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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Spencer Gets PLAYER To Serenade Emma With "Baby Come Back" & Nurses Ball Becomes Romance-Arama!

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It was day three on Monday, or the third episode of the GH Nurses Ball 2014, which featured several new performance numbers including: Brad (Parry Shen) singing and rapping to the tune “Brokenhearted” to try to win Lucas (Ryan Carnes) back, after Lucas and Brad’s other ex Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) stripped during Magic Milo and the Magic Wands act!  Even Brad’s bestie Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) grooved to the lab techs impromptu performance!

Speaking of Britt, Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) and Spencer (Nicolas Bechtel) show up at the ball which gives Britt pause when Spencer is so excited to see her! He wants her and his dad to sit back and enjoy the surprise he has for Emma!

Meanwhile, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) sees Nikolas and so does Ric (Ric Hearst)!  When Lucy (Lynn Herring) announces it’s time for the tiny Tango to be performed by Emma Drake (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) and Cameron Webber (Michael Leone), out come the kids to start their routine which is beyond cute, only as usual with Nurses Ball numbers something gets interrupted!

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This time, Spencer introduces none other than Ronn Moss’ band Player by saying he wanted to,”Do something bold and beautiful for Emma!”  And with Peter Beckett, Moss, and the band in tow, Player launches into a full rendition of their mega-hit song, “Baby Come Back” which serves as the backdrop for many a torn apart Port Charles romance!

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Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) runs out in tears over Sonny’s  (Maurice Benard) infidelity with Ava, Brad decides he has nothing to lose and plants a big kiss on Lucas! Britt tells Nikolas she still loves him and wants him to forgive her, meanwhile, Ric begs Elizabeth to let him have second chance with her!  And Scott (Kin Shriner) shows up backstage and tells Lucy, she picked the wrong guy and should be with him!

As to how did Ronn Moss know Spencer Cassadine in story?  Well, Ronn and Player are friend’s of Spencer’s grandma Leslie!  And one other big piece of news, Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) spoke for the audience at home and the audience at the Nurses Ball when she took it upon herself to crush Mr. Marbles and break him apart right during Mac’s (John J. York) horrific ventriloquist act.  There was some levity to the situation when Mac was horrified and almost in tears that his childhood friend was “murdered”! Felicia  (Kristina Wagner) stood by Mac.

In another apropos tune for all the gangsters in the room and their love interests, Eddie Gomez sang  “Criminal Love” which also gave us some glances and longing looks from Julian (William deVry) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) , Jordan and Shawn (Sean Blakemore), Sonny and Olivia, and Anna (Finola Hughes) and Duke (Ian Buchanan)!  The Haunted Starlets performed too which featured Sam (Kelly Monaco), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Molly (Haley Pullos), Lulu (Emme Rylan) and Kiki (Kristen Alderson)!

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So, what was your favorite moment from Monday’s Nurses Ball 2014? Did you like how Spencer brought Player to perform at the gala? Do you think Spencer was able to sway Emma’s opinion of him? Did you enjoy the tiny twosome tango?  Brad’s “Brokenhearted”?  Watch below again and weigh-in!

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

Yes, Me and Kay got it right about Ron singing’Baby Come Back’ for Spenser to Emma…loved the bold & the beautiful reference…lol…Brads singing was a suprise but his movements strangely reminded me of an orangutain(spelling?) i had seen at the zoo…lol…Ephinays destruction of Mr.Marbles didnt work for me because it was poorly directed and acted…sorry…and as for the rest i thought this years nurses ball was fun harmless entertainment and better than last year…way to go Gilligan’s Hospital…lol

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

Will Fluke attempt to kill Ned and Micheal…i dont care that much for Micheal but i dont want to see another Q killed off!!!

dmr
dmr

I thought the murder of Marbles was poorly scripted and acted, as well. The scene did not flow well. I did like Mac’s reaction and how Felicia was there for Mac, afterwards. I love Kristina Wagner.

k/kay
k/kay

Yes we did but I was a little surprised that he did not part the Red Sea or turn wine into water the way his wife went on about his appearance! Lol As for Nurse E please exit left and never come back she is a Bully!

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

Ronn Moses…parts the red sea…lol…i think he and his wife were holding out for lots of money believing Brad Bell was going to beg Ken Doll to come back but Brad decided he rather play with an action figure…rugged G.I. Joe, Thorsten Kay!!!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Sigh… I have to agree, such a waste of time to even write that ( MR MARBLES DEATH) was senseless. Also I thought featuring Kelly Monaco the way they did was a bit much…while I am sure it was a nod to her DWTS, she didn’t do anything to improve the dance at all.

