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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Scott Recalls His Father's Disappointment After He Learns Lee Has Died


Isn’t it nice when one of the soap veterans, who we have grown up with over the years gets to have a moment in the sun, and make us all remember why we have continually loved watching them in the first place?  That was the case on today’s General Hospital with Kin Shriner as Scott Baldwin.

Kin, who was joined in key scenes with another iconic GH cast member, Lynn Herring (Lucy) began to tell the promised homage to Peter Hansen and his beloved character of Lee Baldwin.

Hansen’s passing made GH decide to honor him via the news on-screen that Lee has died in Florida, while Serena (Scott and Lucy’s daughter) was visiting Lee, and his wife, Gail.  In story, Lucy had to get Scott to stop yapping for several minutes until she delivers the sad news that Scott’s father suddenly died.  Not knowing how to react, Scott is shocked, and self-loathing since he has always felt that he was a major disappointment to his father.

There was even a nod to Lee’s alcoholism in the script which won Hansen the Outstanding Supporting Actor trophy for at the 1979 Daytime Emmys.   On Thursday’s GH, Scott pours himself a stiff drink to try to cope and process the news of his father’s death, begging Lucy to leave him alone, but she won’t.  Lucy wants Scott to know that Lee loved the birth of their daughter, Serena (Carly Shroeder), and while there were times he may have disappointed his dad, Lee still loved him.

Viewers are then treated to a flashback of a young Shriner and Hansen in a scene discussing their messed-up father/son relationship.  At the end of the episode there is a knock on Scotty’s door, and it turns out to be a grief-stricken Serena, who has come back to Port Charles to be with her parents following the death of her grandfather.  Before we fade to black, Scott sees Serena and we will have to wait for Friday for the continuation of the story of Lee Baldwin’s death and how it impacts his family and friends.

So, what did you think of the performances today of Kin Shriner and Lynn Herring? Comment below!

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C’mon, GH! Couldn’t you give viewers a CarSon break for a couple of days and just focus on Scotty dealing with the loss of his father while showing some flashbacks of classic GH moments?

(And kudos to Laura Wright for keeping a straight face while delivering the line “I’m not okay with some boy peer pressuring my daughter into drinking — especially since she only has one kidney!”)

Amen, Alan! That absolutely awful Thursday/Friday mishmash of mostly unappealing characters and storylines really robbed the rightful spotlight that belonged to the late Peter Hansen and his magnificent Lee Baldwin! To label that paltry tribute he was afforded as an utter disappointment would be a true understatement! However, having said that, the all-too-brief flashback of this highly-respected and deeply-beloved character was simply and supremely sublime….just in those few all-too-fleeting moments, what we witnessed was more substance, maturity, moral authority and gravitas than what’s currently present in all of the so-called Port Charles’ adults combined! (Not to mention a truly fine piece of acting delivered by this most deserving Emmy-award winner!) For those of us who ever so fondly regard Mr. Hansen’s skillful portrayal of Lee Baldwin and his upstanding attorney’s storied place in GH history, it is certainly safe to say they shall both be forever missed….and never forgotten!!!

Poking my big nose in here-is it safe yet?- Especially after the ads and tweets and Facebook advertising Lee’s emotional farewell- it was pathetic. How I had hoped not to see Sonny’s face at all during Friday’s episode. Yeah, dream on. I have to say that Bold and Beautiful has really become my favorite soap, and once again, Friday was a delight. Then to GH, which was most certainly not. I don’t honestly see things getting any better and I know this may invoke wrath, but perhaps I am hoping that Days, which I do not watch, will rise up under Ron’s writing and take #3 spot and move GH to the bottom. Honestly, if it were to be cancelled, instead of the utter despair and feelings of betrayal I had/have over OLTL and AMC cancels, I would take a GH cancel as I told you so. There is not one compelling story- I am interested in seeing how Ava fares, but that is about it. Another Jason, or a twin or whatever- could care less. If I never heard Morgan’s name again, great. I really liked the Hayden story and loved Dr O, but they have discarded both and ruined Dr. O’s character. Man Landers and Amy- why? I also find disturbing the number of people that spend hours a day promoting so-called super couples and agendas and or actors with calls and letters and petitions and endless tweets and posts etc., promoting their agendas. Other than that, how are you?

