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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What Is Finn Shooting Up?

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The new week is set to kick off with all new episodes of General Hospital,  and viewers are left pondering, yet again, just what is Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael  Easton) shooting up?

On last Friday’s episode, Finn’s behavior was quite unusual when he screamed at Tracy (Jane Elliot) to wake up from her urgery that removed the larvae cyst and the infection form her brain.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Munro (Matt Cohen) with an assist from Finn.  When Tracy finally awakes, Finn is for the moment happy, and so too is Tracy who thanks Finn and touches his face.  However, as Finn heads to the elevators at GH, Griffin notices that Finn doesn’t seem to be looking well, and notes to Finn he should get some sleep.  He  has been up for the last 24 hours.   When Finn heads to the doctor’s locker room, he starts to seemingly go into withdrawal looking at himself in the mirror, looking at the bruises and track marks on his arm, and needing a fix of whatever he has been shooting up.   Finn has his paraphenilia in his locker, but as he finally gets to it he is interuppted by Griffin, who notes how off Finn seems to be, but blows it off to a long complicated surgery over Tracy’s case.   Later, a desperate Finn is sitting in the shower shooting up the drug.

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Elsewhere in a touching moment, Tracy tells Monica (Leslie Charleson) she loves her and regrets not saying it before she went into surgery.  Nina (Michelle Stafford) gets upsetting news from Dr. Lee after she has sex with Franco (Roger Howarth) in hopes to become pregnant.  With Franco not wanting any biological children, and Nina’s baby obsession, the cracks are there for this relationship to tank!  Meanwhile, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Anna (Finola Hughes) set things in motion to nab Carlos  (Jeffrey Vincent Parise):  Anna chlorforms Paul (Richard Burgi), Sonny tells Michael (Chad Duell) to look after the family, while Carly (Laura Wright) worries Sonny could end up shot again if he finds Carlos. 

So, while Finn’s behavior is starting to emulate someone on heroin, doesn’t that seem too obvious?  Is he taking an experimental drug for research?  Is something medically wrong with him?  Share your theories in the comment section below!

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Shay
Shay

To quote Duran Duran, “a lizard mixture!”

su0000
su0000

Double, double toil and trouble
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble, like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Rose
Rose

Su…Pretty cool. Did you make this up?

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Macbeth. Long believed to be a late add by a hand other than Shakespeare, right?

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

I bet thats your favorite recipe,,,lol,,,i might try it…lol

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Rose, it’s from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Su is quoting from the original soap writer… twins separated at birth, mistaken identities, unhappy marriages and murders galore from Mr. Shakespeare.

Rose
Rose

Thanks all for letting me know where “Su’s spell” comes from. One day I really must take the Shakespeare course I’ve promised myself.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Macbeth: Act VI, Scene I…..enter the witches around their cauldron.
Hey, su. Do you think Finn is a witch?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Su, this is the second time trying to right a wrong; LOL.
It should be ACT IV, not VI.
Thanks, moderators.

Moviegal
Moviegal

That’s what I think as well. I believe that he contracted some kind of illness in the course of his work (he is, after all, an infectious disease specialist), and that some kind of secretion from Roxy is what keeps the illness at bay – hence, a “service lizard.”

CeeCee
CeeCee

Great minds think alike, Moviegal.LOL. That is exactly what I said from the very first scene we saw Finn shoot up. Roxie’s venom is keeping him in check.

Andrea
Andrea

Definitely NOT heroine. He has a weird disease that uses something from that lizard

lili
lili

Then why did he just have Felix help him get into the Closet O Drugapalooza?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol….we’re on the same ‘vein’, Shay. His malady has EVERYTHING to do with his strange ‘bedfella’. Unless I’m totally off the mark. Finn is a really sick, lonely guy. No time for relationships, no matter how much we want him to be paired with anyone.
I also believe his work in this particular medical field became a necessity rather than an interest, as there is no cure. Now, it has become a need for survival? An addiction??
Is Tracy following this path?

Moviegal
Moviegal

That’s a huge syringe he’s using – and I find it interesting that he never fills it, just uses what’s inside. That’s too big of a syringe (IMO) for a junkie. Diabetics usually administer into a muscle (like in the belly or in a thigh) – not directly into the vein. We did get a clue, though, when he was having trouble opening the locker – apparently some sort of partial paralysis affects the hand on that arm.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I did notice that, Moviegal. I actually have never seen such a big syringe, except in hospitals/doctors ( he is one, lol). And, I am not familiar with whatever paraphernalia junkies use, either. But, as yourself, I doubt such a huge syringe would be necessary.
He did have difficulty opening the locker, as you observed; plus, I noticed the beads of sweat on his face, AND the frenetic, ‘irky’ behavior. Is that indicative of being in pain or going through withdrawal or both?
I hope this will come to a head sooner than later. This suspension in mid air dissipates the interest if taken too far.

Shay
Shay

I concur, CeeCeeGirl….This is not the tale of a filthy addict….we have a man with a genuine malady and it would seem his lady-lizard holds the only possibly curative elixir. Finn’s situation is totally gross, just as much as Tracy’s worms on the brain are….their mutual storyline is most definitely not a lunchtime delight!!! It absolutely turns my stomach, but if anyone can make it work, it’s Easton. Having said that, I can only hope he has no time for romance, since the only likely candidate at this point would seem to be the towel-bearing, maneating, one-woman “Welcome Wagon” committee otherwise known as Carly….and as a pair, I simply do not like them.

