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General Hospital To Air Special Standalone Episode Featuring Maura West As Ava Jerome!

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Circle Wednesday, January 17h, GH and Maura West (Ava Jerome) fans! That is when General Hospital is set to air a special standalone episode revolving around the character of Ava Jerome, as she undergoes surgery for her remaining facial scars.

According to a piece in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now,  ABC Manager of Current Series, Nathan Varni related as to what viewers can expect: “There’s some (present day) reality in the episode, but it sticks a little bit to what happens to Ava once she under goes anesthesia, and characters from the show’s past could pop up.  Anything and anybody can show up in this special episode.”

As to the GH writing serving up a special episode for West, the exec noted, “Maura West can do absolutely anything. She’s amazing and her talent is so incredible that I knew she could pull off something like this.”

So, what do you think about this “All About Ava” special episode on tap from GH?  Who do you think will pop up when Ava goes under anesthesia? Comment below!

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I love Maura West, however, I’m not a fan of dream sequences. Not really looking forward to this episode.

not looking forward to an entire episode of AVA

TPTB are really working hard to ingratiate Ava with the viewers. No can do. “What she did (THEY wrote it!) speaks so loud I can hear what she says.”

Sounds to me like you love to hate her…

No, Ashland–speaking for myself, I don’t love to hate her. I don’t even hate Ava, but I have no emotional investment in this character.
She’s a fairly new character and as talented as Maura West is, it’s slim pickings for the vet actors so why should Ava get a whole show dedicated to her?
Moreover, I don’t even see a scar on her face so the whole externalization of her rotten soul onto her face story is lost on me. I would be fine if this story were interjected into the text of the show but an entire episode dedicated to just one character?
No, just no.

I totally agree, plus I’d like to know what kind of anesthesia she’s getting. Usually you’re knocked out cold and wake up wondering about missing time.

Hi, Dr. Helrn Ruth,
….Not necessarily so…. depends on the person….While I was under ( during C-section), I dreamt that someone broke into my house and stole money I kept in my jeans….I do not keep any money in my jeans or in the house…..
In other words, some people do have dreams/nightmares….the dreams are sooo out there….making no sense…so……

Maura was very nice to me. I was blessed to be able to attend the 2001 Daytime Emmy Awards, and that year, As The World Turns was on fire!!

Maura is a Bostonian ( or/and its environs), as is my husband….have yet to meet anyone from the great state od Massachusetts who is not a ‘nice’ person. Some people forget she is a real human being and not a character.
You are lucky, indeed, to have met her., Jovin.

love her,great actress. want to see more of her. love her with Griffin

Well, then why are we seeing him spending so much time with Kiki lately? Maybe, because Ava just can’t stand it!

Excellent! Maura West is daytime’s best actress and she’s proven that between the three daytime roles she’s claimed. This Ava-centric episode is going to be a not-to-miss one!! I cannot wait to see what happens! The Queen is coming!

Maura Jo West’ these are the people that were deep in her life.
If they are going to give us a look-back pitty ride into Ava’s life then the ones below need to be her anaesthesia mind trip.
(If not then it’s all a total fail)

Connie Falconeri

A.J. Quartermaine

Morgan Corinthos

Carlos Rivera

Silas Clay / not Finn

Robert “Franco” Frank

Nina Clay

Mother/ Delia


If those people are not included then it’s nothing but unpopped popcorn.

I agree with your choices – totally !

Your so right!!!!

I for one would love to see Connie stick it to her

I for one would love to see Connie’s reaction to Sonny and Ava parenting a child together!!!!

A great appearance would be Kiki. Ava still doesn’t take responsibility for Morgan and now she warns Kiki to stsy away from Griffin. Selfish Ava.

Meaningful list, su, and I agree. While under the ‘influence’, Ava will be reckoning with herself, God and whatever evil has impacted her life…..Satan, in any and every for….her demons and then some. Kudos to the writers.
I, also, like the idea of peril versus beauty……the extend to which we will go….putting ourselves is such a dangerous road into the unknown, where anything can go wrong…..where there is a decided uncertainty, as to the outcome.
It is one thing to go under the knife as a matter of life or death; for health reasons—-a completely different one when it is elective surgery—we choose to take such risks for the sake of our ego.
Perhaps, it gives us a glimpse into Ava’s insecurity, where her only ‘peace’, her only ‘happiness’, her only self-esteem derives from what she sees in the mirror….her beauty. Ava is, basically, a very lonely, unhappy woman…and, it is not only because of her scars….that’s too simplistic. This loneliness, self-deprecating-inner turmoil ( of which she’s not even aware drives her) has probably been her loyal companion for years….what/who to blame?…her upbringing?…. Her family life or lack thereof?….. I am going to appreciate this….why? Because it teaches a lesson….’tis the song of humanity.

Oopsies; Correction of sentence structure…” Satan, and anything or anyone …….

I really have to appreciate any actor in this genre… tenacity and mindset

cyclical ? wait your turn on the turnstile

and you may be featured spotlighted ? frontburner or forever ??? backburnered, kicked to the curb, left for dead… or albeit.. the death knell.. written in to a corner. which … many fans.. have deemed Ava and Julian.

when these two started @GH… I thought.. MARVEL.. two intelligent.. characters.. who ACT their socks off… LOL… Julian could show us more

do I get the actors and character portraits wrong? IS IT ALL in the hands of the writers .. because they have to FILL A WHOLE HOUR ? and once their distraction is off of the fab 4. ( Carly , Sonny, Jason, and Sam ) that they care enough to detail the rest of the cast

OK – the writers faltered

they should NEVER have written… Sam so “determined” she’s that fulfilled in her new life as a mother.. and motherhood has taken over.. and she sits behind the desk @Aurrora… and in walks Jason.. SHE ASKS FOR A DIVORCE

that’s drama filled ?

