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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Tracy Learns Gregory Died from Cody; Finn and Chase Share Their Grief

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Friday’s May 24th episode of General Hospital featured some very touching scenes.

First, when Tracy (Jane Elliot) returned to the stables for a ride, she is met by Cody (Josh Kelly). He tells her she is needed in the house. Tracy doesn’t think anyone needs her there.

Tracy relates how Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) are on a plane to Florence. Cody tells her that they couldn’t get on that plane. Cody can only say, “He’s sorry.” It’s at that moment Tracy is hit with the realization that Gregory passed away.

Cody tells her what he knows of Gregory’s passing, but Tracy says that she knew this was eventually going to happen, but this feels so sudden. Cody is sorry she had to hear the news from him.  Tracy says, she’s not. She poignantly thinks Gregory must have been a lot like Cody when he was younger. Tracy goes on to say they both have an open way about them as he doesn’t miss a thing, doesn’t talk much, doesn’t push people around, and that he gives people a lot of grace. Cody is moved. Tracy decides she needs to head out.

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Next, Tracy comes to the hospital and meets with Stella. Knowing Stella (Vernee Watson) is a patient advocate, Tracy tells her if anything comes up for Gregory’s death regarding bills or anything she can handle with her hands or her checkbook, to let her know. Tracy reveals that she doesn’t want Gregory’s family to worry about anything right now. She goes on to say to keep her name out of it.

Stella tells Tracy this is her loss to and its OK for her to grieve. Tracy shared that Gregory changed her, and she doesn’t want to let him down, at least not so soon.

At Finn’s, Chase tries to console his brother. Finn tells Chase he also lost his dad, but Chase can see how hard finding Gregory dead has hit Finn; given he has been drinking. Finn tells Chase that the person he found in that bed didn’t look their dad.  He cries that he didn’t want this to happen and Chase hugs his brother tight and says neither did he.

Sitting down together, the two brothers have a heart-to-heart. Finn realizes he handled the entire situation the wrong way and even pushed Elizabeth away.  Chase says there is no correct way to grieve. Finn feels such guilt over how many times in their lives he hurt their father, and now he threw his sobriety away, which Gregory was proud of him for.

Chase says he rebuilt his relationship with their dad, and he can do the same now with his sobriety. Finn asks Chase to get rid of the liquor bottle and so Chase takes care of it.  When Violet (Jophielle Love) and Brook Lynn return, Finn tells Brook Lynn he is so sorry that she and Chase had to miss their honeymoon. Brook Lynn assures him she is here for him for whatever he needs. Next, Finn says he needs a meeting and Chase says he thinks that is a good idea.

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Meanwhile, in Albany, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is having all sorts of trouble in her attempt to get her law license reinstated during her her hearing vs. Fergus Byrne (Lane Davies). The judges will render their decision within 30 days and notify the parties. Will she head back to Port Charles, find out about Gregory, and wind up at an AA meeting with Finn?

In this episode, the always fabulous Jane Elliot touched out hearts in her scenes as well as Josh Kelly, Michael Easton and Josh Swickard.

So, what did you think about Tracy’s reaction to Gregory’s death? The scenes between Finn and Chase and what will happen to Alexis next? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I think ME and JS gave incredible performances. I imagine the recent loss of Easton’s co-star and friend played a role in his performance as his grief seemed very real. I was surprised Tracy took the loss so easily.

I don’t feel that Tracy took the news of Gregory’s death easy , but having Cody tell her helped , she and Finn are so close, it would be hard on both of them.

Tracy has always been a favorite of mine but recently she has surpassed all my expectations. She’s becoming more like Lyla and I think it’s because of her friendship with Gregory. Wil it last ? I sure hope it does.

I didn’t love that Cody was the one to tell Tracy about Gregory. Given their history and friendship, I would have thought Finn would have reached out to Tracy, knowing how close his father and she were, or even her new grandson in law Chase. The scenes with Jane Elliot and Josh Kelly were nice, I’m just not personally a big fan of Cody. To me, he’s one of the unnecessary characters on the show.

