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General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Last week, was not a good one for GH’s Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart).  His father, Victor Cassadine (Charles Shaughnessy) made him a guinea pig for his insane science project by having Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) inject him with the pathogen, while blackmailing his son for answers (to if he came alone to Greenland, or not) if he wants the antidote to save his life.

Strapped to a chair, Victor and Liesl watch the virus take a hold of Valentin as blood drips from his nose. Victor yells at Valentin that he can end his torture at any moment by talking and admitting who his companions are.

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Cue James Patrick Stuart to delivering the gut-wrenching drama in the next series of scenes which has earned him Michael Fairman TV’s pick for the Power Performance of the Week.

As the pathogen is rendering Valentin delirious and messing with his vision, he believes he is seeing his mother, Helena Cassadine (in a return from Constance Towers).  Valentin begs his mother to help him.  However, Helena laughs and reveals she is not there to save him but to drag him down to hell with her.  Fighting her, Valentin spouts he is not going anywhere, let alone with her.

Helena continues her torment telling her son that everyone he loves will be better out without him, which crushes Valentin. Next, Helena tells him not to fight the pathogen as soon it will be all over.  Suddenly when he looks up, Valentin sees Anna (Finola Hughes) through the observation room window.

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Delusional and thinking he is not really seeing her, Valentin cries out that it’s not Anna, as she fights to make him believe it is.  When Anna finally makes her way into the observation room to be by his side, Valentin is worried that she will become infected with the virus. Next, the scenes between Finola Hughes and Stuart were just so heart-tugging, honest and raw. The two discuss their flaws, their bad sides, their history and why they are drawn to one another, and more.

Throughout all the scenes and in these harrowing moments in the life of Valentin Cassadine, his portrayer, James Patrick Stuart, brought the intensity, the suffering, and the confusion while exposing the emotional root of his character flawlessly.

So, what do you think of our pick for James Patrick Stuart as this week’s ‘Power Performance’? Share your thoughts on the scenes via the comment section below.

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I’m afraid I didn’t buy or feel much with this performance but I don’t find any sparks with Anna & Valentin in the first place. I applaud the attempt at opening up sets and adding some action but it’s too violent for daytime. The nanny from hell? Seeing Spencer get beaten up?…whose cradle does that rock? These ice diamond stories don’t appeal to me as a rule and this one had more false starts than an amateur production of CATS. I kept losing track of where people were except Trina, who seemed to be EVERYWHERE.

I am not a fan of Valentin. He comes off as too smug and I hate him and Anna together. He was supposed to be an evil Cassadine, the worst of the bunch. Huh? Starvos and Victor are ten times more freighting than this guy! As far as the Ice Princess story, it was good to have revisited the story BUT, having Luke make a surprise appearance to wrap up the story and save Port Charles would have been so good! Mr. Geary is retired. Right. So be it. My “Performer of this Storyline” goes to Charles Shaughnessy. What a great job!

I love these 3 actors and any scenes that they are in!! They were amazing!!

Great acting on everyone’s part, but a horrible story I can do without. And am so tired of the Willow, Michael, Carly, Nina saga.

I’m so tired of that story line too
At this point I don’t even care if Willow dies

Yes, just exhausting

Me also can’t stand it. If you also notice they are constantly saying Drew is bring back Liesel, i thought it was all a joint mission they all went to bring them back not just him

Constance Towers was Fabulous! I liked that she was an “illusion” rather than back from the dead. Well done

Yeah, we had to deal with some of the “security” issues down here in Hell, with all of the escapes by the Cassadines & the DiMeras over the years. But Helena’s here to stay now.

We don’t have any control over what somebody hallucinates when a designer pathogen is circulating through their body, of course!

Very well deserved, I thought James was tremendous. He can use these scenes for his Emmy reel next year, and hopefully finally win one. Finola Hughes was very good also, as she usually is. Charles Shaughnessy was like an old school villain, he’s been a hoot as Victor. I’m sorry to see him go, if this is the end of his run. Although, as we all know, villains are never really dead in Port Charles, lol.

I’ve really enjoyed the throwback story. They’ve done a great job mixing in odes to the past, and some of our beloved all-time GH characters with current characters and current elements, and it’s made for some good drama and adventure, two hallmarks of what classic GH has always been known for.

Bravo / Brava to the entire cast on this one and especially JPS for his pathogen injection performance. He endured over his Mother Helena (best villain, Constance Towers) . Great job, everyone!

I agree he was amazing! One of my favorite daytime male actors.. Well done!

I think JPS is the best actor on the show. I love him with FH. I enjoyed the entire story line. CS will be missed. I, too, am tired of the Michael, Willow, Carly and Nina story line. I liked Nina with Sonny,and was looking forward to Nina and Willow eventually having a true mother/daughter relationship. I also hated on today’s show when Michael wanted to hurt Sonny, but do everything in his power to help his mom. Am I the only one who remembers Carly excitedly telling quite a few people how much money she was going to make off of this.

I like Sonny and Nina together, too. I hate that on GH, apparently Carly actually doing a crime isn’t the bad thing…LAWFULLY REPORTING it is.

I enjoy Valentin and Anna together. What I’m sick of is the whole Willow story. I have have to fast forward scenes with Michael and her….ugh!

Stephanie,
You are right about the Willow SL. So sick of it, who cares anymore? Michael is a pain in the butt, when he’s not moaning over Willow, he’s plotting on putting his father in prison. He’s turned into a real creep!

I have always liked James Patrick Stuart. Great performance!

I love James Patrick Stuart! Valentin & Anna! Kill Willow off already. Sick of her, Micheal, Carly & Joss holier than thou attitudes!!

Sorry,most of this stuff was too farfetched and unbelievable to me, like GH went Sci-fi on us. I sure didn’t enjoy Helena before or after. Poor Valentin, what a family, and people put him down, with a family like that, I’m surprised he can put one foot in front of the other. At least Anna sees the good in him, note to Soaphound, I don’t see any sparks or chemestry either. I’m sorry to say that Anna is not the Femme Fatale she used to be, I can’t see her competing with Holly or Diane.

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Ryan Paevey Makes Statement on Why He is Stepping Back from Acting While Being ‘Grateful to General Hospital for Giving a Green Actor a Chance’ and ‘Hallmark for Changing My Life’

GH and Hallmark fan favorite, Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan West) wanted to clear the air after numerous reports and rumors had him quitting acting altogether and what that meant for any future projects in Hollywood he may have had planned.

Paevey released an exclusive statement to Heavy.com where he shared what is going on in his life. Back on June 19th, Ryan deactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts and he may have deactivated his Instagram account on Friday as well, or as of this writing.

For Ryan, the decision to change his current life’s trajectory came after a series of events; chief among them moving closer to home to take care of his ailing mother who is battling lung cancer and social media scammers.

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Here is what Ryan shared: “Hey everyone…so first and foremost, I am a bit apprehensive that I even have to make a statement like this. I am certainly accustomed to a certain degree of gossip, but the past few weeks in particular have gotten out of control with speculation from third parties that have taken my words and expanded upon them to meet their narrative, or flat out misrepresented my words or misconstrued their meaning. I have always been an open book, and one who speaks his mind truthfully and directly, and it is unfortunate that we live in a world where social media makes it very easy to twist one’s words; I am often unaware it is even happening until someone from my team messages me in a panic, and so I feel it best to make a formal statement through HEAVY.”

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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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