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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Spencer Pays Ava A Visit In The Hospital As Maura West and Nicolas Bechtel Deliver Touching Scene!

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What happens when Maura West (Ava) and Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer) share a scene together? One word, magic!  In one of the top scenes of the week on the soaps, Spencer, who is suing Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) comes to visit Ava in the hospital at her bedside.

These two have more in common than one might instantly think.  First, Spencer commiserates with Ava on to the fear of seeing oneself after being badly burned.  After all, Spencer went through something very similar when he was burned and worried about his face being disfigured after the fire at Wyndemere a few years back.

This opens the conversation up to Spencer’s father, Nikolas.  Spencer tells Ava that his heart is with her, as was his father’s.  Ava tells Spencer that he reminds her of Nikolas, and that his father would be so proud of him standing up to Valentin.  She knows that her relationship with Nikolas got cut short due to his untimely death, and if he had lived, things in her life may have turned out completely different.

Ultimately, Spencer hopes she will testify in the civil suit to speak to how Nikolas protected her from dying that fateful night on Cassadine Island. Later, Spencer thanks Ava for making his father feel better and wishes her peace.  It is then that Spencer reaches over to the bed and gives Ava a tender hug, something that moves Ava to tears.

It was a beautifully acted moment by Maura West and Nicolas Bechtel.  We wish we would see more of them together in the future stirring up some trouble for the residents of Port Charles.  As fans know, Bechtel has already wrapped his summer run on GH, though there are more episdoes to come featuring the talented young man in the week’s ahead.  As for Maura West, she has made every moment of every scene tragic and yet triumphant, as Ava teeters between wanting to live, and wanting to be put out of her misery.

What did you think of the scenes between Ava and Spencer on Friday’s GH? Comment below!

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Aria
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Aria

I wish little Nicolas bechtel was on contract he’s so talented and his scenes with all his peers are pure magical to watch but his scenes with Maura made me ache for Tyler Christopher to return.

Rodd
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Rodd

I totally agree, Aria.

Anne
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Anne

I’m with you on this one.

dmr
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dmr

Nicolas has more talent in his pinky toe than some of the adult actors on the show.

Celia
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Celia

Say it again, dmr. Nicolas is so inspiring—I hope TPTB do not mess with his innocence. It is that purity of heart which is so endearing to me. I beg the ‘lords’ of GH to keep him as natural and ingenuous for as long as they can. That is his charm. The makeshift cellar looks suspiciously like the same one in which Maxie was held, doesn’t it? And the Spencer house? I don’t buy the hints, here and there that Valentin is involved in Spencer’s kidnapping, albeit I am probably wrong. But, then, Valentin’s newfound freedom would have no air:… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

You have a noble heart, Aria….. Nik should return, but I doubt it will be Tyler. We shall see. As I have been saying for weeks on end, now; I really believe Valentin and Nikolas, the elder, have staged everything on Cassadine island. As we heard Valentin say today [to Laura] Nik was on the run, hiding….ending up in Greece. Perhaps, Valentin aided Nik. Perhaps, Valentin has contacted Nik to tell him what is going on with Spencer….how desolatep and painfully angry the boy is. Hence the kidnapping. Either Nik did the deed himself, or he sent one of his… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It was touching especially after Avery’s reaction to seeing her mother’s appearance. Normally both of them can over act a times, but I thought they both toned in down enough to make the scene very sincere and sweet- And it proves once again, sometimes in soaps, simple works best.

