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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Tracy Says Goodbye To Her Family & Leaves Port Charles! What Did You Think Of Jane Elliot's Final Episode?

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On Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, it was time for Tracy Quartermaine to make her exit from Port Charles, and for viewers to say their final goodbyes to Jane Elliot (Tracy), who has played the enduring character for decades.  As fans know by now, Jane has decided to retire from the series.

In her final episode, after Tracy reveals to her family and her close friends that she is leaving Port Charles to begin a new life, one by one everyone gets their moment with Jane for their last scenes with this one-of-a-kind actress.  In story, Tracy is going to sell the painting of her for millions of dollars to start a new adventure elsewhere, and feels she is leaving her family behind in a good place.

Tracy tells her son Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) he has the biggest heart of all the Quartermaines, she tells her son Ned (Wally Kurth) how proud she is of him, and asks Olivia (Lisa LoCicero)  to take care of him. Finn (Michael Easton) tells Tracy he has never had a friend like her in his life, and of course, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) and Tracy while contentious, show the love that they have for one another.  Tracy advises the duo to get it together and not to mess a good thing up.

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Laura (Genie Francis) and Tracy share some tears when Tracy thanks Laura for helping her recover the painting and going with her to Turkey. In addition, Laura says in another life they could have been good friends.  

Lulu (Emme Rylan) tells Tracy that there is no question that she is her hero, after all, Tracy watched over Lulu and helped raise her while Laura was MIA and recovering in a sanitarium years ago. When saying goodbye to Michael (Chad Duell), Tracy assures him she knows by leaving ELQ with him that the company will succeed.  The highly-anticipated moment between Monica and Tracy featured Leslie Charleson and Jane Elliot in a heartfelt beat, when Monica says that they started off as feuding sister-in-laws all those years ago, but ultimately now she considers Tracy her sister.

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After her car is waiting and it’s time to leave, after one final goodbye, Tracy heads out the Q mansion front door, only seconds later to return for one more group hug with Dillon, Monica and Ned before departing.

We next find Tracy selling her painting in Europe for 60 million dollars.  After the transaction she heads out to get a cup of coffee.  Viewers are treated to a montage of Tracy scenes throughout the years including those with Tony Geary as Luke Spencer setting up the final moment of the episode.

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Finally, when Tracy enters the coffee shop, who should be sitting there but Luke!  The two gaze at each other and we fade to black, begging the questions … was Luke the mystery buyer of the painting? Was this a chance encounter, or was he there to swoop Tracy away and a start a new life with her?

So, what did you think of Jane Elliot’s final episode? Did you reach for the hankies? Which moment was your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Michael T
Michael T

Jane will be missed!

another note Tony Geary.. .. Sis this Hair is giving me flock of seagulls + George Washington

BeeJ
BeeJ

Agree on BOTH counts!

Heather Piotrowski
Heather Piotrowski

Jane Elliot, you WILL be missed!!!! ENJOY your Retirement!!! I think at the end of the show where Luke was there…I was surprised…& my first thought was that HE bought her painting… And, now, they’ll get together & ride in to the sunset… Bein Luke Retired several months ago… I LOVE YOU, BOTH!!!! LUKE AND TRACY!!!!!!!!

Shay
Shay

And he ra-aa-an, he ran so far a-wa-ay-ay!!!!

Shay
Shay

Couldn’t get away!

Qua
Qua

Are you going to replay the last show Of Tracy’s ? I was leaving the hospital. and missed it. – Hope you do. Thanks

Debbie Quintero
Debbie Quintero

I liked the last episode but I think she will return. Look how many times Luke and others has done this. I hope she does come back she has been a very good and consistent actress for many years. So take a long rest Jane Elliot but not too long.

dmr
dmr

I haven’t watched it yet; but, I will this weekend. What a loss for us viewers, who have watched the show for decades and already love and miss the Quartermaine’s being the center of the show. I will miss Jane; but, I wish her a long and happy retirement. She is a force of nature (as an actress) and she has given us viewers so many laughs over the years. Thank you, Jane.
One thing, however…Tony’s hair…um…

BeeJ
BeeJ

Yes, yes, YES!

Patricio
Patricio

Great heartfelt post DMR

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Jane Elliott is fantastic. But, this final episode was very mediocre writing IMO. For all of Jane Elliott’s time on GH, about half was spent with characters other than Tony Geary. But, guess who had the lion’s share of clip time with Tracy – Luke. Blah. I remember great exchanges that she had with Alan, Lila, Edward, Jimmy Lee Holt, Celia Q., Jason (the original), Skye, Skye’s mother, AJ & many others at the hospital. Where were those? Pretty sure GH can still show clips of AJ & Jason. I realize that some episodes may have been lost time. But, IMO there should have been more Alan, AJ, Edward & Lila scenes thru the week.

Steve
Steve

Kansas,

They have to pay any actors who speak lines in a show — even flashbacks. On the courthouse episode, they limited non current cast scenes to Edward (DL), Lila, Alan, Luke and Jenny?!?! Unfortunately, FV does not have a good rapport with Sean Kanan or Steve Burton to inspire him to pay them for clips. And Jane’s last episode only featured characters who were on that day.

