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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Alexis Mourns Gregory Then Has a Showdown With Ava

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On the Wednesday, May 29th episode of General Hospital, Alexis was having quite the emotional and trying day played to perfection by two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn.

In story, Finn (Michael Easton) stops by to see Alexis, who is reeling from the news of Gregory’s (Gregory Harrison) death. Wanting to talk about Gregory and to be there for Finn, Alexis listens to what happened when Finn found Gregory passed away in his bed. He then admits he drank a third of a bottle of bourbon sent as a gift from the Cerullos as part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) nuptial celebration.

Alexis says it makes sense that he drank, as he just went through a tragic loss and so he had a reason to break his sobriety. He says it doesn’t excuse what he did. Alexis tries to help Finn forgive himself. He knows she suffered a loss and is mourning Gregory, too.  She admits she wanted to drink, but she has not had one. She thinks it might be a two-a-day meeting kind of thing for them for a while. Finn says, he won’t drink again. She says, “For now.” They remain there for each other through their struggles.

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Later, Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) comes by and Alexis apologizes to her for not being able to attend the reading of Gregory’s will, but she has a feeling he made her literary executor. Diane sort of confirms it. Alexis says she on her way to visit Ava (Maura West).  She regrets now, not being at Chase and Brook Lynn’s wedding, as she never thought that would be Gregory’s last day on earth.

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Armed with what Fergus Bryne (Lane Davies) told her, Alexis heads to Ava’s gallery and accuses Ava of hiring Fergus to get her disbarred. Ava smugly admits she was very happy to watch her life implode after what she did to her late brother, Julian and how she threw him away.

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At that point, Ava clearly tells Alexis she blames her for Julian’s death and that Alexis committed perjury and she has no one else to blame but herself. Alexis fires back that Ava will regret filing that complaint that helped get her disbarred.

It seems like more and more people have a reason to be angry and want payback against Ava? Could it be that Ava will be murdered? Are the rumors floating around that Maura West could be exiting the show possibly true, or is this all just a tease? What did you think of Nancy Lee Grahn’s performance in this episode? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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This has been great material from Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. I’m sure he quit because he couldn’t deal with all the frustrated head writers on these forums.

I doubt he quit. I think most likely he was responsible for turning GH characters upside-down overnight which didn’t go over well. Anna and Laura seemed possessed; Laura went from a loving, loyal, friend who always looked at Sonny with affection and respect with her eyes of compassion she bestows on everyone but her own son, Nikolas, to raging resentment. She was completely rude and cold to Sonny in the blink of her once-friendly, warm, eyes. Anna, likewise, went from commiserating with Sonny & sharing deep, personal, feelings about the regrets in their lives as she accepted his 24/7 security guard to watch over her, to “I must lock this man up if it’s the last thing I do.” Joss didn’t want to be a doctor anymore, Willow didnt want to be a nurse, Nina didn’t want to own the hotel, Dante rethought being a cop, Dex became a cop, and Drew is suddenly running for office. It was like the whole town was possessed…

Most of us felt like we were watching another show. Familiar faces masking strangers. With that said, after the initial shock wore off and we adjusted to Upside-down World, the show has been, to me, better than it has been in over a decade. I do have a few things I can still point out as maddening, but for the most part it is so vastly improved; the writing so good, the dialogue poignant, the banter witty…and it’s a shame that he didn’t ease into his changes which probably resulted in a hailstorm of too many complaints that reached Valentini; or maybe showed in the ratings. That’s my take. Not sure if I’m correct but that’s what seems likely to me. I wish Valentini would reverse the firing if it was indeed his decision to let Mulcahey go.

Alrighty then.