Steve Burton’ Jason.. is so damned agreeable.. he’ll do anything anyone “close” to him wants. no questions.. no retorts.. no explanations… no details…

hey.. IF SAM is HAPPY … whos to question ? as he’s want to ask her.. “every thing is OK” is this what you want.

It gets cuter

irreconcilable differences…. he loves her and she loves “him”. Okey dokey

where’s the smoking gun ? wheres the passion sizzle… drive… SHOW ?

let’s see by now… Steve Burton and Kelly Monaco IN BED…. SEXING it OUT

I hate… Sonny and Carly…. can’t stand them.. WHAT is their everlasting appeal ?

Sonny soft hand as he clutches his imagined rosary beads….
Carly forever heralding her kick ass and take no prisoners…

where is the appeal


Ava Ava Ava… BRINGBACK DEhlia … and she gets so charmed and delights in any thing Julian…that she takes to Julian. and we’ve got the best laid plan for a complete familial bond

Dehlia , Julian, Ava, Kiki, Avery. wallah on fire… do I see a Griffin in the mix .. firing his demons cause he’s discovered sex ?

cause he is a hottie


@suOOOO . you do make me laugh, as well

geez! I know … better pass the muster’d… cause Julian and Ava need redemption… so effin forget about Carly and Sonny. cause they bore

I TRULY hope Kim and Drew spark. Ava my love … it’s the writers… do they have a sense of humor… passion … drive.. ambition… a sex life ? Ava has all this… HELP. it’s too bad AJ was killed off.. Sean Kanan MIXED.

come February … SWEEPS time… this is all the eggs they have left

PS: “having” watched thru this past Friday ep. THEE flashback of all flash

I am so sold on Steve Burton and Kelly Monaco…. when they were

ideally… it’s going to end up

THEY were HOTTED ME OUT (sorry Drew)

WOAH – another topic. forget about Alexis and Julian… HOTTED ME OUT

must be my time… Julian and KIM…. William DeVry has a new leading lady

Hi, K/kay, my beautiful friend….I am soooo sorry!!!!!!! I did not mean to be such an idiot by confusing you. I should known better and pay more attention.
I agree, of course, with your words ….Ava and Nina are my favorite characters. I guess it’s because I have loved them from their previous characterizations on Y&R.
Also, one cannot deny their exceptional talent, as some do….
….and, yes, I am fine, thank you.
Stay well…and sorry, again.

ALL I have to say long live Maura West.. and her 4th emmy.

I hope so, Patrick. Maura has that wonderful quality few actors do: even if it isn’t “her scene”, she’s the one I watch anyway. Kim Zimmer had it during her prime GL years. Onscreen, Bette Davis had it, so did Barbra Streisand. They can’t help it, they’re magic.

Appealing visuals on Steve and Kelly, there, Patrick. Agreed…..I was pleasantly stunned…Jason and Sam had it going….never felt that with Sam and Drew!!!!!! What a mismatch. Sam and Jason exploded with lust, passion and LOVE….
Comparing them to Julian and Alexis distorts the picture….how right you are!!
Firstly, inasmuch as I truly like Nancy as an actress…. Alexis does not have that youthful luster or ebullience inherent to carefree, abandoning love, which only youth can provide——Julian could inspire with someone younger…..with Kim, you say? I can see that—second chance at love, in one’s mature years……not too much showy-showy…keep it off screen.

Hey Cee Cee it’s fine just did not want credit or discredit for something I posted ! Trying to enjoy the shows again since finally got sister safe and situated she got early Alzheimer’s young age which is worse then old age they decline at a more rapid pace she is widowed no children she left me in charge which has sometimes been a curse . You keep on watching you and Suoo help keep the gender alive.


Love ava i want stick to Carly but all day no way

Thank you, Helen……the scene today was so disturbing to me. Carly is not Avery’s mother and the writers should change this song. I cannot sing along.
No matter how rotten Ava is, Sonny is a hundred times worse…..and Carly is no babe in the woods.
This ‘thing’ would not hold any water in real life, writers are toting a bucket full of holes…….Ava would have custody outside of soapland. It just makes no sense.
I grit my teeth in frustration every time I see Sonny. I can tolerate Carly ouside of Sonny’s space, on her own, or with other characters…..
…..But, with Sonny?….when they act like a normal couple, raising kids? Oh, Lordy Lord, I feel my stomach going on the rampage.

I agree…Why???
I don’t like her character. She’s a crook that keeps getting away! When is she ever going to pay?

I disagree, kay ( very unusual for me, as typically, I always agree with you, LOL)…. this is not about how evil the character is, or how much we like or do not like her….not about our feelings, emotions etc. It is about how profoundly a protagonist engages us. Maura plays the villainess with a heart ( when she wants to) to the hilt. A perfect reincarnation of Lana Turner in “The postman Always Rings Twice”—old world acting, not the mealy-adaptation with Jessica Lange.
I can’t stand Carly, but, goodnes me, Laura is an AMAZING actress—yet, she will never hold a candle to Maura’s IT factor, in my opinion. No one on GH can….not for me.
I am fair rnough to pay tribute to those who deserve it; even Sonny if I thought Maurice was a grand actor….I can separate the two….but, this actor’s acting does not WOW me…nothing to rave about, as would Faison, Victor Newman, Victor Kiriakis, or Stefano DiMera—each has that innate ability to make a scene riveting–they have all owened their role by being multi-faceted. It is the style and talent of the actor giving palpating life to his portrayal.
Thus is Maura/Ava.
She expounds her feelings impeccably—with her, words are not just words….every word is measured and provocative; evoking rage and pity, almost simultaneously …..our make-believe world tells us Ava is a femme fatale, a siren…yet, our conscious mind blurs that picture when Maura is on stage and captures the audience’s attention—all my nerve endings come alive just watching her mere gestures….her pace is poetry in motion—-she’s magnificent.