No payment is needed for still photos, so AJ, Jason and Edward (JI) were shown that way.

dmr
dmr

One more thing, I forgot to add. I was born in 1980, so I was not around during the Luke and Laura era. I have watched quite a bit over YouTube, however, and I do see why they were so magical. However, because I wasn’t around for the “must see TV” back in the late 70’s-1980+, I was not a huge fan of the couple. I did watch when Luke and Laura came back in the ’90’s and I thought they were sort of boring. (My favorite couple was Sonny and Brenda in ’90’s). However, I always loved Luke and “Spanky” (Tracy). I loved them because Tony and Jane were comedic gold together. I remember re-watching their drunken Vegas wedding with Maya and Ethan and just laughing. Bottom line, I am happy to see that Luke and Tracy ended up together as a “fade to black” scenario. Kudos.

rose
rose

dmr…Speaking of Brenda, Vanessa Marcill was a co-host on the Today Show this morning. She had lots of nice things to say about her time General Hospital, Maurice, Jax and that she would love to go back to GH. ABC, writers.. Hint, hint!

Steve
Steve

The only reason to have Brenda back, would be to usher Sonny off the canvas.

Shay
Shay

@Steve….From your lips to the “Soap God’s” ears!

Jake
Jake

I enjoyed the last episode of Jane as Tracy. Would have liked more flashbacks from her 40 yrs as Tracy. The Tony Geary cameo…thought it was lackluster.

dmr
dmr

I would have loved weeks full of flashback episodes rather than the onslaught of Samira.

Harry
Harry

Whenever someone says,”Samira” I hear Sabrina, and then I hear the following lyrics to the tune of, “Tomato, Tomahto.” SOOO…….(singing) You say, Samira, I say Sabrina. Sabrina, Samira, Sabrina, Samira. Let’s call the whole thing off.
I couldn’t decide if Luke looked more like Herbie the dentist or Napoleon Dynamite’s girlfriend.
Goodbye Tracy, I will miss your complexity, your toughness,your humor, your intelligence and gritty honesty. You didn’t suffer fools gladly so why are you ending up with Luke?

Shay
Shay

Hey, Harry!!!…At least Samira’s smarmy stay in Port Charles proved a blessedly brief blip on the GH radar screen, unlike that excruciatingly-extended “Sabstravaganza” of sugar-shock we suffered through for what seemed an infernal eternity!!! By the way, your “Herbie” reference was spot-on….I think it was the deep “sidepart” that clinched the uncanny resemblance. So, does that mean all this time Luke has been hiding out on the “Island of Misfit Toys?”

Shay
Shay

@dmr…Those full-on flashback shows sound fabulous! Too bad they haven’t been rerun, or at the very least, put up on the ABC website as a special treat to longtime soap fans!

Shay
Shay

Agreed, Jake….The GH video vaults hold a treasure trove of Tracy’s “greatest hits!” I would have loved to have seen far more of those fabulous flashbacks of forty years, too!…Simply including all the men from her past—instead of just “you know who” would have provided fine fodder for a full reel of romantic remembrances, not to mention her many moments of “Daddy dust-ups,” “Alan angst,” “Lila love,” and “Monica mayhem.” But I suppose we’ll just have to be content with those few precious clips to which we were treated….When all is said and done, Jane’s sentimental swansong salute still surpassed Anthony Geary’s pathetically underwhelming Luke send-off by a longshot!

dmr
dmr

I would have loved a week full of flashback episodes (well, more than a week)! Not sure if anyone remembers, but way back when, ABC did a week full of “Daytime Remembers,” classic, vintage flashback full episodes of their daytime line-up, with a different beloved actor introducing a different episode every day. I loved watching those old clips. Love flashbacks of both Edwards, love Alan, Monica, AJ, Monica, and of course, the beautiful and sweet Lila.

Timmm
Timmm

It was great! My three favorite parts were:

1: Tracy walking back into the mansion and hugging Monica.

2: In the end, Tracy got a hell of a lot more than a jar of relish from Edward. Nice closure. 60 million dollars!

3: Luke waiting for Tracy. It was best that Tony didnt say a word. It was a great cliffhanger that they can revisit or never revisit and it would be just fine. Great job!

Carrie
Carrie

Might have been funny if Tracy had said: “What’s with the stupid hair cut?” before it faded to black.

conniemac
conniemac

omg, I would have fallen on the floor with laughter!

Celia
Celia

Yes, my Timmmy….the last scene at the Q mansion moved me to tears; as Tracy rushes back inside to embrace Monica. As I said on another site, that was REAL . Love between two great friends; Leslie and Jane!!
Just one thing: what’s up with ‘Luke’s’ hair? It’s sooo snowy white…Ha!