JMER
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JMER

Nicely said. Those were my exact thoughts, and I was pleasantly surprised since I only tuned in for the remembrance of Lee Baldwin.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

That was the reason I tuned in as well. As I said below, where was the so called tribute? But the scene between Ava and Spencer was terrific. Classic soap opera at its best

Suzie rm
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Suzie rm

Great scene. Spencer with Laura and Kevin has been a bright spot this summer. The show desperately needs to change its focus and having Spencer back has helped. To bad he is leaving

Still a fan
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Still a fan

It’s rare on daytime that one gets to see a child actor that can go toe to toe with an adult actor with more than 20 years of experience and hold their own. This young man holds his own with with everyone he works with. I’ve been lucky enough to watch Ms. West entire daytime time career. From when she started on atwt on to y&r. I was so glad to see that gh didn’t let her get away. Another Emmy is in the near future. Kudos to both of these wonderful actors.

Celia
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Celia

Indeed, Still a fan….love this kid. He just fits any part he plays; assuming any role. My son loves him on the Disney Channel, ” Stuck In The Middle”. I must confess, somtimes I watch with him…..and, Nicolas does not disappoint. So sure of himself. He’s just a little wonder. Not only is he a proficient, young actor, he’s a genius; so gifted!! I wish he were on everyday. I always look forward to his return. Sadly, some of my favorites won’t be returning. Liesl is out for blood in her revenge of Finn—-my guess is she’ll kill Hayden. Two… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Celia, how great was this scene? It’s the first time I’ve teared up in ages. I winced when Spencer hugged her, imagining the pain. But Ava knew it was worth it. Kudos to whoever created this Idea! And I have a possibility as a solution to the Liesl problem, since I’m also a fan. Unable to find a job in the medical field, she gets a gig at The Floating Rib singing songs from Broadway shows and other popular hits. Why not? Her WILKOMMEN number was fabulous two years ago. Sure beats saying goodbye for good!

Celia
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Celia

@Soaphound.
Ohhhh, I really like your ‘cabaret’ idea at the Floating Rib. Kathleen/ Liesl would be purrfect! Right style, right moves, right voice, right attitude.

Steve
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Steve

That cabaret act would be very “Chicago” like.

It might take some finagling by Maxie to get her muttah-in-law to work there. Don’t forget Mac owns the joint and Liesl put his brother in a coma for a year.

Shay
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Shay

Or as someone else suggested, Liesl could buy the old Campus Disco and turn it into her own nightclub with karaoke and cabaret night…an endless opportunity for her to perform to her (and our) hearts’ content!!!!

Celia
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Celia

@Shay. Wouldn’t that be the cat’s meow, Shay? LOL….how did this expression come about? I heard it for the first time very recently on “I Love Lucy”…..love those classic shows. They never go out of style. Howevah….If only Liesl would stick around, but, as I said, I think she will take her revenge on Finn by killing Hayden….hope the baby will survive, if that’s the case. Bad, bad, bad, all around. A karaoke/cabaret establishment run by no other than Dr.O would liven up the depressing ambiance….perhaps, even straighten Sam’s head. Actually, what Sam may have is no joke. My husband… Read more »

JK
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JK

ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL…. MAURA WEST, AS ALWAYS, WAS TERRIFIC AND NICOLAS WAS OUTSTANDING…LOVE THEM BOTH…..PLEASE BRING BACK TYLER CHRISTOPHER OR SOMEONE NEW TO CONTINUE THIS STORY……HE WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH AVA AND THEN VALENTIN IS PROVEN NOT TO BE A KILLER….THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS…..RUN WITH IT GH!!!! MORE SCENES BETWEEN THESE TWO PEOPLE…HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Ohhhh…I was wondering if lil Nicolas Bechtel was staying. He is so completely adorable in every way…and completely charming in his rambunctious, yet-oh-so wise-beyond-his-years way. He is at once brilliant and then can turn on a dime to a vulnerable little boy! Love him!

The scene between Spencer and Ava was pure soap opera gold. So completely touching…just beautifully acted and displayed more humanity in that one scene than too many scenes put together to count.

Great job!

Patrick
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Patrick

” God ” can you imagine… if GH ! and/or TPTB just simply gave us.. the audience , back, Tyler Christopher.. and we’d have another ready made family. dag! this was so enticing and we were all in savor mode… till he was FIRED.

