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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Rebecca Herbst, William Lipton & Kin Shriner Break Our Hearts as Franco’s Loved Ones Learn of His Death

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital lived up to what viewers were preparing themselves for – what would happen and what would be the reactions of Franco’s (Roger Howarth) family when they learned he was shot and killed.

In story, Peter (Wes Ramsey) has hit a new low, even for him, by covering his tracks, deleting the recording of his confession to his crimes on Franco’s phone, and leaving Franco to die after the two struggled for the gun, following Franco having kidnapped Peter.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) believes Jason (Steve Burton) killed her husband, because the hitman was at the crime scene, and because of the pact Franco made with Jason- that if evil Franco should come back (due to his brain tumor returning) that Jason would kill him so he would not do harm to anyone, or those he loved.  Jason is taken down to the PCPD for questioning, while Elizabeth would not let Franco go, so the police could do their investigation and take his dead body.  However, Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) was able to get through to Liz and we watched a sheet being placed over Franco as he was being taken out by paramedics just as Cameron (William Lipton) leaves Franco a message on his cell telling him he misses him and there are some things he wants to tell him.

 

Laura (Genie Francis) gets a call about Franco’s shooting and death and heads down to the PCPD.  Meanwhile, Mac (John J. York) calls Scott (Kin Shriner) and tells him to get to the police station immediately.  As it turns out, it is Laura who tells Scott that his son is dead.  An anguished and emotional Scott shares how three of his children are now gone.  When Scott sees that Jason is being held for questioning in Franco’s death, he loses it and goes after Jason.  When Kin Shriner plays a vulnerable story beat as Scott, he always touches the heartstrings and this was no exception.

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Then, in the most heartbreaking moments of the episode, Elizabeth comes home to tell Cameron, who just woke up from a dream where Franco came to see him (in another touching scene between Roger Howarth and William Lipton), that Franco was shot and killed.  Cameron is gut-punched and is beside himself as Elizabeth tries to console her son, while also trying to deal with the unimaginable herself.  Liz decides she will tell Aiden and Jake in the morning about Franco since they are sleeping.  However, Cameron says they will do it together.  Elizabeth hugs her son.  Kudos to Rebecca Herbst and William Lipton in these scenes.

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Meanwhile, Maxie (Kirsten Storms) has turned her back on Peter for now, when he shows up in her hospital room after Franco’s death. He says it’s not over between them, after she tells him the man she loved never existed.

So, what did you think of today’s emotional General Hospital and the performances by Rebecca Herbst, Kin Shriner, and William Lipton? Comment below.

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Unbelievably touching. Elizabeth and Cameron crushed me. Such an amazing episode.

I hate that they killed Franco off RH had just off the charts chemistry with Becky and I know they enjoyed working together! Lipton is indeed one of the best finds teenagers kudos!

My opinion only but they have written Steve Burton into a corner he is capable of feelings etc why they want him to be a robot is beyond me

He did begin to show some emotions when he originally returned… but it seems like either he or TPTB want “Stone Cold” to come back, which is boring and predictable.

Steve Burton had a lot more depth with his role as Dylan on Y&R than he does as Jason on GH currently. If he stays on GH, then Britt is a good possibility for a romantic connection. But honestly, I would like to see him return to Y&R and allow Drew as Billy Miller return to GH. Victoria and Billy are over. Oh, and Avery could return to YR as well…

I feel for Scotty since they keep giving him these long lost kids and then killing them off. But I must inform Counselor Baldwin that Hell will NOT be with him if he attempts “revenge” on Jason, who had nothing to do with his alleged son’s death.

Just like Sonny had nothing to do with Karen’s death, but Scotty’s still throwing that accusation around, decades later. And I think he still blames Lulu for the fact that his other long lost son Logan literally walked right into a knife as he was attacking Lulu. Logan actually looked like Scotty’s son, so they probably should have kept him around.