Ray
Ray

It reminded me of the “Golden Girls” finale. Dorothy did the same thing and told them all she treasured them. I kept waiting on Betty White to make a cameo. 🙂

Shay
Shay

True that #3, Timmmbo! Besides, I don’t know what possible words could have sufficed to accompany that strangely-arresting Luke visual….My only sentiments were WHERE has he been and WHAT the heck has he been doing??? (Hairdressing school briefly came to mind, but upon second thought…um, NO!)

Patrick
Patrick

looks like Anthony Geary is simply minding “his” sojourn … retirement skills with a laissez-faire adopted attitude… wacky tabaccy plus.

Sayonara, Luke

Patrick
Patrick

I really like #3.

having “luke” back… didn’t answer for Ms. Tracy

was it that coy interlude.. that spelled it all

I will forever believe that they had the comedic timing down pat.. and it was genuine

however many times he played her… be it for money… his other escapades she let slide

I truly think she loved him.. and his energies that may have matched her own fantastical

but true love.. no

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

Luke obviously bought the painting…til the very end the writers shamelessly had Tracy prop up two pointless characters like Finn and Hayden…however, it was sappy ok…wish the writers had Tracy auction off her painting at the nurses ball in a partially live telecast where fans could call in and bid on it…the story still could had Luke the bidder but the painting would had gone to a lucky fan who bid the most with the money going to a good cause at the same time!!!

rose
rose

Jimh…What a great idea to have had Tracy auction the painting off at the Nurses Ball with Luke the bidder. Wish there was still time. And we still have last day of the week Friday, you never know.

Celia
Celia

What a novel, altruistic idea, Jimmy. Kudos!!

dmr
dmr

Jimh, I have said before, and will continue to say, that I do not understand why Hayden (Rebecca Budig) is constantly shoved down our throats. The character is boring and unlikeable, yet, she was a major fixture in the saving of the hospital and is Liz’s half sister. It’s stupid. You are right, Tracy’s exit storyline was used to prop up a very boring and unlikeable couple.

Lena
Lena

Agreed with your comments about propping Finn and Hayden. Enough already.

Linda
Linda

Oh yes the hankies were out. Jane is an exception actor and she will be sorely missing. It was great to watch her evolve in her character. God’s speed Jane, enjoy the next chapter of your life.

Joe
Joe

Great ending…want a little more with some dialogue with her and Luke. But, the real mystery here is, what is up with Tony Geary’s hair??
Come on…you know you were thinking it 🙂

rose
rose

I’m thinking it’s his Amsterdam look.

rebecca1
rebecca1

That’s what I think, Rose. It was….ummm…”interesting.” But, funky!

Dan
Dan

Exactly Rose, thank you! His Amsterdam look, that’s exactly what I said too. It was definitely a very European look. He’s apparently been doing some stage work over there, so for all we know, it could have been a hairstyle for a particular part he’s playing.

I say god bless him, he’s clearly enjoying his retirement. More power to him, he certainly deserves it. I’m glad he came back to do the one scene for Jane’s farewell, and thought it was a very well written send off. No words were said, and none needed to be said.

People insulting Tony over the hair and some of the other remarks here about him transitioning to a woman are really distasteful and totally unnecessary.

Shay
Shay

That’s putting it kindly, Rose!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Harry…I got something in my inbox to myself and Dan regarding Luke…didn’t make the cut but I was thinking it was from you!

And, I like man buns! Luke’s just a teensy bit off center. Side part? LOL…

I like Dan’s “man enjoying his retirement theory” Euro-style. To each his own….and why not?

Rhonda
Rhonda

I think it was Geary’s anti Trump expression.
Trump has a horrid comb over which moves to the back of his head covering up his baldness while Geary’s comb over goes to the side.

Shay
Shay

My honest first thought was….”transitioning?” (No offense meant to those who are….)

Charday
Charday

Yes, Luke did look quite the woman with that hair-do. I liked the emotional moments between Tracy Q and the other Qs and other family/friends, but the motivation for the Tracy Q character leaving town was poorly written. I’m still hoping for a re-cast.

Gary
Gary

Lady lady. My sweet lady.

Gary
Gary

Into Helena Cassadine?

Shay
Shay

You know what, Gary? Now that you mention it, that icy-cool “coiffure” did seem rather “Helena-esque” Or at the least, reminiscent of Veronica Lake!

Carrie
Carrie

With Tracy and Luke having such a comedic relationship, I figured they would end the scene with one final laugh. I figured Tracy would rip his hair extension out or at least comment on his hair. Good grief that hair was strange even for Luke.

Harry
Harry

Oh Good Lord, I just had a scary thought.
Do you think Luke wears a side man’s bun?
((shudder))

Mary SF
Mary SF

Luke didn’t have any words so TG had to do something to steal the scene– LOL

Shay
Shay

And so he did Mary SF! But not necessarily in a good way….Geez Louise! What happened? Me thinks that Faison must have shared the name of his hair stylist with Luke….

Gary
Gary

In today’s episode, the part of Luke is being played by Lonnie Anderson.

Shay
Shay

Thank you for that hilarious imagined visual, Harry! I’m still laughing…..

