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GENERAL HOSPITAL: The Verdict Is Read In The Case Of Julian Jerome!

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Before the judge read the verdict in the case of Julian Jerome (William deVry) on Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, all the key parties were sent a text message to get back to the courtroom as the jury had reached their decision.

Once Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright), Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), and Griffin (Matt Cohen) all arrived to the courthouse, it was time for Julian Jerome’s day of reckoning.  But it turned out to be nothing like that at all!

As Julian and his lawyer Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) stood to hear the jurors verdicts from the judge, here is what was read: “The first count of solicitation, the jury finds the defendant not guilty.  On the second count, the charge of theft of evidence, the jury finds the defendant not guilty.  On the third count, obstruction of justice, the jury finds the defendant, Julian Jerome, not guilty.  On the fourth count, conspiracy to commit murder on one Duke Lavery, a human being, the jury finds the defendant, Julian Jerome, not guilty.  On the fifth count, the murder of Carlos Rivera, a human being, the jury finds the defendant not guilty. And finally as to the last count, the attempted murder of Alexis Davis, a human being, the jury finds the defendant Julian Jerome, not guilty.”

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And with that, Julian is acquitted for murdering Carlos, the attempted murder of his wife, Alexis, and ordering the hit that killed Duke!  The courtrooom is incensed.  Alexis is hysterical and can’t breathe, Olivia screams out in disbelief, Griffin is dejected and up and leaves the courtroom, and Sonny is glaring mad as he stares down at Julian.  However, Ava (Maura West) is smug with happiness as her blackmail of Paul Hornsby (Richard Burgi) worked to get her brother exonorated of all charges.

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Alexis heads to a bar to calm herself down after the verdict, and over the man that tried to kill her going free, and her botching her own testimony (with a major assist from whatever Paul Hornsby gave her in the water she drank).  It was her testimony that helped throw the trial in the wrong direction.  As Alexis drinks, she goes over her testimony and what she was planning on saying, and she can’t figure out what happened to her thus driving anyone to drink … and drink.

In the courtroom as Julian begins to make his exit pass Sonny and Carly, he utters to Sonny, “You want justice? I guess justice was served.”  But, Sonny tells him justice will be served when he sees him in hell.

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After the trial, Ava finds Paul in the park and thanks him for saving her brother, but let’s him know if anything should happen to her, there is a letter that will go straight to the authorities.  Ava askes Paul, why is he killing innocent people who are complete strangers to him?  She doesn’t understand why.  He refuses to explain, but he notes that he understands her need to protect her family intimating that is what he is actually doing.  Ava suggests that Paul stop the killings before someone else figures it out, and that he gets out of Port Charles immediately.

And lastly, it appears that Claudette (Bree Williamson) has a daughter and she needs Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) help from some other guy in her life who has been tracking her from prison.  Nathan wants nothing to do with her and doesn’t trust her.  Will he help her? Is Nathan or Griffin the potential bio-dad here? More to come.

So, what did you think of the verdict in the case of Julian Jerome? Are you pissed off he got off on all charges? Are you glad Julian is a free man? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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su0000
su0000

Oooh god help! the tension the suspense the utter shock of the verdict has given me a stroke!..
It was such a huge surprise whoa I never saw that coming!
ooh please please please! No more shockers!
I can not handle the Climax !
0oo0oo lord! I have never been climaxed as the shocker of the verdict; Julian is free!

People !!! people !! CALM DOWN ! take slow breaths and the relax, the shock of the verdict will soon be controllable and you’ll be able to breath easy.

I’m so sorry that Jean and Shelly have caused you to stroke-out from the high intense climaxing drama!!

WHEW HUH ! what a surprise!