So happy to see Maxie and Lulu together again…

k/kay
k/kay

What a complete bonehead am I turn water into wine! Sorry!!!

k/kay
k/kay

Why did they not have Anna & Duke do the tango? Is it me or did Finola Hughes look totally bored & embarrassed at the ball? Why is RC intent on making her clueless as police chief?? Burning questions! I think she is being totally underused and now we have MS coming on board to steal even more air time and yes I know they are friends but makes me go hmmm!

Shay
Shay

Kelly should have had a featured dance of her own….anyone who watched her on DWTS, particularly the second time, knows how truly beautiful her routines were….that trashy tramping around the stage was a complete waste of time….far too much of this year’s show was totally amateur-hourish in comparison to years past. What was actually worthy of watching (Dr. O., Player and few other acts….) could have filled one day, two tops….this was a mangled mess that wasted too much energy and resources on minutae….and Blackie/Frisco dissing.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I get the feeling they are trying to not repeat acts from the previous year because then the NB will get monotonous fast. Maybe every other year they’ll feature Anna & Duke. I think it’s fair to give other castmembers some time to shine. Shawn did look very happy to be sitting at his table instead of stripping down to his shorts in the Magic Milo routine.

Michael
Michael

I could barely get through yesterday’s episode…….it was that bad! And whoever the hell wrote those lines for Spencer to say skewering B&B before Player came on was probably someone who doesn’t work for B&B anymore. I just thought the whole thing was tacky as hell. At least Spencer called RM, “Mr. Moss”. That he is, like moss, lifeless and without any emotion or depth. Keep your day job as a musician Ronn. You’re terrible when it comes to acting. And seriously, what was that paper bag doing on that body of yours? Oh wait, that was a tank top…….not flattering at all.

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

I originally thought the B&B part was funny but then i realized this was another childish stick it at them from Ron(who i once thought was great but not so much anymore)…B&B bets the last laugh with its better ratings…i still like GH somewhat but the show needs to work more on the drama in front of the camera instead of behind it!!!

k/kay
k/kay

Michael RM beats to his own drum he always has at least he still has toned arms not flabby fat hanging down! As for the show I am with you enough with the kids and shouldn’t Cameron be older then Morgan and Molly?????

andrew hass
andrew hass

Yeah Cameron should be older than Molly but i’m thinking the show wants to keep Elizabeth looking young for now and not have her be the mother of a teenager.As for the kids i like that the show is using them but i do think the show needs to tone it down with them a little regarding the triangle with Cameron,Spencer and Emma,There’ll be time enough for them to be in a triangle when the show ages them which i’m sure will happen one day.However in the meantime the show can use the kids in other ways.For example we could see how Emma is dealing with her mom been gone and her baby brother dying.Plus since i think Emma wanted a sister maybe we could see her feeling that it’s her fault that her baby brother is fighting for his life.Kids Emma’s age might have those kind of feelings about feeling responsibility for bad things happening.

Cathy Borruso
Cathy Borruso

Player’s performance. But Brad’s performance was up there. However there is definitely something missing! Perhaps the cause HIV/AIDS awareness!

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

Yes…they needed to focus more on aids awareness!!!

Johnny
Johnny

Yes…and playing out three male gay characters doesn’t work in that context.

rose
rose

It was fun. Ron and Player did a really good cover of “Baby Come Back.” Spencer is showing signs of being a formidable Cassadine when he gets older. Hope he stays on the side of the light. But I thought what Epiphany did to Mr. Marbles and Mac was really mean. Especially for someone in the medical profession who is supposed to be a healer. She most certainly wasn’t speaking for me with that kind of rant. If I was Mac I would have walked out.

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

Epiphany shouldnt have been the one to destroy the puppet…made her look tacky and unproffesional…thats Dr.Os job…lol

Shay
Shay

Even our beloved Dr. O wouldn’t have been nasty enough to commit such a vicious “ventrilocide!” The one who should have put “Herr Marbles” out of his misery is Frisco….I would have loved to see him appear backstage, twist the head off the pathetic puppet and hand it to Mac! But of course, that could NEVER happen in “RonLand!”

Johnny
Johnny

Rose….LOL….that was not a cover song…that was their song. They were Player and Baby Come Back was their song.

rose
rose

Oops!! And here I thought it was a Hall & Oates original. Guess I have to say H&O did a great cover of Player. Thanks for the correction.

Timmm
Timmm

The kids have an amazing future.

Player sounded great!

I dont mind Epiphany playing the sassy nurse but what she did to Marbles came off as being a bully. Classless.

BUT, the worse thing the head honcho who runs GH did was “Bait and Switch” the audience from Friday to Monday that Blackie Parrish would be at the Nurses Ball. It was a slap in the face to the fans and to GH’s history. They should be ashamed of themselves!

