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



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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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 come will be pretty stupid.

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 the bad name they have.

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

@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.

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, you would think he’d mention that.

And if he is playing Anna, that should be made clear to the audience. having us guess means that we are entertaining the fact that they are retconning what they already showed us when it would be so blatantly ridiculous to do so. That says something of what viewers have come to expect from GH. It is terrible writing; these guessing games that make no sense, very reminiscent of RC and that’s not a good thing.

Agreed! A thousand times over, yes!

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 of the very same writing problems that people were complaining about. It really does sound to me as though it’s not the headwriters who are at fault, and I think (much as it pains me to do so) I may have to work backward and extend that courtesy even to Garin Wolf and to Guza. If I’m right and it’s TPTB making these horrible choices, no headwriter(s) could be expected to cope with it.

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 which ultimately destroys the character and therefore, destroys the viewers’ interest in these characters and the stories in which they are involved.
The character should come first–then the actors.

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 outcry, the ratings are up big since he’s gone.

We then have a network executive in Varni who basks in some minor celebrity he thinks he has with fans and stokes and cajoles them on social media.

The show is written for shippers and stans. These superfans of certain actors and fans of pairings/couples who are baited and stoked by TPTB. It is a very superficial way to watch a show and catering to these people gives TPTB and the writers the ability to not have to write compelling and intelligent stories because their target audience isn’t looking for that.

Look at Julexis. All it is, is a dopey squish name; a hashtag on twitter that makes grown women go squee! Everything about it is juvenile and laughable. It mostly exists on social media with posts and tweets from Varni and I can’t even bring myself to talk about how embarrassing NLG is with her nonsense. It is all so patronizing and sophomoric. And for it to happen, you have to totally retcon and whitewash Julian who is a complete joke and so is Alexis. Then we have the hashtag #Davisgirls. It’s so cute they have their little banter and eyerolls and their all so giddy about their mom marrying a guy who did terrible things to their fathers. But NLG tweets the writers big THANK YOU’s for writing heartwarming FAMILY stuff. It is all such contrived nonsense that appeals to the lowest kind of intellect.

How or why they made the decision to go that route and why they think writing for GH and GH characters would not yield better results begs a lot of questions. The answer I think, is look at who is running the show, goes back to an EP with an axe to grind and an Exec who lives to stoke these shippers and stans on social media.

And back to Burgi, look at what they are doing to keep this character and actor viable. Why? Hornsby was no one of importance and really who cares about Burgi? Why would we need him with Anna when Robert Scorpio is available? How is Burgi a big deal? He’s done some primetime? Tristan Rogers was the star of a network show that had more viewers than the shows Burgi has been on. And he happened to be the star of the show we are talking about, General Hospital. These two guys walk down the street, who do you think would get noticed? I

@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, and totally flimsy, superficial romantic history which merely consists of a clueless teenaged girl getting pregnant as a result of a tawdry one-night stand with a complete, nameless stranger in the backseat of his car. Oh yes, that makes for such a sweet, sweet love story! Calling it “contrived nonsense that appeals to the lowest kind of intellect” is actually putting it way too kindly, and rest assured, there are plenty of females who possess enough intelligence not to fall for this puerile pablum. Of course, for those of us who state so, we are mercilessly attacked with alarming regularity by just the sort of pathetic creatures that you’ve so accurately described as lapping up this disgusting drivel with an intensity and loyalty that confounds any sensible soul of either sex.

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 to turn to Laura in order to ask her about sex education and if she can recommend a good training bra.

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… 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 absurd behavior …..too risible for a woman that age.
I have been kicked in the head waaaay too many times. Other than Shay who shares my sentiments, it feels liberating to know that someone else is not afraid to come out and express his/her feelings. ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. Peace.

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.

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.

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

Yep, exactly!

Shay, I do wish you’d pick a lane!

