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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Patrick To Robin: "Is Jason Behind That Door?"

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On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, while visiting the Crichton-Clark clinic for information on Nina Clay (Michelle Stafford) with Sam (Kelly Moncao), Patrick (Jason Thompson) runs into none other than Robin (Kimberly McCullough)!

When the torn apart, one time so in love duo, comes face-to-face, Patrick (Jason Thompson) is shocked and devastated to learn that Robin was not whisked away to another continent, or far away place, but had actually been taken by Victor (Thaao Penghlis) to a facility just  over an hour away from Port Charles!

After letting Robin have a piece of his mind for not being there for him and their daughter, Emma  (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) and for the loss of his son, Patrick gets no answers from Robin, but she is concerned that Sam and him are at the clinic!

Patrick asks Robin if Jason and the Cassadines that Victor wanted to resurrect are here at the clinic. Robin tries her best to evade the question! A fed up Patrick grabs the security pass key from Robin’s lab coat and beings to enter the security door then saying, “Robin, is Jason behind that door?”  And as we fade to black, we don’t know what Patrick will find.

From the looks of it, Patrick is very concerned with helping Sam in regards to her “late” husband Jason, the Nina Clay mystery, and has about had it with Robin, completely.

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Watch the final scene of the episode between Patrick and Robin after the jump!  The let us know, what you think should happen next?   Will we get more Intel or clues on Jason?  And what do you hope Patrick will do in regards to his relationship with Robin?

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su0000
su0000

ohhh yuckkk..
I wish they would put me out of this Robin stuff misery and just kill her off..
When the door opened and Robin was there I felt no excitement, none..
Robin’s time has fizzled out she isn’t even a ratings tool any longer..

Jason, if he gets reanimated perhaps he’ll be a frankenstein man .. ahaa that would be cool ..

k/kay
k/kay

I find myself in complete shock but I totally agree with you. I felt KM is totally reciting lines and is not in the story at all. Let everybody move on. RC show Robin the exit door.

Tsuds
Tsuds

Ouch!!!

Cathy
Cathy

Disagree love seeing Scrubs and Kimberly and JT Work with anything thrown at them.

RC should show people the door like every newbie from two years ago.

I think Patrick look like an idiot since it is obvious that Robin is protecting her husband and child. This is a plot point to move Patrick on (hey RC doesn’t work since too many of us know real Robin and Real Patrick) but he looks ridiculous and in the end will realize how wrong he was.

Kimberly can come back ANYTIME, she makes GH worth while.

Ces
Ces

I agree with you.

AND

I don’t want a Jason recast. Never liked the first actor to play him, never liked the character either.

I don’t think GH should be so quick to bring KM back for these quick stints, they’re pointless.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe Robin somehow has baby Gabriel and bringing him back from the dead and he grows up to be like little Damian from the Omen…or its Rafe who returns as a zombie…maybe his vampire dad has Robin under his control…eerie!!!…lol

GH50
GH50

Some may have felt nothing when the door opened and it was Robin because they showed her in the preview for the next day. And that contradicts the position on whether she is a ratings draw.They shoot the end of Monday’s show as a cliffhanger, we don’t see who is behind the door, then they put Robin in the preview because they need to make sure people tune in the next day. So why not just show her on the other side of the door at the end of Monday’s show? Because much of what this crew does is amateurish and silly.

The larger reason people may not feel anything with Robin, is that the story and writing is just so poor. The dialogue in those Scrubs scenes was so poor, so uninteresting and the scenes were so poorly produced. There is no interesting story. The execution is terrible, there is no drama and that is a symptom of the larger problem that is GH.

The story, pacing, and especially the dialogue is just getting worse and worse. We sit through endless conversations that rehash the same events over and over or tell us something that happened offscreen. The actual dialogue is very thin and poorly written and then there is a line or two thrown in to make a pop culture reference or to shock so that RC can tweet about it. Those lines aren’t really very good and usually in poor taste appealing to the lowest common denominator and they stick out like a sore thumb because there is nothing else about the scenes that are memorable.

