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General Hospital’s 55th Anniversary Episode: Cherish The Memories!

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On Friday, General Hospital which turns 55-years-old today on Sunday April 1st, aired its anniversary episode filled with flashbacks.

The importance of memories, how they help define us, and how important it is to remember our past were central themes of the anniversary show. This was off-set by Mike’s (Max Gail) battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and how that most horrific of diseases rob the people we love of all of their memories, and relationships.

In story, Sonny (Maurice Benard) set up the Metro Court main dining room to look like Luke’s old club in hopes of helping Mike remember moments and people from his past.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) thinks a night of nostalgia could be helpful to Mike.  Throughout, Mike tends bar as many people he has crossed paths with ask him to make them a drink, while they chit-chat.

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The party-goers all have some remembrances they share with one another:  Liz, Bobbie, Kevin and Monica talks about their first day at the hospital harkening back to a flashback of Steve Hardy when he first met Audrey there. Scott and Bobbie reminisce which then flashes back to a clip of Scotty and his father, Lee Baldwin. Bobbie even tells Scott he must miss his old frenemy, Luke.

Ned remembers his grandparents, Edward and Lila which featured the original Edward played by David Lewis. Later. Monica has a flashback to one of her knockdown drag out fights with Alan.

Anna remembers how she almost lost Robin when she was just 7-years-old, and we are taken to that heart-tugging flashback, where Robin and Anna are reunited after the young girl’s kidnapping.

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Just then, in another classic clip, Sonny recalls Stone’s death from AIDS and how he was there for the end.  Jason and Carly have a moment where Jason recalls holding a young infant Michael for the first time.  In another nod to the past, Felicia and Bobbie recall the horrific night when BJ was rendered brain dead, and Maxie needed an urgent heart transplant, where eventually Maxie would get BJs heart.  Maxie herself, shows up later to the party thanks to Bobbie.

In between the remembrances, Ned sings a song introduced by Liv as “Eddie Maine.”   Later, Alexis recalls waiting in Ned’s hotel room for a sex romp only to realize a camera crew was with him when he opened the door to his room.

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The Nurses Ball is brought up with Lucy Coe’s numerous outfit changes, and Kevin and Mac stroll down memory lane when they dressed in drag.  Meanwhile, Sonny reveals his one regret to Dante, which is when he shot his son. That clip is shown.

As the episode winds down, Monica and Jason share a tender moment where he calls her “mom”,  and Sonny and Carly remember their love stands the test of time no matter what has happened in their lives.  At the end of the evening, once alone, Sonny and Mike share a toast where Mike tells Sonny how proud of him he is.

Needing a moment to himself, Sonny with tears in his eyes toasts to a hell of a night and to tomorrow being even better.

So, what did you think of GH’s 55th anniversary episode? What were your favorite clips from the past shown? Did you enjoy the theme of “memories” ? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  And, make sure to wish General Hospital Happy 55th anniversary today!

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Michael
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Michael

Kim Shriner is hugely overrated since he always gives a one note performance.

Patrick
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Patrick

he’s a 40 year veteran… let’s say… his first 35 years were stellar and thru the roof. he’s charismatic aboard and sexual. invited each and every cast member to MIX Frank Valentini is the current executive producer for the ABC soap opera General Hospital. His first episode as EP aired February 1, 2012 it sure seemed like a nice laurite to place blame on Ron Carlivati… for the dire consequences that prevailed @GH… in Frank tenure. he hasn’t know what the effin to do since Ron Carlivati was fired. so… ? Carly and Sonny are that huge that they chose… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yeah, like I said. The “ghost” of Laura (and Genie Francis!) loomed large–and begged the question . . . .

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

He is (was) not Luke’s “frenemy”?

LeRoy Davidson
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LeRoy Davidson

Gee, at least we get to see “Laura” (GF) during their commercial breaks, selling us on a weight-loss product!! What a rip-off, but at least she is working and (hopefully) making big money.

Harry
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Harry

Michael, I most humbly disagree. Kin Shriner is one of those guys who is so good, he makes it look easy. It’s harder than one thinks to act like one’s self. Think about it–if someone tells you to be yourself, you suddenly don’t know how to do it. Anthony Hopkins once said that playing Hannibal the Cannibal was much easier than playing the aloof, emotionally repressed butler from The Remains of the Day. People also say Burton is one note, but I think he’s another one who is woefully underrated due to his subtle approach. I mean, they could emulate… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Kin is also a great comedic actor, IMO.

dmr
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dmr

Yup, another firing. Gotta make room in the budget to pay Laura Wright’s boyfriend, “Parking Lot Pete,” Wes Ramsey-obviously not talented enough to get a job on his own.