@CeeCee…Since we are wont to carp about Carly, I must this once praise her character for the past week’s scenes with Joss…the topic regarding suitable apparel for not just girls of her daughter’s age, but all women, as well, was absolutely spot-on! It’s about time that this highly-personal choice made by each and every female enters the #MeToo conversation…exactly what one deigns to wear and the particular message it sends is something which we’ve discussed here on numerous occasions. Simply put, when one dons revealing garb, then it will most certainly provoke a certain response from the opposite sex, and if one is not willing and prepared to accept the consequences attached to that act, then all the slogans, pins and pr efforts are useless. I thought that this subject was handled quite skillfully by Laura Wright’s Carly and even though she was in a sense lecturing Joss, she also presented her with a sweet option in order to nudge her in the right direction..that was very realistic and delivered the proper message loud and clear without forcing the issue. I liked that! Furthermore, I felt that this brief vignette was far more effective than a bunch of starlets parading around in black eveningwear slit down to their navels. up to their naughty bits and with three-quarters of their cleavage exposed bemoaning the fact that there are men who actually have the audacity to sexualize them and take advantage of them via their power positions. Perhaps if they had only had a mother like Carly to guide them, they would have realized that when one dresses like a hooker, they shouldn’t be at all surprised when they are actually treated like one!

Hi, Kay. Well, she kinda paid. Burns all over her body. Excruciating pain. Humiliation. Lost her daughter to Sonny and worse…Carly! Is wracked with guilt over her part in Morgan’s death. Dealing with her own aging as she competes with the beauty and youth of the daughter she loves but envies.

Ava can never pay completely…nor can Sonny or any murderer. But, Ava, has paid more than many of the less than scrupulous characters in Port Charles. She’ll have to learn to live with her guilt, her inner torment…which will probably be relieved when/if Morgan resurfaces. Doesn’t take away the murder of Connie or her part in AJ’s death. But she apparently has a conscience which is why she suffers.

In the end, if Ava survives the surgery (I hope she does; love the character) and if the surgery goes well it’ll be interesting to see if she reverts to her old ways or if she’s been transformed not only physically but morally.

The other thing I can see happening is somehow Griffin and Kiki fall for each other, Ava’s current worst fear. That would probably send her spiraling back down the dark path even if her face is perfect.

Know who hasn’t paid??? Carly. if there’s ONE character in Port Charles that hasn’t paid it’s Carly. Someone paleeeez put that woman down!

Celia I think you are confusing me with just Kay that’s ok a lot of my posts did not get posted just as well hope you had great holidays not watching much these days any of them bored out of my mind. Concerning MW a good actress but like Stafford never truly developed that you cared about them you have to care even if they are a rotten egg you have to find a reason to want to care about them. Best to you !

Ava did pay the piper….let’s concentrate on Sonny and Julian who were in jail for two minutes.
But, not liking the charscter is a completely different story; and, I can understand that. We like who we like.
However, liking or not, one cannot deny beautiful Maura, lady that she is, her sky-high talent….and heart !!

She may be talented but garners no sympathy from the viewer whereas the standalone episode on Days centered around a very sympathetic character who felt guilty for shooting someone unarmed and was suicidal. It was an affecting and gut-wrenching episode with a vulnerable performance by the young actor.

They are just copying what Days did. But it will be so inferior.

If there was ever an episode that demanded a ridiculous ABC News interruption, this would be it.

Ava does not, under any circumstances, deserve her own “very special episode”. God, what’s next? Special episodes for Frodd, Nina, and the Twit??

I hear you!

Don’t give the writers any more ideas, Satan! I hold no animus for Maura West, but her utterly dastardly character of Ava certainly does not deserve to be celebrated! However, a “standalone “ episode could most definitely be dedicated to her many victims who suffered at her hands since she first strutted into Port Charles!!!!

My feelings exactly. If you don’t mind a twofer,, I also liked Rebecca’s comments, but I must say, it was the first time I wouldn’t have minded an interruption from the POTUS. I did love Carly Snieder, ( sorry about spelling) but Ava Jerome, not as much.

Hi, Shaybelle,
Yes, I agree with you….Carly is acting as the typical mother who micro manages her daughter’s wardrobe and “actions”. I have always maintained what a seasoned, great actress Laura is….her acting is outstanding….love her scenes sans Sonny….she adopts a different persona when in his presence…he’s an anchor around my neck, and Carly’s? LOL.
I did chuckle when Carly had Joss ‘model’ that paisley number. Oh, WOW….she’s all of fourteen!!!! Poor kid. Straight out of granny’s trunk!!
Yet, I understand how protective a mother can be….I think we women can all identify.
Now, amica cara, I am reading so much criticism and dismay towards the ‘unique’ episode concentrated on Ava ( but, we did see many ‘defunct’ characters) ….I ask you, personally…..would you have rather seen a lamentably ‘gastric’ scene with Alexis and Julian tumbling into their recreation of teen-love-oblivion?
I would love to see Julian, as Patrick suggests a run with Kim……we have really not seen him with anyone else other than Alexis, except for that two-minute scratch with Olivia. That doesn’t count. ….it’s a thought….