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

Hamilton Finn is really a lizard…he was turned into a human by those crazy Cassidines during a bizarre experiment to create a superior race…Hamilton who has super human abilities-extra strength and can catch flies with his tongue with lightening-like speed keeps his powers hidden as he is hiding from the Cassidines and also doesnt want anybody to know what he really is…he had escaped from the Cassidines 20 years ago but got a new face and new identity ect but to stay human he needs blood that is a mix of lizard blood and human blood-Tracys blood type is exactly what he needs and has been using her blood-this is why he was so desperate to become her doctor!!!…lol

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

Roxy was his lizard wife he hopes to make human too and will be played by Kris Kardashian-lol

Rose
Rose

Jiml…You out did yourself this time. Did you drink some “kool aid?”

CeeCee
CeeCee

You are on the right path, Jimmy. LOL. I always did maintain Roxie was more than his ‘pet’….in another life.
Thanks, Jimmy……this is the you I know. Love your levity….the hilarious banter between you and 4ever at the Days site ( Abby and Ben) was extraordinarily witty and oh, so enjoyable.

nfnfngrebecca1
nfnfngrebecca1

Jimh…lol…love it! Sort of like The Fly where the scientust turns into a hybrid of man and fly. Or, maybe he’s still Caleb and he’s taking an anti vampire concoction to keep him from turning!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Lol…thst’s from me, rebecca1…name keeps posting with extra letters…

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

PLEASE BE THIS. Can a PASSIONS story line be in the offing?!!! LOL.

su0000
su0000

It’s not herion that needs to be heated in a spoon
The stuff he shoots up is the color of beer or pee..LOL
It’s lizard juice !!
It cures vampirism or feeds a huge worm inside him !

Lisa
Lisa

I think finn is sick I don’t think he want anyone to know that’s why he’s doing what he’s doing…

Molly Gray
Molly Gray

Love that reference!!!!

Shay
Shay

Thank you@Molly Gray! Who’d have thought that such an arcane phrase from “New Moon on Monday” could ever make sense…..especially when applied to a totally different situation three decades after the fact! Perhaps Finn—and Roxy!—–are closet Durannies! LOL….

Harry
Harry

Why can’t they write a decent story for Michael E? Again, they have him coupled with a female lizard.
First there was Nina and now there is Roxy!

Shay
Shay

Oh, thank you, Harry!!!! Once again, we see eye on to eye on that certain character I regard as “LaNinaPhyllina”….and by the way, I meant to tell you that I loved your reference to Sylvia Plath a few weeks back. Believe you me, there are quite a few females of GH that I should love to stash into a “bell jar!”

Theadora
Theadora

Perhaps an experimental drug for some as of yet unknown illness he has. He was recently in Africa so perhaps he caught something there? Hmm.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Exactly, Theodora.

john ferrie
john ferrie

WITH SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE OVERDOSING ON HEROIN.IT IS VERY DISTURBING TO SEE HIM DO THAT!

Rose
Rose

I felt the same on having to be so visual about his shooting up, no matter what it was. It wasn’t really necessary and grossed me out. And it’s not just young people if you follow the news, also adults.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, john. I think once was enough. We got the point. But showing it multiple times is pushing it.

Tammy
Tammy

He’s definitely not an addict imo. I think he may have something & this is his treatment. I think the signs that mimic withdrawal is just whatever illness he has taking over & the meds are needed to feel better.
I wanted him to be a cross between House (w/o the addiction) & Dr Hayward (AMC). Looks like I may have gotten it. But really much better. Great work by Michael Easton.

Walter
Walter

It’s Caleb Morley, shooting up True Blood….

Becca
Becca

First, Michael Easton is playing the hell out of these scenes. Amazing work! I definitely think he is using himself in research. One, because, like Mr Fairman said, heroin is too obvious. Two, what junkie makes notations in a book each time they shoot up?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yup, Becca. jimh did say that he was using himself as the subject of an experiment.
What puts these scenes under a negative light is some of the locations….like a sewer rat. On a bathroom floor; locker-room etc. Where next? Under the subway dark stairwell?
it’s just gross. But, I would think he needs to inject whenever the need calls. This need also seems to be sporadic.
As you just stated, Finn makes notations for each injection, which is a tell-tale sign that he is, indeed, timing each interval. Good catch, Becca.

Ces
Ces

Well, damn, if Finn would stop interrupting him, he wouldn’t’ have to do it on the bathroom floor. Anyone else though maybe Finn would need that shower? hehehe And Carly …. knock!!! And seriously the whole premise of her delivering those cheap a** towels was ridiculous.

Lisa
Lisa

This storyline is very interesting. On the one hand, the size of the syringe and amount of drug he is injecting is way too large to be heroin. On the other hand, if it’s medication, why is it unlabeled and hidden in a leather pouch. Either was, Easton is intriguing and is portraying Finn beautifully. Love this story!

Rose
Rose

I’m thinking Finn, being a bit of a rebel and independent person, was searching the “world’s pharmacy” for an eco-cure and by providence met up with Roxie. And now he’s using himself as a guinea pig. Wonder how Roxie got her name? Speaking of names…remember earlier when some were wondering where Finn’s name originated? It’s also the name of one of the new Star Wars stars…another Disney/ABC “placement” coincidence? Whatever, I like it. Why is he in Port a Charles? Because Monica called him because she remembered him from a med conference? Being a soap there has to be more.

Anacarrie
Anacarrie

Heroin does seem to be a bit obvious so I reserve judgment about whatever it is he’s shooting up. If it is heroin; I guess TPTB are trying to give Michael Easton some meaty material to work with. A quirky life saving doctor with a drug problem is quite different from his other roles. I’ll stay on board for now. I am a fan of Michael Easton’s so I certainly interested in how this character will be developed. I am also glad to see they are holding to their word so far by focusing on his character and not immediately connecting him with a love interest. I like getting to know the character before forming an attachment to a pairing.

