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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Will Franco Wake Up As Drew & Become The Next Victim Of Mind-Mapping?

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Friday’s episode of General Hospital, picked up from the major plot twist; and unfortunately for Franco (Roger Howarth), even with the arrival of Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Drew (Billy Miller) to save the day; according to Dr. Cabot (Time Winters), the mind-mapping transfer could not be stopped.  And as the men were all bantering and arguing about, the download into Franco’s brain was fully completed.  Then, Cabot tells Drew that when Franco wakes up, it will be with the memories of Drew dating back to 2012.

Now the questions are, did the procedure work?  Will Franco awake from this nightmare with the history and personality of Drew, or could Dr, Cabot’s experiment be a bust on him?  Next. Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Chase (Josh Swickard) show-up.  Liz is heartsick to begin to learn what happened in the warehouse to her son, Cameron (William Lipton) and her husband.  Chase arrests Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), but he also goes to GH to get medical attention for his wounds from the fight with Drew and Curtis.

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Once, Franco is taken to General Hospital still unconscious, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) is on the medical case and gets him a neurological work-up.  Lucas then has to stitch up Shiloh, who continually throws jabs at the good doc about Wiley.   Then in a bit of foreshadowing, Dr. Cabot tells Drew, that he will thank him once Franco wakes up with Drew’s memories.  Does that mean that Drew could have done some horrible things in his past … or that Shiloh will leave Drew alone, because what he needs is inside Franco’s brain now? Drew hopes his memories stay buried.

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In heartbreaking scenes, and in touching performances from William Lipton and Rebecca Herbst; as well as Billy Miller, Cam tells his mother about Franco’s last words to him to,  ‘Tell your mom I love her and that I’ll be back”.   Liz learns how Franco protected her son, and traded places with him. Next, Liz sits by an unconscious Franco, and in tears, thanks him for keeping Cameron safe, but laments that it would be a far less wonderful world without Franco in it, and begs him to come back to her, and what a hero he is for what he did saving her son.

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In addition, Cameron gives Drew a key piece of Intel he learned during his kidnapping and while the mind-mapping procedure on Franco was taking place.  Shiloh is looking for a specific memory that would allow him to disappear, and that is why he is so determined to get inside Drew’s head from back in the day, by any means possible!  When Cameron sees Shiloh being taken away by Chase, he runs at him but is stopped by Drew. Cameron threatens a snide and laughing Shiloh that he will, “Make him pay.”  Uh-oh!  Is a murder mystery on the way, too?  Drew tries to talk down Cameron.

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As the episode comes to it conclusion, Lucas informs Elizabeth that the test results show that all of the physical functions of Franco’s brain are working normally,  However, they won’t know the impact of the mind-mapping procedure until Franco wakes up.

So, what do you think Franco will wake up as Drew? The procedure will half work and he will be part Franco and part Drew? The procedure is a dud? What did you think of the performances from everyone involved in this storyline?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ash
Ash

I think Franco will wake up with Drew’s memories but his past brain tumor will have made the memory mapping not work as expected and he’ll get flashes of his real life. At least that’s what I’m hoping. I know Becky, Roger and William Lipton will slay this and I’m so excited to see what material they get. Love #Friz and know their love will prevail. This is super couple story and I’m so glad they gave it my faves.

Purple May
Purple May

I think the writers on General Hospital suck why would they do that to Franco he just got married has a family that is ridiculous get new writers cause they are running down GH and I have been watching it from day one and so many things have changed and not for the bettet bring people back from the dead really it is all crazy

Satan
Satan

How about another plot twist? This flash drive turns out to not have Drew Cain’s brain on it at all, but was actually mapped from Faison’s brain in a jar.

Frodd wakes up as “Fraisodd” and takes his “son” Whiny Heiny out of town, both never to return. Win win all around.

Christy B
Christy B

hmmm, I dont think Peter’s real father is Faison. i love Roger and he and Becky are great together. I’ll take no matter who he plays, but after all this to get Franco and Elizabeth together, I really hope this isn’t their end.

