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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sam and Drew Tie The Knot! What Did You Think Of Their Vows?

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In a simple and touching ceremony, Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Drew (Billy Miller) made it official and were married in front of Curtis and Jordan, and Alexis, Monica and Molly.

When it was time for the “I do’s”, the couple had written their own vows.

Drew, expressed that even though he has faced all of these challenges in knowing and remembering his true identity, he is always and forever in love with Sam.

During her vows, Sam expressed that the last two months of challenging changes, (Jason being alive, and Drew being revealed to be his twin) has not changed her feelings for him, and that she loves Drew so very much.  Following the vows, the couple exchanged rings and were officially married. Following the nuptials, Curtis )Donnell Turner) made a speech honoring the happy couple,

But, before the ceremony, Jason (Steve Burton) was seen thinking about Sam on the bridge, as Sam flashed back to her conversations with Jason on his return, when she tells him she feels badly for all he lost, but she loves Drew.

The wedding featured touching performances by Kelly Monaco and Billy Miller, as well as Steve Burton as Jason now being the odd man out.

So, what did you think of the wedding ceremony? Are you happy for Sam and Drew? Comment below.

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Steve
Steve

Kelly Monaco played it like she didn’t want to be there.

Nice (expected) touch of Monica adopting Drew. Next step, taking the Quartermaine name.

dmr
dmr

I agree-re: taking the Quartermaine name. Why not? The mobster doesn’t want it.

Rodd
Rodd

Hope he does. I find Drew’s relationship with Monica touching. However, I will not except this change of name acceptable as a replacement for them sending Dillon off into the sunset.

Steve
Steve

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a recast Dillon sometime this year

rebecca1
rebecca1

Why would they recast Dillon, Steve? Robert Palmer was shocked when they let him go; and upset. There were many petitions going around to save him and it seemed like they put him on recurring. After today’s episode seems like that fell through. Another ridiculous cut. We need the Q family and I thought Robert Palmer was great in the role from the minute he stepped in.

Jovin
Jovin

I long for the days of soap weddings when they were a highly anticipated 2 day event, not a Tuesday afternoon 5 minute special. I liked when they had a big hall or a church, not a cramped apartment set. I loved when they would go on location, which could have been far flung, or simply a park two blocks from the studio. I liked when everyone who SHOULD be at the wedding WAS at the wedding, not three people and 2 extras. Soaps have to get back to rewarding fans with event weddings. It is a payoff. Soaps will go on location to film violent kidnapping or murder scenes or explosions. They will rent warehouses to film mob shoot outs. They will film outdoor car scenes or indoor car scenes in real parkades if someone gets hit by a car or stuffed in a trunk. I get that we have no more breathlessly awaited supercouples who took years to get to the altar, and I get that budgets are tight. But if they can spend the money on gloom and doom, they should be able to find some for uplifting events like weddings!

Steve
Steve

While I’d love to see location weddings, I know the budget just isn’t there. I thought Sam and Drew’s wedding was rightfully low key. Her disposition and dress were off for me.

That they couldn’t find the money to have Mac and Felicia at Kevin and Laura’s wedding was stupid. It coincided with the reveal that Felicia actually won the mayoral race, which should have been looked at more from her POV.

Ned and Olivia’s wedding was lacking for a Quartermaine affair. Would it really break the bank to bring back Brook Lynn for an episode or 2?

Fanny
Fanny

Jason’s heart is fractured, he’s lost so much….He’s who my heart bleeds for.

Cathy
Cathy

I loved it. Love dream

Linda R Garner
Linda R Garner

I loved it and love them together.

Shanda
Shanda

How can Sam be so much in love with someone she doesn’t even know? Drew still has all of Jason’s memories and none of his own. What’s is his real personality like? Liz got bashed for wanting to marry Jake Doe with no memories. How is this any better?