Nicholas / Ava / Spencer ( w/ Avery and Kiki )

Valentin / Nina / Charlotte

Ned and Olivia

Kiki and Dillon

Kevin and Laura

Lucas and Brad

Mac and Felicia

just saying

rose
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rose

Another possible…Leisl and Faison. Not a relationship made in heaven, but when she got her “freedom” for her tradeoff for resigning from GH Dr. O did mention it did give her freedom to see however she wanted to see. And possibly find a way between them to cause more intrigue and mischief.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

He was not fired, he did not want to renew his contract is was all about money…after he got the Emmy

su0000
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su0000

Christopher recently opened up about his departure explaining that financial reasons kept him away.

“We couldn’t come to an agreement that made sense for me and my family,” the actor said. “As we all know, the economics of daytime have changed. As a result of that, I just couldn’t make this work.”

🙁 🙁

Lois
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Lois

This was an epic GH moment! One of the best series of scenes ever! Maura and Nicolas were magnificent in their deep, emotion filled drama! Both are phenomenal! I was touched beyond words by their dialogue, etc. Nicolas is so amazing! I love him! He can play with anyone and do it brilliantly! I am going to miss him again. I hope he can pop up now and then when we least expect him too. A bravo, standing Ovation! Together, they delivered the knockout punch!

Lois
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Lois

I wish too Nicolas was under contract, then we would have him. But what we do get is magical. It made me want Nik back for Ava in the form of Nick Stabile! If Tyler can’t, then make Stabile an offer to come back. Stabile and West had sizzling chemistry!

jeanine girard
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jeanine girard

I am so with you on bringing back Nick Stabile as Nicholas!! Thought he was terrific with charisma galore and chemistry with Ava! Please make this happen, GH!

Steve
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Steve

Stabile was okay as a temporary replacement for TC, but I don’t buy him as a long-term Nikolas. Yes, he did have a good rapport with MW, but I chuckled when he called GF mother. There’s a 9-year difference between “mother” and “son’.

I eagerly await Rebecca’s reply about age not mattering on soaps 🙂

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Haha, Steve. You know it! So…ahem…Tyler is 44; Nick Stabile is 46…Genie Francis is 55. So, basically, she’s too young to be the mother of either! But…we went with it.

Kin Shriner is 63, Roger Howarth is 48. I guess “Scott” fathered him at 15!

Jane Elliott is 69, Wally Kurth is 58.

Get where I’m goin’? 😉

Celia
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Celia

My thoughta exactly, Lois.
I’ve been chanting the same litany since Nick Stabile replaced Tyler, for just that short while.
I always thought he and Maura had found their romantic niche, like no other.

Celia
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Celia

@Steve. As I said, Steve…we like who we like…I did not take to Tyler. Nah…. Kelly Monaco and William DeVry are eitht years apart….lest we forget, Gina Tognoni is only six years older than Michael Graziadei ( mother and son)….Josh Morrow is only eleven years older that Robert Adamson…..etcetera, etcetera. You get my point. I do agree with you, though. I think it is ridiculous; this age thing. There should be at leat, 18 years between a parent and child, before it defeats reality. This is the state of affairs regarding soaps….can’t escape it. I was decapitated a couple of… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Thats just it, Tyler didnt want to sign with GH because of the money they offered so bring in Mr. Stabile. He and Ava had their scenes together and were terrific. And also, Tyler is a good actor but is Hollywood knocking down his door? Acting is such a limited job. People take swipes at Braeden, Geary and Bernard but they have all become millionaires and got to act for 25 some years apiece choosing daytime. I commend Tyler just like I commended Steve Burton for sticking to their guns but the lust of acting and the money these shows… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