Freya
Freya

This storyline finally gets interesting! Amazing work by all involved.

Cheryl
Cheryl

While it took me a bit to get used to it, I love the newly improved Franco and that RH gets to put his own touches into the character. However, I am excited at the prospect of RH getting to sink his acting chops into a challenging twist with incorporating a new personality. I just love seeing Howarth act, and hope GH writers keep letting him do his thing.

Lyn Peveto
Lyn Peveto

I hope it didn’t work, but more than likely, it did. I just hope eventually Franco finds his way back to himself and loved ones.

Patricia
Patricia

I hope the memory didn’t work.

Lucy Burfeind
Lucy Burfeind

I hope it didnt work too but this is a soap opera.

Rodd
Rodd

The aftermath had some nicely acted, written and directed scenes. (I don’t feel the same can be said of the prior scenes at the warehouse.)

I kept asking myself the same question you are asking and i think it would be more interesting if Franco wakes up with Drew’s memories, but eventually gets back his own; meaning the procedure wasn’t a total success. This way, Drew can learn more about his past, the viewers get in on it, too, and it creates more story for Liz & Franco and the rest of the ir family. They could bring Dr. Maddox back to work on helping restore Franco’s memories after a while. I really don’t want Franco to become someone else permanently.

Patricia E Ritchey
Patricia E Ritchey

Give Drew his answers,to his past.
Give Liz and Franco amazing story line,but let their love prevail.
Give Liz and her boys a happy reunion with Franco and his new family.And Franco needs to feel loved wanted something he was afraid of losing. Drew needs to stay and find new love and be with his family,in Port Charles.

Timothy Litchfield
Timothy Litchfield

Agreed but it’s too late

Becky Ramsey
Becky Ramsey

I hate this franko android Drew thing let get franko back to liz

Christy B
Christy B

here, here! totally agree

davlestev1
davlestev1

HUH? This isn’t mind swapping. It’s mind numbing. This is ridiculousness at its height. I’ve resorted to just reading recaps as it’s just too much to subject my mind too. A story like this, A Tale of Two Minds, should not be happening on our daytime screen. We’re adults, not enthralled children waiting on the next episode of Dr.Who and the Daleks. FFS!

TVJeff
TVJeff

It’s a soap. Where people come back from the dead. Where evil people create weather machines, etc. Suspend your disbelief, otherwise there is absolutely no reason to watch soaps!

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

My favorite kinds of soaps–and they certainly have existed, TVJeff, though it’s been a while since I’ve run into one on my TV screen, so I can’t blame you if you haven’t seen one–are the ones that don’t make me consciously suspend my disbelief, it just happens automatically, because the storytelling is compelling, emotional, gripping, and free of gimmicks like this mind-swapping silliness. Even GH–though you’d certainly never know it now–used to be like that when it was written by the Labines in the 1990s or Douglas Marland in the late 1970s. You just tuned in, and the writing sucked you in. Sigh. I miss those days. One of the reasons I can’t care about this mind-swapping scenario (although not the only one) is that the writers are making this all up, every bit of it, so any stakes attached are totally artificial; the mind-swapping can have any consequence/outcome they want it to, or no consequence at all. I actually don’t know HOW to care about something like that. (I suppose–and it takes a lot to do it–but I suppose this could be interesting if the writers were willing to look at what the implications of this kind of mind-swapping might be, really, if it really did exist: if they took this outlandish concept and played it straight, in other words. What does it feel like to lose your identity because you have somebody else’s memories implanted in you? How does it affect those around you? What do you do to get your memory and your life back? Is there anything you CAN do to get it back? Those kinds of issues might be interesting, theoretically, even with a totally contrived concept like mind-swapping. But I see no evidence that that’s where this is going. It’s pure plot device, as best I can tell, and the stakes, such as they are, arise completely from that.) If you give me a reality-based story like a brain injury–or say, Monica’s breast cancer story from years back–I know what the stakes are (if the story is told honestly), and I know how to react to what’s at stake. A brain tumor or breast cancer has real implications, and I know what they are, and it brings a reality-based significance to the storytelling (again, if the story is told honestly). Since the stakes here are totally made up, and the writers don’t have to follow any rules but their own when they devise the outcome (which I’m sure makes it a much easier story to write), I have a lot of trouble working up much interest. Todd will wake up with whatever memories the writers conveniently decide he does or does not have–or none at all–and even if he has Drew’s memories this wee, they can simply decide next week to have him have Todd’s memories again when they’re tired of it as a plot device. Meh. I see no reason to care. This is supposed to be a show about a hospital (yes,… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Todd = Franco; as you can see, I can’t even keep straight whom Mr. Howarth is supposed to be playing anymore (but then, it matters little in a story like this one).

