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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Spencer is Rocked When He learns Nikolas Slept With Esme; Ava Gets the Hook

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Nicholas Alexander Chavez in all probability just nailed his second Daytime Emmy with a gut-wrenching performance as Spencer Cassadine on Friday’s episode of General Hospital. Back in June of this year, Chavez took home the Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series award at the 49th annual Daytime Emmys ceremonies.

Friday’s much-talked out performance came after Spencer walked in on a moment where Ava (Maura West) was getting into a fight with Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), over him sleeping with Esme (Avery Pohl).  An upset Ava tells Spencer that Nikolas betrayed her with Esme.  As they bicker in front of Spencer, Nikolas puts the blame on Ava, claiming she wanted to destroy any chance of a relationship with his son.  Then, Nikolas goes so far as to bring up the late Kiki, which leads to an Ava bitch-slap across the face of Nikolas. Ava then heads out leading to the highly-anticipated showdown between Spencer and Nikolas.

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In tears, Spencer demands to know how long Nikolas and Esme were having an affair, but Nikolas swears it was one time, and a horrible mistake. Nikolas tries to justify his actions by pointing out that Esme told him that she had broken up with Spencer.  Appalled, that his father would sleep with his supposed girlfriend, Spencer goes on to say that he had a plan to keep Esme close all in his efforts to save Trina (Tabyana Ali) from going to prison.

Now, beginning to get angry over his father’s betrayal, Spencer accuses Nikolas of all of this being a revenge-plot against him.  Although Nikolas says there was no plot, Spencer goes in on him saying lying about it and covering it up was wrong.  Nikolas rationalizes all, by saying he did not want to hurt Spencer when the two of them had finally seemed to heal old wounds.  However, Spencer brings up the deepest wound … that he let him believe that his father was dead for three years!

Then in a heartbreaking moment, Spencer admits Esme did not matter to him, but his father, Nikolas, did.  However, Spencer is done with Nikolas saying nothing will ever close the gap between them in the now or ever, and walks out.

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Elsewhere, Ava is drinking and comes upon a lethal argument between Austin (Roger Howarth) and Mason (Nathanyael Grey) near the picnic barbecue, where Mason grabbed a knife and was holding it to Austin’s throat, with very threatening words. It appears that Ava overheard them and then makes her presence known when she has a chilly conversation with the two of them, before she exits. Next, Mason realizes Ava must be stopped and can’t risk having her saying anything about what he thinks she overheard in his fight with Austin.

When we go back to Spencer, he has been guzzling down beers at the picnic. When Nikolas, then Victor (Charles Shaughnessy), arrive on the scene, Spencer yells at his father and spits on the ground and exits saying that he has had enough of Nikolas.  Victor questions Nikolas as to what has happened, and Nikolas blames it all on Ava.

As we come to the conclusion of the episode, Ava heads to the boathouse, and later is attacked by a grappling hook right through her side! But whodunit? That tis’ the question!

With Friday’s show, Nick Chavez has been named for the second week in a row, Michael Fairman TV’s, Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Nicholas Alexander Chavez’s work in his scenes with Marcus Coloma? Are you glad Spencer knows of Nikolas’ cover-up over sleeping with Esme? Who do you think hooked Ava? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.

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I was certain this performance would get performance of the week and it is so richly deserved! (: Second Emmy indeed, this was a superb performance, full of nuanced emotions and earned tears. Bravo!

Maura was great too – my guess is that ESME is the one who attacked her….

Celia
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Celia

Amazing performance—yesss! We do think alike, Richard, my first thought was Esme—and I said so on another site. Who else could it have been? Ava does have a few disgruntled ‘enemies”—-
I hear Nelle is returning, but her nemesis is Carly ( in my dreams)—- soooo…
We shall see. I only hope this does not get dragged on and on and on.