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

Ron was being childish and classless when he wrote the Blackie part and Epiphany…plus he needs to write kids as kids…imo

dmr
dmr

I absolutely agree with all of your points. I love the child actors. They are very talented. Loved Player! Did not like the “murder” of Marbles-poorly written, scripted, and acted. Did not flow well. Ron certainly disrespected John Stamos. Now, John will never return as a guest star. The Yoplait Greek yogurt-all of these references-because John is the spokesperson for Oikos Greek, or because Yoplait sponsored/funded the episode?

Shay
Shay

Both! I called the GREEK yogurt slam on the very first day, and some doubted me, but I knew where it was headed….to a big diss-tasteful Blackie burn! I don’t know why ABC would allow such absolute immaturity to be played out on their network….John Stamos was featured on one of their most enduring hit shows, and it makes no sense that the showrunners petty sniping against a particular individual should be forced on soap fans, many of whom still remember the character with great fondness. These obvious digs were truly disgusting for all of us, not to mention the actor, who thus far has kept a dignified silence over his latest insult from RonC and Co.

Ces
Ces

thought maybeeeee there was a surprise for us when they mentioned Blackie Parrish! Would have loved to see John Stamos perform vs. someone that has ZERO affiliation with the show – Ronn Moss — and WHY give props to B&B who have beat them in the ratings for years?? just what B&B needs more advertising.

Susan
Susan

What’s are they thinking at GH? Spencer hires a band he’s never heard of to serenade Emma. Beyond stupid. Player existed way before their parents were even born. I think this is RC’s secret fantasy. Why make the kids have adult thoughts and feelings too soon? So ridiculous. Let the kids be kids. Spencer and Emma are not even teenagers yet. Not happy about this at all.

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

Spencer probably learned about Player from his grandma Leslie…he couldve also found out about them on utube…when i was his age i knew about older generation music performers like the Andrew Sisters and Rudy Vallee so Spencer could easily know about Player especially with todays internet which i didnt have back then. However, i do agree kids should be written as kids…Britains Coronation Street is the best soap that writes kids as kids…our soap writers should take lessons from the British!!!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Just because children are elementary age doesn’t mean they can’t be taught about music predating their parents’ youth. Our family is musical & we certainly know about, & introduce our kids to, music that is older than their grandparents. My kids have been listening to songs from the Supremes, John Denver, Kenny Loggins, Billy Joel, & the Doobie Brothers, in addition to Broadway classics & classical music, since they were little. Kids are like sponges with music.

Mary SF
Mary SF

One day of the Ball was okay, two days understandable, three days pushing it, four days totally unnecessary– sometimes a great concept gets ruin by over doing it.

And I don’t my mind children actors, but that little guy playing Spencer is over acting now, and the director needs to rein him in a bit.

As for Player being on– well I admit I always loved that song– reminds me of my youth– but basically RM was there to plug his new album and all the hype prior to his appearance was overkill.

But the oddest thing is after watching the Ball for three days going onto four I have developed a real craving for Yoplait Greek yogurt.

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

lol…i ate me some yogurt and had a glass of organic chocolate milk while watching the show!!!

Ces
Ces

I couldn’t agree more and Spencer grates on my every last nerve!

Johnny
Johnny

Hi Mary. Back in the glory days…five days of the Nurses Ball was a treat! When the acts focused on friends and family instead of filth and sleaze…when the show was written with some semblance of heart and humanity….when the message really was a social issue and relevant and important. This regime has turned it into an absurd farce. It is sad.

rebecca1
rebecca1

couldn’t disagree more. I LOVE this year’s Ball. I think it’s fun and playful and flirty…I think they’re doing a great job of interspersing the story lines into the each episode…

Brad trying to get Lucas back

Luke marrying Tracy

Ned trying to one-up faux Luke

Michael and Kiki siding with Ned

Maxie and Lulu friends again

Maxi and Detective Gorgeous and their budding attraction

Sonny and Olivia’s split

Lucy and Scott’s attraction

Liz and Rick and Nic and Britt

Spencer/Emma/Cameron

It’s all there nicely woven into song, dance, sassiness, sexiness…I think it’s great fun! And no…I don’t need a public service announcement or a heavy guide as to what the Ball is being thrown for. We all know that…in this fictional world they got their donations…there’s nothing wrong with a gala event to celebrate a worthy cause.

