And don’t kid yourself Timm….that is exactly the direction Carlivati was heading with that character! He was obviously testing the waters, seeing if he could wedge her in there as Sonny and Lily’s daughter. The timing was just never right for that reveal, and then Avery came along, and it would have been overkill on the Sonny daddy thing. Then Sabrina was already involved with Michael and while it wouldn’t have been incest as Michael is NOT Sonny’s child, it would have been awkward at best. I wonder when they will get around to revealing that Avery is actually Morgan’s… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Well, that certainly put things in perspective, Timmm! Needless to add, I shall remain eternally grateful that Sabs never joined that ever-expanding list of Sonny’s long-lost offspring….imagining her as a “Corinthos Kid” is simply too awful a prospect to contemplate!

Michael
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Michael

Steve has been really good and he’s expressed more emotion this time around.

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

This is really good stuff! Keep it coming, Mr. Valentini. And Mr. Burton…you’re reminding us day in and day out why you are a 2-time Emmy winner. Bravo!

Grant Putnam
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Grant Putnam

Every episode has had great cliffhangers lately and the story is progressing at a great pace! Was worried this would drag out until February sweeps in 2018 but this is great. Just wondering how the writers explain Robin and Jason’s breakout from Cricton-Clarke prior to the accident. Also, why didn’t Ava mention that she was the one that drove over Jason Morgan’s face resulting in him requiring drastic plastic surgery? Did Betsy sell Andrew to a family in San Diego making him Oscar’s papa? That would make Scout his half sister! Keep it up Jason! Patient 6 is dead…long live… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Robin probably helped Billy Miller’s character escape from the clinic, since he looked the same and was unable to talk at that point.

Grant Putnam
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Grant Putnam

How would he know Robin and why would he answer to ‘Jason’…..? Also, why is paying the Russians to hunt down Patient 6? Who would want to keep him in Russia??

Amy
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Amy

think theyre having her help him to redeem her, not possible & he better HATE her when he finds out she killed morgan

Jovin
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Jovin

First of all…she didn’t kill Morgan. She tampered with some meds. I remind you that Morgan and Kiki did the exact same thing to Michael! So where Kiki gets off being so righteous I can’t figure out. And what about Sonny murdering AJ in cold blood?! He also shot his own Dante at point blank range. People always say “Oh he didn’t know it was his son!” Excuse me?!? He knew he shooting a young unarmed cop!! That makes it somehow better? Ava has been on this show for under 5 years. Sonny has been on for almost 25 years… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Good show!!!!! You go, Jovin!!!!!

Celia
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Celia

Jovin. Hi…Re your Sonny ‘stampede’….you have just become my best friend, LOL. WOW and TRIPLE WOW!!!!!!! More, please!!!!! What gets me about this self-righteous gnome is that he has no remorse. You are right about Avery’s situation….I await the day when it is finally evident that Morgan is, indeed, Avery’s father. In the real world it would be an open and shut case….Ava would have all rights, as the child’s only surviving parent. What gets to me is that Ava supposedly had custody to begin with? So why is the baby with Sonny? And, Ava needs permission to see her… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Just as much as he should hate Sonny for killing his brother, AJ, Amy.
There really is no justice in PC. It’s a wild, undisciplined town.

Lisa
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Lisa

Steve Burton is amazing!! So glad he is finally back in Port
Charles! Didn’t Jason know Ava in the past before he was shot
I am pretty sure she was in the picture then so that part is
Odd that now they don’t know each other. Anyway great
Storyline and great acting! Please please please don’t let him be
Andrew! He needs to be the real Jason and Sam needs to
Be back with Steve and not Billy. I hope that happens!

Dee
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Dee

I think I have this Jason twist figured out. I think Steve Burton grew up as Drew as a child and is also Jason Morgan. I think Billy Miller grew up as a child as Jason Quartermaine. I think when Jason Quartermaine (Billy) had the car accident with AJ is when the switch was made. In comes Steve Burton (Drew) who takes on the role of Jason Morgan. Burton as Jason Morgan does not after the switch act like JQ because he wasn’t him, he was Drew as a kid. Miller/Jason Quartermaine disappears via Helena after the accident with AJ.… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Good sleuthing, Dee,
You might be on to something there.