Melissa
Melissa

I imagine it has something to do with the reason why Olbrecht was reluctant yo give him hospital privileges. She’s been hinting at knowing something about him. Hope they reveal it soon. Right now Finn is presenting as a bundle of anxieties and eccentricities. While it’s intriguing for now, if we don’t get an explanation soon it’s going to start to get annoying. I think GH has picked up the pace of storytelling in the last few weeks and I hope they continue to do so.

The other thing I am wondering is if Griffin is too good to be true. He’s been presented to us as almost the perfect man in sharp contrast to Finn. Nathan had a little bit of that too until his recent Claudette revelation.

Speaking of pacing, one thing I ask of the writers is that when (and if) Brad and Lucas finally marry, please tell us why Brad was forced to get married to R in the first place and how he extricated himself from the marriage. (It’s been so long since that storyline unfolded I can’t even remember R’s full name. Was it Rosalie?) I know the current writers inherited that story, but I really think they need to give it closure and tell us something — anything — about how it was resolved. Even if we have to go through some terrible exposition to find out!

Rose
Rose

Melissa…Agree on all of your points.

Pamela Jackson
Pamela Jackson

Vampire?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Lol… I suggested above msybe he’s Caleb taking some anti vampire drug!

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

Hamilton Finn is Tracys son???

Grace
Grace

Finn is going to have some odd rare disease and is using the Dragon/Lizzard blood or saliva or something to make some concoction that he needs. I for one am intrigued and looking forward to seeing where this story takes us.

Ces
Ces

I bet he has what Tracy has and those drugs keep him alive. Maybe that’s why he told her family it isn’t over yet.

CeeCee
CeeCee

There we go, Ces, thinking alike, again……Tracy and her ‘worms’ in the brain have had a link for me as soon as I saw Finn injecting himself, and feeling so strongly about what ailed her was a dead give-away.
And, the emphasis/focus on Roxy says much.

Ces
Ces

Heyyy CeeCee – lol!! I think lizard juice may be what keeps Finn alive. The antidote is in the juice and now Tracy will need it. I can’t imagine GH would bring ME back to play a druggie – where would that get them? Hopefully we will see much more of Finn & Tracy together! (not that like, haha!)

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Ces.
Hi, Ces?…whatever that juice is goes straight into Finn.
It looks like Tracy is on the mend. Does that mean Roxy’s ‘bad medicine’ got into her as well?….via Finn’s fat syringe.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Ces.
PS.
Yeah, Ces…why is Finn always interrupted at the most inopportune time? It’s as though TPTB want him to be found out by somebody.

Sharon Howard Cloud
Sharon Howard Cloud

He’s shooting up a “life syrum” . I think he’s a character from the past that has returned to Port Charles. Dr Finn and the past character, with age,could pass for twins. That’s all I’m saying right now.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hmmmm. Good premise. I like it, Sharon.

JoanneG
JoanneG

I’m agreeing with Ces above. I think at some point he may end up having to inject Tracy with the same serum as he is using on himself.

Think Roxy is keeping him in serum for whatever it is that is ailing the good Dr. Finn!

Ces
Ces

yes JoanneG – I think so 🙂 Love Roxie!! And she eats organic … must need it for the serum. lol!! can’t shoot bad thing in your veins after all, right?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Ces. You call it juice; I called it venom extracted from Roxy. I suspected it from the get-go. However, I like your word, ‘juice’ much better than venom. I am assuming Finn has to refine the liquid and sterilize it before injecting it. LOL.
If you recall, Finn knew just from one examination that Tracy’s ‘problem’ showed symptoms in which he was well versed. Thus, the similarities.
I wonder what Griffin has to do with this? He was so emphatic about Tracy not having cancer…..he was almost positive she had been mis-diagnosed. How did he know? He explained something about Mexico, and having seen these symptoms before….brain-matter-eating maggots, contracted by eating fetid food. Does that mean that there is a mysterious link between Finn and Griffin?

Ces
Ces

haha, lizard juice! 😉
Hmm… I think there is a lot more to Griffin then just being Duke’s son so time will tell if he knows more. I hope GH trims some of the dead weight cast so they can develop Finn & Griffin more; two characters I like and two actors I like. I’m all for seeing more Q time too and anytime Jane Elliot has a story, I’m happy.

Carla
Carla

I find the storyline disturbing. I don’t watch soaps to be creeped out.

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe Michael Easton got food poisoning when he and Frank Valenti were at the supermarket together?

Tracy has ALWAYS loved Monica deep down!

Michele FINALLY found herself and her character Nina should dump that loser Freako!

Sonny+Anna=Sanna!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Timmmy. I also suspect that as gruff as Tracy is, she loves Monica. How can anyone co-inhabit together, share the same space without developing loving feelings.
Were the Quartermaines the first family in PC?
Please, Timmm….no, no no…. NO SANNA!! We don’t want Anna defiled by being another notch on Sonny’s sullied belt, do we? Besides, think of Carly.

Timmm
Timmm

Tracy and Monica were mega enemies when Monica’s husband Alan was alive. It was nasty but Alan is gone, they are each getting older and maybe realize that they dont have many left in their lives so, what the hell!

We have mega GH aficionados on this site that may correct me but without googling, the Q’s were and are PC “First Family!” Now I know that when the show started the Hardys kicked off the show and the Baldwins were featured and there was a lady name Amanda Barrington who was very rich BUT to me, the Q’s were THE first rich, loving and back stabbing family on GH.

Cee, Anna was a double agent back in her day. She is not so innocent. Remember more recently her and Robert threw Faison in a hole and left him for dead. Now, Sonny boy is just a thug with dimples BUT the two of them together, well it never happened so I guess I’m enjoying the freshness of it all but I dont see them as a couple. Carly might be to Sonny what Drinki is to Victor on Y&R!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm.
Well, my Timmmy….when you put it that way….love it. Thank you.
So, in other words, Sonny and Carly; ‘Drinki-Nikki and Victor are each other’s addiction? You’re right!!