The KMC return is not at all interesting due to the issues that plague the entire show. GH is just so lacking in quality on all levels. The storytelling, dialogue, direction, editing are all substandard and the acting is suffering as well because these people have such terrible material to work with. I was absolutely embarrassed for all involved in the scenes with the three gay male characters. The dialogue, how they are presented, all of it is just in such poor taste and so low brow.

harry
harry

Well said, GH50. Sometimes I don’t know how to explain why I just lost interest in the GH stories. Even with Guza at the helm, I hung on.
Suffice to say, the thrill is just gone.

Shay
Shay

Here, here GH50! What a spot-on, wonderful critique of the show’s many current shortcomings……in addition to being woefully wanting in content and presentation, the material is just plain tacky and quite often, absolutely disgusting.

nancy
nancy

I agree with you, SU000. Robin is such a goody-two shows always prancing around. The only good thing I can think of to say about her is she cut her hair and can’t toss her pony tail around in that ‘so-pleased-with-myself’ manner.
I can’t wait for the dark and nuanced Sabrina to come along and put Robin in her face. Now there is a compelling character! Sabrina is just a brilliant character.

Shay
Shay

Brilliant????? Oh please! In what possible way? Sappy is the most banal, insufferable and stupefying character to ever curse the GH canvas with her presence. Please explain exactly how that translates to “compelling????”……

Harry
Harry

(tapping foot, looking at watch). Finally! Shay, that button was pushed was two days before you responded.
You must have a life or something.

Rob
Rob

Stick a fork in it, Robin is over. The character is unrecognizeable and this is coming from someone who only started to really watch when OLTL went off the air.

If the actress cannot commit either write her off for good or recast, Jason Thompson needs and deserves a better storyline.

The pairing with Sam has promise until Jason returns, hopefully in the form of Billy Miller.

Cathy
Cathy

If you only started to watch from when OLTL was cancelled then you know NOTHING about ROBIN or PATRICK since the have been rewritten under RC. no wonder OLTL was cancelled. Worst writer on any soap. To think I thought Guza was bad. GUZA could write and knew characters.

Rob
Rob

I know that what Im watching sucks and OLTL was light years better than this.

If Kimberly M is not willing to commit to a contract then whats the point of her popping in and out? It no longer moves story and is pointless when the cast is so bloated already. She needs to S*** or get off the pot. Its not RC fault she wont stay.

Jimmy
Jimmy

Seeing Robin today made me realize how much I really don’t miss her… and when will she realize that there is NO excuse for leaving her husband and daughter, especially after the rough couple of years Patrick has had. Also, these sporadic appearances of her really need to stop, if KMC can’t commit to a contract Robin should be written out permanently, or until she can fully return.

Tsuds
Tsuds

There is always a Reason..You will be surprised!!!

C
C

Rough couple of years PATRICK had? So I guess having her death faked, being subjected to electric shock treatments, and being threatened with death daily by a variety of super criminals for two years was a walk in the park?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

i’ll be suprised if there is a reason…lol

harry
harry

She was given a reason yesterday. I feel like Ron is using a write by numbers set.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Once again with the predictable story of Robin bringing Jason back. Could tell it from a mile away, and it’s very story-driven because Robin would NEVER abandon her family for the risk of bringing someone back potentially from the dead.

k/kay
k/kay

I do not understand why RC just does not finish this with Robin the actress has lost all passion for her character. RC wrap it up!

Cathy
Cathy

Lol the actress is Kimberly McCullough and she is the only who is believable unlike others who walk through their scenes.

Mark
Mark

She needs to make up her mind about staying or going. She is good but Susan Luccis Erika Slezaks and Robin Strassers and other classy stars (and Robin is not in their class yet) never would have come and gone like this they were committed to their shows. It’s a different world now of course but this coming and going is a bit silly and doesn’t endure me to GH anymore.

Christy
Christy

finding the slightly frozen cassadines or jason wouldn’t be a big surprise since we already knew about that… but finding a presumed someone else would be. would have to be someone that Patrick would recognize… how about some lost Q’s like Alan or AJ.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Funny. I’m not even a big Robin fan…but I don’t mind having her back. With a dwindling cast from the old days…it’s still nice to have, however sporadically, characters that started, or at least have been with GH for many years.

Just like in real life, some people pop in and out of our lives…that’s fine with me if that’s how they handle the Robin “situation.” As for Patrick, I’m not adverse to him moving on from her.

