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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Paul Admits To Anna He Killed Sloane … But That It Was Revenge For His Daughter Susan!

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On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Anna (Finola Hughes) attempts to get some answers from Paul Horsnby (Richard Burgi) where she accuses him of killing Kyle Sloane (Robb Derringer) and passing his body off as Carlos Rivera’s (Jeffrey Vincent Parise).  Paul admits she’s right.

When she want to know why he murdered Kyle, Paul becomes enraged and upset.  Next thing you know, Paul pulls out a photo of his then young daughter, Susan.  He explains to Anna that Susan grew up getting into trouble in college, and even moreso when he cut her off financially.  After the father/daughter relationship was severed, Susan met Sloane.  And from Paul’s accounts, that led to Sloane physically and verbally abusing Susan, which finally resulted in Sloane raping his daughter.

When Paul found out what happened to Susan he went on the hunt for Sloane, who’d already escaped to Port Charles.  In what Paul says was just pure luck, he answered the phone at the PCPD when Sloane called to arrange a meeting to tell someone he knew who killed Carlos Rivera.  According to Paul, Kyle didn’t recognize his voice and so Paul met him on the docks and shot him dead. Unfortunately, Paul was unaware that Carlos was there, and witnessed the whole dramatic shooting.

Then Paul admits to Anna that he owes Carlos for his silence, and he’s been helping him evade arrest from Anna and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  That way they can’t turn him in and lock him up for murdering Duke.  Anna doesn’t trust Paul, and kicks him out of her home.   He warns him that she is calling Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) to tell her the entire story.  But as she starts to call the PCPD, she looks down at the picture of young Susan and hesistates.

So what gives here? Is Susan really Hayden Cassadine (Rebecca Budig)?  Is this Paul’s true back-story of what went on during the set-up of the original shooting of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), and the subsequent turn of events which now seem to indicate that Paul was silencing Sloane as retribution for his daugher, not because Sloane had the goods on who really shot Sonny?  What should Anna’s next move be?  Do you think Anna and Paul might end up together romantically, when all is said and done? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Melissa
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Melissa

Whenever soaps try to “undo” their own history it is almost always a major FAIL. This is no different. They’ve never known what to do with the character of Sloane so they just threw him under the bus to whiplash Paul’s storyline in a different direction. Maybe they are trying desperately to redeem Paul because they like the actor and don’t want to write him into a corner where’s he’s so bad as to be unredeemable. Whenever you need an episode’s worth of exposition to change the direction of a plot, that should be a warning sign that what’s to… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I couldn’t agree more. That’s what happens over and over on GH when the characters are written into a corner–witness Julian, Ava, Franco, Nina, Sonny, et al. Always ends up “stupid,” as you say. AND the very best example is Lucas Lorenzo Spencer as Fluke–destroyed GH, destroyed a legacy character, destroyed the Laura and Luke legacy, destroyed the Spener family, destroyed (Tracy) and turned a great, acerbic character we loved to hate into a blubbering marshmallow. NOT PRETTY! And a BIG turnoff for the loyal fans who are NOT——wait it—–STUPID. That’s the biggest beef intelligent fans–rightly–have about soaps. Gives them… Read more »

Harry 1
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Harry 1

Yep, another rewrite yielding lackluster and unsatisfactory results.
This is horrible wiriting and oh so disappointing.

Mel
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Mel

@nancy dillingham – I agree with just about everything you’ve said. Except it was Tony Geary who ultimately put an end to the Luke and Laura legacy. Tony wanted Luke and Laura’s marriage to end. In the end, Tony resented having to Luke be the happily married husband to Laura. All you have to do is read the interviews. Tony really enjoyed having Luke and Tracy romantically involved. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s discovered that one of the reasons Tony Geary retired from GH is so Luke would not be forced to become romantically involved with Laura agin.

AJQ
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AJQ

If Paul isn’t lying to Anna then everyone in charge of GH, Frank, Varni and the writers should be fired for presenting such a ridiculous rewrite. When Paul answered the phone at the station he clearly said this is DA Hornsby. He met him, there was no indication of a past with his daughter, before he killed him he said he was killing two birds with one stone, stopping him from wrecking his plan to cover up who shot Sonny and from possibly betraying the Mayor. If he was killing Sloane as revenge for what he did to his daughter,… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

Agreed! A thousand times over, yes!

