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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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Carol
Carol

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

Kris
Kris

not looking forward to an entire episode of AVA

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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.”

Ashland22Cripton
Ashland22Cripton

Sounds to me like you love to hate her…

Harry
Harry

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.

Dr Helen Ruth
Dr Helen Ruth

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.

Celia
Celia

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……

Jovin
Jovin

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!!

Celia
Celia

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.

LILLIE
LILLIE

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

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

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

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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!

su0000
su0000

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

Avery

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

Lisa
Lisa

I agree with your choices – totally !

Carol Stewart
Carol Stewart

Your so right!!!!

Melissa Kelly
Melissa Kelly

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

Ashland22Cripton
Ashland22Cripton

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

Tammy Price
Tammy Price

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.

Celia
Celia

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.

Celia
Celia

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

Patrick
Patrick

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

WHAT IS IT ?

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

FIRE

@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

Patrick
Patrick

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

Celia
Celia

@K/kay….
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.

Patrick
Patrick

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

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

Celia
Celia

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.

K/kay
K/kay

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.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

WHY?????????????????????????

Helen Williams saddler
Helen Williams saddler

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

Celia
Celia

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.

Kay
Kay

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

Celia
Celia

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.

Shay
Shay

@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!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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!

k/kay
k/kay

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 !

Celia
Celia

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 !!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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.

David
David

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

Satan
Satan

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??

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I hear you!

Shay
Shay

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!!!!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

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.

Celia
Celia

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….

Celia
Celia

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.

Ashland22Cripton
Ashland22Cripton

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….

Shay
Shay

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…..as 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.

Shay
Shay

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

JMER
JMER

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.

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

Celia
Celia

@Ashland.
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??????

Celia
Celia

@Soaphound.
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.

Celia
Celia

@JMER.
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.

Celia
Celia

@K/kay.
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 …..

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

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!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

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…

Harry
Harry

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?

Celia
Celia

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.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

With you, Harry!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

@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.

JMER
JMER

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.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’ll second the motion!

DLO
DLO

Nicolas Cassidine

soapgal
soapgal

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.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Couldn’t have said it better!

Fanny
Fanny

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.

Patrick
Patrick

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

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

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

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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! 😉

Ppage
Ppage

Agree with everything you said.

Celia
Celia

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 !!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
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!!

Fanny
Fanny

@Celia,Sweet CcCee your the best!!!

k/kay
k/kay

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

Celia
Celia

@K/kay.
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?

Celia
Celia

Thank you, my lady, Fanny!!

Isabella M
Isabella M

I think she is definitely going to see MORGAN!

Patrick
Patrick

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.

Celia
Celia

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

Soaphound
Soaphound

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.

Celia
Celia

@Soaphound.
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????

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

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.

Kay
Kay

I hope Morgan haunts her while she’s under.

Shay
Shay

And AJ, too!!!!!

Celia
Celia

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.

watsontml
watsontml

Connie

Tim S.
Tim S.

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

patty V
patty V

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.

Griffin
Griffin

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.

Christine
Christine

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.

downtownla
downtownla

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

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m with ya!

Jimh
Jimh

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

Jimh
Jimh

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..

k/kay
k/kay

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

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’m with you! Seconds re Julian.

Denise
Denise

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

Tom
Tom

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.

k/kay
k/kay

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

Satan
Satan

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.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

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

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

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!!!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks, James! “Lucky” is the word!

Celia
Celia

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?

Harry
Harry

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

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

“So there?!?!” Um, okay… 🙂

Harry
Harry

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.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

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!

Annie
Annie

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

knotsamc
knotsamc

I hope Delia pops up!!

Acangie
Acangie

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.

Shay
Shay

“Punk Brother!” Great call, Acangie!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

@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!

Harry
Harry

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.

Shay
Shay

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

rebecca1
rebecca1

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….

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

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…

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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!

:/

vinman
vinman

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

Tamara Henley
Tamara Henley

I hope Morgan Corinthod pop up

Patti Conger
Patti Conger

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.

A
A

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.

su0000
su0000

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 ))

rebecca1
rebecca1

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

Celia
Celia

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

Chynchap
Chynchap

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

Bernadette Williams
Bernadette Williams

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.

JK
JK

MAURA WEST IS ONE OF THE BEST!!!!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS HOUR!

Jlsm
Jlsm

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

Ellen
Ellen

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.

Joanne Cecere
Joanne Cecere

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

Dixie
Dixie

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

Steve
Steve

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

robbie
robbie

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

Carole
Carole

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.

Rosie Gomez
Rosie Gomez

I think it will be Morgan

Rosie Gomez
Rosie Gomez

Maybe Morgan or Connie the two people she killed!

cooks7570
cooks7570

Liv killed Morgan, Not Ava.

Satan
Satan

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.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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.

KAthy
KAthy

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.

Debra m
Debra m

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.

Celia
Celia

Right? Go Debra!!

Manymoods76
Manymoods76

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.

Kathy
Kathy

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!!

Lawrence
Lawrence

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

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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.”

Anom
Anom

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.

Celia
Celia

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!!

Celia
Celia

@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.

Aisha Bilal
Aisha Bilal

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

Beatricr
Beatricr

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

Satan
Satan

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)

Celia
Celia

Satan,
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.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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.

Beatricr
Beatricr

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

Alan
Alan

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

Celia
Celia

LOL…good one, Alan.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

LOL!

Peppar Furrachi
Peppar Furrachi

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.

Breaking News

Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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