Shay
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Shay

@Harry….Even before the news of Kin’s dismissal was circulated, I found the only flashback that really resonated and made me misty this time around was the one featuring Lee Baldwin and Scotty. Just as when Peter Hansen passed and was saluted onscreen, I was so taken by the elegant, classy actor who made the respectable, dignified Lee come alive for generations of GH viewers. What a shame that his “son” never followed in his footsteps as a legal pillar in the Port Charles community…Whenever I watch old episodes of the pre-Luke Scotty, I am so struck by the dreamy, decent… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I love parking lot Pete, dmr. Don’t want to lose him. Now, Aunt Stella! Why!!!!??? As for Kin Shriner; love Scotty. Always have and I’m incredibly disappointed. I was hoping they’d expand his role, not give him the boot.

Seems it was over his annoyance at not being included in the promo. Not sure if that was THE reason, or the opposite. Maybe he wasn’t in the promo because they knew they were going to back stab him. Meantime, Frank was singing his praises just about a week before he gave him the boot.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Harry, as always, great points! Kin Shriner is an invaluable asset to GH, always has been. Leaving Laura out of the 55th anniversary show is so mean-spirited and unbelievable. (I wrote more about this below — if it’s approved.)

Oh, and, yes, that dress Carly wore was not only “hideous,” it didn’t even rise to the level of drag queen!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Egads, Harry! I just saw a pic of TG holding up a mag with a photo of him and Genie Francis on the cover! Has he no shame??????????? He made a point to say he didn’t want anything to do with “Luke and Laura,” that he had “been dragging that carcass around for 30 years” and that he was “tired” of it. What gives? Maybe an apology????

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Harry, As someone who really has no long-standing ties to GH and its ‘family’, such as myself, I do miss Genie Francis….beatiful woman, inside and out. I have always loved her from Days, Y&R and most recently, GH…..and, albeit she has been ( off and on) a GH regular for decades, she is new, in the role of Laura, to me. Furthermore, Scotty has become one of my favorite characters…..especially his endearing rapport with Franco, as his son. Ergo, it does seem bizarre that he has been summarily ‘dismissed’. As far as Carly, the wardrobe staff should know better… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

This is the first I’ve heard of Kin being fired. If so, that sucks dragon ass, but I can’t say I’m surprised. It’s not like they have written anything much for Scotty to do in recent years, other than prop the useless Ava (as her lawyer and occasional bed partner) and the even more useless Frodd (as his father – which still makes no sense at all) If the writers were thinking logically, they would have had Scott run for mayor, rather than Ned. He could have milked the fact that he was Lee’s son (Lee being a beloved former… Read more »

Charday
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Charday

A really good episode–love that GH remembers its history and great characters.

Steve
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Steve

They didn’t even “think of” Laura

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

But we did, didn’t we? 🙂

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Good one, Steve! 🙂
Yet the underlying notion (exclusion of Laura in this episode) was an asinine, despicable decision…

M
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M

Hey Laura, Where are you now? Are you far away from here? Taken away so stupidly!!!! Laura (Genie Francis) is and always will be the heart of General Hospital!!! Laura should have been acknowledged on the show. Remember Genie Francis and Anthony Geary had the ability to pull in 30 Million Viewers. What does Bernard pull in the ratings department maybe 2.5 million????? Who are the stars????????

dmr
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dmr

I love watching the old clips while “Think of Laura” plays in the background. What a great time-classic!

Diane
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Diane

That sounds better then Y&R anniversary week with 2 seconds of flashback!!!

dmr
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dmr

I watched Friday’s episode of Y/R, how boring. I kept waiting for it to be over before I finally just shut it off. Awful.

Rodd
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Rodd

I wasn’t watching when some of the clips originally aired so it was nice to see them.

Amy
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Amy

Loved it, Mike’s story is the best since Jason came back.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I thought this was very good. it was nice seeing David Lewis in a clip with Anna Lee when he was the original Edward Quartermaine. Seeing Alan and Monica in a clip was awesome. (Still pissed they killed off Alan). Seeing Luke in his first days on the show was good before they went with the trademark curly hair. I also loved seeing Audrey and Steve in the very, very early days of GH when Audrey’s sister Lucille was on the show. April 1 is a day I always remember every year because of it being GH’s birthday.

dmr
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dmr

I loved David Lewis. Loved everything about Edward Quartermaine (both Edwards). And Anna Lee, what a sweet lady, a true beauty. I would have liked to have seen a different scene with Luke and Bobbie-that scene has been shown a few times during anniversary episodes/flashbacks. Still, I always welcome flashbacks.