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

While agree that this has been atrociously written and am not willing to acquit Altman and Passanante fully, I am still of the opinion that the problem is TPTB. If (as I suspect) this retcon came from higher up and A & P were simply told to make it work, it’s hard to blame them too much for making a bad job of it—it was hopeless in the first place. And I say that partly because of your “very reminiscent of RC” point. Altman and Passanante are very different sorts of writers than RC—and yet here we are with some… Read more »

Harry 1
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Harry 1

What is going on with GH for the last three years and what continues to go on with the new writing regime is that the focus is on nabbing that big name actor be it Stafford, West, Howarth, de Vry or Burgi and the writing of the characters they play is secondary. Nina, Ava, Julian, Franco and Paul are initially presented to us as being rotten to the core. But then the writers, courtesy of the executive producer, decide they want to make these bad apples likable and all cuddley. So the writing backpedals in a frantic damage control pattern… Read more »

AJQ
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AJQ

Harry, you really hit the nail on the head and Michael (not Fairman) I agree it is very much about TPTB. GH is not a show that focuses on story and certainly not history or the brand. It is run by an EP who from day one decided he would make extreme changes to the show in an attempt to put his stamp on it and sorry but I see a lot of pettiness and spite because his show OLTL was cancelled. Bringing back Easton for a third time, fifth character only reinforces that. And please about petitions and fan… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@AJQ….Loved your comments….most especially those regarding Julian and Alexis!!!! ( I refuse to use their squish name, which to me sounds like a combination of those chewy, fruity candies that get stuck in your teeth and a nerdy search engine…UGH!) Needless to say, I do not count myself as one of those so-called “grown women” who squeals with delight at the very notion and antics of this ludicrous pairing….it’s actually quite to the to the contrary, and I have expressed as much on repeated occasions. Quite frankly, this nauseating couple makes me want to hurl with their non-stop, revolting sexcapades,… Read more »

Harry 1
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Harry 1

Thank you, Michael (Not Fairman), AJQ and Shay for your astute and spot on observations and analysis. Yes, Alexis is a born again virgin who has suddenly discovered the joy of sex (for the millionth time). Is this how she gets front burner storylines? Revisiting her adolescence while her daughters have matured well beyond their adolescence? Meanwhile, Laura, who is a few years younger than Alexis is relegated to acting like the maternal resident den mother to girls behaving badly. Laura is aged beyond her years while Alexis regresses well below her years. If this keeps up, Alexis is going… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well now…the heavens have opened up….there’s the light…As we both see it, AJQ. Lo and Behold; considering my sparring with you a couple of times….we have finally come to the same conclusion. Alexis and Julian are a joke ….all of your adjectives fit to the letter…well-suited. I, therefore, take back anything I may have said…..you are now a god in mine eyes. If you have read any of my posts, I have called their shenanigans a joke, many times Thank you for seeing this so mis-matched couple as I do. I have wondered about Nancy’s embarrassing juvenile, giddy, unattractive and… Read more »

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

It is a stupid rewrite and they were hoping that fans don’t pay attention. Not everyone is redeemable. It is all so absurd. Paul just needs to get busted and go away. I think Richard Burgi is a good actor most of the time, but this storyline is lackluster.

Amber
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Amber

I don’t think we should just except the fact that there are new writers as an excuse. Especially after these said new writers have had their writing on air for the last four months. Seems like a lousy excuse.

Fran
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Fran

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!!!! Do you think they’ll listen to us peons?

Samantha
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Samantha

Yep, exactly!

Harry 1
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Harry 1

Shay, I do wish you’d pick a lane!

Shay
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Shay

@Harry 1…..I always stick with the “right” lane!

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

They created the character of Sloane it seemed to go after Anna over Faison. That was an epic fail so they tried to make them love interests with really no build up. It would of been fun to learn about their history but it seems as though they didn’t pursue that. Then as Samantha said they gave Sloane all that horrible dialogue that really didn’t get the two of them any further then they were to begin with. The only thing they could come up to do was kill Sloane off. I find it funny that they are now able… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I guess the common denominator here is Finola Hughes! What great scenes with her and Paul and his admittance! Just like the scenes last month with Robert and Anna. Finola is magic! She elevated the character of Paul Hornsby by walking him through his lies and getting to admit the truth. Looks like they may round the edges of Paul and there MIGHT just be a spark between him and Anna after all?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Bite your tongue!!! Anna is much smarter than that. Paul cannot be saved. Away with that villain!
To the writers: And, btw, why did you violate the character of Anna in the first place by having her shoot Carlos and put the other villain in a hole, etc.,–oh, whatever!

Timmm
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Timmm

But Nancy, Duke was a mobster to!

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Nancy, I wish you were right .. that Anna is smarter than to fall for this sleaze bag .. he is so disgusting .. but unfortunately Anna has always been pretty dumb where her heart was concerned.. Robert is the only really decent guy she’s ever loved. As Timmm said, falling for Duke, who just couldn’t (or wouldn’t) get away from the mob .. but Duke&Anna were entertaining because of their tango routines, and because of Robert Scorpio hanging around! Robert saw right through Duke and it gauled Anna that Robert was always right about him, LOL. I truly felt… Read more »

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Agree that Finola elevates those around her. But he’s a good actor as well.

The story telling? Well….. I like the actors!