Bring on the JaSam reunion. At least Sam actually knows him!

grammy
grammy

no way she loves the person who made up drew and how he is. far better then with sb. she knows the kind of of person drew is,and lovs him that`s all that matters
they had a beautiful wedding

Ree
Ree

no she doesn’t everything drew is IS Jason his thoughts his memories his personality are all from living as Jason for 5 years. No one knows the kind of person Drew is except Kim since she knew him before.

Chrystie-Delancey
Chrystie-Delancey

Well his memories of his daughter being born are his alone.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Drew has his own personality, regardless of whether he lost his memories. If someone has amnesia, but was always funny or intelligent, quiet or loud, affectionate or distant…they’re still all that. The only thing that Drew doesn’t know is his past. Which is why many said “Drew” was never really “Stone Cold.” Because, his personality was always different; it was his own. That’s why he became close to Monica, was a “teensy” more forgiving than Jason regarding Franco, less eager to do Sonny’s bidding, wanted to quit the mob and start a safer life…

These things are all who he is…now he has to fill in the blanks.

kmayne
kmayne

not overly impressive

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Mumbly! I was so focused on poor Genie Francis that I couldn’t tell you anything they said.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I’m upset about Genie too. I’ve always loved the stories on this show but with this move, I am having it tough to hold the show in high regard as I always have.

Nadia
Nadia

I loved it. It was simple and beautiful and full of emotion. I love Dream.

Kelly BachKel
Kelly BachKel

I loved the wedding. It heartfelt, ultra romantic and all about Drew and Sam. I sometimes think viewers have forgotten just how much these two have been through in the last couple of years. They’ve formed a rock solid bond and have a connection strong enough to pull each other away from the brink of death. And chemistry between Billy Miller and Kelly Monaco is scorching hot and undeniable and they are phenomenal in their scenes together.

I’m sure it’s very sad for fans of Sam and Jason to see that couple come to an end but I’m sure Steve Burton is excited for the challenge to establish himself as half of a new great couple on General Hospital.

CJ
CJ

I really enjoyed the ceremony and thought it was closure for Jason. Sam has moved on to someone that she loves and will give her the life she wants for herself and her children. a life she never could have with jason.

Aria
Aria

Why is she still wearing white every time she gets married? Just asking! And goodness grief what’s the saying, the more thins change the more they stay the same, seeing JASON all teary eye was nauseating, and Spinelli was annoying as usual, I feel like the show is going back five years to being the sonny, Carly, & Sam , JASON show. It’s sad in the direction they seam to be going especially since some of us were hoping they be more inclusive and showcase their talented cast instead of the four musketeers. Does everything have to revolve around these four. Just think about it, Nelle and Michael story is bout how sonny n Carly feel , Jason’s return bout sonny n Carly , joslin and Oscar, more Carly, Faison, Anna’s greatest foe is fest what? Now foursome #1 foe. Ava’s redemption tie to guess who? And on and on .

Aria
Aria

Sam and drew were married in front of Curtis Monica Molly Alexis and little Danny , not Jordan, she had the sense to leave something that won’t last, lol.

dmr
dmr

Carly has worn white the last few times she has been married, too (Franco, Sonny). Every story somehow revolves around Sonny, Carly, Jason, and Sam. I agree, it gets old!

Harry
Harry

I know, Aria. All I can say is I knew Sam before she was a virgin,
Other than the dress, I can’t really comment on the wedding scene because I think I fell asleep.
I just find Sam and Drew to be incredibly dull together.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You are not the only one, Harry!

Fanny
Fanny

Dull is putting it mildly.

grammy
grammy

you can wear white as many times as you want. girls that are pregnant even wear white, it`s just a color.jordan left because she was called in,to workshe didn`t want to leave.sam and drew are the hottest couple gh has not one thing dull about them .they sizzle .sure wasn`t like that with the ex, talk about dull.