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

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 to give him a past with Paul’s daughter if that is all true, but yet they couldn’t even dream a little bit of a storyline to keep him around for even a few more months. Robb Derringer is a really great actor who has been acting for quite awhile. We let people like him go, yet we continue to give long term contracts to these models that surface who can’t act for nothing. Yes, it is always great to have eye candy, especially when you have had a bad day. But really I would give all that for someone who can act…

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?

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!

But Nancy, Duke was a mobster to!

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 sorry for Duke and his predicament, and rooted for him. Can’t say that about any of the other losers she’s fallen for lately (and that includes Luke! Ugh .. can’t believe GH “went there”). Eli Love .. oh please, Anna a starstruck groupie?!! Sloane .. having grief sex with him was just so out of character .. and I REFUSE to watch Anna becoming attracted to Paul. I’m tuning out (except on Robert Scorpio days!)

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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 and Richard Bergi, its a ballet. Harry, before you say anything, yes I was loving her and Robert together. When they went to Nova Scotia it was if there wasnt even a camera or a script because of how naturally they work together. Tristan is gone so I’m pulling for Paul and Anna.

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 will like that much more. I think it would be great if they just stuck with a storyline for whomever and just let the audience get used to it. I mean really what is left for Anna that she hasn’t already done before.

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!

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!



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??

@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!

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 … should be rectified… his last shenanigan … taking the heat with him to cell , dreams of Lulu… want him back on the scene as well

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!

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.

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 Sloane up out of the harbor and threw him some random hobo and give him Sloane’s shirt. With this show anything can happen.

New writers material has been shown now for over four months and if possible the show has gotten worse. I won’t be one of those people who says if it doesn’t get better I will stop watching. I keep telling myself it can only get better from here, but when??

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 feel that I am not in the hands of competent storytellers who are taking me for an interesting, well thought-out journey. Thank goodness the actors had the talent to sell this revisionism – GH does have the best cast in daytime! Long live GH!!

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

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 ……..

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

Good job, Mister Media.

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.

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 on and endorse Shriners and solicit donations, like they’ve done with other causes. I am sure that Shriners is paying for the air time, but if they are insisting that the same scripted patter be used over and over again, they are doing themselves a disservice. Product placement should be subtle, not as forced and awkward as this.

Perfectly stated!

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.

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.

Yes, like I said!

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 …

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

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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

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).

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


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

@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!

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.

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!

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 light. Too late. Later, babes.

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.

Burgi and Hughes have great chemistry. I am willing to see where this goes, though the propping of a romance by Robert and Andre — both of whom told Anna that Paul has the “hots” for her — was really blatant and unnecessary.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Amen to that notion, Harry 1!

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

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!

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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 breakdown.

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

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.

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

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 they could have found a better story to redeem him.

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

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

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

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 feel SO bad for the actors who have to walk through these asinine story lines. And even though some of them could make anything sound good, I’m sure they must grind their teeth and toss out a few profanities as they have to learn this trash.

ARGH!!! Seriously, what were they thinking??? The only conclusion I can come up with is that they really are completely inept, or perhaps they’re trying to get it cancelled. Could that be? I don’t know why it would be, but what else are we to think with such stupid stories??? Sigh.

If Paul is lying, then okay. Kind of. He’s a despicable character (but great actor who deserves better material). Lying would be part of this character. But even he’s not so stupid to contrive that kind of tale.

If Paul is telling the truth, then I’m back to what I already said, and what most of you have already said: How stupid and ridiculous!

Yeah, it’s obvious that those in charge think soap fans have no “smarts.” Their writing in general says that in practically every episode. So, if they think they’re writing for idiots, then their writing will reflect that. And how pathetically sad. Yes, please do fire all the writers and bring in the excellent ones! They’re out there. Until they do that, there’s no hope left for this show.

Now, regarding the Sloane character, there’s no way in hell that that character did what Paul reported to Anna. Give me a you-know-what break! (Again, horrid writing!)

