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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Robin Asks Sabrina To Let Patrick Go! Franco Shoves A Knife In Mama Heather!

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Did Monday’s episode seem like a weird dream … and we will all wake up and find that the characters did not do what they just did?  We had Robin (Kimberly McCullough) asking Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) to let Patrick (Jason Thompson) go, Franco (Roger Howarth) shoving a knife in his crazy mother Heather (Robin Mattson), and for all intent and purposes killing her, and AJ (Sean Kanan) firing his attorney, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) and taking the stand in his own defense in the murder trial of Connie Falconeri!

Let’s begin with what may be a story point which could eventually seal the fate of who Patrick will choose to be with.  Robin comes to Sabrina to first, thank her for being there for Patrick and Emma during her absence!  However, Robin continues and tells Sabrina that Patrick is confused at what to do being the good man he is.  She wants Sabrina to let him go.  Robin comes out and says, “Sabrina, I know I have no right to ask you this. But I need you to help me get my husband back.”    When Sabrina says it’s Patrick’s decision’s, not hers,  Robin stands firm.  She  says Sabrina needs to make it easy for Patrick to let her go.  Robin tells Sabrina that thinking of being with her family again, while she was away against her own will, helped her get through those incredibly trying times.  She wants Sabrina to let Robin be with her family again.   What will happen if Patrick finds out that Robin went to Sabrina to ask her to give him a push in her direction?  It might not be such a wise move!

Meanwhile, is Franco still a murdering psychopath after all, just like his insane mother Heather Webber?  Well, from a gruesome scene on yesterday’s episode, when Heather comes loaded with a knife in her hand to chop Franco’s lady love Carly (Laura Wright) to bits in the shower, Franco intercedes!  He figures out his mother faked his job interview in order for Heather to be alone with Carly so she could kill her.  Franco turns the table and stabs his mother in the gut!  He then puts her body in  a housekeeping cart and is trying to push it into the elevator when Diane stumbles upon him!   Is Franco, the Franco we knew before, and the brain tumor not a by-product of his insanity?  Or, did he rid the earth, or think he did, of Heather once and for all to protect Carly?  And will Carly now become a freaky obsession for Franco …  or a true love?

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So, what did you think of Robin’s chat with Sabrina?  Do you think Robin did the right thing?  What did you think of Franco “murdering” Heather?   Is Robin Mattson gone for good?   Or, do you think this whole episode will eventually reveal itself that it was a bad dream/nightmare, and none of this really happened? Just sayin’!  Weigh-in!

 

 

 

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John
John

I really hope they did not kill off our favorite whack job ! I actually thought to myself after the show ended that maybe it was all just a bad dream !

kara anderson
kara anderson

no that is right

GenX
GenX

I have to think this is some kind of dream or psychotic episode. You would think Franco needs *more* redemption, not another murder on his hands. I can’t see the point in making Franco Heather’s son just to kill off Heather. It was very gruesome — and then was it supposed to be funny with Diane in the hall? I’m always asking myself when this version of Franco is onscreen, “Is he a wacky character now?” “Is this supposed to be funny?” “Am I supposed to feel sorry for him?”

Harry
Harry

First RC utilizes a fast food approach to the Franco’s redemption, blaming all his sociopathic behavior on the all convenient brain tumor defense, while also rewriting history (we did see Franco, then played by, well Franco, admit he orchestrated the rape of Michael, his now lover’s son–sickening!). So now we’re back to thinking Franco is a sociopath again. This beyond being plot driven writing–it’s deplorable, puzzling writing. But Jimmy crack corn and I don’t care because I never invested any feeling into the Franco character as he was a result of James Franco slumming it up in the soap genre while mocking the hell out of it.
However, I have invested emotion into the character of Robin, watching that dear, sweet, independent, spirited little girl grown into a self evolved , brilliant and courageous woman. The Robin whom we have come to know would NEVER have asked the simpering, insipid, little Sparkle Pony to give up Patrick so he can come to her. Robin would not want Patrick by default, she would want to be one hundred percent sure that she was the one he wanted. Once again, this is not a character driven storyline and certainly not worthy of the character that is Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake who should be a chip off the ole block.

brian
brian

“jimmy crack corn” love it… haven’t heard that one since my grandmother of 94 past away.