Celia
Celia

I loved it, SuzieQ. I must admit that it was suspenseful….all of it!! The expressions on everyone’s faces….all on cue.
Alexis was perfection. I really thought she was going to have a heart attack. Where were her children for moral support? Where was her best friend? But Sonny and Carly were there?
Sonny??????
He, who calls the kettle black? He, whose sooo frighteningly demonic stare was supposed to wither Julian? Not so much.
Olivia, hmmm….somewhat harsh towards Alexis. But, I guess it was the frustration that drove her. Weird to me that Olivia was there for Alexis and not those closest to her.
But, I really was not so surprised. As I said a couple of days ago. I suspected Julian would walk. Where does Alexis go from here. Will she barricade herself in the house?
I hope the writers take her down a constructive road…..none of this woe-be-me thing for too long.
It is expected for Alexis to retreat into herself and ‘mourn’ for a time. But, I will be sooo disappointed if she goes into an emotionally frozen state to a place of no return. As women, we are a tough lot….especially Alexis, who’s been through so much.
Yet, it would be understandable if she did BECAUSE of all the trauma in her life.
Good stuff!! Kudos!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

A shocking twist would had been that Julian actually was found guilty and actually went to prison…bummer!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

it wasnt a shock to me…who goes to prison on GH for murder-maybe if your innocent…guilty people like Ava, Sonny and Julian ect. never really do prison time…its lame and predictable GH writing once again…no need to take a deep breath here…only a yawn-and rolling of eyes-lol

Soaphound
Soaphound

Jim, what the heck are these writers thinking…or are they thinking at all? Don’t we see enough miscarriages of justice in real life? Ava skating on Connie’s murder still leaves a bad taste with me, and now THIS? Between this and Sabrina’s violent death, I’m ready to tune out. Right now, only my Billy Miller obsession is keeping me watching . Well, that and the meager time they give Tracy. Oy.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You are right,: su0000, what a farce!

Vickilynn
Vickilynn

sarcasm?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

LOL Su…I agree. It wasn’t a shock…I get that you’re frustrated with the predictability) but I do agree with CeeCee. I thought Alexis’s (expected and understandable) reaction…and Nancy’s acting made it worth it.) I like seeing Nancy in the forefront of story; she’s really giving it all emotionally.

curacaoman
curacaoman

When you think GH has hit rock bottom, they dig deeper. Have had enough and will not be watching anymore

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I mean, bad!

Ck
Ck

This verdict was HORRIBLE! More insult to injury, it wasn’t even an episode cliffhanger, it just played out in bad fashion during a regular episode. Everything about this was just BAD! The biggest disappoint is that there seems to be no justice insight for a legacy character. The best thing to come out of this verdict that Anna wasn’t there to witness this slideshow.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Ck, I feel your pain. It was a disgusting plot turn and an insult to longtime viewers. Granted, it gave Nancy Lee another bravura acting chance and, boy, did she deliver. But that’s not a reason to frustrate us AGAIN. Ava skating on Connie is bad enough and now she’s manipulating a sick kid’s mental health and, possibly, his life so her daughter can be saved a few Boo-hoos? The Jerome siblings are two irredeemably sick people and their Teflon Tactics are ruining the show for me.

Rose
Rose

Soap hound…Julian getting off was not surprise, and Nancy has been superb. Wonder why no one like detective daughter Sam, or the police commish wouldn’t have checked what Alexis had been drinking? It’s not that I love the Morgan character, but I am furious as to what they are letting Ava do to him. And now Julian egging him on in Kelly’s. Sonny also has been Teflon for too many long years. Again why are he and Carly not more alarmed at Morgan’s recent behaviour? It’s not as if they don’t know the red flags.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Totally agree, it was pitiful. Some intelligence in the writing would have AT LEAST had a hung jury as an outcome. Now Julian will be following Alexa around, wanting to reconcile. She’ll become an alcoholic… And we have to wait for Anna to come back to figure out Hornsby is the killer. And the “oh Nathan, you’re a daddy…” storyline. That’s been played too many times = boring. Someone please, just wake me up when it’s over.

Rodd
Rodd

This trial was what was criminal from the get-go. I don’t understand why the PCPD always have to be written as being so willing to arrest someone based on the flimsiest of reason. The DA takes the case to trial and the character-du-jour on trial is either convicted or not based solely on the will of the writers who are too lame to write an intelligent story.

Why can’t the writers take the time to research and write a criminal story that would allow their police to look like competent officers of the law, like good crime investigators, competent attorneys? The lazy writing just to move plot along really makes the characters look stupid and is insulting to the viewers.