I think some of us are missing the point….forgive me, if I am being too audacious. I mean well…in no way would I affront anyone….
I think Ava is the perfect candidate to show the evils of a human being….the flaws….the egotistical behavior, without sound justification….she is the sinner of the worst sins.
It will probably show that even those who crawl on their bellies…even the unreedemable, may be redeemed.
That is not to say I do not share all of everyone’s disdain and bitter taste in the mouth over the accolades of a most soulless character.
However, for some reason, TPTB are trying to mold Ava into a good person for Griffin’s sake?
I think it depends on her behavior from here-on-in. The same goes for Julian, albeit he’s just as despicable.
The same cannot be said for Sonny, as he keeps stepping into the same caca….we may not see his mobster inclinations on screen, but there are indications he has not stopped wielding that power, or the instinct to do harm. I listen carefully to the dialogue.

I agree. I also think that it is interesting with how Julian owns that diner now, just like Sonny owns that coffee shop of his….

No affront taken, CeeCee!!! I know that you adore Maura’s acting abilities, so an hour -long showcase of her talents as Ava may be more appealing to you than others…I simply don’t see the justification for emphasizing a character who isn’t woven into the longtime fabric of GH…it was one thing with Luke and Tracy, and I could also see it for Laura, Anna…and even, God forbid, Sonny, as they’ve all been around Port Charles on-and-off for decades, and participated in some of its most iconic storylines. But Ava is a newbie who has too often been given pride of place on the canvas, and usually for the most nefarious of purposes, so whilst I agree that redemption makes for a tantalizing possibility, I find it too little, too late for this particular player. There were two great chances for a reinvention when this character was pregnant and as she later fought her supposedly fatal illness. Both plots offered her a fresh start toward becoming a better person, but instead, Ava just went right back to her usual m.o and avaricious antics… much as I cannot stand Morgan and don’t desire his return, what she did to him was unforgiveable…and making her pay with the pain of walking around with hellish burn scars that shall now be miraculously obliterated is hardly an appropriate penance for causing the death of another…..ditto for prizing her with a fallen priest for a paramour! As if that shall absolve her of her past sins….it only demeans the ideals for which Griffin supposedly stood before he gave them all up for this alleycat! Just as with Julian, there is simply no convenient dramatic device to undo the immense evil Ava has previously wrought…these siblings are both prime examples of writing characters into corners without any plausible means of escape…and no amount of clever revisionism or “turning over a new leaf” nonsense will erase their gory pasts and ingratiate them to a large swath of the audience.

@Ashland….Well, Port Charles can never have enough “legitimate businesses,” now, can it???? (Rhetorical question….Lol.)

Sorry but they do this redemption routine with so many characters (Valentin, Sonny, etc) and they keep on doing the same dastardly things. It’s just their modus operandi.

As for Griffin, if they really cared about the Devane-Lavery-Scorpios, they wouldn’t pair Griffin with Ava at all. They’ve given very little POV to the Devane-Lavery-Scorpios and the large share of it to the Jeromes, who we all know is an evil family and nemesis of the Laverys-Scorpios. This is part of their plan to keep well loved, legacy families down and give the airtime to the unrootable Corinthoses, Jeromes, Cassadines, etc, who are in no way the moral center of the show vs Hardys, Webbers, Spencers, Scorpios, Laverys, Joneses.

Celia, as usual, your thoughtful post has me thinking & reconsidering. I was ambivalent to this, as I’m a lifelong fan of great acting and Maura “Best” can certainly handle a solo episode. But I have trouble believing (as Shay does) Ava can change. And I find Griffin’s furrowed brow/puppy dog performances with her laughable. Talk about writing a good potential character–and gorgeous actor–into a corner! But Ava is obviously here for a while, so I’m gonna go with you on this. Let’s see where Ava’s heading. As far as everyone hating Julian, I’m beyond arguing as William DeVry is the sexiest guy over 40 I’ve ever seen (had to say “over 40” to leave room for Billy Miller). Thanks, Celia.

Hey, Ashland,
Very good point you make there, Ashland. Sonny’s outward, legitimate ‘business’ is a cover, indubitably!!!
So far, Julian has been a “good boy”…..but, will it continue?????? Will his diner prove to be a cover, as well, in the near future??????

Hello, my friend.
I do understand how hard it is to like someone as dedpicable as Ava has been….the worst.
I, also, must confess how enraptured I am of Maura’s acting. I have known no better thespian who can be so multi-faceted….who can act worse than Saccubus, then confound the viewer by delivering such impassioned scenes to make the heart bleed… to feel pity, albeit within the dark recesses of the mind we know how despicable she can be. But, she loves, loves passionately…
She’s an enigma, and I think this was the purpose…..will she be redeemed? I will accrpt her any way, the writers present her. Cannot help myself, LOL.
You, my friend, fell under her spell, a little bit. Sadly, most will never accept the rebirth of Ava Jerome…..I get it, as I will never accept Sonny as the exemplary father, husband ( fits the unreedemable Carly to the letter), or human being. It is what it is. Matter of opinion.
Thank you for your input….later.

Hey, JMER,
You’re right,
The PTB do play this redeeming tune a lot…..and, as you say, the baddies keep stepping into that sinful caca.
I have not seen Valentin do anything to hurt anyone since his shooting of Nikolas, which I still believe he and Valentin concocted the whole thing. Nikolas is alive. Please remind me if I missed anything where Valentin stepped out, again.
Also, Ava is trying, as is Julian.
The only one who can’t seem to climb that mountain is, Sonny. I can see it—his heart belongs to THE Jason and the life of a mascalzone.