Shay
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Shay

@dmr….They should have shown a clip of the vile Bobbie parked at her nurses’ station gloating with Luke over Laura’s legal problems which she had exacerbated through a hatched scheme with her thug of brother! In her early days, this trashy tart had it so out for the lovely Laura Webber because she wanted Scotty for herself and was positively evil in that quest in manners that today’s Nelle could never even imagine! The viewers need to be reminded that Bobbie is the last person in Port Charles who should be having a cow over any young girl’s machinations in… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Sadly…

It starts with Sonny.
It features Sonny in the middle.
It ends with Sonny.

What a TRAVESTY!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

SOS! SOS! SOS! SOS! SOS! SOS! SOS! SOS! SOS! SOS!

Sick of Sonny!

Harry
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Harry

Right, James. And it didn’t help that Carly was wearing a hideous dress.

Jimh
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Jimh

May as well change the title…’Sonnyville’…or ‘Its Always Sonny In Port Charles!’

Jimh
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Jimh

That Sonny Of A …(bleep)…another title!

dmr
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dmr

I know…I would have liked to have seen more footage from the old Luke’s night club with well, Sonny, Lucy, Bobbie, Tony, Felicia, Mac, Eddie Maine, etc. That was a great era of General Hospital, the early to mid ’90’s.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Where was GH?

Justin
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Justin

You said it! Why is he the lead of this show. I will never understand it.

Satan
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Satan

Why is he the lead of the show? Because Steve Hardy is dead and Luke Spencer is retired.

And as much as they try to shove Frodd “Baldwin” down our throats, he is not and never will be the lead on this show. Or belong there at all, for that matter.

Sonny has been around since 1993. Who among the current cast is better qualified to be the lead than him?

Justin
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Justin

Maybe someone, oh I don’t know, that actually has something to do with the hospital, or isn’t a career criminal.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Kin Shrinesr who’s been around since 77 except they never wrote for him and now are dumping him. Such a waste of a lovable, snarky yet with a heart of gold character. Know why Kin was pissed? Because they couldn’t even show him the respect to put him in the promo. I’m hearing they may kill him off saving Franco. Hope not. (Yes to saving Franco, no to killing Scotty.) And I’m being sarcastic about making him the lead because, unfortunately, they never mined this gold akaa Scotty.

Timmm
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Timmm

The Luke set was so cheap. Sorry to hear Kin is leaving but they never write anything for him. He and Franco were great together and they never took advantage of that. Anna dancing with Sonny and Monica attending the event was ridiculous! The clips were fast and didnt even touch the 55 year history. Oh well, lets face it, ABC is all about American Idol and Roseanne. They could care less about daytime. I really dont either. ABC, you win!

dmr
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dmr

I thought so too. They must have old props of Luke’s night club. I used my imagination and memory, and kept hoping for flashbacks from the old club. I loved Friday’s at the old club-performances by Eddie Maine, Mary Mae Ward, and others. I agree, the clips were too quick, and I don’t even know who Monica was attempting to shoot/kill. It’s too bad, the show is being ruined, and now Kin-I love Kin. TPTB show such total disregard/disrespect towards the veteran actors.

Satan
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Satan

Monica was about to kill Pierce Dorman. He was a doctor who moonlighted as a drug dealer and Monica took it a little personally when Emily became a junkie for a while.

You can watch the scene in context on a certain website that shall remain nameless (the one owned by Google). Just search for…

“General Hospital – May 97 Jason finds Monica and Dorman”

Jimh
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Jimh

Y&R got the return of The Brooke Sisters ect….why not a few returns with GH…i blinked and missed some of those too quick clips!!!

Steve
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Steve

The final in the anniversary series… Top 5 (not considered dead) characters in need of a return/visit: 1. BrookLynn Ashton — Ned’s daughter wasn’t even mentioned at his wedding. That she’s now stepsister to Dante is another interesting angle. 2. Grant Putnam — The show needs a sinister character right now. Valentin, Jim Harvey and the guy from the parking lot don’t fit the bill. With Faison gone, go someone just as evil. Of course, you could start out saying he’s reformed and gets released from the sanitarium, but then something goes wrong. 3. Jeff Webber — A recast with… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Steve, great list and rationale for these proposed returns. And that’s what makes anniversary episodes so highly anticipated–fans await precious clips from the past, so that we can celebrate and fondly remember characters, story lines, and actors. But alas, this regime shares no such fondness, beyond lip service or the occasional bone. The first instinct seems to be to create something new and not draw from the rich history of the show. And yet, drawing from your past doesn’t require the same building, propping, justifying and selling that a new character does, and the percentages for success are so much… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

I suspect the reason Jeff Webber never came back is because they didn’t want to answer the question “Who the Hell is Elizabeth’s mother anyway??”