I have heard that Patrick wasn’t responsible for those badly- written plot driven stories of which you speak. From what I understand, Patrick was relegated to writing dialogue and Elizabeth Korte was allowed to change his stories without consulting him. Korte was all about making Jason’s return all about Carly while Patrick wanted it be about Jason reacquainting himself with his family. In fact, Patrick wanted Jason to return still being Jason Morgan but harboring Jason Quartermaine’s memories. He apparently was shot down every time he tried to make improvements. Frank and by extension, Korte, (whose nickname on Twitter is Metro Korte) are responsible for the poor writing which have resulted in plummeting ratings. I was looking forward to seeing the results of Patrick’s excellent storytelling skills but he wasn’t given a chance. Insult to injury is that many viewers are blaming him for the lousy storytelling which he had nothing to do with.

Good observations (as usual) Harry. Jason’s return has been rather lackluster (almost like a dinner conversation, Jason’s back, please pass the potatoes).

Patrick’s fine writing was evident in some of the wedding scenes as well as Gregory’s passing (both lacking Carly’s presence).

I’ve seen Metro Korte. Also the Head Wrighter.

As for Laura being Heather’s chief advocate- that’s just plain nuts. Genie needs a better storyline (and hopefully gets it when she returns from her summer break). Maybe one of her adult kids gets out of prison, finally finds himself or wakes up from her multi year coma.

While we are long overdue for a good whodunnit, not sure they’re going there. They’ve been mentioning Connie for quite a bit recently. Whatever became of the recording of Ava’s confession? If I recall correctly, Paul (during his character assassination – oops I meant serial killer phase) said he destroyed the recording. Now, if that somehow turns up after 10 years, justice might actually be served. That said, Ava’s a great character played by an outstanding actress. Unless she wants to depart, she should remain on the show.

Thank you, Steve. Head Wrighter? Ha!! Yes, Laura championing Heather is infuriating. I’m old enough to remember when Heather escaped from an asylum to terrorize Nurse Anne Logan. This was decades before the hip
replacement surgery. Even Heather’s own mother knew her daughter was a bad seed.

You misunderstood part of what I said Harry. If he’s not to blame for all the upside-down world changes, so be it. That’s the only reason I can see for letting either one of them go. The other stuff has been great which is why I think Valentini should reverse his decision. I definitely don’t want to go back to the Van Etten writing; the endless Carly, the endless Nina as punching bag of the decade, and the absurdity of Willow wanting nothing to do with her, or the never-ending Carly’s arse being kissed and “loved dearly by all” after everything she did to Nina. I also don’t want a return to who-dies-next-by-what-deadly-disease. I think they’ve done enough fatal diseases for the next three hundred years….

I thought the wedding was beautiful, I loved Lois’s father, I’m loving the return of the Alexis/Diane witty banter, and I think it’s great that other characters have had story…glad to see Maxi and Spinelli reunied and Sasha and Cody moving forward. The Tracy/Gregory what-could’ve/should’ve been” was incredibly well-written, but it’s the last writing team that excelled in utter stupidity to write Gregory Harrison’s character to have a fatal disease, on the heels (to top it off) of Britt’s fatal disease, on the heels on Franco’s second brain tumor, brain dead babies, spina bifida, leukemia, Ocar’s brain tumor and other love-in-the-afternoon escapism delights (said with sarcasm). So my point was if it WAS Patrick turning everything upside down overnight that’s a shame because after the whiplash many of us suffered, the show has vastly improved and if he’s responsible for that too I hate to see him go. I can’t fathom why he would have been let go if it wasn’t for the ratings drop which seems to have been because of the too-soon, all-at-once, changes.

No matter how you cut it, Jason’s return has been a big failure. I love having Steve back, but he’s barely on and his scenes consist of brief conversations with Anna. I’d rather him have come back as Jason Quartermaine (the family NEEDS to return to the Quartermaines with the actors they have left: Wally Kurth, Steve Burton, Jane Elliott and they should bring back if they can Sean Kanan (I assume he’s still on Y&R but I’d love him back), Robert Palmer Watkins as Dillon, but I digress.

Do we know for sure it was Korte who turned all the characters upside down and unrecognizable? I was until recently on X quite often and kept up with who thought what, but for various reasons I decided to take a break from the toxicity.

