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General Hospital’s Roger Howarth Delivers Power Performance Of The Week!

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This week on General Hospital, Roger Howarth was front and center in scenes where viewers and Franco got to the bottom of his horrific childhood past.

After Franco took Jim Harvey(Greg Evigan) out of the trunk of his car and into his art studio, it was showdown time for a story that had been building for months.  Why did Franco push little Drew down the stairs? Harvey persists saying that Franco’s DNA makes him hurt people, but Franco says that is not it.  He was protecting Drew from Jim.  Then, Jim goes on to say that his mother, Betsy was weak and so she sent Drew away because of fear Franco would hurt him. But that is yet another web of lies spun by Harvey.

Franco flashes back to his past and the gifts that Harvey would bring him, and that he recalled he started bringing those for Drew, too.  Franco finally says that Jim molested him time and time again, and he was going to start doing the same thing to Drew.

With a gun pointed at him and nowhere to turn, Franco is able to get Jim to write down all the names of the other children he abused over the years.  Unfortunately, the statute of limitations has expired for Franco to have Harvey prosecuted for crimes agains him, but he promises now to kill Jim.  As Jim begs for his life, saying the other victims deserve to hear him admit what he did, and then brings up Liz, it distracts Franco for a millisecond and Jim and Franco fight for the gun which slides across the floor.  As Jim decides to silence Franco once and for all and chokes him, a shot is fired, and Harvey goes down.  It is Drew (Billy Miller)  to the rescue.

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In a heart-tugging moment between Billy Miller and Roger Howarth, the two “brothers” hold on to each other as it has all became clear what happened in their past, and that Franco did do good, by protecting Drew from the horrors of a child molester.  Later, after Franco is admitted to the hospital for observation overnight, he tells Liz (Rebecca Herbst) what happened, only the audience does not hear what he said.

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When Franco meets with Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) at Kevin’s office in the hospital, he shares the details about Harvey, and admits that. “He came to my room night after night.”  Kevin soon comes to the realization that Jim sexually molested Franco.  Then. Franco says he knew it was wrong.  Franco is in tears as Kevin says, “He’s to blame. Not you. Never you,”  But now, Franco wonders if he’s a danger to Elizabeth’s young boys. Kevin does admit that it is true that some abusers go on to abuse, but most do not.  Kevin makes a confession to Franco that he also had a traumatic childhood past with his mother.

Finally, Kevin asks Franco if he has ever looked at Elizabeth’s boys inappropriately. Franco says he has not.  When talking about his past crimes, Kevin tells Franco that it was because of his brain tumor.  Eventually, Liz and Franco go home together, as Franco now tries to move forward with his life.

Whether you like, or don’t like, how the story of Franco has played out in what appears to be part of redemption storyline, one thing was clear, Roger Howarth delivered a masterful performance as only he could throughout this week’s episodes of GH.  That is why he is On-Air On-Soaps choice for the Power Performance of the Week!  In addition, you have to give props to Greg Evigan who brought Jim Harvey to life in such a perfect way, and of course, to Billy Miller for his subtle and touching performance as Franco’s “brother” with whom, if it wasn’t for Franco, would have also been abused.

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So, what did you think of Roger Howarth’s performance as Franco faces the truth that he was molested as a child by Harvey? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Performances were good, hope to move on from this-sooner the better. Young and Restless has been on fire and can’t wait for today’s cliffhanger Friday. Wish Gh would pick up the pace and focus on characters besides Peter August. Wish Dr. Bensch would hook up with Nelle-I think they are soulmates. Love Anna, hate this story.

Harry
Harry

Phyllis, as far as I am concerned, Amelia deserves performance of the year. She was convincing as a formerly confident woman who suddenly finds herself in an abusive relationship.
What they did right was that they paid fidelity to character development as well as to the dictations of reality. That’s why it resonated with viewers, that’s why it was so damn powerful. Also, a nod to Thad who was able to play the woman abuser with nuance and complexity. He was not drawn as some one dimensional, mustache twirling villain, but rather a man who let his failures morph him into someone else. I also loved Sharon getting the women to circle the wagons in an effort to give Victoria unconditional support. Now here’s a soap which not only respects its characters, it respects the female characters allowing them to have their own identities, their own journeys which is not predicated upon what is going on with the man in their lives. This is something which GH is failing at miserably.
I am sorry for veering off topic but see no blog on this subject and honestly, I am not that thrilled with GH right now.
So well, bravo to Roger. His redemption story line has been completed and it’s finally over.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Hey Harry- I have so been wanting to discuss exact same-GH is failing for me right now-was exciting and fast-paced when Jason first returned-wasn’t that excited about his return but that crashing through the ceiling was great! Agree with everything you said about Y&R- love seeing Sharon getting and being well and finding her way. Love Thad-would have liked to see him one more time without clothes before they killed him-but great music, writing, direction, acting-even Victor is excellent in his hospital bed. Great soap!

Harry
Harry

I concur, Phyllis and PS. I don’t think JT is dead.

Celia
Celia

Funny you should say JT isn’t dead, Harry. I was thinking the same thing. Phyllis ( Gina) said the ‘body’ was already cold. Within minutes? It takes a while for the body to get cold and hours for rigor mortis to occur.
Actually, as I stated on the other thread, I read that Reed kills his father.
I bet that when the women go upstairs, the ‘Body’ will be gone.

Harry
Harry

Celia, I was thinking that JT has a heart condition which was caused by lightening striking him when he was a teenager. This heart condition could be the reason why the women felt no pulse.
On another note, what annoys me so much about Phyllis is she acts like a know-it-all when she really is a know-nothing. Her making the other women feel that they cannot report JT’s “death” to the police was absurd. She said it would make them all be accessories to murder. Um, NO! Nikki whacked JT on the head with the fire poker to make him stop abusing her daughter. Sharon and Phyllis were witnesses to the event. Phyllis convinces them that the best route would be a cover up and a disposal of the body–now that does make them accessories after the fact. I hated how they didn’t call 911 but of course, if our soap characters all did what they are supposed to do we’d have no stories.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

I had no idead Victor was having an affair-that is correct isn’t it? The beautiful woman who picked him up at the hospital today is his lover??? Loved how Nikki gave her the stank eye! But she is having an affair with the young stallion-Marco is it? No relation to Marco Dane, sadly. Wow. I really am impressed how this show really is just one thing after another and then something else-hard to turn away from as when I do I miss something important. I thought Victor just awesome with no words-really excellent-and now Neil back and looks like Hil has a bun in the oven-wow!!

Celia
Celia

Hi, Harry,
Sorry for the delayed response. I always respond to whomever replies to me. However, some comments do not make it to my inbox, while they do appear here. So, sometimes I miss them.
Yes, I agree. I thought Phyllis’ judgment was more than a little awry….must be her old deceitful mind starting to work overtime again. Remember those days? Phyllis the manipulator, albeit I loved Michelle. Gina? Not so much in this role. Plus, she’s supposed to be, at least, ten years or so years older than Billy….ahhh well.
She has no clue how the law works. Her reasoning was that Nikki, Sharon, and herself had a bout with the law….that’s neither here nor there; not when there were four of them witnessing what happened…beside the fact that Victoria has spoken about JT’s abuse to the therapist. Most women don’t even do that….and going to the police is the last thing battered women do. Victoria did slap him, yes….but it was a natural reaction…..no excuse for him to go ballistic…he was physically stronger, and as such he had the upper hand…..forgive the play-on words. LOL
To a normal, composed man, I would think it would have been of no consequence, considering it probably did no harm except to exacerbate JT’ brutal behavior. And, the control. Let’s not forget the control, or lack thereof. How dare SHE hit HIM?! It’s classic behavior, Harrry….depicted to perfection by the writers.
I, also, agree about JT and your deduction about his heart problem….I hadn’t thought of it, but makes so much sense.
It’s too bad, Harry, because I am still trying to figure out why Thad was brought back just to be reduced to such a pitiful, unscrupulous, raging bull.