Yeah, I know they wrote Julian into a corner when they had him stab Carlos and put a knife to Alexis’ throat. I will give them an “out” because they did have him try to call off the hit on Duke. (Killing him off was a HUGE mistake.) But when he actually got his hands dirty, he should have gone to jail. Instead of showing that crime doesn’t pay, the writers have once again shown that it does if they like your character. ~ Guess they didn’t lie Steven Lars since he went to jail years after the fact for manslaughter.

The only moment, (which only lasted thirty seconds), of suspense came when Julian told Ava that the jurors might use Sabrina’s death against him. Um, yeah, not so much.

I like having Ava blackmailing Paul into throwing the case, but having Paul so easily drug Alexis and no one in the courtroom noticing the sudden change in her or even act concerned, was blatantly dismissive; an over-sight. Paul and Scott’s questions and grandstanding were those of fourth-graders, not educated attorneys. Like I said, the trail was a sham.

They can only redeem a portion of this travesty by having Jordan research it and find that someone switched out the wire-tap warrant, by having someone trace back Alexis’ change in behavior to her drinking that water Paul gave her, and having Alexis or Sonny rail at Paul for not putting her back on the stand after she regained her composure. Maybe Anna will come back, tie everything together and give Paul the swift kick he deserves.

And one last thing…Please stop writing such lame stories. The plotting and the dialogue, especially, are so weak. Just turn it up a couple notches. Will ya?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You said it in a nutshell: “the trial was criminal.”!

Soaphound
Soaphound

I hope you’re right, Rodd. I would love Anna to swoop in and right these wrongs. Jordan will only do what she does best…arrest Jason or Franco with no cause, evidence, or common sense. And then race off for a mani-pedi with that perennial smirk on her face.

Marko
Marko

Totally ridiculous. The writers need to go. GH has become incredibly stupid and boring. The whole Jerome trial showed what a bunch of morons the cops and lawyers of Port Chuck are. Want to plan any mjrder and get away with it? Head to Port Charles.

Celia
Celia

You are absolutely right, Marko. I did call it another Mickey Mouse trial, a few days ago. But, the acting was very good, if not exceptional. I expected so much less….but, awaiting the verdict, as stupid as the proceedings were, was suspenseful for me.
Perhaps I wanted to prove myself wrong in that Julian would be found ‘not guilty’.

Timmm
Timmm

Well, ABC is owned by Disney!

Timmm
Timmm

Bad news Marko, the writers just signed a new contract!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Claudettes baby daddy-Valentin Cassidine….of course Julian isnt going to prison-there will be a who shot and killed Julian Jerome-and its Paul!

Celia
Celia

Hmmmm. A very welcoming thought, Jimmy. But, do you really think it will happen? I do not think William is going anywhere, albeit Sonny and not Paul may try…..
I did say that there was either a baby or hiding from a criminal. Both turned out to be the case. I am, however, sick of these baby stories. Not the babies, lol, just the stories.

Celia
Celia

Sorry, Jimmy. My last little paragraph referred to Claudette. I think it is very possible for her to lie and say her daughter is either Natan’s of Griffin’s. Valentin’s? Hey, could be. One never knows!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well, even if i did say who killed Julian story…the predictable twist would be he isnt dead…

Andrew
Andrew

All of this validates my decision in June 2015 to stop watching this idiotic show. None of what I just read above is good storytelling nor is it good soap. It doesn’t even sound interesting. It just sounds… stupid.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: canceling this show would be a mercy killing for fans. Sorry – I used to think that this show could be saved.. but no more. Glad I got out when I did so I can hold on to at least a little memory of the show it used to be and the show it could have still become.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

This makes me sad 🙁 But I understand how you feel.