Gloria E
Gloria E

Lots of people wear white to their wedding even though they’ve been married several times…. but the rest of your statement I totally agree with I am so sick of them throwing Billy Miller under the bus… like Sonny and Carly’s and Spinelli’s opinions are the only ones that count??? Give me a break… I always found Steve Burton dull before he was with Sam… I wasn’t particularly happy that ihe came back as Jason…. it’s more like real life that she wants to be with somebody who isn’t killing people for a living….. the elephant in the room with his show is about criminals being glorified and I don’t particularly like that…. a good guy with an edge is cool…. but the way Jason is always been written is like he’s this wonderful guy he just happens to kill people for a living… I really don’t get that…. I have been watching GH since I was a little kid with my mom… and if you’re going to have anti-heroes at least have them have some socially redeeming value….

Surline
Surline

Loved it!!! KM and BM have done a tremendous job with this couple and their hard work in making sure that this pairing is believable and root-worthy is commendable. Despite the angst coming their way, this wedding was such a sweet touch. I truly hope they keep them together because there’s nothing better than watching two actors feed off one another so beautifully!

Soaphound
Soaphound

WELL said, surline. And it was nice to have a sweet, drama-free event without the duplicitous Carly or fairweather friend Spinelli interrupting at an inopportune moment. Just wish they’d let Billy shave that beard and grow his beautiful hair out. So tired of the grubby beard look in Hollywood. They’re actors–we want to see their faces!

Shay
Shay

Amen to those tonsorial tips, Soaphound! Billy is such a handsome dude…it would be nice to see him shine in all his well-groomed glory! Ditto for other less well-kempt males on the GH canvas, as well!

grammy
grammy

so agree,billy and kelly love working and being together. love them they are the best thing that gh has

Patrick
Patrick

did I expect to see a drag out knock down FIGHT between a gun for hire and a Navy Seal? Cain and Abel…

this story is not interesting enough… the writers @GH… already quashed this story… they marquee this like it was the 2nd coming of Christ.

Christ , did you see Sam getting ready for her wedding… MONOTONE is putting it mildly .. she’s clearly a dullard… as she looks in her makeup mirror and has a flashback of her and SB wedding. oh well. Sam as the prize has spiraled any thing this story could have done. i’m sick of it.. as Billy Miller , did he cash in ? is he that happy as an actor doing nothing? oh wait.. he’s the owner of Aurora.

is Steve Burton better served with being mauled over by Laura Wright ? what kinda show is this? same ole same ole. of course it is. his mantra : if Sam is happy then so I must be.

the only excitement generating… is Tamara Braun flexing it and doing it with William DeVry. Julian has his swag back… he’s smiling… he’s moving ON from Alexis… with Kim in the picture… it’s so easy to dismiss Alexis and Julian.

the new picture show : Kim and Julian

this wedding is that much more ad nauseum… as every other script between Kelly and Drew.. they’ve exchanged marriage vows so many times it got sick

dmr
dmr

Monotone Sam/Mumbles/and Dullard, another good nickname. I wish the character would leave the canvas. I get so bored watching her on-air.

luisa
luisa

good to hear that Julian is moving on sexy DeVry, love that Sam married Drew, Miller is the man. I wish they give Maura , Michelle strong storylines these ladies can make me wanted snatch them out the TV, yet nothing yet.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Yes, Luisa, I agree. William deVry is one sexy man. Heck, even the back of his neck turns me on. And you’re also right about Michelle Stafford…she deserves so much more. And Billy Miller is the man for me as well.

Timmm
Timmm

I thought for sure Sam would be abducted upstairs before she came down the stairs as the wedding march played. I still think Faison will grab her and Jason and Drew will have to work together to save her.