Beth CP
Beth CP

Exactly my sentiments about Robin vs. this unsubstantial, inconsequential, “all dressed up and nowhere to go”, plot point character that is Sabrina. For crying out loud, Robin is Anna Freakin’ Devane and Robert Scorpio’s daughter. She’s no whimpering, apologetic, shrinking volet. Oy!

k/kay
k/kay

I am disgusted with the writing of Patrick, Sabrina & Robin. Is there a grown up in the room? Is no one concerned about where and what had been going on for two years with Robin? Patrick goes to work the next day say what! Please quit all the advice from these other characters mind your own business and is there no one around with the guts to slap Felix to the ground.

Harry
Harry

Brian, that song always cracked me up. Beth, you’re spot on here. Robin is her mother’s daughter and Anna would never have taken that approach with any of her men.

Maria
Maria

Lmbo…true. .m

Patrick
Patrick

@Harry: “…The Robin whom we have come to know would NEVER have asked the simpering, insipid, little Sparkle Pony to give up”

@BethCP: “…For crying out loud, Robin is Anna Freakin’ Devane and Robert Scorpio’s daughter.”

Loud echo: dumbfounded… that the story is steering this way

still… no conversations with the two that matter…. Patrick and Robin.

as I posted… writing and EP – production come and go… along with actors

but…. this is thee time… I’m really watching the fallout and progression… of said story… that – RATINGS wise… is bigger than the 50th… and everything else this past year….

HENCE: why… I honestly think… DAYS production has more continuity, layers, and steered the whole canvas… cast alike… with drive, intrigue… and per the latest SOD issue… DAYS: the most entertaining show… for 2013!

I can’t even venture… to guess… why? RC? about how this story: The Drakes… is unfolding… “the love of your life… is alive… and we’re floundering, this… because?

Harry
Harry

Well done, Patrick. I thought this would be a no game changer, Robin’s return. I am as shocked as Robin was.
Patrick (not you) has changed since Felix and Sparkle Pony started swirling around him. He acts as though everyone else is supposed to be the boss of him. So not only has Robin’s character changed, Patrick’s has as well. These are not the two people we have come to know and love.

Beth CP
Beth CP

Patrick-Love your way with words. You’re commentary is always delightful to read. 🙂

Wendy
Wendy

Wow, so well said, all of you! “Jimmy crack corn and I don’t care.”…that was funny! I too am very upset at what the writers have done so far with the Robin and Patrick reunion. They built up the suspense and anticipation so wonderfully, only to drop the ball immediately after! Yes…he sees Robin for the first time, realizing his real wife who he loves with his whole heart & soul is actually alive, their initial scenes with Emma running to her Mom right before Lucy pronounced he and Sabrina married, and the scenes between Patrick and Robin when they first laid eyes on each other, their facial expressions (so much said, yet with no dialogue), how he held & touched her face with such love, tenderness, and disbelief, not wanting to let her go or out even out of his sight….AND THE KISS….WAS SO AMAZING!!! I watched that scene over and over again, and cried each time, feeling so much LOVE each time it played through. And then, Patrick goes to work the next day like nothing ever happened, has no alone time/conversation with Robin afterwards about what happened to her all of this time, he spends no time with Robin after or since, and now seems to be more concerned about Sabrina and threatening Carlos to stay away from her, than with ROBIN….WTH GH!!?? That is so unrealistic to Patrick’s character. Robin asking Sabrina to bow out of Patrick’s life so that she can have him is also beyond unrealistic to her character! Robin is strong, and she knows how to handle Patrick and he knows how to handle her. Robin would make sure Patrick chooses her for no reason other than because he loves her and she is where his heart is and will always be. Yes, Robin would never want Patrick by default, she would never accept that!! Bottom line is this…Patrick can love two women, BUT, he loves one more, and that is Robin! There is no choice to make. The scenes since Patrick seeing that Robin is really alive have been very disappointing. Patrick was obsessed with the mere possibility and “idea” that Robin could be alive (while he was supposed to be marrying Sabrina), from the phone call, to the lab siting of Robin, to every part of his being screaming out at him not to marry Sabrina because the love of his life was alive! And Felix trying to interfere with Patrick and Robin is really annoying me right about now. Patrick and Robin characters come to life when they’re in any scene together, you’re watching their facial expressions, hand gestures, body language, their eyes, their LONGING stares of love…GH needs to make this reunion more realistic to these characters and their stories, now, just as they did in the moment that Patrick and Robin saw each other for the first time in that church, it was 100% pure raw love. Patrick forgot Sabrina even existed in that moment that he first… Read more »