Harry
Harry

Andrew, I am still hanging on a little bit.
I did fast forward through the whole court scene. I rarely watch an entire episode of GH anymore. You might want to give Y&R a chance–it’s been on fire lately

Aria
Aria

So base on posting you feel validated that you stopped watching the show, lol, ok, and you fell compell to let us all that are “still” watching that the show should be cancelled too, well Andrew you must be special? Hey everyone let’s stop watching GH Andrew took the time to let us who do watch know how bad it is.. but seriously I hate this storyline too but there’s other stories and characters that keep me and others watching, when I hear from posters like you I always ask why do they bother to post if they are just giving up? GH I don’t think still has the right writers writing for the show but I’m not giving up if you have wish I doubt, then really move on. GH will survive !

Andrew
Andrew

Well, my dear, I will comment as long as I want to.

Comment boards are here for people to express their opinions and that’s what I’m doing.

I guess we should all be grateful that Aria is here to grace us with your opinion about who is allowed to comment and who is not.

Aria, please send us all a detailed list of who is able to comment and who is not because I’m sure Michael Fairman would appreciate your oh so expert opinion on the matter since he’s not able to figure that out on his own.

Timmm
Timmm

How can you be a fan of a show and “Quit” watching it? You take the good with the bad. I hope GH stays on another 50 years!

AJ
AJ

I know GH is not a legal drama, but I would rather them just skip the court room if THIS is how they’re going to do a trial.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I know, AJ. I only wish they’d thrown in a shot of the judge doing a crossword puzzle while Scott chewed the scenery…again.

Celia
Celia

Was GH always like this, Andrew? That is, as far as a courtroom trial is concerned? Yes, the actors did very well, in my opinion. I believed their facial expressions, for what it’s worth. As I said, I expected a ‘flush’….. But, I was surprised, if not by the verdict ( julian being found ‘not guilty’ was a given for me), but by the good acting….regardless of the fact that the trial was a farce.
As far as Scotty; I just like this guy so much, I do not know what to say; except that every word, every gesture cracks me up. Is this typically his Modus Operandi? LOL.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

CeeCee…I agree. Alexis was very moving in her devastation, as well as her frustration at the bar because as a lawyer (and as the victim) she KNEW what to say, she KNEW she had a good shot at convicting him by at least causing the jury to doubt him, to sympathize with her…and yet she couldn’t because she was drugged. Unless someone realizes she was (drugged) this may cause her to doubt herself even more, blame herself…very well done. There was no way to draw out three theatrics of the courtroom because it was a slam dunk. We already knew Paul was going to throw the case…therefore he couldn’t ask the questions that the posters seem to have wanted. We, as viewers, already knew going in that he wasn’t going for the win. The safest way to “lose” the case was to let Alexis ramble, have Scotty make a few points and be done. Anfpd that’s what he did. Worked for me.

I’ve always loved Scotty. And yes, he was always a lovable, smart goofball but is another character that barely gets respect (though he has had his share of devoted romantic partners…Bobby, Lucy, Laura…though she chose Luke over him and others). Pisses me off, the lack of respect. .But he could care less…LOL

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

The theatrics not three theatrics

Timmm
Timmm

GH has always been campy at times. Like I told AJ, I give GH credit for showing the trial. I to LOVE Scotty. He has always been off-center and thats why I wish him and Freako had more father and son scenes. Those two play well off each other.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I know. Isn’t that sad? I remember when soap courtroom scenes were riveting must-see-tv. I miss those days. And its not about expensive sets, so I don’t get it. It’s like they’ve given up or just don’t care. Y&R’s courtroom scenes have been just as disappointing recently.

I agree that skipping it all together might be preferable to showing the audience you just don’t care anymore so why even pretend? It’s insulting.

Rose
Rose

MB…yes I remember great court scenes with Alexis and Diane “competing” against each other and showing their stuff. And even Rick. Plus just showing the backs of two jurors heads as the “jury” was a little ridiculous.

Timmm
Timmm

Well, I give them credit for having a trial. I know it was comical but their were some good acting scenes. We all knew Julian would be exonerated.

Christie
Christie

Absolutely ridiculous, insulting storytelling day after day. And to think that the lazy head writers overseeing this garbage got extensions?!?! Unbelievable. I’ve had enough and will not watch anymore. ABC should be ashamed, or is this all part of a plan to purposely tank the show to justify cancellation sooner than later?