I haven’t seen Richard Dean Anderson doing anything else lately. Maybe he can come back for a short visit… and pull some MacGuyver tricks to get rid of Frodd. They would still probably have to case Liz’s mom though.

Reed
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Reed

Steve, are you still on a self-imposed hiatus with your viewing? I ask because after reading your lists and Jamesj75’s “open letter to Frank,” I’m nominating you for the “state of the (GH) union address.” Not to assign you homework, but you can always be counted on for your incisive, pragmatic, and thoughtful commentary. If not you, then who? Patrick? I’m not sure his poetry lends itself to this treatment. I think words go missing along the way during his apoplexy and we end up with something out of Mad Libs… “you have upped the ante on your dullard.” Timmm?… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Thanks for the insightful feedback Reed and astute observations on the site regulars. As for my exile, I removed it from the DVR. However, if I get home early (like Thursday) I’ll tune in. I’ll also recaps on other sites before bedtime. I don’t feel I’m missing out on anything else.

Let me think about what I’d put into a state of the show. I know not everyone will agree, but hopefully it will open dialogue for regular and new readers.

Shay
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Shay

@Reed…….What a thought-provoking and oft-amusing assessment of some of MFSoaps’ most enduring and highly-distinct contributors!!!…..(By the way, thank you for the nice olive branch sent in my direction….it was greatly appreciated!) Given the dire condition of GH, I suggest that it shall take all of the aforementioned…and then some!…to address what ails this once-venerable soap….well, maybe save for one, who apparently still finds much to “love” in Port Charles these days! Other than that, there definitely seems to be a nearly unanimous discontent stirring amongst the fair people of “Fairmanville,” especially following that atrocious “anniversary farce” which was a real… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

@Shay: I hope you see this! (Alas, no Reply button to be found; to quote Genesis, No Reply at All.) I love your remarks in reply to our friend Reed. You have some terrific ideas and insights, as always! @Reed: I must give you another shout-out for your efforts here! By singling out various individual posters, you are wading in dangerous territory, but you are trying to be inclusive and succeeding at being respectful. I am starting to feel empowered. Believe me, if GH were to recapture some of its former glory, I might even return as a full-time viewer… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Shay, aka, Olive. Since you once again decided to attack me with your thinly veiled maybe save for one, who apparently still finds much to “love” in Port Charles these days! let’s discuss you and Port Charles. While I may “love” a lot of the show, in all the years you’ve been posting there has been nothing and I mean literally nothing positive about the show, its characters or actors that have come out of your “mouth.” You hate Alexis (she’s your prime target as even those not among the living would probably know through some repetitious vibrations) you hate… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Reed….Thanks for clearing up that mystery as to what had aroused your initial ire for me….Quite frankly, I never could figure out what had transpired between us since as far as I’d known, we’d always shared a very cordial correspondence in the past. Although I was aware that you’d had a bit of a ding-dong with my dear friend otherwise referred to as “she of the third letter of the alphabet,” it was not a dust-up in which I had participated, so how I was lumped into your comparison of us as that famous old ice-skating duo left me rather… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Oh Olive Branch! If nothing else, you do make me laugh! Although, I must admit; you’re a tad predictable. Here’s your technique: First you insult, jab or give a dig. Latest example verbatim from you: “Given the dire condition of GH, I suggest that it shall take all of the aforementioned…and then some!…to address what ails this once-venerable soap….well, maybe save for one, who apparently still finds much to “love” in Port Charles these days!” (Anyone who can read between the lines and knows the “history” can figure out who you were referring to, as Reed did.) Then you are… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Steve, while on sabbatical, you’re under no obligation to bring it all together for us, just continue to regale us with your trademark humor, facts, analysis, and hypotheticals. Jamesj75 was onto something with his “open letter to Frank” and maybe Shay will incite (above) a stand-alone thread for a “GH fans speak out” catharsis in support of our show. I mean really, they’ve had two opportunities to wow us of late, first with episode 14k and now the 55th anniversary, and not only were neither particularly special or befitting their respective achievements, they actually served to underwhelm. I’m sure therein… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

