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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

GH’s Steve Burton & Bradford Anderson Give The Lowdown on Their New Series ‘7 Questions’ & Their Creative Partnership

What started out as an unlikely on-screen pairing and friendship several years ago on the daytime drama, General Hospital has flourished, and become something even much greater than that. Knowing they struck gold with their characters being the antithesis of each other – one’s a hit man for God sakes, and the other an awkward computer geek, Steve Burton (Jason) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) began to conjure up how they could parlay their on-screen and off-screen friendship into other creative avenues.

As fans of the popular soap stars know, these guys travel around the country performing their comedy act, Stone Cold and the Jackal to packed houses. They have a weekly podcast, now on the Podcast One network, That’s Awesome and have also been concentrating on delivering even more content to their audience via their You Tube page, with their latest collaboration 7 Questions with Steve and Brad; where the two take on some questions and answer them with some clever elements wrapped up inside of each installment.

Not a week can go by without Steve and Bradford releasing something new to whet the appetite and keep engaged their enduring fan base. While everyone is facing together the disruptions in our normal everyday lives due to the coronavirus pandemic, Steve and Bradford are using this time wisely to expand their reach while creating even more fun content within their wheelhouse.  So, who know what could be next, right?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Steve and Bradford to get the Intel on their success, their new You Tube series via their page, and more.  And of course, we couldn’t let this opportunity go by without putting them in the hot seat and asking our own ‘7 Questions’.  Check out what they had to say below.

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How did the idea originally come about for 7 Questions with Steve and Brad?  What was the inspiration behind it?

BRADFORD: We want to put out as much content as we can and as much entertainment as we can for people, especially during this time.  We’ve done a lot of work on our Facebook page, and we realized that we make so many videos, why the heck aren’t we putting them on our YouTube page?  With that, Steve kind of had this idea. Steve will talk about his inspirations for the visual component of it, and it was kind of a no-brainer.

I just also would like to know whose idea it was to have the MTV-ish voice-over gal for the interstitials of ‘7 Questions’.  That’s one of my favorite parts, by the way!

STEVE:  That’s me! I’m a kid of the 80s.  I love the 80s.  It’s what our brand has been.  We use a lot of colors that are 80s, and that’s our demographic. They relate to it.  With ‘7 questions’, I had no idea what it was going to be, really.  Bradford and I talk multiple times a day, and we are always thinking of ideas. We do our podcast, “That’s Awesome!” and then, we do a bonus podcast now every week that is 15-20 minutes, and that we put it up on YouTube as well.  With the way things are, we want people to laugh and have fun.  Now, usually Bradford does all of the heavy lifting with the technology.  He edits the podcast, he uploads it, he does all of that stuff, and I’m like, “Let me just try it.”  So, I do the sound effects and graphics in these.  I’m laughing while I do it, so I’m hoping people laugh, too.

BRADFORD:  In the beginning, Steve kind of wanted to make it like a morning show, and it my head, I thought he meant like a morning TV show, so I was a little confused by that! (Laughs) What he meant was like a disc-jockey from the 80s on the radio – the kind of show where they use the silly horns when there is a joke, or a lot of ‘whiz-bang’ sound effect, and stuff like that.  It’s fun to see Steve’s creative self come out and play.

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STEVE: The ‘7 questions’ episode out now with Josh Swickard (Chase, GH), is amazing.  Well, it’s amazing because of the sound effects I put in of course, but it’s also amazing because Josh Swickard is on it. (Laughs)

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You guys have been able to get along so well it seems from your podcast, to your YouTube videos, to your regular on-screen relationship at GH, and then, you do comedy clubs appearances around the country together.  Why do you think it works so well between the two of you? 

BRADFORD:  That’s a good question.  I think we have very similar goals.  We understand each other’s instincts a little bit.  So, we can navigate.  Sometimes, I can tell when something is going to frustrate Steve.  I steer that around him, and he certainly does the same thing for me.  He knows what frustrates me, and he’ll take care of that.  The cool thing about us is that neither of us are combative people.  We never bring our outside crap into our relationship.  We’re not that kind of people.  We are very positive people, and I think that really helps.