Dinah L Anderson
Dinah L Anderson

Love it until I see Luke

dee
dee

I REALLY hate to see Tracy leave………….I have grown to absolutely love her. I cryed thru the whole program.
On another note I do very much wish Jane a wonderful retirement!!! Thank you for doing what you did on General Hospital. It just won’t be the same but….you worked hard and it’s time for YOU!

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

What a great emotional uplifting feelgood sendoff for Tracy!

The final five episodes were all so touching and moving from the dream show to the last goodbye! I just loved those flashbacks in the final five minutes as well as that wonderful song playing in the background. I was happy and moved to tears by that group hug in her last moment at the mansion with the family. Aww! Tracy rushing back into the house to hug Monica with Ned and Dillon joining in was such a beautiful unforgettable image in Q history!

I want to thank the entire production team, writing staff, and the actors involved for giving us such a memorable happy exit for a beloved veteran character. Sadly, we have seen many members of this iconic unparallel family not get a classy respectful goodbye, and in some cases they went out in a body bag for a sweeps ratings ploy. Well, they finally did right by the Q’s! Tracy is getting to leave town on her own terms, on a personal high note, with the love and blessing of her family. The black sheep of the family no more that is forced to leave the house in disgrace and shame like many times in the past. Tracy is at peace with herself and is ready to live for herself and has passed the torch to her sons. She is not seeking any validation concerning Edward. She has finally gotten that answer and that is he did love her very much via the letter and painting. She is not sacrificing her pride to rescue Luke and hoping this time he’ll finally do right by her. Tracy bumped into the love of her life in Luke by chance at a cafe and it was fittingly left open-ended for the viewers imagination. We can write our own endings to Tracy and Luke. Perfect!

OMG! Epic final scene with Tracy and Luke locking eyes in the cafe! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending as a longtime fan of this couple! The surprised look on their faces, the emotion in their eyes, and the fond warm expressions was such a beautiful unexcepted moment! Jane and Tony one last time together onscreen! Loved this ending!

Well done GH!

Tamara
Tamara

So happy to see # Luke appear for her beginning. Jane Elliott a masterpiece I will miss thoroughly.

Amanda Gage
Amanda Gage

Bravo ! Tears and laughter but exactly what I had hoped . Luke and Tracy ride off into the sunset. Jane thanks for years of entertainment you are a pro and we will miss you. Enjoy your retirement you earned it.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So glad there were no words exchanged between Tracy and Luke. Hope it was a chance enounter and that Tracy will continue her self-realization/exploration of HERSELF and unshackle herself from her past and go forward with her new-found freedom. At least, that the way I choose to interpret the “leaving” of Tracy AND Jane. So much truer to the character of Tracy Quartermaine as she was presented for at least 35 years out of 40.

Dan
Dan

Well said, Nancy! The cool thing is that that they left the ending open to interpretation from the viewers. We can create any kind of future in our minds that we want for the one and only Tracy Angelica Quartermaine. This wasn’t the end for her, it was the beginning of the next chapter. Whether that next chapter is with Luke, without Luke. single and on her own living her life, jet setting around the globe, that’s up to us to decide in our minds until the next time we see her again, and I hope that we do. Thanks for a thought provoking post!

Timmm
Timmm

I love Luke and Tracy but if they never return, perfect! Their last scene was perfect!

dmr
dmr

Honestly, I love that Tony Geary came back for a cameo, for his good friend and colleague, Jane Elliot. It was a sweet gesture and I think it was done perfectly (although, I haven’t watched the episode, yet, just reading the commentary above).

rebecca1
rebecca1

I agree, dmr. It was a nice show of support as she took her final curtain. Although, I’m glad they left the window open so that perhaps, down the way, Tracy will at least pay a few visits.

Timmm
Timmm

I bet you he ONLY did it for her and took scale. All reports are that he is content in Amsterdam.

Steve
Steve

I agree Nancy, the silence between Tracy and Luke kept the emphasis on Jane and the magnitude of her departure. We are left with a mystery.

Overall, well done.

Shay
Shay

Probably the only credible thing he could have said was “SPANKYBUNS!” But I’m just as pleased that he didn’t……

Timmm
Timmm

No, it was done perfectly! If there would have been any dialogue then fans would have started speculating about either of their returns. They ended it perfectly.

Michael
Michael

One of the best episodes I’ve seen in a long time and a fitting tribute for a legend!

Deb
Deb

Perfect. It was beautiful.

fginaspy
fginaspy

It was inferred that Luke bought the painting. Though, I don’t understand how he would even have the resources to make the purchase. I never cared for the character of Luke. I would have been happy not to see him. A note would have sufficed.

I wish Jane Elliott a wonderful retirement. I will remember her most as GL’s Carrie Todd. It was GL that I tuned in most years. I can admit I started with OLTL and GH. I quit GH when Luke raped Laura. Thus I never saw Tracy’s introduction to GH.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

fginaspy .. I was wondering the same thing – where would Luke get the resources to purchase the painting for $60 million? Was wondering if I missed something?