Timmm
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Timmm

Your right Tomas, Bergi is top notch. I hope they spin him in the right direction and him and Anna fall in love. Robert first then Duke but it doesnt seem possible so yes, Anna and Paul. Two brilliant actors making the best out of table scraps! Ha, ha, ha!

Harry 1
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Harry 1

Anna continues to rise above the horrible writing which has been afforded to her.
Still, it’s rather depressing and anti climatic to see her in scenes with Pale, er I mean, Paul, after seeing her just crackle with charismatic energy in her scenes with Rober Scorpio.

Rose
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Rose

Harry …I so agree . I had bought into the fact that Paul was a slimeball. He acted the part, and how do you invent some of those scenes with Ava unless you are. But during his “confession” with Anna he seemed to go through the motions, and Finola had to back him up as best she could. Don’t know if this was the direction the story was supposed to go in, but it just seemed something was out of whack.

Timmm
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Timmm

Finola could and can do so much more with her career. Nothing against soaps but the money and notoriety would be so much better if she wanted it. In other words, I embrace her while she is on GH and yes, it seems as if she has been making lemonade out of lemons BUT her and PALE are two amazing actors and I love them together. I mean, I remember when Anna was still the Commissioner and she and Nathan had scenes together and I watched her dance around his inabilities and make SOMETHING out of those scenes. With her… Read more »

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

Yes Finola Hughes that just signed on for three more years. I am sure they promised her great stuff if she signed and these writers just can’t deliver. Every new person they bring on they seem to write in a corner. They first write Sloane in so many different ways and it seems they are still writing him a million different ways,even in his death. Then we bring on Paul who we really have no idea what way he is going. The audience hated him and Ava. The only person really who is left is Anna. I don’t believe they… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

You made my day! Three more years! You do raise a good question, what is left for Anna? She has done it all and her family has all gone away so they will have her mixed up with Paul. As I’ve stated in other replies. Richard Bergi is a great actor so wherever they go with him or with him and Anna, at least we will have two first class pros nipping at each other one way or another!

Mrs. Brown
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Mrs. Brown

Stupid! Sloan worked for the feds with Anna and Robert. Now that he is dead, why would you change his character/personality? Link these new characters together in a way that does not involve ruining the reputations of dead people. That is your writing challenge! Too many new people!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes!

Samantha
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Samantha

Exactly!!!

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

Yes!!! But they figure nobody cared about Sloane they can just ruin his character completely and people probably won’t care or realize the difference. It is Fan February, but do they really care about fans??

Fran
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Fran

@Layla No, I don’t think they do care. If they cared, they wouldn’t of let Sloan get away. Never liked the second guy playing him. But the first one I liked a lot. Don’t like what they’re saying he did and don’t believe it. Leave Sloan alone writers!

Patrick
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Patrick

i’m going to go with this one more time…. my take is Paul is going to be exonerated… is he hoping , by telling Anna… that she’ll back him up? They both take out Dixon ? I believe Paul is worth saving… intriguing and his motives are unclear. that being said… what about Carlos… who was acting on orders to kill Duke Oy! that’s enough reason to keep him off canvas… but he’s the lone character to not have any chump change thrown his way ??? still in hiding and on the run ! Johnny Z… reason.. as well …… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Carlos was a compelling character (and ACTOR), but the writers wrote him into a corner–should have kept him and never brought Paul back if all they could do was “paint him in a corner.”
BTW, why not keep John York (Mac) on the canvas–a beloved character (and great actor) who loved his children and tried to do the right thing?
Well, guess TPTB did not want a moral center. What is wrong with being “a good guy”? A good guy, so called, can still be complicated, funny, and intriguing to watch. Go Mac–and John York!

Harry 1
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Harry 1

I was so happy to see Mac and then they just put him back into storage again.
I am so tired of this pattern of trotting out the vets whom we all miss with the heat of a thousand suns only to put them back in the attic again.
Why is it so hard for the producer and writers to just give viewers what they want?
And since they are re writing and back pedaling on Paul, how are they going to explain why he’s sleeping with Ava while blackmailing her? Just another job perk?
Damn, this is some horrible, horrible writing.

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

I love Jeffrey Vincent Praise as Carlos, but at this point why did we bring him back??? To exonerate Anna and prove that she is still a good person. She still shot someone four times. Carlos bleed out all over my screen. In my eyes he died, but you know this is daytime tv, nobody ever dies. They dreamed up this dumb storyline of him and Sabrina that again all happened off screen. Does anything good ever happen on screen anymore? Hell if Carlos saw Paul shoot Sloane maybe Carlos waited until Paul was no where to be found, scooped… Read more »

Mister Media
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Mister Media

I love GH and while I found this story intriguing I couldn’t help but chuckle at the fact that this was all very interesting and compelling story which took place entirely off screen! When writers do this they must realize that while fans are listening our minds are racing trying to integrate all this new information into what we have already seen on the screen and believe that we know. This creates a distance and takes the viewer out of the scene to a great degree. Worst of all, it smacks of revisionist history and blatant re-writing which makes me… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Not in the hands of competent storytellers”–you said it all, Mister M!

su0000
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su0000

When I read Jean and Jean and Shelly were to be the new writers for GH
I commented–
They were not the correct writers for GH
Their writing style was absolutely a terrible match-up for GH
Under Jean and Shelly– General Hospital has lost its’ soul ……..