@Shay, yes, kumbaya, and thanks for acknowledging the branch, but there was never really anything to it, I just love the underdog, or at the very least, a fair fight. But what I’d like even more is a better GH–something you, your “save for one” BFF rebecca1, and she of the third letter of the alphabet can all get behind! I’m not quite at DEFCON with the show as some of you are, but I take exception to Jamesj75’s characterization that I’m “accepting and hopeful” (of all the gall!). I will however cop to being the town apologizer (different from… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Reed; you don’t have to “take up for me” as the “underdog.” The object of your olive branch and the third letter of the alphabet and I have been going at it for years. Their group of fictitious posters that pop up once a year is hilarious. I know Ms. Olive is bored out of her mind and extremely disappointed when no one gets on her “bully” wagon. I can “feel” the disappointment through the screen. She revels in the days-on-end attack and “camraderie” she feels when in the midst of her attack. The fact that you would find that… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

An open letter to Mr. Frank Valentini: I made a return visit as a viewer to GH this past Friday to see how the 55th anniversary would be celebrated. If you see my earlier post above, you will notice my initial reaction, also shared by legions of fans. You’ve chosen to keep the character of Sonny at the forefront of the show. This despicable, abusive, murderous character is disliked by at least half your audience. This character has no redeeming value and has no rooting value. He’s not simply a character fans “love to hate”; many viewers just flat-out hate… Read more »

rose
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rose

Well said James.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Rose. 🙂

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…also, every word of your post is BEYOND on point!!!!!

Again…Thank You.

Later, dude.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, jaybird369. 🙂

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…as always, VERY, VERY WELL SAID!!!!!

Have a good one, Brother.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

jaybird369, thank you. 🙂

Reed
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Reed

James, well executed, you echo the sentiments of so many of us, really summing it up with your last paragraph. Terrific job! James, you’re in good company with Nancy Dillingham and Steve (our resident historian and industry insider), as a number of us here have chosen to “taken a break” from daily viewing in silent protest, but I would urge everyone to continue to hang in. All is not lost, there is still some really good stuff going on—the writing, pace of the show, the performances, are all strong, in spite of the chaos and lackluster tutelage engendered by TPTB.… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Reed, I really appreciate your thoughtful reply to me, your generous characterization of my commentary, as well as your terrific commentary here and in your original post, just below. (Please see my reply to you there as well.) It pleases me that we are both seeing things in much the same way, although we may slightly differ in our approach to the Sonny factor. You are more accepting and hopeful, and you are looking for the good, within the big picture, in your desire for the show to prosper. You should be admired for that outlook. I should explain that… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

James, you are the Dean of Posters and always a worthwhile read. The “open letter to Frank” was genius and is propelling much discussion here. Shamelessly, I’ve nominated Steve to take the discourse to the next level in a “state of the (GH) union address,” but you will forever be the inspiration behind this movement and wake-up call to TPTB. Accountability and no free passes, I know this show can be better, and it has to start from the top!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks a million, Reed! I’m not worthy… I am pleased that we have some great people at this site; and if we share and take part in this movement, all the better!

Shay
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Shay

@Jamesj75……Thank you for your kind reply…it’s been too long since we’ve been in touch, and I’ve missed you! You’ve certainly been on a roll as of late….especially with your breathtakingly accurate observations regarding the ongoing state of all things Port Charles! Bravo! (Encore, encore….) Your impassioned posts are overwhelmingly indicative of the sentiments many of us harbor about GH and its current cast of characters. (I especially loved your vivid description of the “Sonny train that never should have left the station!” Amen to that notion! The ‘90’s were when this soap slowly but surely started to lose me as… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Bless you, Shay, for your kind and generous words and sweet reply! You are absolutely right with your commentary, including the point that the 90’s were the time that the decline began. Yes, your suggestion for “rightful heirs to lead GH into the 21s century” is much more palatable to me — and legions of fans… It’s rewarding to me that I am not alone in my thinking with regard to this Sonny thing. Just when I think I have no more to add to these discussions, something comes up that allows me to opine negatively about Sonny et al.… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hey, hey, hey, Shay, LOL. Yes, I am looking forward to English class—the kids teach me sometimes. I like hearing the different ‘takes’ and opinions they offer—smart kids, they are. I start tomorrow. Fridays will be dedicated to my Willy….there’s not a play I don’t know intimately, LOL….inside-out, upside-down. What is not known ( by many) about Willy is how he played with words. He, sort of, revolutionized the English language by turning verbs into nouns/adjectives ….or inventing suffixes etc., ergo the ‘ish’ at the end of certain words. Had I lived during the reign of Good Queen Bess, I… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Thank you for the reply, James….You found me on the other site……LOL. I’ve been away….that’s the reason you couldn’t find the ‘right button’, I guess. I will be contributing sparingly, as I will, also, be substituting the Physics and English teachers at the High School. They are honeymooning!! LOL.
Always the kind gentleman, without subterfuge, James….No Shylock, thee. Means much.
We have never met, but you would make a true friend, for life….again, love you!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hey Celia: So glad that we are on the same page with so many things… 🙂 I guess I take you for granted, in the sense that I can rely on reading your great posts regularly. Despite how busy you are, I hope you are able to continue posting as often as you can: you are a brilliant writer with great insights, and your kindness extends to others — clearly. You are always a kind treasure to me… You are a true day brightener! I thank you for that! I also know that you would make a great friend in… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Just a quick reply this morning, CeeCeeGirl! Will get back to you later, but wanted to say what a treat for your students….a double helping of “Double C!” How I would love to be a fly on the wall of your English class….you are an absolute natural for the subject, especially if your beloved Will is on the menu! At least your time shall be spent more constructively than languishing over the banal antics of Sonny, Carly. and yes, Alexis, upon whom we shall simply have to continue to agree to disagree in regard to her latest sexcapade of futility….the… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Celia, just a quick, sincere “Thank you!” for your recent “father” comparison…. I am honored…