I am interested to find out what she’s hiding. Is Jason really dead/dead this time? Or…was she ordered to tell anyone that at this point. Could it be AJ that’s really being brought back to life since some have been saying they heard that was a possibility. But then we’d lose the drama of Michael finding out Sonny killed AJ.

My curiosity is piqued…

Cathy
Cathy

He looks like a dope for moving on with a stupid excuse, he should know Robin. Guess he forgot when he cheated on her and she forgave him.

Becky
Becky

I too am not a big Robin fan, and am interested in what or whom she is hiding. I don’t believe Jason died, as she said Stavros was in the chamber, but she had instructions to bring back the Cassadines, then she’d be allowed to bring back Jason. She’s just trying to get Patrick out of there. Time will tell.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe Robin doesnt want Patrick to know who she is trying to revive because what if its Rafe or even baby Gabrial…?

Shay
Shay

Oh dear Lord, jimh! Pleeeeze leave the roadkill runt to rest….he was an unnecessary plot point the first time around!….As for Rafe, I think he has a better chance of returning as a vampire. (Braindead is braindead…..I don’t believe that even SuperDoc Robin has discovered the cure for that yet!)

Timmm
Timmm

I dont think they bring back AJ until after the whole story is told about Sonny “Killing” AJ and Michael hating both his parents. After that passes I see AJ coming back and Michael eventually forgiving Sonny and Carly.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Shay…hahahaha…are you REALLY making a distinction between bringing back the dead…who you can and can’t? LOL. I think ANYTHING’s possible on GH. That’s why I go for the ludicrous ride…

And in fact, I have more problems believing the “real” stuff…or shall I say I am more crazed when someone human emotions like grief are washed over.

The fantastical stuff? I say bring it on. If I’m going to walk into a world of make believe then, let’s make believe!

(I’m waiting, oh-so patiently waiting for your rebuttal.) 😉

Timmm
Timmm

Rebecca, this is TIMMM, I like your response to me icing AJ until Sonny and Michael play out him “Killing” his dad. I agree, its a soap, take me FAR away from the horse crap going on in the real world. ALTHOUGH, it would be nice to see Britt drinking Diet Coke, Emma eating Sour Patch Kids, and the nurses standing around and gossiping about Kim K. or the Biebs!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Haha…good imagery there, TIMMM. Although I’d have Britt downing her Nicolas sorrows in a beer, Emma, I’ll go with you there…Sour Patch it is!…and the nurses gossiping about how hot Nathan is!

rebecca1
rebecca1

@Timmm. I think the powers-that-be read your mind…or your post! Wednesday’s episode had Britt and Brad chomping away at the snack machine! She’s just episodes away from that diet coke you summoned…

Shay
Shay

No, as a rule, I’m not really making a distinction about who to revive or not, rebecca1….I simply don’t want to see that unnecessary plot point of a tyke brought back to life, and by Robin, no less! He was an abject annoyance to the anti-Sappy set….just another unwelcome tether to tie Patrick to that insufferable twit of a nurse, and as such, his demise was a great relief. Besides, someone has to remain dead….he’s as fine a choice as anyone else!!! (I’m also against bringing AJ back to life….unless it’s far enough down the road that SK would finally consider reprising the role….and I imagine that will be a VERY long time!!!!)

rebecca1
rebecca1

I wasn’t talking about the “tyke” Shay…I was talking about Rafe…when you drew the line at brain dead. I say dead is dead…so if they’re going to bring one back…they can pick and choose!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hahah…not a problem. I, on the other hand…am having an identity crisis! Okay, I jest but I wrote to you on another post where you thought you were responding to me. There’s a Rebecca who occasionally responds on this site and you joyfully thought you and I were once again oddly in agreement. Twasn’t I.

She’s Rebecca…Uppercase R no number 1 after her name.

Thus:

Rebecca … other person

rebecca1…me.

LOL…even though we’re for the most part anonymous here we “regulars” have developed an identity and point of view nonetheless. I feel sooooooooooo vulnerable when someone else’s voice gets confused with mine! Sigh… guess I’ll have to be on the lookout to clarify.

As for Rafe. I was just amused how you thought it was plausible to bring someone back from the dead…but not if they’re brain dead. C’mon…it was funny, n’est pas?