Melissa
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Melissa

Mister Media you and I think alike and I couldn’t agree with you more.

Harry 1
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Harry 1

Good job, Mister Media.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree too but if anything’s taking me out of the story it’s six different people mentioning Shriners Children’s hospital,
what hey offer, where they’re located…I get that they’re promoting it heavily and it’s beyond a fabulous hospital…seeing the real children who have been helped is heartbresaking, heartwarming. But GH should run some service announcements…it’s just so awkwardly thrown into the story it comes off like a skit.

Melissa
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Melissa

The actors must cringe every time their forced to do a PSA in the middle of their dialogue. And what makes it so God awful is that every character says the EXACT same thing about Shriners. “Shriners Hospital helps children regardless of their family’s ability to pay.” Why would EVERY character who references Shriners say that? Only one character, like Monica, needs to set up what Shriners is and what they do. Then it should be enough that Shriners is featured in the plot. Instead leave 30 seconds at the end of the episode for Becky and Billy to come… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

Perfectly stated!

Rose
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Rose

Anna and Paul may “have the talent to sell this revisionism” but I didn’t see their heart in it. Just saw them going through the motions as if it was a script reading.

Scoma60
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Scoma60

GH is utter crap. It’s obvious Susan will be Hayden. Hayden has been an epic fail so now they’re giving her a sob story. It won’t work. Her character is not needed & Nik looks like an idiot with her.
GH writes people into corners & then tries to write them out of it. It doesn’t work. Paul should never have been written as a killer. Burgi could have flourished as a business shark.
GH is so bad now they’re throwing crap at the walls to see what sticks. Nothing sticks. It just stinks up the place.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, like I said!

Fashionista
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Fashionista

Susan is Paul’s daughter with his second wife – she, Susan, would be younger than Dylan i dont see how Hayden aka Rachel could be Susan …

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

I think Susan is Paul’s daughter by his first wife. I don’t know the name of Paul’s first wife.

su0000
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su0000

hi Scoma60..
I just expressed in another post, as you said- ”GH is utter crap”
I had said; ”GH has become crap” ….. lol

Samantha
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Samantha

It really is horrible what they’ve done to this once-great soap… 🙁

Timmm
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Timmm

ANY writer[s] who come in have to write the show and respect the history. UNTIL that happens, the show will struggle and could end up in the scarp heap!

Rose
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Rose

Scoma60…It’s not just Hayden who is an epic fail, but so is Nicholas. He tells Sam he wants her to investigate Hayden because he doesn’t trust her…one minute after the elopement. And he wants this done to protect Spencer’s inheritance. All this because his lust for Hayden trumped his fatherly common sense. Nik is such a disappointment.

Fran
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Fran

Nicolas used to be a great character, like when he and Emily were friends with Lucky and Elizabeth. That was a great time for the show. It’s not good how they let his character grow so bad.

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

Thats what i have been saying…Hayden is Paul’s daughter.

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

I might also go for a Paul and Anna pairing…i prefer Robert but he is not a mainstay…i do see some chemistry between Paul and Anna…hope he turns out to be a good guy after all but then so was Chuckie…lol

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

I have screenshots of Sloane with Hayden if anyone wants to see!

Samantha
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Samantha

I remember the chemistry between Sloane and Hayden — and remember mentioning to a friend that those two should be together on GH — during those short scenes where they were together with Nic talking in his living room. There were unspoken sparks that probably everybody but the writers saw. And this is another reason that contrived story of Paul’s does not work (if, again, he’s speaking the “truth,” the truth of yet another awful script).

MissySnow
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MissySnow

I don’t care that Paul killed Sloane or that Sloane killed Susan!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

WHAT??????

Harry 1
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Harry 1

Susan didn’t die, Missy. I guess Sloan raped and beat her.
But yes, I don’t care about these stories or people either.