STEVE:  It’s always dangerous to get into business with friends.  That’s the first thing I can say because in the past that’s happened to me, and it hasn’t worked out.  I think Bradford and I just have a great mutual respect for each other.  I don’t want to say that it’s almost like a marriage, but it kind of is, because we are together so much.  We work together, we talk every day, and we are always collaborating on things.  There are always things that come up.  Most people wouldn’t even know the stuff that comes up with the podcast or with the live shows, and it takes a really special partnership to forge through that and still have fun.  That’s what the key is because I know plenty of people who are in business relationships who aren’t happy.  They’re just doing it for business.  If we ever get to that point, he and I just need to walk away.  It’s just a really great relationship where we are continually pushing each other, and where we are continually growing.  I never have to worry about what he is doing, and he never has to worry about what I am doing.

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BRADFORD:  That’s a really big deal.  I’ve never even thought about that because we’ve never had a ‘come to Jesus’ moment where it’s like, “Hey man, you’ve really got to start pulling your weight here.” (Laughs)

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Ok guys, I have a lighting round of ‘7 Questions’ for you.  Here we go! Question number 1! What one word describes your initial impression of each other when you first met?

BRADFORD:  “Muscle-y”

STEVE:  That’s not a word, dude!

BRADFORD:   It is.  I made it.

Steve, what’s your one-word initial impression of Bradford when you first met him?

STEVE: “Interesting…”  Can it have an ellipsis after it?

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Question number 2: When rehearsing your comedy show, which one of you has the most trouble remembering what comes next?

BRADFORD:  I’m going to say Steve, but there is a caveat.  The way that his set is designed, he does about 20 minutes of just talking.  Mine is song, talk, song.  So, there’s an order for mine… but for Steve, remembering half an hour’s worth of stories is hard.  That’s what I would say.

STEVE:  I would say me, too.  We are both pretty on it with our structure and what comes next pretty naturally, but there’re times when Bradford is like, “Hey, over here.”  What the audience doesn’t see is I go, “Oh yeah!  Hey!”

BRADFORD:  But we’ve been doing this for so long that we’ve both had our senior moments.  Neither of us is immune to a hiccup here and there.

Question 3: You both are super-high energy guys. After your performances, who has more trouble decompressing and coming down to earth after the adrenaline rush of playing in front of a crowd?

BRADFORD:  I can sleep anywhere at any time… so can Steve.

STEVE:  Usually, I can sleep anywhere, but after a show, I’m hyped!  I’m like, “Let’s go!  Where are we going?” Bradford’s like, “Give me a glass of wine, and a nice meal, and I’m going to bed,” and I’m like, “Oh, no, you’re not.  You’re not going anywhere near a bed!  We’re going out.”

BRADFORD:  Part of the problem is that we drink a Five-Hour Energy before the show, and our show is only 3 hours.  There’s that extra 2 hours. (Laughs)

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Question 4:  What do your wives; Kiera and Sheree think of your ‘7 Questions’ and your comedy show? 

BRADFORD:  I was nervous the first time my wife came to our comedy show, because she’s actually a pretty talented comedian.  She knows comedic timing really well.  The first time Kiera ever saw our act was when she helped us do a GH Fan Club Weekend show.  She told me afterwards, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I had kind of low expectations, and you guys are hilarious.”  You know, I was a guy who kind of waited for the phone to ring because that’s what the life of an actor kind of just tends to be, and now what’s been so wonderful for me is becoming a creator, becoming a collaborator, and how it has really just changed my approach to work in general.  So, my wife is proud of me, and thankful to Steve for that.

What does your wife think, Steve?

STEVE:  My wife saw 7 Questions, and she loves that.   She’s seen some comedy bits that I have shown her on my phone, but she hasn’t seen a full comedy show yet.

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Does Sheree like the comedic side of you?

STEVE:  Yeah, I don’t know if most people know that I may have a sense of humor because literally when we go to the shows, people are looking at me like I’m an alien like, “What the hell is going on up there?”