This once iconic soap has become a total embarrassment, almost to the point of tarnishing its rich legacy. Very sad.

JMER
JMER

I know it’s not the writers’ idea, because they said in an interview over the summer that they want Anna to get justice (in an interview here on the Fairman site).

Michael: Lastly, please tell me you want Anna to FINALLY get justice on Julian for the murders of Duke and Carlos?

SHELLY: Yes. We want her to get her justice!

Things have been so sloppily written over the past few weeks with the hospital killer story and this trial that it’s clear that this was a request from the anonymous “suits” which may include FV or not, who knows. The balance of good to evil on this show is 25/75. Sad. I have never seen so many people say they need to take a break. And I have never seen so many people say they want to be interested in the show but it’s almost impossible. Fans have to block out things a character has done, many things, to make these romantic leads work in their heads. There is no hope, most of leads are unrootable. What kind of mesage are they sending to us by killing off Nik Cassadine, Sabrina, Duke, AJ and keeping guys like Julian on the front burner. Three of them are vets and the other is a nurse at GH which I thought was being revitalized. Having Julian go off canvas would have at least been one large step in the right direction.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I like Julian and I’m glad they found a way to keep the character. I loved AJ and am pissed they killed him off…not happy with Sabrina’s demise and I don’t think Nic is dead. We shall see…

Timmm
Timmm

Well, EVERYONE knew Jules was skipping these charges. Its a soap, he needs to mill around and stir drama! IF his contract was up, a different story. He will try and win Alexis back and be hated all over town until something happens to Danny and Julian will ride to the rescue! I like William deVry and glad he is staying put!

Mister Media
Mister Media

I don’t care that Julian is free and clear of all charges. I care that the writing of this story was substandard and that these great actors had the burden of selling this awful material. This is what happens when you’re willing to take any route to get to your desired outcome, regardless of plot development, character motivation and common sense. Long live GH!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I thought all along that Amy is Paul’s daughter or granddaughter, not sure yet,and she was mercy killing older patients and in order to throw the cops her scent Paul began killing random people at the hospital to cover the first couple of deaths– to lump them all in under the serial killer umbrella, to protect Amy.

As for Julian I echo other fans about this farce of a story line– I detest they destroyed the character Julian and now don’t have the guts to write the character out, but instead insult everyone’s intelligence with this stupid trial — which is why I hate all court room dramas on soaps because the don’t even try to make it believable– this is why it is difficult to invest any real emotions into these stories– it is all contrived stuff– everyone knew the minute he killed Carlos this would happen, he would go free and make Alexis’s life hell– but eventually win her back– YAWN.

Rissa
Rissa

There shouldn’t have been a trial in the first place. GH never should have written Julian’s psycho 180 at all. It made no sense. And the Duke part was long dead story-wise. Duke put a hit on Julian. Julian put a hit on Duke. One ended dead. That’s the price of being a mobster. Plus, it was a year and 1/2 ago, and we’re still hearing about it? Enough. I’m tired of all the violence on GH. I just want the writers to move on now. Use the verdict as a reset to start over with better stories for these characters that aren’t mired in boring mob mess.

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

I expected the verdict, the sub par quality of the writing of this storyline, yada yada. What really got me was the dollar store version of a major crime figure on trial. A handful of spectators some that belonged there, some that did not belong and of course lots of significant no -shows . No press, no jury (!) except for the one man and one woman (well, the back of their heads, actually) shown with some creative camera angles. And wouldn’t you know that one of them was the foreperson! LOL! One guard/deputy on duty responsible for a major crime figure and security.
Budgets are tiny, I’m not asking for a Law & Order type set up, but come on!! Heck, even Y & R sprung for a bit more for their last major trial. Sorry, I am very shallow but that stuff just stood out to me.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Yep; it’s noticeable. But GH’s ratings are lower than Y&R so GH probably has a tighter budget. Same thing with the Nurses Ball. This past year was better than the one before…that one barely had any recognizable faces and a few extras filling up tables. It’s just the now reality of a hanging-by-a-thread genre. They’re going to cut cost where they can. I agree with you that it’s not as enjoyable when it’s slashed like that but “it is what it is.” If it keeps GH going I’ll shake my head…as I continue to watch.