MissySnow
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MissySnow

@Harry 1… See how important Susan is to the show?!…LOL I don’t care if Susas is dead or alive. I don’t care about Sloane. I don’t care about Paul at this time, but I do like Richard Burgi!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

So very much on the fence about Paul’s vehement, albeit seemingly heartfelt disclosure. I just do not have that much faith in this guy. I need more.

su0000
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su0000

heeeeyyyy CeeCee..
It was STUPID! I am so very disappointed in the stories, they are non-dramatic and STUPID!
It’s becoming crap…
GH was so very unique…… now, I hardly recognize it as being GH..
There is no gripping substance, it is whishywashy.. and lame!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

The reason, su, when you think about it, is that the storylines are not thought-out. Case in point: Fluke. TPTB had no clue where to take that story; so it fizzled: where nothing was gained…..only a sour taste in the mouth. Now, I see it happening with Hornsby. The writers are changing his story mid-stream. Never a good idea, in my opinion. The viewers have already honed a not-too-stellar concept about Paul. We either like the character, or we do not. If the latter is true, then, as myself, it is very hard to see this guy in a positive… Read more »

Tristan
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Tristan

I was so angry when an actor of Richard Burgi’s caliber was brought to the show and immediately made a murderer by the writers. What a waste of an actor, whom I adored on “Desperate Housewives.” And what an unthinking ruination of a character who, in his former incarnation as played by the extremely likable Paul Satterfield, was a good guy. If this is an attempt to undo the stupid, shortsighted damage done to Paul — brought on clearly as just another foil for Sonny — I am willing to accept whatever plot machinations make him a viable, long-term character.… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Hi Trisyan..
Richard Burgi was awesome,he very very bad bad dark bad man in Hostel 2 ….

CeeCee
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CeeCee

But, su, that’s your thing. You like dark characters and dark movies. I guess it depends on our personality. I like, light comedy and love stories. I like the LIFETIME and HALLMARK channels. I like reading KATHLEEN E WOODIWISS , CHRISTI CALDWELL, JOHANNA LINDSEY…. To name a few. And, of course, WILLY. LOL.

SW
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SW

Hayden as Susan…so obvious!!! Please writers! Surprise us!

MissySnow
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MissySnow

Hayden and Sloane #1..LOL… shared scenes over at Windermere when he came over to remind Nicholas how he tampered with the Mayoral election and had him on his payroll to acquire ELQ stocks! There are screen caps of Sloane and Hayden floating around on Twitter with Nicholas.

Melissa
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Melissa

Oh yeah, that would make it particularly preposterous for Hayden to be Susan.

MissySnow
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MissySnow

@Melissa, There is speculation or rumors that Hayden is Ned’s sister which would make her an Ashton.

Fran
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Fran

Hayden and Sloan would make a great couple! Hadn’t thought of that, but I can see it. Yep. How about “Slayden”? 😉

Alan
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Alan

Wow, there’s nothing more thrilling than listening to a recast spend an entire hour talking about the off camera antics of 2 people viewers barely know.

I have to give it Jean and Shelly — they have a real knack for making me want to give up on soaps for good.

Melissa
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Melissa

Another spot-on comment. How is it we can all see that but the “professional” writers can’t?

MissySnow
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MissySnow

Love him or hate him, Ron Carlivati at least gave us bouts of humor along with the other mask storylines!

Harry 1
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Harry 1

But Ron engaged in the same tactics. Remember the day AJ died and yet we were subjected to Silas waxing poetic about Nina whom we had not even met yet?
Silas cried, blew his nose and told poor Sam all these stories about Nina–it went on and on.
And now we’ve met Nina and frankly, my dear, I still don’t give a damn about her. I

Shay
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Shay

Amen to that notion, Harry 1!

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree with you Harry. I love Michelle Stafford but I’ve given on on the character of Nina!

MissySnow
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MissySnow

Yes, I was equally ticked off that AJ was killed off, again. Steven Lars and Matt Hunter remain in prison, and Duke was killed, again!

Amber
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Amber

The writers tend to just want to see how it will go over and when it doesn’t they pull it. If they would just go in one way or another we might be ok.

K Ross
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K Ross

I think Paul’s character can be saved. He is a great actor, does anyone think that maybe his daughter Susan might be Hayden/Rachael?

Melissa
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Melissa

Here’s what would be disturbing about Hayden being Susan — a woman abused by a man is ordered killed by another man who she then falls for. So basically she’s a perennial victim. No thank you.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I am not into that either, Melissa. Agreed. But, there is some order within the disorder. If Susan was abused, and sought no help/therapy, then she will perpetually be romancing the/an abuser. You pegged her right, a “perennial victim”.
Someone has already said Hayden being Susan is too obvious. I agree, waaaay too easy. But, I suppose the obvious is the twist.

Dylan
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Dylan

Melissa…today’s soaps tell us and instruct us that women LOVE being abused…physically, mentally, psychologically.

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

Hayden/Susan should of realized who Sloane was then at Windemere. Perhaps if she tried to go after him and maybe killed him as revenge that would of been more believable. Or they could of said Susan saw the whole thing instead of Carlos. Let’s see here Sloane witnessed Carlos being killed and now it seems Carlos witnessed Sloane being killed. Seriously?? Let’s just show Sloane helping Carlos on the run so that we can assume they have been working together all along. Then magically when Finola thinks she finally got Carlos she can magically see Sloane and have another nervous… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And I, for one, do NOT think his character (as has been written) can be saved.