Agreed, Alan. As much as I adore Kin Shriner as Scotty Baldwin, I thought the episode was such a letdown. ONE flashback, that’s it. Long time veteran viewers (been watching since ’84) love vintage flashbacks, why not cater to us for once, and not the Dimpled Don?!?!

I feel the same- especially since ABC made a big deal of promoting the tribute. I guess taking one second to flash his photo at the very end was a big deal to them. I am really not liking GH at all right now.

It was nice for GH to at least mention Lee existed … but I felt this was really kind of lame. Even if they didn’t want to go full throttle and do a memorial service (which I thought would have been nice and could of set up some good scenes … Franco meeting Serena, Bobbie and Scotty, Monica and Gail, adding Lee’s pic to the GH wall of deceased members (Lee did have prior legal work involving hospital and was the town’s mayor), maybe a Audrey cameo. Even without that … more flashbacks and fleshing out for newer viewers who Lee was and how big Scotty was on the show historically. Just a missed opportunity for some balance to the show. Totally didn’t need a Sunny/Kiki scene to take away such time … even if they wanted to focus on other storylines during the episode … there’s no reason why Sonny has to be in every episode. Again, it’s all about balance.

Yes, agree totally.

ok- I looked him up, viewed a couple of vids..
that was long ago.

Lee and Gail were last seen in 2004 at the funeral of Lila Quartermaine.
wow 2004 is 13-14 years ago..

I hadn’t yet watch a soap I was very busy in Iraq being introduced to the Iraqis military/insurgents .
It was 2004 ((abusing Iraqi prisoners came to USA public attention, I recall as time reference)) that I was discharged/came home..
And still didn’t watch a soap until 2009ish.. I missed the good ol’ days way I’m hearing it.

I’m blank of all past soaps decades,.
So, when the long past characters are brought back to screen ino thrill, it means nothing to me, and I am not the only one, for sure.

I’m still looking forward to seeing from the past, tho..

Well, you couldn’t see anything from the so-called,.much-touted “tribute” ! What a ripoff. The best thing, of course, was Genie Francis’ depiction of Laura’s heartfelt sorrow. Very true to the original storyline. Kudos, Genie!

hi nancy ..
I felt nothing, I was bored and would FF and stop and listen 5 seconds and FF again..
there was nothing much to it, quite empty actually ..

Anyways, I wasn’t familiar with Lee, way before my time.

@Nancy…Other than that single superb flashback and Laura’s beautifully-done, teary-eyed tribute to Lee, the rest of the “presentation” was extremely superficial and lacking in substance….Both Peter Hansen and his revered character deserved far better, and it’s a real shame that more befitting material was not provided for this sad, final send-off of a legacy player that is still so dearly recalled by many. Had Monica and Laura been involved in this effort in place of the ever-cloying Lucy and the unnecessary Serena (who monopolized the scenes with their overabundance of contrived dialogue which failed to truly acknowledge the impact of Lee Baldwin’s life in Port Charles as most long-time fans would recollect….) it would have made for a much more authentic and poignant event, not to mention, focused a far greater emphasis upon Kin Shriner’s character and his obvious angst over his past failures with his father—of which both of these aforementioned ladies were personally aware, having lived through much of the early drama which subsequently brought on the countless examples of Scotty’s less-than-stellar behavior that so shamed and angered the highly-respectable Lee. In other words, once again, the hype accompanying these episodes failed to deliver a worthy end product…it proved to be yet another epic disappointment despite the promise the subject matter offered for a truly special viewing experience.

So agree. So not a fan of Lucy. Her scenes with Scott and then Serena fell flat in my opinion. They should have used flash backs instead of talking about the fishing and sunset. The only part I felt was genuine was when Laura came in and spoke to Scott. Those scenes seemed so natural.

And that wa all of what, five seconds? It is so strange to me that even though she is on contract, she is so totally marginalized and used as mom and granny and I like Kevin, but their romance so far quite a snooze fest and neither is given anything interesting nor the two together.

