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General Hospital's Jason Thompson Chats On The Women In Patrick's Life: Sam, Sabrina, and Robin!

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On General Hospital, Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) has been put through the ringer over the last few years, mainly due to first: grieving over his presumed dead wife, then allowing himself to fall in love with another woman, only to have his wife return very much alive. After the fallout from that, and having his beloved Robin (Kimberly McCullough) back in his arms again, she up and leaves (with an ominous assist from Victor Cassadine) to go save the life of her dear friend Jason Morgan!  Then, Patrick and former girlfriend Sabrina’s (Teresa Castillo) little boy tragically dies after a car “accident” that sent their vehicle off the road, which resulted in the premature birth of baby Gabriel.  Sabrina then has a meltdown and heads back to Puerto Rico for some r and r.

Meanwhile, Patrick and good friend Sam (Kelly Monaco) find each other spending more time together as they try to piece together the puzzle of who put the now deceased Rafe (Jimmy Deshler) up to the accident that ran Patrick and Sabrina off the road.  And it is beginning to look like these two might turn out to be more than just friends in the very near future, especially after Patrick found out and witnessed with his own eyes, that Robin is actually an hour away at the Crichton-Clark clinic doing her “research” and did not come home to her family after she disclosed to Patrick that she could not revive Jason … and that Jason is “dead”!  But as fans of the series know… Robin lied to protect Patrick, and now Patrick wants a divorce.  Oh, the tangled web!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Jason Thompson at last week’s GHFCW 2014 to get his thoughts on where Patrick is at with the women in his life, what he would like to see happen for Dr. Drake in the romance department, and if it’s time for the good doc to just go back to his philandering ways.  Here’s what Mr. T had to say!

So what do you think about where things are headed in the relationship between Patrick and Sam … and getting the opportunity to work a lot more with Kelly Monaco (Sam)?

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JASON:  I think on paper it makes a lot of sense. They both have been through similar things. They are both single parents right now, and they both know what it feels like to lose somebody.  Obviously, there is a big secret that Patrick is holding and we will see how that unfolds.  And then personally, Kelly Monaco and I have known each other for a really long time now.  We haven’t worked a lot together, but we have here, and there, on some things. But to actually get to do something together, I think we are both looking forward to it.  I think we can hopefully use our real-life friendship, and the ins and outs that we know of each other, to kind of bring to the characters a little bit.

Would you be all for a romance between Patrick and Sam?

JASON:   I mean, romance can mean a lot of things.  I don’t know if Patrick is ready for a relationship yet.  There is a part of Patrick that from the beginning wasn’t trying to be in a committed relationship, and that has been gone for a long time, because Patrick was in a committed relationship.  But if you look back on it, and he lays there at night going, “How well has this really worked out?  I have a beautiful daughter, but other than that, I have been through hell in a lot of ways.  I don’t want to lose that again.  Once we did get it back (referring to Patrick and Robin) I thought we had it back, and now it’s gone again.”   So, I don’t know what romance might mean.  But, I don’t think it’s so far away that the guy wants to be wanted again, by somebody.  Sabrina was there, and that’s still evolving too.

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Do you think Patrick and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) might find a way back to each other after all that happened between them?  And would you even want that for Patrick?

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JASON:  I don’t know.  I think there is a way back for him, but I don’t know if there is a way back for her, and as a character and as a strong woman.  I don’t know if it would work for Sabrina to come to Patrick.  I think she should evolve on her own to a certain extent and find somebody, because Patrick kind of played with her quite a bit.  And now Patrick has to tell her he is getting divorced again.  So now it’s all of that, and what they could have had. Now it’s gone again.  I think Patrick and Sabrina have a lot of water under the bridge, and I don’t know if it will ever work again.  But, who knows?  I am sure if it does, they will find a way to make it work.

Is it difficult for you as an actor with Kimberly McCullough (Robin) coming and going, and coming and going, to figure out where Patrick is coming from at certain points in the story?

JASON:  Yeah … definitely!  But I think GH does a good job at making it difficult on us, which I like.  There are times when I don’t know what to be playing, because there is so much to be playing.  But logistics-wise they have to make it work!

Do you call her up and say, “Kimberly! You are screwing up my entire career on this show!” (Laughs)

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JASON:  (Laughs) No, not at all.  I love when Kimberly comes back.  They will always have a history there.  That is one of the things we get to play around with in our genre … that people can come back and forth, things can be rehashed and open and closed again, and never really closed.  I think there is a going to be a really big part of that moving forward.  But at the same time, Patrick and Robin’s relationship is changing, personally and together. I am kind of excited for that, because it’s a different time for Patrick. We will see where it goes.

And yet, Patrick has no idea that Robin is being forced against her will by Victor (Thaao Penghlis) to stay put at the Crichton-Clark clinic and continue her research to resurrect the Cassadines and Jason … otherwise his life and Emma’s are in grave danger!

JASON:  Right.  There is more going on with her story, too.  There is more going on with Robin than Patrick knows.  So as much as Patrick feels he is doing everything he can, he does not know her truth.

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When the truth is revealed down the road … that just might end up pulling Patrick and Robin finally back together.

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JASON: Exactly, or to just explain it.  Things happened, and just because it’s explained doesn’t mean the feelings are still there.  Things can be explained, and they can have a mutual agreement of, “Well, we both did what we needed to do, but this is not the same.”  I felt like that could have been that way after Robin’s whole traumatic two years away.  How could it not be after what she went through, and what Patrick went through?  It doesn’t mean they don’t love each, and that they possibly could make it work in the future.

With what he believes is the knowledge that Jason Morgan is “dead”, do you think it would be out of character for Patrick to sleep with Sam?  It could make the whole thing palpable for him as he believes Jason is dead.  But imagine the shock when, and if, Jason should return very much alive?  It would turn the Patrick/Sam/Jason/Robin story on its ear!