Celia
Celia

@Phyllis.
LOL…Nikki’s boy toy is, Arturo, Phyllis.
No one knew Victor was having an affair…new development, I guess, yrt to know the purpose.
Remember when Victor was in jail and was dallying with the prison doctor? How does he do it? The regular way?
Wow!!!! He must have Viagra on speed dial.
I find this neither credible nor palatable. And, I don’t understand the need to prop up Victor sexually. Beside the fact that even Viagra does not energize a body from head to toe….need to work at it.
Doesn’t Victor have a heart problem? Did he not have a heart transplant? Colleen’s heart? Does he not need to take care? Sex is a workout!! Not so good for an old man with a transplanted heart.
You go, Victor….more power to you…

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Harry and Celia-no FOP-fans of Phyllis??? Hmmm. Perhaps after Nikki did the deed-and I’m not talking about Arturo-and started telling everyone what to do-Sharon should have picked up the poker and whacked Phyllis-is that what you are desirous of?

lin
lin

Love your comment about Dr. Bensch and Nelle. I think Jim Harvey would have been perfect as well.

dmr
dmr

Nepotism is running full speed ahead at General Hospital. I can’t watch Peter August. Oh wait, he is on every day, which means, I can’t watch General Hospital. I don’t like the actor, character, storyline, or he is interacting with-so, no thank you.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

He was not on today and it was a pretty good show. I don’t care for him either.

Celia
Celia

Ditto, dmr. Creeptown for me with this guy. He always has this perplexed look on his face. Does he wear a toupee? Between his hair and Julian’s…..I don’t know.
I think I said this before….I’m waiting for Carly to cheat on Sonny with Petey. I wonder if Sonny would divorce her for the umpteenth time, and then take her back? LOL.

Shay
Shay

I hear you, dmr! After another viewing hiatus, I finally tuned in Friday/Monday to see Robert Scorpio and Tristan Rogers (and Finola Hughes’ Anna…) did not disappoint! None too thrilled to have him playing the gramps role in this outing, since the emphasis should be on adventure and the mystery of Anna’s secret son, but it was still a true thrill to behold that Aussie accent, twinkling eyes and devil-may-care attitude once again! Hope Scorpio sticks around for a long while!

dmr
dmr

Phyllis, I caught a few minutes of the show while on lunch. I will watch the show if the episode does not revolve around Peter. Although, I am also sick to death of this “Nelle” storyline.
Celia, Peter does always look perplexed. I don’t think he wears a toupee. Not sure if you caught Laura and Wes on “The Kitchen?” As much as I can’t stand his character/acting, he appeared to be a nice guy. Laura, on the other hand, was a very rude guest, IMO. She wouldn’t try anything they offered her, and had a rude comment for every snack they suggested. She was not very hospitable-very awkward, and not sure why they even made an appearance.
Shay, love Tristan-hate the storyline (it revolves around Peter, of course)!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

If he manages to get Lulu killed off, then I can learn to love Peter August. The Nelle story is so odd to me. The actress is beautiful and very talented-I like her-I think- but the story and her actions- this show can be excellent at times- and I guess that is why I keep tuning in and hoping. I just saw a picture Bobbie tweeted about rehearsals for the Nurses Ball-I did not recognize half the faces in the pic- although I know they bring in extra dancers and so forth. I really don’t care about the ball this year-I want the other stories resolved and to move on-really, totally move on. I love Anna-watching this latest hunt for Heiny- is icky. I did not watch the show when Carly #2 was on -but I do love her and the character Kim-and love her with Julian. I forgive Julian for all past crimes and love his little bar and grill and could sit and stare at his pretty face all day. But I know they will break this up and reunite him with Alexis- and that is ok too. Not really into Ava and Griffin-really could do without him entirely and good Ava is boring Ava.

ck
ck

It was seeing Roger at his best. He is a powerful actor, and did a flawless job. I hope to see more of him bring is incredible acting skills to task. I also look forward to see Franco develop a relationship with Drew and the two become ‘true’ brothers. There would be a lot to explore and give more depth to each of the characters.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Yes, ck, that’s what I want. A true friendship with Drew rather than between Drew and Jason would be the ultimate irony. Since Jason and Sam are not capable of forgiveness, except for Sonny, this will be a real bone of contention. Thank heaven RH finally has some material he can run with. He and Billy are great together and have a real rhythm in their scenes.

brian
brian

Yes, agreed, and they can leave “Stone Cold” out in the cold, lol.

Harry
Harry

Steve Burton’s return really boasted the sagging ratings.
It’s okay to praise your favorites, but I have never understood the propensity to bash another actor while in the process. Burton is a strong strong actor who can convey emotions without chewing up all the scenery. You can love Howarth, Miller and Burton at the same time—one does not negate the other.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry; no one mentioned Steve Burton here. They mentioned “Jason/Stone Cold.”

And, why is it you have no such indignation when “someone” bashes the female character/actress I shall not name. So much worse than whatever it is you think you saw in these few posts.

Timmm
Timmm

Steve is playing A ROLE!

brian
brian

big thanks to rebecca1 and timmm

i felt quite bashed by and very misunderstood by harry’s take on my post. it is 100% character driven, as it would be nice see franko and drew become friends since jason will never give forgiveness to franko, and hope that the abuse that franko took to protect drew creates a bond, that may even allow sam to at least offer understanding of what drove franko during his attack on her.

my post was not about the actors in these roles at all. i do not know any of the actors personally, and to make such comments about any actors personal life’s, would be slanderous ! i guess thou, many people do do this, and we now life in a world sadly driven by social media. i always, respectfully keep my comments to story line, and would never attack an actor for a role they are playing.

Harry
Harry

Brian, I am sorry. I didn’t mean you but was thinking of the fans out there who are bashing Burton on social media out of misguided loyalty to Miller.
I guess the placement of my comment looked like I was addressing you. I basically went off-topic which I tend to do too much.

rebecca1
rebecca1

You’re welcome, Brian. Harry might have jumped the gun; if he sees this he’ll probably tell you so.

I agree with all you’ve written. I, too, would love to see Franco and Drew bond. They’ve already started to. I hope the writers don’t go backward on this though I don’t know how or why they would. Their childhood history and subsequent discovery of it should create a lifetime friendship (and they are cousins, to boot!)

Best… 🙂

Harry
Harry

Oh hell, is Michael Fairman TRYING to torture me? (just kidding, Fairman, I know you’re a busy, busy man and please know, I love ya).
But my response and apology to Brian is still not showing up. Brian, I am so sorry. It really did look like I was attacking you for nothing. I hate to look like Alibi Ike, but the truth is I sometimes comment on this forum while walking my slightly hysterical lab using my I Phone. Even on a good day, I am a Luddite, but me trying to multi task on a cell phone is like an ant trying to move that rubber tree plant. Here’s what happened–as I was walking my dog looking at my phone’s alerts, I thought I was in on a conversation pertaining to how cruel soap fans can be to Burton and Miller on Twitter. The following conversation occurred on a prior Fairman blog about Billy Miller contributing to a charity for child abuse. That is what I thought I was responding to.
Again, I am sorry. Now I am going to attempt to move that rubber tree plant.

brian
brian

Thanks Harry. All is good, Let’s continue to enjoy our soap GH !

Mary
Mary

It was so realistic that in several moments I forgot it was a soap opera and had to snap back to reality. I think I cried through the entire show because I had more used tissues in my hand than I had clean ones in the box.