Harry
Harry

What an insightful and well written response. You know what I love about people like you? You remind others that avid soap watchers actually consist of a highly educated and intelligent demographic. Keep it up and thank you for not making my hair hurt.

Wendy
Wendy

Ah, thank you for the compliment, I really appreciate that. I love writing, and I love GH!! This is the first time I actually posted a comment because I felt so compelled, especially since Patrick found out that Robin was alive, and feeling disappointed that the writers appear to be focusing this storyline around Sabrina, and not around what this has ALL been about (the Patrick and Robin love story saga, continued).

Chaz
Chaz

Better not have killed off Heather. Robin is one of the best actresses that show has and they would be biting their own asses if the got rid of her.

Harry
Harry

I doubt Heather is gone–she keeps escaping from the psych ward and she will keep rising from the dead. She’s like a psychotic Durracell Bunny.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

She LIVES!

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

Just as i started to accept RH as Franco, he stabbed Heather when he didnt have to…thats no way to redeem him. Hope ABC wins lawsuit against PP, regains control of OLTL and change him back to Todd! Robin shouldve confronted Sabrina and said ‘Patrick is still my husband and Emma will always be my daughter…they’re my family and i want them back! Im not trying to be mean or hurtful but you need to do the right thing and step back and let them go…i want my life back and they are it!!!

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

Heather will be alive…Monica shouldnt have been fired from hospital…at least unless A.J. was proven guilty first!

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Very good point. And don’t forget, she wasn’t fired after it came to be known that she’d broken about every law imaginable when she ‘faked’ AJ’s death back in the day and falsified death records. So, why would she have been fired over this?

Mark
Mark

Yesterday’s episode was so weird!

Patrick
Patrick

Ferncliff Bunny: LOL… thank you Harry!

it’s Heather Webber!

this isn’t scoring any points for the cute…. ok they have screen presence.. but… is seriously, as a couple… lacking… any story…. Carly and Franco.

he can’t just off “his” mother… just because… it’s doing nothing to further along… what are they suppposed to be about? I don’t get it yet… this rebirth of – oh god… another round of Roger/Todd/Franco….. and dim bulbing it for what seems like eons… now.. Carly

give them cute

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

It was a weird episode, for sure. I guess I’ve given Robin the benefit of the doubt because she’s been held prisoner and basically tortured by the likes of Obrecht, Faison and Jerry Jax for two years! Of course, she’s not going to immediately be the same person she used to be. I’d like her and Patrick to reunite, but for God’s sake, first I’d like him to just show a little interest in the plight his wife and the mother of his child has gone through for the past two years. I never saw a whole lot in his relationship with Sabrina and didn’t think that wedding even would have happened so fast if he hadn’t been pushed by Carlos (of all people!)
As to Franco…..I really love the actor. But I still cannot like his character, and I don’t like his character with Carly. Just too much damage and history there for me to get over. And it doesn’t matter whether he killed Heather. (I don’t think she’s dead) The point is, HE thinks he killed her. Which makes him back to being the sicko he was portrayed as the first time. And so, why did they spend so much time trying to convince us he was ‘redeemed’ if he isn’t? I don’t get it.

kaffe
kaffe

Are we there yet????????

OK Ron I’m tired of Robin and Pattycake drama!!!!!!!!

Already now……..

I’m ready for……….

Sam
Silas
Julian
Daniel
Alexis
Nick
Britt
Molly
Chrissy

And the Cassidines!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul
Paul

Heather better not be dead.

I want the show to find some way to redeem the character, put Robin Mattson on contract and just have Heather be evil, not necessarily deranged. Robin Mattson has been amazing since Heather returned last year.