Right! It’s such a departure from what they envision as this image of you from your role on General Hospital to when they see you do something different. 

STEVE:  Right.  I’ve always kind of been kind of high-energy, and I don’t want to say funny, but I at least have a sense of humor and can crack jokes.  That was one of the first things that kind of connected my wife and me.

BRADFORD:  On stage, Steve’s a great storyteller, but what we’ve done over the last couple of years is really try to hone those stories in a specific way, like really make sure that the timing is there, that the setup is there, and all of that.  I think at the beginning, both of us were a little self-conscious about that because it was new to us.  I could sing a song and not be self-conscious about it because that’s what I did for most of my life.  This is new to us, and what I have loved seeing over the last couple of years, is Steve’s growth as a performer.

STEVE:  Thank you, buddy.

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Question 5:  Do your kids understand what you do for a living? What do they think that you do?

STEVE:  My kids aren’t sure.  My daughter who is 16, she gets it.  My son, he hasn’t seen a lot of scenes from GH, but I showed him once he was able to understand some and he was like, “What do you do?”  I said, “I’m the Fonzie of daytime.”  He said, “Who’s Fonzie?”  (Laughs)  My 5-year-old really doesn’t know.  She thinks I go on the road more than I go to work.  She’s like, “Oh, are you doing your thing with Bradford?” She sees me working on my stuff with Bradford, and she’ll be like, “7 questions with Steve and Brad!”  She’ll walk around the house and say that.

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BRADFORD:  My 8-year-old, Juna knows that I’m on TV.  There’s been a couple of times when we have been watching the news over the last couple of weeks, and the California governor will have press conferences, and it will then cut right into General Hospital, and there was one time that it just cut into me.  It’s been a long time since they’ve seen me on the television.  So that was cool.  There are a couple teachers at their school who are fans of the show, so that gives the kids a bit of a chuckle.  Juna will say to my 5-year-old, Finola, “Hey, Finola, come over here.  We’re going to be on dad’s podcast.”  So, anything technical, any video, she calls “a podcast”.  She doesn’t quite get that part of it.  She probably thinks YouTube, and everything is a podcast. (Laughs)

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Question 6: If you guys could go on any late night TV talk show together, which show would it be and why?

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STEVE:  My sensibility would be The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

BRADFORD:  I would probably say Jimmy Fallon too, although I love Jimmy Kimmel because he’s on ABC.  Also, our sense of humor is pretty dumb, and Fallon’s sense of humor is pretty dumb.  So, I think our senses of humor match up with him better than anyone else, probably.

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Question 7: On soaps, do you think more comedy should be injected into them?

STEVE:  Let me answer this, because when Bradford came on as Spinelli, he turned it into the comedy relief in a lot of ways.  We didn’t have a lot of comedy on the show.  Back in the day, you had some people like Steven Kay, who played Reginald, and you had people who had some comedic moments, but Bradford really kind of came in and was that.  People knew that once Spinelli was on the screen, something funny could happen.  Just with his encounter with somebody, or how he was going to try to approach me, or hug me, or how he was going to try to figure something out and spaz out, and people love that.  I think there needs to be comedy on a daytime drama.  There is so much heaviness all of the time usually, and that’s why I think Bradford (obviously he is a fantastic actor) is able to stay on for so long because he brought something new, something different to the table, and that’s what made him so valuable.

BRADFORD:  Thank you, Steve!  I think the best way for comedy to happen in daytime is through the organic instincts of each individual actor because the times where soaps try to be funny is where it doesn’t work sometimes.  That’s kind of a rule anywhere!  The best comedy is where it is found rather than planned.  So, when you look at someone like, for instance, Steve, when he moved the fuzzy balls the other day, that is the best kind of humor in our show because that is something that his character would do anyway, it showed a little bit of Steve’s personality, which I love, and it was just a little moment of levity.  You look at actors like Roger Howarth (Franco), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R), or Maura West (Ava, GH), everyone that finds moments in their performance to do something that maybe wasn’t planned; it lets the audience breathe a bit.  That’s where I find that the best comedy is in soaps.

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Bonus question 8! Surprise! Which comedians have influenced you … and which actors have influenced you the most?