Robb Derringer created such a wonderful character. His acting was stellar and gave a depth to Slone with layers that made us care about him and what was going to happen to him. He was classy and romantic, perfect for a soap or any other show in need of such a character. (In fact, he did go on to play on various prime-time shows, so at least those casting people knew great talent when they saw it. And his fans will follow his career, and would follow him back to Port Charles too. The recast is another story, and was a stupid move that pretty much ruined the character of Sloane, but when Derringer reprised his role, his portrayal helped to smooth things over. But just a bit. Because, once again, the writers destroyed this character that brought so many possibilities.)

If you think back to when Paul shot Sloane, he never ever mentioned anything about his daughter. Ever. So give me a break. Lame writing. We’re expected to believe that garbage? It even goes against what the Paul character would say. He had his chance (if that idiotic story was true) to tell Sloane face to face how he felt about him concerning his daughter, or that he was taking revenge for his daughter, but nothing substantial like that happened. (And still, again, there’s the possibility Paul was lying to Anna, but how ridiculous would that be for him to concoct such an awful story about his own daughter!)

Derringer was appealing in so many ways. And even when the story got ridiculous, he gracefully made choices for the Sloane character and interpreted him well. Not many actors could spew those awful lines he was given and do it all justice. My vote is to bring back Sloane! It’s a soap, and maybe he really isn’t dead after all. Or bring back his twin brother (played by Derringer) to get revenge, or to find out what happened. Something, anything substantial, please. Because that would be the basis of a good storyline that would connect a lot of characters and could bring a good resolution to all this mess, and continued growth for the Sloane/brother character. Hey, it’s at least it’s better than what’s going on now.

To the writers and everyone else in charge, if you even read these comments: “Do better or we hope they let you all go! Enough of the crap material you churn out. You may have people watching, but it’s only because they’re connected to the characters that were established a long time ago; they’re like ‘family’ in a sense. You know that the audience will tune in to see what’s happening to ‘their’ characters. But you don’t know anything about why a large segment of your audience is drawn to soaps in the first place.

I know some who’ve been watching soaps since they were kids. They have that history and memory of knowing their moms watched it too, and it’s comforting to them. Some of your audience is made up of people who hold degrees and run or own businesses and work hard at what they do. The soaps are a little escape from the “real world.” And, again, it has to do with them knowing the established characters and following along on their journeys.

The soap audience is often looked down on and given that old stereotype of people who are brainless, have nothing better to do, and who sit around and eat chocolate all day. And that’s exactly how you seem to see your audience – because your writing is that bad. Take your jobs seriously, and give the audience and your actors excellent material. You just might find that you’ll feel better about your own work too, that you’ve accomplished something really, really great.

Storytelling is so important, including storytelling for the soaps, and it needs to be treated that way. If you are listening, I hope you at least consider all this, including the comments from all the other GH fans on this page. Thank you.”

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.

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.

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

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

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 problems could have been easily avoidable. rebecca1 just shot off several alternative plot twists that would have been far better than rewriting Sloane’s history so sloppily and with utter disregard for everything that came before.

Hip, hip, Samantha. You go, girl.

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 months later they could of come up with additional storylines for Sloane. He was supposed to have ties with all these people in Port Charles, at a time when Susan wasn’t even mentioned. I wish they could of found a way to build on that. Even if we only saw Sloane occasionally. We continue to add more and more people to the already huge cast, yet we let go of someone who can really act. Doesn’t seem right. They could of even brought Robb back as someone else. We know GH loves to do this. Yet they haven’t done this yet.

I think bringing Derringer back as his brother isn’t a bad idea as long as they aren’t going to write him into a corner as well. If he comes to Port Charles for justice and then gets it, then what? Don’t pair him with Anna because we all know nobody is ever written to be happy with her long term. If he could meet someone along the way that isn’t directly related that would give him much needed time in Port Charles I would be happy with that.

I really hope that TPTB read these comments…

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!

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 opinions.

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 more evolved…or if they think they don’t have to. Perhaps there is a lack of respect for the intelligence of soap viewers. I know I “admit” I watch soaps. Lol. Sort of a guilty pleasure thing…What does that say if even some of us viewers feel that way. And that’s because they can be so inane. I know if they were of an elevated caliber their reputation to non soapsters would go up and probably the ratings. Hello? Writers? Are you listening???

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 — at least new to GH — so you’d think they’d be brimming with ideas. But as someone else pointed out in one of these forums, the head writers just keep exchanging soaps. I wish the genre would attract writers who admire the genre but are new to it and can bring fresh perspective.

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 to switch his story around to redeem him and keep him on canvas.

Obviously your a big Sloane fan. I have no problem with a Sloane TWIN! Rob was so much better than Sloane #2. Regardless it looks like these new writers have moved past Sloane and any of their promises of more hospital and less mob?

@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 to that character he initially created).

Again, the writers are making HUGE mistakes left and right. At times they seem completely incapable of crafting superb stories in the soap genre — and at other times they also seem desperate to try things to see what works. It seems that, as professionals, they should figure everything out and have a plan before creating such a darn mess.

But there always is hope, including hope that they’ll bring Derringer back. He’s one of the few who can hold his own with the seasoned actors on that show. 🙂

@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?

@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. 😉

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

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

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!

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

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

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!!!!!!


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

Right on jaybird!

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 performer (West, DeVry, Burgi) as a truly despicable character, only to have to find some lame-*** way to “redeem” him or her or at least some contrived way to keep him/her on the show? I love watching Maura West but Ava is vile to the core, and look at what they’ve had to do, storywise, to keep Ava around. I think both DeVry and Burgi are stellar leading men, but the characters they play are also repugnant. This should not surprise on a show whose central couple, arguably, are a mobster and a mob moll, but I would argue that it’s impossible to build a viable soap with this much rottenness. Putting that aside, however, why do they keep shooting themselves in the foot this way and never learn from it? (My strong suspicion is that characters like Ava and Franco exist to prop Sonny and Carly, who in comparative terms look a shade less horrible—but it doesn’t really work. “Ava = REALLY bad” doesn’t mean “Sonny = good” by any means.)

Sigh. Incredible levels of mismanagement.

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 of his central purpose on the show. Give him purpose. Curtis is intriguing and a total charmer, with at least some connection to GH characters, but his story is moving like molasses. Get it GOING. They introduce Parker for five seconds only to have her immediately disappear. And don’t even get me started about Darby, who only seems to be around to sex up Morgan.

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….

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.

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 mean no disrespect, but taking on writing a soap is a completely different animal than other writing jobs, and I feel like these writers so often don’t do their homework — and, like you eloquently stated, they condescend to their audience and think we’re either ignorant or won’t notice. Sad state of affairs at GH right now.

Please, GH Staff: If you do read these comments, our soap needs resurrecting! And that doesn’t mean starting from scratch or turning the characters into totally different characters. It means doing your homework and breathing new life into already established characters in a way that makes sense and stays true to what’s already been established. Only then can you bring in new characters to complement them and create a fantastic ensemble.

You had some of those new characters in place , such as Sloane, who had so much potential to fit in and work well with the main characters, but you blew it. And you keep blowing it. Time and time again. The ship is sinking. Please put people in charge who know what they’re doing before it’s too late! You obviously have no idea what a treasure you have with this soap. And if you say that soap ratings aren’t what they used to be, don’t you know that it’s probably because the writing isn’t what it used to be? A lot of people I know dropped from watching because they said the show’s characters aren’t what they used to be. How much longer will you be so ignorant?

Sigh… I’m choosing to remain hopeful though…and will continue to check back in now and then… But, like many others, I’m not a regular watcher anymore. But I could be. (TPTB: Hint, hint, hint…) Double sigh.

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.

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!

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 losing Duke and thinking she killed Carlos. People react differently to grief, shock, despair…and he was there for her…or so she thought. What I found more out of character was her losing her spy savvy. But the days of swashbuckling…Anna, Duke, Robert, Sean, Holly…are over. As much as I love Scorpio.and Tristan Rogers…and would love his full time return…I”d be more than shocked if he resembled much of what he was. His basic character…yes. Witty, disarmingly charming, intelligent…but the’ve stripped him of his powers too. Think Dr. O managing to knock him out. That too was ridiculous and was the complete opposite of Scorpio in his heroic glory days. They brought him back btiefly and then weakened a giant hero from GH’s past. They explained his departure from Port Charles differently this time. Instead of being a victim he’s off chasing Carlos…lol…okay….

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 and Anna. Sri Rao got it right when he wrote for Night Shift. We need him, BAD!

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 the first place so why not just really make Sloane a character tha everyone would hate.

If the writers would of dreamed up this storyline of Sloane abusing and raping Susan before he was actually killed and we were able to see this storyline play out in at least flashbacks for Paul before he shot and killed Sloane it would of gone over better. This writing team expects the audience to just assume so many things. I don’t know if they simply want to pick up the pace of all over all storylines or if they just think the audience is stupid. I don’t think this storyline is even plausible, especially if Hayden happens to be Susan. As I and others said above Hayden has already had scenes with Sloane. I think she should of at least acted scared. Or wait maybe she has PTSD and they made it so she forgot Sloane completely. They want us to assume so much.

Overall I think they never realized how great Robb Derringer was in this role until it was too late. It would be great if they wake up one day and realize it and we can see him back on our screen as Sloane or someone else.

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 though I know they were just saying he played that character, but still…) Are they up to something that we haven’t figured out yet? If it has anything to do with Robb Derringer returning, I’m all for it! 🙂

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!

Yes! Bring him back too! 🙂

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 was because his daughter was raped and the list goes on. How are they going to write Paul out of blackmailing Ava into sleeping with him? Is Paul going to loose the disk? Will the disk end up in Ava’s hands? Or will the disk get damage?

Duke and Anna are a Iconic Supercouple played by two legends, Ian Buchanan and Finola Hughes. After twenty three years apart, General Hospital brought Duke & Anna back together again but failed to write one story for them. Who would have ever thought expecting General Hospital to write a story for Duke and Anna was asking too much. Duke and Anna barely shared scenes together. Duke was written out of character and killed off. Basically, Duke & Anna was sacrificed for Sloane & Anna(a forced pairing that flopped).

This story is a complete rewrite. The only part of the story that remains the same is Duke is dead. I’m sure I’m not the only fans who noticed that. By the end of the story, Julian will be whitewashed out of ordering the hit on Duke. It will be placed on some dayplayer like dead Sloane or Dixon. It’s predictable.

Nathan Varni told Duke and Anna fans, Duke was killed off to give Anna a story. That it will make sense. And General Hospital comes up with Paul & Anna? I don’t know how in the heck this story is going to make sense when it’s nothing but a rewrite. Things fans never saw happen on GH. If it makes no sense now, how in the heck will it make sense later on. General Hospital should bring back Duke. And where the heck is Robert? Is he off screen so Frank and Nathan can make it easier to prop Paul & Anna? If Paul ends up saving Anna life, I’m going to scream.

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

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, the show would be back on track and worth watching, and wouldn’t be the crap scripts and story lines they keep churning out. (Yeah, I’m venting again today… It’s just very frustrating when WE can see what the problems are, but they can’t or are too prideful or stubborn or whatever it is to listen to us and make this soap strong again.)

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 always changes when the lead writer is different. Sure the characters might have the same name, but writers don’t care about the history of what other writers did, they only want their vision of the show to be seen.

One of the reasons soaps in the early days were successful was the head writer of the soap was usually the creator of the soap– it was their vision, their characters, their stories– as soon as that creator of the soap passed their baby to others, it was never the same show again.

The powers that be are always changing “writers” in hopes new writers will equal better ratings, but in fact every writing change undermines the show– with the kind of stuff being discussed here is pulled. The powers that be need to decide what the vision of the show was when it was created then find the writer who will best fulfill that vision and stick with it.

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???

Excellent post! Mary!

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.


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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.


Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).


Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.


In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.


Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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