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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Trading Places With Kevin and Ryan; Oscar Has a Seizure

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On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, viewers learned the identity of which twin was in a straight-jacket at Ferncliff, and which was out and about in Port Charles,  But is there yet a twist on a twist on this coming?

Through flashbacks from Felicia (Kristina Wagner) recounting how she was terrorized by Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) years ago, and then the showdown scene between Ryan and Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), which led to Ryan’s “demise”, the stage was set to move this present day storyline of the twin brothers along.

We cut to everyone’s worse nightmare mental health facility, Ferncliff, where the patient in the straight-jacket claims to nice-guy orderly, Gordon, that he is the real Kevin Collins and his brother Ryan switched places with him, which is what most viewers who have been watching the story unfold would tend to believe has happened.  He wants Gordon to help him by loosening his straight-jacket. Gordon says he will alert those in charge and exits.

Later, the psychiatrist twin arrives and has some choice words for his brother for stirring things up.  The patient spouts: “Nice to see you too, Kevin.”  Kevin says he knows Ryan has been claiming to be him … yet again!  Kevin reminds Ryan that when he found out he was alive he brought him to Ferncliff to treat him and rehabilitate him, rather than turn him over to the police for a lifetime jail sentence.  Ryan, who has major homicidal tendencies tells his brother he can’t be cured and rather likes who he is.  Kevin won’t give up and wants to help him.  Ryan mentions Felicia.  Next thing you know, Kevin’s cell phone rings and he turns his back for a second, and Ryan is able to get out of the straight jacket and attacks his brother.

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Elsewhere, Jason (Steve Burton) is getting ready to take Oscar (Garren Stitt) on his motrocycle to meet up with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) after their talk about the teen’s relationship with Carly’s (Laura Wright) daughter.  When Jason tells Oscar let’s get a move on, Oscar suddenly goes into an all-out seizure!

GH will be airing a series of encore episodes for the next several days with the pick-up  of new episodes after Labor Day.

So, what do you think is going on between Ryan and Kevin?  What will be the next twist in the storyline?   And … what is happening to Oscar? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Jimh
Jimh

Kim adopted Oscar…he is really Margauex’s son with Drew…Elizabeth Hendrickson resembles a young Denise Alexander in some scenes, especially in the eyes-imho!!!…i believe the original double story was on Edge Of Night in the early 60s…Phil Capice was replaced by a double who wouldnt sleep with Phil’s wife Louise…The double’s face may look exactly like Phil but from the neck down is a different story…some crooks had the double(forget the reason) to pose as Phil,,,but this double story was more clever then todays versions…those crooks had the double in an accident to keep Louise from noticing the difference!!!…why is GH repeats when other soaps are not-stupid!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think Elizabeth Hendrikson resembles Finola Hughes. A bit of a younger version but to me the resemblance is pretty strong. What say you?

Jimh
Jimh

She does in some scenes too…the eyes remind me of Denise,,,and she does have some resemblance to Finola as well!!!

Satan
Satan

I can’t believe Ryan escaped Hell! After I let his mother go up and greet him at the funhouse and everything. I really need to get better security down here…..

Harry
Harry

Ha ha!!! Satan, I always figured you’d be a real knee slapper.

Harry
Harry

I am delighted that Ryan is back! Ryan is one of the classic villains–he’s up there with Billy Clyde Tuggell. Ryan and Kevin are intelligently realized characters and both are brilliantly played by Jon Lindstrom.
Kevin may be an insane serial killer, but he’s a brilliant one. I appreciated that he pretended to the orderly in the asylum that he was really Kevin and Ryan was out in the real world impersonating him. That way when he did make the switch, the orderly would not believe Kevin.

Shay
Shay

All you said, Harry, although aren’t you at least a bit disappointed and/or disturbed that wasn’t actually Ryan who was so clearly fascinated with what was purportedly Faison’s “brain in a jar?” That moment when the doc was clutching his prized specimen was deeply creepy….makes one wonder if his twin is not the only one still in need of psychiatric help!

Timmm
Timmm

Tuesdays “Friday” say was great! Jon Lindstrom is FINALLY being used! They are including Kristina Wagner! And Laura will be sleeping with Ryan soon!

I thought for sure Jason and Oscar would wreck on his motorcycle and Drew would have a fit!

PS: If Mike had a daughter Sonny didnt know about, could Mike have another son?