Kudos!

dmr
dmr

I absolutely love the children actors who play Emma Scorpio Drake and Spencer Cassadine! They are so incredibly cute and talented! I’d much rather see their childhood “love” story play out than Michael and Kiki’s boring relationship and Shawn and Jordan’s boring secret drama. I loved seeing Player perform, too! Was upset to have the carrot dangled in front of us regarding Blackie Parish. I think the writers have solidified that once John Stamos hears what was written about Blackie, it is doubtful that he will ever return for a guest appearance. I didn’t quite understand the performer who performed at the Haunted Star who Lulu helped to get perform. I was a little lost on that one. Liked Sam, Lulu, and Maxie’s performance, too. LOVED Eddie Maine!

dmr
dmr

One thing I have not cared for regarding this year’s Nurse’s Ball-how the Ball is being focused on the recurring characters of Brad, Felix, and Lucas. I just don’t care. I did like Brad’s performance, though. I do like his friendship with Britt.

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

I like Brads friendship with Britt…hope they remain roomies!!!

Johnny
Johnny

Yeah…agreed! Focusing so much of the ball….which is supposed to raise awareness and money for AIDS and HIV…on three gay characters is all kinds of inappropriate. Brad is a character who tried to blackmail Michael…a victim of brutal male prison rape…into non consensual sex…essentially raping him all over again. Lucas is a stranger who has been off the canvas for 8 years a d engaged in sodomy with Brad the first night they met. Felix is a nurse who has hit on male patients and refused to help a male patient. So….yeah….that’s what the Nurses Ball is now. Sad. Focused on characters into attempted rape and sodomy. And some of it even played for laughs. I hope Claire Labine is NOT watching this depravity. She created storylines and this event of epic proportions only to see it ruined by two egomaniacal gay show runners.

Shay
Shay

Brad and Britt as BFF’s is just too cute. Never thought I would warm to Mr. Cooper, but Parry Shen has done a marvelous job of redeeming his character and making him likeable….and his song was adorable! I. too, was greatly surprised at how entertaining he was. As for Felix, cannot stand him…never could, never will….oh, and who died and made him emcee???? As if there were no one else who could have taken command of the room given all the vets present???? (Or Dr. O. could have swooped in and taken charge…..LOL)

andrew hass
andrew hass

Johnny I hope you are not implying that HIV/AIDS and gays are connected somehow.Plus if you don’t like Lucas,Felix and Brad then don’t watch when they’re on.As for RC and FV people can complain that they are ruining the show but i don’t think their sexuality should come into play.

Jess
Jess

Bringing Ronn Moss from Player on to portray Ronn Moss from Player? Nice! I mean some people thought FOR SURE that he was going to be Blackie Parish a character that nobody in the current cast has any ties to or even cares about. Worse yet, some people who shall remain delusional, even thought that good ole Ron C was going to bring Ronn Moss in as a recast of Frisco Jones! Yes people were actually wasting their time ranting, fretting and sweating that THAT was going to happen. I think many wanted these things to happen so they could attack Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini because they have nothing better to do.
Too bad. It didn’t happen. Instead a pretty decent band came out and sang a pretty decent song that many remember. It was enjoyable. However we will never hear the complainers say that because that would be giving the bosses at GH some kudos. Can’t have that now can we? I hope Ron and Frank make these kinds of singing appearances a NB staple, right? Maybe next year Michael Damien singing “Rock On”? Or have Rick Springlfield or Player come back in future years.

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

I had no problem with Ronn Moss…hearing ‘Baby Come Back’ made me creaky old bones feel like a teen again…well almost, lol

dmr
dmr

I remember in the 80’s, Jack Wagner singing a lot on GH as Frisco Jones. Loved it. In the 90’s, there was Eddie Maine and Miguel at Luke’s and the Outback. Oh, and Mary Mae. Miss those days. Loved seeing Player. Hadn’t heard any of the rumors about Moss, besides that Player might perform or he had something to do with Faux Luke’s storyline-which I didn’t quite grasp. What happened to the Haunted Star? Would love to see Fridays at the Star with musical performances. (Not Kiki though, please not Kiki).

Shay
Shay

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” if next year “Blackie Parrish” actually shows up in the person of John Stamos and brings along his buddies, “The Beach Boys?” “God Only Knows” if that could ever happen as long as Ron C. prevails, but it would certainly bring some “Good Vibrations” to the NB! ; )

andrew hass
andrew hass

I kind of knew Ronn Moss wasn’t going to be playing Blackie even though most people assumed he was.Plus i liked the entertainment on the show and i think the actors enjoyed just having fun.I hope no one was expecting Grammy awarding singing from the performers.Plus there was drama and romance at the ball too.