JASON: I think there is a part of Patrick that is figuring what is in character, and what is not in character for him.  If it is out of character maybe that is a good thing – spin it, and put a wrench in the spoke, and see what happens.  I don’t know if he knows what he wants right now, or what’s there, or if he will be like: “I don’t know if this is right, but I’m doing it anyway just to see what happens.”  There is a recklessness to him underneath it all.  I think it’s gone away a bit because of his daughter and being a father.  He can’t be completely irresponsible, but Patrick was a young guy and a hot shot for awhile.  He liked that and there was a reason for it, and the reason he didn’t want to get into the place he finds himself at now, because of where he is.  So maybe there is a part of him that wants to go back to that old lifestyle a little bit, but obviously, he is still a single father, and that’s the most important thing to him.

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And finally, what can you say about working with your cute as a button, little scene stealer of an on-screen daughter, Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma)?

JASON: Brooklyn did one of the very best pieces of work I have seen in long time a few weeks ago.  She will break your heart and she was unbelievable.  She took her acting to a whole other level.  We sat and talked about it a lot and she was amazing in the scenes. It’s a two box hankie moment.  She was so good in it.  Everyone on set was so proud of her.

So, who do you want to see Patrick end up with romantically …  Sam, Sabrina, Robin, or do you want him to not be tied into a relationship at this point in the story?  What do you think about Robin telling Patrick that Jason is “dead” to protect him, and their daughter Emma?  Do you think Sabrina will still want Patrick after all when she returns?  And, what will happen if Sam sleeps with Patrick, only to later learn that Jason is alive? And, what about Silas (Michael Easton) in all this?  Share your thoughts below!

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Kar
Kar

Sabrina, but want to see Patrick earn her back.

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

I agree

Lin
Lin

At this point I totally agree. If Kimberly was staying on Gh, I’d say Robin. I find the coming and going ridiculous. Jason /Patrick would have no romance and be on “Hold” too much of the time with a coming and going wife. I’d like to see Sabrina become a stronger woman and for us to find out more about her, before they have a relationship. I don’t see him with Sam. She is not refined enough- too rough around the edges. But they make good friends.

Shay
Shay

While I can see your point about Sam not appearing refined enough for Patrick, keep in mind that she is a Cassadine by blood, so she does have a social pedigree, so to speak! On the other hand, I will never consider Sappy good enough for Dr. Drake….she is far too common, unsophisticated and ill-suited for a man of his standing, despite all the Cinderbrina fairytale nonsense the showrunners have imposed upon us to try to make us think otherwise.

Lin
Lin

Shay, I agree with you. I think Cinderbrina as you put it, is not a strong enough woman for Patrick. They could make her so, but so far she has no personality. She’s been up til recently an ugly duckling, and maybe therefore has a poor self concept. She needs to spend some time on herself and become a stronger more independent woman in order to be interesting enough to be of interest to people who liked the Robin/Patrick combo. Sabrina is just not, at this point, interesting. It would make an okay movie of the week, but not to watch day in and day out. But.. she could be improved by the writers. Samantha and Jason were a good combo. I don’t find Silas and Samantha interesting- but I find Silas to be boring anyway. I don’t mind them together. he reminds me so much of Michael’s former character also a man of few words. (I know this is heretical).

Joni
Joni

Anyone but Sabrina is fine by me but in the end I will always want Patrick and Robin to end up together.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Nobody until his divorce is FINAL. Otherwise he’s a cheating liar!

Shay
Shay

Ahhhh….touche’, rebecca1!!!! We agree once again! I know soaps are supposed to be a hotbed of immorality and debauchery (like the so-called male “threesome” Ron C. is currently trying to foist upon us…oh yuck!) but someone needs to demonstrate a modicum of decency here! I have always had a problem with Patrick and his inability to keep his pants on, but these past few years have been especially disheartening to me. While he was still a supposedly grieving widower, Drake Jr. first fell prey to Britt and ended up with a (purported) illegitimate child, and since that worked out oh so well for him, he then repeated his same mistake by bedding the over-eager babysitter when it was obvious he had no real feelings for her beyond her being a convenient caregiver for his daughter and a very compliant concubine for him. I realize he thought Robin was gone for good at that moment, but Patrick’s alley-cat tendencies betrayed the normal emotions he should have been experiencing once his substance abuse issues were addressed….he simply replaced the drug addiction with his familiar default setting of Dr. Studly DoWrong. As soon as they happily (finally) dispensed with Sappy as Patrick’s “ball and chain,” I knew it was just a matter of time before the man was once again on the prowl! When it recently appeared that Sam might become his next “lady” after he took on the role of being Ned Nickerson to her Nancy Drew, my very thought was how can they allow him to move on with her when he possesses the knowledge that her husband is still “alive,” so to speak? Of course, they have now conveniently skirted that issue so while Patrick may feel justified in pursuing Sam, you are SO right that he is STILL married, hence I hope they don’t have him go there with Ms. Morgan. However, given Drake’s insolence and anger toward Robin, not to mention his predictable proclivities, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he does. Besides, I’ll bet that he will at least get a legal separation just to give him license to dally for awhile….while that doesn’t necessarily work for me in a moral sense, it may be the means for him to play while Robin remains away. I guess we shall see….

Shay
Shay

Apologies to both Rebecca and rebecca1 for mixing them up. That’s what happens sometimes when one multi-tasks!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Shay…not a problem. LOL…we’re all so anonymous here and yet we regular posters have created an invisible identity thru our opinions/writings, etc…So it’s weird for me when someone posts with the same name, albeit uppercase and I’m lowercase with a 1. But it’s funny, how something so silly is frustrating!

