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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Robin Tells Anna She Is Moving To California Along With Patrick & Emma!

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We were wondering when this scene between the all-time best mother/daughter duo in soaps, Finola Hughes (Anna) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin), would come to fruition.  That moment happened on Wednesday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital.  After Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin break the news to their daughter Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) that they are all moving to California, because mommy and daddy got new jobs, it then falls upon Robin to in turn break the news to Anna.

In a scene alone with her mother, Robin informs Anna of the big move and her plans.  With tears streaming down her face, Anna realizes she must let Robin go make a new start with her family after so much time has elapsed that the Drake family have all been together.  As much as this hurts Anna so much to have to let Robin go, and to say goodbye to her granddaughter, Robin explains they are only an airflight away.    Anna says she will visit.   Then Robin asks Anna to come with her!  Anna says she can’t.  She has business in Port Charles she must take care of.   This also plays into Anna’s sorrow over losing Duke, and now having to say goodbye to the Drake clan.

When Patrick and Emma join the scene and the conversation, the viewers and Anna learn at the same time that Robin, Patrick, amd Emma must leave tomorrow for Berkeley.  They even have temporary housing already lined-up for them.   Emma puts her foot down and says they are not leaving Port Charles until Patrick and Robin have a wedding!  We fade to black.

So, what did you think of the heart-tugging performances of Finola Hughes along with Kimberly McCullough?  Are you ready for the Drake grand finale? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

It’s been so long since Patrick and Robin have been together that their reunion and move seem like a blur. We knew it was coming; Finola Hughes’ performance with Robin today was excellent. Sorry to see the Drakes go, but the door is open to their returning with the way they’re exiting. Glad little Emma put her foot down about the wedding!

Tristan
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Tristan

They absolutely are the all-time best mother/daughter duo in soap history. It is amazing to think that when they first started working together, Kim was all of seven and, now, thirty years later is still playing the part. That is why their scenes are so powerful, have so much resonance, so much subtext, so much realness: this relationship on-screen has been a crucial one in daytime for three decades! The accretion of history and memories deeply infuses, and makes poignant, not only their scenes together, but deeply infuses, and makes poignant, our responses as viewers to those scenes. Layers of… Read more »

margaret
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margaret

Their scenes seemed more real then written . The same feeling came from scenes with Robert and Robin. All of these scenes touched my heart as this family was the reason I watched years ago. I continued watching because the show is great. (I never lost hope that Robert and Anna would come back to us when they were presumed dead so long ago. When Anna finally walks off into the sunset many years from now I hope it will be with her resl love, Robert.

Rose
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Rose

Maybe it’s just me but it always seems the Scorpios, since Robert and Anna, always have a reason for not staying together for long as a family. Other priorities take precidence. I realize why GH has to put Patrick, Robin and Emma in another city due to Kim and Jason leaving. Because Robin and Patrick could have even started up Michael Q’s clinic where the old Spencer home used to be, for instance. And yet again, something is always more important for Anna than moving to be with her daughter after she’s been away for four years…mainly due to the… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

Mr. Fairmain how right you are…the ALL time best Mother/Daughter
duo in soaps!!! What comes across is the Love, Respect, Infinite
care & Understanding they have towards one another.
Finola & Kimberly have shared their brand of magic with US for
decades…

JUDY K
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JUDY K

ABSOLUTELY AGREE……THESE TWO WOMEN HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK YESTERDAY…..YOU CAN SEE THE RESPECT AND ADMIRATION THEY HAVE FOR EACH OTHER…IT WAS REAL…NOT ACTING…

su0000
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su0000

I’m going to hold back and be as nice as possible. Today’s show was total conversation, just conversations.. A lot of lengthy talking, saying nothing. Patrick’s exit with Robin is horribly dull. There is not one memorable moment. I checked boards, I was bored, and they are absent of most anything Patrick & Robin, that is how completely spiritless it was and is. GH has become a shell of itself, it is sluggish and total lethargic. If GH were blood it would be deathly anemic. GH will soon be on a respirator if it continues as it is. It is… Read more »

JUDY K
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JUDY K

WHAT SHOW WERE YOU WATCHING YESTERDAY????