STEVE:  Oh, I love Jim Gaffigan.  I love Sebastian Maniscalco.  There are a lot of guys out there.  Acting wise, I’m a huge fan of Tom Cruise, and I’ll tell you why.  From what I know the guy’s work ethic is like nobody else’s.  That’s what always inspires me.  I’m like, here’s a guy who has made 500 million dollars and still gives 120% to this day!  So, there’s a ton of actors that I could pick, but Tom Cruise delivers.  Every performance that guy has done has been amazing.

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BRADFORD:  For me, it didn’t occur to me until later, especially thinking about my comedic influences as a kid.  What I love about GH and the way that they film is that I really can use my whole body.  It’s not just a shoulder-up kind of show.  They have four cameras.  They can catch pretty much anything that you’re doing.  So, I realized that when I think about the way I use my body that I was influenced a lot by Don Knotts.  When you see something on his face (and granted his facial expressions were amazing and huge) you also saw it in his whole body.   Not only do I love Don Knotts, but I also love Donald O’Connor from Singin’ in the Rain.  Now as for an actor, I’ve always talked about Gary Oldman, because I love character actors who, if they weren’t playing a character and they were just themselves, you don’t know what that looks like. You only know them as the characters they play, because every character they play is different.  , If you look at Gary Oldman in The Professional, he is playing a villain there, but he’s this Russian guy with slicked back hair, and then, you see him play Commissioner Gordon in Batman with a flawless Chicago accent, and then, you hear him talk and you’re like, “Oh, he’s from England.  He’s a British actor.  I had no idea.”  That’s what I love.  His physicality, his voice, everything is built from the ground up when he plays a character.  A comic that I love to watch is John Mulaney.  Even though he’s like a preppy little guy that says crazy things, it’s very smart, and I just love his style.

In closing, here we are in the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic, what would you say to your fans, some of who, may feel lost, isolated, worried, etc?

BRADFORD:  I would say watch General Hospital!  At a time like this, routine is very important.  One of the great things about General Hospital is that it is part of peoples’ routines.  It’s not just a plug to watch our show, but it’s something that is comforting in that it is there.  Then, outside of that, you know, we try to provide not just entertainment but connection too.  That’s what we are there for.  We’ve been going live a lot on our Facebook page, on our YouTube page, and our reason for that is that we know people are available, and people can actually talk to us in real time, and as I said, we are trying to create moments of connection.

STEVE:  The best compliment that we get is, “We had so much fun.” or “Oh, you guys made my day.”  I try to answer all the You Tube comments we get, and many of them are similar right now like, “Man, I needed to laugh today.  Thank you for putting this up.”  Obviously, we are all dealing with something crazy right now with this pandemic, but just to give someone even 10 minutes on 7 Questions where they can laugh 3 or 4 times and then go back to whatever they were doing, that’s really what matters to us.

So, what do you think of Steve and Bradford’s new You  Tube show ‘7 Questions with Steve and Brad’?  Have you seen their live comedy club appearances, and if so, what did you think of it?  Do you enjoy seeing GH”s Jason and Spinelli in scenes and hijinks together in Port Charles? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Eden McCoy Chats on Tackling the Role of Young Carly, Josslyn’s love life, and Her Co-Stars

The rivalry between Carly (Laura Wright) and Nelle (Chloe Lanier) has deep-rooted history in the past, not just the present, as viewers learn today on a special episode of General Hospital.  In it, we go back to the 90s, before Carly stepped foot in Port Charles.  This gave Eden McCoy, who usually plays Carly’s on-screen daughter, Josslyn Jacks, the chance to play a young Carly as fans of the ABC daytime drama series also see that the episode sheds come clues to a story that will play out in the present in the weeks and months to come.

McCoy got the opportunity to work with a different set of players than her normal scene partners in Port Charles in the episode – Cynthia Watros (Nina), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and young Willa Rose (young Nelle), who comprise the Benson ‘family’ in the flashbacks.