If that was the worst problem in the world…what a wonderful life it would be! 😉

July
July

So agree wit you joni

Lin
Lin

If Kimberly was staying, I’d say Robin. But I don’t want Patrick with a wife who comes to GH every once in a time for a short period of time. It’s ridiculous. You can’t have Patrick with a Robin who is never there. I understand Kim wanting to be a director and that’s fine. But you can’t have it both ways. Jason and Patarick deserve a bigger role and with Robin gone most of the time, the limits a lot what Patrick/Jason have to do.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Shay…wrote you here but my response didn’t show up.

Rebecca is someone else.

I’m rebecca1.

Shay
Shay

rebecca1…I received your response! That’s how I first realized my mistake. I promise to be more observant as to which “Rebecca” I’m concurring with in the future! P.S. Whatta you mean, I “joyfully thought we were once again oddly in agreement?” It’s not as if it happens THAT rarely….LOL. ; )

Tonya
Tonya

Poor, Poor Patrick. GMAFB. Robin is being held against her will and he is pouting. Too bad. If I remember correctly, THE CHEATER himself marriage is hard work but you fight for it. He just can’t fight for it himself. Robin has to do all the heavy lifting. This is not the Patrick Drake I know. This is the all about me Patrick Drake. Disgusting.

Cathy
Cathy

Word!

Barbara Long
Barbara Long

Did you some how forget that this is a television show and not real life? Let me remind you, Robin left Patrick and Emma to go and help Jason.

July
July

Yes she went to save jason but she was already in a bind. Having to live with killing him if she didn’t. It was safer if she kept it quiet and nobody knew. I can’t see why nobody sees that

rebecca1
rebecca1

I see it, July and completely agree. There was no way she could stay with Patrick and Emma and leave Jason to die. THAT would have been more out of character for her…and I don’t see how she’d live with herself if she had.

As for Patrick…I can also see why he’s done. Yes she came back And yes he accepted that she left, albeit begrudgingly. But when she didn’t come back for the death of his son…just for the funeral, when he needed her most was yet another blow. When he finally, accidentally found her, and to his mind the excuse of having to save Jason was gone (since she told him he was dead)…well, why would he want to stay married to her after that? I totally get it from his point of view on that score.

Laurie McRae
Laurie McRae

I am a Stelly/JaSam fan to the core. That being said, I am pleasantly surprised at the very natural chemistry I’m seeing between Jason T & Kelly Monaco! I think if they grow the relationship in the same natural, organic manner they allowed JaSam to grow, Samtrick could develop into one of GH’s/Daytime’s Super Couples! There will never be another JaSam…even if they do recast the role of Jason Morgan. With Samtrick, I feel we’ll be getting the next best thing!

Kimberly
Kimberly

I so AGREE!!!

Rosa
Rosa

Yes!!!!! I also AGREE

Cathy
Cathy

More like another forced pairings nothing natural about them.

Jeanie22
Jeanie22

OMG, you took the words right out of my mouth. No one could have said it better. Very well put.
I just love watching Sam/Patrick – Kelly/Jason develope and grow together. They are both so talented, and have such a natural chemistry, I really hope they end up being a super couple, because they just fit. I really would love to see them get a real shot at being together, because as far as I’m concerned, there is no JaSam without Steve, and if they try to make them, it’s just going to be depressing.
And can I just say, Robin makes me so angry. Her choices and holier than thou attitude are so annoying. I have felt for a long time that it was time for Patrick to move on into something new in terms of romantic partners. Robin stopped being good enough for him right around the time she got pregnant with Emma. Gosh she irritates me.

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

Thanks Michael for another great interview. Love Jason on GH. I can so understand why he wants to stay and why GH wants him to stay. I don’t mind Kim coming back and forth or if Robin is ultimately recast. I agree with Patrick’s anger, especially for what he knows about the situation. I would love to watch Robin come back full time and deal with the fallout from her actions. To watch Patrick and Robin circle each other again and gain that love and trust…it would be exciting to mine that. I grew up watching Robin and I don’t get the Robin hate but whatever. I agree with Jason that a great thing about soaps…especially ones with a long history like GH, characters can come and go. GH (and Frank) does this very well in this day and age of having no big budgets anymore. I can’t think of a time that GH has such a roster of talent…both newbies, vets and more seasoned players like Maura West, Michelle Stafford and um…er…Billy Miller. Can’t wait to watch it all unfold!!

Robin Plate
Robin Plate

Patrick belongs with Robin. Robin belongs with Patrick. Sorry to disagree with one of my favorite performers, but GH has done a horrible job with writing for Patrick since Kimberly left and even worse when she returns! Really…Patrick cannot figure out something is wrong? Patrick never searched for her, even though 1/2 of the town, including his in laws, have been “dead” at least once! Patrick had to choose between Sabrina & Robin? Bullshit. Robin doesn’t trust Patrick enough to tell him the truth? He isn’t fighting for them? He cares more about his child died than what Robin went through for 2 years? Ridiculous writing. These writers want to destroy Scrubs and don’t care about their history. They are doing a great job at their goal. They don’t resemble the characters I feel in love with. Patrick has lost his sixth sense about Robin. I will always love the original Scrubs ( love story and behaviors of the characters), but I don’t enjoy this version. I will also always be grateful to the work and bond between Kimberly and Jason because they brought me immense joy and introduced me to lifelong friends. I personally and professionally wish them the best! Still, I don’t find joy in this or their last reunion on screen. I choose not to watch. Thanks, GH, for giving me an extra hour for other entertainment.

Tracy
Tracy

I agree!

Cathy
Cathy

ITA!

k/kay
k/kay

RC did not create these characters and his ego like so many other writers will not allow him to do the obvious sit down research the character. I read frustration in this interview but it is a steady paycheck so he goes with it. Not the least bit interested in him being paired with Sam have never been a fan of the character.

Robin Plate
Robin Plate

Meant to write, ” he cares more about HOW his child was killed than how Robin survived 2 yrs in captivity.”