Steve
Steve

Luke didn’t buy the painting. He just happened to be in the coffee shop.

Where would he get $60 million? He can’t even drop $30 for a decent haircut!

Shay
Shay

I’m surmising he had a secret stash of “Fluke’s” ill-gotten gains at his disposal? Can anyone say “Swiss bank account?”

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Good one Steve!! That is the worst haircut I have ever seen! 🙂

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

@Shay … Hmmm … I guess a secret stash is a possibility since he was married to Tracey for so many years…..

Dan
Dan

I usually binge watch the entire week’s worth of GH on the weekend, but I’ve been keeping up this week because I wanted to see Jane’s exit when it aired. I thought it was pretty much perfectly written. Of course there are always little details we would have changed, but overall I have no complaints. The tears were definitely flowing, especially when she walked out the door and then came back for a final hug with Monica, Ned and Dillon.

And then the final scene, everyone has their opinions on Luke and Tracy. I was and still am a huge Luke and Laura fan, but I don’t think you have to be one or the other, cause I also loved Luke and Tracy. So the fact that it was Luke sitting in the coffee house, with a hairstyle on Tony Geary that looks like a man that has fully embraced his retirement, is exactly how I would have ended it. No words were said, and no words needed to be said. I thought it was brilliantly written and a very well done exit.

rebecca1
rebecca1

You made me think, Dan, regarding Tony’s hair. While I admit I kinda yelped a bit out loud when I saw the funky do (and I’m all for funk!)…it still kind of threw me. But I like the way you put it, “man that has fully embraced his retirement.” Great sentiment.

Dan
Dan

Hey Rebecca, I’m not gonna lie, Tony’s hair startled me a bit at first too, because I’m so used to seeing him with the short hair he had for the past 20 years, lol.

That hairstyle was kind of what you would call a European style. So I took it as Tony is enjoying his retirement in Amsterdam, fully embracing the culture, fully embracing his new life, they called him to do the guest appearance for Jane, which I’m sure he was glad to do, he came in, shot the one scene, where he didn’t even have to say any lines, and then was back out the door and on a plane back to his new life. God bless him, I hope he’s enjoying his retirement. He certainly deserves it, as our beloved Jane does.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…I think most of us got a tad jolted. He certainly made a statement, without uttering a word! 😉

Magneto
Magneto

It was good. Could have been better. I’m just going to miss Jane. I’ve watched her work for years. Having worked with her over on The City, I became an instant fan! Her acting style left me in awe! Best to her in retirement and I hope she pops back into GH on occasion for those special anniversary episodes.

su0000
su0000

Anyone notice;
Luke, that was an old clip of him sitting in a cafe, yes.
If not Tony had work done because he looked quite young, with hair and not a wrinkle lol.
That was not the now 70 something Tony.

Tracy’s goodbye was nice revolving around her loved ones/family.
Their last meal– Pizza!
I will truly miss the lady, I really will miss Jane/Tracy.

Monica will be the next to go. Monica without Tracy, well………………………..

rebecca1
rebecca1

That was him now, su. There’s a pic of him at her goodbye gathering. Same hair! And, lol, he never sported that do in years past.

gh'er
gh'er

I saw that picture too. It was Jane, Tony (and his hair), and Frank.

BeeJ
BeeJ

Sad to see her go; but I understand wanting to retire. Sometimes the story lines with the “youngsters” are not as engaging. Bobbie, you can go away again…! AND, I still think that Morgan will be back somehow, shades of Jason…!

Maggie
Maggie

I will miss Jane Elliot and her character Tracy Quartermaine. I wish all the best for Ms Elliot in her new life. I felt that the last episode with her was well done. I may be one of the few who hope that if the characters of Tracy and/or Luke are mentioned in the future they are NOT together. He was the love of her life when she was constantly seeking validation and not being true to herself. Now that Tracy has self-esteem and is planning on being true to herself, I feel she would recognize very shortly that Luke isn’t the man for her. She could do better. As far as how Luke looked in the episode, his hair added to the impression of him being a down on his luck homeless person. That’s not saying anything against Tony Geary as an actor, just my impression of his character Luke.

Deelo
Deelo

could have done without the Semera storyline – if they were going to bring up an horrendous crime like child trafficking they should have had Tracy use some of the $$ to help stop it – an important subject was used for a storyline when it could have been used for education — shame on the writers for this one. Her farewells were well acted and with class and having Luke sitting there, priceless. A wonderful actor has left GH, never to be duplicated.

Aria
Aria

I’m sure some fans will be playing Monday night quoterback and giving their Siskel and ebert critique, all I have to say is that I was fine with it, sure I would of love more flashback scenes but then maybe then I would of said to many flashback scenes so that’s how that goes, one highlight was Ned changing his name from Ashton to quatemaine that was a very pleasant surprise, also of note it’s sad that we won’t get to witness what would’ve been one of the coolest pairing with Laura and Tracy, that would’ve been greet to see on screen I hope Laura finds another bff I nominate Anna for that . Goodbye Jane and don’t forget to pay us a visit…

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agree with “coolest pairing” of Laura and Tracy–much too short-lived.