davlestev1
davlestev1

Now see here young man. Up until the 80’s soaps were based heavily on heightened realism. Extra sauce thrown into daily dramas or into the staple bad woman/man. Even Dark Shadows wasn’t this batsh*t crazy, and it was about BATS! When Luke and Laura stormed the airwaves, and story became thin enter the weather machine and the left hand boy. Others took it up and suddenly people were possessed of the devil, being chased by dwarfs called Mr.Big, time traveling, inventing ageing serums, clones and all types of outrageous nonsense. The trend never stopped. Up to killing off characters and injecting them with life giving juice to resurrect them, countless scooby doo where are you mask reveals and endless I got burned alive make my face look like this face stories. Soaps need to get back to some sort of normal semblance of what they once were. Family and relational drama. Those who have and those who don’t, classic class struggle, tormented lovers, the over bearing patriarchs and matriarchs. Young love and towns full of real angst and real life drama. Not impossibly, imperceivably, with no merit whatsoever, interchanging people’s minds. Flawlessly duplicating someone’s face, or jabbing somebody with an unbelievably large needle and they come back to life, just because, oops,our bad with that character. I’m all for suspending my belief when it comes to daytime, but not for being made a fool of as a daily viewer. And once again I raise a glad to dearly departed too soon Calvin Boudreaux. R.I.P.
CHIN CHIN SALUD!

davlestev1
davlestev1

Ahh. Poor Calvin. May he be resurrected with the juice of life and return to Genoa City with Victor Newman’s face. Lurking in the shadows,plying Nikki with Manhattans,befriending jack, taking Nick on a near deadly fishing trip and chasing after a confused Chelsea, leaving the real Victor confused and befuddled. LOL! See young man, suspended belief.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Mind-mapping, mind-snapping–PULEEZE–end the torture of mind-mapping!

Karen Leigh
Karen Leigh

I am sad of how the story line involving Drew, he deserves much better than this. Come on GH get it together!!!!! Pkease keep Drew!!!!!! You are letting go a really great actor, he’s family!!!!!it just wont be the same when Drew (Billy Miller) leaves!!! It’s getting hard for me to watch the sad pathetic storyline on Drew.

Pam
Pam

I totally agree with please, please keep Billy Miller I Love on GH

Kathy Cavitt
Kathy Cavitt

Yes please do keep Billy Miller!!!!!!!!

Kim Wooster
Kim Wooster

Loved the acting displayed in the last few days!! I love GH and the show has some of the best actors/actresses on daytime!! The young man playing Cameron is AMAZING!! Looking forward to Mondays episode!

Robin
Robin

Cameron was outstanding in his performance and I can’t wait to see more of this storyline with him. I love the bond that has evolved with Franco & Cameron.

Sandy Whitney
Sandy Whitney

I’m praying that Franco is Franco and the procedure failed at least now Cameron will love and respect Franco and they finally won’t butt heads So ya I’m praying it didn’t work

Georgia
Georgia

Me too

Satan
Satan

If you want to apply real world logic to such a sci-fi procedure as brain mapping, then it should work like this…

Previous subjects were all identical twins. Therefore they should have brains which are physically the same. Indeed, the only thing that prevented a transfer of Drew’s memories into Jason’s brain was the previous brain injuries Jason suffered at the hands of his drunken brother AJ.