However, while Eden got the chance to travel back to the 90s, Josslyn is also in the dark in the present to that kiss shared by her best friends, Trina (Sydney Mikala) and Cameron (William Lipton).   If that lip-lock came to light to Joss, will that finally get her to admit she may feel more than friendship with Cam?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Eden to discuss: the opportunity to play young Carly, having Laura Wright as her on-screen mom, and going to battle on-screen with her good friend, Chloe Lanier, plus if she would like to share more screen-time with Josslyn’s dad, Ingo Rademacher (Jax), and of course, the burning question, who has Josslyn’s heart? Is it Cameron? Find out when you read on as to what Eden shared below.

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On today’s April 8th episode of GH, we see you portraying a young Carly.  Tell me when and how you found out that you were going to play Carly, and what the experience was like for you taping those scenes?

EDEN:  It was really one of my favorite experiences at GH, hands down.  I think if I had to choose favorite episodes, this would be this one for sure. My other favorites prior to this have been: the fight scene with Nelle, the dance scenes I did, and the fake drunk scenes with William.  Those were all so great.  I found out that I was going to do this episode and play a young Carly from Laura Wright.  I ran into her on set for blocking.  We weren’t even working together that day, and she’s like, “Oh, I’ve been told that you’re going to play a young me in an episode,” and then she literally walked away – because she had to work.  So, I was like, “What?”  It was kind of this thing hanging in the air, and I rushed to tell my mom, because I was so excited.  I didn’t get the script until maybe a month after Laura told me.  I didn’t want to ask more about it before then, because I kind of wanted to be surprised, too. Then, when I got the script and read it, I was completely blown away.  Then, when I got the news that Cynthia Watros was going to play Carly’s mom and that James Patrick Stuart was going to play Carly’s dad, I mean, I just about had a heart attack! Those are two actors that I’ve watched and admired so much and haven’t worked with a lot.  So, it was this perfectly gift-wrapped opportunity to get to know my fellow castmates and dive into a whole other character.  Everyone was so involved in that episode.  Look at the set design, for one thing.  You can totally tell that it transported us into the 90s.  Everyone did an amazing job with that style of architecture ….everybody had been researching it …everybody pretty much except for me as I lived through the 90s!  The wardrobe was one of my favorite things ever, because the 90s, for me, is my favorite era of fashion.  I feel like my own wardrobe is heavily inspired by the 90s.  I have vintage pieces; my favorite jeans are 90s Levis. I watched Friends and obviously was obsessed with it.  The wardrobe team did an amazing job focusing on all of the 90s trends with the cardigans and the clogs and the jelly shoes and all of that.  I have three outfits in the episode, and we literally named them “Monica”, “Rachel”, and “Phoebe” after the women on Friends.  It was so much fun.

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What’s your take on what happened in the episode; as we learn about Carly’s troubled-past with her adoptive parents, and her past with Nelle?

EDEN:  It starts as a look into a young Carly’s everyday life.  She gets home from a job interview.  She is looking for work, and she gets the job, and Virginia and Carly are talking.  However, the conversation turns into how Carly wants to leave home, and have a very different life than Virginia, but she needs money to do it.  So, she leaves her mom, Virginia, to go find Frank, her dad, who, by the way, is a complete turnoff of a dad.  She thought he was going to have some money, and she could be rich, and get it from him, and move to New York, and see the world because that’s her overall goal.  Carly is a very passionate, goal-driven person as we know, so she goes to see Frank.  It will be a heart-wrenching moment for Carly as a character; and you will see how Nelle factors into this.   All of this in the past shows the internal conflict that Carly has towards Nelle as a person and as a character.  It’s not just that Nelle came into her life and hurt her kids and hurt her family, but it’s because it’s that desperate need for validation that Carly had growing up.  I think, she has had this resentment towards Nelle, because of it.

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How old were you supposed to be in the flashbacks as young Carly?

EDEN:  I was playing like 18-19 years old, and Nelle was around 6.  Willa Rose was such an adorable little actress.  She and James were so cute together, and James was phenomenal.  He just went 110% on this, and it was so, so fun to work against that.  Every take was different.  James was walking at this pace, or he was eating in this scene, and he totally took it to the place that I knew that he would take it.  Same with Cynthia!  Cynthia was amazing.   I’ve watched them together since Cynthia first came on the show as Nina, and I’ve watched James forever, so I totally scored.