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…”Shakespeare Friday!” I like it…….as I’m sure will your lucky students! Are you choosing a particular play of Willie’s to highlight, or just doing a broad overview of the man and his eternal words? There are so many interesting aspects to cover regarding this most fascinating of subjects…I still recall the discussions of the many anachronisms found throughtout his works…such fun! (Just as an aside, there was recently a fluffy little British mystery series called “Shakespeare and Hathaway” about a male/female duo of private investigators which took place in good old Stratford-upon-Avon! It was a real kick to see them… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey Jamesj! Great letter; well thought out and extremely well-written. Unfortunately, it’ll probably fall on deaf ears. (what a great accomplishment it would be, though, if Frank had the inclination to actually respond to it and you, here, and have a dialogue!) Doubt it but maybe he should take on the challenge! Frank??? What say you? I have no doubt Frank and others look at viewers comments here, on FB, twitter (on which he’s active) and elsewhere; doesn’t make a dent unless it translates into ratings. Which I get. It IS a business. He hears the applause and he hears… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

In gauging the prevailing sentiment of fellow posters, I revisited the 55th Anniversary promo and thread from 3/19, a very capable two-minute adrenaline rush with a few nods to a glorious past, and then looked to the postmortems via the 3/30 and this thread, and then watched the anniversary episode a second time to try to empathize with some of your comments. Here’s my take: Fifty-five years of anything in life is no small achievement, so a nice retrospective would have been in order. This was a fete deserving of a celebration and ABC could have gotten some mileage out… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Fantastic commentary throughout, Reed! With regard to your original post. I am most impressed with these lines: –“While it made sense not to feature any of the newbies, it only further underscored how obligatory, fleeting, and insulting it is to trot out the veterans for ‘window dressing duty.’” I totally agree with you and I feel that this stunt is just “throwing a bone” to the long-term fan, but there’s not much meat on the bone. –“It’s just so disappointing that the creative team can’t do a better job of giving us a multi-generational drama that includes our beloved veteran… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

James, thanks for the kind words. Your point about the commitment to relevant multi-generational characters and storytelling is spot on for Y&R, whereas GH has seemed unwilling, if not altogether incapable over the years. While the Quartermaine mansion is filling up nicely these days, now the writers just need to give us something sustainable to make this once great set a beehive of activity again. Maybe Jane Elliott can be enticed to come back and stir the pot? Given the recent treatment of Genie and Kin, was hers really a retirement so much as a “I can’t stand working for… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I love you, James…..and everything that flows from your brain through your fingers unto your ‘plume’, and print… I just, sort of, caught up to my soapies…..except for GH. I watched only today’s ep……sick of Carly, Sonny and Jason. And, to a certain degree Franco. Tired of the story….I think we all figured it out by now? Harvey is a pedophile? Bobby was probably very protective of Andy…..was Harvey moving from Bobby to the younger Andy? The story deserves attention, but get to it. Obviously, Drew is now aware. Glad Sam took a temporary hike. Does any of us really… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, James. Anything written by you is treasured. You are an honorable man—-remind me of my dad…..smiles.