Shay
Shay

Hey, CeeCeeGIrl!!!….We are so on the same page when it comes to a possible pairing of Anna and Sonny….DO NOT GO THERE! Our Divine Devane has already suffered too many romantic indignities these past few years….first there was the Robin grief affair with that rickety roué, Luke, that was beyond questionable, then the Duke grief sex with the slimy Sloan (recast) which also made my skin crawl. Other than Robert, the only man to whom I could now even envision our Anna baring her soul—and all else—is the dreamy Griffin. I know that the verdict is still out on his real story, but there already is a chemistry and bond drawing these two together, and I shan’t expect that such a promising possible romance would be ignored for a cheap and tawdry hookup with the Latin Lover (Legend in his own mind….) Sonny. Just say no to that notion! As for the “towel-bearing” Carly, and her recent brushes with the mysterious, “have lizard, will travel,” Finn? I’m just as adamant that they not be joined in any sort of physical relationship….the Corinthi richly deserve each other, and now that they’ve made their “marital bed” for the umpteenth time, they should have to lie in it….together!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
Hi, Shay.
The thought of Anna and Sonny falling for each other would cause my stomach to lurch, but, not as much as duplicating the scene in that Equadorian Church, to a scene from a Sicilian, Neopolitan or Calabrian mafia movie. To me, it was more of a satirical flop than anything else.
It was laughable and sad at the same time, given the fact that Italian priests have been massacred so often by ‘La Cosa Nostra’. Meanwhile these souless men attend Mass every Sunday, baptize their children in the Church and ‘follow’ its dictates.
Did you catch the irony, Shay? The ‘Padre’ was used as a patsy in that rustic, hovel of a Church….what gives?
Italy is a world away from the bowels of South America. And, the symbolism did not wash with me. The town of Corleone is in Sicily, not in Equador. Sonny is not Italian. But, he is doggedly represented as one. It would have made a lot more sense if that Church scene had taken place in Sicily, Naples, or Calabria.

Shay
Shay

As for suggesting that Sonny and Carlos should have taken their deadly games to beautiful “Italia” instead? I’m just as glad they didn’t go there….as of late, that blessed nation has been besieged by more than enough underserved trouble, not only due to the famous homegrown criminal element, but by courtesy of foreign invaders, so even if it’s only two less via GH storytelling, then I will consider it to be a small favor to the inspirational land that has contributed so much to mankind in terms of culture, cuisine, fashion, etc.

Shay
Shay

Well, CeeCeeGirl, Sonny and Carly certainly do deserve each other…they’ve both done despicable, unspeakable deeds and broken their (oft-repeated) marital vows to one another over and over again, and yet, at the end of the day, all roads lead them back to Casa de Corinthos. As for the “Dimpled Don” himself and the constantly mixed messages on his heritage, I think there should a disclaimer crawl that reads “Sonny is not Italian….” every single time he appears in a GH scene to finally clear up that misconception.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….I meant, “should be a disclaimer crawl across the bottom of the screen that reads “Sonny is not Italian…..”

Shay
Shay

@Timmm…..Count me in with CeeCee on nixing a proposed Sonny-Anna tryst! To rephrase your clever portmanteau, let’s just say that it would be utter IN-SANNA-TY!

Timmm
Timmm

Sorry Shay, sorry Cee, SANNA Claus is coming!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, ShayShay,
True, Shay. Because of its vulnerable location; that is, encircled by the Thyrrenean, the Ionian and the Mediterranean, Italy is forced to ‘house’ unwanted visitors….and, invaders. And, lets not forget what is governing to its north….
However, the scenery could have been faked as everything else. Or, continue with the South American theme. Why borrow scenes from what truly happens in many churches dpread throughout the ‘paesetti’ of southern Italy?
I could understand a drug cartel involvement/imbroglio, but Sonny, as he is, does not have the physical, cultural nuances typical of a true member of COSA NOSTRA, which means OUR THING, literally. ITALIAN IS OUR THING. No one else, Shay. Perhaps ‘they’ should have recruited Michael Imperioli as Sonny’s buddy to take care of anything with a semblace of Italian ‘malavita’ for him. That would have worked for me.
So, this is just my feeling….what makes Sonny tick, should be switched-up a bit ….have him take it home another way….Bernard is such a good actor…let him be himself and not a shadow of an Italian bandito. Bad representation because Sonny just does not have the right characteristics. It is not realistic, ….not to me . Later, cara.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Shay. Let’s leave all Sonny’s portmanteaux (probably filled with weapons), for his clothes…ready to exit. I doubt the morpheme words would go right over Sonny’s head.
I am starting to get used to Sonny and Carly. In their own twisted way, they do love each other….even at an impossible cost. And, I adore Laura Wright. I would not like another split just to repeat the same caca. They’d only end up marrying again, anyway. So let’s leave this couple be. YEAH!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sorry, Shay. I meant to the north-east, as in Eastern Europe.

Shay
Shay

Me thinks not, Timmmbo! Sonny has already had his hand in the knickers of far too many Port Charles females, and Anna—along with Laura—-need to remain off-limits to this Latin Lover with the uncanny knack to impregnate on the first tryst. Maybe instead he and “Rachel Berlin” can give it a spin, eh?????

Timmm
Timmm

In a perfect soap world Sonny would reunite with Lilly and Anna would cuddle back up with our favorite kangaroo, Robert! But either seem to be in the horizon. I would LOVE to know how much Tristan gets paid over at CBS to not appear on GH? Or Y&R? He is never on! Hayden is not Sonny’s type. I like HICK! I get screen burns on my TV when those two make love! By the way Shay, I would cast Don Johnson as Raymond Berlin.