Shay
Shay

I sincerely hoped that Ronn Moss was not playing Blackie, simply because I thought him to be far too good of a person to stoop to the low, vengeful tactics of Ron and Co., and I am so glad he did not disappoint. I enjoyed him during his years as Ridge and even though he supposedly chose to leave his own show “for good,” he knows what it is like for an iconic character’s shoes to be filled by another actor….I couldn’t envision him “playing” such a role against another guy in a similar situation. While I enjoyed his singing performance, it did seem rather out-of-place given the song in question is almost ancient….perhaps it would have also been better if the set-up would have been for Spencer to dedicate the tune to his father and Britt….that would have been a much sweeter “awwww” moment, since I do hope those two eventually reunite!

andrew hass
andrew hass

Well if the show wanted Ronn Moss to play Blackie i think he would have whether he liked it or not.As for the character of Blackie he had fans but i wouldn’t consider him an iconic character.Also i’m wondering if the fans love for Blackie has more to do with John Stamos who played him and less about the character himself.For example would fans rather have John Stamos come back as Blackie or just come back no matter who he is playing?

Shay
Shay

I guess we’ll never know for sure, andrew, but I think most actors would not be thrilled to do a cameo recast if it were solely intended to be so personally mean-spirited. The soap community is ever shrinking, and those in it are probably far more aware of the back story of Ron C. and his petty grievance with JS than are we….perhaps RM is even acquainted with JS, since both are also musicians. At any rate, I’m glad Moss didn’t go there….the little slams at B&B were fine…but past that, it would have appeared unseemly to me. As for your question about the character of Blackie, all I can say is that for me, it’s John’s role, and I couldn’t accept anyone else playing him. Both he and his bandmate Jack Wagner (as Frisco Jones) were very integral to the storylines of the ’80’s…they had some cool tunes that created quite a soundtrack for GH, and so I have wonderful memories of both of them. The only downer was Blackie’s send-off since he was carted to jail for the manslaughter death of his girlfriend….so it obviously was not a happy ending. Very little was said about him in subsequent years, hence it would definitely be a kick to see him in an updated fashion back in Port Charles, but as far more than a redux of his drummerboy persona! I can certainly understand why JS wanted something more substantial for Blackie….it has been 30 years! Even soap heartthrobs have to grow up…LOL! As for the man himself, I think he’s adorable, I love his OIKOS GREEK yogurt ads! But that’s about as far it goes for me….I didn’t closely follow his career much after GH, because I was not into the type of sitcom from which he became famous, but having said that, I championed him and his return to the show that launched him for two reasons….first, nostalgia!…and secondly, because I am really sick of the cheap shots that Ron seems to delight in taking at so many of our beloved legacy characters and the actors who portrayed them….I simply don’t get it. If you don’t like them, then just don’t write for them, but to have to repeatedly denigrate the names and reputations of these people is childish, offensive, unnecessary and not one bit funny. I realize that backstage feuds are as old as Hollywood itself, but usually they are not played for such public consumption….especially time and time again. I can understand “things” happen between individuals and occasionally affect the product that we the audience see, but this is a well-established pattern, and I cannot believe that all of the guys that Ron appears to have a beef with are so unprofessional as to have earned his wrath….Stamos, Wagner, Springfield, and Kanan have each found plenty of work outside of GH, so it wouldn’t seem that they are the problem here. Just saying….

andrew hass
andrew hass

Shay i agree with you that personal grudges should not be dragged into producing a soap but that goes both ways.RC shouldn’t let his personal feelings interfere with how he writes the show but on the other hand if actors have a problem with him they should say so and stick to it.For example after Sean Kanan went after the writing that he got on GH he kind of backtracked on his comments and even said he wished everyone at GH including RC well.As for John Stamos i don’t begrudge him that he may have wanted more to do than just play drums or whatever but the show only wanted him back for the 50th.Who knows maybe if he had agreed maybe the show would have been open to bringing him back again and even longer next time.As for Jack Wagner when he returned last year i think it was reported that he knew it was only for 10 episodes or so and he’s the one who criticized the show first i think and not the other way around.Plus if Wagner had a problem with how the show used him then he should have said something when he was still there and not wait till after he left to trash the show in the press.Finally RC is the head writer at GH but he have people below him who also help write the show.So it could be interesting to find out how much of an episode is really RC’s writing and how much it isn’t.As head writer he gets the full credit when things go rights and the full blame when things go wrong.IMO that is wrong but it is the way it is.