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

And he should care more about his child than Robin . Robin left him and Emma to go save Jason Morgan. Patrick needs to get rid of Robin and move on with his life.

Julz
Julz

Not willingly . She felt her family was protected more if she went to save jason rather than having to love the rest of her life knowing she killed him. Sorry, the woman was in a bind for the get go. Totally agree robin 100%. That’s why sabrina doesn’t even deserve him because he didn’t care about her or the baby when robin came back and left

Cathy
Cathy

Robin didn’t leave him willingly. He never cared about the baby and Robin made him stay behind for the baby. He wanted to go with her and Emma.

Jeanie22
Jeanie22

So true!

Tracey delehanty
Tracey delehanty

I think it so hard love robin and Sabrina .itstime that writers write something nice for patrickand Emma. Sabrina

Cathy
Cathy

ROBIN is EMMA s MOTHER NOT some PROPPED NURSE.

July
July

Nice Cathy!!! Totally agree.

nightstorm23
nightstorm23

Team #Samtrick !!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Actually, Patrick should not end up with any of these women. He should cut the cord and make a fresh start. BTW, does Sam ever take care of her kid? She will will bore Patrick to death just with her voice. Plus she has zero personality.
Sabrina (not Theresa…I love Theresa) is too wishy-washy. And, Robin cannot be depended upon…she’s a flight risk…lol
Now, Jason is not dead…Billy Miller will emerge from that freezing bodies contraption. This was all a test by orders of Victor to see if his creepy relatives could be brought back to life.

So, Levi is not from Aussieland. Who the heck is he? The plot thickens. I am stumped..it seems weird to do all this over a few baubles….unless worth millions. If he’s really Australian, he does a pretty good American accent, though…still do not like him.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

When Levi smiles he looks how i thought a sinister Mr. Marbles would look if he came to life…creepy…lol…Victor will probably alter Jasons face(to explain why he looks like Billy Miller) and Jason will have no memory of his previous life…he’ll be given a new name and Victors will use him to try to revive Stravos and Helene…in the fall Robin returns and will try to get Jason to remember who he is…he does think Robin looks familiar…Robin and NuJason escape Victor and show up in PC but Patrick and Sam are now an item…Sam and NuJason run into each other in the park and NuJason’s memory suddenly returns but because he now looks different Sam refuses to believe he is the real Jason and is a sinister imposter…ok, maybe not but its still fun guessing…i still believe Levi is the son of Fluke or Victor which will make him Nathan’s half brother…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ok, jimh. Sounds good to me. Makes perfect sense. I’m serious. What you say turns out to be fact, anyway. I predicted that Nathan and Levi are brothers yesterday. Maybe? But, if you’re thinking the same thing, then, they probably are.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

My reply to you yesterday about the Victor/Levi connection did not appear for some reason as well as another one today…i think i turned off computer too soon…me bad…but we are on the same page with Levi and Nathan as brothers…good verses evil!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Id like to see Patrick with a different Robin…Robin Christopher that is, who played Skye Chandler…Robin may be around a decade older than Jason…no big deal to me…Patrick and Skye would be a lot hotter together and more alive than that ‘putmetosleep’ Sam Morgan…a rock just laying on the ground could act better than her and be more exciting…lol

July
July

I like the idea of Carly. I know it’s so far out there but when patrick was trying to get robin he and Carly were hot!!! He probably wouldn’t since she hates robin and as much as he is so angry with robin I can’t see him doing that to her. I would love to see it though

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

I am a huge Patrick and Sabrina fan I think the writers need to give this couple a second chance . I think there is a lot of love between these two that can make them a super couple if allowed to become a couple again TEAM PATRINA!!!!

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

I am tired of people saying oh Patrick needs to stand by Robin and that is BS. Robin left her family after being presumed dead for 2 years than to leave them to save Jason Morgan.If Robin is being held agaist her will and when it all comes out so what Patrick still doesn’t need to be wih her she has caused to much pain in Patrick life these last couple of months. I love Patrick with Sabrina but I am also enjoying Samtrick . I would rather Patrick with Sabrina or Sam any time compared to Robin and besides scrubs are boring.

Julz
Julz

Patrick and sabrina have no chemistry together. Boring. He treated her like crap too. Why would anyone want to be treated that wat.She acts like a lovesick teenager when around him. I like era when she is around Carlos. Not necessarily around Carlos but the feistiness, and backbone. She needs more of that to come out. Sabrina and patrick have gone thought a lot together but I think they should remain friends . Patience needs to be single dad for a while and get his life back together. Sabrina as well. Both should be with new people.
Dee dee…did patrick ever ask robin about her experience while she was kidnapped? No!!! How about her pain. Sorry it’s not all about him, he’s no saint in all this.

Cathy
Cathy

Patrick and Disney Princess had more than a chance and were given everything with no angst they failed and still do . Robin and Patrick have rich history not a propped couple. Robin and Patrick are kept from each other by villains . Scrubs deserve to be happy and get their HEA.

July
July

Love it Cathy!! Patrick and robin I think or at least hope will find each other again. They are the it couple. It doesn’t matter whom they pair patrick up with he will always have robin in his heart.

Linda
Linda

Why on earth would anyone want Sabrina to be with Patrick. He never put her first. She, along with the whole town, shoved her on him. It was always Robin he wanted. That was abundantly clear. He was ready to walk away from her and her child to be with Robin.

I wish the writers would leave Robin alone. I am sick to death of them keeping her alive to get screwed over again and again. Once again, she gets to be shown in captivity while once again he moves on.

Vomit RON Vomit.

Julz
Julz

So agree Linda. He treated sabrina like crap and she was always number 2.
They (writers) are making robin look stupid. It’s insulting to long time viewers who know her. I’m not a robin fan as I am a patrick and robin fan. They brought out the best in each other along with all the stupid stuff. I get why they have to do this to them but they could have done this so much different and kept her character intact.