Frodd & Drew are second cousins so they would probably have SOME common DNA, but obviously nothing near the full compatibility of an identical twin. So logically, it would only be possible to do a partial transfer anyway. Of course there’s no way in Hell I could possibly apply real world logic to explain exactly what parts would or would not be compatible. Best analogy I could make would be a computer software backup & recovery program which can be configured to restore some sectors of a hard drive, but not the others

Jimh
Jimh

I really miss the day when soaps had family and relationship drama,,,characters stayed dead…plots more down to earth-closer to real life…yes, GH had outrageous plots back in the 80s and that was the start of soap problems but back then most soaps werent so far fetched with the scifi stuff as it is now and darkness…where killers are now the heroes ect…so much crime after crime stories…character brought back from the dead just to drive a story..no laughter like the Q family drama…no super couples to root for…no we get characters wearing masks or mind switching…Y&R has had its bad moments but stays mostly with family drama ect and no wonder it remains the number one drama…oh, there is still talk about AMC and OLTL revival(dont no how they would work with so many actors deceased or moved on) but anyway why not a soap opera Dr.Who-may as well as we are going to be kept getting dished the over the top SciFi stuff…except Dr,Who was cool-doubt they could do that right!!!

rose
rose

Jimh…I feel like you in many respects. I also miss the family and relationships as well as the humor, adventure and romance. Where it gets tricky is when the writers haven’t provided enough generations of family to carry on the family name…but then those like the original Q’s are hard to replace when they start leaving us. What I really don’t like are what I call the “ugly” stories starting for me with Fluke, then Ryan/Kevin, and now Shiloh.

Jenn
Jenn

Agreed. I watch GH to escape real life and be entertained. All this darkness is not entertaining…it’s down right depressing, especially when Cam was brought into it. I watched Oscar die…hated every gut wrenching second of it, but at least it was a real life issue. If they had magically cured him at the last minute I would have been disappointed because most families don’t get that miracle. Anyway, I’m rambling. I miss love in the afternoon…Sonny & Brenda adventures, Quartermaine family antics, Ned & Lois kind of love. Bring fun back into GH!

Nanett Sachs
Nanett Sachs

With you 100% I miss Love in the Afternoon from ABC too. I’m 60y/o & care for the geriatric & developmentally disabled and we’re ALL Sick of the darkness and NEED some light love & adventure!

su000
su000

The mind-mapping is too funny!
It’s spoofing the 60’s SyFy shows..
It could be something from the Outter Limits;
that ridiculous plastick thing on Franco’s head cracked us up !!
We laughed your azz off— True 60’s SyFy !!

Anyways– Franco will be Drew that’s a good thing and about time that RH got a good script that highlights his talents.

Seems that I’m the only one that believes;
Drew will hear his story from Franco and he will go Military and find Shiloh’s stolen millions and return the money to who/where it belongs..
Drew will, once again, be a hero but- missing (not dead)
And—-
if it doesn’t end that way then it was damend poor writing!

I am luvin that Franco will be out of Liz’s life and on an adventure; Liz killed my Franco with her boring Nun self..

Gertie
Gertie

Good call. I would watch that story. But that warehouse scene was too ridiculous for words. Only Rodger could save it and Lipton did a great job but otherwise laughable.

Timothy Litchfield
Timothy Litchfield

The warehouse scenes were great. Billy was awesome as were the rest

Debbie
Debbie

Please end this Shiloh crap already!!!