HaHa, cute, Timmmbo…” Even if it was imported by Sonny”. Very witty!! Well, I do ‘claw’ Sonny, more often than not. Geary as Fluke/Luke was an adjustment for me. Keep in mind that I walked into these discussions during the Fluke phase. Thus, I did not kow Luke….I did later, and I was impressed by the definite ‘switch’ in personality. Amazing actor. I do not like Victor Newman. He uses the love of/for family as a shield ….” I did it for you”,; kind of talk. But, Eric is masterful at his craft…he uses the stage as his playpen. He… Read more »

luisa
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luisa

nice performance by a actor she didn’t over shadow him give me this Gh and maybe I start watching again

Bonnie
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Bonnie

but weren’t you watching?? ; )

Mateo
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Mateo

Those two together were perfect. The scene was tender,poignant and real. Ava seemed to overcome the self-pity that has been haunting her just for that moment in time with Spencer. I know that Ava really loved Nikolas for that short period of time. They were so good together. Maura West just continues to amaze me when she takes what could have been boring or over the top and manages to pull in real emotion, sincerity and just pure talent. Nicolas J Bechtel is a star in the making. He just has great timing. That is a gift. I love GH… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

I can see why many want NB to stick around as he’s an incredible actor for his age. The show needs characters like Spencer, who pop in for a few months each year. Heather is another, and Serena could certainly fit the bill. I’m not going to mention those currently on contract that we can use a break from.

fginaspy
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fginaspy

I agree these scenes with MW and NB were special. A surprise to me as I find the character of Spencer mostly annoying. His current s/l is long overdue. I am glad it was addressed.

Evelyn
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Evelyn

That scene is what soap opera is all about. Outstanding acting from both actors. I’ve been watching soap operas for 60 years and have never seen better!

Patrick
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Patrick

I was a little miffed.. at the “story” between Valentin and Alexis… ? huh? it seemed so juvenile, beneath them… Valentin mutters … he’ll take care of him ( Spencer ) himself. I hope I’m not jumping the gun… as cute as Spencer is… AND, IM TRULY HOPING this is just a catalyst for Spencer getting his father back. thereby, Anna , Valentin, and Nina… can all… MOVE… ON I just thought the banter between Valentin and Alexis sharing barbs and wit.. as it were.. lame and inexcusable… all this happening over Spencer.. and yes… Nicholas is involved. it just… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Patrick…I didn’t see Alexis and Valentin trading barbs and wit. I saw Alexis telling him straight on that Spencer is suing him and Valentin obviously threatened by it. James Patrick did say in his interview that Valentin is still vulnerable…stronger yet can lash out or get defensive…even by someone like Spencer. At the moment it really IS the reason for Alexis and Valentin to not see eye-to-eye. The writers made a mistake by not showing a grieving Alexis when Nicolas was “supposedly” killed. They were as close as can be. But they were do concentrated on her despair over… Read more »

rose
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rose

New idea…Many of us don’t believe Nik is dead, and if not where he is and who has him…Valentin even said today when sparring with Laura he might have shot him but no one ever found his body after V apparently killed him…Ava talked to Griffin about how hard it would be to “get on with her life” looking like she looks, in comparison to Griffin. All this gave me, granted a far-out an idea, where to take Ava and Nik story. I remembered “The Enchanted Cottage,” one of my favorite older movies, with Dorothy McGuire ( at one time… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Haha, Rose! Great idea! Could also be a “Beauty and the Beast” or a “Phantom of the Opera” with role reversal…Ave being the “beast” or the “phantom”. LOL…they could make it an opera at next year’s Nurses Ball! I, too,think Nicolas is alive although I’m honestly not sure if Spencer is aware of it. I think not. If Valentin and Nicolas are in cahoots…Valentin gets everything and Nicolas gets to fake his own death…it’s still a mystery why Nicolas would let his son suffer and think him dead. Yet, dunno. Not sure Spencer knows. If he did, Valentin wouldn’t be… Read more »