Su how long did you serve?

hi Mark,
in- week of my 19th birthday out in 4

I thought that they both did a very convincing job with this sad, sad news. I especially liked when Lynn Herring spoke of how in spite of how Scotty felt about how he was a disappointment to his father, Lee loved him enough to forgive him.

I will wait till Friday’s episode to fully evaluate, but so far Shriner is at his finest.

It’s great to have Serena back (even temporarily). After the disappointing lack of even a mention of Brook Lynn at Ned’s wedding, Serena’s return is a welcome sight for long-time viewers.

Now that’s it over, would have I liked more, of course. But, I am glad that for two episodes they talked fondly of a well-loved character. More flashbacks would have been nice, but they would have to pay the other performers in those scenes. Maybe they’ll mention Monica flying down to see Gail. Hopefully Bobbie will say something to Scott the next time JZ and KS work on the same day.

The scenes with Ava and Spencer were so unexpected and so powerful. NB was toned down and MW does so much with only one portion of her face. Perhaps the writers have heard the viewers call for justice for Nikolas. Lord knows, even today, when honoring the great Lee Baldwin, we got a disproportionate amount of the same old “justice for Morgan” babble.

Poweful, indeed, Steve. So glad you brought the moving scene between Spencer and Ava to the fore….truly affected the heart and our sympathy, regardless of Ava’s less than stellar persona.
Justice for Nikolas may be what is sought, but, Steve; Nikolas’ personality ‘change’ had reached a dark place before he disappeared from PC.
I have been ruminating; well, mulling, actually, about this behavior since he had Hayden shot. Yes, Nik was a cherished ‘son’ of PC, but, I had not yet developed that special allegiance for him. The recent storyline involving him and Valentin leaves a lot to be desired.
Today, Valentin said to Alexis, ” you do not know the truth”. What truth? The statement does lend itself to make one think that there may be some compliance between Nik and Val, as I stated recently, and a while back; in that, Nik’s death was staged.
Lest we forget, Nik’s principles took a precipitous dive….very dark!!
He staged his death before; running from prosecution and persecution from man and law….at least , I think so….not really sure…can’t remember. But, why else would he have run? Afraid Hayden would speak up?
So, would it be fair for me to ask, ” what makes Nikolas better than Valentin?”. They are both Cassadines, tailord from the same fabric… is Alexis.
Thus, did Valentin hit a nerve when he ‘dug’ into Alexis’ hypocritical facade of Little Miss goody-two-shoes? Both litigious, and ornery, I say, albeit in a controlled manner.
As proficient as Spencer is in reading people, he is still a kid, with no knowledge of adult affairs and machinations. Who’s to say Alexis is not taking advantage of his innocence in pursuit of her own agenda?
Then, we are left with quite a dilemma; in that, Valentin seems to be digressing into the familiar ‘darkness’ which is so commonplace for the Cassadines’ amoral ethics.
I hope it was the typically, misleading end of the week ploy employed by TPTB. I do not want Valentin reverting into a brute….too much life with Charlotte and Nina yet to live.
Thanks to Alan, who revealed Lulu’s not-so-pristine soul ( of which I was not aware), her chances to rear Charlotte are soooo diminished for me. Again, the stink of hypocrisy truly permeates.
Perhsps, I should stop this desire for urgency and allow ‘things’ to happen, as they will. LOL.

I know, right? I enjoyed the one small flashback in Thursday’s episode. Foolishly, I assumed there would be more flashback’s in Friday’s episode. I’m disappointed. Lee Baldwin was a wonderful attorney and mayor when Scott was young. I was surprised most of the talk was about him being a fisherman. Lee was quite a force to be reckoned with, rubbing shoulders with Edward Quartermaine and the like. I don’t know. I was happy they gave Lee “something” but still disappointed. I’m glad Laura had a scene and I got a little teary eyed when she became teary eyed. Memories.

@Steve…So out of all my heartfelt musings and respectful sentiments expressed about the characters of Lee and Gail and their established explained relationships with the legacy characters I felt that should justifiably have been the ones to break the news of his father’s death to him, your biggest takeaway from all of that was that I indeed do not “love Lucy?” Yes, it’s true, Steve! I don’t! However, I do harbor the greatest of affections and memories for the character/actor who was supposed to be the sole focus of this “tribute,” and I simply don’t think that the scenario provided was even good enough for him by half!