Boy, the writers have given Ava all sorts of villain storylines this year, haven’t they? Next, we’ll find out she’s running Pikeman. I guess I don’t mind. At least they’re utilizing Maura instead of bringing on more new people. However, didn’t Ava distance herself from Julian just before he died? I don’t recall her being terribly upset nor surprised when he died. Maybe I’m mistaken.

The way Ava’s making so many enemies overnight makes me wonder if I should expect her arrival in Hell shortly. I know Julian would be OK with that. He could use an ally against his other sister, Olivia.

GH hasn’t done an actual “murder mystery” in a while, unless you count that “Hook” dragonshit… and that wasn’t so much a mystery as it was a travesty. Especially now that they’re trying to explain it all away as the result of a bad hip replacement.

I am a Maura fan, hence ATWT but not an Ava fan, so hope she’s gone in the near future, mostly for what’s she’s done to Sonny, hindering friends and family from finding out what’s really going on with him. Bad enough that Laura is all for forgiving Heather her many crimes, as you refer to, but she’s turned on Sonny for what and why, I can’t even remember.

Laura’s supposedly upset with Sonny because he beat the unholy shit out of Cyrus in a church. And then sent Dex to the hospital to finish the job… but called it off at the last second.

Now if Cyrus was an ordinary guy and had been a loving brother to Laura her entire life, this would be understandable. But Laura’s actual introduction to Cyrus was being shot at by his thugs when he announced his arrival in Port Charles with several hit attempts at the same time. And of course he also was behind the Floatiing Rib bombing that put her daughter in a coma, where she remains to this day.

And going back further, Sonny was literally standing right next to Laura when she visited Frank Smith in prison and told him to leave her famiily alone. And of course, Sonny & Luke finally took down Frank Smith together soon after that. Then there’s the family connections – both with Lulu & Dante’s marriage, as well as both of them being related to Spencer Cassadine. So for Laura to suddenly throw all that out the window is very much 666% out of character.

Meanwhile, Laura is trying to free Heather Weber, who has been a threat to society for 40 years, long before she had her hip replacement surgery. I hate hating Laura but she’s become both unrecognizable and insufferable.

Thanks for the info, my 90+ memory is turning to mush! Last night I Googled Heather, paragraph after paragraph since 1976 when she supposedly appeared on GH, trying somehow to justify. Laura’s out of character behavior. First of all, I didn’t read a damn thing about Heather having a hip operation and I did forget that Lulu is where she is thanks to Laura’s brother Cyrus, but I guess she has.Good thing Laura is married to a shrink if she starts having legitimate memory problems, I’ve noticed a puzzled look on her face these days, notably after talking to Curtis about Heather.

I’m thinking it could lead to a who- done-it? storyline as well. That doesn’t mean Ava necessarily has to die. After all, JR recovered from his gun shot wounds after the “ Who-shot-JR?”storyline was resolved.

Ava was about to kill Julian; she knew Sonny was after him because of the bomb he planted (which Cyrus forced him to plant) and Julian went to Ava for help. Instead, she told him that Sonny would hunt him down wherever he went and make her life miserable in the process, so she pointed a gun at him. Julian was pleading with her to just let him go, leave the country, but she wasn’t having it. Just at that moment Sonny walked in and Julian jumped into the water, and he later wound up somewhere where Sonny and Jason found him, Sonny ultimately killing him.

Sonny didn’t kill Julian. He and Jason were actually trying to SAVE Julian, though not entirely for altruistic reasons – they wanted him alive to testify against Cyrus the Virus about the bombing.

By the time Sonny & Jason found Julian on the bridge, he was already bleeding out from being shot up by Cyrus’s thugs at the bus station. He died on the bridge just before it collapsed, sending Sonny downstream to Tricky Dick Nixon Falls.