rose
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rose

Am revising my opinion from a few weeks ago about Spencer. Had thought that he was just too overbearing and privileged…as well as being cute. But he has really shown some strategic growth (thank goodness Sonny didn’t “help” him), and maturity in his quest to get his home back by finally enlisting Auntie Alexis to help him with a legal suit against Valentin. Hoping this is also a turning point for Alexis, and gives her her legal mojo and confidence back. Also liked the popsicle scene with Laura and Alexis. Now to figure out what to do with Valentin because… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s unfortunate… how in the blink of an eye fast… that tribute happened, right? at the very minimum… I got to look at Kin Shriner. the saving grace… dag it ! YES YES – YES the fans all rejoiced. I too was taken with the genuine REEL that Spencer and Ava delivered. and YES I agree it made wanting Nicholas, back, that much stronger. i’m still reserving some judgment on the writers part on just how far Spencer writing will take us. or for that matter.. Valentin. since the writers DO NOT KNOW how to write Valentin out of his… Read more »

Bonnie
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Bonnie

This was the highlight of this episode for me, not a Spencer fan, but this showed he had some heart. Always love Maura, but this scene was sweet and both were wonderful in it!

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I was a HUGE GH fan during the Luke and Laura craze up until Frisco and Felcia’s wedding and the Robert and Anna pairing. Then life and work vot in the way and I started watching again when nd they had the 50th anniversary Nurses Ball and I got attached to the Sabrina and Patrick story. I stopped again because the mob stories and the whole thing with Helena Cassidine was ridiculous. Having said all that I was totally disgusted with Friday’s so called “tribute” episode. Kin Shirner stepped up to the plate and gave a heartfelt performance. Although I… Read more »

Grant Putnam
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Grant Putnam

The Lee Baldwin tribute certainly was a letdown and complete waste of a visit from Serena. She absolutely has blossomed and has a striking resemblance to her bio mom Dominique! The Lucy and Laura interaction was completely wasted in a hotel room setting. Disappointed that Bobbie and Felicia were not used. As for Ava and Spencer, does she not see that he is playing her! His dad is alive and well and he is covering. All part of his ploy to regain the mansion and return SORAS’d to take on Avery as the love of his life! Does it matter… Read more »

Judy Darlene
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Judy Darlene

Nicolas Bechel is a wonderful young actor. His portrayal of Spencer is just fantastic! The scenes with Maura West were so touching. Like many other viewers I cried. I just love Nicolas and truly enjoy all his scenes. I wish he were on more. There are so many possibilities for him. May God continue to bless him.

Linda
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Linda

Spencer is a very precocious young man and I laugh at many of his antics. However, if he were my kid or grandkid there are times I would like to send him to his room!

Timmm
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Timmm

THIS is GH period! You get hoodwinked into believing they will pay tribute to a legend and get the shaft BUT then they hand us the Spencer Ava scene. As was the case in “The Facts of Life”, you take the good with the bad! BUT then, this is why GH is so far behind Y&R, no balance!

Ann
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Ann

Performance from both actors was wonderful

janet
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janet

This was great. They both brought their A game.. I usually get turned off with Spencers over acting. They both broke my heart. He has a reason to spout off, his father is dead, and his home is gone. MW also did a great job. The tribute was a way to get us to tune back in. Worked for a while, its off now. Every time I relent, and watch ,there is sonny. FF is mine. Doesn’t he and Carley ever have a day off. No thanks. Reading how they called Ava names took her child etc, when Sonny killed… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Just in the nick of time. It’s getting tough to separate who we’re discussing. Three males, three different spellings:

Nicolas (Bechtel) – plays Spencer
Nikolas (Cassadine) – also referred to as Nik.
Nick (Stabile) – temporarily played Nik.

I find it slightly amusing when actors and characters have the same first name, but spell them differently. In addition to Stabile, Sean Blakemore played Shawn while Rick Hearst played Ric Lansing.

Katiek
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Katiek

Tyler must come back as Nik. He’s deeply
Missed.

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