Melissa
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Melissa

All of us keep bringing up the levels of absurdity to the Paul-kills-Sloane Carlos-bribes-Sloane plot twist. This storyline is like seeing an accident that is about to happen and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

Jane
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Jane

I still don’t believe Paul I just don’t.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I might have thought Paul being undercover was a good twist…and a clever save of a good actor with many connections. A potential love interest for Anna, Olivia or Laura…his history with Tracy, his troubled relationship with Dylan…lots of human interest potential there. But wisting all that we already knew of Sloane? That killed it. Maybe his daughter was involved with the gun cartel and he made a deal for her immunity…maybe the cartel was threatening Dylan and Tracy so he had to go along with them…maybe Sloane knew too much so he had orders to kill him. Just seems… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

rebecca1, all your ideas are much better than what the writers gave us!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Lol…thanks Melissa. There’s so many ways they could have gone than rewriting Sloane’s history. I mean, really? An abuser…rapist?

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

Simply Sloane knew too much would of been better than this far fetched story line.

Samantha
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Samantha

What the heck???! Oh for goodness sakes… This is all just ridiculous now. I couldn’t believe what I just read. (And ever since they let Sloane go, I pretty much stopped watching. Checked in from time to time to see what’s up, and now it really hurts my heart to see how they’ve run this once-great soap into the ground and beyond. Really – what’s going on??? At first, I thought having women head writers would help. But obviously I was so wrong, because that obviously didn’t matter. We just need EXCELLENT writers, male or female, for this show. I… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I really liked Rob Derringer, too. He was cute and charming. Grayson McCouch was so slick and oily. Anna sleeping with him was just – ewww! Anna was NEVER the type to sleep around. I wish we could get character-driven stories instead of plot-driven ones.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, very much out of character–bet those scenes set Finola’s teeth on edge–lol? At the very least, she probably said her line through gritted teeth.

MissySnow
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MissySnow

I thought Anna sleeping with Luke was repulsive, sleeping with Sloan #2 was just gross!

Rose
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Rose

Way to go Samantha. We can all really hope the writers and brass read our comments and take them seriously…at least a little.

Melissa
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Melissa

This was a great essay. I am one of those viewers who has been watching since I was a kid. It takes a special talent to write for soaps. I imagine it’s one of the hardest writing jobs there is to churn out plot five days a week, 52 weeks a year, for multiple stories and characters. At least when RC was writing, he may have had some really terrible lows, but he also had some spectacular highs! So far there have been NO highs from this writing team, Just low to middling stories. And some of the worst writing… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hip, hip, Samantha. You go, girl.

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

Robb Derringer did an excellent job as Sloane. I think in the two different times in portrayed him the character was all over the place. He had to make sense and find emotion in all that random dialogue between Sloane and Anna that one day. I think they talked for two straight episodes and really didn’t get anywhere. Anyone who can come in and do all of that right out of the gate deserves the GOLD STAR, oh wait thats right he got that. Maybe if they would of scrapped Ron C’s writing and perhaps brought Sloane back a few… Read more »

MissySnow
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MissySnow

I don’t want see Rob again, because we already have the dumbness of bringing back ME for the THIRD time in four years, so he can play his FOURTH or is it FIFTH character?! It’s insane and we need to stop the madness!

Samantha
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Samantha

Thank you, you all! I didn’t mean to write so much, but I just really want this soap to last and flourish like it used to. So, I guess I needed to vent. 🙂 Plus, I really wish they would bring back Derringer as Sloane (or his brother or even someone else who’s a look-alike). I think we should make up the new writing team for GH. LOL! Seriously, I think we know the characters better and have a better feel for what would work and what wouldn’t, which is another reason I hope they read and sincerely consider our… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Very well said Samantha. I agree with what Melissa said as well; soap writers have a huge task. They need to churn out so much dialogue and so many stories to fill up five days a week on a continuum…not for a season like other shows. I think because of that they get sloppy, cut corners and take “poetic license” when they’re fresh out of ideas. It’s at that point I think their license should be suspended and they should let someone else take the wheel! Is it more than that? I too wonder if they really cant brainstorm something… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

rebecca1 I really get your point how we soap fans often “admit” or maybe more like confess that we watch soaps. Yet the genre is flourishing on prime time. Look at any of the Shondra shows. They are the stuff of water cooler conversations the next day. I think it’s time now for daytime to dial back the crazy. No more back-from-the-dead stories. No more amnesia storylines and evil twins. No more bizarre twists that take place entirely off camera. Tell compelling stories about human relationships using the whole range of human emotion and foilbles. These are new writers —… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

You quit watching GH over them killing Sloane? Hmm. Most of these actors take it in stride based on interviews I’ve watched about the silly stories that have been written for their characters. I dont think they are writing GH to be cancelled. They can pull the plug whenever they want. When something comes along that pulls in higher ad revenue GH is gone! I dont think they ever had a clue as what to do with Richard Bergi. My only guess is he might have had a limited contract and then decided to go long term and they had… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