Fanny
Fanny

Now we’re talking…

Harry
Harry

I resent like hell Sonny trying to make the Faison/Anna story all about him.
Anna is fearless and with her roundhouse kicks and karate chops, she is the Emma Peel of the WSB.
No, Sonny, the fear in Anna’s eyes is not the same fear you saw in your battered mother’s eyes. Anna is nobody’s victim, stop trying to make this all about you. Get your own story. I am sorry, don’t know why I started talking to Sonny like he’s a real person who comments on this site.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree. I like Sonny and often stick up for him BUT I see this to, let Sonny sell his “Coffee” and let Anna do her thing! I dont even mind Jason being involved with Anna because Faison “Shot” him in the back. Plus, Jason and Robin are very much connected so Jason respects Anna. I know this is horrible BUT I was hoping Faison would have taken out Lulu. OR, what about Finn? Faison needs to do something diabolical. Thats who he is and always will be! [No complaints here!] Valenti would never kill off Finn. Well, maybe. Michael Easton can always return for the 100th time playing ANOTHER new character!

Satan
Satan

I seem to remember reading somewhere that Drew was still married, so this whole ridiculous thing was all for nothing.

jenny
jenny

First of all I was never a JaSam fan so i have no vested interest in them getting back together. Also I didn’t care much for Sam when she was with Jason because she centered her whole world around him way too much. After Jason “died” she became stronger and more independent and this has grown more with Drew. And let’s face facts now-if she chose Jason she would be endangering her children and her own life as well because clearly Jason has no intention of changing his life as Sonny’s hitman/right hand man. Sam clearly doesn’t want that life of danger anymore and she loves Drew because with him she has the family and safety she wants now in her life and she and Jason both know that Jason can’t and won’t provide that for her. Jason needs to move on and find someone who can handle his chosen way of life because Sam is no longer that person.

Patrick
Patrick

I guess it’s finally sinking in – for Sam… yeah, she never saw a body… to connect to “Jason” being gone for 5 years… but 5 long years has passed… and it sank in her mind… that as a mother… she think safety first for her newfound family.. and believe it or not… she loves drew… wallah

as for Jason : he’s telling Kim…. of the past 5 years.. he remembers “nothing” except for the past 5 months he was in that “Russian Clinic” so time never moved. he still “thinks” he should be married .. and still carries the same love that never left him…

I liked the reactions of Jason and Kim as they were shooting pool…. it hit Kim moreso when she was told Sam and Drew are getting married.

I had to think about Jason sitting at the bar at the end of the bar drinking his beer by himself… as the wedding night progressed

dag! he doesn’t even know any one to truly commiserate this. I am always glad tho when Sonny and Carly are not sharing ALL HIS screen time… so yeah… if this is time for Jason to stretch his acting chop and fly on his own.

I felt for him…

Patrick
Patrick

thus far: Jason has not “fought” for Sam one iota

yet, the WRITERS have shown Sam… so “devoted” to “Drew” her husband

Jason and Sam shared 3 kisses on the haunted STar. WITH those flashbacks .. when they were ALL that… won me over.. and I said cyanara to Drew

so.. to see Stone Cold being just that… stoic silent any emotion barely rising OUTSIDE OF HIS Buggah blue eyes… take flight and not hold back… according to the writers and fans flailing ABOUT those infamous eyes taking over

NOW … OK not so out of the blue … Drew and Sam FINALLY get married having heard them profess haughtily and mightily renewind their vows over and over. do get married

without so much as a real fight from Steve BUrton character? WHAT WAS THIS ABOUT? yeah, I think they love each other…

don’t forget that cuter post… irreconcilable differences “he loves her, she loves “him” .

so it’s like there is never going to be a fight coming from Steve Burton. unless a mob story gets them entangled… I don’t see any reason why to commit to this

is Kelly Monaco Sam going to resonate that much back and forth… thankfully they are cute as heck YEARS AGO. that’s not going to make Sam of here and now.. that much worth the fight… with stoic cold stone vigilantly holding on to what was… same ole same ole EVEN WITH Sonny and Carly… who ARE NOT generating anything new with… outside of proclaiming Carly has her BFF and Sonny has his supposed side kick.. as he used Jason… because he doesn’t even think