As I recall yes, Julian was already injured but Sonny was holding a gun on him. He told Julian that he had to rat out Cyrus, but Julian figured Cyrus would kill him if he tried. I think he and Sonny were arguing, Julian reached for the gun and it went off, then yes, they both went tumbling down…But he did hold a gun on him and was going to end him if Julian didn’t give up Cyrus and sacrifice himself. As for Ava, she was ready to kill Julian. That was hideous…

Good performances from Nancy and Maura, as always from them, they’re two of the best to ever do it.

But isn’t this a re-writing of history? Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t seem to remember Ava shedding too many tears when Julian died. Now we’re supposed to believe that she’s been harboring this hatred and blame for Alexis the whole time, and she’s been plotting revenge behind the scenes the entire time. It’s certainly a believable story, it’s just not the way I recall things playing out when they originally happened.

I’ll say this, if this writing of Ava into a corner that has been going on is leading to her getting offed, and Maura West leaving the show, I will be extremly angry and disappointed. She’s my favorite actress on GH along with Genie Francis. That would be a huge, huge, huge mistake by GH and ABC. Maura is so beloved by the fans, in case they don’t realize it. There would be a major backlash. It’s just speculation at this point, but I sincerely hope that’s not happening.

Yes, Dan, I don’t remember Ava being upset when Julian died either. I think she was very preoccupied with Nikolas during that time. I keep thinking she also distanced herself from Julian around that time.

Because of Nikolas being Lulu’s brother and Julian’s blowing up The Floating Rib, Ava turned away from Julian. Wasn’t he one of many who fell from the parapet at Windermere and survived (albeit temporarily)?

After Julian died, I thought Ava should’ve given Charlie’s to Felicia as gesture for her brother destroying Felicia’s place of business. Instead, Sonny strong armed Ava to sell it to him (who gave it to an MIA Phyllis).

If a Devil remembers correctly the only person who ever actually died falling from the parapet at Wyndemere was Katherine Bell. And even she had to do it twice. Julian, Ava, Nikolas, Esme and probably 666 others have fallen from the castle at least once, some more than that, and have all survived. Katherine probably only died because she was needed back in Salem.

Now that you mention it, it is ironic that Ava turned her back on her brother Julian for his part in the Floating Rib bombing, while Laura seems all too willing to forgive and forget her brother Cyrus the Virus who actually ordered Julian to plant that bomb. Even while Lulu remains a vegetable all these years later.

Rumors are flying that Maura West, is leaving General Hospital. The new writers will be cleaning house including Maura. I hope this is not true. Maura has been on General Hospital for 11 years. She is a wonderful actress.

I think maybe 11 years is enough for someone who only causes misery to those around her, including herself. Poor little Avery will suffer more than anyone until her father gets his s— together. Of course Carly will step up and Avery will be with her other family.

Of course because Carly is everybody’s favorite mother, everybody’s favorite friend and every man’s favorite crush.

I was only stating the obvious and has nothing to do with Carly’s popularity. If something happens to Ava and Sonny is unable to care for Avery, due to his condition, where else would she go, seriously, do you have a better answer than your first sarcastic one?

Hi Violet. My sarcasm was not directed at you but at the Carly centric writing. It seems you are taking it personally.

Sorry Harry, I misunderstood. I am not a Carly fan but now that you bring it up, I can’t see her being any worse than Nina certainly, and Anna and Laura most recently, worst of all , being Ava. Wonder why the writers have decided to sabotage Anna and Laura, Ava’s always been a wild card, sometimes worse than others. I can’t keep up with it all, drives me nuts!

I can’t wait to see who Alexis defends first after getting her law license back. What would be ideal would be someone her daughter Molly is prosecuting, Sonny perhaps and poor Christina loving all of them.

The show conveniently forgot that Sonny is Molly’s uncle and that’s a conflict of interest.

Maybe Molly’s just following her father’s example? When Ric Lansing was DA he never saw a problem with trying to prosecute his own brother. Of course he never succeeded in doing so.

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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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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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