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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

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After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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The one part of Ghost Mike’s comments that I didn’t get was when he implied that he brought Sonny to his “brother in arms” Lenny, as if Mike & Lenny had served together in the military.

Now how does that work? First of all, I would guess that Mike was a decade or more older than Lenny. Second, of all the years that Mike Corbin (in either of his incarnations) was on GH, I can’t recall military service being part of his backstory. What would be the point of adding that into the character a year after his death??

And if Lenny & Mike were old friends… wouldn’t Lenny have recognized Mike’s watch??

I am sooo happy Sonny is back. I wished they would have interrupted the wedding. I pray they find out before the wedding night.

I want Sonny and Carly back together! She and Jason bore me!

I want sonny and carley back together. Jason snd csrley r not leagley married now that sonny is alive

Jax tried to call Maxie – not text (that would have made too much sense!)

Phyllis’ insurance claim on the Tan-O couldn’t be that much. The place never had any customers to begin with.

Die Heinrik Die

So predictable. How can suspense build when the audience already knows the outcome? Sure, soaps are mostly predictable but that doesn’t mean boring. And this new “Mike” saga is dull and irritating. The wedding is just silly and often nauseating (those loving looks between Carly and Jason) and Diane looked better than the bride. The fallout for Nina might be the only compelling part of this.

Welcome back to Sonny. If Nina truly loved him, she wouldn’t have witheld the truth all this time. True, Carly doesn’t deserve him, but no one could be happy living in that cocoon of lies and deception. I guess you could call it a Fool’s Paradise.

Glad Sonny is back!! The acting is fabulous, but I hope this poorly executed revised history story arc is worth it. I’m not a Jason fan, but it seemed very disrespectful to fans of super couple JaSam. Not sure how the familial relationship between Sonny, Carly and Jason will ever be the same. Applaud writers for taking risk, but is it worth it? Also, a shame how many other fabulous actors have gotten back storied for back to back seasons because the mob stuff eats the show alive.

What bothered me most is when Jason, former love of Sam’s life and she his, tells Carly he’ll ALWAYS BE THERE FOR HER FOREVER!” He promised Sam the same thing but JaSam were ACTUALLY in love. I don’t believe that he’s “in love” with Carly-I could tell by his KISS!!

Go get Carly sonny I’ve been watching 30 yrs clear out stories with no pay off that are too long & not going any where ,olivivia, play up obrecht Britt valentine anna

Great drama. Maurice was chilling. Big omission no Jake or Danny?? Several key players missing at wedding. Get Alexis out of jail, back to the fearless woman she was. She needs to be with Shawn. Where is Taggert? Keep Phyllis. Not a fan of Nina’s pirtrayer.LOVE DIANE!! Epiphany should have sung at the wedding and deserves a storyline!! Weren’t she and Diane dating brothers?

Max and Milo are no longer on the show. The real life brothers moved from California long before the pandemic. Epiphany and Milo break up took place off camera but was mentioned in story. Diane doesn’t even mention Max anymore. Lucas, due to a throwaway line during Austin’s hiring, has also departed Port Charles.

What throw away line steve

It was something like “A staff position is now available since Lucas moved on”. Really weak, hardly memorable. No scene of Bobbie, Carly or Sam mentioning anything. The new guy aired maybe 3 times after Ryan Carnes departure. He certainly looked interesting. Don’t know why they can’t focus on a legacy gay character.

I want to know why didn’t the firemen put out the fire at the tan-o?? All they did was stand there. Did Jason think and get him and Carly out of the car before it blew up. Gotta love those cliff hanger Fridays

I’m thinking Jason’s men switched bomb & the men that was waiting for bomb to go off…
I’m hoping any way.

Carly & Jason’s wedding is not valid… since Sunny is alive!

They made some half-assed excuse for the fire department’s poor performance, claiming that their delayed response was due to the fire department being called to a fake “fire” at some other address. Implication here being that Whiny Heiny called it in, hoping he could burn up Nina & Phyllis before they showed up. Apparently Tricky Dick Nixon falls is one of those old style small towns with an all volunteer fire department & only one fire engine.

I love Mike and Nina! Which surprises me because I haven’t been a huge Nina fan. I guess I partly like that storyline because I liked Phyllis and Lenny so much. I was hoping Sonny would be discovered while still Mike and in love with Nina.Then he could gradually recover memory and be torn between Nina and Carly. And end up eventually with Carly again, no doubt. Don’t forget that Nina tried to tell Carly! And I think Nina was happy that Mike was so happy. I’m beyond tired of Jax! I hope Nina doesn’t get back with him.

I dont think Jax is going to want her!