Sophie
Sophie

Due to GH’s horrible pacing it took forever to get to the meat of the story but the culmination has been truly engrossing TV. Roger’s performance was spellbinding & the best story GH has done in forever. Roger Howarth is one of the best in the business & he hit it out of the park. Becky Herbst & Jon Lindstrom have also been wonderful.
As far as redemption goes, IMO Franco has been redeemed in my eyes for a very long time. He is filled with remorse for his crimes, he’s actively sought help & he’s turned his life around. Give me a character like that over GH’s Mob thugs who never change, never feel remorse & literally reek of sanctimony & hypocrisy.

Paula Page
Paula Page

I completely agree.

Gwen
Gwen

You are absolutely right. Forget Drew and Jason. Drew and Franco should be like brothers. I wanted Drew with Sam but I think he can be happy without her.

Satan
Satan

No… no he didn’t.

Frodd redemption attempt #666. Failed like all the others. He still is a useless character who has no valid place on GH.

If the writers wanted to tell the story of an adult coming to terms with the reality of being abused as a child, they could have just as easily written the story for Drew – especially since it’s previously been reported that Billy Miller has been involved in some advocacy for such issues anyway.

And while Jim Harvey being a creepy pedo pervert isn’t exactly a shock, he’s also the same guy who wanted to rig a man made earth quake so he could pull off a Koch brothers inspired takeover of an entire neighborhood to turn it into a gas fracking wasteland??

Come on, they couldn’t write TWO sleazebags?? Because now with PedoJim dead, how are they going to get to the bottom of his planet destroying crimes??

Harry
Harry

Satan, I do agree. I think the story would have resonated more had Jim Harvey been a realistic pedophile. Pedophiles don’t generally do not cause earthquakes as the result of illegal fracking. Pedophiles, do not dress up as doctors so they can go in and kill off a patient in order to shut them up. Pedophiles do not kidnap mothers and children to use them as hostages.
Pedophiles blend in with society, they have an air of feigned normalcy around them–that’s what makes them so dangerous.
Turning Jim Harvey into an over-the-top unrealistic, cartoon-like villain diminishes this important and crucial real life issue.

Harry
Harry

excuse the double negatives, I am in a negative mood I guess.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Don’t be a NegaNelle, Harry. Spring is in the air-or will be by May I hope. xoxx

rebecca1
rebecca1

Disagree. Drew didn’t need redemption; Franco did. As much as you hate Franco, and that’s your choice, story-wise it made sense for this to be Franco’s story.

It doesn’t matter whether Roger should have been Franco from the beginning; it doesn’t matter if it was wrong of them to cast this part again. They did. And the character has been purposely changed since Roger took over.

“Franco” has shown over and over again since the tumor was removed that he is innately good. He’s done nothing criminal since then (unlike Sonny who DIDN’T have a tumor thus an excuse) and it’s Franco’s journey from criminal past, troubled past to salvation. (And I don’t mean that in a religious sense but in a self-sense; understanding WHY he did the things he did and learning to forgive himself so he can carry on a normal life.) We’ve only seen good in him since he returned: saving Carly from Heather, taking a bullet for her, loving and helping lil Jake, caring for Kiki, adoring Elizabeth, protecting Nina when in the relationship. And, now, we learn that as a child he was the “protector” too. Subjecting himself to abuse while saving his “brother” from the same fate. Great, soapy, poignant story. And as you guys know, I LOVE Franco!

Drew didn’t need an abuse background. He’s already been kidnapped, his identity stolen, didn’t know he was, became “Jake,” became “Jason” loved and at this point in time, lost and is a man, too, in search of himself. There was nothing in his behavior to indicate any childhood abuse and no need for that story to have been his.

As for Harvey, I don’t care if he was, in addition to being a pedophile, a criminal “land developer.” But, he DID pass as normal, Harry. Finding out he was shady doesn’t mean he couldn’t be a child molester. One doesn’t negate the other and obviously he’d gotten away with it all these years; even Ned thought he was on the up and up.

Worked for me.

chriss_inak
chriss_inak

It was a powerful set of scenes for sure. Roger is one of my favorite actors, and tho I could never understand why they brought him back as Franco (which story line with James Franco I despised) I began to enjoy the journey after he got hooked up with Nina. I hope we can move on now tho. Let Franco and Elizabeth move on to some other stories–Develop a relationship slowly with Drew (Franco needs friends). And give Roger an EMMY!!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Yes!

Mary SF
Mary SF

It took forever to get to the point of the story, but once there I was blown away by the drama and the performances. Although I thought Jim abused the boys I was surprised they went with sexual abuse– most soaps steer clear of it and doing one that focused on male child sexual abuse was another leap forward— it was realistic and sensitively portrayed– and Roger has a good shot at an Emmy next year and so does Greg–that last scene of his was so powerful—- Every time I am about to give up on GH they pull a rabbit out of their hat and give me a story line that reminds me why I love soaps

rebecca1
rebecca1

Great post, Mary SF.

Jimh
Jimh

He was fine but i still dont care much for Franco…and on GH if its not Nina its Sonnyville…

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

It would be truly sunny, if they found the dancing balloon woman another gig. There must be a used car dealer somewhere in P.C in need of someone of her caliber.

Timmm
Timmm

Thank you Michael Fairman. I was getting worried!

Roger has made me forget how much I hate Franco and love Roger Howarth! The tumor was one excuse but the abuse from Jim tells a whole different story of why Franco was Franco before the Franco we are now supposed to love!

Roger and Jon were great in their therapy sessions. I actually forgot I was watching a soap at times!

I only wish they could have found a way to keep Greg Evigan. What an actor and what a change for him to play an evil bastard! He was so good!

I just wish Drew wouldnt have shot Harvey and the three of them could have had their final scenes together, and THEN after Jim lunges after the two boys, Drew has to kill him.

Rodd
Rodd

This story is so uncomfortable but so relevant. Child sex abuse is getting a lot of attention (at least in my area) from the media and anything that will help people open up about it, educate themselves on how to help those involved or how to prevent this from ever happening to someone they know, then I say “Bravo!”

GH, Roger, Greg, Rebecca, Billy, Jon and the lady who’s playing Betsy, are all doing a great job! I sit and have a tough time watching this, but cannot deny the brilliant performances. They touched on so many aspects of this horrible topic. Hope they continue the good work because there are so many other beats to play out.

Harry
Harry

Ditzy (Betsy) got on my last nerve.
I hope now that is all over Ditzy goes back to her tree house where she can munch on granola and smoke grass all day.

Patrick
Patrick

I was so bothered by that – it’s not like she didn’t “know” that her adult sons were out of the “clutches” of the evil incarnate Jim Harvey, at that time

boffo. out of the gate. i’m attracted to Roger Howarth.. the actor.. his person i’m digging getting

thanks

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Timmm
Timmm

She seemed like a bad character out of a skit from SNL!