Rose
Rose

I can’t help but compare CBS to ABC. CBS airs, and seems to be more comfortable with what would be considered popular shows for a more mature demo…like award winning CBS Sunday Morning and Sixty Minutes. Now they are bringing back Kay to Y&R as a consultant with more of a traditionalist background to this soap, hopefully to better incorporate the new with history. Especially for long time viewers. I would think more $’s because I’m sure pharma advertisers like reaching these viewers as well.

I realize networks need to have up-to-date, with more contemporary, “edgy” stories and characters to keep attracting new viewers. But the point I’m trying to make is that CBS seems to do a better job of having shows and characters for everyone.

Celia
Celia

LOL, Rebecca. Maybe TPTB at GH shouldn’t have Finn go nuts and destroy furniture. Is that part of the budget??
Hey, Rebecca; did you notice how Finn did not even go near the side-table lamps? HaHaHa!!!!! I guess they must have been a bit pricey? Later.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Good point CeeCee. I guess they weighed Finn’s physical display of angst against the cost of full-bodied jurors and figured one coffee table equals a torso!

Shay
Shay

@Rose….Given the fact that this country “boasts” the most over-medicated population in the world, it would be a blessed relief if people of all ages would tune out those annoying big-pharma commercials!!!! It never ceases to disgust me how those things play one right after the other with no condition too big or too small to address with their ever-expanding array of meds! No wonder we have such substance abuse problems (of both the legal and illegal variety….) that seem to be growing exponentially….

Alan
Alan

Why would anyone be even remotely surprised by Julian’s acquittal? We’re talking about Port Charles…

Laura killed David Hamilton
Scotty killed Rick Webber
Jason murdered Lorenzo Alcazar
Alexis murdered Luis Alcazar and Kiefer Bauer
Sam killed Bill Malone
Michael killed Claudia Zacchara
Franco was a serial killer pre-brain tumor removal
Lulu killed Logan Hayes
Ava murdered Kate Howard/Connie Falconari
Sonny murdered AJ Quartermaine

I figure if leading man Sonny can murder a legacy character and not be ostracized by the supposedly intelligent people of Port Charles, then Julian will be just fine for killing a recurring character like Carlos.

As for Alexis — I love how a woman who’s spent the majority of her law career making sure that Sonny and his lil enforcer Jason didn’t pay for their multiple crimes lost her crap when the mobster acquitted was her own husband. Guess it’s not so funny when you’re the one robbed of justice instead of the one making sure someone else is being robbed of it…

daisy Rivera
daisy Rivera

when they to write this Paul guy out I’d getting boring

jaybird369
jaybird369

A, uh, few things…

1. Julian is found ‘NOT GUILTY’ on all charges…oh, gee whiz…’what a shock’…NOT!!!!!
2. Alexis acting ALL STUPID during her testimony on the witness stand!!!!! I know, I know…that slimy and murderous Paul drugged Alexis’s water (or whatever)…yeah yeah yeah yeah…I get that…whatever.
3. That so-called trial was BEYOND RIDICULOUS!!!!!
4. ‘Alexis heads to a bar to calm herself down after the verdict’…oh, golly gee…’very smart’…NOT!!!!!
5. Most of all, all of this is further proof that ABC/Disney knows NOTHING about quality programming…AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!! Stupid, clueless clowns.

Later.

davlestev1
davlestev1

HAHA ..tell us how you really feel

Timmm
Timmm

And Jay, the verdict came in and no Sam, Molly or Kristina there with their mother! STUPID!

ABC Suds Vet from the Get
ABC Suds Vet from the Get

So glad you pointed that out..

ABC Suds Vet from the Get
ABC Suds Vet from the Get

I think the trial and everything leading up to it is a complete study in bad writing and nonsense.
To make matters worse were the overly dramatic sound bites which were the worst I’ve ever heard played on GH.

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GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

Courtesy/ABC

When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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