Shay
Shay

You make some very valid points about the dynamics between Ron C and the actors in question. I actually had no problem with Sean Kanan’s comments because they pretty much reflected what most fans had been saying for a long time, and they weren’t outrageous, childish or petty….just matter-of-fact. I imagine he backtracked simply to put an end to the controversy that grew out of the idiotic Twitter stuff that followed….and I do think he wanted to leave GH on as classy a note as possible. Ditto for Jack Wagner….he stated he did not speak up sooner about his deep disappointment in the treatment of Frisco because he did not wish to detract from the show’s 50th Anniversary celebration, so I credit him for being gracious in that respect. The stuff with Stamos (both last and particularly, this year…) was simply uncalled for….even if there was disagreement about the nature of a possible return for Blackie. As to what the deal with Springfield is, I don’t know. He has made periodic visits to the show quite a few times, but since the last one, his character has suddenly been trashed. That’s what I don’t like about any of these instances….the backstage happenings should be kept there, not projected on the screen or Twitter for public consumption, and especially not in such a punitive manner. It is insulting to the fans, as well as the actors who brought these beloved characters to life.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I agree that Sean Kanan probably wanted to leave GH on a good note and decided he had nothing to gain by trashing RC because he could have looked a little bad doing it.As for his issues with John Stamos i think RC should now let that go.In a few months this might all be forgotten as fans focus on other things to complain about.Now RC shouldn’t use his position as head writer to embarrass actors.Now if actors attack him or his writing first then he has every right to defend himself but not by using the show to do it.Also we are assuming that RC is the only one at the show that has problems with John Stamos,Jack Wagner and/or Rick Springfield.RC is the head writer but i’m wondering how much face to face time he really spends with the actors.FV who is the executive producer might deal with the actors more personally than RC does.So RC may have issues with some actors but so may FV in some instances.Plus Jack Wagner last year criticized both FV and RC last year i think by saying they misled the fans regarding the returning actors for the 50th anniversary.

aria
aria

the performance i enjoyed the most and was surprise by was Brad, it was funny. then one i didn’t think was funny was epiphany stupping on Mr. Marbles, sorry mr. fairman, but i didn’t think epiphany was speaking for me when she stump on Mr. Marbles, i thought it came across as cruel, maybe i missed the joke, i always thought that Mac was the only one who thought Mr. Marbles was “funny”, yet i don’t get how everyone cheering on epiphany the bully now is suppose to be “funny”? half the people in the room are suppose to be Macs friends, is that what “friends” do? they cheer and get up an applaud when you get humiliated on live tv and made the towns joke? i must be missing something on the Mr. Marbles back story? is he suppose to creep people out? i was more creeped out by Epiphany the bully, and Bobbie getting up to apploud with her scary face, more people in that room were more plastic then Mr. Marbles, well regardless, i don’t care for Mr. Marbles either, my point was why did everyone feel ok humiliating Mac? thats my only question. DR. O got shown more respect. as for Ronn Moss, i was one of those haters who said he was plastic, well, i m eating my words, i’m prove that misjudging someone you don’t know is only a missurvice to yourself, i found him quite the looker and love the song, i must admit i wasn’t familiar with his band whatsoever and i’ve only seen gliimpses of his work on the BB.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I agree about “Mr. Marbles.” LOL…sad but true. It wasn’t funny and it was mean-spirited. I think Mac should be respected by friends and the community…it would have been sweeter, perhaps funnier…if Mac did his routine and we saw the crowd squirm or participate or somehow turn Mac and Marbles into some zany group number or something. That was the ONLY part of this Ball I didn’t like.

Mark
Mark

That thing with spencer and Emma is kind of cute but they are pitching it as a major storyline and how pathetic must gh be? Yesterday was awful loved seeing ron moss tho

Anne
Anne

The kids storyline, in which they are given the task of acting like little adults, is becoming creepy. Cute for a day or two, but now total schtick. In reality kids of this age are not enamored of the opposite sex. The tango didn’t work, Spencer is way overused and this storyline need to be over.

Sadly, the Blackie reference, and Ephiphany and Mr. Marbles, were cringe-worthy. Why the Gomez guy singing? Is he a real singier plugging his music? Do the Nurse Ball right, please!

Omar
Omar

I agree with you 100%…Enough with this kids storyline..I actually find the character of little Spencer irritating.

Tristan
Tristan

Spencer is more than irritating. He is repugnant with his over-acting and scene hogging. I really CANNOT STAND this child.

Sad that so much screen time is given to these three kids, when GH has an abundance of ADULT actors that could use storylines of their own.

Shay
Shay

I agree with you, Anne….the kiddie thing appears to be a weird obsession with this bunch. I find it neither amusing nor entertaining. If the writers deem these children and their frivolous farce of a relationship to be that essential to future storylines, then just SORAS them and be done with it. They are all wearing out their welcome anyway….I am truly tired of Spencer’s constant nonsense and Emma is simply overbearing. Particularly since the NB was supposed to be held in honor of her REAL mother, Robin Scorpio Drake….which seemed to be almost completely forgotten. Once again, it had to be all about the weeping, whining nurse in the end….as if it were really necessary to close the show with that annoying song from the non-wedding, just to remind us of that miserable event once more, along with the cringe-inducing sing-along, group hug and “happy family tableau” at the NICU…..all this forced fuss over a very obviously instant pregnancy of convenience and a preposterous faux-bebe’ who looks about as real as a Cabbage Patch doll! No wonder so few are invested in this tot’s tribulations…..none of it seems realistic. Ridiculous, just….ridiculous!!!!!!