@Timmm: Ha! 😉 No, that wasn’t the only reason (e.g., ongoing awful story lines, bad dialogue, poor storytelling in general) — but that was the “final straw” for me. Fan or not (and I’m not actually one of those rabid fans, just appreciate good talent when I see it), he could actually act and make sense of the inane words he was given to spout. Plus, he added a type of old Hollywood charm to the cast (before they turned the character into a creep via the replacement, and so when Derringer returned, it was hard to get him back… Read more »

Fran
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Fran

@Samantha So, are you or aren’t you a fan of his? lol Personally, as soon as he stepped into GH land, I was smitten. They need to bring him back to Port Charles ASAP!!! LOVED DERRINGER as Sloan. But as another character too. I don’t care. Just bring him back! Please?

Samantha
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Samantha

@Fran: Hahah… 😉 Well, it’s always sounded weird to call myself a “fan” of anyone, because it makes me think of “groupie,” and I’m no groupie. Hahah! And “rabid fan” is someone who’s a little obsessed and crazy. 😉 And I’m neither one of those either. So. What’s a better word than “fan”? I don’t know. I just know that I love this actor’s work, and, like you, I wish they had had enough sense to keep him in Port Charles. Maybe I should be a casting agent. 😉

Lisa
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Lisa

Not liking this storyline at all.
PULEEZ don’t pair a heroine like Anna with the likes of Paul – he’s such a sleeze.

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

If they pair them together Paul will take advantage of her and it will take a year for her to figure it out.

Andrew
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Andrew

sigh. Seems like it’s still not time to rejoin GH. I left in June and have only sporadically checked in with sites like this to get a general sense of how the show is going…. seems to me to be: not well. 🙁

Had hoped without RC that things might even out but it sounds like it may have gotten worse!

Samantha
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Samantha

We’re in the same boat, Andrew… 🙁 But I keep hoping…by checking in every now and then too…

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

I love GH but the show is SO off-course right now. Ugh.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I look at it like this: Richard Burgi is ONE HELLUVA SEXY-ASS MAN!!!!! A-n-d…the man can A-C-T and has incredible range as an actor!!!!! TOTALLY!!!!!!

P-e-a-c-e.

MissySnow
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MissySnow

Paul/RB is sexy and should be romancing Anna, Laura, Tracy, Olivia and not involved with Ava’s nonsense.

Timmm
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Timmm

Right on jaybird!

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

One point I failed to make earlier: the level of disrespect that this kind of preposterous retconning shows to viewers is amazing. Do they think that we don’t notice that none of this works? That we notice but don’t care? Wrong on both counts. At this point, the best one could hope is that he’s lying to Anna, totally. That could be plausible. But that does not seem to be the direction they’re going. And finally: How many times does the same show have to learn the same lesson? How many times are they going to bring on a charismatic… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

And I would add to your excellent comment, that they keep bringing on new characters that they clearly have NO plan for. Was Valerie introduced just to destroy Lulu and Dante’s marriage? OK, that’s done. Do we really need the character around anymore? I love the new psychiatrist but they have not given him a STORY yet. He had sparks with Anna (which I LOVED). Now they have paired him with Jordan. He is treating Morgan, but we haven’t seen him in a scene with Morgan in ages. He does not have his own backstory and we’re not entirely sure… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree with you Melissa regarding Anna and the psychiatrist. I’ve mentioned that on several posts. They seemed to have been setting us up for that pairing and I think they still may go there. The prolonged looks, Anna’s seeming disappointment when she saw him with Jordan…

The only other thought I now have since the Paul confessional is that they’re going to make him so “innocent” that it leaves the door open for Anna. Convoluted web…and yet, sigh…I get caught up in it anyway….

MissySnow
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MissySnow

The soaps want to pair their vets with newbies, but it does not always work. Ann and Duke were hot! Sloane/RD could have been paired up with Olivia, Laura, Sam, or Alexis.

Samantha
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Samantha

Really insightful comments, Michael! You’re so right. You know what might make a really good reality show? Have people like us take over the reigns at GH for a week to a month — and see if we could resurrect this faulty show. 😉 Seriously. There are so many people in this thread alone who know more about the characters and their personal histories and histories with each other, and who know talent when they see it, and know who to construct a really good, ongoing story… Sometimes I feel like maybe they hire writers who are “just writers.” I… Read more »

Michele
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Michele

I can’t believe GH fired Ian Buchanan in order to pair Anna with one sleaze after another. For her entire first run in the 80s, Anna had only slept with two men, both of whom were downright heroic. She’s on track to beat that in a year under these writers, first with a rapist who rigged an election to steal her job and now with a murdering manho.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Not to mention, Anna was IN LOVE with Duke and Robert. And married them! Robert was her first love, and when their marriage ended she wasn’t with any other men while she did her “penance”. Duke was the first (and only) man she was with after Robert. After Duke died there were no other men until she got back together with Robert! With Anna, sex = love and commitment. It was in her character. Putting her in bed with all these men she’s not even in LOVE with is not who Anna IS!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