Yeah, where WAS Brook Lynn?

Awkward, implausible intro–Gail would surely have been the one to call Scotty first about his father’s death. Anyone who watched GH when the story of Lee, Gail, Scotty, etc., was prominent story arc would know that. If GH wanted to do a proper tribute to the actor, they should have made it “real.” Too bad!

Exactly, Nancy…Or as I suggested on the previous Peter Hansen thread, a combination of Monica and Laura would have been a far more appropriate and befitting choice to break this sad news to Scotty. Really anybody other than Lucy the Perpetual Floozy would have worked for me, though…..I really cannot stand that tacky character.

It was by Lucy because of their daughter..
and Lee was Lucy’s father in law.
so, it was the way to go, family.

And their daughter did not want to tell Scotty by call so sent her mother to break the news to her father and be there, that is appropriate..

they kept it family…

Gail might have been too distraught but Monica could had visited Scotty…nice to see a visit from Serena tho

Hi, Shaybelle,
I was wondering if Serena is the original actress who played her?
Also, if Scotty’s father and step-mother live in Florida, why is everyone in PC? Is the body being flown to PC for the funeral service?
I may be outnumbered but, I like Lucy; and, I think the scene between her and Scotty was great…..they seem to bounce well, off each other. I had no idea they were once married!!!!
Small world?? LOL.

Lucy was precisely the right person to engage with Scott over the death of Lee Baldwin. You obviously have no sense or knowledge of the inter-relationships between these characters, Shay. The Lucy/Scott scenes were among the best I have seen on GH in months. I tip my cap to these stalwart vets!

Oh, I so agree with you, Thad Bosley. Lucy…as “out there” and all-over-the-place as she can be, has a heart of gold. And she and Scotty have quite the history. (Which is why I was really disappointed that she turned against him and told Dante he helped Ava cover up the med switch. I was surprised at that since she knew the charges could be serious.But I digress…). She’s supportive and compassionate and it made sense that he be told in person and not over the phone. And given their history,and Sabrina, Lucy would be the from that “era” who should break the news. With that said, I was disappointed in the episode; found it sorely lacking.

@Thad Bosley…I couldn’t disagree with you more!!! Although I can understand your point of view, I have to say that you may also be missing out on (or perhaps just forgetting….) some important GH background history, as well! When Dr. Gail Adamson first came to Port Charles, Monica and she were extremely close, practically like mother and daughter, since they had a previous foster/mentor relationship, and Laura, as Scotty’s ex-wife twice over, was there with him in the beginning when all the heavy drama with Lee was really prevalent on the show. There was much interaction amongst these characters during Scotty and Laura’s time as first loves/marrieds…Monica was also extremely supportive as a friend to the young bride! Thus, these two ladies go waaay back through the years with the Baldwins, during which there were countless dear and precious moments shared with each other. Hence no matter how much more recent by comparison romantic nonsense with Lucy “the arriviste” and Scotty subsequently occurred—much like her similarly fleeting ties with the Q’s she also played up with great gusto during their various bereavements—there’s no way that her lesser link to this highly-respected legacy family carries more emotional weight than those earlier events that Monica and Laura experienced with both Lee and Gail….they were the absolute real deal when it came to knowing and loving that beautiful couple, and they remain the most fitting ones who should have rightfully been there to announce Lee’s loss to Scotty and join in the mourning. Having said that, I thought Laura’s all-too-brief remarks displayed far more genuine sentiment and sincerity than all of Lucy’s usual babbling and over-gesticulating. As always, she was downright artificial and annoying, whilst Genie Francis and her Laura displayed the most natural and realistic sorrow in her presentation.. Then again, considering all her years playing scenes with Peter Hansen’s Lee during GH’s heyday, it probably was a case of “art imitating life” where she was concerned…..