Lara
Lara

Love this interview. Hoping Patrick and Sabrina their way back to each other.

Dee Dee Richards
Dee Dee Richards

I agree Lara I hope they get back together again.

Jennifer
Jennifer

I would love for Patrick to be with Sabrina but not right a way she is just coming back and she will have a lot to think a about after learn what happen to their son but I would love a storyline that their son was not dead but someone has him that it a person that want to hurt both Patrick and Sabrina not so they can keep Robin in line so she can do her work I don’t like the storyline that it all about Robin why Patrick and Sabrina and Emma and there son got hurt so Robin can do her work

July
July

Ugh? Why! Friends fine, but if she were smart and nota lovesick teenager why would she take him back. He treated her as a consolation prize. It would be hard to get over that. Especially the way he carried on while she was pregnant and really didn’t seem to care until the baby died. He was more like ablest friends. Felix acted more like patrick should have. I hope she comes back with a backbone and stands up to him.

Timmm
Timmm

I’ll keep this clean, I’d sleep with Sam, marry Sabrina, and kill Robin, respectfully!

CeeCee
CeeCee

You’re a bad boy, Timmm. Lol

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well CeeCee, if youve gone nuts you’d be perfect on GH…lmao!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

At this time i think he’d be better off if he killed all three and find someone new…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

I am laughing so hard, jimh, my son is looking at me funny…like ” my mommy has gone nuts”.

Cathy
Cathy

I kill Sam and Sabrina and reunite with my true love Robin. No one will even come close to the beautiful couple Scrubs.

CeeCee
CeeCee

What are the chances that Jason will overpower Victor? Too weak yet?

Ariel
Ariel

JT basically dispelled any chance of Purina ever happening again. LMAO.

Julz
Julz

I sure hope so!!

Kim
Kim

He can diddle with the sexpot while he gets over Robin, but after that I want Patrick and Sabrina. I also agree with JT about Sabrina needing to grow as a character and find someone new before anything can happen between them again and I would love to see Patrick actually needs to fight for her this time. Great article. 🙂

Alliboo
Alliboo

Agree!

Julz
Julz

No like he said there is too much water under the bridge. He didn’t treat her very well. I think they should be friends but that’s it. They both need to start new.

Tomika
Tomika

I agree Kim with you 100%

Cathy
Cathy

Patrick will never get over Robin. They are soulmates.

July
July

100% agree. Even when patrick finds someone or if he finds someone robin will always be in his heart. He might be angry at her now and stupidly will be for a while he will never get over her

Harry
Harry

Ewww, Patrick and Sabrina are repugnant together. Patrick really doesn’t seem that into her.
I don’t see Theresa lasting much longer and doubt her contract will be renewed. She has been an abysmal failure with the fans.

Shay
Shay

From your lips to the “Soap God’s” ear, Harry!!!!! How I hope you have called this one correctly!

Kate
Kate

First of all Harry, you don’t speak for all fans. You speak for yourself. There are many who love Teresa and the character of Sabrina. Also, why bring her back at all if she was such an ‘abysmal failure’ with fans? Her story was basically wrapped up when Gabriel died and she left town. Why bring her back just to write her off again? It doesn’t make sense. There’s a story to tell for her. Whether it leads her back to Patrick or not (I hope so) remains to be seen. Just don’t think you’re speaking for everyone when, in fact, you’re only speaking for yourself. Not everyone who watches is online or responds to posts on chat boards or Facebook.

Shay
Shay

@Kate…..Well, we agree on one thing: Sappy’s story was basically finished when “BlanketBaby” went belly up, so why bring her back at all? I cannot imagine ANY story featuring this banal albatross of a character to be of interest when the past few years of her have been anything but!

su0000
su0000

Patrick doesn’t need a woman..
Patrick doesn’t need a woman..
Patrick doesn’t need a woman..
Let him be free!!!

why tie the poor guy to Robin, Sabrina, or Sam?
He is good on his own..let the guy breath!
stop suffocating him with a woman around his neck..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Patrick needs to snap and become a serial killer…let him knock off Robin, Sabrina and Sam…and like most PC killers he wont have to spend time in prison…lol

su0000
su0000

I like that lol
Patrick needs find his ballz and be a man.. he’s such a weak pansy guy..
Wish Patrick would show us some bad bad boy!!
Patrick = powder puff !
And Patrick and Sam is physically dumb..
If Sam took off her 7” heels (she even sleeps wearing them) Emma would be taller than her, then what?
(have to give thought to those things, ya know..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Emma needs her Daddy, jimh. However, Levi should be blamed for every murder or any other criminal activity happening in PC.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

If Sam took off her heels then Emma could squish her like a bug…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, no more short people jokes. I loooove stilettos; they make me feel tall and powerful. Lol.
Seriously, as I said, GH has introduced so many unnecessary new characters for some similarly ridiculous storylines. Why not bring some new woman, someone completely off the medical world, for Patrick? Let’s get some new blood….a woman who will be an equal partner for him; someone who will be there for HIM, and, of course for Emma. There really is not a single woman on this soap who stands on her own two feet. It seems as though none of these women can survive without a man…they either moon and drool or cower. These women need to grow up…at what age does the whining and the moping and the “oh, I love him but he hurt me so much” stop?…they all seem to still be in High School. Look at Carly and Olivia…geez! They quake with lust for Sonny? That guy must have a lot of stamina and STD’s.
I’m not quite sure what the writers’ plans are for Robin. Obviously, she is not planning to permanently reside in PC, so will the character be recast? If it will, then allow Robin to be a mother and also move on with someone else. I have the feeling Jason will find a way to escape Victor’s clutches so that he and Robin will be together. Since changing bed partners comes as easily as changing bed sheets, let them all mingle and interchange with each other. Sam and Robin can exchange husbands…lol. But, the writers never do what I tell them to. Lol.

juju
juju

Jason Thompson doesn’t seem pretty enthusiast about ANY of his potential pairings or even potential stories..even about the relationship with Robin..and it was the most he was interested in, involved in before..but with Kim always in and out i understand he pretty lost his passion and interest for the relationship..Maybe they need to bring a new gal for him, a fresh story or i don’t know he could try something else than soaps..I don’t understand why he doesn’t try prime time, other type of mediums..he is still young, he can make it..i don’t know..
I am not interested by Patrick’s perils and it seem his portrayer is not either..