Shay
Shay

Au contraire, Timmbo! I’m one of those who consider the “click boom” moment to be the gift that keeps on giving to Port Charles! No Lilly again….ever! As for Anna being reunited with our favorite Aussie? Oh yes, GH can never have enough Robert Scorpio! In terms of Rachel and Sonny? He has the money, so she’d gladly give the honey…..that’s just how she operates! Don Johnson as Raymond Berlin? Would work for me, but I doubt he’d do daytime….but there are so many debonair males of a certain age who could play the role….jimh mentioned Charles Grant, and I also like Grant Show, and too many others to name now. It really depends upon the age of the guy….is he supposed to be a silver fox of retirement years or younger? I get the impression he is a contemporary of Tracy’s, which means the former.

Andrea
Andrea

At least this character is interesting. He’s definitely NOT shooting heroine. I’m looking for him & Carly to get together

su0000
su0000

ahhh what is in the serigine feeds a huge worm living inside him..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, su. So, Finn doesn’t want to destroy the worm; he wants to harvest it? Maybe his plan is to inject every patient in hospital with a worm? He will then cure everyone and come out the hero.

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

I don’t know! I think he could actually be using heroin, but only because it’s so timely now. You can’t watch the news anymore without hearing about someone using heroin. I think that Michael Easton might’ve been attracted to the character of Finn because it’s totally different than anything we’ve seen him do — including the shooting up aspect.

On the other hand, and the much safer bet, it probably is some kind of drug that he needs in order to keep him alive. He’s trying to cure something he has. I don’t think the lizard is involved in the cure, though. I just think the lizard is there to make Finn more quirky.

I’m looking forward to learning more about Finn’s family life. Hopefully, he has one! I also want to see who he’ll be romantically linked to. I hope it’s someone good, and someone that I’ll like, and certainly not the same old-same old!

Olivia
Olivia

Is Finn shooting up medicine or drugs? Playing a junkie would be a real meaty role for Michael, a story he would certainly deliver. I’m liking the role out of Finn, he seems like a real interesting character.

I can’t wait to see who his romantic interest will be. I hope it’s someone new. I have no interest in seeing any of his ex’s on GH, except for one of his former leading ladies who is currently occupied with Hamilton. About that name Hamilton, I wonder ME had anything to do with picking his character’s first name

CeeCee
CeeCee

Your comment, Olivia, caught my eye. Soooo very meaningful. I remember writing an essay on Alexander Hamilton in High School where it was, much, much later, assumed that he had bipolar disorder.
The disease was so misunderstood; the times did not steer towards such a diagnosis.
Moreover, Hamilton contracted YELLOW FEVER and survived. So, kudos to you. Finn is Hamilton’s re-encarnation. He will survive and develop a cure for Tracy and the world.
The Finn storyline has to be more sophisticated and dramatic, of course; but, there’s the link.
Now, the name ‘Finn’ holds pride and altruism on itself……as in Irish lore, the name Finn is assimilated to Finn Mac Cumhail, a facsimile of Robin Hood……I just love this stuff!!

Olivia
Olivia

Michael’s Facebook post he made today says it all. Renee Goldsberry has been nominated foe a Tony, congrats to her. Oh how I wish she could make a guest appearance on GH , as a lover from Finn’s past lover.

Alan
Alan

There was a line about Finn doing research with Carbonic Snow so if Ron — or anyone else was writing — I would assume that was some foreshadowing to later tie the character to the Cassadines. Since it’s Jean and Shelly I can’t muster much interest since their last “big” reveal — after weeks of build-up — was that Hayden was Rachel Berlin (daughter of Raymond Berlin, master of the off-camera Ponzi scheme). Also, I’m not sure why the show thinks I should invest much concern for a character who has only been on screen for a couple of weeks…

karen johnson
karen johnson

Finn has a rare disease and whatever he is shooting up comes from the lizard. Maybe the same thing as Tracy but worse.

Andrew
Andrew

Been off the soap since last June – couldn’t take the writing anymore…. but I check this site on occasion to see if there’s anything worth returning for… so far, there hasn’t been but this sounds kind of interesting and I may look online for old eps and catch up.. Like Michael Easton and this sounds like a very interesting storyline – big thanks to whomever on the writing team named the lizard Roxie. 🙂 I love stuff like that.

Debbie
Debbie

Maybe he’s a vampire who needs the drug so he can go out in day light and resist the urge to attack someone. He did react badly to Griffins comment about God. Just throwing that idea out there lol

Madeline
Madeline

He obviously has a condition and Roxy or her venom or secretions are helping sustain him. I know Michael does dark well but it’s is hard to watch him like this.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

GH needs help. It is the worst of all possible things — boring. 🙁 The only interesting storyline right now is Hayden/Rachel.

Timmm
Timmm

Amen Kevin O!

Sharon
Sharon

My thoughts lead to the idea again of a past character that’s also a unique “cross breed”.

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GH’s Roger Howarth Chats On Shifting From Franco To Drew & The Stunning Story Twist

In one of the most intriguing plots of 2019, General Hospital’s Franco Baldwin was morphed into Navy SEAL Andrew Cain following a harrowing mind-mapping procedure. In all went down thanks to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dr, Cabot (Time Winters), taking the life and memories of Drew (Billy Miller) from his flash drive and transferring them into Franco’s brain, wiping out his past and his present.  That followed the tearjerker moment, when Franco sacrificed himself to free his kidnapped stepson, Cameron (William Lipton) from the twisted procedure; that could have left the teenager with Drew’s memories or even in a vegetative state.

The recipient of this storyline – and who would be taking on another persona in his storied daytime drama career – is none other than Roger Howarth.  The Daytime Emmy- winning actor is no stranger to changing fictional identities on GH.  Howarth, played OLTL’s Todd Manning over in Port Charles, later switching to Franco (previously played by James Franco) following the legal dispute between ABC and Prospect Park.