Shay
Shay

Yes, amen to that, Aria and Nancy! Love the idea about Anna and Laura as the next female “dynamic duo” of GH! Two fantastic legacy characters played by equally amazing ladies! You go, Girls!

Nik
Nik

I will miss Ms. Eliot, a grand dame! At least they left it open in case she was to return. Great seeing Luke!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I have enjoyed Jane Elliot in daytime and nighttime TV and films for years. I stopped watching GH in 2005; but, had watch her farewell as Tracy Quartermaine. As always, Ms. Elliot knocked it out of the park. I was doing okay until Tracy started explaining her reason for calling everyone together for the brunch. The water works really flowed during her private farewell to Monica and Ned. By the time she rushed back inside to hug Monica, Ned and Dillion, I was a mess.

Thank you Jane Elliot for all the drama, suspense, frustration and laughter you have given all of us fans throughout your remarkable career. Congratulations and welcome to retirement. It’s wonderful. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tivette
Tivette

Bravo dear Jane Elliott and wishing you a fabulous retirement! Loved the last hug with your family, especially loved the “defending your life” scenes earlier in the week so crucial to her deep change of heart & del-acceptance, and finally, I like imagining Jane smiling at Tony, then going to sit at her own table to enjoy a coffee by herself!

Tivette
Tivette

Self-acceptance (correction).

rose
rose

Not such a bad send off for both Jane and Tracy, imo. She finally found out which values were important to her and acted on them. Maybe a lesson for us all, and not just because were are leaving or retiring. Even if she had to deal with Samira to get there. I could even manage the brief appearances of Tony/Luke, and his probable Amsterdam hair one last time.

The ot cap it off on Thursday with one of the most important things…family. Seems legacy families (and especially the original actors), with all their warts, and ups and downs are important to stories from the Ewings/Dallas, Carringtons/Dynasty to Newmans/Abbotts, etc.

Now we may have the possibility the Q’s have risen from the ashes with Ned’s announcement (and hopefully a real contract that will put his character front and center), plus Olivia and Leo. Wish Michael would change his name back to Quartermaine. And Jason at least become Jason Quartermaine Morgan? As for Kiki, or even Nelle, not sure where they will fit in, but remember Monica was a new girl on the Q block at once, and no angel all of the time.

Nicki
Nicki

That reminds me- where is Leslie Webber? I have not seen her on in the longest time and I remember when dear Monica was sleeping with Rick and wasn’t she with Alan at the same time?

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Gloria Monty had her killed her off in a car accident after Denise Alexander requested to work fewer days per week (just one less!). I consider it one of the worst decisions that Ms Monty ever made. But of course she hadn’t really died. She returned for the 50th anniversary in 2013. I want to see her more!

rebecca1
rebecca1

.”the Q’s have risen from the ashes with Ned’s (ASHton’s) announcement to change his name to Quartermaine.” ASHton… unintentional… but his last name fits perfectly with your descriptive; if only the writers had known years ago when they gave him that name how apropro/symboic it would have been…

rose
rose

Rebecca…Clever girl!!!

rose
rose

Rebecca, et all…Just an FYI…I’ve been watching The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It’a running on Hulu. Think you would find it interesting.

Shay
Shay

Or conversely, some may prefer Hulu’s “Harlots!” It’s a tawdry tale about the brothel biz in Georgian England and features Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay as the top tart—My how the mighty have fallen, from an Earl’s daughter to a courtesan for cash in one-fell miniseries swoop!—but I digress. Merely from an historical standpoint, this show really is a fascinating frolic into the underbelly of a long-lost society….however, it is not for the faint-of-heart! Besides featuring seemingly endless bouts of amoral “amorous activities,” this program also provides ongoing oglings of over-the-hill harridans serving up their careworn wares on the fashion-of-the-time platters!!! Then again, anyone accustomed to viewing GH should feel right at home with the sights in these unseemly environs!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Check out Showtime’s “Billions” Rose. It’s brilliant! Just binged the first two seasons and can’t wait for season three. Damien Lewis and Paul Giamotti…spectacular actors perfectly cast (and a perfect cast that are also spectacular!)

Shay
Shay

I don’t know, Rose….for me, an Ashton by any other name is still an Ashton!!!!

rose
rose

Shay…Just hoping he’s for real as a Quartermaine. On the other hand, the Q’s have pulled some beaut’s of their own off in the past that weren’t much better than “Lord” Ashton. Bottom line, whether he’s legally a Q or A , Ned’s still part of the Q family one way or another. Just hope the writers see it that way.

Timmm
Timmm

Rose, to me, Michael will NEVER be a Q since he reconciled with Sonny after he killed AJ!

rose
rose

Timmm…Good point. This has always bothered me, too, as well as giving baby AJ/Avery back to Sonny.