Sadly, I don’t think they’ll bring him back, though I don’t think they should have killed him off. He was just getting his groove on… 😉

I do agree. I’d love another visit with the vampire story…but make it real. Either Clay is one…or not. Well, in actuality since he was in the show Port Charles, I think it’s ridiculous for them to rewrite another show’s history by saying it was a mental illness…

Takes the BITE…outta that whole story. Ahem.

Shay
Shay

Oh….duh!!!! My bad….I thought since Sappy was such a hot-button issue between us that you were referring to her bambino. But I can see your point about Rafe. Still, it seems that the intent is to keep him (conveniently) dead or they wouldn’t have made his story so complicated before he finally passed on….he would have just croaked without all the attending drama of being pronounced brain-dead. (I definitely would not mind revisiting the vampire angle, though…) Quite frankly, the whole cryo-revival thing is not my cup of tea. I can see bringing back Jason…it will be a big deal, but I could be content to leave Helena (and especially Stavros) in the deep freeze forever! (By the way, I corrected my last post to read “about whom” but it didn’t show up. We really do need a way to self-edit…..)

Jill
Jill

LMAO with the haters. Robin moves these stories. She is a legacy on this show and the chem these two have even arguing is amazing. Cartini can do their best to trash Robin but I will never buy this crap. Kmc is awesome! So glad you are back. Hopefully bringing Drake 4 with you.

k/kay
k/kay

Jill please stop with the word haters. I happen to think KM was wonderful on this show in the day but now we need to move on the actress’s heart is in being a director. Jason Thompson needs to be able to move his character on and he can’t do that if it is a constant back and forth. Sometimes it is time to move on!

Cathy
Cathy

The haters and those who just started to watch GH under RC and don’t even know the Robin character.

FYI THE ACTRSSS KIMBERLY MCCULLOUGH is willing to do both BLAME FV for not giving her a deal like he did for others.

su0000
su0000

Wrong..
RC watched GH daily with his g’ma and through his life.. He knew all the characters well..
Kim left GH and wanted to be killed off.. no intentions of returning.
All was well until RC could not let her go and kept her alive, a mistake.
RC and FV had nothing to with Kim leaving, she wanted to move on into directing, and she did..
Apparently she did not want to spend the rest of her life being Robin..

the one and only one to blame for Robin/Kim leaving GH, is Kimberly McCullough, herself..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

There are some who know the overated Robin character and could care less if she was coming or going KIM IS DOING BOTH…maybe one day she’ll be around more and this is all she wants to do at GH for the moment otherwise i doubt she’d do it…Denise Alexander and Leslie Charleston are superior actress’s and should be so lucky to get the story and airtime Kim does…im not trying to sound mean and i know Robin is your favorite but there are also other vets on this show who deserve better unless they too only agreed to certain amount of airtime but im certain Leslie would love a real story of her own!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Kim is leaving in 2 weeks but according to S.O.D., Kim has signed a contract and is returning in the fall…so it looks like FV has given her a deal that you thought he wouldnt!!!

Cathy
Cathy

Word Jill!

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

I agree love KM. I think her and Jason have incredible chemistry.

Larry Jr.
Larry Jr.

I hear Billy Miller will finally arrive on GH on Thursday! I’ll be watching!

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah, I dont see why so many people hate Robin?

harry
harry

Love Robin, hate the writing.
So if Billy Miller comes back as Jason that means either two things–Jason had a reverse lobotomy or he finally had a BM (excuse the word play but the opportunity was just too ripe).

Cathy
Cathy

So it is OK for Roger H, Michael E, from OLTL, TG, MB, FH,IB, KMo from GH, MS, BM from Y&R to do other things AND GH but not a GH VET LIKE Kimberly . WHY? KIMBERLY EARNED that right AND GREW UP ON GH unlike those from other shows. And there are more FV works with that I didn’t mention.

IF FV WORKS WITH OTHERS THEN FV CAN WORK WITH KIMBERLY who should have gotten the deal to direct that AS got.

su0000
su0000

Kim deserves noting..
She quit .. walked out.. and wanted to be killed to never return, her request..
she walked out on her fans..
She has no intentions of returning to GH as a regular..