Last week, viewers got their first glimpse of Howarth taking on the traits of Drew circa 2012, and in short order, it has caused emotional upheaval for Franco’s wife, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Drew himself, Jason (Steve Burton), and Kim (Tamara Braun)… and that’s just for starters.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Roger as he started his journey transforming his work from playing Franco to Drew and the challenges it presents, plus the ripple effect the change will have on the canvas for many of the characters.  In addition for One Life to Live fans, Roger chats about his appreciation for his time on that iconic series in a candid, self-effacing, and special conversation.  Here’s what Howarth shared:

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When you were told that they were going to put Drew’s memories into Franco, what was your initial reaction to learning that news?  Did you think it was a great twist?

ROGER:  Yeah, I think it’s a great idea.  I really do.  Good story needs a lot of things, and this checks a lot of the boxes.  It brings people together; it provides obstacles.  There are a lot of places this could lead to.  I just think it’s really smart and interesting.  I look forward to it a lot, and I can already tell by what I have shot thus far that it’s going to be fun.

If this story is written well, what has happened to Franco will be life-altering and crucial to so many people’s lives in Port Charles.

ROGER:  What I like about it, and this isn’t lip service, is that it’s a great story because it affects a lot of people.  Those are the good stories.  Elizabeth has got to deal with this, the boys have to deal with this, Scotty’s (Kin Shriner) got to deal with it, Jason is confused by this information, and now this person in interacting with Drew, and Kim, and Shiloh.  All of the sudden, the canvas is interacting completely differently.  So, I think the writers are having fun with this as well.

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Then, there is also the character of Kim played by Tamara Braun, who Drew shares a past with.  It will be interesting to see how that relationship plays out, we already witnessed Franco’s Drew instantly smitten and attracted to her.

ROGER:  Yes, the person in this body is running under a certain set of assumptions that no one else shares.  So, yes, it’s confusing to everybody, I am sure, including Kim.

Do you see Franco eventually flipping back and forth, and having personality traits of both he and Drew?

ROGER:  No.  One hundred percent, no, and that provides a real obstacle with a couple like Franco and Elizabeth.  They are always looking for obstacles to prove to the audience that these two people really do care about one another, and that’s the purpose of a story like this.  I’m guessing and hoping that it will provide the character of Elizabeth with a particular objective because it would be nice to see Becky be able to play all of those beats.

Right, and to have to fight for something…

ROGER:  Yes, it’s very tragic.  This is a character that is accustomed to tragedy, and to see Becky play the role of Elizabeth dusting herself off, trying to get what she wants is going to be really cool.

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The tragic twist had Franco saving Cameron from winding up with Drew’s memories and being the vessel for Shiloh to use.  What did you think about how Franco sacrificed himself in order to protect Elizabeth’s son?  It was quite heroic.

ROGER:  I think the other beautiful part of this is that this was motivated by love.  I don’t see it as heroic.  I think as an actor, you’re always looking for the heart of the story, and the writers made it really simple.  He does this because he loves this kid.  Yeah, they’ve had their ups and downs, and they are struggling to figure out how they can get along, and they have a lot of things that they feel about one another, but push actually did come to shove, and I think that the character of Cameron is going to be deeply affected by that.

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This now puts Franco deep within Shiloh’s storyline and past with Drew, because Shiloh desperately wants a key piece of information locked in Drew’s memories.  So, in theory, this kind of ranks among one of the better stories you’ve probably ever gotten to tell in your daytime career.  Everyone is hoping that it lives up to its expectations in the execution of it on-air.

ROGER:  It is certainly a high concept story.  It’s asking a lot of the audience.  So far, we’re all in.  It’s a good cast.  I work with really good actors, so I’m not worried.  It is asking the audience to suspend disbelief for sure.  The good stories do.  I think Erika Slezak (Viki) on One Life to Live, getting to play Dissociative Identity Disorder as Niki and Viki that was a large ask.  She never blinked.  She did everything that was asked.  I’m trying to follow her example.

Exactly, and she played more characters.  She had more alters after that.

ROGER:  (Laughs)  Yeah!  She’s better at this than I am.  I’m having trouble with the one. (Laughs)

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What do you think about how Scott and Franco’s relationship will be affected, now that he is in essence “Drew”?

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ROGER:  There’s no part of that relationship that hasn’t changed because there is no Franco.  Franco is not around … Franco has left the building.

He is a completely new person for all intent and purposes.

ROGER:  For sure.  This soldier doesn’t appreciate being called by somebody else’s name.  He is not compassionate to the people who mistake him for this somewhat tortured art therapist that he no longer is.

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What is also interesting is that this should put you right into conflict and scenes with Steve Burton, because now you are essentially playing Jason’s twin.

ROGER:  Yes.  For me, as an actor, to get a chance to work with Steve, and to play a like-minded person, is intimidating frankly, but it’s exciting.

Also, the audience knows how Franco and Jason are such enemies, and now, he is really in his mind his twin.  

ROGER:  Yeah, Franco sees in many shades of gray and other colors, and from what I can tell, Franco as Drew sees the world much simpler.  He thinks more clearly, he finishes his sentences, he thinks before he speaks, he knows what he is going to say.  His point of view does not waiver.  He is determined.

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That’s got to be so exciting for you to get to play after all of Franco’s psychological baggage and issues.

ROGER:  I’ve got to say, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to play someone with a different set of speech patterns and who stands differently.  Because Drew thinks and feels differently about everything; his body is the same, but his body is behaving differently, and it speaks differently, and he thinks at a different tempo.  They’ve been very patient on set giving me chances to do it badly, so far. (Laughs)  It’s not uncommon for me to get halfway through a scene and to have to start over.   I am essentially figuring it out as we go along.   I am very appreciative of the fact that they have been giving me a few extra takes to try and figure out how this guy stands.  He relates to people with a different set of space and time.  It’s cool.  It’s a cool set of puzzles.  It’s been really fun.  I’m a lucky guy.