I do think Drew and Sam are going to bore us
I do think Carly and Sonny with Michael and Nelle.. are boring

yes i’m using that word… because I can’t stand to use the word dullard.. yet I will @the writers

it’s going to be interested to see what the WRITERS WILL delve in to or dole out… as they rethink the CANVAS and cast to choose from in which to invite us

because the show isn’t going anywhere with the 4 muskateers and the now infamous and BIGGEST disregard and disrespect going on now… from Frank Valentini… NO Kevin Laura and Spencer… Frank has severed GH in such a way as who knows what to do

they counted on Steve Burton and CArly and Sonny.. with Sam . at this point with Sam and Drew getting married that quickly… I can’t count on Billy Miller at all.

it’s an empty show… unless they put Kim and Julian frontburner

get back to Valentin WITH Anna or Nina… WRITERS WRITE for Michelle Stafford. bring back this threesome with Charlotte.

LEAVE Finn out of the Anna picture.

GH still reads better than Y&R and thankfully DAYS is full steam ahead

BEth
BEth

I thought the ceremony was very seeet. Those vows were beautiful and perfect for them. Love how the wedding was small with people who really love them.

Linda
Linda

I felt Sam had some reservations but went ahead with it. I was surprised that Jason or Spinelli didnt show up and yell “stop this wedding.”

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

Being a fashionista we have to say something about the dress! Does anyone remember Gunne Sax dresses from the late 70’s?? I had one for one of my proms. I immediately thought Gunne Sax when she came down the ‘aisle’, LOLOL!
Otherwise…. The episode seemed very underwhelming now with the weekend abuzz about Genie, etc. I’d love to see Jason paired up with someone a little down the road, have him get his stuff together for a while before jumping into a relationship. I liked him and Kim together, him and Ava, but I also like who each of them are paired with at present.

Patrick
Patrick

I hope you are meaning : Ava and Griffin ; Kim and Julian

now these are sizzling pairings

doesn’t that sound so nice dreamy and MOVING ON w/the show

but I have to point this out : I find Sonny and Carly ; drew and Sam so D-U-L-L

so to see the possibilities of new couples…

GH isn’t going to see it’s ratings move if we don’t see any other relationships develop

this show has to be more than… the 4 musketeer

to see Kevin and Laura spiral… for naught… without Spence

ps: I’ve wanted to post about Ava one woman show.

I didn’t notice any thing that stood out.. about Ava per se

I just noted TWO things-

1. is how HOT Scotty Baldwin still is. I loved his darker hair with goatee @ the gallery… fine gussied up

2. UNDENIABLE loaded full steam ahead.. Maura West and Bryan Craig STILL HAVE . wattage power load … altho did it seem to me it was more on the comforting side and maternal ? if he does return… i’m certain they will lessen his bi-polar… OK no disrespecting the issue. just any thing to get him and keep him and AVA out of the Corinthos orbit…

Scotty and Morgan WOAH

lm cee
lm cee

Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kelly & Billy are magical together. Loved when Drew was saying his vows and knelt down to Sam’s level. It’s the small things Kelly & Billy do that make this couple seem so real. Wish Scout was there

I do wish that they were married someplace else. Her mom’s house or Monica’s. Never should of been in the Pent House. Hello that place needs to be demolished. Its been tainted since Jake was conceived there.

Donnie Synder
Donnie Synder

The ceremony was beautiful and Sam was pretty,loved the dress! Drew was very handsome and Danny was very handsome! Loved Monica being there and Curtis and the Davis girl and mother! It was perfect!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I am just glad they actually hired a day player to be the justice of the peace and weren’t married by aunt Stella or any other character — that is one of my pet peeves shows too cheap to hire an actor for the day so they make one of the characters the officiant– most soap weddings are joke compared to what they used to be, but still it is nice when they make an effort to somewhat realistic

Donna Hangge
Donna Hangge

I loved her dress because it reminded me of mine from 1985, ha, ha.