Julz
Julz

I was thinking that to juju.

Alliboo
Alliboo

Maybe its time for his exit on the show.

Julz
Julz

Maybe patrick but it doesn’t seem like jason wants to go yet. If not exit permanantly then a least for a little while so they can write patrick getting his life back together or find robin 🙂

lovesgh
lovesgh

Robin needs to go, away, so sick of this annoying whiny character, Patrick and Emma and Sabrina for the win…..#Patrina

July
July

Sabrina isn’t whiny? She’s worse when she’s aprons him. She’s getting a bad storyline that’s why people are get tried tired of her. Not her fault. I’m not a robin. Fan, but do like her at times. I do t mind that she comes and goes she adds a little so,methu g to the story.

CeeCee
CeeCee

It it’s one thing Robin does NOT do, is whine. I am not a fan, I can take her or leave her, but she is not annoying. Not much of a mother, (whatever the circumstances, so, I’ll shut my mouth about that ) but her persona does not irk me as much as Sam’s. At least, Robin has the warranted inflection to her voice.

J&Rff2
J&Rff2

Honestly Patrick has become one of the most boring/unlikable characters on the show. I don’t care either way what they do with his character anymore or who they put him with. Robin being destroyed by Ron in order to allow this guy to ‘move on’ pretty much shows what a flop the character has become under RC/FV.

Elle
Elle

100% agree! Could have not said it better. Patrick has turned into a bitter, weak and gullible man. Y

Elle
Elle

You’d think he was the one who was tortured for 2 years instead of Robin. Patrick is unrecognizable these days!

Dee Dee Richards
Dee Dee Richards

Patrick was always boring until he met Sabrina Santiago. When Patrick was with Robin I thought he was boring scrubs were boring . But then he met Sabrina than I started liking the character of Patrick Drake. Although I love Patrina I am enjoying Samtrick .

Julz
Julz

Really Patrick and robin boring??? I do t think so. They challenged each other and brought the good and bad in each other. They had ups and downs highs and lows but that a marriage. All sabrina did was go all teenage lovesick school girl over him. She pined for him. That was boring . There was no spark between them. She did everything for him To notice her. He turned around and treated her badly. I like sabrina but not with him.

July
July

It’s unfortunate he has. They ruined a perfectly great couple. They could have written robin another direction or wrote them in a different direction. He doesn’t have to be with anyone while his wife is away. He was a doctor , and father. Write stories on that instead of ruuing a lifelong character and popular couple,

Phil
Phil

I really don’t want to see Sam with Patrick. ..she and Silas must be endgame! Furthermore, I think Patrick and Sabrina should find there way back to one another. I was a huge advocate of Robin and Patrick until she walked out this last time.

Alliboo
Alliboo

Agree 100%

Elle
Elle

IMO, JT is always PC in all of his interviews. Patrick absolutely has 0 chemistry with Sabrina and I would be surprised if they went down that route again. With Sam, I see Patrick a bit more alive but he definitely had the most natural chemistry with Robin. Patrick and Robin created magic for 6 years together on screen while never be paired with anyone else albeit Patrick’s one nighter with Lisa Niles and his ladies’ man days at the beginning . Their relationship had a natural and realistic progression that one in the “real” world could relate with. They dated for three years before they got married, both were doctors who challenged one another, and had obstacles (ex, her PPd and his infidelity) to overcome. I don’t ever recall another couple in soaps that were constantly in each others’ faces for 6+ straight years that kept us entertained. As a scrubs fan, we were spoiled. I don’t think we’ll ever see this magic again. 🙁 That being said, I no longer want Scrubs together. Patrick should have known that Robin was lying to him about Jason being dead. After all, she did lie about going to Africa in Jan 2012 but instead going to Seattle for a new protocol to keep her family in tact. He’s turned into a bitter, selfish man who has reverted back to his old days when he was only thinking of himself. Robin deserves better.

Diana
Diana

Patrick, Robin , and Emma belong together. And out of Port Charles before they are destroyed even more.

Cathy
Cathy

I so agree!

Give Scrubs their HEA and let JT comes back as someone new not ruin Robin, Patrick and Scrubs. This regime ruined too many couples and characters. Enough is enough.

su0000
su0000

ohh geez c’mon..
Patrick and /robin are all that much..
there are other soaps couples much more intriguing and loved than Robin and Patrick..

Patrick was cool, way cool.. then Robin came alone and pussyfied him ..

Really they are not a god like couple they are just ordinary as far as long time together soap couples go, and there are many better than those 2 ..

Julz
Julz

Robin did not pussyfied him. He was just as crazy as she was. He brought her down to reality when she got totally nuts on things as did she did for him. They brought out the best in each other. They were like what a real life marriage should be. They both had their issues but dealt with them together. They were one of the better more realistic couples on daytime these days. I hope that when patrick decides to leave port Charles it will either with robin or to go and be with robin or if KM decides to come back full time they can work back to each other. She will always be his soulmate and in his heart. He may find love with someone else (not sabrina) but robin will always be in his heart and his in hers.

Jill
Jill

Sabrina can get her own family. Robin is Emma s mother no matter how bad the haters say she doesn’t deserve to be. LOL. Will never change the fact that Disney will never be her mommy.