Shay
Shay

@Harry…..All because the showrunners wouldn’t spring for an appearance by the much missed Heather Webber who tells much better tall tales than Betsy ever could! Nothing ever got past GH’s all-knowing legacy nutjob, so you can bet Betsy’s sweet granola bars that Heather was long ago aware of Jim Harvey’s sick proclivities and probably made some money via his previous buisness schemes in return for her silence….that’s just the way she rolls!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

I hate her so. Was really hoping Franco was going to smother her with a pillow. We are way overdue for a sacrifice-and she will do-very nicely.
I lived with a Betsy family one summer. The mom was divorced with 5 kids and extremely overweight and not prettiest gal. She started dating a scout master-I believe that was his job-he was a higher up in scouts- whatever-he also had some money to wine and dine her and she ate it up on a spoon. She loved dining out and the attention and when he suggested they purchase a house together, she went right ahead. Geuss him wanting the master bedroom for himself and her youngest son didn’t ring any bells. All these details I am describing she told me herself, slowly over time. She never really accepted any responsibility or blame-and I think what bothered her most after his arrest-which was for some other victim outside her family- she missed the dining out and attention. I don’t think he ever served any real time for his molestations-and come on-scout leader! Scary. This was probably 35 years ago- a lot easier then to avoid detection and prosecution and no sex-offender registries. I felt some sympathy for the mom- but all her kids were way messed up and she could not see that and chose not to see how she invited the monster in and set up a home with him-albeit in her own seperate bedroom? Hello? Yeah, I don’t like Betsy and want her to suffer.

MB
MB

It’s “clear” that Roger gave a masterful performance? Clear? Really? I don’t think so and neither do plenty of other people. The guy couldn’t even muster a watery eye in Kevin’s office, let alone a tear. Not that you have to cry, but he sure looked like he was trying, lol!

Not only is there this constant narrative of Howarth the great actor but the one of whether you like the story, or really the character, you have to give Roger props, it has nothing to do with him. Guess what, a lot of people don’t like Franco because of Roger’s performance.

From the day he showed up with blonde hair, prancing around the Haunted Star and the Q mansion, his version of Franco has been a joke. His “style” of twitching, stuttering, blinking, snarking, chewing food, all these things that some manufacture a great actor narrative out of, is far from great acting (and it seems all the casting directors and producers in Hollywood agree) and has been totally inappropriate for the character and has undermined any attempt to redeem or accept him. So now he’s the victim of molestation; who wouldn’t feel sorry for him now? A lot of people.

Sheri
Sheri

While there may be “a lot of people who don’t like Franco because of Roger”, rest assured there are many more who DO like Franco BECAUSE of Roger.
James Franco played a dark, demented Franco who granted, had a brain tumor, but there was nothing about James that made me think there was any humor, compassion, love in him. His Franco was written as nonredeemable, and he had no intention of staying long enough on GH to flesh out the character. It’s obvious you didn’t care for the actor or the story, but don’t make the assumption that you are correct in your opinion. Everyone has an opinion.

MB
MB

Sheri, lol! Yes everyone has an opinion, I shouldn’t assume I am correct, but you state your opinion as fact. “rest assured there are many more who DO like Franco BECAUSE of Roger.” OK sure.

Yes, James Franco’s Franco was written nonredeemable and Roger’s Franco is on five years and story after story of redemption because he hasn’t been able to pull it off. The writing for his Franco, unlike the original, has been there for redemption, but Roger’s snarky schtick has undermined it at every turn. So now the writers have gone to the abused child who saved another child, who couldn’t be sympathetic with to that, even if you have to put up with all the embarrassing scenery chewing?

And no James Franco had no intention of staying around, he’s an in demand actor, he doesn’t need to rely on Frank Valentini for a steady paycheck.

Timmm
Timmm

I think most people like or respect Roger’s talent as an actor. The character of Franco should have stayed dead! Roger should have been brought on as a Quartermaine from day one. Not Jason or AJ, a lost Q! Matter of fact, they should kill off Franco and bring Roger back as a totally different character. Everyone wins!

Shay
Shay

@Sheri…And there are also many people who don’t like Franco simply because of Franco! This was a repulsive character, period! Trying to reinvent him as a warm and fuzzy misunderstood jokester with a good heart (ala RoHo) who was driven to perpetrating his hideous crimewave because of a brain tumor, child molestation, global warming, whatever, still doesn’t excuse or negate the fact that it actually happened, and numerous victims were traumatized by his heinous actions. All the revisionist history in the world cannot change that…especially for those of us who originally witnessed it and were appalled by the sick, twisted nature of his behavior as portrayed by James Franco.

Boes
Boes

Well said.

Patrick
Patrick

THIS

is important : “… his version of Franco has been a joke. His “style” of twitching, stuttering, blinking, snarking, chewing food, all these things that some manufacture a great actor narrative out of ”

PLUS : all the leeway given HIM from Frank Valentini…. ALL THE LEEWAY allotted a pet… Frank Valentini agenda… and PROPPED like no other

ENOUGH of this crapola

tell me the subject matter is important… another “prop” used to sidebar Frank and Roger agenda. give significance to and the rest will follow

SICK of the agenda … Roger Howarth, Michael Easton, Chad Duell, Steve Burton, being led by Laura Wright and Maurice Benard, Wes Ramsey. CRAP . stink on shit

this is NO Bravo Performance. HOW THEY ( GH Writers ) culminated and THINK they’ve ended the story and brought closure… is roger going to get it ? is roger redemptive.

expletive… in your face Frank Valentini… your agenda is noted

you think you have so many zingers going… all in the direct affect of your dullard

Patrick
Patrick

Michael Easton : March 13, 2012

Roger Howarth: May 29, 2013 ( as Franco )

FRANK VELENTINI : what is the effin problem with you ?

YOU : are the problem laying waste to GH.

these two have been ON – and – ON for OVER 5 years.

can you imagine if this was a vet and or a long tenured employee.. think Tyler Christopher… and you couldn’t cut it

you waste so much time.. in two forgettable characters . they mean nothing to the canvas.

you feature the dullest couples.. because you think they look good together

you need to be fired

Timmm
Timmm

Thats it Patrick, Frank has made this his show! If you read next weeks spoilers, 3/4 of the actors in the spoilers are from Frank’s stable! It sucks!

Shay
Shay

@Patrick….Add to that nearly four years and counting—-May 1, 2014—of Michelle Stafford’s Nina…another grand soap get gone awry, propped by countless characters old and new and still possessing no discernible purpose on the GH canvas but to chew scenery and take the spotlight from other more deserving characters!

rebecca1
rebecca1

MB

You’re completely “angry” when you speak about Franco/Roger. Not just on this page but the other. Clearly, the character and the actor isn’t working for you.

No one can say “most” like or dislike. But I’ll tell you, as Sheri told you, that MANY of us love Roger, the way he’s made the role of Franco his own and “Franco” as he is now portrayed.

He’s not being “propped!” It’s ridiculous already. They gave Franco a backstory. It was needed since he wasn’t going to be an occasional crazy ala Helena or Faison coming around to terrorize people. Yes, that’s what he was SUPPOSED to be when they cast James Franco and the character was only written for an arc. But that changed. As a viewer, we go with the changes because we’re not writing the story. The story is Franco acted as he did because the tumor controlled impulse, morality and behavior. It was removed; thus we get the REAL Franco, the boy that saved his “brother”, the boy that was so capable of love and the need to protect that he sacrificed himself to save “Andrew.” That fits in perfectly with who Franco’s been since he had the tumor removed. Troubled? Yes. Confused? Yes. Defensive? Yes. Now that he’s unraveled his past he’ll hopefully be able to be the man that the little boy would have become if he hadn’t had the tumor or the abuse.

You can buy it or not. We all decide whether a story/character is working for us or not. But to those of us who are loving it and Roger’s portrayal, it’s a great story, we love the character, we love Franco and Liz and we’re loving Franco and Drew.

You can rage about it but it’s not going to change the facts.