Melissa Davis
Melissa Davis

I hope it doesn’t work

Diane Szeli
Diane Szeli

Worse storyline from twins memory switching to DoD Shiloh becoming involved in it.. shouldn’t have switched him,better story with cult..whiley his son obsession, also boring Carly being pregnant..Sam is also boring tough girl being seduced plus putting herself in ” rape ” situations..but hating Franco still..her character is getting played out with this

Diane
Diane

One more thing I’m not happy with Dev storyline..I don’t know why but it so far doesn’t interest me…and Mike Corbin storyline isn’t good never was ..he is a good actor just bad script for such a good actor..it coulda been better story for him.and PLEASE bring back Max and his brother for security for sonny…and let them NOT be as fumbling baffoons like the writers seem to do while making sonny out to be a tough godfather..they are 2 good actors who storylines could be interesting if given a chance

Timothy Litchfield
Timothy Litchfield

Sick of Sam

Yvonne Alexander
Yvonne Alexander

I’m praying that it was a bust but with soap opera one would guess that Franco will wake up with Drew’s memory. And Cameron’s performance was by far the BEST ever!!!! That young man is a great actor hell he had me crying.

Nanett Sachs
Nanett Sachs

I want a gradual Tri-Todd. Start slow…the current personality is status quo. Each adrenaline rush releases the kind, protective parts of Todd, Franco & Drew OR the dark & twisted Todd-Franco side with “special soldier” of Drew. Each rush creates a hybrid of the two sides til…..who do we have? A Jekyll-Hyde 2020 with a love of Country? The possibilities are endless with this actors chops!!

Missie
Missie

They should have him part Franco n part drew i say

Bob
Bob

Would have really been fun I’d Drew became Franco and Franco became Drew.

Deb
Deb

Please bring back Star!!!!! And Todd!!!!! I miss them. I don’t like Franko playing a goodie guy. I like him better as Todd Manning.

Satan
Satan

Todd would almost be And preferable to Frodd at this point, but an absolute HELL no to the untalented bubble gum princess ever showing up again in any form. And same goes for her mother. Bad enough she’s been stinking up Days now for a while.

Carolina
Carolina

It’s a rediculous omit but that’s the fantasy of soaps. Lipton did a great job as an anguished kid. Kudos!

Pat
Pat

Iii think Will Lipton did a fabulous acting job….

Tricia
Tricia

Franco was a wonderful actor

Cheryl
Cheryl

Just let Franco be Franco and forget this unrealistic bologna!!! GH needs no more ridiculous story lines!! JMO

Ebone
Ebone

HOW COULD THE PROCEDURE POSSIBLY WORK??? FRANCO HAD BRAIN SURGERY, ALSO!!! WRITERS SWITCHING UP… MAKES FOR QUESTIONABLE STORY OUTCOME!!!

Cathy
Cathy

Leave franco be himself but with the knowledge drew may want

Ms. Yolie
Ms. Yolie

Oh wow… come on is that how their writing off Billy Miller…too many Drew’s??? Been there seeing that.

Ethel Glaze
Ethel Glaze

I hope it works until Drew or Jason gets the information they need about Shiloh, whatever he didn’t want Drew to find out what happened in the Military and it wears off and Franco comes back to himself. I really hate Bill Miller is leaving, he’s a great actor and there could be lots of storylines for him, really wish he would stay.

Timothy Litchfield
Timothy Litchfield

Exactly

Annette
Annette

Let’s hope this show is not going to get that ridiculous i’ve been watching General Hospital since the beginning and it seems he’s getting Very boring and to have Franco have Drew’s Memories are really stupid

Debbie
Debbie

I think the doctor didnt go thru with the proceger,,thats why he told drew u will thank me when franco wakes up,,and it was desighed for twins,,and franco had a brain injurie,,so i hope he will wake up fine

Timothy Litchfield
Timothy Litchfield

Think back Patrick said Drew had a Head operation before too.

DMRR
DMRR

DUMBEST storyline ever (worse than Casey the Alien). I hope he wakes up as Serial Killer Franco & trims the fat with a crime spree (Peter, Dev, Kim, Jordan the teen scene, etc).