CeeCee
CeeCee

There goes that ‘haters’ word again. NO ONE HATES ANYBODY. It seems to me you use that word too loosely. Ca you not use the word ‘dislike’? We all love our soaps, at the same time, we also all have an opinion and a brain. This is why we have evolved to homo Sapiens.

Timmm
Timmm

Patrick and Monica?

Cathy
Cathy

If anything, Kimberly helped his career. If truth be known, Kimberly gave him his most successful pairing ever Scrubs. They made Supercouple status. I remember doctors, nurses and lawyers watched GH for Scrubs. They got their own Primetime show NS1 & 2 because people couldn’t get enough of them on GH which was mob central.

As for Patrick and UGLY Betty all I can say is thank God that is over. What a contrived bunch of garbage, they used Robin to make her accepted and it worked until people got wise. Wasting time on a ridiculous propped pet and the stupid baby nonsense. Guess RC forgot he wrote that Robin made him stay behind because a Patrick didn’t care about her or the baby and wanted to leave with Robin and Emma.now this poor pity party for Patrick when he didn’t care about this baby and needed Robin to hold hold his hand. Where was he when Robin returned and never asked about her kidnapping and Robin forgave him AGAIN for ignoring BOTH phone calls.

As for Sam, I think Patrick looks even more stupid. The divorce angle doesn’t work. Patrick isn’t stupid and would know something is wrong. Patrick hates the mob and Jason and wanted him dead but now it is OK with the mob with Sam and comforting Sam. It’s OK for Emma to be around the mob now. Pleas such ridiculous writing even a third grade callas could do better writing. And they wonder why GH Didn’t win writing or anything under this regime .

Need to have the actors watch the show because there is no reason for Patrick to divorce Robin or be mad when he is doing the same thing with t he mob Sam. Tired of actors spinning things for the ridiculous writing. Watch the show and see what viewers see. Contrived plot point.

ROBIN AND PATRICK WILL ALWAYS BELONG TOGETHER. There are certain couples like SCRUBS that have chemistry and not contrived plot points like the propped pet and Sam.

Harry
Harry

Great post–and Cathy? Is it me? Or did Sabrina seem more likable with the glasses?

Shay
Shay

It must be you, Harry. Sappy was NEVER likeable, with or without those coke-bottle lenses! The only thing that has even made her bearable is her current state of complete absence!

Julz
Julz

ITA Cathy!!! I hope the writers and producers see this. I’m not a robin fan or patrick fan when they are by themselves but when they are together I love them.

Cathy
Cathy

Another thing never thought I would miss Guza but at least he knew GH unlike this regime.

Julz
Julz

Nice, he would of let this happen

sWeet liLLie
sWeet liLLie

Guza started the masterpiece Ron is the future of the masterpiece.

GHfan
GHfan

I love the idea of Patrick and Sam… and then Jason comes back!! But I want Jason and Sam back together…. but until then I’m loving Sam and Patrick. I think Sam and Jason are soul-mates and there is such rich history there, they just have to be together, their love story is epic. I think the love of Patrick’s life is Robin.. it breaks my heart what has happened between them. I can see Patrick staying single for awhile and dating…. then after awhile he finds someone who is really special to him. But I am heart-broken over Patrick and Robin.. what ever happens between Sam and Patrick I hope they stay friends and that she is there for Patrick and that they have a special friendship.

Julz
Julz

I agree GHfan. I think it maybe hard for patrick to love someone like that again. He will probably find someone but his heart and soul will always be with robin and his with her. Just hope either she comes back full time or more frequently and they find their way back to each other or when patrick leaves PC it will with her or to be with her. I hate what the writers did, not so much divorcing them which sucks but the way they did it. There were other ways without ruining the character(s).

lyralouise
lyralouise

What is missing from the relationships available to Patrick is a smart, challenging woman. The best work and most entertaining story came from the push and pull, quick banter and challenge between Kimberly M and Jason T. I think that is why so many people did not like Sabrina with Patrick. She was a meek and mousy character, and although she was sweet with Emma, there was no reason for Patrick to be attracted to her. She had no snap, no fire, no independence, and their whole relationship was based on sympathy and him feeling sorry for her, and from her perspective, trying to land a “cute” doctor. With Robin and Patrick, his looks did not sway Robin one way or the other, nor did the fact that he was a big deal in the OR. The character had to win Robin by being a decent human being, and he liked that his usual charm offensive didn’t work on her, because she was too smart for that. If you remember the scenes where Patrick listened to Robin, who thankfully, usually had something intelligent to say, it was electric. She was his intellectual equal, and he liked that, was attracted to that. It was almost painful to watch him try to connect with the Sabrina character. Also, as a nurse who is now a practitioner, it is a little nauseating to see the “rescue me” storyline played out on TV. It makes me have even less respect for Sabrina. If Robin isn’t going to be on the show consistently, then Patrick needs another smart, strong, challenging, but not insane love interest. The show runners won’t get the magic Jason Thompson is capable of delivering without an intelligent character to play off of. I have to admit that I have just recently caught up on the characters of Patrick and Robin and all who came along as their relationship played out. A friend turned me on to the compilations of storyline on youtube, so I was able to go back to the beginning and watch it all up to now. Given that condensed exposure to the acting, I have to say that Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough really did have something special, which you all already know, but what stands out is the contrast between Jason’s fantastic acting with Kimberly and the painful efforts to connect on screen with the character written for Teresa Castillo. I hate to say the writing was better for Robin and Patrick, but it was. And Kimberly really gave Jason something to work with on screen, and that was both Kimberly and the writing. People want to see more of Jason Thompson on GH, and I think there needs to be a relationship worthy of his talents and abilities. He doesn’t need a weak woman; he needs an intellectual equal and an actress capable of giving as good as she gets. Otherwise, Patrick seems to be stuck playing a role that does not seem natural for him.… Read more »

DomSmythe
DomSmythe

more than Kimberly giving Jason something to work with, I feel she really upped his game over their first 6 years on the show together. she’s always been a great actress. he was wet behind the ears when he joined: all bravado and posturing. but their chemistry and connection was there and i literally watched jason become a better actor… an actor worthy of kimberly mccullough. then i saw him with teresa castillo and i realized a lot of his strength was limited to scenes with kimberly. just my 2 cents.

brenda
brenda

I loved JaSam but Steve’s not coming back so I’m on board with SamTrick. Scrubs can’t be a couple if Robin isn’t staying on the show.