Ashley
Ashley

I’ve never watched this show until, I had seen Robin the lab and the nurses ball, ever since then I was hooked. I dont what the writers are thinking, but the character of Robin is what drew me and a whole new crowd to watch this show and Ive never been hooked to soapies till now. For goodness sake I even ordered the soap channel cause I work in the day time. But enough with Sabrina, we the crew would love Robin and Patrick to get back together. Sabrina was a phase. We are not into Sabrina and Patrick. Its team Robin all the way. I really liked her character and like what I said thats what drew us to start watching the show. If they dont unite Robin and Patrick we are not watching anymore. Although we also like the charactere of Sonny..he is hot…Lol

Maria
Maria

I had stop watching the show since Robin left in 2012, I’ve watched her when she came back to GH in 2005, just cause I grew up watching her on the show…but I’ve always love Patrick and Robin together, their love comes so naturally on screen, I love it…I will also stop watching the show if they don’t end up together. ..

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Heather is alive.. And the end of today’s episode you see her hand come threw the grave Franco put her in. She keeps bouncing back all the time..

Mark Y
Mark Y

Franco stabbed his mother? Yeah, this is what turns me off to GH. Michael F has done such a great job of promoting GH’s 50th and they’ve done a great job paying homage to its history – but there’s just too much killing on this show. I keep trying but I just cant.

Jared
Jared

Franco should have been fried by the corrections authority months ago. I feel bad that Roger Howarth has to play this crap. It’s one of the non-entertaining parts of an otherwise very good show.

su0000
su0000

I LOVE FRANCO!
He never bores me and always has a twist..
RH was made to play Franco, no other could pull it off..
RH is awesome! I love RC’s twists turns and the shockers..
I hope Franco is a killer I hope he is a Priest ,as long as RH plays the character I’m happy!!
RH is an outstanding actor!!
Franco is an exciting character!!!!!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

No other could pull if off? Um, didn’t James Franco pull it off?
I wish I were 11 again and not expecting more from GH having watched when the stories were compelling and the head writer didn’t write from his sphincter.

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t even venture to go their… ie: the mindset of television… movies, music… in the current realm… like we, have, no opinion.

I truly, love knowing… those of us… who grew up.. in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.. matured in the 90’s… and gleaned…we’ve all combustioned in the year 2000 plus… and LOL… inside joke… gone are the days of dynasty… monies flowed… opulence… grandeur abound….

where’s my cut.

i’m with you…

LOL… Truly… I have to steer my incredulous.. and go with the herd… as it were.. and grandstand… soapbox… my belief….

LOL….

I love the 4 remaining.. and will staunch support… and leave well enough alone… and enjoy what’s left…

OK… it’s still remnisent… of: the glory days (god, it was so smart) why: we stalwarts who love this genre.. remain vigilant…

I celebrate with those… who’re not sought after by the Neilsons… and the missed demographics… 50+

CHEERS!

Christy
Christy

I figure Heather staged that whole thing… trick knife, fake blood, playing possum while he dumped her body around… she’ll be back soon by the looks of that moving dirt and hand out of the dirt… same as in the old “Carrie” movie… but totally expected this time around!

Christy
Christy

what did surprise me, is Franco not wiping off fingerprints and burying the “murder” weapon with the body complete with fingerprints… doesn’t he watch tv? you wipe that thing clean and chuck it in the ocean! 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

I know, right?

what surprised.. me… even more… is he.. was going for a job interview… to teach! Teach! LOL… at Port Charles University.. for a teaching position…

and “kills” his mother… per his words… for: “My Carly”

gag me…

that was thee longest shower… ever!

so.. now… it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know… his dna… oh.. it smarts… dumbs down the intellect.. as it were.. and lambasts… that we wait it out.. the downfall… comeuppance…

once, again… I’m wondering? for no other reason… than… Ok.. the cutesy cutesy couple… Carly and Franco… are ??? about????

so.. now Sam… is like… Carly? why??? are you doing this? this is so wrong?

watching… Heather… doing anything.. when… the said story.. falters some… she can read the phone book… and I’d be happy…

same…: goes, for Gloria on Y&R

at least.. when one storyline… segment falters… another one magically re-invigorates… and that’s having AJ BACK!!!! Ta-Da! the Quartermaines are back on screen…. AJ- Tracy – Monica – Alice – Michael…

sorry to diss Michael so much… with Kiki.. and they still are the dullest couple alive… throw in Daniel and Jennifer on DAYS… and they can ship these two couples to dullsville.

