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GENERAL HOSPITAL: ‘Spence’ Revealed That the True Esme Is Back; As She Learns Baby Ace Is Gone and with Nikolas

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On Wednesday’s January 17th episode of General Hospital, Esme (Avery Pohl) got a taste of her own medicine after returning to Laura’s following her courthouse appearance. Spencer (Nicholas Chavez) is there and learns Esme pled guilty and the lawyers agreed to a plea deal.

Esme wants to get her son, Ace, but Spencer blocks her way telling her Ace is not here. That’s when he lowers the boom, that Ace is with Nikolas (Adam Huss) and she needs to accept Ace is gone. Esme goes off that that she is his mother and Nikolas has no rights to be able to take him.

Spencer reveals he has been on to Esme and that she is the same cruel and manipulative person who destroyed everyone’s lives. In fact, he gave Ace to Nikolas. Spencer believes Ace will have a happier life with his father.

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Next, when Esme call him “Spencer”, he says,”Don’t you mean Spence, like you used to call me when you did your father’s bidding.” Next, Esme flashes back to calling him Spence at the PCPD but claims. so what?

Next, Spencer tells her that he knows she has her memory back and that she remembers: tormenting Trina (Tabyana Ali), taping revenge porn on Cameron (William Lipton) and Josslyn, setting Ava’s (Maura West) car on fire, and all because her twisted father, Ryan Chamberlain, put her up to it.

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When Esme says she is going to the cops because Nikolas kidnapped her baby, Spencer counters. He says he’ll have to tell the cops that she’s got her memory back if she makes that move. Can she really risk it? An enraged Esme storms out.

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What did you think of the scenes between Spencer and Esme as played by Nicholas Chavez and Avery Pohl? Will Esme get what’s coming to her, or will she now go in for the kill and destroy any lasting happiness for Spencer and Trina? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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I find myself between a rock and a hard place. While I love Avery, the actress, I would not be very happy with the “old” Esme re-emerged.
—-will there be any chance of meanie Esme to stay buried, albeit she has her memory back?
Spence tries so hard to be a man, but he is failing miserably—-he is a weakling who, once again, succumbed to his crooked father’s wiles. Furthermore, he is settling for baby-girl nuTrina —she has no spunk or spark, no matter how hard she tries to be cheeky. It “ain’t “ working!!
Spencer and Esme are electric.

You can bet your soul that Esme is going to drop the pretense of amnesia entirely now, that Spencer has allowed Nikolas to run off with “Ace” (let’s hope he has the sense to give the poor kid an actual name).

Esme might even make another visit to Pentonville to get some advice from her psycho mommy Heather. Is Port Charles about to see another epidemic of LSD-spiked beverages??

I know—Ace is a strange name—Go figure. As I previously said, the word for ace, in Italian, is asso—That’s the first thing that clicked in my head when I heard the name. Poor kid, indeed, being stuck with that name and family.
Nikolas does not love Ace. The kid is a Cassadine—ergo, a possession.
I believe Spence still has the hots for Esme, but is not man enough to admit it. Thus, he settles for a run-of -the-mill unsexy, boring girl.

HI Celia, loved your post. I love the new Esme and her protectivness over her son Ace. I’ve read rumors that Spencer is the bio dad, but don’t know which one is worse. I can’t stand Nikolas and now Spencer who’s willing to run off to Paris with nuTrina makes me sick. I know Nik Chavez has to leave because he’s doing the new Mendez film , shouldn’t hold that against him., but it sure shocked the hell out of me, him handing over Ace to that awful Nikolas.I loved Esme going to Cyrus for help but me being A Sonny fan knows he would help her also, he’s never gotten along with Nikolas and would would go out of his way to get that baby back, we’ll see how much success Cyrus has.

Violet – there’s no way Sonny would help Esme. Spencer is his close nephew and he’ll always consider Joss family. No matter how he feels about Nik, Sonny would respect their wishes more than the woman who manipulated his nephew and revenged porned his former stepdaughter.

Agreed, Violet. Spencer is a backstabbing weakling, who is acting on spite not concern for Ace. He should know better. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t like Huss? I’m being honest here. Would I have reacted so negatively if it had been Marcus? I don’t know.
I love Esme and Cyrus—always have, albeit they are/were baddies. And, yes, call me nuts. LOL. In contrast. I can’t stand lying hypocrites who turn bad or good on a dime—Sonny, Carly and now nuDrew make me sick with their pretentious righteousness.