Overall, this was a great week of GH. So many good performances, Michael Easton at the top of the list for me. He definitely has plenty of material for a potential Emmy reel next year, if he chooses to submit himself. They don’t give him ‘A’ level material often, but when they do, he’s right up there with anyone in terms of acting, in my view. I honestly hope the rumors of him leaving the show are not true. Josh Swickard was also good, Becky Herbst, Jophielle Love, among others.

It was sad to lose Gregory, both the character and the actor, but his death brought GH back to what its always been about when its at its best. Drama, emotion, families coming together in times of need. If this is Patrick Mucahey’s influence, I’m even more sorry that they let him go, he left, whatever the case might be.

With the wedding last week and Gregory’s death and fallout, the show has had two strong weeks in a row.

Just wait till Mac finally gets back – then he will be much more “necessary”. I love that he told Tracy and she is more than likely going to play a pivotal role with him confessing to Mac. Tracy knew Dominique who was good friends with Lila. There is a lot of great history in there if GH chooses to utilize it.

I love Cody; and I love the actor, Josh Kelly. He was on OLTL so I was happy that they brought him over to GH. And I LOVE that Mac FINALLY has a “child” of his own. I don’t know how far back you go but Mac’s always raised Felicia’s daughters and his brother Scorpio’s and Anna’s daughter, Robin. But he never had his own, so Im really happy that they finally gave him a son. John York and Josh Kelly have a nice onscreen presence together, and I think they’d be a great father/son pair.

I liked that Cody told Tracy instead of her trying to not show her emotions at the main house with others there. Finn isn’t able to tell her; he’s too emotionally distraught and Chase has his hands full helping his brother get though this, and Brook Lynn was distracting Violet. I’m sure there will be time for Tracy to grieve with Finn and Chase; maybe he help Finn get through his probable struggle with addiction. I, agree. I REALLY hope this isn’t Michael Easton’s exit story. I also agree about Patrick Mulcahey being let go. I truly hated the show with Chris Van Etton and Dan O’Conner at the helm. The on and on Carly/Nina war, the Nina bashing, the endless fatal diseases; the show in my opinion was crap. I had high hopes when they were fired and was appalled at the first few weeks and sudden changes. Way too fast and all at once. It didn’t even feel like GH anymore; the characters weren’t “themselves.” And then…perfection. The last few weeks have been so great, the writing so much deeper, the characters more interesting, the poignancy more gut-wrenching, the banter between Alexis and Diane which was sorely missing for years was back, and way more characters had stories while Carly was pushed to the back which was great. So I’m incredibly disappointed Mulcahey was let go. Unless it was his choice, Valentini didn’t give the viewers enough time to judge the episodes coming up and have us hooked on the new writing. Unfortunately Mulcahey (if he was responsible for all the character changes, attitude changes, job changes) didn’t pace himself and unrealistically thought people who have watched the show for decades and know these characters would just go with the flow. Absurd. He needed to give us reasons for the changes and they needed to happen gradually, so he may have shot himself in the foot and in so doing we may be dragged back to crap writing, more doom and gloom, fatal diseases and the Carly show. It’s beyond aggravating that just as the show has been on fire Frank extinguished it.

I go way back with GH – back to the mid-70s. Here’s the thing, Patrick Mulcahey’s work is going to be on air through July. So that wonderful death week – could have actually been his. Time will tell. This was a great week. There was very little Carly – what there was I did like. No Nina – and not too much Sonny. Although half of everything is about Sonny.
So we had a glorious week without the Mobster stuff – with the other parts of GH that flowed together so gracefully. I think Sasha’s job change was to make it easier for her and Cody to bump into one another (and for Anna to move into Sasha’s apartment) – a bit lazy but I am sure that all her off moments are going to be spent in that barn. I do want Alexis to go back to being a lawyer. If for no other reason than we get more of Dianne. I am not a fan of the Sonny story – hoping they conclude that one fast.

So looking forward to Mac’s return – and I hope they make it good and not just Mac walking off a plane and saying “hey I’m back”. I want a rescue – he’s in South America for goodness sake that is the king of kidnapping places.

