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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Tracy Visits The Quartermaine Crypt & Jane Elliot Reminds Us All Why She Is A Daytime Treasure!

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It’s no secret that General Hospital possesses an amazing A-list female cast.  You can usually find On-Air On-Soaps praising the performances of many of them each month for their emotional, powerful, or subtle work.

On Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, it was GH’s enduring MVP, Jane Elliot (Tracy) who struck a chord with the viewers with her touching and raw performance. In the episode, Tracy visits her deceased family members in the Quartermaine crypt.  Tracy is reeling from learning the news she has lesions on her brain, and it may be cancer.   Although Dr. Mayes is getting a unwelcome second opinion from Dr. Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen), who suspects something else is going on.    Back at the crypt, Tracy has a heart-to-heart with Edward, Lila, Alan, and even AJ.

The scene makes you want to reach for the hankies when Tracy tells Lila she wishes she was here with her right now to help her through this and to hold her hand.    Tracy also tells the Q’s, she is not ready to join them yet.  Next, Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) finds his mother inside the crypt, while Tracy calls out “Alan”.   A confused Tracy begins to talk and then has another major seizure in front of her son.   Dillon rushes her to GH, where he learns that his mother may have cancer, but Griffin says something else may be going on.   Emotions come over Dillon as he is devastated to learn about his mom.

When they prep Tracy to have the biopsy she was orginally scheduled to have, but she did not show up for, Tracy has a tender moment with Dillon.   But Dillon tells his mother, he should let Ned (Wally Kurth) know what is happening to her.

And the crypt set got some additonal usage on the episode when Carly (Laura Wright) took Jason (Billy Miller) there to see his family.  Once inside, Carly took a stroll down memory lane and explained the emotional make-up of the Q’s and most importantly how much Lila loved Jason, and how he was named after her maiden name, “Morgan”.    She also tells him how Emily was always the peacemaker between Jason and the rest of the family.   Jason sees his name is in the crypt wall as well, in which it says, “In Loving Memory”, and so he takes it down.  Carly needs to leave to get back to the hotel for work, so Jason says he will walk her out, but that he wants to come back after to spend some quiet time with the Q’s.

All in all, this episode belonged to the performance of Jane Elliot, who once again showed strength, heartbreak, and humor, and reminds how she continues to make Tracy Quartermaine one of the classic soap characters of all-time.

So, what did you think of the Quartermaine crypt visits for Tracy and Jason?  Were you touched by the performance of Jane Elliot on today’s GH?  Ultimately, what do you think is truly happening medically to Tracy?  Weigh-in and share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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su0000
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su0000

I got bigs luvs for Tracy/Jane, a real jewel..
I have great respect for Jane Elliot !

I am so looking forward to her/Tracy’s story !
(which puts Dante and Lulu junk to shame)

JUDY K
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JUDY K

I AM WITH YOU….100%….GREAT ACTRESS WHO NEEDS A REAL STORY!

Harry 1
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Harry 1

Nut Judy, Traci is being given a “REAL” story.
Now I wish the same for Monica.

Dan
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Dan

They’re definitely giving Jane Elliot some powerful, emotional material to play, and no one deserves it more. She always rises to the occasion. Tracy was Luke’s door mat for so long, it’s nice to see the character back on the front burner again. Hopefully perhaps some Emmy gold will be in Jane’s future. It’s been 35 years since her one and only Emmy win. I love the emotion and the heart that Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman have brought back to GH. It’s one of the things that was sorely lacking under Ron Carlivati. Stories with people dealing with real… Read more »

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

Jane was terrific…i first seen her play a nun in Elvis Pressley’s last movie back in the late 60s-“Change Of Habit”…yep, Tracy was a nun…lol…ok, she wasnt Tracy then but you know what i mean…next i hope they write Laura something good too…

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Genie’s ‘oblique’ role as it is, Jimmy? Laura may as well be a nun.

Trudy
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Trudy

Agreed.

Patrick
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Patrick

“really” FUN, read ! my LOL simply put… I get giddy over this stuff I have to gavel: “…Tracy was Luke’s door mat for so long, it’s nice to see the character back on the front burner again. ” whether Jane Elliott would agree with being.. a doormat… it’s not disclosed.. but fans can certainly lament Ms. Tracy is: front and center.. and MUST SEE further surprises me that her one and only emmy win was 35 years ago! had to “wiki” her laureate : GH: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1981) Nominated —… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“What is the word…. are you so bored in the AFTERLIFE, that you must drag me down… not you, mother, you obviously, made it upstairs… I’m not ready… to die”

Tracy has never minced words… never “wavered” in her own mindset

drew conclusion and moved on

for her to be waylayed like this… IT”S Staggering.. It’s momentous

to REEL with more emotion than she’d CARE????