Rodd
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Rodd

Stellar performances by NAC, MC, MW and CS! It was a Friday worthy show, indeed, thanks to the raw emotions that lit up the screen; especially from NAC. Outstanding all the way, he is!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Great news for wonderful Nicholas Chavez and another out-of-the-ballpark performance. Not so great for his dad, who looked like he was dealing with a hangnail, not a family tragedy. I guess it’s hard to play guilty, because I sure wasn’t convinced Nikolas was sorry for the deed, just the comeuppance. Across the yard, I think the “hooking” of Ava was reprehensible. There is plenty of ugly violence against women in media already (not to mention life); these writers seem to want to perpetrate it, just as they did years back with the murders of Kiki and Sabrina. A simple konk… Read more »

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richard w griffin

I agree with you about Nikolas’s really ugly and pathetic response. He takes no responsibility for the awful things he does to others. A “hangnail” is exactly right, and he feels entitled to be forgiven by Ava – and Spencer – simply because he wants it, not because he has earned it.

I just don’t want anything bad to happen to Ava because I love and adore her and I love and adore Maura too!

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Satan

We all know Ava’s not relocating to Hell anytime soon. So far she’s survived cancer, at least one fall of that infamous Windemere parapet, a fire that burned most of her body, being nearly strangled by AJ (after she tried to shoot him, but her gun jammed up)and being Ryan Chamberlain’s girlfriend. Among other things a Devil probably forgot about by now. She’s got more lives than 666 cats, apparently. So while the hooking may have been brutal, I would say it was done to show the mentality of the person who assaulted her. If it’s Esme, we already knew… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

I agree that the hook was gratuitous. I am assuming that the hook underscores the character of the assailant. On another note, Nicholas can exhibit a whole range of intense emotions without hamming it up. On the other hand, Marcus is a one note actor who just stands there gap mouthed and slack jawed while Nicholas and Maura act circles around him.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I know, Harry. I feel bad saying it because I genuinely like Marcus. He held up okay with just Maura West but with this powerhouse Spencer in the mix, poor Nikolas becomes little more than sexy eye candy. Heck, even a dazed and confused Elizabeth acted him off the screen at the picnic. Maybe he’s disappointed that the character has become, as Ava put it, a weak spineless coward.

Shari
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Shari

This young man is a superstar and I see big things in his future. What an amazing performance and it has Emmy written all over it.

Jamie Holland
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Jamie Holland

Shari, I agree. Nicholas Chevaz was so good yeaterday.He really does remind me when Jonathan Jackson was on. I see 2nd Emmy for Nicholas. And of course, Maura nailed it as always. I believe it was Esme.

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Violet Lemm

This thing with Ava seems like the work of only one madman we know,although he claims to love her,I bet he’s escaped now that Esme isn’t there for him. Speaking of Esme I don’t know if she’s that vicious, but very capable and blames Ava Iam sure, for their last go around. I know it wasn’t Nickolas, he hasn’t got the guts for something that brutal. It looks like Austin’s cousin but I doubt it.

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Pdames4

I doubt it was Esme because she knows that Ryan would never forgive her. I believe it was ryan. After all, he is a doctor he knows how to injure without killing. I believe he would love to see Ava suffer although he would never want her to die

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree, Violet, regarding Esme. Her games are psychological and sneaky; I could see her poisoning someone (again) but not a fishhook. If it IS Austin’s cousin, then I really need to question why we need MORE violence-oriented people. Aren’t Ryan, Miss Wu, and Sonny’s mob enough? Either way, I’m already turned off by the way this began. A foul taste lingers.

Patricia Perez
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Patricia Perez

Spencer is a great young actor, played his role so real like. When you found him he is phenomenal.

rose
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rose

I fell asleep during Friday’s show. From MF’s summary and fan comments I think I’m glad I did. What a horrible, dark story this has turned into for day or nighttime. And for all “Ava the cat” has done I have no sympathy no matter how well Maura plays the part. And “poor, poor” Spencer…grow up, get over yourself. Same for Michael. Nicholas is an embarrassment to the Cassadine “tradition.” The only one who amuses me out of all of the characters on GH is Leo and his love potion.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

rose I love your take on this, I also do not feel sympathy for any of the Cassadines. Now the thing that has been bugging me. Not that I really know any Socialites, but I can’t imagine them just literally opening up their home to let anyone just come in, wander all over ,in and out all over the grounds, etc and the lady of the house, in this case Olivia, prepping, cooking, serving, etc.Its ridiculous! Don’t they usually have a venue with Caterers? Good thing you missed the horrible thing with Ava, I think Ryan is loose, and its… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

A Star is Born! He channels James Dean with his ability to play a vulnerable and hurt little boy and then seamlessly moves on to externalize that sadness into the anger of a man.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Well Spencer is in prison,wonder if we’ll see all his problems he has there as they have with other Characters who’ve been there, especially M8chael who was violated by that burly prisoner.