Shay
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Shay

Hello again, CeeCeeGirl! Due to your brief holiday hiatus from MFSoaps, I tried—-alas, to no avail—- to reach you on a previous thread—-so I’m ever so.glad to see you back here, mia amica! Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend! I am also behind on GH, just reading the recaps, but my first thought to Sonny’s Croton mention was are we about to finally discover what happened to Jimmy Hoffa??? Lol….Just kidding, but really, how does this long-ago mob mischief link to Port Charles’ history? Do we even care? (Rhetorical question….) This soap just continues to sink to unprecedented levels… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Shay, God forbid…another Julian issue? ( unfortunately he shares my husband’s name….Giuliano, LOL…ergo, Jude)….yet, I love William. I know you don’t agree, but I like Alexis as she is now…yeah, she had a bout with alcohol, made one mistake after another…she still is in limbo. The fact that she gravitates to Charlie’s attests to that. But, Finn may be the key to steer her away from Julian and open a brand new door. I haven’t decided if I like her with Finn, though. But, I must be truthful, LOL….I do not like Finn and Anna together; not that I… Read more »

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
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Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Dr. Bensch- what next-will he try and mate with Roxy? I didn’t really see the Dr. Pervo thing coming-most likely because so little of late on the show has held my attention. But ok, bring it on with his perverted self but make it good. Happy to see the child molester/criminal/weirdo killed off-would not mind seeing Betsy-Wetsy choked to death on a hambone. I think about 50 percent of those molested go on to molest themselves- is this the next chapter for Franco? If so hope it is his last. I know many hate the OLTL people/characters but I would… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Phyllis…CeeCee and I both sussed out Dr. Strangebensch’s lurid intentions from the get-go whilst he was sniffing around the unsuspecting Kiki, and it was confirmed on Thanksgiving as he turned down the advances of amorous Alexis under the guise of being a gallant gentleman. We knew right then and there as he passed up a sure thing that he preferred his birds young and tender, and I don’t mean the turkey! Lol….Perhaps Franco needs a good bang on the noggin to render him wedded to another indentity, since the current one isn’t wearing well at all….who knows? He may even… Read more »

Sandy J.
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Sandy J.

I agree with the comments about no mention of Laura, not even by Kevin! ABC should be ashamed of itself. Something else that should have been mentioned on the episode was that Felicia gave birth to Maxie inside Luke’s Club. I remember it clearly. And I also agree with the remarks about why must every story revolve around Sonny and Carly. The writers STILL don’t get what and who the long-time fans want to see, although they’re likely guided by Frank’s vision of his show. It ceased being “General Hospital” a very long time ago, and I miss it so… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Felicia gave birth to Georgie in Luke’s. Maxie was born in GH

jaybird369
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jaybird369

You mean to tell me that GH is gonna get rid of a wonderful longtime veteran like Kin Shriner…yet they’re gonna keep that ANNOYING Aunt Stella and that EVEN MORE UNWATCHABLE Parking Lot Pete aka Laura Wright’s real life boyfriend around?!?!?!?!?! TRULY DUMB, GH!!!!!!!!!!

Later.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

You’re absolutely right, jaybird369!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I’m with ya, jaybird on Aunt Stella. Worst character ever in my opinion. We part ways on Peter/Henrik. Really like the character and the story. Worth trading Scott/Kin Shriner for? I love Scott. They should have given his character MORE story instead of the occasional lines they “allowed” him to exchange with Franco or Ava. And the firing? Typical corporate America move. Piss off the wrong people and you’re out.

Celia
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Celia

Dear Mr. Fairman, Firstly, I’d like to thank you for the many hours of entertainment you offer and devote to your work for us; the soap viewers, and our comments….more appreciated than you know. Secondly, I was under the impression that you do not like dissension on said comments. You went out of your way to make the point to dispel all degrading commentary from a handful of vicious posters to other posters. However, as you can read, the instigation and insinuations have started again. I must ask: why do you allow such disturbing drivel against some of us to… Read more »

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Port Charles Learns a Bomb Caused the Explosion as Lives are Forever Changed

This week’s General Hospital has reminded us all of why we love daytime drama and why GH possesses some of the finest performers in the genre.

Wednesday’s episode featured several emotionally-charged and gut-wrenching moments as loved ones find out the fate of several people in crisis, or have to deliver terrible news in the wake of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib, which already had taken the lives of Dev (Ashton Arbab) and Dustin (Mark Lawson).

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As we begin, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) has a passed-out Lulu (Emme Rylan) in his arms and brings her to Portia (Brook Kerr), who sends her for tests.  And in true soap opera fashion, just as Lulu was presumably going to tell Dane she still loved him and wanted him back (following Dustin’s death) … he never heard what she had to say.

 

Laura (Genie Francis) fills in Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) that Dev did not make it, and then Liz decides to tell her son, Cameron (William Lipton) the heartbreaking news while he is recovering from his injuries.  When she does, Cam is overcome and devastated as his mother holds him in her arms.  Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) is filling-in Trina (Sydney Mikayla) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) about Dev’s untimely death.