Jane Elliott spotlight

Lisa
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Lisa

Jane Elliott is a Masterpiece. In every sense…she is beautiful, artistic and her talent is indescribable. She always delivers 1000% in every scene she is in. I loved the scene in the crypt…stubborn, vulnerable, sensitive and strong. Amazing! Love her

Brett
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Brett

To say I am unhappy with the direction of the show under Altman and Passanate (why on earth they hired them after the temporarily murdered Y&R I have no idea) would be an understatement but Jane was astounding yesterday.

Timmm
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Timmm

A&P brought Y&R to a crashing halt in 2013 BUT they have been doing a great job on GH, SO FAR!

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

First of all…i wanted Monica to take Jason down mamory lane….i need more Monica and Tracy scenes…i also like Dr. Mayes…hope Alice scrubbed down the crypt each month with tons of lysol after Ava and Sonny did the you-know-what in there a year ago but i dont think it would be enough rid the place of their foul stench…lol

Charday
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Charday

I agree with you about Monica should have taken Jason down memory lane, and get that trash Carly out of the Q crypt! What’s next, murderer Sonny moving into the Q mansion?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Right, Charday? Carly, more or less, painted Sonny as a saint. Soon, said painting may materialize over the Quartermaine’s mantel.

Patrick
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Patrick

hysterically funny…..

just visioning… dearest Alice scrubbing down on a regular basis the crypt

she’d be muttering to herself…

her devotion to the Quartermaine

is a keeper!

KAREN
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KAREN

LOVE JANE ELLIOT PLEASE PLEASE DON’T KILL HER OFF SUCH A WONDERFULL ACTRESS

aria
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aria

theres no way they are killing her off. they would be idiots if they did.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree. Su and I ( and I’m sure many more fans) do not think it’s cancer. Apparently, neither does Dr. Munro….which means Jane is staying put.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

It is excellent that Jane has been given strong story—it also means we get more Monica to see. Only thing I wish they could have done is to have Tracy be seen speaking to the ghosts of the Q’s that have left us but we all know that wouldn’t have been possible so I’ll take the mentioning of their names.

Rose
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Rose

I really liked this episode, and in the most part am liking where GH is going.

Would really love it if they ran old clips of Tracy with Edward, Alan and Lila to see the family dynamics back then. And what a difficult acting experience for Jane to portray the seizures. Wow! They have even been hard for me to watch.

Thought Carly giving Jason his Q primer was a nice touch. It also helped newer viewers who didn’t know or see the previous history to have an idea of where Jason fit in before “stone cold.”

Shell
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Shell

I too loved Carly explaining the Q dynamic to Jason. Although, it made me miss those days so much. I loved the bickering Q’s….especially between Tracy and Alan. I miss those days so much. They were such a fixture of my childhood. GH was always on the tv when I would get home from elementary school. I loved the original Edward Quartermaine as well as the final Edward Quartermaine. I loved Lila too. Wasn’t it sweet how Tracy kept correcting her statements with “Well, not you mom…you were always so sweet.” I’m very happy to see the writers acknowledge the… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

it says so much about beloved Tracy

it’s not said enough, is it

to well up on “q”

to dam break

for this damsel… the tough as nails exterior… exhausts oneself to relate .. so worth the REEL

I, say … damsel… because.. she once told Edward… how she will continue to hold on to true love and that she’ll wait a lifetime for

she’s a premier act

Timmm
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Timmm

Rose, GH hardly EVER plays old clips! What gives? Y&R does it from time to time.

Rose
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Rose

Timmm…sometimes I’ve gone to youtube and found some of the old years. They are great.

Dylan
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Dylan

Having Carly be the one to explain Jason’s past to him was absurd, insultng, and disrespectful!! Carly knew NOTHING about what Jason was like before he was a brain damaged, cold blooded murderer. THAT’S what Carly liked about him…she could take advantage of him and manipulate him into doing anything she wanted because he was a BRAIN DAMAGED MURDERER. The Jason before that was a mild mannered, respectful young man studying to become a doctor…to SAVE lives, not end them! Carly didn’t even know him or cross paths with him. When Carly got pregnant by AJ, she thought the idea… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Oh Dylan, I hear much of what you are saying. But it seems poor misunderstood Carly has been part of messing up everyone since she came into Port Charles years ago, not just Jason…there’s Tony, Bobbie, AJ, Jax, the list goes on. Just the scene of “passion” years back that cemented the unholy alliance between her and Sonny. Hot and Ugh! And I’ve never seen her “mothering” skills, most recently Josslyn. But every soap needs one or two of this kind of character I guess. Just haven’t liked writers try to whitewash all of her antics. Hopefully with her talk… Read more »