Hey, K/kay,
Thank you for your explanation. I am so sorry to hear about your trials and tribulations……many are afflicted with this debilitating disease, mentally and physically….the families taking care of these poor souls are both heroes and victims, as well….it affects them in a very painful way.
Kudos to Y&R for bringing this sensitive disease to the fore…..nothing to laugh about. ….TPTB have been dealing with Dina’s illness splendidly, without exploitation …..

Hello there, Friend! I am replying to you here, as no reply button in your reply to me…

I like the way you call out the GH writers for trying to inject religion into Sonny. It is truly disdainful and an affront to decency. As I’ve felt all along, this whole Sonny situation had its genesis with HBO’s “The Sopranos” being such a huge success. GH wanted to capitalize on that premise, but they went overboard to the point of absurdity. Further, I think that the writers are also borrowing from “The Godfather” movie series, with mobsters dutifully attending church, despite their crimes and their evil. It’s become such a contrived caricature. It has no meaning or validity. It is an insult to viewers — and to virtue. Best to you, Celia!

Hello Celia! In your comment to me elsewhere regarding Italians, I certainly understand that you were not being disrespectful. Have a good day!

I have some calls to make to ABC/GH over this ridiculous Genie Francis decision…

Thank you, Satan (Now that sounds weird!).
I quite agree. There are so many veteran characters like Mac and Felicia and they devote an entire episode to one fairly new character?

I agree, Harry….and I respect what you say and the characters you mention. But, are they bad? Are they as mystifying? I don’t mean to come off as some savante of all things psycho-analytic, by any means. I just feel that other than flat-minded Sonny ( or perhaps Julian), who could represent a more ‘twisted’ mind, other than Ava?
Oh, wait….of course, Faison….can’t get more demented than that. LOL.

With you, Harry!

@Sat…you do realize who you just beseeched, yes? You’re slipping…

I’d LOVE it if “Frodd” (okay, even though I love Franco your “Frodd” cracks me up!) had an entire episode. Would be fun to see the inner workings of his mind and the demons (no offense) that torment him.

As for Ava, I think Maura is a good enough actress to hold our attention…as well as the stories that involved her that will no doubt play a part in the episode. Could be good.

As for Ava being a relatively new character as my friend Harry lamented…it doesn’t matter (to me) which character has been on longer. Just, who has the most interesting story to tell at the time. Ava’s gone through some heavy…sh….ummmm…stuff!

I think at some point it might be interesting to devote a psychological journey through Drew’s mind as he/we learn more about his past.

As a legacy GH fan who’s no longer watching, it confirms that I’ve made the right decision. Standalone eps should be for core families and rootable characters who the audience cherishes like Anna, Felicia, Monica, and Maxie.

Varni needs to go watch Days and the JJ suicide ep to get some clue.

I’ll second the motion!

Nicolas Cassidine

Huh!!! why does this character even get an stand alone eppy of her own , she has no history on GH , she is merely close to a 5 yr mark on GH & she gets something the other longtime characters don’t , have no idea why NV or anyone would come up with this so called brilliant idea , however their is an upside to all of this , viewers are given the profound opportunity to skip January 17th eppy of Gh , thank so much to ABC/GH.

Couldn’t have said it better!

Maura West is such an accomplished actress. Suffice it to say given any
Scenario / Script she can deliver brilliantly!! Thinking back on all the
grievances and heinously evil acts, Ava has committed on several
Port Charles residents… Yet..I still feel empathy and expect her to
rise and conquer another day.

I will never get passed the fact that she can’t have “shared” custody of Avery

I will never get passed how Sonny and Carly LORD over her.. Ava.

I will never get over how GH props the Corinthos.

this show is so simpleton… so easily let … for Sonny and Carly

this show has a huge canvas cast on which to draw portrait and script.

where are they

wasteland stench I know that

I will second that, Patrick! Every last word! Bonus points for the word “stench!”

Haha…agree, Patrick! I can’t bare Carly’s smug face and her territorial attitude over Avery. It’s Ava’s daughter…not hers!!!! Can you even imagine if Ava was raising Carly’s daughter!!!??? This ongoing “arrangement” is just as infuriating as everything that Carly got away with regarding AJ. Tormenting him, taking his child, poisoning Michael against him…and she STILL gets away with it. I’ve said it over and over but if there’s one character on GH I want to receive payback it’s Carly. She really needs to be taken down.

Jamesj75…hope you read this. Thank you for your second reply on the other page. I wrote you back…but it never posted. I appreciated your response and reaction. I DO hope things get smoothd out with your family; I can only imagine how frustrating and disappointing their different views would cause dissension to say the least. Have no fear, there are plenty here who are with you! 😉

Agree with everything you said.

You go, my beautiful lady. Fanny…..You got it !!! You see it !! Exactly my feelings. Maura’s brilliance as an actress, is blinding…yet, we cannot turn away from that light !!

Hi, Shay,
As usual, your eloquent writing, thoughts, perspective, bring me to my kneees….
Great pieve of work, if I may…literary writing…
I think this subject, as we can see, is open to opinion and intelligent discussion.
I love how everyone has offered his/her opinion politely and accordingly…kudos to us!!

@Celia,Sweet CcCee your the best!!!

And yet Genie Francis who started. On this show at age 14 is treated like a day player special place for you FV not that you will like it

Hi kay,
I love Genie/Laura….I wish she were on more often. And, I love Kevin…..together, they are invaluable, as far as what a normal couple looks like.
Plus, their interaction is priceless.
But, I think this is about a true, hardened sinner who has some reckoning to do with herself and her Maker.
Also, I heard way back, that Genie is not always available. Did I hear wrongly?