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Has Laura Wright seen your portrayal of Carly yet?

EDEN:  I’m super excited to see what she has to say about it.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I were discussing it day-of taping. We were kind of dissecting Laura’s mannerisms so that I could kind of plug them in to my performance. We used when Laura as Carly tucks her hair behind her ear, and Frank was like, “Oh, yeah!  Do that!”  I’ve grown up with Laura, and watching her, and acting against her, and people clearly compare us all the time and are like, “That’s insane.  Do you try to do that on purpose?” It’s like, “No, I’ve just been with her since I was 12, almost every day.”

You realize when working and talking with Laura that she truly gets and understands her art and acting in this genre.  She’s really one of the best there’s ever been in soaps.  She can dissect a scene and understand it from different points of view, etc.

EDEN:  Oh my God, I know.  She’s phenomenal to watch, and I am not immune to that whatsoever.  It hits me every time I see her act.   She’s just been the best teacher.  The comments I get the most are: how much I resemble her looks wise for one, but also acting wise.  So, I’m so excited to see what people have to say following the airing of this episode.

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What do you think about Josslyn’s combative relationship with Nelle?  I loved on today’s episode that we got to see the scenes where Josslyn clocked Nelle again!

EDEN:  I would love to slap Nelle again!  Chloe is one of my closest friends on that set.  Even though we haven’t worked together as much as we used to, we are still very close, and I learned a lot from her.  Scenes with her are always so juicy.

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Where do you think Josslyn is at this point in her love life?  Is she still really into Dev (Ashton Arbab)? Does she truly loves Cameron, but can’t admit it to herself? 

EDEN:  I think that’s it. With Dev, he was an intriguing character with a very different background than Josslyn.  They say opposites attract, and I think that goes along with this story a little bit.  He’s just something that’s new, and someone who she is intrigued by, and I think that’s realistic.  I know that’s happened to me in my love life before.  I’m not sure where it’s really going to go between Dev and Josslyn.  Then for Cam, I think she doesn’t want to admit the feelings that she has for him to herself because that’s a whole big can of worms. I think she feels that once she admits that it might – not necessarily ruin their friendship – but taint it.  Cam is such a safe place and such a home for Josslyn.  I feel like if she were to admit that to herself, she’d be like, “Oh, no.  I’m going to make this uncomfortable and weird, and I can’t lose Cam as a friend.”  That’s always kind of been where her head is at, but I think as she spends more time with him, her feelings become more and more clear.  You never really know what’s going to happen, and I don’t think she’s set on anything.  Teenagers are just all over the place with feelings, and one day they feel this and one day they don’t.  So, it’s always such fun to play because I know some fans are dying to see Cameron and Josslyn get together that and some people don’t want to see that.  It’s fun to hear everybody out and to hear everyone’s opinions on it.  For me, I just hope it can be something fun to watch.  That’s always the goal.

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So now Trina has shared a kissed Cam, and Josslyn doesn’t know that yet.  What do you think her reaction is going to be when she finds out? 

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EDEN:  It will be interesting to see how the writers do that when she does find out, because Trina has been a great friend to Josslyn, and Josslyn wants to be a great friend back, and of course, Joss is a great friend to Cam.  These are her two best friends.  She doesn’t really want to be anything but supportive.  I feel there is going to be a lot of internal struggle with that because I think that action is probably going to make her realize, and come to terms with some feelings that she has probably been avoiding, for sure.

Do you think that Josslyn has truly moved on with her life following her last boyfriend, Oscar’s heartbreaking death, so that she can welcome and accept new love into her life?

EDEN:  I think she’s moved on, at least I hope so!  That’s a pain that she’ll take with her for the rest of her life, and an experience that she’ll always have in her back pocket. That’s great as an actor … to have had a deep, influential experience because you can bring that into certain scenes and make them stronger.  Right now, I think she’s just trying to be normal and feel normal things, and that’s where I hope that her story will continue to go.  Life goes on, and we have awesome teenage characters that I’m happy to be a part of and working with.