Harry 1
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Harry 1

LOVE your post, Dylan! You are spot on. Do you remember when Carly was hanging out with her best friend AJ (then played by Billy Warlock) and she decided to spike his grape juice with vodka? AJ was in recovery back then and trying to make things right with his family. After he became intoxicated, Carly dumps his body in the apartment laundry bin and carts his body off near the garbage bin in the back ally of the apartment complex. She then proceeded to pour alcohol all over his passed out body and then makes an anonymous call to… Read more »

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

Fantastic wednesday episode. Jane Elliott is putting forth a near flawless perfect performance since this story was launched. This is the first time in over a decade this actress has gotten her own standalone storyline and man she is really delivering in a huge way. Tracy talking to all the deceased Q’s in the crypt was powerful and how much she misses the old days with all of them talking over each other. The seizures that Tracy keeps having are frightening to watch and you could see the terrifying look on Dillon’s face as it happened. I am confident that… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I surely hope what you predict comes to pass, Jay Trotter. I wholeheartedly believe in Karma….the concept simply fascinates me.
Therefore, Sonny ‘losing’ Jason to his rightful place, as a Quartermaine, gives me immense pleasure.

Trudy
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Trudy

Great post. I would add that Carly’s version of history conveniently overlooked the fact that Jason and Carly lied about Michael’s paternity for years. Key fact, because Jason’s lie was no different from Liz’s lie to Jason. Jason was forgiven by everyone, and he needs to know that so that he eventually can forgive Liz.

Patrick
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Patrick

tears

“… Tracy talking to all the deceased Q’s in the crypt was powerful and how much she misses the old days with all of them talking over each other. ”

without doubt… one of… the richest families in all of daytime

all lived to the fullest

Timmm
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Timmm

Your right Jay, Sonny and Anna were pure gold together and worked hard to express each others motives. It was cool because they have not had many scenes on GH in all the years they both have been on the show.

Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

Jane Elliott is a powerhouse! So glad to see she is getting a meaty story.

Timmm
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Timmm

How many people get excited about a scene or two in a crypt? BUT it was a Quatermaine crypt so you could see why! Tracy even included AJ which I thought was cute/funny! My only complaint or should I say disappointment was that “Ghost Alan” wasnt the one who showed up. Big let down. Also, I hope Tracy and Dr. Mayes hook up BUT he has to tone it down a bit. I bet some senior doctors do stick their chests out to the younger doctors in a real hospital but I cannot imagine them threatening them! [Griff needed a… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, Timmmy, I agree. Tracy’s inference to AJ was ‘cute’, with an ironic, humorous twist. It only proved to me she loved her nephew, regardless her sour treatment of him when alive. But, I cannot agree with you about Carly’s interaction with Jason in the crypt. She was saying all the right things, right tone of voice….I still sensed a touch of possession there; not to mention a lack of a good word about his brother, AJ. Cold!!!! Jason needs to be saved from Jason Morgan, Sonny’s lackey/henchman. To do that, he needs to steer clear of Carly; who, may… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Hey Cee, you may get your wish because Jason doesnt know yet that Sonny killed AJ and Carly is too much of a coward to tell him. If Jason is flirting with getting in touch with his Quartermaine side and having a nice scene with Monica the other day is a start, when he finds out “Dimples Don” killed his brother, Jason may just make his decision to permanently tune in to his inner Q!

Joe
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Joe

Always loved Jane Elliot since the late 70s. She’s great at what she does and most of the time under-played on GH. I just wish after 30 years she can take control of ELQ.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Fsntastic acting by Jane. Her seuzures seemed quite authentic and give power to the realism. Robert Palmer ywhom I love as Dillon was very believable too as he struggled to contain his fear while at th same time subtley conveying it…and his love. With that said, several stupid moments. Monica didn’t read the MRI yet? I would think that would be a prority for her…unless it was taken moments before and she was in surgery. Didnt seem like that was the case… Jason just lets Carly insult AJ all over again? Hopefully he’ll wonder why Michael was better off in… Read more »