Glad Nina got caught. Mortified that Carly & Jason exchanged vows. Preferred them to be friends. Dummy Maxie for assuming Jax wants to interfere with the wedding. Now she’s at risk from Pete. Sonny go rescue Carly so the marriage can be annulled and Jason returns to Britt. My perfect story line

I just don’t buy the Jason & Carly love match. Who hasn’t she been with?? Better off friends and put Jason back with Sam.

Please let sonny and carly get back together. They truly make the best soap couples. Jason go back with Dr. Britt who had a one night affair with Jax.

So glad Sonny is back..just hope that he and Carly can get back together and Jason can move on with Britt. I feel those relationships are better.. Carly is definitely better with Sonny. Thanks for ending the Nixon Falls episodes..it was so wrong and boring. Not a fan of Nina..she gets what she deserves. Get rid of Peter
Please..let Maxie get her child.

I love Nina in fact I am tired of carly and sonny , its the same ting over and over , so predictable. Move on

I want Carly and Sonny back together

PLEASE!!!…. Bring Sonny back. Put him back with Carly and put Jason with Britt!!!!!!!!

Yeslet nonsense get what is coming to her she knew who sonny was a d I want carly with sonny not Jason.

All I have to say——–
I LOVE Mike/Max Gail——
He is the best part of the episode.
Having him back was Awesome!!!!
I miss him bigtime!!

We went down that Sonny/Nina rabbit hole for THAT conclusion? What man walks into his bedroom to see his wife pulling the tie off another man, champagne on the nightstand, hear they married despite their lame excuse for it, and have no reaction! “Mike’s” smiling and weird goofiness seemed more like Maurice knew the storyline was dumb and he couldn’t keep a straight face.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Dante is Shot as Jason Reveals Himself

Just how was General Hospital going to reintroduce the character of Jason Morgan to the canvas with the highly-anticipated return of Steve Burton in the pivotal role? Well, why we don’t have all the answers, the show wasted no time, and Burton first appeared at the beginning of the Monday, March 4th episode.

In story, while Sonny (Maurice Benard), Selena (Lydia Look) and Ava (Maura West) are at the warehouse, they are facing off with the FBI and the PCPD when John (Adam J. Harrington), Anna (Finola Hughes), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Chase (Josh Swickard) et al show up.  Meanwhile on the roof, a man kneels over a skylight window who pipes up with, “it appears they are late to the party.” It’s then revealed just who the man is talking to, and it turns out it’s JASON!

Meanwhile, John and Anna are questioning Sonny and Selina on what they are doing in the warehouse. Selina says they are planning a poker game. Next, the man with Jason aims his gun at Sonny. However, Jason messes up his shot, but the shot rings out. Inside the warehouse everyone scatters about. They realize the show came from the skylight.

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Jason tells the other man they’ve been compromised and need to leave the location. Below, in the warehouse, Dante thinks that he and Chase can get onto the roof since the shooter didn’t see them. So, Dante takes off with Chase to find the culprit. In the meantime, John orders a CSI unit. Next, Chase returns and says the building is all clear and Dante is pursuing the suspects.

Now on the pier, Dante catches up with Jason (who’s back is to him) and the other man. Dante orders them to freeze. While the other man gets away, Jason stays put and Dante orders him to turn around slowly with his hands up. Dante is shocked to see its Jason. Confused, Dante says, “What the hell?” Next, the other man returns and fires two shots into Dante’s chest.

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As Dante goes down, Jason runs over to him. The other man calls Jason “Jacobs” and tell him to leave the cop to die. Jason tells the other man to go to the planned site and he will find another way out. Next, the man attempts to fire at Jason who is hovering over Dante, but Jason shoots at him first and takes him out.

Back at the warehouse, Ava sees a bullet hole in Sonny sleeve, as John says that it confirms that Sonny is the intended target. John and Sonny stare each other down due to their dark past.  It’s clear that Sonny doesn’t trust John and vice-versa.  Anna tells Sonny she is not out to get him and doesn’t want him to die. She adds that Sonny, “Must have had an angel on his shoulder because she doesn’t see how that sniper missed from this range.”

Chase returns to the warehouse having dropped everyone off at the PCPD, but says Dante hasn’t checked in with him. Sonny looks very concerned, as Jason is looking very concerned over Dante’s body.

So, what did you think of the first episode back for Steve Burton as Jason Morgan? Will it be revealed that he has been infiltrating this organization to save Sonny? Does Jason not know his true identify? What do you think is going on?  As for Dante, will he pass out from his injuries and not identify Jason was even there on the roof with him? Comment below.

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Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.

 

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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