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You may be right, su. But, we can make an exception today, as TPTB surely did. This was a send-off day for long-time characters we may never again see. So, I didn’t mind. Nonetheless, the ‘conversations’ and the just milling around confirmed, for the umpteenth time, how classy both Anna and Robin are. We did get a glimpse of what Nik has planned for Jason, though. So obvious. Nik will propose to forget the criminal assault charges, if Jason gives him his ELQ shares. I hope Jason had an inkling when Nik called him, and came prepared; hidden wires and… Read more »

karina
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karina

Best mother /daughter duo on any soap….father/daughter realtionship aint shabby either!

Cathy
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Cathy

Trule the best mom/daughter and can’t hope that one day little Brooklyn will be added to that mix..my ❤is breaking but happy we got that HEA for such great characters Drake/Scorpio family….gonna miss them all!

Timmm
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Timmm

It was perfect. It sets up Emma coming back to PC to visit grandma and if Anna wants to go off camera for a break or Finola leaves, they can write her off moving to Berkeley. No more ridiculous “Dead” stories with legendary characters! Duke Lavery [Cough cough!]

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

At least the SCRUBS fans are getting what they hoped for—how many times on one hand can we count the number of times our favorites have gotten the “happily-ever-after” ending?

Melissa
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Melissa

Agreed, terrific scene between Anna and Robin. Brought home my own memories of moving away from home and saying goodbye to my mother. And these two have always been so special. But…Robin and Patrick BOTH get new jobs AND housing in ONE day!!! Just as Robin rediscovers her family and friends after a forced, multi-year absence she wants to move away just because Olbrecht won’t give her her old job back at the same pay? There is another hospital in Port Charles, right? As well as a big university. Robin couldn’t find a way to practice and do research in… Read more »

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

Good episode. I am gonna miss Emma so much and hope she returns to visit Anna during spring/summer break. They didn’t give Anna that big new house for nothing so my guess is Emma will have her own room there. I am glad that Emma pointed out how them moving away would effect her Grandma. Finola Hughes was once was amazing in her scenes with Kim McCullough. Loving the Crimson storyline with Nina, Maxie, Dillon, and Julian. Stafford and Storms play off each other so well. I like that Nina is so hell bent on making the magazine a success… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I would like to see a wedding however sad that these 3 are leaving. will Emma and Robin ever come back is what I am asking? would like to read others comments.

Rodd
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Rodd

Fantastic, as always! I will look forward to holiday visits, if that can be worked out. These actors are just magic!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Agreed. Pleased to see a happy ending for the Drakes (and one that seems more reality based than over-the-top capers and sci-fi shenanigans) but it does seem all so rushed and quick, almost without enough time to savor this reunion. But, yes, doors do remain open, and I bet we do see Robin and Emma, at least, return for visits.

Trudy
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Trudy

I appreciate GH providing a happy ending for Robin and Patrick, but I’ll miss having them onscreen. I wish their new town was a lot closer to Port Charles so that Emma could spend weekends with Anna, lots and lots of weekends. In fact, why couldn’t they go to Mercy Hospital in PC or the newly “discovered” PCU Medical Center, so that Emma and Robin could pop up often? Yes to the best family in soaps – all of them. The acting skills in that foursome are off the charts. Finola and Kimberly have always been magic together. Jason and… Read more »

Terry Prideaux
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Terry Prideaux

Just saw Jason saying goodbye to Patrick. It’s like seeing the old Billy saying goodbye to the new Billy.

Lila Wallum
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Lila Wallum

I am so sad with all the changes. Was hoping Sam and Jason would finally get back together. Is Jason going to be replaced with the original one that plays in the young and the restless?

Lulu
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Lulu

Anna/Robin’s goodbye is unbarable to watch, it reminds me of having to say goodbye with my beloved mentor, once a year, not knowing when I am going to see her again. I thought maybe it will get easier when we are used to saying goodbye, but it didn’t, I don’t know why we have to go through this over and over, we are twenty thousand miles away from each other. Without her, I wouldn’t even get into university or having a career as an artist. Miss her so much, and will miss this GH family so much too.

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly passed away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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