Frodd should have never been tied to the Baldwin family in either case. It’s really too bad that they never brought back Serena, the kid Scotty actually raised. We saw her for about 5 minutes when Lee Baldwin died, but other than that, you would never know she existed.

All 3 were outstanding, but Lipton moved me the most. Gut-wrenching, raw emotion. He has a great future in acting. Someday, we’ll be telling our friends that we saw him first on General Hospital.

Poor Scotty has joined Monica in the triple deceased children club.

Great having Mac on every day for over a week. What a great connectivity from the wedding storyline to Franco’s demise.

Finally, don’t care how it happens, but Peter must be removed from our screens as soon as possible. Not since Courtney have I considered one character that well overstayed their reason for continuing on the show.

Thrilling soap throughout March, so far.

To say that kid hit it out of the park is not praise enough

I want Franco back. He’s finally got the love of his life and the children he loves. Not fair it was Franco that was killed and not Peter. Franco had turned from his evil ways and was becoming the man he wanted to be

William Lipton, like the rest of the teen cast, continues to turn out incredible work. Rebecca Herbst, on the other hand, did not bring any kind of emotion out of me. Sorry, but, her reaction has fallen flat for me. I also cannot help but think back to when Maura West (Ava) collapsed, crying over Kiki’s lifeless body on the Haunted Star. Now THAT is a reaction.

Scott, I had a similar reaction. At first I thought she was putting on a brave face. But I’ve seen more hysteria when a kitten dies. Do you think it’s because she knows Franco will probably be back before long? I read that RH is only off screen temporarily and is still on contract. What do you think?

Soaphound and Scott( fan)
Well, thought it was just me. I have never been a big Liz fan but kept waiting for her to really break down, but the next morning in the L.R with her friend talking, she just seemed upset or not feeling well, not grieving the love of her life’s death a few hours ago. So many fans out there thinking Franco is still alive, I think he looked really dead to me on display at the hosp.morgue for poor Cam to see. That young man really acted and I bet he was drained after those horrific scenes.
Oh, just had a thought of when Ava and Liesel find out

Franco is dead. Roger is coming back; we just don’t know if he’ll be a new character, Todd Manning, a flashback, dream, etc.

I thought Rebecca was amazing. I love West but, to some, the scene you described was more an example of over-acting rather than fine acting.

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You are right as we will see when Ava gets the bad news. That will be how grieving should look!

Completely agree. Cameron – William Lipton is painful to watch but not because he brings any emotion out of me, he just over acts everything. He’s terrible. I’m sorry I know he’s young but someone needs to tell him to underplay, that’s the only way he might get back to anything believable.

Yes I use to think he was such a great young actor but as of lately he way way over acts with his face especially. his coach needs to tell him to tone down the facial expressions a little bit.

I cried my eyes out watching the show.

Oh my goodness! O found myself struggling not to cry right along with them. Rebecca just broke my heart with her understated reaction and William just let it rip; he was sooo raw! And Kin, in typical Scotty fashion…when he acknowledged three of his children were dead…oh my lands! How horrible to imagine! But Kin left no doubt about how painful it must be.

Stellar writing and acting from all involved!

Call me jaded but after 55-plus years of soap viewing, it’s hard for me to get too emotional when a character “dies”. Even when my idol Billy Miller left, I was only sad that I wouldn’t see him every few days. I never really thought Drew was actually dead. Same with Franco. It makes more sense that he’ll survive and resurface. And that recent funeral for Sonny was even worse. Yes, the actors are a treat to watch, but we already know Sonny is still alive. Now, when Jeanne Cooper passed and I knew I’d never see new stories with Katherine Chancellor, that WAS a sad time for me.

if Franco not dead then its all pointless…

I can’t believe they killed Franco. They never let Elizabeth just be happy. They had the best chemistry on that show. I’ve watched since the 70’s and this was a disappointment for me. Roger Howarth and Rebecca Herbst are amazing and I’m sorry that the storyline ended that way.