Thank you, my lady, Fanny!!

I think she is definitely going to see MORGAN!

I just hope that … IF THE WRITERS ARE SMART … they give Griffin the let.. and he’s man enough TO MOVE ON

his father is dead

his father is dead

how much longer are we to strangle over

his being made a priest plus a doctor.. and Sonny personal advocator . PUKE

act like a man griffin.

Oh, yeah, Patrick. I am sick of Griffin’s pity party. Move on is right….away from Ava….not man enough.

You are so right on this. Poor Matt Cohen’s countenance has a “poor, furrowed brow” frown permanently stamped on that beautiful face. To Griffin, Julian is permanently damned but Sonny is “a friend”? Oy vey.

Soaphound and Patrick….hey guys,
Why is Sonny sooo venerated? He’s teacher’s pet, thst’s why…..uhmmm, I mean TPTB’ pet.
Poor Griffin is right…stuck in the middle making him look like a mindless, defrocked priest….one who can see Julian’s sins but not Sonny’s????? How does that work????

I’m wondering if GH was able to convince Bryan Craig to come back for this episode because Ava and Morgan have history.So it makes sense that while under anesthesia Ava might think of Morgan.

I hope Morgan haunts her while she’s under.

And AJ, too!!!!!

Who will haunt Morgan?….not so innocent…He inherited the worst parts of his genitors. If he is dead, he is with Satan….if he is alive? He is paying for his sins ( what he did to Michael and Kiki) somewhere worse than hell.


I enjoy your acting so much.. Looking forward to it!

I admire Maura West. I don’t understand why the January 17,episode will be only about her. just saying please don’t bore the viewers.

Maura West is one of the most talented actresses today and will give 110% to this episode. She never disappoints and I for one can wait to see the episode.

I think a stand alone episode is a great way for GH to further engage viewers. Maura is such an outstanding talent so no doubt she can carry this. Interesting, too to see who will show up.

Please have AJ appear. Could be Sean Kanan or Billy Warlock. Just have to figure out how to get AJ back on the canvas.

I’m with ya!

Connie…maybe AJ….They should do a story that Olivia Jerome somehow used mind control on Ava without her knowledge and had her kill Connie and switch Morgan’s drugs…i like the character…used to watch her play Carly on ATWs…byt they need to redeem her and that would be a way to do it even if it sounds a little unbelievable but then again this is GH-lol

meant to say actress not character but Ava is ok too..just wish they didnt have her be a cold killer and get away with it..

What has Sonny and Jason got away with?????

I’m with you! Seconds re Julian.

I don’t much care to see an exclusive episode featuring only Ava.

Connie Falconeri should come back. She was an unarmed woman and Ava shot her in cold blood. And how about the Nu-Kiki having the confrontation with Ava from 11-18-14. Maybe Delia can make an appearance by visiting the hospital waiting room; played by Ilene Kristen of course.

Yes but Sonny shot AJ no problem right still fans kissing the ring of the cue card reader

Sonny “shot” AJ when he picked up Ava’s cheap $1.98 Wal Mart Special gun, which was already loaded with a bullet in the chamber and the trigger pulled, when it jammed up on Ava before Sonny even entered the room.

So as far as I’m concerned Ava killed AJ too…. assuming somebody else didn’t off him in the hospital, since he seemed to be surviving the gunshot wound at first.

And if somebody shot something into his IV at the hospital… that would have most likely been Ava too, for that matter. Because AJ heard her to confess to Connie’s murder.

Either way that death was entirely one of her construction, even if Sonny happened to be holding her defective gun when it went off.

Ms. West deserves this special episode! Her acting is incomparable, and her character is always compelling! We HAVE to see Bryan Craig as Morgan!

You bet she does. It’s always awesome to watch her carry any scene she’s in but to get to see her for a whole episode is so exciting. We’re lucky we still have Maura on daytime!!!

Thanks, James! “Lucky” is the word!

She’s a treasure, James R. Unfortunately, those of us who appreciate this wondrous actress, see her through rose-colored glasses, but everyone is entitled to his/her opinion….
I wish we could all look past the character’s misdeeds and look at the exemplar acting….I repeat: there’s no one on Daytime who can hold a candle to her….and, if I may be so brazen; on Prime Time.
Some do not like her, therefore, let’s throw her to the wolves?
I don’t care if her feet are not cemented into PC’s “hallowed” ground, as a vet……she is the only one who could pull it off. Why? Other than her sister, and Heather (Not familiar with other villainesses on GH), Maura is the only one with a more or less, normal brain ( not affected my mental disease) to pick. Carly could be a possible candidate, but not half as fascinating as Ava, in my opinion.
Maura brought her own light, her own style, her own aura; and it works. GH could have ‘disposed’ of her long ago….she’s here for a reason. Ratings?

No we don’t, James.
I hated that petulant, whiny little brat and I hope Morgan stays dead….so there!

“So there?!?!” Um, okay… 🙂

Sorry, James. I was kidding with the so there. I was making fun of myself. I tend to do that before others beat me to it.

Hey Harry! Thanks for your reply! I also used a smiley face, so that you would know I wasn’t offended at all. We all have our favorites and nonfavorites. That is for sure. Take care!

Glad to know in advance, I won’t waste an hour!!! SOOOOOOO tired of ava❗️

I hope Delia pops up!!

I can’t stand Ava. She and her punk brother gets away with everything and don’t have to pay for anything. Mob world? I don’t think so. I don’t know what the writers are doing; the storylines focus TOO MUCH on Ava and Sam. Can’t stand either one of them. Please put Jason with Liz finally.