You GO, Shay!!!!
Your words just jump out, babes.
Everything I know of GH history and its cast, I leaned from you. Not only are you learned of what made GH splendid back in the day; but, you are learned, period. I suppose that’s why we nerds gravitate towards each other. Yeah!!!! I’m a nerd, always was, always will be….and, proud of it.
How typical for “some” to jump and agree to criticism, or anything resembling negativity, eh, Shay? I call it a cacophony of nothingness….but it is said ‘just because’.
Also, in no way am I a ‘greedy’ fan of Lucy. But, I like her…..especially in this scene with Scotty. She wasn’t as annoying as she usually is.
Nonetheless, we two have always agreed to disagree ( minimally, lol) without pulling each other’s hair out or with a barrage of insults. It is called civility.
To be honest, I was expecting pomp and circumstance yesterday. I made a point of staying home because I didn’t want to wait for my nightly fare of DVR recordings. I was that anxious!!
I hope I will not be castigated for saying this by all the stalwart fans….but, I saw nothing to make me go, “WOW”….except for Soencer and Ava. No surprise there. These two cannot be rivaled when alone; …..when together? They are superstars!! And that’s the truth……ask Edith Ann, “Rowan and Martin”…LOL.

We get it — you don’t like Lucy. However, she has considerable history with Scott, and gave birth to and raised Serena. The way Scott found out made sense, and many fans have hoped for Serena to return. I didn’t watch “Port Charles”, but did some research and found that little Serena did have a relationship with Lee.

As I’ve mentioned, more flashbacks were definitely needed and we need to see Bobbie and Monica acknowledge Lee’s passing. Despite Peter Hansen’s tenure with the show, GH didn’t have to write the character’s passing into story. I’m grateful they acknowledged the character and gave Kin some meaty material. The show did oversell the tribute aspect which is why many of us were left with wanting more.

Thank you for your kind words, CeeCee! However, in no way do I claim to be an historical authority on the subject of Port Charles and its storied cast of characters. There’s quite a handful of familiar MF posters who do a far better job of enlightening us in reference to past soapy details with their own vivid accounts! (Particularly when you consider that much of GH came long before my time as a regular viewer and there were definitely various periods throughout the subsequent years when I refrained from daily consumption of GH episodes….usually due to life demands or just a total lack of interest during certain creative regimes that offered what I considered less-than-scintillating soap watching.) But I can tell you that what I did witness of this once-magnificent daytime drama is indelibly-etched in my psyche…you could not have “been there” and walked away devoid of amazement and absolute appreciation for the show at the height of its success. Even today, throwback images of memorable scenes with unforgettable characters—such as that gloriously abbreviated clip of Peter Hansen and his Lee Baldwin—still remain emblazoned in my mind….Hence I can state with utter and passionate certitude my thoughts about this specific subject at hand….I’ve already used enough superlatives to laud the “man of the hour” on other posts here, so I shan’t elaborate any further, yet suffice to say, it only gave the uninitiated a tiny taste of the talent and heart that was a trademark of GH and its wonderful group of actors who brought their iconic characters to life during the show’s rebirth…which I was fortunate enough to enjoy firsthand! It would be putting it mildly to say nothing shall ever compare to those days of yore! Still, there are rare circumstances that currently present themselves to the modern-day version of this venerable soap which could and should apprise the present generation of Port Charles fans and cast of characters alike of those who came before them…and this latest episode was a shining example of a missed opportunity to do just that! Perhaps that is why there has been such bitter disappointment expressed by many over this really superficial treatment of what could have been a truly great GH moment for the ages. Instead, what we saw was a gratuitous excuse for bringing together a few second-string players from a more recent Port Charles past who could only scratch the surface of a long-beloved legacy character’s essence in merely the broadest of terms and in a very general and generic manner…the scene was far more about them being there than any tribute to this much-loved man and his fictional counterpart. To note that there were far more appropriate options available for this “event” wouldn’t be putting too fine a point on it. That’s why I was so vociferous in my less-than-complimentary assessment of this latest GH “bait-and-switch” where both old and new audience members were led to expect something much more special and spectacular than what was actually delivered….apparently a sentiment of which we heartily agree! As far as I’m concerned, this thread is not so much a platform dedicated to those same old arguments and hackneyed divisions about specific characters we each happen to love or loathe, but a serious, substantive discussion over how and why this solemn subject matter was not presented in a more appropriate scenario with those actually befitting of the honor of participating through virtue of their longstanding relationships to the feted character being memorialized.