When I first learned of the story twist, I was like, “Oh! Roger will be great in this.”  

ROGER:  I don’t know, man.  I could be stinking it up pretty badly. (Laughs)  I think there’s a trap as an actor who has been asked to play twins, and the trap is that this guy is only acting the way that he acts.  The trap is frankly to act too much because the audience is being told that he is a different person.  If I go too far to try to demonstrate that he is a different person, then it slips into parody or overacting.  Over the years, I have definitely been guilty of overacting, so, I’m a little frightened of it. (Laughs)  I don’t like the way it feels.  I know how it feels to go too far.  I have been getting notes like, “You could pull it back a little bit.”  (Laughs)  It’s pretty funny.

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In the past, I have heard you say you’d rather go to work and feel unsettled about what you are asked to play.  Does that still hold true?

ROGER:  For sure!  I’d rather go to work and leave my job knowing that it was terrible and that I get to come back the next day and make it a little better.  The best thing about daytime is how much it will stretch you and pull you and ask as much of it as you are willing to put in.

Now speaking of Franco, what did you think about the wedding reception on the yacht with Elizabeth?  Did you think that was a nice payoff for Friz fans? 

ROGER:  Yes, for sure.  I thought it was a really sweet culmination to a sweet story about these two people finding one another.  I’m glad they incorporated a large part of the cast.  It was a really good idea.

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What did you think of how all of Elizabeth’s boys (Cameron, Aiden and Jake) performed a song for Franco and their mom at the reception, and how Franco relates to all of them?

ROGER:  I think it was a really important story point, and it was nice, and it was easy to play.  They’re really good kids, and they’re also terrific people.

Franco really stepped up as a stepdad to Aiden, who had been bullied at school.  I loved the cooking scene, where Franco was baking with Aiden.  What do you think about their relationship?  I love that Franco is being very understanding.

ROGER:  I think he’s trying to be understanding.  I don’t think he’s really great at it.   I think he’s a human being just trying to figure out how to make the best use of his time here, just like the rest of us.

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General Hospital needed a big jolt with an umbrella story like this that turns the canvas a bit upside down.  How does it feel to be at the epicenter of it?

ROGER:   I really don’t think I’m the center of the story.  I’m not even kidding.  The story is that this piece of information is worn on the shoulders of Franco, but the people who are most effected by that piece of information are Kim and Elizabeth.

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is like from the GH audience.  You’re not on social media.  Will you check out what they are saying … or the feedback?

ROGER:  I’m not on social media.  But, I believe there is a guy whose job it is to track that initial criticism/support.  I think it is kind of cool that we will get real-time reviews, you know what I mean?  I actually thought about that because with the character of Franco, it took us a while to figure out who the guy was.  There was a lot of blonde hair and some missed cues, and we weren’t sure which relationship would be featured, whether it would be Franco and Ava (Maura West), or whether he would wind up in Carly’s (Laura Wright) arena again.  It took a while to figure out the best way to put that guy in the canvas, and I imagine that it will happen again.  I didn’t dye my hair for this, but I did cut it. (Laughs)

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How was working with Billy Miller in this storyline twist?  Were you there on his last day on set?

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ROGER:  Yes, I worked with Billy not on his last day, but on his last show.  He was remarkable with dignity and with class, and I wish him all the best.  He did a great job.  He is a good actor.  I’m sure he will find somewhere to go be an actor.

Throughout your soap career, has there been a story that you initially pooh-poohed, but when you did it, you thought, “Oh, this is great!”

ROGER:   There was a story when Carly and Franco were together, and they wrote a story where Franco gave Carly a gift that wound up being a camera…

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The evil-eye necklace!

ROGER:  Yes, this small seeing rye.  I just thought, every time Franco would come in and say something like, “Oh, you’re wearing the necklace.  It’s so beautiful,” while we were doing it, I was like, “Wow.  The audience is really going to hate this.” (Laughs)  However, my real-time Twitter is the subway, and while it was airing, I got on the train and sat next to this really amazing fan, who just told me how much she loved that story, and I was honestly surprised and pleased.  I am often wrong, and it doesn’t surprise me now when I am wrong  … because I was really wrong then.

You mentioned Franco with Ava which was a potential pairing. I think you and Maura West have always had great chemistry together on screen.

ROGER:  Yes, she’s a pretty great actor.  She’s great with everybody.

She is.  You knew Maura’s work first when she was at As the World Turns, while you were there, also?

ROGER:  I didn’t know her well at As the World Turns, but I knew who she was.  She’s a hard worker, and Jack (Michael Park) and Carly always had a lot to do.  She was pretty focused when she was there, but I spoke to her.  I didn’t feel like I got to know her until I got to work with her on GH.

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Last month on July 15th would have been the 51st anniversary of One Life to Live. I saw a lot of people commenting and remembering the show on social media that day. I put together four photos on a post I made about that show featuring some of the remarkable actors who were a part of it.  From there, I received hundreds of comments of how people were just missing the series, the characters, and actors they loved in it, including you.  When you look at the list of people from yourself to Judith Light, to Robin Strasser, Bob Woods, and of course Erika Slezak – it’s such an unbelievably talented group who spent time in Llanview.  Do you ever think about what an incredible experience that was, and how the fans still miss that show so much?