William Lipton and Rebecca Herbst were absolutely fabulous. They both deserve an Emmy for their performance. The pain and anguish portrayed by William was so pure and real, I felt so deeply for him! I even had tears in my eyes. Well done on both their accounts.

Emmy please
William Lipton Outstanding Younger leading actor.
Becky Hurst Outstanding Supporting Actress.
General Hospital best show!
Best show on TV
This was emmy material.
Go GH!

Really the Emmy’s cannot pass this …Cameron his , and in more than one scene…really Amazing!!

write Cameron’s name on the Emmy today….

Brilliant writing, seasoned young and mature exceptional actors. You all NEVER seem to disappoint! Thank you!!

If William Lipton doesn’t win an Emmy for this performance next year, there should be an investigation. They struck gold when they cast him as Cameron. I’ve been a fan of his since day one. He had me in tears watching along at his reaction to Franco’s death. So raw and so real. Incredibly touching performance. He’s so good already at such a young age. The sky is the limit for this talented young man!

Kin Shriner’s performance really hit me, as well. You never see Scotty react like that to anything. He’s usually just playing the bumbling goof comic relief. And a very nice touch to have Laura be the one to break the news to him, given Kin and Genie’s long history together on the show.

That week of shows from the double wedding blow up, to Franco’s death, one reveal, one twist, after another after another, my god, my head is still spinning. But in a very good way, lol. Incredible performances across the board from the best cast in daytime, great writing, kudos to everyone involved. GH is on fire, and really it’s been that way since they returned from the COVID hiatus last year.

The scene with Cameron and Elizabeth made me cry. So well acted and emotional. I hate to see Franco go. He started out as a terrible person but I grew to like the character over the years.

Franco will be gone but- Roger isn’t going away.
It was made clear Roger would return as????
They needed to tell that so the fans wouldn’t tear up
Tweeter/internet for letting Roger go.lol
Good move–

Excellent acting by all! The shock on steve Burton’s face when she accused him of killing Franco until the scenes w Terri to Cam and Franco saying Goodbye it was superb

I didn’t like the fact Franco is kill off the show, Also when his wife came on the scene.When he
took his last breathe he told her I love you,
The writer should had Franco mention before he
passed away that PETER kill him.

Today was supposed to be a sad one for Liz and the boys. No surprise when it came to Liz, acting like it was just another day. She was all dressed up, hair and makeup done and so ready to accuse Jason just because of the pact he had with Franco. She makes me sick!

Could william liston overact just a little more?!!!

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Ryan Paevey Makes Statement on Why He is Stepping Back from Acting While Being ‘Grateful to General Hospital for Giving a Green Actor a Chance’ and ‘Hallmark for Changing My Life’

GH and Hallmark fan favorite, Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan West) wanted to clear the air after numerous reports and rumors had him quitting acting altogether and what that meant for any future projects in Hollywood he may have had planned.

Paevey released an exclusive statement to Heavy.com where he shared what is going on in his life. Back on June 19th, Ryan deactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts and he may have deactivated his Instagram account on Friday as well, or as of this writing.

For Ryan, the decision to change his current life’s trajectory came after a series of events; chief among them moving closer to home to take care of his ailing mother who is battling lung cancer and social media scammers.

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Here is what Ryan shared: “Hey everyone…so first and foremost, I am a bit apprehensive that I even have to make a statement like this. I am certainly accustomed to a certain degree of gossip, but the past few weeks in particular have gotten out of control with speculation from third parties that have taken my words and expanded upon them to meet their narrative, or flat out misrepresented my words or misconstrued their meaning. I have always been an open book, and one who speaks his mind truthfully and directly, and it is unfortunate that we live in a world where social media makes it very easy to twist one’s words; I am often unaware it is even happening until someone from my team messages me in a panic, and so I feel it best to make a formal statement through HEAVY.”

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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.

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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

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).

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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.

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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.

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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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