No need to thank me, Shay, but you’re welcome. I have all sorts of admiration and respect for you.
Your knowledge and your patience with me bespeaks your upbringing. Period. Ciao.

And you are most welcome, as well, CeeCeeGirl! It’s never anything less than an absolute pleasure to trade thoughts, facts and laughs with you! I’ve learned just as much from your endless font of information as vice-versa…Oh, and on behalf of my parents, your kind comments were greatly appreciated! We send similar regards to you and yours!

Bravo to Kin and Lynn and to Frank Valentini for giving Kin his moment – I’d like to see more of the vets in front burner storylines! It was also great having Bobbie and Felicia on today as well ! Great Episode except for that Manlanders mess!

This episode made me DVR and watch it, after not watching “GH” for two weeks. More, please.

Teared up just reading this. Oh how I loved their relationship. RIP Peter Hansen; you were always a favorite.

So good ! This is what soaps are all about !

This is the type of episode GH would air frequently that had me running home from school every day to watch because VCRs were an expensive item to have back then. I really loved the scenes i saw on this episode.

Hi James R. Poissant!

I replied to your comment but for some reason it landed all the way down the page! 😉

Haven’t seen today’s episode, but saw yesterdays (Thursday). Nice to see Scotty given some meat to play. I agree, these are the stories that would bring me back. (Have not watched in 2-3 years.) It would also have been nice to see Gail call him since Gail was always supportive of him back in the day. Anyway, looking forward to seeing Friday’s episode. It will be my first back-to-back episodes in a very long time. More Scotty, Laura, Felicia and Lucy please.

I thought it was beyond disappointing. If they hadn’t built it up as a “tribute” it would have been fine. I love Scott; I’m always glad to see Lucy and Laura coming over was a nice touch. It seems that quite a few of the vets are being thrown into the mix these days which is great. But…not one flashback? Just Scotty, Lucy and Sabrina having a few reminiscent moments? I knew they wouldn’t devote an episode to “Lee” but this just fell beyond short. It was nice though to honor Peter Hansen at the end. I do resent though the public relations builidup to a “tribute” episode on Friday. It was really weak. I am happy however that they paid respect and tribute to the actor and character who was an important part of GH history. The should have done more.

Agreed, a total disappointment. Long time viewers love vintage flashbacks, and we were short changed, BIG time.

It was wonderful to see a glimpse of the old Scotty for a change, instead of the cartoon villain he’s become, cooking up schemes with Ava.

Lee Baldwin was mostly before my time as a viewer, but I always respect GH history, and he was certainly an iconic character. It was a classy tribute for him, and kudos to Frank and company for honoring the past, particularly for a character that hasn’t been on the show in many years, but that longtime viewers remember fondly.

I thought the episodes were very well done. Good performances from Kin Shriner and Lynn Herring, Genie Francis, those asking for Laura to be involved were rewarded, and it was lovely to see Carly Schroeder back as Serena after all these years. Wouldn’t mind seeing her back on the show as a regular character given all the history and connections she has.

Did you James R Poissant? I’m being serious. I feel like I missed something. I thought, after the all the “hoopla” that there’d be so much more. Just some chat about the past…and fishing. LOL. Always love Scotty and Lucy and it was a nice gesture for GH to pay their respect. Just so many memories/flashback/montage they could have done. Another ploy which raised viewer’s expectations. There wasn’t one flashback except for Thursday…letdown. With that said, wonderful actor…may he RIP….

I was going by what I saw on the Thursday episode since I haven’t seen
Friday’s yet but the reminiscing and the flashback were tops with me. I was loving Kin Shriner chew scenery as Scotty and I remember the flashback quite well. I remember Kin was leaving the show and he and Lee had words one last time when Scotty walked away pissed and told Lee that “This town and everybody in it deserve each other”. I never forgot those words and that scene is still stuck in my head to this day. So, yes, I would have to say the episode was top notch with me. Hopefully there is more when I catch up to the friday episode.

ah…k. Curious to see what you think after you see the episode. Thanks for your reply…glad you found my comment!