ROGER:  All the time.  I mean, I’m a lucky guy.  I think it really was a special building to work in, and the people who we are talking about: Erika (Viki), Bob (Bo), Robin (Dorian), and Phil Carey (Asa), and Clint Richie (Clint), and John Loprieno (Cord), the people who made it possible for me to work there set an environment and a tone that made it a really special place.  It was a really good cast, like you said, and there was a lot of opportunity for them to write a really cool story.  I wasn’t a part of the AIDS quilt storyline, but to realize that they told a story like that and incorporated that into our show was wonderful.

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Such an amazing story and One Life was telling socially relevant and important issues of our time, always.

ROGER:  I can’t say for certain, but I do believe that the original concept of the Todd, Marty (Susan Haskell), and Powell (Sean Moynihan) storyline was kind of supposed to be initially an effort to bring awareness to a horrible, violent crime.  That was a long time before the #MeToo movement.  I think it was a show where the writers had a social conscious as well and really brought awareness to a lot of different things.  That’s a great legacy and something that show should be very proud of.

Once the character of  Todd Manning took off on One Life, and how they found ways to redeem him, and how it spoke to how much the network, the show, and the audience responded to your performances, did you ever feel you had a bit of a safety net as an actor, or were you like, “I’m going to be fired tomorrow?”

ROGER:  This is truth: I am so grateful to have a job, and I don’t take anything for granted.  I don’t think anybody is safe in this business.  I just don’t.  I just don’t think anybody gets to say that they’ve arrived.  I just did a roundtable, and I shared this with people who have a lot more clout and opportunity than I do – that actors are by nature, the good ones, are aware that every day that you get to go to work is a privilege, and don’t waste it.

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In soaps, for the most part, when someone is stepping into someone else’s role as a recast, or actor who played one role is changing to another, there seems to be this reactionary period of adjustment, and then, there is acceptance from the audience over time … unless you really stink it up  … as you say. (Laughs)

ROGER:  Here’s the thing, and this is why I think this is such a great idea, it’s not about me playing this part, it’s about how Elizabeth, who has been on this show for twenty-something years gets to react to it, and giving her the ball.  It’s flashy that Franco is Drew, but it is really and Elizabeth/Kim story.  I may be the one overacting and stinking it up, but it’s theirs. Do you know what I mean?  It’s not my story.

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What do you want to say to the fans about this new “role” you are taking on at General Hospital?

ROGER:  I want to say that I really do appreciate the fans.  Here is the thing, they’re down for everything.  I hope they’re down for this.  It’s a big ask, but I really hope that they like it.

So, what do you think of Roger as Andrew Cain thus far and how the storyline is beginning to take shape?  Are you excited to see how Franco becoming Drew (through the mind-mapping procedure) shakes up the canvas? Do you hope Drew returns to be Franco sooner than later? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Franco Looks In The Mirror … And Believing He Is Drew Kisses Kim

This week on General Hospital, viewers have seen that when Franco (Roger Howarth) awoke from his mind-mapping implantation  (thanks to Shiloh and Dr Cabot) he woke up saying that he is “Drew Cain”.  Thus, as far we know, Franco now carries the life and memories of Drew from 2012 and back, and as of now, has no trace of Franco’s memories.

When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Drew (Billy Miller) try to make Franco understand in his confusion what transpired,  Liz brings a mirror to Franco to see his face, which makes this all the more terrifying for him.  Liz insists to him that she is wife, but he tells her that he is sorry but he does not recognize her.  Franco insists he is going to leave town and Drew asks him to please stay put, as Liz promises that they can reverse what happened to him.  But can Liz really promise that?

Later, Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) fills Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) in on what happened and how Franco now was implanted with Drew’s memories, which leaves them stunned.  That means Franco, who is one of the people Jason loathes most in the world – now believes he is Jason’t twin brother.

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Meanwhile, as Kim (Tamara Braun) and Julian (William deVry) prepare to leave Port Charles for Manhattan and start live anew, (so Kim can not be haunted by her life in Port Charles from the recent death of her son, Oscar) things are about to make a shocking turn … for her.

Back at GH, Liz is upset when Franco decides he must get out of his hospital room.  Liz is scared he will just skip town knowing he feels he has no ties there.  Drew reassures her that because he is a version of him, the pull will be way too strong for him to exit Port Charles.

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Kim is now at the hospital getting ready to turn in her resignation letter and runs into Franco.  He recognizes her and calls her “Kim!” You can tell he is quite smitten with her.  Kim is not sure why Franco is acting that way.  She announces she is leaving Port Charles to which he says he is going to come with her. She sees he has a hospital ID bracelet on, so she thinks something has happened.  Just then, Franco tells her about the first time Drew Cain and her met up! This shocks Kim  … and the next thing you know … he moves in for a major kiss and lip-lock as Drew and Liz look on.

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So, what do you think of the story turn thus far that has Franco now with Drew’s memories and with no trace of Franco? Share your thoughts on the twist via the comment section below!

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Constance Towers Returns To GH As Helena Cassadine … But Just How Does She Appear?

Now, any General Hospital fan knows that if there is skullduggery and evil going down, Helena Cassadine (whether dead or alive) is usually somehow involved when it comes to the lives of certain people in Port Charles.

And … some major storyline news from TV Line reveals that on next Monday’s August 19th episode of the ABC soap opera, Constance Towers reprises her role as the evil one herself … Helena!

Apparently, look for Helena to appear in a flashback with none other than Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and about Drew Cain’s time in Afghanistan.  That scene might hold a key to just what Shiloh wants now that he has implanted Drew’s memories into Franco (Roget Howath), thanks to Dr. Cabot’s work.  But could what is revealed also relate to the story that will see Billy Miller (Drew) exit the canvas later this month? Stay tuned.

Viewers last saw Helena alive in story until November of 2016, but then she was part of Jake’s hallucinations that were a part of the chimera storyline that climaxed at the Nurses’ Ball back in May of 2017.

So what do you think Helena’s presence in a flashback will reveal? And, who is ultimately having that flashback? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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