Thanks Celia for agreeing with me even if it’s for different reasons. That stinking Spencer just turning on a dime like that , giving his little brother away to that jerk, I don’t like Huss either, I call him Snarly Face, I know a better name for him in Italian besides Bastardo but Michael wouldn’t print it.I also like Esme but I’m not sure about Cyrus, has he really found religion or is it all an act?
What’s with Drew, not that I mind what he did to Nina, but he’s changing and I’m wondering if it has to do with Jason returning.

LOL, Violet—another great name for Nikolas would be, “mascalzone”.
I like Cyrus because I love Jeff Kober—He’s an amazing actor——but, as yourself, I don’t know if he’s truly redeemed or simply playing everyone.
I do not like nuDrew because I do not like Cameron since his AMC days. —. I love Nina… She is being unjustly abused for doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. But, compared to Carly, she’s an angel. Then, there’s Sonny—-suddenly he’s this honest, church-going Saint who beats people up in the House of God —-and who is a criminal with so many sins on his soul; if he even has one.
Glad to hear about Jason’s return. Hope he and Nina become an item. Wouldn’t that just be the twist of all twisters??

It will be interesting to see how they write off Nicholas Chavez to go and do the Menendez miniseries. Will he have regrets and go look for his little brother or will something happen to him? Also the original Trina I really enjoyed watching but this new Trina gets on my nerves and I hope she stays in Paris for good

As of now, it seems like there will be one of two reasons for Spencer to leave town for a while. Either he runs off to Paris with Trina, or he gets a guilty conscience about allowing his deadbeat dad to run off with his baby brother, and takes off on a wild goose chase looking for Nikolas… much like Grandma Laura did when she needed to get off camera for her annual “summer vacation”.

So in other words, the current version of Nikolas is more a recurring convenient plot point, than an actual serious character.

As far as the original Trina goes, you aren’t alone in thinking she was much better. And it’s crossed a Devil’s mind that maybe the whole reason for sending Trina off to Paris is so they can eventually bring the original back. If I recall, she left the show so she could go to college. Don’t remember exactly how long ago that was, but maybe she’s ready to come back? If “real Trina” and Spencer both returned around the same time, they could reboot their entire relationship all at once.

I hope your thoughts are true. Would be very happy for “real” Trina to return.

This Trina is way better than the first one.She definitely will be back.Off the chain chemistry with Spencer

Y E S—we need the real Trina with that genuine, naturally-built-in -spicy-self!!

Very good , pertinent questions, Monica.

I’m excited that Nicholas took Ace. It really moves story in a new direction. Even with Esme and Cyrus teaming up is an interesting turn.

Spencer needs to go to jail for being an accomplice in the kidnapping of his little brother, Nikolas might be his father but he’s also a wanted man. Neither Nikolas or Spencer get to decide who has custody of baby ace.

You are right here. These mem are both jerks and am so sorry that poor little Ace is related to either one of theml Esme has been a better mother than these two A.Hs

I really feel for Esme right now. She’s so afraid to trust the people that want to help with finding Ace and wants and needs her mom’s help and advice, feeling she’s the only one ho understands her plight, though she knows she’s a nut-case. Today, wacking Kevin over the head just put another nail in her coffin, he may understand why she did it but can’t just take it lying down, no pun intended.

I am really happy that Spencer gave Ace to Nikolas instead of Esme having him. I would have done the same thing.
I really love Spence and nuTina. They are adorable together and such a cute couple. Can’t wait till they get back after the Menedez miniseries.

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‘General Hospital’ Reignites Scott’s Feud with Sonny Over His Past Misdeeds of His Late Daughter, Karen Wexler

In what now seems like many moons ago, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) was a small-time mobster who owned a strip club in Port Charles. He enticed a young Karen Wexler (Cari Shayne) to work as a stripper at the Paradise Lounge.

But things got worse from there! Sonny convinced Karen that stripping was her idea, and he eventually got her hooked on drugs and into his bed!

Karen’s father, Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) has never forgotten what Sonny did Karen and for years wanted to take him down when he was the D.A. Fast-forward and on Wednesday’s February 28th episode of GH, Scott visited Karen’s gravesite on her birthday.

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However, Scott had a visitor at the gravesite when John “Jagger” Cates also showed up to pay respects to his ex-wife.  This was the first time Scott laid eyes on the new incarnation of “Jagger’ on-screen as played by Adam J. Harrington.

Scott realizes he might have an ally to put the screws to Sonny after John reveals the pain and sorrow he still has over what Sonny did to Karen. Speaking to his former son-in-law about the break-up of his daughter’s marriage to him, Scott pipes up that Sonny, “walks around like he’s the mayor.” Then, Scott shouts to John, “Make him pay! Take him out!”‘

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In Karen’s backstory: after getting help, Karen was reunited with “Jagger” and left Sonny. The two married and left Port Charles. Karen returned as medical student and had divorced “Jagger” in 1997, and the character landed on the General Hospital spinoff soap opera, Port Charles. Eventually, Karen was struck by a car and died. Three actresses played the role during Karen’s history: Cari Shayne, Jennifer Hammon and Marie Wilson.