Jake
Jake

Ugh, Michael giving Avery back to Sonny got me to quit this show until the Nora/OLTL appearance and now Jane’s exit. The show is much better now than it was in 2015 and I’m semi-hooked again.. we’ll see. I’ve just finished catching up to Jane’s exit and will power through the Nurse’s Ball. The Anna/Chimera story has me interested.. so I might stick around. 🙂

Shay
Shay

True enough, Rose. I simply couldn’t resist putting a “Shakespearean spin” on my take, especially given your own all-too-apropos name! Honestly, I’ve never been a “TeamNed” person….he’s just not my cup of tea, but neither are the rest of the remaining Quartermaines…I really had high hopes that when Billy Miller’s Jason materialized, he would be more in the mode of a Q than be reprising his all-too-familiar function as Sonny’s go-to-guy, but alas, those wishes were dashed with his lukewarm version of “Stone Cold Morgan.” Quite frankly, in my mind, AJ was and always will be the only genuine heir to the family legacy, and if he is truly well and gone—Will we ever know? Hint, hint…—then it would be a wonderful surprise to discover that during his lengthy European exile, he had actually married and fathered a son, AJ-III. At least that scenario would give an air of progeniture-based legitimacy to the inheritance of the great Quartermaine mantle.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Great episode. Nice to see the Quartermaine house full again though I would have loved tif they included Alice. She played such a large role in her small part at the Q home. I’m in the camp that would have liked to have seen the entire episode devoted to Tracy’s departure, with more flashbacks, etc. but it still moved me to tears. With each character that leaves they take a piece of GH history with them.

Will miss you, Tracy Quartermaine! Fierce character who brought so much personality and emotions to her story.

Jane managed to evoke the viewer’s empathy for a character that could be cold and calculating and yet when unmasked, vulnerable. Loving.

Kudos, Jane! Best wishes for the next chapter in your life though, selfishly, I do hope eventually, for however long, you walk across our GH screen again.

dmr
dmr

Oh, Alice, YES, instead of trying to prop up Finn and Hayden, UGH! Alice would have been a perfect caveat to add to Jane’s farewell episode!

Shay
Shay

Yes, dmr…Alice’s long-unexplained absence is but another stain left upon the rich tapestry of GH legacy characters gone missing without proper explanation…Given her status as a fan favorite, she could have at the very least been mentioned at some point if an appearance were truly not possible….How about she’s been successfully touring on the pro-wrestling circuit as “The Dominator?” Works for me!

rebecca1
rebecca1

@dmr…I really miss Alice. She was such a fun character and that house needs some fun! They should be able to have her appear now and then for continuity and to get a sense of the Q dynamic again. It’s going to be a challenge to get the family back since there’ so little of them left. I’m still hoping for another AJ resurrection!

AliGal
AliGal

Disappointed on both counts—-that Jane is leaving GH, although I wish her a happy and well-deserved retirement—but even more ticked off with the pitiful Luke cameo. Don’t even have him for anything, if that’s the best you can do.

Charday
Charday

Anyone know why Hugo Napier did not return as Larry Ashton for the Tracy Q going-away episodes? He was missed.

Shay
Shay

Well, Charday, I know in the past it was explained that Hugo now runs a very successful business and is basically done with acting save for those few appearances he previously made in Port Charles. Perhaps he was simply too busy to reprise his role as the loutish “Not-a-Lord Larry.” Or else, GH wasn’t willing to cough up enough cash to make it worth his while….

Charday
Charday

Hi. Thanks for the replies. I didn’t know his backstory. Still, the original Lord Ashton was missed.

Steve
Steve

There was never ANY mention of it by GH brass or in the soap press/blog. Hugo Napier runs his own business overseas, but came back the last few times FV asked him. Maybe Frank told him how they were permanently going to ruin his character, lol.

Hope Hugo and Bergen Williams (Alice) are doing well. Both were missed in the last month.

Shay
Shay

You’re welcome, Charday! And yes, the “original recipe” Larry Ashton was indeed missed!

Shay
Shay

Jane Eliot proved herself the consummate professional right up to the last….Her exquisite style of presentation was never prone to overacting or histrionics—she was simply pure talent and class personified. Her departure as the incomparable Tracy Q hit all the right notes! Kudos to the writers for FINALLY paying tribute to and incorporating the rich history of the Quartermaine clan into this memorable farewell for an unforgettable character. Au revoir, Tracy Angelica Quartermaine….you shall be missed!!!!!

Evelyn
Evelyn

I thought it was excellent. Choked up, seriously. Luke was perfect ending. Thank you.

cincydewdd
cincydewdd

I echo so many of the comments on how moving and heartfelt the episode was – the part at the Quartermaine mansion. However, I completely disagree with the need for Tony Geary and his fright wig being a part of Tracy’s farewell. In my humble opinion, Tracy is standing on her own for the first time. She is no longer seeking Edward’s love and approval and being used by and/or flocking to the first available guy. Everything was perfect until…wait for it…there’s Luke, the first available guy. Come on now! I want Tracy to go be happy as an independent woman, on her own terms. Just my opinion.

Gary
Gary

Yes, yes yes.