Rob
Rob

I had to fast forward most of it, that performance by the girls was absolutely cringe inducing. I also find it hard to believe in 2014 a little boy would get Player to serenade his little girlfriend, just stupid.

For the record, if I want to be entertained by obnoxious little kids I can go hang out with my nieces and nephews.

Johnny
Johnny

No doubt. A little kid would have gotten One Direction. Seeing a bunch of 60 year olds in tank tops and mullets is as creepy as Fluke trying to rape Kiki. This show is so far out of touch with what viewers want it is mind boggling. I swear….Ron Carlivati has been possessed by James E. Reilly and that is NOT a good thing! Ron is on the path to loving and glorifying evil almost as much as James did. Plot driven farcical filth.

Mary SF
Mary SF

They would have to sell a lot of Greek yogurt to get One Direction to perform on a soap— but am surprised they didn’t use the occasion to cross promote some Disney Channel star– someone the kids on the show might actually watch.

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

Scott shouldve got Player to perform that song and dedicate it to Lucy which wouldve made more sense…i remember a ‘Little House’ episode with Laura Ingals being jealous of the attention her new baby brother was getting from her father and felt guilty and ran away when the baby died…GH shouldve done a similiar story with Emma…she would feel guilty about disliking the baby because she wanted a sister and blames herself when the baby becomes seriously ill…she runs away and Spenser manages to hide her at Windmere until Cameron finds her and tells Nik…a story involving children this way would be more interesting…imo…not a downsized B&B Hope/Liam/Wyat type love triangle…Epiphanys attack on the puppet(i was suprised the puppet didnt come alive and go after her Chucky style) was completely stupid but if were to reimagine the scene as Epiphany attacking the real dummy…Ron Carlivati…then the scene actually works…lol

Tristan
Tristan

Glorify evil? Well, yes, as a matter of fact that is precisely what today’s GH does.

Ces
Ces

I think the whole Ball was pretty lame and missing something. I think Finola Hughes facial expressions during the whole thing sums it up — she looked as bored as I was watching & I must say, even a bit embarrassed. The performances were awful except maybe the men doing their number. The songs were awful & cheesy.
Hey Player, the 70’s want their hairstyles back …. really, the mullet & tank tops? oopf!

The whole Ball lacked energy.

I also think they totally missed the whole point of it which is for HIV/AIDS — so couldn’t they get Kimberly McCullough to at least tape a video for the Ball before she left ?
And where was Patrick?

I couldn’t care less about Olivia and her constipated look on her face. I so don’t see any chemistry between Olivia & Sonny so don’t care.

Two Thumbs down.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Well I have to say the build up to R Moss coming to GH fizzled… I was not a great fan, and I really hoped there was no mask coming off! The worst part of the whole thing was Spencer thanking him for singing for Emma…and then plugging his new CD! LOL!!! OMG…the shameless self promotion was hysterical!

Not sure why John Stamos would not come back, though we heard all kinds of things last year, but that was a terrible approach… don’t announce and get our hopes up….

Why the bad blood with Jack Wagner?

Michael
Michael

They wanted John Stamos to come back and play the drums on the Jack Wagner song, but he wanted more of a storyline to come back for.

Jonathan
Jonathan

The precocious kid storyline is dumb and dumber- can we go back to regular programming now? I thought the Blacky hanger tease was a dirty trick. Does GH really need to do that to have viewers return for the next episode? The problem GH is having is too many characters, and characters that suddenly disappear because of too many storylines.

Vicky
Vicky

Mr. Marbles needs to be taken to GH STAT! That ws really ignorant and aLOW point in the Ball to have Epiphany murder the doll! TOTALLY inappropriate for an uplifting charity event! Bad Job Writers!

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…agree!

Patrick
Patrick

it was a caricature of Britt “bar-b-que-ing” Emma’ doll

be that as it may

I was sad for my Big Mac

I’d laugh and ham it up for him… and get the rewards in just time

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

Mr. Marbles shouldve came to life like Chucky and chased Epiphany out of the nurses ball…lol

Jan
Jan

Well I for one approved of Spenser thinking outside the box, and I feel there will be more than one reunion because of that Ballad!!!!

Jan
Jan

Ah come on Rob… He’s a prince remember…..besides it’s a soap expect the unexpected

Jimmy
Jimmy

From the moment Lucy announced Blackie Parrish would be performing, and then that didn’t happen, I was done with the episode, but I decided to watch it through and I actually liked the ELQ part where Ned, Michael and Kiki (which is still a stupid name IMO) stuck it to Luke. Other than that, I didn’t like the episode at all. The Mr. Marbles “murder” part was childish and poorly written, Player’s performance was okay, but the conversation afterwards between Spencer and Ronn Moss was stupid. That petty remark about B&B was immature and the whole Spencer/Emma/Cameron story gets way too much airtime… it’s like a younger version of B&B’s Liam/Hope/Wyatt story.