I, too, was very disappointed that there weren’t more (than one) flashbacks featuring Peter Hansen, Susan Brown, Kin and Lynn. Long-time fans, as well as the actors, deserved better. I wish we could have seen Susan Brown’s Gail in Friday’s episode, along with her best friend, Monica. That would have completed the scenes beautifully.

I was just glad that it was Kin Shriner’s turn to do some over-the-top acting rather than put it all onto Lynn Herring. I’ve always loved her as Lucy, but the scripts and directors seem to want her to over-act and be hard to take, as opposed to just letting Lynn do her very best, which is considerable. It was wonderful (for me, anyway) to see Carly Schroeder reunited with her on-screen parents after, what, almost two decades? She was a wonderful little actress when we first saw her, and she did her best with what was given to her on Friday’s show.

The writers should most definitely have given far more time to the Lee Baldwin storyline. What a terrible waste of valuable time with the Man Landers nonsense. Enough of that, already! General Hospital can be so disappointing sometimes, and so great at others. Makes me wonder what the show’s real priorities are. As a 34-year viewer of the show, I expect better than what we’ve been getting.

ITA the buildup as a tribute led to disappointment for me as well. The writing was quite lacking. Did anyone else notice on Thursday’s episode Scotty said he last talked to his Dad “last week.” Then on Friday’s show he said he hadn’t talked to his Dad “in weeks. ” As per the only flashback it was a great one. Thanks GH for that much.

I was expecting more of Laura, but the writers didn’t give GF much, but she can do a lot with very little. Such true talent. Also, it would’ve been nice to see Bobbie and Monica acknowledge Lee Baldwin and their condolences too. I’d prefer reference to his legal career in PC than talk of fishing and sunsets.

I find Lucy to be annoying and I have no reference of watching the character prior to her return for the resurrected Nurse’s Ball a few years back. I’m ok with keeping the scenes to family only, but I have no investment in the Scotty/Lucy connection. I do though, for Scotty/Laura. I so wish they had stayed married the 2nd time around for the show’s 50th anniversary. Kudos to Kin Shriner. He did a great job grieving and I still hope we get brief scenes of Bobbie and Monica providing condolences.

When the show was over, when streaming on Hulu, There was only a quick flash of a photo of Peter Hansen. I don’t know if that was a network or Hulu error. If I had blinked or looked away I would have missed the photo entirely.

I was really happy to see that TPTB were planning on acknowledging Mr. Hansen and the character of Lee Baldwin. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed in the episode. There was one flashback, and the episode of course featured the Dimpled Don and his gang. To sum it up, TPTB could have done a MUCH better job, filling the episode with a lot more vintage flashbacks.

The tribute to Lee Baldwin lacked significantly because they did NOT show enough flashbacks of him. They literally only showed ONE scene with him and Scottie. I was very dissapointed.

I’ll reserve my disappointment for December (still watching March episodes), and from the sounds of it, I get to be disappointed with Tracy’s send-off as well—something to look forward to! Judging from a couple of threads on the topic, TPTB bungled the Peter Hansen tribute which is a shame. Acknowledging the passing of an Emmy winning actor that gave the show so many great years was a no-brainer and there is no better forum than this medium in which to do so. By virtue of the need to tell stories each day, we have the luxury of being able to pay tribute beyond a photo and an “in memoriam” during the credits. It sounds like opportunities were missed to honor both the actor and character with meaningful flashbacks, as well as to propel current stories forward…the muse was there, but the desire and execution to do more with it was apparently not.
In that same vein, since there’s such a rich history to draw from, rather than running random repeats during the holidays, why don’t they task an intern to go to the vault and put together a true “best of” show? It would be so much more interesting for the fans.

Honestly, Reed? I think the tributes that assorted fans paid to Mr. Hansen and his character of Lee Baldwin right here on these threads did a far better and more respectful job of saluting this much beloved actor than did GH itself. Upon repeated occasions, many posters took the time to convey their admiration for this man and share their own thoughts about what the role he played for decades meant to them. I can only hope that Mr. Hansen’s loved ones were aware of and comforted by these sincere expressions of affection and sorrow over his passing which truly demonstrated just how cherished and well-regarded he was by numerous generations of GH viewers who grew up watching Attorney Lee Baldwin through his many years in Port Charles.