I doubt Mac will have any kind of story that links to his absence. I think he’ll just be warmly welcome back and it’ll be glossed over, and that’s okay with me as long as they FINALLY get to Mac and Cody’s father/son, reveal to Mac. I assume it might be rocky a bit; Mac may be annoyed and hurt that Cody kept the truth from him but they’re both suck loving characters I just hope whomever writes for them won’t screw it up.

I wouldn’t call Gregory’s passing a “wonderful death week,” lol. I hated the story, I hated seeing Gregory sick and I hated his passing. But, yes, it was beautifully done and each actor involved in the story has been superlative in their roles. The wedding to me was “wonderful.” From the visual aspect of it to Violet’s song, to Gregory’s perseverance to marry his son (broke my heart) even to Lois’s father…I thought he was hilarious. I’d like to see more of him.

All in all I think if Mulcahey was responsible for all of this, it’s a huge mistake to let him go. Though it was also a huge mistake for him to make instant changes (if those were his changes) in the blink-of-an-eye which were too jolting, too abrupt…he more than made up for it with the writing that followed. I’m curious to see if it remains as good, and if it does then I think “we” the viewers have to petition Frank to undo his decision. Not that I have real belief it would help, but it would be worth a shot.

I think it’s a huge missed opportunity if GH doesn’t do something at least more interesting than just having Mac come back, step off a plane and say: – “Hi I’m back” Where are all the cool rescues and disasters GH used to have? Used to be a couple would get into a car and we would all expect it to crash – not anymore.

Everyone is complaining about the show being boring – Well the writers have a perfect opportunity to do some kind of South American rescue. I would hope a good mystery kidnapping might lead them to those stupid Pikeman weapons (shutting that story down thankfully).

Also the “wonderful death week” was supposed to be a nod to the acting that happens after a death. SHEESH!

We agree that the story was handled well; I just don’t like the phrasing ” wonderful death week.” I prefer what I said, that it was beautifully written. To each their own…As for Mac, I dont’ think him finding out he has a son, a young man he’s already very attached to, “boring.” There’s action, and there’s emotional drama. I’m okay with Mac’s story for now being about emotional drama. John York is just coming back from a very serious health issue in his real life, so I’d be surprised (but happy) if he was given a huge story right now.

They already excused Mac’s long absence with a story. Supposedly he’s been working some sort of criminal case in South America. Now of course that would have all made perfect sense in the original direction of the Pikeman storyline, since it all was pointing to Lorenzo Alcazar at the time, and South America was his last known location.

Since they screwed all that up with the bait & switch with the newbie Brennan and Val the Bastard running Pikeman, they’re going to have to come up with another reason for Mac to have been in South America for several months. Or maybe just forget that they ever said that. With these writers… Hell only knows!

Yes: I remember Felicia mentioning something for 1.5 seconds, lol, to explain Mac’s absence. And then he was never brought up again. Dunno; maybe these new writers (while we have both of them and if the story is already written) will have Mac continue on with whatever case he was working on when he was sent out of the country. I tend to think they’re going to brush over it, maybe his GH work load will be a bit light considering all he’s been through health-wise, and maybe they’ll just get to his and Cody’s story…

I agree! No Nina was a nice break. Sometimes it seems like they are forced to write plots to perpetuate this character. She’s had an affair with every rich, powerful man in Port Charles, in addition to being an heiress herself. She has run multiple businesses (Crimson, Deception, Metro Court, Invader), which magically fall into her lap. She is always scheming, yet always plays the victim. Nina has no redeeming qualities.

I’ve been watching since 1993, so 31 years this year. I started watching around the time Luke and Laura returned to the show, when Frank Smith blew up the Triple L Diner.

I definitely know Mac’s history very well. I’m glad they gave him a son of his own, and I’m so looking forward to John York coming back, after everything he’s been through with his health, to hell and back

I’m just personally not a fan of Cody as a character, the way they’ve written him to this point, anyway. I thought the best thing they did with him so far was when he broke Sasha out of Ferncliff and went up against Dr. Montague. Josh Kelly got to show some acting skills in that storyline. Other than that, he hasn’t done much for me. Just my opinion. Maybe my opinion of him will change when they finally get the story with him being Mac’s son underway. I’m definitely open to changing my views on characters as time goes by, it’s definitely been known to happen before.