Celia
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Celia

I keep thinking Billy Miller is Drew. But, after reading your post, Dee…..your theory makes so much sense. I like it.
I did not know life in PC pre 2014, but, I learn something new every day…..the internet helps, but it does not compare to hearing the town’s history and its peoples by all of you on this site. It’s comparable (almost, LOL) finding out ‘first-hand’.
I thank you all….

Dee
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Dee

If you don’t know the history of the show… the one thing over the years that you may have missed is how totally different Jasons personality was after the car accident with his brother AJ when they were young. Not only did that car accident cause Jason Q to lose all his memories, it was as if he was a “different person”. He was gonna be a doctor, he wanted to save lives, he was a good kid. He awoke after the accident and didn’t want anything to do with the Q’s, became a mobster, and killed people for a… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

What validates your case further, Dee, is Franco’s hippie, flake of a step mother said she always got the feeling Drew would be okay because he was such a survivor.
I think you’re on to something

Dee
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Dee

Harry, I totally caught that too. Drew/Steve Burton is a survivor, so true. I’ve read that people feel like there’s a twist coming, and to me it seems like they are setting this up. Once I started thinking Steve Burton was Drew, a couple of weeks back, the “potential surprise-switch” of the twins feels like it’s just falling into place. And wouldn’t it be so much more meaningful to the fans if Steve Burton was Drew and had that childhood connection to Franco, given all the past that Burton & Franco have been through together with Sam & the fake… Read more »

Regina
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Regina

Steve B. is slaying every scene!! I love love love that he’s returned. He’s emoting & giving us dramatic eye action. There’s nothing better than seeing him back in PC! I was only surprised by him going to Ava’s house. I mean he should have a burner cell phone by now to just call Sonny or Carly. I’m excited to watch everyday, so the dvr is set. I’m disappointed with the pacing though. I’m waiting for Jason sightings, you know. Like him sneaking into the Q’s to see Monica, creeping around GH looking for Liz, & having a low key… Read more »

Y2Jin99
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Y2Jin99

I am 7 years behind on GH but know a few things LOL

Wait til “Jason” finds out Jake is alive and that Franco was dating Carly and Liz.

So much has happened while he was gone.

And yes AJ was dead so he doesn’t know that AJ came back and died again.

Storyline sounds interesting but I can’t see myself just skipping the last 7 years.

Kelly Publicover
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Kelly Publicover

Steve Burton is hitting it out of the park!! (No surprise there lol) No dialogue required to show Six’s emotions. They are written all over his face. I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next scenes/episode to come across my screen!! BRAVO STEVE BURTON!!

Rissa
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Rissa

As someone who was never a Steve Burton Jason fan, I’m surprised how much I like this story.

Dee
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Dee

I think I have this Jason twist figured out. Or at least this is how I predict this will go down… I think they will say Steve Burton grew up as Drew as a child, and is also our original Jason Morgan. I think they will say Billy Miller grew up as a child as Jason Quartermaine. I think when young Jason Quartermaine (Billy Miller) had the car accident with AJ is when the “Jason Switch” was made. [THIS IS THE KEY — THIS SWITCH] In comes Steve Burton (Drew) who steps in as the original Jason Morgan. Steve Burton… Read more »

Mateo
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Mateo

I’m sorry but I just don’t get the fanfare over Mr Burton. He sighs, mopes, pouts and speaks in a whisper all the time. There is no pathos or sadness in his “eyes”…there is basically nothing. I have zero interest in his character’s future. Okay so he is THEE Jason Morgan. I’m already over it. All the people who whine about how the show is all about Sonny and Carly and now they are cheering for the return of the real Jason Morgan. Well get ready for more Sonny and Carly and Jason and Carly and Sonny and Jason and… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Mateo…you know how much I appreciate your writing and opinion. But, in just this instance, I disagree. I felt the same as you when Steve first came to Genoa City. His face was blank….as Dylan, he really was Stonecold….robotic. He brought Jason Morgan with him and wore him as a kid glove. I was very vociferous about it….not very kind to him. Sorry about that. My clamor continued until baby Christian was born. He changed…he became human. Burton’s last few scenes, as Dylan, blew me away. Presently ( on his return to GH), his eyes speak volumes….just the right… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Phraseology correction: like a kid glove.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…but don’t let me go on about this topic cause the gloves are ready to come off ”

not for me

reload fire and then some

that cross to bear is mine

Li
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Li

I am loving it! Burton is great! Billy is great! Kelly is great!
This will unfold to be a really good story. I do hope it keeps moving at a decent pace. So far it has…