Kim wanted out.. she left .. her coming in and out for shorts stay is carp..
She deserves nothing, and no more than all the others who left by their choice..
🙂
She was good as a child as grew older her acting stunk..
acting is not her nitch directing is, she is good at that and made a very wise career move pursuing her dream to direct..
🙂

harry
harry

Thank God for the copious sprinkling of smiley faces. Otherwise, I would find su000’s intense hatred of Kimberly and the character she plays to be disturbing.
Su000, please don’t tell me you walk around with a dog eared copy of Cather in the Rye?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

How do know FV hasnt tried to do more with Kim…offered her the same as AS but this is all she agreed to do for now…Kim is a smart woman…i feel if she’d want more she’d asked for it or she wouldnt agree to appear at all!!!

k/kay
k/kay

@Cathy it is that way on all the soaps viewers are mercy to the Producers and their favorites. I like KMC I just can’t stand the storyline and I have to wonder why she is letting them make her the villain. Maybe we should call in and ask her on soap nation.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

See…you make accusations against FV but he has made a deal with Kim and she has signed a contract…look up S.O.D. if you dont believe it…i apologize if i might sound rude in any of my replies Cathy…they arent meant to come out that way…what you want for K/Robin, well i want more of L/Monica…Kim so far has gotten some story but Leslie C. is rarely shown and she was on GH a lot longer than Kim and deserves better than what she has been given..imo!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Again, my only issue is the character Robin’s motivation for doing what she is doing is a mystery to me, and when I can’t understand why the character is making the choices she is making I cannot get into the story.

The rationale RC has given thus far really doesn’t jive with the character’s history, I wasn’t watching during the Robin years, but even I can tell she isn’t acting like the character is supposed to. Yet, if RC can weave a tale so all these loose ends and questions are answered in a satisfactory way I will be happy.
But based on what I have seen in the last two years I fear RC is making it up as he goes so I doubt the ending will make me happy. And when you can’t look forward to a really good ending, what is the point of taking the journey?

Jeff
Jeff

Mark, Kimberley McCullough is twice the actress Susan Lucci is. The woman can’t act to save her life. No wonder it took La Lucci 17 attempts to win an emmy!!

Amy Thomas
Amy Thomas

Ive loved Patrick the last couple days hes finally treating that piece of crap like she deserves she criticizes everyone else but she thinks shes justified in not giving a damn about her family.Shes never cared about either of them.

Ang
Ang

In my opinion, Kimberly McCullough is one of the best actresses on GH. Her acting is understated and believable (the way a real person would react in similar situations). Jason Thompson is at his best in scenes opposite her.

Her acting style brings out something in him that we don’t see often enough. Sure, he’s a great crier but I’m honestly tired of seeing him cry all the time. Now that Robin’s been used as a plot point to move Patrick on (guilt free and of course as a victim), I’d like to see him hook up with a woman that’s his equal.

By his equal I mean someone that’s egotistical, selfish and arrogant. Carly’s taken.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Levi Dunkendork is who is my guess behind Patricks car accident…i wonder if somehow Robin is trying to bring back baby Gabriel or Rafe and thats what she doesnt want Patrick to know…or is it A.J. again? I still think Dr. Jason Qaurtimaine(Billy Miller) will show up!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

all wrong…except maybe the latter!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Your right, she deserves the ins and outs in her contract. I must say, and this goes for everyone who does this, it does tend to disrupt the flow sometimes but in Kim’s case, she is here to move Patrick along. If it were not for Emma, I dont think so many fans would be upset?

Chaz
Chaz

It isn’t KM’s coming & going that sucks…it is the lousy story they came up with to work with her leaving/returning. They knew her initial return was for 6 months and had ample time to work up a plausible reason for her to go away without her family. This Ice Cube Jason story wasn’t a good reason. BUT, that seems to be RC’s problem….HE thinks this is great writing. Plus, he probably saw it as a way to introduce a new Jason. Unfortunately, it makes Robin seem callous and Patrick an idiot. Two steps backward for one possible step forward.

Tsuds
Tsuds

hmm Quick Vote… You can only pick Days or GH to watch.. what would you watch.. I choose GH ! Much faster and more interesting…

nancy
nancy

Sparkle Pony will soon be galloping to the rescue.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

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MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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