“Punk Brother!” Great call, Acangie!

@Acangie,, yes, especially how often Julian loves to say he was exonerated. Hopefully, some day he will have a typo in his script reading exterminated!

I say no to “All About Ava”.
Maura West is good, but she’s not that good–no one is. Soap operas are supposed to be built on an ensemble cast. I have no interest in watching an entire episode of Ava engaging in supreme naval gazing. I wouldn’t mind the storyline as long as it was juggled with other storylines but have no interest in watching one show dedicated to one actress playing one character.
Susan Lucci would always demurred when fans told her she as Erica Kane made All My Children. She asserted that AMC depends on a talented ensemble cast and not one character or actress makes the show. Please, the storyline is fine but shouldn’t dominate the entire episode.

“All About Ava”…..Wonderful wordplay there, Harry!

It probably won’t be just “Ava.” If she’s under anesthesia we’ll probably see all the horrible things she’s done to the other characters who will be in the hour (give or take 550 commercials).

Drew and Franco should have their own hour too. Great way to tell their stories.

I, for one, am looking forward to the echos of Ava’s mind….

Hey there, Rebecca. And, yes, I just read your comment addressed to me on this page, above. Thanks for alerting me to the nonposted comments. And thank you also for your very kind words…

So glad! It’s like a jigsaw puzzle here sometimes…trying to find the right puzzle piece to fit a reply when it won’t fit (or post) somewhere else!


I am guessing Connie Falconeri….Morgan Corinthos and Delia Ryan.

I hope Morgan Corinthod pop up

Thanks for DVRs and fast forwarding. She may be a good actress but her character lacks so much. But writers are responsible for that. Still not interested.

Sorry but don’t like Ava. Such an annoying character. There are much more deserving actors on the show! How much is she (& her brother) going to get away with? Send them off to jail already and introduce some new characters.

It is not all about Ava,,
she is the driver but the car fills up with ”’ characters from the show’s past . Anything and anybody can show up in this special episode”’

I am looking forward to seeing which past characters will show up, could be fun..

(( I hope Carlos will pop in ))

I agree with you here, su0000. And, it’s just one episode; some people are acting like it’s Ava month! :/

Thank you, SuzieQ….and thank goodness for people, such as yourself, who look at ‘things’ with an open mind. You GET IT, my friend!!

Main ones to show up should be, Connie of course , Morgan definitely, and the one and only Carlos. Can’t wait to watch.

I have been a fan of hers since she first appeared on As The World Turns. She is an amazing actress. I am so glad that she joined GH.


This would be an opportunity to bring back Morgan or Nicholas, for a day.

Well, may be better than the boring Sam, Jason, Drew storyline! I think the writers need to come up with something less boring..I could not watch for a week, time back in and there you see Sam and Drew, same black leather jackets, staring at each other! Come on writers, do these people ever work! At least Ava keeps the storyline interesting. To designate a whole episode, not so much.

I love GH…and I like Maura, but I’m not crazy about this epi….we shall see

Victor Jerome – lollll – now THAT would be a HOOT!!!

Jack Axelrod is almost 88 and still is acting. As Victor never met Ava, that would be a very interesting scene.

Would love to see Connie haunt Ava, miss KS so much!

Her talent is great first saw her in high school acting with my son Tommy Burke we love ya mura keep up the good work.

I think it will be Morgan

Maybe Morgan or Connie the two people she killed!

Liv killed Morgan, Not Ava.

Liv made the bomb. Ava put him in the car by messing up his medication. So they both did it. Though I guess you could call it a Jerome trifecta because Julian the idiot didn’t lock his car.

Ava’s been wracked with guilt over Morgan’s death. And while Liv blew up the car, Morgan would never have been in the car if he hadn’t been in a-out-fof control spiral due to Ava’s switching his meds. So, yes, Ava was the catalyst, though unintentionally, that set the event in motion that led to Morgan’s death.

I’m shocked at how negative people are on here. You asked one question. W
ho do you think will show up. Yikes people are mean. It’s pretend. Morgan and Nicholas would be nice.

Agree. Why such negativity? Evreryone is entitled to their own opinions but I for one are just happy GH is still on and Maura is an amazing actress. At least it is a little break from the Jason/Drew story.

Right? Go Debra!!

I am not much of an Ava fan. She has committed murder.Stole her daughter’s boyfriend. Not once, but twice. Was very instrumental in the death of Morgan and now for 40 minutes or more the show will be all about her? WHY? I guess I will be watching someone else’s show at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17th.

She doesn’t deserve a standalone episode or surgery. How do you think she’s making young people who have scars feel about themselves?? She should have a better attitude about her so-called scar. SELF ESTEEM WRITERS!! This is one of the dumbest and most drawn out story lines. I will be glad when they move on!!

Listen,maura west is a amazing actress and a real life great mom.she has like 4 or 5 kids and has slowley become a solid main part of g.h. its not a big deal..if your a fan of g.h., you will watch like any other day…im sure it will be great just to see what happens….but i do agree what that other person said about sam.i love kelly monaco but she is just played out…imagine 60 min. Of her??who else would be more interesting than ava?? You got it ,no one…so get a snack and sit back and enjoy people…thanks

We did get an episode devoted to Sam when she was hallucinating from her illness. And it was well done and a great episode. I think these occasional “trips” thru a character’s mind are fun and a great vehicle to explore what’s going on in the character’s psyche if the story warrants it. Right now, Ava is having an internal moral struggle coupled with her outward insecurity…makes sense that under the knife her guilt/psychological trauma would present itself. I agree, not a big deal. I much enjoyed this episode over Carly lecturing Jocelyn on her clothes for most of the episode. That wasn’t exactly “riveting.”