Steve
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Steve

Really can’t see these writers going that direction. Maybe in act of redemption, Great Uncle Cyrus protects Spencer – making Laura forever grateful.

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Actress Alley Mills, best known to soap opera fans for her role as Pam Douglas (oh, those lemon bars) on The Bold and the Beautiful, has joined the cast of ABC’s General Hospital.

The news comes in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands everywhere on Friday.

According to SOD, Mills will be playing a mystery role and will first appear later this month on GH.

Previously, Alley previously played the late Stephanie Forrester’s (Susan Flannery) sister on B&B from 2006-2019, and was last seen on the soap in 2021.

Mills is also beloved by primetime fans for her role in the original version of the sitcom, The Wonder Years as Norma Arnold.

So, who do you think Alley will be playing on GH? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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GH’s Avery Pohl on Esme’s Return: “She’s Using Her Time Wisely and Waiting For The Right Moment to Strike”

Next week, Esme Prince (Avery Pohl) is back lurking around Port Charles.  When viewers last saw Esme, she went over the parapet at Wyndemere during a showdown with Ava (Maura West).

For months, GH fans have been eagerly awaiting to see just how and when Esme would return to get revenge, or find out what she is after.  From the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, it looks like the wait is over.

In dishing with SOD on her on-screen return, Pohl shared that Esme is, “essentially on the run.”  However, she adds, “Esme is aware of the circumstances she’s put herself in.  She is aware that people are going to to be after her.  She’s not dumb.”

Just what’s in store for Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Ava, Trina (Tabyana Ali), Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) now that Esme is back?

As Esme’s plan begins to reveal itself, Pohl shares: “Before she goes right back into the thick of it, she scopes things out.  She’s using her time wisely and waiting for the right moment to strike.”

So, are you glad that finally Avery Pohl is back on GH as Esme? What do you hope happens next? Who do you think is Esme’s biological mother? Do you want her to get her comeuppance from the Cassadine clan and Trina? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn Shares Excerpt From Her Upcoming Memoir

In celebration of beginning her 27th year as Alexis Davis on General Hospital, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, decided to mark the occasion by revealing to her longtime fans an excerpt from her upcoming memoir due out in 2023.

Taking to her official Facebook page, Nancy shared the excerpt starting with contained some of the back-history of her soap opera alter-ego : “I play the role of Alexis Davis. I am a public defender, prosecutor, personnel injury, civil, malpractice, tax and family attorney. I am the bastard child of Mikos Cassadine who died after being thrown into his own weather machine which he designed to freeze the world. My mother, Kristen Bergman was a famous opera singer whose throat was slit by my father’s wife, Helena. Unhappy with the turn of events, I hurled my frail 75 year old stepmother off a five hundred foot parapet slamming her onto jagged rock only for her to walk away unscathed. Even more determined, I shoved her off a thousand foot cliff into the frigid subzero ocean. Helena not only survived unscathed, she apparently scaled 1000 feet up the cliff and continued to wreak havoc on Port Charles.”

Nancy closed the excerpt with some special acknowledgements: “Always so grateful to have an ongoing contract, my own parking space and people I’ve never met who come up to me regularly and tell me how much younger I look in person. It’s a gift that I have been able to and still get to do what I love to do for such a gloriously long time. I love my job the most because it is the job that gave me the security I needed to greenlight Kate as a single mother, raise her while being able to give her the things I dreamed of giving her, put her through school all the way through college, and will hopefully allow me to spoil my grandchildren. The enormous love & gratitude I have for ABC and Disney for allowing me the privilege of working for them is immeasurable. But the real truth is without the support from all of you, this day would not be what it is. As always, I see you and thank you.”

Make sure to read the entire excerpt.  Now let us know, are you looking forward to what Nancy will share in her upcoming memoir? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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