Shay
Shay

I’d like to think our independent woman, Tracy, picked up the tab for Luke’s “cuppa,” and perhaps, even threw in a free month’s supply of “space cakes” before going it alone on her own merry way…..

Timmm
Timmm

Jane and Tony are good friends and he appeared ONLY because of that!

Shay
Shay

Understood, Timmmbo, and sobeit, but many our comments are separating the man from the character….we simply don’t care to envision Tracy ending up with Luke, regardless of Jane’s fond friendship with Tony! Two totally different and unrelated propositions there, which is why that highly ambiguous ending was probably the best solution for all involved!

Qua
Qua

Hope to see sonny and carlee back together. , get rid of brad! ! he stinks!! Dr. Finn and Hayden are also terrible… .. lose them !!bring Jerry jacks and Carlee ‘s Jacks back!!

k/kay
k/kay

Hmm I wonder if they had aired this episode with Geary’s hairdo before the Emmys if they would have still won the Emmy for best hair?

Shay
Shay

They might have won an award for “special effects,” k/kay!!!!!

k/kay
k/kay

Still trying to figure out what he was doing but that’s ok let it roll baby roll! Every day now over at the stables riding horses and loving it! Decided it was time to do something for Kay and turn the channel off I have expired the due date on all the soaps wish them well but weary of the same old same old, I truly hope some day they will get their shit together but doubt it

dmr
dmr

k/kay, hahahahahahahahaha!!! SO funny!

Shay
Shay

Totally agree with your “assessment,” k/kay, even if I wouldn’t put it quite in the same forthright manner as your refreshingly unvarnished version! But that’s what I’ve always appreciated about you, dear lady, you do speak your mind and unapologetically so! Glad to know that your equine friends have provided you an idyllic escape from life’s dramas…both real and fictional! Take care…and don’t be a stranger!

su0000
su0000

ok–
taking into consideration who the writers are they did give Jane a decent send off..

As for me.
I wanted Luke to come and take Tracy on a great adventure a journey into the unknown, together.
Tracy would have loved that to happen.

Marie
Marie

Luke should have dumped Tracy and went back to Laura.

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah, Laura is such a ball of fun these days!

Shay
Shay

At this point, I would have rather seen BOTH Laura and Tracy kick that irredeemable reprobate to the curb…he ain’t worth the trouble for either of these fine ladies!!!

Steve
Steve

When Laura has a fine gentleman like Kevin, why would she take that loser back?

The non-spoken ending was perfect (regardless of the hair) as it let fans who liked the Luke/Tracy pairing imagine an adventure and those who didn’t imagine Tracy exercising her independence and head on her way.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I agree. It was also well done in the sense Laura wasn’t in the scene when their eyes met. When I heard Luke was coming back I wasn’t sure if he literally would be back in Port Charles to leave with her, etc. And since Laura was so present in the last couple of weeks in Tracy’s story, that would have been really upsetting the apple cart (LOL, don’t know where that came from. Never used that expression before!) for Luke and Laura fans if they left together in her presence (even though we know both had moved on years ago).

As for Kevin, he’s such a great character. Not sure what the deal is there. He’s on so rarely that their relationship is more a suggestion than a reality. Either he doesn’t want to commit or they’re not willing to pay him. Shame. They make a great couple and a STABLE couple.

Steve
Steve

@ rebecca1

Should JL be on contract, yes! And a double yes to WK. Given the tight budgets, FV does a decent job of working the vets into meaningful storylines.

I’ve noticed they tend to go in spurts with the recurring characters. Last year, for the CI adventure, Kevin was on a lot. Then we saw Bobbie weekly during the Nell fiasco.

Due to JE’s departure, Monica and Ned were on more last month than they’d been in 10 years! Of course we could’ve done without a couple of days of Samira or imitation Ashton. Now that GF is done with Tracy’s departure, I think we’ll see more of Kevin until Genie leaves on her summer vacation.

When will it be John York’s turn? Mac should be the one who discovers Anna is not quite who she appears to be.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree again, Steve. If you read my posts you probably know I, too, love Wally Kurth. As for Mac, I mentioned him on the thread regarding Tracy’s “courtroom” revelation scene. Mac should have been the cop (or the Judge) in that sequence. Horrible that they tossed John York to the side. He was a beloved character (and one of the few really honest/honorable characters) on the canvas.

Marie
Marie

Luke has always been a responsible family man. Any girl would feel lucky to have him! LOL.

Carolyn J. Gagliarducci
Carolyn J. Gagliarducci

I thought the final episode with Tracey was wonderful.

Chris
Chris

I’m having a very difficult time getting past Luke /Anthony ‘s ridulous hair

Jake
Jake

Just finished watching the Tracy exit episodes – good stuff. But as much as I liked the Luke sighting, wished she’d been able to go off into the sunset as her own woman without having to validate it with the presence of Luke.

One small beef – so tired of this show taking every opportunity to trash AJ. Don’t know what Sean Kanan did to these people behind the scenes but geez, whatever it was, they really need to get over it.

General Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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

From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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