Michael… is so much more interesting with his real father AJ.

KIKI! please! for the love of GOD… stop the immaturity… and give Ava some respect… you are not all that… show some more emotion

is GH… relying… too much on RH acting.. and throw in Carly… cause they have the chops to pull off “sex” as it were… till they find something for them to do?

Stacey
Stacey

How could you have Robin practically begging Patrick
to come back to her, she’s the one who was
kidnapped and lost 2 years of her life. On the day
that Patrick was to marry sabrina, he went to the
hospital lab to make sure no one could have seen
Robin, but now he can’t decide whether he wants to
be with Robin or sabrina!? Give me a break.
Robin and Patrick BELONG TOGETHER. I’ve been a
long time fan of General Hospital, but I’m starting
to have second thoughts. If I were Robin, and I had
gone through ALL that she’s gone through, only to
FINALLY GET HOME, and NOW MY HUSBAND DOESN’T
KNOW WHO he wants TO BE WITH, I’D LEAVE.
DECISION MADE. Robin didn’t play games with Patrick
before they were married. She shouldn’t be going
through all of this now. Hasn’t she suffered enough?
Patrick doesn’t have the history with sabrina that he
has with Robin. The same Robin that he was just
recently crying over. Any woman who has gone
through all that Robin has gone through would not
have the time or the patience to wait for Patrick to
try to make a decision. Poor Patrick, he’s been safe
and secure, spending time with their daughter,
working, and seeing his family and friends every
single day, while Robin was kidnapped and held
hostage by pychopaths. Yeah, POOR PATRICK! RIGHT!?

Maria
Maria

OMG Stacey, well said, I love it…couldn’t agree with you more..

Crystal
Crystal

I completely agree. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I mean, I can understand Patrick being in shock, but he’s been looking for Robin and waiting for her to come back all this time. Now that she’s back, he can’t decide between her and Sabrina?!?!? Give me a break. The Patrick/Sabrina thing never really worked. They have terrible chemistry. I think we all put up with it because we were waiting for Robin to return and put an end to the foolishness.

JoJo
JoJo

I am truly disgusted at the writing quality right now. I was loving the writing during the Todd and John McBain period, but it has taken a blatantly obvious turn for the worst. There’s nothing worse than writers who come in and completely butcher a character’s personality. Words can’t even express the horribly inauthentic script they’ve given Kimberly (Robin). Having her go to Sabrina and practically force her to let Patrick go? They seem to be purposely positioning Robin as the loser in this. It’s such a huge letdown so early on in this temporary storyline. Everything about it rings false (except Jason’s good acting, despite the script he’s been given.) The writers are basically following a typical push/pull storyline – nothing unique there. One person “pushes” (Robin), causing the other person to “pull” away (Patrick). The person who “pulls” away or who is positioned as the victim (Sabrina) will ultimately draw Patick to them. It’s so “formula”. I know Kimberly is leaving the show again, but if the writers don’t pair Patrick with a more interesting and mature (not old, just someone his age – someone who doesn’t seem like a teenybopper), I can never watch Jason Thompson scenes again. He and Sabrina are like two pieces of stale white bread together. Not to mentio, she just seems way too young for him – it’s kind of gross. She seems like the teenager down the street who should be babysitting Emma.

I also agree about the ridiculous “ho hum” attitude after Robin’s return. Jason, Finola, and Kristin’s acting were all great, but everyone else?! I mean, let’s face it, Mac should have practically fainted. Elizabeth too. But no, they’re just like, “Wow Robin, you ‘re alive – this is great, so good to see you!” Then they all just carry on as normal. Huh?! What?! I can’t even …

kimberly gubitosa
kimberly gubitosa

Sabrina you have too let patrick go if you hurt robin patrick might hurt you too do it for robin don’t hurt her

General Hospital

GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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