Johnny
Johnny

So….that’s the screen time and the storyline they give to a 30 year vet…Kristina Wagner…and a 23 year vet…John J. York…ridiculous scenes involving a murdered dummy. Wow! These are actors who carried the show through some of the best years and this is the drivel they are given to play. I don’t know who should be more embarrassed…the writer for writing it or the actors being forced to play it.

Patrick
Patrick

The Haunted STARlets :

Sam : Maxie : Mollie : Lulu : Kiki

loved Sam’ smokey eyes : Maxie hair extensions : Kiki, I daresay, she actually looked good

Britt to Nicholas : “I miss you, I made a mistake, are you: ever going to forgive me”

I didn’t mind the band : Player… it was an appropriate song for daytime… Baby come Back : was their biggest single… and went GOLD… and went #1 and even top 10 soul

seems like things are winding down

todays features

Haunted Starlets
Britt and Nicholas
Brad and Lucas

Ron Moss didn’t look so bad… with his band

su0000
su0000

I love ALL of the Ball..
Everybody did a great job..
Most of all I had fun watching!!

amd for kerist sake you cry babies, whiners, unpleasant bellyaching people, go away or stop acting like spoiled brats..
No one likes an unpleasant complainer..

The Nurses Ball was spectacular !! I smiled, I loved it …

brian
brian

Brad stole the show for me. Love him even more. Must say I so love Britt now too !!!

They play off each other so well.

Patrick
Patrick

yes

If I have to tout… the new regime… and : after the bait and switch… histrionics..

GH production… has to follow through… with their “new” intent…and

that’s go with the flow and go with the times

Dr. O
Britt
Brad

are mainstays

I LOVE the vets… theres no denying that

Mac and Felicia
Kevin…. should be with Tracy… but… if it’s a fight for Lucy
Scotty and Lucy ??? !!!! her quirkiness is becoming more oddity… let her deal with LOVE

Tracy and Luke : this is the feature… after the fact : just hope Ned checks in more often

theres no going back… it’s Nicholas and Britt… you can’t go wrong with this pairing.
try as hard as you will

this gives Liz and Ric… some fire… passion… wrong side of the tracks/law no holds barred… FIRE

Brad’s a keeper… I certainly hope… that the actor who portrays Lucas… isn’t dissapointed… this is a LONG one hour serial… and not all can be featured… as one would like… Brad’ the key to this threesome…. and I like it

I often wonder… if the new regime… GH production… are just waiting and ready to venture forward.. without all the ready recall… LOL… fan lambast.. that’s OK… they have to find a way to mix in .. vets plus newbies.. with CONTINUITY

intrigue… love… romance… it’s my way or the highway… I dare myself to mix

Bacoleman
Bacoleman

Absolutely great. Spencer is truly going to be like his father. I love GH even the weird storyline. Please let the writing get better. Brit n Nathan’s mother is a trip. Is Nathan’s father Victor Cassadine? Please get rid of Maxie new friend.

carolyn
carolyn

I enjoyed the band Player and most of the singing. I didn’t care for nurse E’s scene(s). It was offensive to me that the “Black” woman had to be the one to destroy Mr. Marbles in front of everyone or the part where she was the one yelling out for the guys to take off their undies (tasteless). I also think the kids scenes are too “mature.” They, especially Emma and Spenser, talk like grownups. It wasn’t cute to hear a girl Emma’s age tell Spenser that she came with Cameron and she was leaving with him. Back in the day the show was filled with drama and excitement. Now it just seems to be repeating itself. Where is Carly’s daughter? I don’t care for the new Franco. I cried during Dr. O’s song to her children. That was touching. Come on GH get more creative.

anonymous
anonymous

I know I read that ronn moss used to be in a band before he was on the bold and the beautiful I didn’t know it was player.!!!! He still looked like ridge forrester ridge forrester
trying to win back logan. Except this is general hospital. How does Nicholas know player and why would spencer be able to get them to sing.? GH should bring Courtney back to life for one day so she can see her son, she wouldn’t believe it!!!!

Rose
Rose

Am I just a horrible human being… but I am soooo tired of the little kids. They were cute for a few episodes but now every time time I see them I just want to lose it. Fast foward baby! They are cute, but that’s not why I watch soaps… I want to see the adults.

I’m going to go hang my head in shame.

Tiffany
Tiffany

Cameron didn’t come till 04 he would only be ten. Morgan and Molly where around longer

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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