Kkk
Kkk

I am hoping Franco is Franco, but also remembers Drews past to fill in all the gaps.Drew gets to the money Shilo has hidden and does something good with it. Shilo needs to die in jail- hes so creepy! That Franco only looses all the bad memories in his life.

Timothy Litchfield
Timothy Litchfield

Drew probably stashed it to take to his commander after he called them about Shiloh. But was taken before he could get the money to the Navy authorities

Timothy Litchfield
Timothy Litchfield

It better be a dud. Drew needs his memories back before he leaves.

Lyn for 40 years
Lyn for 40 years

I love Drews character keep Billy Miller please you need some characters that are not criminals.

Lyn for 40 years
Lyn for 40 years

I love Drews character we need to keep him on General Hospital and give him a future with Hayden… She would make
a real interesting mate for Drew. Keep Billy Miller please .

Judith S Skinner
Judith S Skinner

I am sick of the whole story line….get on with it already !!

Kay
Kay

Billy miller had the best chemistry with Becky good luck to him I know he and Kelly were close but sorry his best chemistry was with bevky

Connie Muniz
Connie Muniz

Poor Franco here we go again ? Should be interesting let’s see what’s coming. If he comes back with Drew’s memories he’ll remember Kim, poor Liz watch out. Should be interesting….

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Hi Connie
Well you are right! Franco/Drew sure remembered Kim today, with a big romantic kiss.I don’t think he will be remembering Liz, anytime soon. I wonder if this will end the move to NYC plan? Julian, who? I can’t wait until NuDrew goes to see Shilow, but most importantly I can’t wait until he sees Jason with the face he remembers as being his.This may not be happening as we all wished it would, but it sure is going to be interesting.

Jill Owen
Jill Owen

It was an out standing performance by all. Coby is evil. Roger was a loving & protective parent. Billy has my heart & will be greatly missed. Rebecca a loving & protective wife & mother. Donnell you want him by your side in any crisis.

Elizabeth Santiago
Elizabeth Santiago

I hope that Franco wake up soon and remembers elizabeth

Jacqueline Armel
Jacqueline Armel

Loved the story line .Liz and Billy was excellent…but Cameron was great his emotional episode on this amazing episode and how he showed his love for Franco.. and the concern for his mom.and Franco was outstanding also.

Rosa
Rosa

Adding the Webber Baldwin family to this god awful cult story is the only thing that is saving it. Finally, there’s a reason to invest with the emotional stakes high. These actors and actresses can and will make the viewers feel what the characters feel. Franco knows forgetting his past won’t change it, but was desperate to protect Cameron at the risk of losing the life he’s worked hard to build and wanted to live.

The characters affected by this happening to Franco will bring the A game. Now that Franco & Elizabeth are being used to save the pathetic cult story, maybe the show runners will wise up and use more front burner stories featuring Franco & Elizabeth to save the show itself from overuse of Sonny, Carly, Jason, Sam, and the ever-plummeting ratings.

Satan
Satan

Well the end of Monday’s episode apparently confirms it…. Frodd is now Drodd. 666% ridiculous.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

You might be right Satan, but this poor guy, whoever he is, doesn’t know whether to **** or wind his watch. Don’t you have just a little pity?

Wanda
Wanda

I hope it doesn’t work. I think Todd and Elisabeth need to be finally happy and live a good life as a family that they both deserve.

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Sorry Wanda, Todd is back in Sleepy Hollow or wherever that was he came from. I don’t think he ever knew Elizabeth. This is still Roger Howarth, a.k.a Franco or possibly Drew Cain.

Christy B
Christy B

I think that that area where they took out that large tumor with help get our Franco back… but in the meantime, it would be nice if theyd map Roxy the bearded dragon and copy it into Shiloh’s brain, and dr cabot too… that would be fitting. they could share a cage. bwhahaha

michelle
michelle

I think it sucks that franko woke up with drews memory, Liz and franko have been through enough already and now you add this, Liz is the one who will suffer, but I hope she can get through to him and he gets his memory back

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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