I learned from this website about Peter Hansen’s passing and about the planned “tribute” episode. So I returned as a viewer (by DVR) for this one episode because I wanted to see a fitting sendoff to one of my favorite GH characters.

This so-called “tribute” episode was, frankly, insulting! Insulting to Peter Hansen, insulting to the character of Lee Baldwin, insulting to long-term viewers, insulting to GH history, and insulting to the soap genre as a whole!

The episode didn’t even rise to the level of “half-ass.”

1. While avoiding my natural inclination to go on another lengthy, pointed rant on Sonny, let me just say that it would have been wise to skip the Sonny character for 1 day. Can Benard be given 1 day off once in a while?!?! Would that be so hard?!?!

2. I appreciate that Scotty was joined by Lucy and Laura. The addition of Serena was also okay, just okay. Three or four people talking about a death that (necessarily) happened off camera was lame.

3. So now we learn that Lee enjoyed fishing. Yaaaaaaaawwwwwnnnnnn… Wow! What a revelation… Thanks for fleshing out his character for the uninitiated…

My fellow posters have made some terrific points regarding reflections on Lee, appropriate, more respectful scenes, etc. So much of what has been written by these posters would be far more effective and relevant than what was presented on screen.

Sadly, the Sonny show is still in full swing, and I won’t be back to view GH anytime soon…

Oh, yeah, and thanks, GH, for throwing us a bone with the picture of Peter Hansen at the end of the episode.

I usually think Kin is very overrated, but he was very good in this brief tribute.

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.


The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.


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Michael Easton Shares on the Loss of Kamar de los Reyes, “I Was Holding His Hand When He Passed”

For the first time publicly, General Hospital’s Michael Easton (Finn) opened up about losing his best friend, the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, OLTL) to cancer.

The former One Life to Live and All American star lost his battle to cancer back on December 24, 2023 at the age of 56. De los Reyes leaves behind his wife, actress Sherri Saum (ex-Sunset Beach, OLTL) and their twin boys, Michael and John, and his eldest son, Caylen from a previous relationship.

Easton along with Y&R’s Trevor St. John (Tucker) were both castmates with Kamar during their time on One Life to Live. The two shared their remembrances this past Thursday night during’s live virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

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In tribute, Michael expressed, “It was a 30-year friendship with Kamar. We did our first movie together in 1990. I was scared and I was quiet and I was instantly drawn to his bravado and his sense of himself. Kamar was larger than life. He was the best man at my wedding, and I am the godfather to his son, Michael. His loss was profound on all of us.”

He added, “There hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t thought of him, and his family and what he brought to this world, and the contributions he made, not only to this acting community. He loved being an actor and he was a great actor. I always like to say Kamar was such a good actor that they cast him as a priest, not just once, not twice, like seven times. I mean, he was often shirtless. But, if you needed a shirtless priest, Kamar was your guy.”

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When discussion turned to the end of Kamar’s life, Michael shared, “I was holding his hand when he passed, and he was surrounded by family and, and friends. There was so much love around him. I mean, he touched so many lives. I mean, Trevor knows that at his memorial, it was the biggest, at Forrest Lawn. They couldn’t even fit everybody in. There was people stretched out all the way to outside. People showed that hadn’t seen him in 20 years. That was the effect. So many of the One Life cast members came and cast from All American.”

Michael also spoke to Kamar’s determination till the end and his incredible work ethic, “Extraordinarily enough, he went to work two weeks before he passed at All American.  He was fierce to the end. He never talked about being sick. Even though the odds were stacked from the very beginning, and it’s still really hard for me to talk about, but I was in awe of his strength and his resolve. I would’ve shut down long before he did.”

If you haven’t done so watch below 46:47 mark for Michael and Trevor’s emotional appearances on Daytime Stands Up as they share their memories on Kamar.

Then let us know, what you thought of Michael’s candid tribute to his best friend via the comment section below.


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