Shay
Shay

Well, if Mike‘s propensity for spreading his seed matches Sonny’s, previously prodigious efforts, then anything is possible, Timmmbo! Maybe the apple didn’t fall far from the tree!!! Lol… As for Ryan and his great escape? How wonderful would it be if he went on a vast killing spree and cleared the GH canvas of its extraneous cast members??? I’d begin with all the annoying femmes currently cluttering Port Charles: Alexis, Nina, Lucy, Kristina, Margaux, Nurse Amy and yes, Aunt Stella! I suppose it would be asking too much to see Carly get the old heave-ho, too…but I could go for that, as well!!! Also, I would have added Jordan to that list, but I’ll give the recast a chance to prove herself as a worthy addition to the show before making such a call!

Jimh
Jimh

What if Laura has a late life pregnancy and Ryan is the father????

su000
su000

hey Jim..
A pregnant grandma,, well, it could be interesting haa!

Jimh
Jimh

Ada back on AW in the 70s was a pregnant granny…

Shay
Shay

If she did, that would have to rank right up there on the GH incredulity scale with Alexis and her contention she could have been pregnant by Julian many years after her big, bad menopause storyline!

su000
su000

Perhaps Ryan will kill Laura!
Whatever, I can see this story playing out for near 2 months..
I’m liking this guy Ryan and I hope he is crazy creepy, a real deal madman of terror!
GH needs a good shot of mayhem that will hopefully keep us on the edge of our seats ..

Shay
Shay

Or perhaps Laura will kill Ryan! She has past experience in such righteous paybacks to those who have harmed her! Ryan may just reawaken that dorment fury!

su000
su000

hi Shay ..
Well, someone is going to kill someone. lol

ahh ha I hope Laura and Ryan have sex, that would be a hoot.

Looking forward to a story that will be dark and creepy!
And!! a Cassidine in play, that’s a long awaited for, a diabolical Cassidine.

Shay
Shay

Well, we can certainly hope so, su! Parting with characters who have long outlived their usefulness—-if they had any in the first place!—-is not GH’s strong suit! As for Laura and Ryan meeting up in the boudoir, yes, I should expect that would be an eye-opening experience for her…me thinks Ryan would be quite the “wild man!” Hah! And yes to a Cassadine in the mix! Anywhere, anytime…can never get enough them, as along as they are full-strength, old-school types and not some modern, diluted version like the very disappointing Valentin…still holding out hope that Cassandra is one of them…at least she has potential!

Timmm
Timmm

How in the blue hell did “Aunt Stella” win a freakin Emmy?

Soaphound
Soaphound

Timmm, by sheer obnoxiousness. I remember a nasty critic’s quote of years ago that could easily apply to her: “If she were to collide with a Mack truck, it’s the truck I’d feel sorry for.”

Steve
Steve

The Guest Performer category typically doesn’t have much competition. Whether one likes Stella, or not, Vernee Watson puts it all into her character. The past Monday’s group therapy was a prime example.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I never thought Ryan was the one walking about Port Charles. To me he was Kevin; the only thing out of character was him leaving to visit Laura without telling Carly he was leaving. So, I wasn’t surprised that Ryan was the one locked up, trying to convince the guard that he was really Kevin. (would be funny though if their memories were swapped and they really are the other but think they’re not.)

As for Oscar, my how that boy has grown! He was a lil whipper snapper when we first met him and now he’s taller than his mom! He’s adorable.

What I find really frustrating is that neither him nor Jason pointed out that they’re uncle/nephew. They were cordial but there was no acknowledgment of their connection.

Oscar’s seizure could be something related to his frostbite near death experience from the freezer???

su000
su000

rebecca !
I believe that Jason is Oscar’s daddy..
Their is still something unsettled with Drew, Jason and at one time they were identical twins, anyways something isn’t right to my satisfaction.. more to come.

As for Laura, I am not thrilled, nope ..
The mystery Cassidine (ring man) hopefully is Nikolas..And, they/he want Laura taken out .

But then again, I rarely get my wishes so no need to get grindy about Laura she will be just fine LOL 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

I thought of that , su0000, but I hope not. Drew has had too much taken away from him already. His “identity”, lil Jake and Danny who he thought were his sons. That would be horrible if they took Oscar away from him, too. And, I love the relationship between them. It was such a great landing place for Drew; in a time when sons he loved turned out not to be his he found Oscar.

If you’ve read my comment you know I didn’t miss Laura and I like Kevin so much better without her. But, she IS a GH vet, a much loved one and there was a time I, too, looked forward to her return. The last few times she’s been on the character has been incredibly dull, boring, matronly. I am rooting for Genie and hope THIS time “Laura” has a more exciting story. We shall see.