Kellen
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Kellen

Jason with Sam..that’s all.
Danny and the other child
I want Steve and Kelly to work together

Patrick
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Patrick

I hope so… because we have got to FREE Billy Miller from the Corinthos’ clan

Lisa
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Lisa

I have been watching General Hospital for 42 years now I can’t believe it I was so devastated when Steve Burton left a show and so thrilled to have him back he definitely needs to be the one who ends up with Sam I hope they play this out right

Patrick
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Patrick

DOES – every thing have to be spelled out ? when Steve Burton was in “their” condo… he slipped out on the balcony as Sam and BM Jason came home Sam and “Drew” practically renewed their marriage vows … not so out of earshot of SB “Jason” give me an effing break… as his eyes had that downward cast oh well… how much will he “blame” Sonny for those 5 years ? another thing that gnawing at : just what will be played out with “Jason” and Ava ? when he is told the whole truth and nothing but… from… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I don’t know, Patrick, what else you would need to find the story interesting. Soaps are primarily about people…their relationships. Feelings. Connections. Family. Something that at times GH sorely lacks. Now…they’re finally revisiting those things: A) I think it’s a bonus but I love the flashbacks of a young Jason/Sonny which is quite instrumental to GH history and Jason’s history. B) Jason? Drew? (Whomever he turns out to be) walked out on to the terrace because he was overcome with emotion…needed to get fresh air. Regardless of which twin he is, he now has Jason Morgan’s memories so of course… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey Patrick…I added an addendum to my post above but it isn’t here. Basically, just wanted to “edit” my first sentence to you…came off kinda harsh in rereading it. Just wanted to give you a fresh pair of eyes on how the stories are unfolding…perhaps you’ll enjoy them more. Or not. I tried… 🙂

Patrick
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Patrick

Hi Rebecca1: whew! I, finally, have a chance to let I finally had a “Steve Burton moment” at the park: scene on… Liz and “Jake” walking thru from a pumpkin carve and contest. oh God.. it was palpitating… watching Steve Burton realize that was his son.. after a 5 year absence even if : the flashback.. went against him.. as Liz slapped him… ” you left us, and didn’t look back” further stating that it was Lucky who raised “Jake”. I love my Liz.. she is a STUNNER. and is perfect in General Hospital…. had to throw that in I… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

i’d like to add.. that i’m not that angst out about GH. Days of OUR Lives has provided much more let yowsah Maura West is still my gal pal. Will Griffin LIVE what he does know ? has learned ( LOL ) with Ava ? is he that triggered what’s in the cards with SB: Jason.. with regard to Ava ? yeah, she’s tied to Sonny.. I loved her coy play @senses when she handed Sonny that “note” from ….. the one and only… as she tells Sonny she’s done enough deed for the day. PLEASE GH : she walks… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Roger Howarth : Franco – and – Todd of ole’ i’m sick of him continually still frying up … he’s messed up. we all know that Liz does not add in to this equation. let her become a mixture in Griffin … for a dance with Ava…. let Liz perk up the past history with Steve Burton… let Liz heart to heart with “Jake Doe ” Rebecca Herbst is the answer to dredging out the kings return.. from which Carly and Sonny are salivating for : it’s not about you . DOA .. it’s going to be hysterical just what… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Shelley and Frank ! – YOU brought him home

MOVE ! this old train !

expletives all over the place

MOVE your guns if they’re firing

I get that Steve Burton is back

for Sam

Liz LIVES

that’s our deal

Steven Otero
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Steven Otero

Steve Burton is Jason Morgan aka Drew Quartermaine . This would explain why after the accident he couldn’t relate to the Quartermaines because his programing got dumped.He truly is a lost soul.

Dee
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Dee

Agreed.
Steve Burton is the real Jason Morgan, and was Andrew Frank (Drew) as a kid.
Billy Miller is imposter Jason Morgan, and was Jason Quartermaine as a kid.

Steven Otero
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Steven Otero

Jason Quartermaine was also taken from his family & his life .

General Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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