Harry
Harry

Rebecca:

I feel like I am always picking on you but please know it comes from a place of unconditional acceptance. I mean, I am really comfortable picking on you! How is that for a back handed compliment?
I just wanted to say that I think I am following MB on Twitter and from what I have seen, he/she is a really good person. MB is an animal rescuer and is constantly trying to rescue mistreated dogs and cats. I don’t share his/her disdain for Roger as Franco anymore than I share my dear friends’ unmitigated love for this man/character. Honestly, I don’t get either side. Mostly, I feel nothing but apathy for the Franco character. I don’t think anyone can argue the fact that it was a huge mistake to make Howarth this character. After all, Franco is the end result of James Franco’s mental masturbation. I don’t mean to be vulgar but that pretty much sums it up–Franco was never meant to be a permanent character and giving Howarth this role was a passive-aggressive response on the part of the EP’s in regard to the whole Prospect Park mess. I just don’t see how any one can quibble with what I just stated as this is the truth of the matter. The end result of what I just stated was five years of damage control writing, five years of redemptive story lines and five years of history revisionism and viewers suffered because of it. I do think it cost GH viewers as the ratings plunged in accordance with the aforementioned damage control writing.
That said, I am ready to let go of this whole Franco mess. Roger really did an amazing job pulling it together near the end of this story arc and the damage control writing really tied it up ever so neatly.
So I am ready to move on.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry; I think you and I have a love/hate relationship! LOL! (you know I never “hate” you; you just get on my last nerve!!!!) hahahahhaah…I’m cracking myself up over here. My beautiful lil girl cat woke me up at 4am and I wasn’t able to fall back to sleep. Delirium has set in…

I have nothing against MB. Don’t know why you felt a need to defend him/her. However, several messages regarding Franco expressed is a bit…:

See MB’s first sentence way above this thread:

“t’s “clear” that Roger gave a masterful performance? Clear? Really? I don’t think so and neither do plenty of other people”….

It’s anger like that that I was reacting to. I think all viewers have strong opinions of characters; can’t help it when you get so hooked in. And you know that I certainly get that!

But I told you once before when someone else stated about a character (not sure which one) “the character isn’t working for us” or “the character is a fail and isn’t working” that I think we should add a “for me” or “for many.” I think when we defend our opinions on such we need to know it may not be working for you or “others” but not to imply that it’s an across-the board-feeling. Then YOU felt the need, once again, to tell me it’s implied. I don’t think so. I think some feel that a character is universally (within the soap world) disliked and if a viewer defends a character than he/she is the odd man out. It’s just all so subjective…

On another note, you also felt the need (!!!! what’s UP with you and me!!! you were so “defensive” when I disagreed with you on, LOL, MANY topics and instead of debating me or reiterating/explaining your opinion you jumped at me and said, “I don’t take my soaps as seriously as you…blah, blah, blah, “I just watch to escape” (something like that) I was like, (so Valley Girl of me) but I was like, “Wha?????” WHAT is he tawkin’ bout!” You go off on your opinion all the time and take people to task on certain things. So, still waiting for that apology. But I digress…

Regarding your other post to me, I do think there is more Drew bashing from Jason fans; you said you thought it both sides. From what I’ve seen Billy Miller has taken the biggest hit. Even you have called him “dough boy.” (By the way, I think he’s lost weight and I wouldn’t mind being his rolling pin. So crude but oh-so clever, yes?) Ahem. Point is there’s a lot of, shall we say, aggression coming out of the diehard “JaSam” choir.

I like Jason AND Drew; sing both their praises.

Now go bark at someone else! 😉

Mister Media
Mister Media

Bravo to Roger Howarth and Billy Miller for their performances. Now that Franco has learned this horrible secret it would be amazing to see him reach out to Michael Corinthos, whose prison rape he arranged when he had a brain tumor. It would be nearly hypocritical if he did not, but most of all, if written well it could be an amazing series of scenes – a victim of sexual abuse reaching out to someone whose own sexual abuse he was responsible for. Come on GH, do it! Long live GH!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Mister Media…It was established a long time ago that Franco didn’t arrange Michael’s rape. He instructed that freak prisoner to scare Michael ax a means to hurt Jason, since he knew how close Jason and Michael were. But he never told the guy to rape him. Unfortunately setting that guy on Michael resulted in that heinous act even though that wasn’t Franco’s intention.

Mister Media
Mister Media

Thanks for the clarification. I still hear some characters mention this among Franco’s transgressions, but perhaps they don’t know the whole story. I think there’s still enough of a connection between the two events to merit a scene or two.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

You’re welcome. I think some viewers literally don’t know while some still insist he ordered the rape. Others refuse to believe his tumor caused his anti-social, violent tendencies. It’s been established several times that the location of the tumor was on the part of the brain that controls behavior, morality, etc. When Franco doubted himself the othe day in Kevin’s office Kevin explained it to him again. Only way they could really redeem the character. I think they did a great job and I agree with you. Kudos to Roger. He’s been fantastic in depicting a broken man. Billy, too, as you said, has done a great job

I think it would be great if Franco reaches out go Michael at some point. Not sure how receptive he’d be since Sonny, Carly and Jason will probably hold on to their hatred for him.

Harry
Harry

Rebecca, sorry to quibble with you, but yes, Franco (then played by James Franco) did in fact orchestrate the rape of young, virginal Michael. If not for Franco, it would never have happened. Please, let us not allow the fans to rewrite history–it’s bad enough the writers are doing so.

Satan
Satan

And right there is the first (among many reasons) reason that I cannot stand Frodd, and the propping of this useless character..

The convenient DVDs and/or brain tumor supposedly absolving him of all of his previous sins.

I’m the Devil. I literally have millions of people down here in Hell who have used every excuse imaginable to justify the sins they have committed. Most of them are more creative than brain tumors and DVDs which suddenly materialized out of nowhere, but they don’t work.Those folks are still in Hell, because they’re still guilty of what they did.

Franco was very much behind the prison rape of Michael. And while it was never explicitly said on the show, he probably was also behind bribing the sleazy judge who sent Michael to prison on a bogus charge in the first place. What would be the point of arranging for a convict to rape somebody, if you didn’t have a guarantee that the victim would be incarcerated at all?

Michael was completely justified in bashing Claudia’s skull in when she was trying to kill his mother and steal his newborn baby sister. No sane judge would have ever convicted him for doing so, but a bribed judge probably would. The fact that the same judge was dating Michael’s grandmother Monica made the whole thing even more sickening, but that’s beside the point.

About the only crime of Franco’s that was ever ambiguous was whether or not he actually raped Sam when she was on her honeymoon with Jason. We never actually saw that happen, though the scene was deliberately set to make Jason think so, and Sam (being drugged) could never be sure either way. But it was still kidnapping and assault (grabbing a naked woman in the shower and drugging her) even if no actual rape occurred. No DVD and no brain tumor is going to keep Frodd out of Hell, that I can guarantee you.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry and Sat… First: Harry. I replied to you but it “didn’t make the cut” so please read my reply to Satan: First, LOL, since you refuse to drop your alter personality (are you really Abigail? DOOL? Ring a bell?) I digress… It amazes me when a viewer refuses to go along with the “truth” in a story. We can judge each other; we don’t have to believe what “real” people say or the excuses they give, but we’re watching a fictional character created by the writers who have now given Franco a backstory. It truly doesn’t matter what you THINK he did when he was played by James Franco. “Franco”, at that time, was meant to be a contained story arc. We all knew they were going to redeem the character once he was being played by Roger, or Roger wouldn’t have an ongoing role! Putting that aside, unless you can point to dialogue or a youtube video, something, anything, where we hear Franco order Michael’s rape, then all it was at the time was speculation. Franco (then) was a lunatic. A creative, murderous, genius. A twisted soul who was obsessed with Jason and baited him with mind games. If he wanted to rape Sam he would have; could have. He didn’t. It was purposely filmed in such a way that you could see Franco relishing the thought of how this would torture Jason. He was interested in filming it just right; staging it. He set it up to look like he raped her and got the response he was hoping for. The writers don’t even have to change history for that; it always seemed like he staged it. As for Michael? Again, you’re speculating. We never heard any “order.” And when Roger took over the role the first thing he did as “Franco” was explain with his “show and tell” dvd’s that he ordered the prisoner to protect Michael from other prisoners. Is that credible? Perhaps. Maybe now that we know Franco was molested as a child his subliminal kicked in instinctively and he didn’t want a teenage boy assaulted in that way. Or, maybe he wanted to keep Michael around to use against Jason and he couldn’t do that if Michael was destroyed emotionally. Now, to play “devil’s” advocate, let’s say you’re right. Let’s say the writers did have Franco order the rape. The point is, obviously, we go where the writers take us. It doesn’t matter what they implied years ago; they’ve now (as in since Roger took over the role) made it clear Franco DID NOT have Michael raped. So, are we going to argue with the writers who created a fictional character? In the story, as it stands, Franco didn’t order the rape. So when people say, “how can Liz let a rapist be around her boys, how can Liz (who was raped) be in love with Franco, how can Liz, be with someone who… She can, because in the story as it stands… Read more »