DomSmythe
DomSmythe

honestly, who cares?? patrick has become a boring character without robin. robin, on the other hand, has tons of history and is ties to legacy characters. never thought i’d say this, but i’m done with patrick.

lyralouise
lyralouise

I get what you said in your reply to my thoughts above, but do you not think that JT is in need of a decent acting partner. I agree that Kimberly is the stronger actor, obviously, but I do think Jason grew and improved to become a solid actor over time. Weak storylines and meek actresses are going to limit what an actor can create in a scene. The character of Sabrina is wooden, and the character of Sam is just boring and monotonous to watch. If Robin is not an option, then I still say there is room to create interesting storyline by writing a strong competitive and even difficult woman for Patrick to spar with. I do not feel like it is a problem with JT’s acting as much as it is really silly or unrealistic to the point of distraction storylines. They have to give him something to work with, and it ain’t Sabrina or Sam. Sorry, just my thoughts.

scyren
scyren

I hate Sam and I hate Sabrina. I’ve just hated Sam longer. I don’t want to see Patrick with either one of them. I was holding out for Patrick/Liz but if’s going to snog with Sam no thank you. I don’t even understand why Sam is popular. She’s like watching paint dry; no personality whatsoever. They have to dress her like a sleaze to even get her noticed. Let her be with that bore Silas cause it’s easier to fast forward through her scenes.

JoJo
JoJo

I absolutely cannot stand Patrick and Sabrina together. They have zero chemistry and just seem like a completely unnatural fit. They make nonsense together. With her, Patrick is completely boring, and it’s a waste of Jason Thompson’s incredible acting potential. Simply transforming Sabrina from a nerd to Cinderella doesn’t change the fact that they’re as boring as vanilla ice cream together. I love Patrick and Robin together, but if that can’t happen right now, give him someone completely unexpected, someone who ups his game, makes him crazy – in a bad and good way! Or, let him explore dating life again – let us see some more of his reckless side just a bit, some more of the “Noah’s son” that he is. But please just NO SABRINA! Anyone, anyone, anyone but her. They are the only two I just have to fast forward through.

Judy
Judy

I would love to see Patrick and Sam together! I think they would be really cute together, plus they need to spice up Sam’s life….. She’s doll and boring! Cheers

sWeet liLLie
sWeet liLLie

I agree that Ron should allow Patrick and Sam to explore life together as couple, Sam is down to earth and real that what Patrick and Emma need just as well as Sam and Danny from Patrick and Emma.

Di
Di

I would love to see Patrick and Robin together again. Emma has been thru too many emotional things. She needs stability. Jason and Sam would not be complete without each other. I’d love to see them together as a family. Silas was too wishy washy. Nicholas and Elizabeth better paired. I’d love to see Morgan and Britt get together. Love GH drama but Cassidine showing again is not interesting.

Jen Demers
Jen Demers

ROBIN

teresa dale
teresa dale

I want Patrick and Sam together. This new Jason is not her match

Rena
Rena

Patrick should be with Robin. They are the best couple in daytime.

But if Patrick can’t be with Robin, then I’m fine with Sabrina or Britt.

Sam should be with Silas.

sWeet liLLie
sWeet liLLie

Patrick and Robin are not the best couple in daytime Sami and Ej are through and through and true.

Elaine
Elaine

Patrick should definitely end up with Robin. He still loves her and their lovely Emma needs real happiness and stability.That poor little girl has been through enough. Not everyone in Port Charles has to have their family torn apart. Someone needs to have a normal life with just occasion little problems. Your writers are getting psychotic with their story lines.

sWeet liLLie
sWeet liLLie

Patrick should allow himself along with Emma to enjoy the adventure of life and stop dissecting it like Robin does they should give themselves a chance to be happy with Sam and Danny. There is so much potential if that happens.

sWeet liLLie
sWeet liLLie

Get a clue fans Sam / Patrick Kelly / Jason are Amazing they make the show like “A Breath of Fresh Air I look forward to seeing what next. Their chemistry is mind blowing they remind of a Super Couple I adore James / Allison. Ron give us mystery and intrigue keep us on our toes. Sam /Kelly is a Beautiful and Talent actor her character has blossom into a masterpiece in the Soap Opera world. Jason /Patrick is Sexy and Talented just saying Breath Taking. General Hospital is one of my Favorite Soap the show is “Hot”, Ron and Frank keep doing what you are doing.

sWeet liLLie
sWeet liLLie

FYI Sam and Patrick and everyone else is doing a an amazing job I love being on the edge of my seat everyday at 3:00 M-F the near future keep me interested. All the actors are remarkable doing it just right not knowing how they are going to act from one minute to the next is exciting like spending time exploring someone you like.

sWeet liLLie
sWeet liLLie

Sam would learn a lot from Patrick raising Emma and Patrick would learn a lot from Sam raising Danny they posses so much love and knowledge for both kids I believe they can bring so to the table together.

netta
netta

I want to see patrick with robin I stopped looking at gh because you keep breaking up all the greats like frisco and felicia luke and laura sonny and brenda and now patrick and robin I would like to see them raise emma together

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

Photo: ABC

Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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