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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.

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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
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
Rodd

I totally agree, Aria.

Anne
Anne

I’m with you on this one.

dmr
dmr

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

Celia
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: caput.
This would be a good time for Nik to show up. He took his son to assure him he is alive; and, Spencer is not to disclose this knowledge.

Celia
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 lackeys to do it for him.
Will spencer be taken to Nik; or will Nik show up in the flesh?
However he presents himself to Spencer, Nik will iron things out with his son, for the kid’s own sake.

Mary SF
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
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
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
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
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
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 birds with one stone. They will both be leaving……not too happy about that. Love them both.

Soaphound
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
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
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
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
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 watched with me late last night……according to him, Sam is displaying a rare malaise caused by ingesting some kind of bacteria; if the diagnosis is not psychological.
The disease actually has a name. But, I would not be so presumptuous as to jump the gun.
If this is, indeed, the case, it is a wonder Scout is safe from it….is Sam supposedly nursing?
Sorry….did not mean to go off track…..
Imagine Liesl on stage, Shay….what else could we ask for? Ahhh, maybe a little Faison, as her
partner in song……what a novel idea. Perfection. LOL.

JK
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
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
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
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
Bonnie

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

su0000
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 years ago, when I made, exactly, your point…..not only between children, but reducing characters’ age by a decade or more, especially, when they look their age.
Oh, Steve, by the by, Tyler is only two years younger than Nick S.

Timmm
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 pay compared to a normal 9-5 job, you have to wake up and smell the coffee. [Even if it was imported by SONNY!]

Celia
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 takes hold of the situation presented before him effortlessly.
He is focused and incredibly credible ( accidental oxymoron, lol).
I cannot say the same for Maurice. His representation of Sonny is waning. I loath Sonny, but I am indifferent to the actor. I like him, I guess, but not his acting. That’s how I feel.
Burton proved his mettle to me by the end of his run as Dylan.
However, there is no comparison between him and Eric. And, Maurice? Not even in the running.
…..which is exactly my point….how do some of these ‘actors’ manage to hit the stage, with little or no talent and thrive? Most people WORK for their millions/billions. Luck?? Fate?? Right place at the right time? …..speaking of which; Kelly Monaco. Nothing about her translates to, “good acting”…….
….my opinion.
Many think Nathan is a ‘dud’ actor, but,he has charisma…loaded with it….makes a lot of difference, I think.
I am not a great fan of Amy….cannot grasp how the frivolity of this storyline is supposedly reeling us in; but, the girl can act…the writing su**s. Risa expounds her delivery natually—-and her facial expressions is an open book. Her face tells a story. There is a day-and-night difference between Risa’s stage presence and Kelly’s….
I bet you did not expect the rant, eh, T?
But, gee…we haven’t talked in ages. LOL.

luisa
luisa

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

Bonnie
Bonnie

but weren’t you watching?? ; )

Mateo
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 for this reason. They manage to bring out the best in just about every actor they have. Kudos for a great moment in the magic history of GH.

Steve
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
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
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
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 seemed so out of character for Valentin to be putting so much stock in to … ??? this … or whatever.

as if this is the only way for Valentin and Alexis as 1/2 brother and sister.. to not see eye to eye. thereby giving Alexis that step up to reach her moral ground.. where we are not allowed.

Spence being cute and all… does generate. it will be interesting to see how Valentin will take care of this

PLEASE GH… no more one step forward two steps back. ENOUGH already. MOVE

Rebecca1
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 her persona life that they neglected to get her reaction over hearing of her nephew’s death. If anything, I think Alexis should feel the same wrath as Spencer and go after Valentin with a vengeance…even if she think’s it’s futile…to exact some kind of revenge…attempted justice, etc.

Alexis doesn’t need to step up to her moral ground; she never lost it. She got lost in love and closed her eyes to certain things for Julian. Until she couldn’t. Like Carly has done with Sonny, Liz with Franco, Nathan for his mom, Dr. O, Dante for his dad, Sonny…LOL. Many of the “good” characters have looked the other way for their less-than-good loved ones.

What I found frustrating was the dialogue where Valentin accused Alexis of taking advantage of Spencer for money. It was ridiculous. I can’t even imagine Alexis is charging Spencer! She’s doing this for her nephews…Nicolas AND Spencer. No ulterior motive; that much is too obvious for Alexis not to have slammed down from the start.

I think (hope) Nicolas will show up at some point…regardless of who’s playing him.

rose
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 was even on Y&R), who plays a very nice, kind woman, but homely in most people’s eyes, and how she connects with a once handsome, blind, ex-military flyer, who before his injury was going to rent the cottage for his honeymoon. He did come back to the cottage to heal and hide. Eventually they only saw the inner “beauty” in each other no matter what the ret of the world saw.

What if Ava and Nik do the same thing for each other? 🙂

Rebecca1
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 going crazy mad at him and Spencer wouldn’t have told Charlotte.

The above was one theory that Valentin and Nicolas were in the “fake” death together.

However, if they weren’t…and Nicolas just plunged into the abyss and is living somewhere with amnesia (lol..maybe Steve Burton will be the new Nicolas with a new face!) then yeah; maybe he’ll come back as a blind man. Interesting! Of course..as all fairy tales go…I’d really like them to both heal. With all the miracles on GH Ava should be able to get her face back even if it’s a mask or mold of her face!!! LOL!

rose
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 I want him to stay. However he still has to account for shooting Nik, whether he killed him or not…which I suspect he did not. And I am game for having Stabile as Nik. I liked his chemistry with with Maura.

But his touching scene with Ava at her bedside was classic and felt really genuine. And as others have mentioned, it was really nice that Maura didn’t overpower him.

Patrick
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 baggage that bogs him down… dead bodies and what not.

GH ; LISTEN … find a way to bring back Tyler Christopher

Bonnie
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
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 wasn’t watching during te Serena years, and even though it was a sad time for them to be reunited, I enjoyed watching Scotty with his daughter. But I five minute chat with Laura was tne Lee Baldwin tribute? What a waste. I tuned in for that? Tracy got a better send off.
With having said that, the one bright spot of the episode was watching the interaction between Ava and Spencer. It brought me to tears. That little guy can act his butt off. It almost made me want to start watching again until I heard he was leaving. I tuned in for the first time in months to see a so called “tribute” to a vet which was a big let down, but little Spemcer saved the day, and. now I hear they might be getting rid of him. Now I know why I won’t be tuning in tomorrow anymore.

Grant Putnam
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 that they are cousins?

Judy Darlene
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
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
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
Ann

Performance from both actors was wonderful

janet
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 AJ. Also went to the hospital and brow beat a patient. Again . NO thanks. Stone cold is returning ??? Off to the gym.Now

Steve
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
Katiek

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

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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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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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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