Harry
Harry

Rebecca, what I resent is being told we didn’t see what we saw. I do not like being told that what we experienced as viewers did not in fact, happen.
We know Franco orchestrated the rape of 18 year old Michael, who was a virgin at the time. I remember being disgusted and disturbed by this very dark turn of events. Later, damage control writing merges with history revisionism in an effort to give Franco a character make over. That’s what I resent.
Yes, Carly jerked backwards in the heat of the moment–AJ did not push her. Carly told everyone at the time that AJ pushed her and viewers knew that was not the case. Carly still maintains this. But that was not a case of history revisionism– that was a case of two different perceptions of reality.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry? Really? You think Carly had a different “perception” of reality. Since you say you don’t like being told what we didn’t see, you can clearly see that Carly jerked her arm away from AJ and fell backward. There is no difference in perception. Someone grabbing another’s arm is not the same as “pushing” which is what she keeps saying he did. I literally looked at the scene on youube very recently.

I’ll repeat what I said above; please refer me to the scene where we were told definitely that Franco (played by James Franco) ordered the rape. I don’t believe there is one. What I do remember is the prisoner who DID commit the rape say, “Franco says hello.” That came out of the rapists mouth. Still, no proof why Franco sent him there. All we do know is what Franco as Roger said and showed on the DVD. Was there one when it was played by James? Did the writers alter it/history? Seems to me they had leeway and they went with it. So, as it stands today, Franco didn’t order the rape.

As I also said, even if that’s how it stands in the current incarnation, if you can point me to a video of the show at that time where we hear Franco ordering it, well then, there it is. I’m open to it if you point me there.

Steve
Steve

No matter how good Roger’s performance ever is, there’s no redemption story for this character that possibly interests me.

Jenn
Jenn

Okay Steve.

Boes
Boes

Exactly.

Patrick
Patrick

it wasn’t a good performance.

WHY did he not finish off with Jim Harvey @the hospital parking lot ?

the drawn out affect… RH Franco WIMPED OUT.

I thoroughly enjoyed Greg Evigan performance. well done.

his stammering keeping his thoughts to himself because he didn’t trust Liz. OKEY DOKEY give me an effin break

it’s almost like NOW their is this haled aura of OKEY DOKEY it’s in the bag… BS

DAG collect my paycheck and mind the blinders and go along. it’s just a job

mUCK the writing.. and the EP value

Patrick
Patrick

it’s almost like NOW their is this haled aura

it’s almost like NOW their is this Haloed auro

halo and charm this nut cause he’s in the whole … arena of doesn’t give a damn

rebecca1
rebecca1

He didn’t want to just blow Harvey away in the parking lot. He wanted a written confession on all the other children he’d abused and he wanted the satifsfacton of looking him in the face and telling him he knew what he’d done to him; he wanted the satisfaction of telling Harvey he was going to kill him for it.

As for not trusting Liz, I would assume it’s not easy to blurt out that you just found out you were sexually molested over and over again as a child. The way he finally told her at the end, in the hospital scene, was, for me, beautiful.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Mister Media (lol; so funny when we address each other by some of these “creative” names!)

I want to correct something I told you. I originally recalled Franco sent in the prisoner to “scare” Michael (but not to rape him). I now recall what I explained to Harry, that Franco (as Roger) had a DVD which he showed to the Quartermaine’s that proved he didn’t order the rape, but rather sent the prisoner to protect Michael. The prisoner then went and did what he did. Either way, the writers have exonerated Franco from the rape although many were led to believe that he ordered it. (Just wanted to be consistent in my answer.

Shay
Shay

Amen, Steve!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Long time no word from you, dear. I know it has been hard to get on here, but climb every mountain, ford every stream-post your thoughts and feelings, then we’ll have ice cream!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Serious abandonment issues, Missy! Loved Mama’s family when it was on Carol Burnett show and Mama was way more mean and spiteful. My mother hated when these came on- I loved it and knew it was her mother and a bit of her as well- even at my tender age. Mommie Dearest. RIP.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Perhaps Peter August is not Faison’s son-but believes he is? I mean they twist and change things so much it would not surprise me if Faison’s other son is still unknown to us.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Just read your shout out to Heather Webber. Cancel the nurses ball and let her escape and I would be delighted. Or let her crash it and really have a ball. Who did Steven Lars murder and why? Isn’t he due for a parole-it has been several years-perhaps he has a brain tumor as well-he is Franco’s half-brother. Give Heather a tumor and free her-I miss her. Also miss Kathleen Gati and have the feeling we will not be seeing her at the ball, either. Also Madelyn-Donna Mills-she won an Emmy for her last short stint-does she not deserve another visit to Port Charles?

megan
megan

Great analysis of the scenes, I completely agree with Fairman’s assessment, Howarth deserves the power performance this week though Billy Miller was terrific also, subtle yet powerful. There are those fans who will never like the Franco character or accept any attempt at his redemption, and I think that is fine. At this stage he needs no redemption, the show should move on from his past. RoHo has proven his place on the show, this week again he showed why he is one of the best actors in the business, and for every fan that doesn’t like his character, many more do. Franco is popular, Friz is popular, RoHo is going nowhere. I am thrilled for that because of these kinds of powerful performances. RoHo makes you believe he is experiencing the story, not just acting it. And I love the possibilities of a friendship with Drew, they have fantastic chemistry.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Excellent post, megan! I agree with every word you wrote (so much so that if your name wasn’t attached to it I’d think it was mine! 😉 )

megan
megan

Thanks! I was very moved by those scenes, and I think more and more of us are happy to see a Franco now freed to move on to new story, and from his past—or at least not tethered to it over and over.

Patrick
Patrick

^^^ I completely agree… ( which surprised me ) how the truth was finally understood by Liz. as the scene fades with Liz head on his lap and we see Drew . cut

I hope the “brotherhood” is not drawn out… if Franco got his backbone out of this. all the better. just some new direction already. I don’t think “Jason” will be running a trio with Drew or Franco. GH needs that divisive dynamic

su0000
su0000

BRAVO BRAVO !!!
Roger, you are phenomenal da`man, , great performance! great portrayal !

lol poor Franco 🙁
OK- I see the haters as cud-chewers LOL
the cow regurgitates previously consumed food and masticates it a second time. Franco hate, it’s literally chewing on the same thing over and over again.
Luckily for the cow, the food is digested at some point (but Franco haters keep puking it up and pushing the hate then puking it up again, never-ending chewing of the cud..
—- said with love 🙂

Some have need to talk about their hate of Franco at the mention of him, and by doing so then they are stuck and are a Ruminator. lol
((Ruminators have a problem with moving on ((and can’t stop talking hate about poor Franco. )) hate-mongering (for poor Franco.)
Anyways;
Franco is the the best-est one !!
A unique strong sweet man, a man that during the past 5? years has fought his demons to find his true self.
A character I want to hug .. Love Franco !!

Roll on Franco & Drew !!

rebecca1
rebecca1

agree completely, su0000! well said!

Jenn
Jenn

This was the reason to watch GH the last two weeks! Bravo to all the actors for doing such an amazing job with a sensitive subject. I hooe we get more Billy & Roger scenes. They’re gold!

Maria
Maria

Roger gave a powerful and heartbreaking performance as he recounted the abuse. When he said he would go to bed at night, closing his eyes and try so hard to disappear and then remember he couldn’t. Just broke my heart. How many children are facing those same devils night after night. His description of how Uncle Jim would pat the bed twice just about did me in.

Whether or not you like Franco, Roger is a powerful actor who always delivers.

Kudos to Billy Miller, Becky Herbst and Jon Lindstrom for their strong performances too.

k/kay
k/kay

Sorry if you are talking about this week as much as I absolutely hate the destruction of Jt on Y&R nobody brought it better then those two and I tell you bless their hearts to know that they are going thru rough times off camera they were just awesome professionals on screen it was indeed tough for me to watch I know MY had his reasons but still sad I adored JT and his romance with Colleen but it was a story that needed to be told three of my sisters and my mom know abuse and it is very sad.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

It is a story that needs to be told-again and again and it is sad. I agree Y&R totally knocked it out of the park-all involved-writing, acting. etc.

Shay
Shay

No abandonment intended, my dear Ms. DeMarco…Seems my ”climbing and fording” attempts failed to reach your inbox…No matter, I shall continue to endeavor, especially with the promise of ice cream…by the way, I prefer gelato these days…how about you???? But seriously, I’m sorry Eunice’s familial ordeals didn’t make for happy viewing in your household. My own mother adored the inspired insanity of Carol’s crazy characters….for us, watching them was nothing less than an hilarious bonding experience! As for our mutually-beloved Anna, there has been some talk that her “son” may not be the actual fruit of Faison’s loins but sprung from those of her ensuite showerman, Scorpio! Given I simply don’t like Peter, Peter Shakespeare Reader no matter his paternity, I certainly hope that twist is not forthcoming…having him ultimately revealed as the “Faux Heinrik” would be much preferable.

Shay
Shay

Glad you caught the Heather-mention, Phyllis! Personally, any storyline which puts her legendary badness back on the mean streets of Port Charles is okay by me, but if the showrunners insist upon presenting the moldy old NB once again, then Dr. O. should forcibly hijack the event and present a one-woman show…All Dr. O—-All the time! It would be epic…a true showcase of Kathleen Gati’s immense talents! And yes, her sis Magda needs a return engagement, as well, That “Swiss Sib” duo was inspired madness…so many superb possibilities for high-camp drama!!!! Oh, and Britt should be included the mix, too…Westbourne Women Rule!

Celia
Celia

JT’s angst and hate has always been directed toward Victor because of Colleen….you are soooo right, Kay. I will go as far as to say that he did not work for Paul and Cricket in the name of justice. It was in the name of Colleen—-he was driven by revenge.
And, inasmuch as JT professed his love for Victoria, and convinced himself of said love, subconsciously, he ‘loved’ and used Victoria to get to Victor, as I said from the onset.
Perhaps his vendetta for Victor brought about his change in demeanor …….something so turbulent does fester, psychologically, in one’s mind and emotions…..he became a violent, wife-beater ….I guess he never got over Colleen.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Actually, this show has been most excellent and highly entertaining and suspense and humor and-really loving it and think all concerned-actors, writers-everyone-has and is doing a great job and I want to acknowledge and thank them. Have a great weekend, Celia!

Celia
Celia

@Phyllis.
Oh, yes, Ms DeMarco…..most definitely!!!!! Y&R’s stories are relevant, poignant and real…
The presentation has been excellent, albeit Phyllis’ amateur sleuthing was sort of ridiculous.
The ‘dumping’ of JT’s body idea was soooo not-thought-through. I wonder if the writers are trying to make dummies out of women.
It was self-defense, with witnesses…..Nevertheless, I do believe JT is alive. Reed will find him and kill him ‘again’ when JT tries to kill Victoria.
Thank you, Phyllis…..enjoy your weekend, as well. Smiles, my friend.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Hello, dear. I always wondered if Victor had diddled the lady doc- the one scene where they were dressing, I believe-I at first thought perhaps it was after a physical exam. Mmmhmm. I love the surprises! I always liked Crackerjacks-but more often than not, bitterly disappointed in the toy surprise. Did you get my baguette pizza recipe-it really is delish.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

If you can get ahold of I want to Live with Susan Hayward- I believe she won an oscar for her performance-love it. Also Bette Davis in The Star and Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

From the other page- Kelly was Stitch’s sister- Meredith Baxter their mom and Max-his evil spawn son. They still have not replaced the GCAC manager since Kelly left. I did apply for the job and never heard back. Gloria would be excellent at that job-and with convenient access to guest rooms would surely please many a weary travelin’ man. I don’t see my baguette recipe. French or Sourdough- love the ones from Trader Joe’s and they freeze great, too! Brown lean ground beef-add garlic, onions, peppers, mushrooms-whatever you like add jar of pasta sauce-you want a thick chunky consistency -salt pepper basil oregano a little thyme good too. heat that through well spoon onto baguettes sliced in half on baking sheet top with shredded Mozzarella or Italian blend -more cheese is always better bake about 10 mins-not too long keep eye on it finish under broiler quickly to get a good melt on cheese cut serve with tossed salad. Excellent. Quick, Easy.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Barbara Graham was the name of the woman Susan Hayward portrayed in “I Want to Live” -finally remembered it. Based on a true story, although many say that Hayward’s version of “Bloody Babs”-as the press referred to her at the time-was a kinder, gentler Babs, perhaps not even really involved in the actual murder-when in truth, Babs was a sociopathic daughter of a prostitute, who turned to drugs and prostitution herself. Read the Wikipedia on her- soap-tour-de-force. Babs and her accomplices-who were also executed-Babs knocked on Mabel Monihan’s door to gain entry in order to rob her. Babs took a turn at pistol-whipping Mabel herself. Love Babs to visit Port Charles.

Quinn
Quinn

Just give the Emmy to Roger Howarth. Seriously.
Also, bravo to all the actors in this story who were simply brilliant. Billy Miller, Greg Evigan, Rebecca Herbst, Jon Lindstrom and Deborah Strang.
I appreciated the longer scenes (6 minutes!) during the Harvey & Franco confrontation instead of the usual choppy 45 seconds scenes on GH. It reminds me of soaps from 25 years ago.

I think one of the screencaps was taken by Jenn.

Boes
Boes

Oh please. Show will sink to any level, any at all, to make this character relevant, use anything at all to explain away how repellent Franco is, always was and always will be.

Bull fark on this latest pathetic and offensive attempt.

rpm
rpm

While he is always good the gh favortism reeks yet again my fave is days but the perfornance of the week goes to Amelia Heinle on young and restless and major shout to Sharon Case MST and is Tognoni finally becoming Phyliss friday young and the restless was flawless

KAROL MAHLE
KAROL MAHLE

I LOVED IT, HE DID A WONDERFUL JOB.

JK
JK

ROGER HOWARTH WAS TERRIFIC!!!!!!!!!! WHETHER YOU LIKE THE STORYLINE OR NOT, HE IS ONE HELL OF AN ACTOR!!!!!!

Kevin
Kevin

I am amused reading the above posts.

I think the writing team created great material to flesh out a once one dimensional baddie. They have provided insight and layers to the character while shedding light on a sad social issue. The actors involved ALL have done a fantastic job bringing the story to life.

None was more vested than Roger Howarth – kudos! Regardless the complaints of others, I believe the Franco character’s redemption can be accomplished despite any humorous shtick or interesting quirky traits he brings to the role.

Not everyone has to agree. But the writers also don’t have all the GH characters in agreement about Franco’s redemption, either. And that, I think, keeps life and the storyline interesting. This microcosm of postings is proof of that – THANKS GH!

rebecca1
rebecca1

great post, Kevin.

JK
JK

WELL SAID!!

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

Terrific heartfelt performances from all involved here. While aspects of the storyline were disjointed, there is no denying there were some very moving performances.
I’d like to see Franco take a step back before he moves back in with Liz & family. Drew and Franco are the best couple on the show, love to see them bonding while healing.
Unless I missed it, was there any type of public service announcement, preferably with Roger with where those in that situation can go for help? If they did not, that would be a big miss (in my opinion).

rose
rose

I have never liked the Franco character, especially James Franco’s version. They are mostly all ugly stories, and I still can’t see him with Liz. But I have to give credit to Roger for doing a great job along with Greg Evigan to what I hope raps up the abused child story. Now let’s get back to good old fashioned soaps with love and adventure in the afternoon if ABC and GH even knows how to do this anymore.

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

Gh would probably make a bit of a comeback if they return to form Action Love and adventure. The stakes were so high back then and the need to find out the next piece of a puzzle kept u tuning in Day after day.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Rose, do you mean stories of domestic violence, children and parents against each other, mental issues, families tearing each other apart, murder and mayhem, bringing people back from the dead, etc.,etc. If its love and adventure you want, without the above, you’ll never find it on a soap opera, and never on one I’ve ever seen in over sixty years. I remember the shows of only 15 minutes with stuff to make your blood run cold. I guess I missed the wished for shows, you are speaking of.
I do agree with Roger and Greg’s performance. Roger is amazing, as always, never lets the fans down. I could not believe G.E’s acting in this role, after seeing him years ago, with his buddy “bear”.

rose
rose

Hi Violet…You have a really good point about soaps not always being love and adventure. I wasn’t a daily viewer of OLTL but didn’t Erica have to battle her mental problem of good Vicky and alter ego bad Vicky? And wasn’t there a really bad dude as part of the mix? And guns being used in all soaps currently to solve problems. Except for so called mob boss Sonny, why? The rest aren’t criminals. Not very responsible in lieu of what’s been happening in real life.

But GH has been my soap of choice over the years, and at least when there were the issues you mentioned they didn’t seem so heavy, and at times could have a sense of humor in them. Especially if Lucy was involved. And it’s not just the wished for shows I’m speaking of or missing…there’s plenty in real life that fall into the same categories.

But lately GH is layered with not just one, or two, or three “serious,” downer stories, but several all at once, and not with the tone of earlier years GH.

Waiting for happier writing.

Shay
Shay

So then, we have Rose and Violet present and accounted for….where the heck are Hyacinth and Daisy???? Surely they cannot be far behind…perhaps they are delayed by some outlandish escapade they’ve fallen into with Richard and Onslow?

rose
rose

Hi Shay…Guess you lost me on all of the names. Who are they ? Have been thinking of you re: things British. I’ve been watching “Suits” since the beginning. Now they are writing Meghan off the show as she heads off to her new “adventure.” I know, I know, not the adventure you like. The Queen had her 92nd birthday this weekend. I mentioned in another post…it was coincidental (to me) that it was the same day of Barbara Bush’s funeral. Two women who seemed to have things in common, and dare I say it…about the same age. And Kate had a baby boy today. Now we have to wait for his name. Beautiful day here for a change. 🙂

Shay
Shay

@Rose…Hello again! I was referring to the beloved Britcom called “Keeping Up Appearances,” which I thought had been run to death on every PBS station in this country over the past few decades. It featured a social climbing woman named Hyacinth Bucket (which she pronounced as “bouquet” because she thought it sounded more “upper crust!”…) and her decidedly peculiar family which featured three sisters, all of whom had floral-based monikers. Dame Patricia Routledge, who is the wonderful actress who also portrayed “Hetty Wainthropp” in a mystery program that featured on PBS some time back, as well, portrayed the lead character and she played the snooty matron to the hilt. It was just a fun, harmless series in which hilarity often ensued as Hyacinth’s schemes for social superiority always went horribly awry. Check it out…the supporting cast is superb, too! As for the Duchess of Cambridge, well done!…May she continue to prodigiously reproduce so as to push the hopeless Hazza further down the pecking order to the throne…However, how she manages to don stilettos, walk out the front doors and down the front stairs of the Lindo Wing with newborn firmly in hand just hours after its delivery is beyond me…I give her props just for that feat alone! And yes, it will be interesting to find out what the latest royal tot is named…would like to see “Phillip” included in the mix, because I get a kick out of that old rascal, the Duke of Edinburgh, just as I do with numerous other no-nonsense types that comprise the “Greatest Generation.’ It’s sad to see so many of them leaving us, and that includes the former first lady…I always applauded her literacy efforts that her equally impressive daughter-in-law continued, and I supported both Presidents Bush 41 and 43 back in the day, but if I am to be honest, just as with Her Majesty, I was left extremely disappointed over some of the more recent comments and actions attributed to each of these women for whom I once harbored the utmost of admiration. Out of respect, I won’t expound further, let’s just say that where I could once trust my elders to uphold certain standards and historical traditions found in both American and British society, I am increasingly finding that to be a thing of the past. If you cannot look to distinguished individuals such as these to put their foot down regarding such matters, then who, I ask??? Anyway, Rose, do look into “Keeping Up Appearances,” along with “One Foot in the Grave” and “The Thin Blue Line.” All are prime examples of wickedly witty humor based upon the most absurd situations one could possibly imagine taking place “across the pond!” (Or not….) Take care!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

For anyone following the Alzheimer’s storylines on GH or Y&R- highly recommend watching 60 minutes that aired 4/22. It chronicles a married couple-the wife has the illness and they have gone back every year for like 10 years I believe and it is utterly heart-wrenching and brings to light many issues that need to be discussed with family members. Check the CBS website to view the story- and grab the tissues.

rose
rose

Hi PhyllisFD…I missed the 60 Minutes story, but will try to see a replay of it. However I did see a followup up to it on CBS Morning today where they showed clips from 60 M, and the doctor was interviewed.
You are so right…heart-wrenching amongst other things.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Hello Rose, PhyllisFD reminds me of Mayberry RFD, which is where I think I truly belong. You should be able to see a replay of the entire story on the website and it is free. Yes it is heart-wrenching-both the stories on Y&R and GH are, and have brought me to tears. But this on 60 minutes a real-life story-he used to be NYPD- brought to his knees. Let me know if you see it and what you think. Thanks, Rose.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Rose; perhaps you shouldn’t tune in. Haven’t you been saying you are kinda full of heavy stories. I would think a real life one would be even more difficult to watch. Why tune in? Check out Will & Grace instead; so much happier!

rose
rose

PhyllisFD (I like your Mayberry reference) & Rebecca1…I’ve lived in Toronto “the good” off and on so what happened yesterday with the white van has made me rethnk reviewing the 60 Minutes alzheimer story. Just viewing the CBS News clip got the point across, combined with GH and Y&R. So I’ll probably not watch it, and sorta follow Rebecca’s advice…probably not Will & