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General Hospital Puts The Heart Into Their Valentine's Day Episode! What Was Your Favorite Moment?

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital was filled with guest stars, touching moments, a welcome return, the debut of Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash’s (Johnny) daughter, Harper Rose Barash, in the role of little Georgie, couples coming together for Valentine’s Day, and a shocker at the end of the hour for one of the residents of Port Charles.

Baby Daddy’s Melissa Peterman arrives in Port Charles in a fun turn as Mel,  a long time childhood friend of Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero). While the two reminisce, it’s evident to Mel that Olivia has got it bad for Ned Ashton (Wally Kurth) as Liv thinks she is nursing the flu. Ned is preparing Valentine’s Day dinner at the Q’s for Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) with the famous chef JL, who later turns out to be Mel’s son!  When Alexis arrives, all hell breaks loose between the duo, when Ned questions her about being by Julian’s (William deVry) side at the hospital.  Alexis leaves after having Gazpacho soup spilled all over her in her haste to get away from Ned.

Meanwhile, in very touching scenes between Ryan Carnes (Lucas) and William deVry, Lucas explains that he was afraid to give Brad (Parry Shen) an answer, when Brad told Lucas he loves him and wants him to move in with him.  Julian says if he is scared it must be love, and urges Lucas to follow his heart, before he loses Brad.   After Brad complains to odd-man-out Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) about Lucas, and wishes Britt was around to give him advice, Lucas shows up!  And in a grand gesture, Lucas jumps on to the nurses station counter, and in front of hospital staff admits to Brad that he loves him, and would love to move in with him.  Brad and Lucas share a major liplock!  Meanwhile, Julian gets a visit from Alexis who tells him that this is where she wants to be … with him!

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Maxie is at home when Spinelli (Braford Anderson) arrives with Georgie.  She relates to Spinelli that Nathan (Ryan Paevey)  is upset with her for aiding and abetting Johnny in his escape, which has temporarily caused a rift in Naxie’s relationship on Valentine’s Day.  Back at the PCPD, Nathan is confronted by Assistant D.A. Natalie (visiting guest star Cristela Alonzo) on what happened between Johnny and his girlfriend.  Nathan, to save Maxie, claims Johnny broke into Maxie’s apartment and stole her car.  Natalia then questions Nathan as to why he isn’t with Maxie tonight.  When he explains they had a fight, she encourages him to patch things up with his lady love.  Meanwhile, Spinelli comes clean with Maxie.  Ellie broke up with him … over Maxie!

Elsewhere, Patrick (Jason Thompson) is called away to surgery and can’t begin his Valentine’s Day dinner with Sam (Kelly Monaco), quite yet.  Sam is taken to the Metro Court by Baby Daddy guest star Derek Theler, who plays a plastics doctor Derek, whose date is also delayed.  The two chat and Sam encourages him to go to his date and surprise her!  Patrick eventually makes it to his date with Sam!

After Mel shows up at the Q’s and confronts Ned about how he is treating her girl, Olivia, Ned gets a clue!  He heads over to the Metro Court to see Olivia.  Meanwhile, Olivia is on the phone with the doctor about her flu symptoms where the doctor informs Liv she is pregnant!

What did you think about GH’s Valentine’s Day episode?  What was your favorite part of the episode?  What couple were you most happy to see get together on the day of love?  Did you need the hankies when Lucas professed his love for Brad?  Were you surprised by the ending, even though viewers know in real life Lisa LoCicero was pregnant?  Share your thoughts below!

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

FAVORITE: Oliva is preggars for yet another soapy ‘Who da Cook(dada) that put a bun in Olivas oven’…lol…is it Julian(haha booby Alexis if its Jules…lol)or Ned…hope its done like the baby AJ storyline with Monica, Alan and Rick from GHs glory days…hope its a girl named Poco…Olivia can introduce daughter Poco to Olivias grandson Rocco…lol

Michael
Michael

It’s Julian’s.

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

Most likely…

Jeremy
Jeremy

Julian. is the baby daddy. this would be exciting as Olivia & Julian’s NYE hook-up was unexpectedly HOT! Also, I think it’s Julian’s baby because the actor who plays him is on contract, whereas Wally Kurth (Ned), sadly is not.

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

Dr.O shouldve been on and got after Lucas for standing on that hospital desk…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I think Ned will be on the canvas more… I really hope so. Love that man! His smile, his warm eyes, that snark that he can dole out on a dime… Grounded and intelligent. But I digress. Of course it’ll be Julian’s just as Julian and Alexis get back together and Ned realizes he’s romantically into Olivia.

mk
mk

Liv hasn’t slept with Ned yet. So it is Julian’s

Jeremy
Jeremy

@mk – oh yeah. I wasn’t sure if I missed an episode. that NYE episode had many images of the four characters in and out of bed with one another. So, another mob boss has potent sperm! hahaha

Shay
Shay

Yes, jimh! That would have been a laugh riot! I can just picture Liesl incandescent with ire over the fact that such an unsanitary practice was taking place in HER hospital……and paging the housekeeping staff to drag the Karcher steam cleaning unit to the floor STAT!

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

mk…i missed a couple episodes and didnt know that…maybe Liv will not want Julian to be the dada and will have a quickie with Ned so he’ll think he is the papa ro be…we need some more drama in the Q mansion!!!

carol
carol

Loved seeing Spin back although Georgie looked younger than the last time we saw her.

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

Spin was a nice suprise…

Shay
Shay

That’s because “Georgie” is a different baby this time around, and if the information I read is correct, she is KS’s actual daughter with BB, Harper Rose Barash.

Aria
Aria

Georgie was born before the current baby playing her wish happens to be Kristen storm and Brandon barash real life daughter Harper rose.

Aria
Aria

Favorite part of the episode was the end, I’m not a fan of these special theme episodes, well some, not all and the valentine one was just to corny and Lucas and brad as a couple is horrible, Lucas should be with Felix, talk about good guy finishing last, brad the skank gets rewarded for being a snake and poor Felix is stuck doing overtime at work, how sad. As for Olivia being pregnant no surprise there.

Aria
Aria

Oh and Sam with Patrick really boring, I think Sam in general is boring so no matter who she’s paired with she always acts like just talking takes an effort.

harry
harry

I’m with you, Aria. I saw part of GH while working out at the gym and had no idea who any of those people were.

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

Agree with all you said…

Lawrence
Lawrence

What an awful episode

AJQ
AJQ

Awful is being generous. What a terrible episode on so many levels.

First, why the cameos and who were any of those people? What was the point of having on people that no one knows? How very special.

But the episode was very telling about the current state of GH or Plot Point Hospital. There are no relationships. There are no romances so what do you do on Valentines Day? Schtick.

What was the Ned/Alexis stuff? There is no current relationship there, none. There is also no Julian/Alexis relationship. Can anyone tell me how many scenes they have had together in the last six months? Why are they a couple, because they have a ship name, Julexis? Because fans are so desperate for a romantic couple that they pretend there’s something there? So of course, after seeing no Ned/Alexis relationship, we get some contrived argument. What is the point, really?

Then go to Naxie. No real relationship there either, except they finally had sex and spent two or three episodes in bed, primarily so TPTB can get Nathan’s shirt off. So what happens? Naxie has a fight the day Spinelli arrives. And guess what he’s broken up with Ellie. How contrived can it all be? GH shows no relationships,they just fast forward to the break ups.

It really is just that awful.

harry
harry

I don’t think Ron knows how to write romance–there’s no build up, no sense of tension, excitement, no climatic action (no pun intended).
Characters are just thrown together the way the shirt is thrown together with the pants in the spin cycle of the washer machine while socks lose their mates in the dryer.
Sorry, it’s laundry day.

Christy
Christy

apparently they are from other ABC shows… that no one watches! bwahahahaha

now if they had people from their more popular shows, like Scandal or Modern Family or the Middle, that would have been better!

these people were probably cheaper 😉

Shay
Shay

Utterly awful, Lawrence! Except for the last moment when Ms. Falconeri received the news she is expecting a “Julivia” offspring. YES!!!! Take that, Alexis! (But how I wish that chilled gazpacho had been dumped down her ever-prominently displayed décolletage!)

harry
harry

You and I agree on this subject, Shay. You just put your words to music better than I do.
What can I say? I’m tone deaf.

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

We are on the same page here, Shay…i love Olivia and Julian together…who knew…sometime ago i disliked Olivia…strange how that changed once she was with Julian…Alexis can use her booby traps on some other guy!!!

Shay
Shay

@jimh…..Oh you do have a way with words!!!! Yes, Alexis definitely should spring those “traps” on another sap….personally, I’d put her with Fluke! They deserve each other……LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

Kudos!

Lovesam1122
Lovesam1122

Sam/Patrick were the best thing about the whole episode. I loved the fact she was so understanding with him and then he finally made it to the Metro Court. I also enjoyed Julian/Sam/Lucas in scenes together, not sure why you only mentioned Lucas/Julian, Sam was very much involved in the conversation about Brad also. I loved the fact Kelly Monaco was in scenes with several different people. She is the best and one of the most interesting and exciting actress’ on the show. She is the reason I watch GH.

harry
harry

But Sam and Patrick just seem like buddies. And there is a four letter word which begins with F which should preface ‘buddies.’

Lovesam1122
Lovesam1122

fabulous, yes they are! I love them and the honesty they have with each other, love the flirtiness of their relationship. My buddies and I certainly don’t have the vibes those two do between them. I love them and you are welcome to your opinion.

Timmm
Timmm

F buddies. Thats okay. I think they both feel that their past loves may somehow end up being in their laps again?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I agree with you, Lovesam1122, Patrick and Sam are great together…lovers based on friendship first…the attraction grew…they flirt, they confide in each other…very easy rapport. I also love that Patrick gets the son he’s wanted so badly by bonding with Danny. Unfortunately everything will be turned upside down when Jason is revealed. It’ll be interesting to see how all the couples will play out.

Beth
Beth

I was all, wait … What? Who are these people? when the episode started. The Jerome Davis Jones trio all getting some good love was fun to watch. Olivia, no. Sorry. Not liking that contrived angst when there is so much better to choose from that seems far better established for #Julexis. Olivia and Ed have something, let it fly! Speaking of Olivia, sure missed Dante!

harry
harry

Beth, to paraphrase Dean Martin, “How did all these people get in my living room?”

Patty
Patty

I don’t remember Olivia sleeping with Ned so I hope there is not going to be another who’s the father story. The baby is Julian’s unless she slept with a stranger we don’t know about.

Pam
Pam

Seeing Spinelli return to Port Charles with Georgie. Loved the Spixie scenes. Everything else was awful.

Timmm
Timmm

I will include Spinnelli as being awful. He was a one trick pony but I guess since Stone Cold will rise soon, Spinnelli is needed.

Shay
Shay

I always enjoyed Spinelli due to his immense intellect and impressive vocabulary….plus, it was such a thrill to see BA’s almost-Asperger’s-afflicted character mainstreamed with the rest of Port Charles’ residents—particularly in his romance with Maxie—but I do have to question whether the current writing team will be able to re-capture his quirky brilliance and idiosyncratic use of language. For me, his unique form of communication was a great part of Spin’s charm, thus, I am hoping we will not be subjected to a dumbed-down version of him, as we have so many other legacy characters.

Mary SF
Mary SF

The show was wasted with too many guest stars stealing screen time from what should have been a show devoted to the show’s couples– so overall the episode was a dud for me- but perhaps some viewers loved it. No my favorite moment was finding out Liv is with child. I don’t keep up with actor’s private lives so I had no idea she was pregnant in real life, so this was a complete surprise made perfect by her expression on her face. Mercifully there won’t be any whose the daddy drama because it is obvious it is Julian’s, but it will fun seeing the fallout– can’t wait

su0000
su0000

It was a -different- and a FUN episode !!!

Cristela Alonzo was fun !
wow! on Derek Theler! he is HOT ‘seeing’ him only for moments was great!!
Melissa Peterman with Ned and Olivia was a fun watch! I laughed ..
Those three and Spinelli were the best part of GH on Valentines..

As for the love scenes I give it to— Lucs and Brad .. well done!!

Marisa
Marisa

I liked today’s episode. It was fun. I hope Ned and Olivia become a couple. Although the scenes with Olivia and Julian were hot. Better watch out Alexis.
Lucas’s declaration of love for Brad was sweet.

BJ
BJ

Is Spinelle back for a while or no?

Chantal
Chantal

I’ve read Spinelli is back for a year…

Jeremy
Jeremy

That’s grand. I’m for a Maxie & Spinelli pairing, finally!

KM
KM

Well I’m glad it’s not just me. I didn’t have a clue who all the strange guest stars were supposed to be either. Something else that became obvious was that GH doesn’t actually have any strong relationships of any sort. I mean, a viewer who didn’t watch every single day could have tuned in and had absolutely no clue that Jullian is supposed to be the father of both Sam and Lucas or that Sam and Lucas even knew each other because those relationships have never been developed.

Another thing that really bugged me was Lucas’s Tom Cruise moment jumping on a desk and declaring how he really loved this man. What did I miss because the last beat in their relationship I remember was Lucas pushing for a threesome. Even worse I think their Valentine’s Day insta-love is just a cheap setup for one or both to be killed of as part of the Fluke/Michael’s clinic story.

Sorry to be so negative but Friday’s show was a huge train wreck. With that I’m off for a genuinely lovely Valentine’s Day evening.

su0000
su0000

lol’KM said;
” I didn’t have a clue who all the strange guest stars were supposed to be either.”

what??
No clues were needed ..

1st one came on a Olivia’s friend from back when kids,,
It was the first thing said.. no clue needed, that is who she was..
A here and gone moment..

The second one;
She came in as the district attorney, and was introduced as so from 1st sentence, no clue needed ..lol
A here and gone moment..

Ohh the guy was gorgeous!! He was a Doc and said/shown to be so , no clue needed…

They crossing over to GH was advertised, clips shown, and in twitter for weeks before their GH visit.

and you did ”miss something” with Brad and Lucs, they had become very close and it was shown more than once their closeness/ their couple developing had become endearing….

And Lucas and Julian have developed.. they have become close, it took awhile but there is love.. I watched them grow as father son..

I think you watched a couple minutes of GH and are lost lol 🙂

harry
harry

KM–too funny. I loved your Tom Crusie reference.
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Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Loved seeing Spinelli…Bradford is such a natural. And he’s so cute in his own way. He and Maxi still feel right together. Glad to see Felix…shame they reduced him to non-existent. Thought Mel was hilarious. Tacky, street, loud…but tell-it-like it is chick. Thought the baby daddy dude was weirdly good–looking and somehow charming. Thought the episode was light and cute…needed after the dark Fluke days. Fun, and set up the coming Julian, Olivia, Ned, Alexis, baby drama. Hoping Spinelli’s back for good.

harry
harry

Me too, Rebecca. Spinelli and Maxi just fit–like two missing puzzle pieces.
In fact, Spin said as much today to Maxie.

mk
mk

Who knew that Brad and Lucas would be the only romantic couple??? I want more Brad and Lucas. Disappointed with no Maxie and Nathan, Patrick and Sam, etc. Even Liv qnd ned were together to she is preggers by Ned’s rival. No Weddings. A daytime Valentine’s staple. In fact none of the soaps had weddings.

Rose
Rose

I didn’t get to see Friday’ s Valentine special, but reading the summary and comments it doesn’t look like I missed much. Sounds like the writers feel more comfortable putting together the bizarre/gimmicky instead human dynamics and relationships. That doesn’t mean it should be all sucky…I want dramas , adventure, mystery and betrayal, etc. It makes me wonder if the writers only communicate by texting and social media, and try to get dates with online dating services. In other words they don’t feel comfortable with one-on-one, face-to-face anymore, if they ever did.

Timmm
Timmm

59 minutes of trash, just watch the very end.

su0000
su0000

Hi Rose.. ohh I love syfy anything, too..
didja know– GH was the only soap to even have valentines couples, actually?
BB and Y&R nada .. lol

Rose
Rose

I guess I get a little sentimental sometimes, especially Valentine’s day. Would like to see some real romance, even if it’s only for a little while. Reading some of your comments I thought you might like sci-fi.

William Hall
William Hall

Loved the episode! Love Julian & Alexis. Love Nathan & Maxie. Love Lucas & Brad. Love Olivia being pregnant. Never understood all the Olivia hate on here. And Tony Geary rules! Just gimme my Laura back. If she comes back to rescue Luke, that would be EPIC! Laura as rescuer comes cull circle!!!!!!! My first GH episode was the one where Laura killed David Hamilton, so I’m ride or die with Laura Webber Baldwin Spencer!

su0000
su0000

Yes! GH did have great valentine couples.. I really liked Spin and Maxie!
Ned did go to Olivia in the end.. Lucas and Brad declaring their love.. Julian and Alexis together again.. Sonny, Carly and baby into the sunset, Nathan protected the woman he loves.. Sam and Patrick did get together in the end….
Y&R had some young people in a cabin drinking and playing a drinking game, for its’ big valentines love stuff lol ..and a betrayed getting revenge on his wife and son.. LOL

Linda
Linda

I guess Julian has what Sonny has had all along…..sleep with a woman once and she gets pregnant. LOL

Aria
Aria

Mobster sperm is strong!

Timmm
Timmm

Thats funny!

Anne
Anne

Anticipating romance, I soon felt deflated. I was hoping for more couples time and got the opposite. New faces taking up precious screen time from our faves. Silliness abounded. Seems the powers that be give Gen Hospital lovers what they don’t want. Why can’t they just focus on the characters already established? I really got annoyed with the guest stars, and the Brad and Lucas scenes seemed forced, just like they decided they had to feature a same sex couple.

Timmm
Timmm

For a sweeps show this was awful. Granted there are no real love stories right now but nothing turned me on so to speak. So, since it was the Valentines episode, here we go:

Loved it: Melissa Peterman’s appearance. Why? She seemed to fit right in with the rest of the cast and I would hire her to run Kelly’s Diner because I could see her having chemistry with whomever she is acting opposite.

Hated it: Ned looking like a fool. Why the hell can’t we just say who we love and not beat around the bush! Glad he went off to see Liv. I love those two together, regardless of her being preggers with JJ’s baby.

Loved it: Brad having a conversation with Dr. Giant’s nipples in the locker room!

Hated it: Lucas standing on the counter expressing his love for Brad. Its just would never happen in a hospital. It looked really John Hughesish! [RIP]

What I would have rather seen: Franco making out with Nina in Shadybrook and tripping on LSD as he unlocks his lips from Nina’s and sees a multi-colored Carly cartoon figure hallucination, horns and a pitchfork and all.

Patrick
Patrick

Wow…. I agree with so many: this past thurs and fri eps were uninteresting

thursday : Sonny took his daughter from Kiki. I don’t know when she’s leaving the show… but this isn’t helping Ava cause . I thought Kiki w/Alexis help suing for custody… would be Kiki exit story… for once she sets her foot down and respects her mother and will do any thing she can to help out her mom. If Kiki is the legal guardianship… and Ava has been presumed dead…. regardless that Sonny is the biological sperm…. wouldn’t this have even given Kiki more rights ? as she’d be declared the step mother ? it’s not like Sonny and Ava ever got married

Friday : Valentines DAY ep ? dull, uninteresting….

Sam and Patrick date was delayed… hohum
Ned and Alexsis date squashed… as she declares her love for Julian … hohum
even Spinelli showing up at the door with Georgia at Maxies was lackluster

2 things that stood out :

the potential is all their for Tyler Christopher’ Nikolas Cassadine to let loose and stronghold his manhood and steer with gusto personality fire and drive… no more mr. nice guy

the writing on this one was suspect… it’s not like “Jake doe” truly knows he’s Jason , yet, so the musunderstanding…. ” I though there wold no more lies” Liz and Ric… at the court house…. Ric is threatened by “Jake Doe ” and this puts a wrench inbetween these two…

which, if “Jake Doe” has a potential pairing in the wings…. he smolders with Liz then with either Sam and Carly combined.

liked that Lucas declared his love for Brad.
liked that Livia is pregnant

overall : very lax and absolutely no romance

Christy
Christy

the only good part was the phone call at the end! I wish Olivia would “see” more things… maybe she will start seeing more now that she’s preggor.

must be julians.

maxie got pregnant new years’ eve… and you know they like to redo same ideas.

I was hoping Ellie would be on the show… bummer

General Hospital

GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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Breaking News

GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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General Hospital

Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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