If the “ringed” man is Nicolas it won’t be Tyler Christopher. He’s over at Days. However, I loved his uncle (Alexis’s half brother) Stefan who supposedly is dead, too. He was played by Stephen Nichols who has been at Days for years and years, but was just let go. Wondering if by any chance they’re bringing him back. Probably not. We’ll find out soon enough.

LOL. Who gets their wishes? But, we keep on wishing…. 😉

Soaphound
Soaphound

I hope so too, rebecca1. I’m so tired of Jason being savior man. Now innocent Oscar seems enchanted by him! Can’t we give Drew a break? Such a better, more affectionate dad than Jason. Here’s to an exciting Laura tale also!

Kat lee
Kat lee

So Drew lost everything and Jason is the “Savior man”. Seems to me that Drew has gained a family, living in the Q’s mansion. With Jason’s family. Jason’s sons still see him as a “father figure” and he gained Oscar. He has a business that he bought with Jason’s money and a daughter he bore with Jason’s wife. Jason came home (how dare he). His marriage is gone, his children were
And are being raised by a man pretending to be him and a man who tortured him and his wife (including rape, even if it was just mental) and created so much havoc in their lives that he missed seeing his son born and both lost the first year of Danny’s life. Then he is captured and held for five years(none of which he can get back) when he gets home he is rejected and ignored and divorces by who he considers the “ love of his life” and Jake rejects him. He doesn’t even have his own home. Drew has been living a life, perhaps not his own, but he has certainly benefitted from it. Family, money and he could get his memories back, he just chooses not to. Jason is not physically raiseing his own children, he is still alone, so far Drew has been giving several opportunities for a romantic life. They just stick Jason in wherever they need filler, he has gotten Nothing back that he lost, except for Sonny, Carly and Danny and has no storyline to call his own. So PLEASE for the love of whatever deity you worship stop playing the “poor Drew” card.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Kat lee.

First, Drew DID lose everything. And, you seem to be blaming the character as if it was his fault, like he deliberately came to Port Charles and took over Jason’s life. He’s a VICTIM. Can you even imagine what it must be like to be kidnapped, strapped to a table, some lunatics going into your brain, extracting your memories, implanting someone else’s, getting hit by a car, having what amounts to is a face transplant, not knowing who you are, becoming Jake Doe, falling in love with Elizabeth, being told you’re Jason, your “new” memories making YOU think you’re Jason, finally finding happiness, peace and love to find out, “oops!” Fake out! You’re not you!” Then, to find out the sons you love aren’t yours and the wife you love still loves the man you thought you were (even if she still loves you, too.) So, yeah, I’d say he had a lot taken away from him. Like, his entire identity, past, the sons he thought were his.

As for living at the Qs? That’s not a gift. He IS a Q! Just like Jason, just like AJ. The fact that no one knew he existed makes no difference; the Qs aren’t just “Jason’s family”, whom he rejected anyway, but Drew’s as well!)

His business from Jason’s money? Again, you act like he took it. He WAS Jason; or so he and everyone thought. So whatever he built he built with honesty. And, since we’re talking about “make believe” we can only assume what we don’t see on camera happened and that he either already paid Jason back or is currently paying Jason back. He is entitled to his share of the Quartermaine fortune and he’s been working his ass off at the magazine.

As for Jason? Drew or no Drew, Jason was gone for five years! What has he done since he’s been back. Hover over Carly and Sonny. Drew nor Sam has being keeping Jason from his sons, nor has Elizabeth. He CHOOSES to STILL live as Sonny and Carly’s lapdog; he wouldn’t have a purpose if they ceased to exist. One would think that with his life being threatened for years, his five-year captivity, he would rethink his life, would attempt to get more time with his children. What’d he do instead? Plan to leave the country with Carly if need be.

Drew is not to blame for Jason’s ridiculous life. Jason, as you know, makes his own decisions. And he is now, as he has done in the past, put everything aside to help Sonny and Carly. Nothing to do with Drew.

Steve
Steve

The Kevin/Ryan storyline will probably run through the fall. It might only be featured 2 days a week (expensive vets) but hopefully they’ll be powerhouse days. Are these two brothers patients 1 and 2 with the Devane sisters being 3 and 4?

Before the seizure, I thought Oscar was going to say “thanks Uncle Jason”. Also, if Felix was in the house wouldn’t Stone Cold yell for him?

Alecia carr
Alecia carr

Sadly I think Oscar has a tumor

Steve
Steve

He hasn’t murdered anyone yet, which is a requirement for brain tumor on this show.

Linda C
Linda C

Seriously, didn’t we have enough of the twins trading places years ago? Boring. Please writers try and come up with something other than a rehash of an old story line.

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Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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