Harry 1
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Harry 1

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm! I was waiting for SOMEONE to point out the elephant in the middle of the living room in my pajamas. (how he fit in my pajamas, I will never understand). Imagine my astonishment upon discovering that that person is you–you who are usually so positive and upbeat about GH. I am so happy it is you because if you’re complaining, then it must mean something. Listen, no one can argue with the fact that Jane Elliot is a powerhouse of an actress. Moreover, no one can argue this powerhouse of an actress has risen above the… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Lol Harry, Prince of Wales…I mean Michael Fairman soapy site…you guve me too much credit on the sunny side. I’ve had my fair share of gripes…you know we’re sympatico when it comes to AJ. I’m a proud card carrying griper where he’s concerned. And I’ve also proudly griped about the absence of many vets. Mac, Robert, Lucy, Scott…I kinda miss em all! I also agree, and love the way you expressrd it, with how Tracy’s visit to the Q crypt made us “hear the collective ghost voices…” It’d be great to replenish the Q’s and hear the little pitter patter… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Jane Elliot blew me away. A performance that arose so many conflicting emotions…anger, self-pity, courage, stamina ….but never defeat. Her so-in-the-moment rendition of finding out possibly having cancer and facing her mortality elicited those same feelings in the viewer.
I was so taken by her display of just being human….. It touched me to no end. I had never seen Tracy in such visibly tangible vulnerability. Impressive.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I also feel that Tracy went to the crypt for answers….to be close to family. This could be regarded as a double-edged sword……psychologically, her need for survival gave her a devil-may-care-attitude; belligerent…..thus, confronting her loved ones, and possibly demons, with recalcitrant defiance. Yet, the child in her ( the way she talked to Lila) was searching for solace and much-needed comfort.

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

Hope this doesnt sound morbid but im like Tracy when i go to the cemetery’…ive filled my mother in on Days, and i tell grandma and my nephew and others how much they are missed and never forgotten…its very comforting.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@jimh. Oh, Jimmy! You and I both lost children; so I understand perfectly and I do not find you morbid. I talk to my baby every day….many times a day. May they all rest in peace and with the angels. I feel the need to release pent-up hurt. Tracy and her need to seek out her deceased loved ones is very normal and human. As I said, I never saw this side of her. She is always so four and cantankerous …..well, most of the time. I can certainly identify with her fragility. Soon, we will have Tracy, as herself,… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Sour, not four.

Rodd
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Rodd

Jane was simply breath-taking! She can make anything work. I have never FF’d a scene she’s in because she’s always so interesting. Good on Jane!

Timmm
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Timmm

Your right Rodd, Jane has NEVER been FF material!

Michael Finney
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Michael Finney

Jane Elliot has done her homework in preparation for this storyline because she is killing it! I’m really loving GH right now. With Jean Passanante and that other gal as head writers, GH is doing so much better under their writing. Y&R’s loss is GH’s gain.

Timmm
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Timmm

I think it is a win win. The ladies struggled over at Y&R but have been doing great at GH.

aria
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aria

she always knocks it out of the park, GH has the best female cast around.

Sly
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Sly

Jane is awesome. A great performance.

Side note:

1) Does anyone know if there will be a Nurse’s Ball this year? I heard nothing yet.
2) Did anyone notice that Frank Valentini directed the March 4th episode of GH? Has he done that before, I never noticed.

Shari
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Shari

Beautiful scene with Tracy. I almost wish they would have had Carly remember that the crypt is where Sonny and Ava conceived Avery.

JANET
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JANET

from what I read, Carly didn’t do Jason any favors trying to re do what Sonny did when Jason had no memory. Bad AJ picked on poor sainted only wanted to do right Carly. Will she tell him what she did to AJ when he was trying and succeeding to stay sober ? Carly is a piece of work. Jane is an actress, on a show with a bunch, not all of no talents. I may watch this ,but the show has so many mobs I can’t I heard Jane doesn’t submit her name to the emmy’s. Of course most… Read more »

Gabrielle
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Gabrielle

Loved all of her scenes so far, I’m just hoping Tracy STAYS in the spotlight. Would much rather see her there than in the background. Also love her with her baby son, Dillon. RPW is impressing me more and more every day. He was awesome yesterday sticking up for his mother !

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

We are thirsty for Quartermaine stories and the scenes in the crypt were like an oasis in the desert.

Kelly Publicover
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Kelly Publicover

Jane was fantastic on Wednesday!! Then again,she always is fantastic as Tracy!! Whether Tracy is screaming her head off and crying,mad as a wet hen (Tracy’s norm lol) or happy cause she got her way (yet again) ,Jane is a dream to watch!!

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