Later, with Laura present, Portia tells Lulu’s loved ones that she has a cerebral contusion, and that there is a a traumatic brain injury which has caused swelling on the brain.  Laura and Dante look on devastated.  Portia then says they have already rushed Lulu to urgent surgery.

Julian (William deVry) is with Ava (Maura West) at Wyndemere.  She is attempting to hide him there, while he figures out his next step after planting the bomb.  However, Jason (Steve Burton) shows up looking for Julian now that Sonny found out that a bomb caused the explosion that ravaged the Floating Rib.  From that point on calls are made to ensure Sonny’s family is protected as a mob war is about to go down. Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason believe all roads lead back to Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober).

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Jason leaves Wyndemere before spotting Julian; leaving a distraught Ava to come down hard on her brother … he has two choices…  leave Port Charles, which she will help him do, or stay, and if he stays, she will not help him or be a part of his life.  While they are discussing his next move, they learn Lulu is now in critical condition from the bomb.  Ava tells Julian in no uncertain terms that everything he has done has come with a cost.  Jason shows up at the Corinthos home where Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is not happy about any of this, finds out along with Carl,y that Jason believes he was the target at the Floating Rib.

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As Liz is struggling to hold it together with Franco (Roger Howath) having brain surgery, she speaks with Scott (Kin Shriner), who did not know of his son’s tumor.  She shares with Franco’s dad that Franco is worried he will wake up a very different person.  Liz is told Franco is out of surgery, and is in tears over his hospital bed.  She prays he will be alright and Franco wakes up!

Portia tells Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Laura, and Dante that Lulu is out of surgery but in a coma, which Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) points out is normal in these situations. Dante goes to sit by Lulu’s bedside and begs her to wake up.

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Then, in devastating news for Laura, Lucas (Matt Trudeau) gives her the real 411 on Lulu.  He tells Laura that Lulu’s brain started swelling the minute she hit her head at the Floating Rib, and that her injury got worse the longer she was not checked out.  Laura achingly realizes Lulu was so worried about Dustin that she never was immediately checked out for head trauma.  Lucas lets Laura know that Lulu’s recovery could take a very long time, if she recovers at all.

Heart-tugging performances throughout the stellar episode were given by: Dominic Zamprogna, Genie Francis, William Lipton, Rebecca Herbst, and Maura West in very intense and dramatic scenes.

So, what have you thought of this week’s episodes of GH? The fate of Lulu? The performances from yesterday’s airshow? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ashton Arbab Says Farewell To General Hospital: “It Was Such An Honor To Have Worked Alongside Of Such Talented Actors”

Yesterday, viewers of General Hospitals witnessed that as a result of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib; it meant the end of the road for a couple of characters.  One of those was Dev, and thus ends Ashton Arbab’s over two-year run in the role.

In key scenes, Dev dies in the ambulance ride to the hospital and thanks Sonny (Maurice Benard) for making him a part of the family and tells Sonny to tell Josslyn (Eden McCoy) that he is sorry.  Will Sonny recall what Dev said and pass that on to Joss? Will anyone figure out Dev’s duplicity in keeping Joss and Cameron (William Burton) apart? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Ashton took to Twitter on Tuesday and shared these words of praise and ‘thank you’ for his time on the ABC daytime drama series.

 

Arbab expressed: “I am forever grateful to Producer Frank Valentini and Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) for this amazing opportunity. It was such an honor to have worked along side of such talented actors and I’m beyond blessed for your friendship. Most of all thank you General Hospital fans.”

So, what did you think of Dev being killed-off? Will you miss Ashton? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.


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Mark Lawson Shares Heartfelt Sentiments As He Exits General Hospital

General Hospital fans knew Monday’s episode would bring with it who might have survived the explosion at the Floating Rib, and who might still be in peril or who did not make out.

This afternoon as viewers were learning the fate of several characters including Dustin, who was proposing to Lulu (Emme Rylan) as the bomb went off, his portrayer, Mark Lawson took to his Instagram to announce his exit from the series.

Mark expressed: “Actors know this moment is bittersweet.  Job well done, but leaving a set full of like-minded, inspired people. Playing Dustin was a joy. Every day on set was a gift, as were: Emme Rylan, Kirsten Storms, Brian Lane, Dominic Zamprogna, Lisa LoCicero, Maurice Benard, Bradford Anderson (And others that don’t have social media!) Thank you General Hospital. Honored to be part of television history not only on this show, but to be among the first actors back to work in town post-Covid. The set always felt safe, and I was proud to be in front of the camera in such a strange time  Thank you for everything.  Stay soapy.”

Check out Mark’s post below.

So, are you sad that Dustin is no longer on the canvas in Port Charles? Will you miss Mark in the role? Comment below.

 

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