We have no idea how many men Anna has slept with. She was off the show… and in the GH world away from Port Chatles for years. She and Robert had broken up long ago and Duke was being held captive but presumed dead. I doubt Anna was celibate all those years. When she returned to the canvas I dont remember which but she either slept with Luke or was about to before Duke returned. And they didnt have an epic love…As for Sloane, they had grown close, she thought he had helped her and she was emotionally traumatized aftsr… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Well, if you went by what happened on “All My Children”, lol, you’d know that Anna was an amnesiac for years after the explosion. Her memory came flooding back when she heard Robin’s voice. Such a wonderful scene that was! She fell in LOVE with Dr. David Hayward and MARRIED him! AMC kept Anna in character. She did not have sex with random men. Yes, she was a great spy, better than Robert in fact, but her HEART has always steered her wrong, NEVER her “nether regions”. And ITA about Robert. GH has no idea about how to write Robert… Read more »

Layla Kalich
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Layla Kalich

I think they have talked about Sloane more in the last six months then they did in the 10 or so months that he was on the show off and on. When Robb Derringer started this role it was for something completely different. I think it would of been fun to see him convict Anna but of course Ron C back then saw a way out of that. Or the audience wasn’t particularly happy with it so they changed course. They wrote Sloane in a hundred different directions that I honestly think they figured the audience would be confused in… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

Well said, Layla! And with a soap, it’s never too late… 😉 There have been some outlandish stories on many soaps, so I have hope that Derringer/Sloane could return. (And I think Sloane and Hayden had a lot of chemistry in those short scenes. No way would it make sense to portray him so horribly now. It’s just all very curious that they’re talking about Sloane in such a dramatic way now (if they were just tying up loose ends, you’d think it wouldn’t be such explosive news). Even mentioning the actor’s name in the first paragraph is interesting (even… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I like Missysnows info, Ned and “Susan” are siblings. That means Tracy and Larry are her father. She mentioned her father and Hayden freaked. ONLY Larry would bring that reaction! I love it when Lord Ashton and Tracy are nipping at each others heals. DAMN IT we need Wally Kurth back!

Samantha
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Samantha

Yes! Bring him back too! 🙂

Avery
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Avery

If Paul was playing Anna, this would be one helluva story. But it’s disappointing to find out it’s nothing more than to white wash Paul out of the many crimes we saw him commit. The characters no longer suffer any repercussions for their actions. Frank & Nathan just white wash the characters out of their crimes and that’s not redeeming them. It happens too often of General Hospital and the stories fall flat. As a viewer, this Paul story is insulting because (1) we didn’t see anything to indicate Paul was working undercover (2) that shooting Sloane in cold blood… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Ron didnt know how to write for legacy characters. He was good at camp and writing newbies, to an extent!

Samantha
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Samantha

Yep, so true. But the new writers don’t seem capable either. Sigh. Where, oh where, are the excellent soap writers these days??? And ones who know EVERYTHING (by doing their “homework”) about GH and its characters??? That’s the only way they could possibly get this soap back on its feet again and running. The soap stories always come from the characters, but the writers, I feel, don’t have an investment in any of them, except for their paychecks. The head writers who should guide the writing pool show that they don’t know enough about any of them. If they did,… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

This always happens when there is a change in head writers. The character Paul came in when RC was still writing the show, much of the early stuff was based on Ron’s vision for the character– then new writer’s come in, at first they try to go along with the previous writers vision, but at some point, some character becomes their new pet and they try to undo what the previous writer did so they can take the character where they want them to go. There is never a seamless continuation from one head writer to the next– a soap… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

Yes! This! Exactly! And that last sentence nails it, Mary. I hope those in charge see your post and head in that direction before it’s too late for this show. There is always hope if the ones in charge make wise decisions. Right now, it’s kind of like pirates have taken over the ship… So who’s going to come to the rescue???

Timmm
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Timmm

Excellent post! Mary!

Kayt
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Kayt

I hate rewrites. Didn’t we see Paul shoot Sonny? Maybe not at first but in a flashback. First we saw just the glove and then later him behind the crates.These writer are no different than RC with rewriting history and insulting our intelligence which is one of their biggest problems. It is like they could care less about GH’s fans.

Samantha
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Samantha

Agreed!

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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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Gregory Harrison Is The New Gregory Chase On General Hospital

General Hospital just got hotter as it beef’s up its storyline featuring Kim Delaney as Jackie Templeton.  Now comes word that TV veteran, Gregory Harrison has come to the ABC daytime drama series as the recast Gregory Chase.

The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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