As much as I like the actress…I feel that if those in makeup didn’t slacked on the scars of her burns it couldve been more compelling. This will seem to be a lackluster. She’s already with a hot young stud and you can barely see the little light blemish on her face. She really shouldn’t be hell bent on something so small. In the eyes of the viewers she’s already been healed…so this whole storytelling of her surgery is falling flat before it even hits the screen because GH wasn’t consistent to the extent of get injuries. One moment 75% of her body is burned….then next its just the left side of the face, then it’s just a scar she’s making a big fuss about that could easily be mistaken for a birth mark.

With all fue respect, Anom, it’s about Ava’s insecurities…the surgery feeds a void in her psyche/how she perceives what’s important in life.
I believe that’s the point of the surgery…very real-life…..I know dozens of women like that—no self-esteem, yet self-serving.
Secondly, I think the idea of being transported into the netherworld under the influence is to have her face her demons for those she hurt. The Day of Reckoning Cometh!!

@Violet Lemm.
LOL, Violet….I was, actually, the first to call Carly an Amazon, a couple of years ago, or so……..not because she’s not attractive, because she is, but because next to Sonny, the “picture” is a’tilt—-they look ridiculous together, my words exactly were that she towers over him. Carly and Franco looked great, as a couple—visually speaking.
I remember being raked through the coals when I called Carly such a ‘name’.
Amazon women ( myths and legends) are known as beautiful, warrior women, who evolved big in stature because it was an all-women environment …..they needed to protect themselves from the more physically powerful males.

I really truly believe that Morgan is going to come back and everybody is going to be in shock I don’t think that he died I think that he has anesia and was a good swimmer and when the bomb went off he lost his memory or he was captured and he’s going to be freed he’s going to come back to Port Charles that is my belief and when Ava wakes up she’s going to see Morgan in front of her bedside

I think it would be great and all these crybabies that displays negatively are not true GH fans.

There isn’t a single character created after February 2012 who has ANY BUSINESS with their own episode, and any “true fan” would know that.

I might allow an exception for Drew – only because his story actually HAS real impact on core GH characters, most of whom have been around at least 20 years (even if he’s new himself)

I am a true fan of Maura West!! You cannot read anyone’s mind or discern his/her feelings, Satan, with all due respect. That is not a fair statement.
I started watching GH in May/June of 2014. Does that make me a non-fan? That’s your opinion.
Recording this soap, looking forward to watching it, sometimes with excitement for the next episode, makes me a true fan. You cannot make such blatantly general statements.
Maura West is a great contributress to this show….she deserves recognition. And, we are transported into her world which represents so many other characters on this show.
Perhaps TPTB should have engaged Sonny? ….never would he have been able to hold his own. There is a method within the ‘madness’ of using Ava. Perfection!!! If the soap gods were going to do this ‘type’ of show, then Maura is that type….definitely.
Sonny doesn’t even do the mob-king thing justice—-looks ridiculous acting the father, the husband, the counselor of life and all its goodness or dangers. I do not take this character seriously. He’s a joke.
Maurice deserves better, at this point..but, here’s one character who, in my opinion, will never see the light or the grace of God with most fans.
Griffin’s absolution and forgiveness do not count. No matter how TPTB try to patch it up, he is an excommunicated ex-priest, and as such, in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church, Griffin is as much a sinner ( for stepping out) as Sonny, Ava, Julian etc. Griffin is a bad example of righteousness. Too bad…I like him and his too gorgeous looks, LOL.

C’mon, Sat? Really? That’s just silly. Whomever watches ANY show and does so with anticipation, loyalty and enjoyent is a fan. “True” fan? Them thar’s just semantics.

Just because the writers are focusing an episode on a character who hasn’t been with the show since its inception doesn’t make it less compelling. Not everyone watching has been watching for decades and there’s no need. And no obligation. You just jump on the bandwagon if you’re so inclined and you continue from there.

Why would the writers…why SHOULD the writers only concentrate or have an episode based on a character from the past…if his/her story is not in the present. Ava’s story is now. Sonny is a relic at this point and yet many viewers can’t stand the character. So…would it be better to devote an hour to a character that many viewers feel has been given too much time as it is? How ’bout to Carly? Her character’s been on for decades, too. Me? I’d scream. Can’t stand her.

Man! People have GOT to stop taking these shows so seriously! I know I contribute a lot of comments and have a lot of opinions on stories/characters…and that’s fine. Some of us participate more and have strong opinions about characters, couples, story lines. But to say that anyone who is onboard with a story about a more recent character (with just ONE episode) about her…isn’t a TRUE fan? No. So, no. Nothing to do with being a fan. Matter of fact, if Michael Fairman hadn’t called attention to the fact that the episode was about Ava and just posted his questions about the episode like he usually does, we’d probably all just be contriuting our thoughts as usual.

C’mon. Did Carly lecturing Joss about her wardrobe glue you to your set? I couldn’t have been more bored; felt like was watching an after school special.

Give me Ava any day over Mommy Dearest.

I think it would be great and if anyone disagree they a are not true GH fans give credit where credit is due .

Since this is GH, I’m curious who the “All About Ava” episode will be about — Sonny or Jason…?

LOL…good one, Alan.


Wow! Such brillant idea. She’s a fantastic actress. I have follow her since, since she protray Carly on (As the World Turns) you writers hit the mark for 2018!!!!! Fans must realize it’s ONLY ACTING my friends.

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General Hospital’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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