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Whenever the fans have seen William Lipton and you together, they have noticed that you get along so well. What can you say about William?

EDEN:   We do get along so well.  William is the best.  He’s really like a sibling.

Would you like to see more scenes between Jax and Josslyn? Don’t you think he should be more involved with his biological daughter’s life?

EDEN:  Yes!  From day one of meeting Ingo five years ago, he just made it so comfortable for me.  We have had a complete connection.  We share so many similar traits.  For instance, we both love the beach and we have a similar drive.  I will say that our relationship outside of the scenes is what makes those scenes what they are and what makes them fun to watch, and why when you’re watching, you feel like, “How is this not real?”  So, that’s why he is one of my all-time favorite scene partners.

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Your mom was, and is, a big GH fan, right?

EDEN:  Yes, she grew up watching GH in her sorority house, and her two crushes were Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jax (Ingo Rademacher), and I’m their kid on the show!  I remember when I auditioned for Josslyn.  I was given a fake script with a fake character name on it, so, we didn’t really know what my family tree looked like, or anything.  When my mom saw Maurice and Ingo in person for the first time, and I remember her freaking out.  I can’t even imagine what it was like for her.  My mom was just as excited as me to have this opportunity.

Are you at home quarantining, and taking care of yourself during this COVID-19 pandemic that we all find ourselves facing together? How’s that been going for you?

EDEN:  It’s going good.  I’m not complaining about staying in bed. (Laughs)  No, it’s been fun just trying new things and spending time with the family. You know, I’m usually so busy that it’s nice to have a little down time for a minute, but I naturally like to stay present and connect with people on social media, et

What are the fans saying to you most on social media that they want for Joss? 

EDEN:  I am hearing a lot about Cam.  It’s a big, “Is that going to happen?  Is that not going to happen?  Team Cam/Team Not Cam.”  That’s always fun because I love to have rivalries.  That means that people are invested in the story.  I get a lot of Jax things, like, “Where’s Jax?  We need more Jax and Josslyn,” and I completely agree.  However my dream, (and I think what a lot of people want to see) is Josslyn’s rebellion and gearing away from the goody-two-shoes person she is for a minute.

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That would be in-line and typical for the daughter of Carly, right?

EDEN:  Yeah, that’s what I’m saying.  When I hear about what Carly had done at my age and in the past, I’m like, “I have that DNA.”   Carly had a very painful upbringing with not a lot of parental supervision and support.  She had no father figure growing up, and Josslyn has had two. That really shapes a person and makes them who they are, but I do feel like with all of the pain the Josslyn has gone through; some kind of off-the-rails moment would be fun to play and will be hopefully in her future.

So, what did you think of Eden’s performance of young Carly on today’s episode of GH? Do you want Josslyn to end up romantically with Cameron or someone else? Do you think Josslyn should display a more rebellious side given that she is Carly’s daughter? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Has a Feeling She Has ‘A Daughter Out There’

The latest promo for this week’s episodes of General Hospital has been released and from the looks of it – and a key episode set to air on Wednesday April 8th – the mystery surrounding if Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) biological daughter is alive, and if so who is it, looks to be kicking into high gear.

There is that necklace that Nina is looking at in the promo, Nelle (Chloe Lanier) who seemingly now is being given an opportunity to work with Nina thus getting closer to her who notices the necklace, and then there is Willow (Katelyn MacMullen), who many have thought could actually be Nina’s daughter given their original tense relationship.

And coming up on Wednesday, look for a special episode where the show looks at Carly’s (Laura Wright) past with her adoptive parents Frank and Virginia Benson before she came to Port Charles in 1996.

Look for Eden McCoy (Josslyn) to play a young Carly, Cynthia Watros to play Virginia, James Patrick Stuart to play Valentin, and Willa Rose to play a young Nelle.  What will we learn from that episode?

Now below watch the latest teaser from GH, and let us know if you think Nina will finally figure out who her real bio-daughter is via the comment section below.

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