Watch Scott and John talk about their vendetta against Sonny Corinthos in key scenes from GH below. Now let us know, do you think Sonny should pay for his manipulation of Karen Wexler many years ago? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Kate Mansi on Her First Scenes with Eva LaRue: “It Was So Tense and Uncomfortable, Which Was So Fun For Us.”

This week, General Hospital viewers have witnessed the arrival of Eva LaRue as Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother, Natalia. When Natalia blew into her daughter’s life, she also caught Kristina (Kate Mansi) in bed. The next moment, Mansi and LaRue played the awkwardness of the scene.

In the story, and at that point, Natalia apparently didn’t have a clue that her daughter is gay, so finding Kristina is her daughter’s room was puzzling to her.

Kate Mansi spoke to Soap Opera Digest on her introduction to soap veteran LaRue, who has appeared on All My Children as Maria Santos and won a Daytime Emmy for her role as Celeste Rosales on The Young and the Restless.

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“She just came in like such a freaking pro,” shared Kate on LaRue. “She was so good. It was such a funny first introduction for our characters – it was written so well and it was so tense and uncomfortable, which was so fun for us.”

The two actresses instantly created a bond. As Mansi explained, “Right away, we were doing these funny one-liners back and forth (between scenes). Blaze said something like, ‘Kristina is more than my friend, she’s my partner,’ and then they’d call, ‘Cut!’ and Eva and I would look and each other and we’d be like, ‘She means writing partner,’ or she’d be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, she means producing partner, right?’ We were just dying laughing.”

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On Wednesday’s episode of GH, Natalia learned Blaze was gay, but isn’t quite believing her, thinking she had been somehow influenced by Kristina.  In the key scenes, Blaze tells Natalia that Kristina is more than her friend. She’s her girlfriend. Blaze asks if her mother heard what she truly said, and Natalia claims she did, but then starts cleaning up the place as a method of trying to cope with what she just heard.

Things get testy when Blaze says, “Kristina and I…” Next, Natalia cuts her daughter off, firmly saying, “There is no Kristina and you!”

So, did you enjoy the tension-filled scenes between Kate Mansi and Eva LaRue? Are you liking where GH is heading with the story of a disapproving and religious mother, trying to come to terms with her daughter and her girlfriend’s sexuality? Comment below.

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Maurice Benard Reveals All My Children’s Lee Meriweather and Daughter’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

At the beginning of the latest episode of General Hospital star, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos) State of Mind series, he delivered some heartbreaking news with a purpose.

Kyle Oldham, the daughter of former All My Children star, Lee Meriwether (ex-Ruth Martin), who previously made a guest appearance on Benard’s show, returned for a new interview which will be coming soon.

During their conversation, Oldham shared that her beloved mother has Alzheimer’s. Sadly, according to Benard, Kyle also revealed she has been diagnosed with the disease as well.

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Maurice expressed, “We talked about her mother and having Alzheimer’s and it was an amazing interview. And then Kyle said, ‘I gotta tell you something. I have Alzheimer’s.’”

Apparently, Kyle has agreed to come on State of Mind, periodically as the effects of Alzheimer’s take a hold of her to help educate others. “We decided that she was gonna come in … she was gonna call me and tell me as she progresses,” Benard shared. “She was going to come in again so the audience could see with their eyes what Alzheimer’s does to someone.”

Benard’s guest for this current episode of State of Mind was Vernee Watson (Stella, GH), who along with Maurice, was part of the Alzheimer’s storyline on the ABC daytime drama series that saw Mike Corbin (Max Gail) eventually pass away.

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As for Lee Meriwether, not only is she known for her role on AMC, but also for her roles as Catwoman in Batman: The Movie, and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, and for the television series, Barnaby Jones, the New Andy Griffith Show and The Munsters to name only a few.

In soap operas, Meriwether was cast in The Young Marrieds years prior to her time on All My Children where she replaced Mary Fickett in the matriarchal role in the Martin family. She played the role from 1996-99, 2002-03, and 2007-11.

Meriwether’s daughter, Kyle Oldham, has been an actress and spokesperson herself through the years. She appeared on The Price is Right for over 14 years until she couldn’t anymore after going through multiple surgeries in her adult life.

You can check out the full episode of State of Mind with Maurice an Vernee below.

Share your thoughts on the sad news of both Lee Meriwether and her daughter Kyle Oldham, battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in the comment section below.

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