Strangely, the day before we were led to believe Tracy had been told. Kinda shocked when she did not know when she came into the stables with Cody. I am glad he was the one to tell her. Tracy seems to get close to people who have nothing to do with her crazy family. Take Finn for example. I am hoping that GH uses this relationship with Cody to clear up some of the mystery surrounding his birth. Tracy and Cody’s mother knew each other – Dominique used to visit Lila on a regular basis. The writers really need to hurry it up and go down that road before Mac returns.

This was a great May sweeps week – one out of four – let’s hope we get some excitement for the Mac return. If not TPTB will be missing a golden opportunity to promote the show with John J York’s return. Everyone loves a good news miracle story – he beat cancer you cannot get better than that – If they are smart GH should be promoting his return.

Why would they “hurry it up before Mac returns?” The important part is that Mac FINALLY finds out Cody is his son. Tracy doesn’t have a “crazy family” anymore. Just the memories for those of us who watched back in the day know who that family was. Olivia, Leo, Michael, Willow, Drew, for me aren’t the Quartermaines and that “crazy” dynamic left when Alan, Monica, Lila, Edward, AJ, Dillon, etc were no longer a part of the show. Now everyone even in-story refers to the “crazy” Quartermaines…Michael refers to it…even though he STILL goes by the name Corinthos. The only crazy is him taking the name of the man who killed his father and passing that name on to his kids.

Can’t edit but I’d like to change “crazy” to “wonderful” because I loved the true Quartermaines. The characters who live in that house now with the exception of Ned, Brook Lynn, and Tracy, (and Lois) aren’t Quartermaines to me. They should bring back AJ and Dillon, have Jason go over there more often and have more of Ned. That scene between Ned and Lois had more chemistry and that ol’ Quartermaine feel than anything between Ned and Olivia.

Bravo the everyone involved in the aftermath of Gregory Chase’s death. This is the GH I watched and loved from 1963 to 2005. Jane Elliot is wonderful as always. I’m so glad to see the growth in Tracy. Michael Easton broke my heart. His scenes as Finn tries to cope with the death of his father are so deeply moving. (I’ve loved Easton since his vampire days and adored him as Det. John McBain on OLTL.) The scenes between the brothers as they try to comfort each other were so beautiful.

I was also very happy to see Vernee Watson. I have enjoyed her in so many shows over the years. Whatever she plays, Vernee always delivers. Her scenes with Jane Elliot were no exception.

Thank you everyone for a job excellent done.

I’m glad we’ll still get to see Vernee Watson, since her nighttime show Bob ♡s Abishola has been cancelled.

It would be great if they put her character, Stella, together with Robert Gossett’s Marshall. Those two had some chemistry, then both vanished.

Gossett went to recurring status in March. Watson still appears regularly. I would disagree on the chemistry there. I’m interested to see if they pair Marshall and Tracy. Could be an interesting pairing.

Tracy reaction was the one reaction I wanted to see the most, and she deliver, it was so sad yet the scene with tracy and Cody was so beautiful.

I have always loved Tracy no matter what mood she’s in. She makes me laugh when she’s being a grouch. As did her father, Edward. And she makes me

The writers have always given Tracy the best lines. Meant to say when she’s being kind it touches my heart. I’m so glad Jane has been back a GH this year. I hope she stays a while.

Supposedly Jane’s return was only supposed to be a short visit, but I suspect the absence of Monica, which sadly appears to be permanent, has caused them to rethink that and do whatever it takes to keep Tracy around as the de-facto “matriarch” of the Quartermaine family.

And a Devil is 666% OK with that.

A while back I couldn’t stand Jane Elliot but recently they have changed and softened her character considerably. I think getting away from Deception and those people have helped a lot. Now , she seems happier and more content just being with family and getting closer to Gregory. That was a big loss for her too as well as his own family. That creep that Alexis has had to contend with in court would be a good one for Tracy to straighten out, the old curmudgeon that he is. I’d rather see her with him than Alexis.

Hey Violet – glad to see you’re looking at Tracy in a different light. If I may, I’m fairly certain your issue was with the character of Tracy (and not Jane as an actress as your first sentence reads).

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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