Melita E.Pitts
Melita E.Pitts

It was a beautiful wedding,and I loved the fact that Monica offered to adopt Drew!!!! Now he needs to become a Quartermaine!!!! As for Jason,yes him and Sam had some good times,but there were also a lot of bad ones-where Jason would leave Sam over and over again,and always end up with Elizabeth!!!! One time,when he was with Elizabeth,Elizabeth broke up with Lucky to be with Jason!!!! Sam got together with Lucky,and they ended up being a hotter item than Jason and Elizabeth!!!! Then Jason and Sam got married,which was great at the time,but Franco had to mess up their honeymoon,so,as a result,Jason treated Sam like dirt when she was pregnant with Danny-wanting her to get an abortion at first,because of the possibility that Danny was Franco’s!!!! Of course,we know that he’s not,but Jason still shouldn’t have treated Sam that way!!!! Drew puts Sam and the kids first,with Jason,Sam was behind Sonny,Carly,Michael,and Morgan!!!! Now Morgan’s gone,but you get the idea!!!!!

Cathy
Cathy

I love her with Drew. Loved the wedding. It’s such a relief to have a happy couple.

Rodd
Rodd

A bit of yawn for me. It really doesn’t speak to me as a fan when they make these weddings so small that you blink and miss them.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Watching Sam walk down the stairs, looking like she was going to her death, while Billy was all smiles throughout it all, made me sick. Instead of white, maybe she should have dressed in sackcloth and ashes. Seemed like everyone was happy, but the bride. Oh yes, she said all the right words, but does she really believe them? Of course she still thinks of Jason, and the way they were, but does she honestly, truley love Drew? I think she is cheating all three of them. Is she really worthy of all the love and heartache, these two men are going through, because of her? I always think of that old song, Torn Between Two Lovers, and the words were written for Sam.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I thought it was bittersweet. Simple, understated, very nice. “Danny” is too cute. Beautiful boy. I loved, as others said, that Monica offered to adopt Drew. That was perfect. So meaningful since Drew has felt, after finding out he wasn’t Jason, like an imposter and an outsider. Her complete acceptance and love for him is very touching.

As for the wedding, it was intentionally focused on Sam to show her conflict. She’s obviously still in love with Jason, was remembering another time and place where she and Jason said their vows…and it looked like she might call off the wedding. Then it seemed she took a deep breath, remembered that she loved Drew, too…and went forward with it. Heartbreaking, really, because her heart belongs to two men…Drew’s belongs only to her. (Perhaps it won’t once his memories flood back.)

So, it was sweet, loving and warm. But I felt through the whole thing Sam’s emotional turmoil, Drew’s happiness, Jason’s regret and sacrificial loss.

Sad.

Guest
Guest

ok, So what happens when Drew finally has ALL of his own memories? Sam married Drew a guy who she built a relationship with in Jason’s home with Jason’s past if She didn’t have [Emily ‘Scout] Do you think she still w]

Guest
Guest

It is because BM/Drew does not have his memories back yet.. he’s still has Jason’s memories which is why he couldn’t answer Kim or Oscar’s questions. Think instead of rushing to get married since Jason helped him from staying out of MP Jail for being MIA. The s/l would have been better if Drew helped out with Sonny and Jason. Afterall, this affects him too. Drew and Sam should have waited until Drew gets his memories back. Sam knows “Drew” as A MAN with Jason’s past. They built a relationship with his memories NOT Drew’s . Think things will be A LOT different once he gains his memories back. Think Drew . For all we know things can change and not for the better. Recall that dream of him choking “Jake ” in his sleep and Jake being afraid of him. So not picturing a happily ever after ending for Drew and Sam. Think Betsy sent him away cause Drew pushed Franco down the stairs. Think there is a violent streak in him. #JustAnOpinion [Why else would they substitute and do this ? They were planning on using him to infiltrate Sonny’s organization and then take him out using Drew/Jason and no one would be the wiser except something went wrong with their plan. ]

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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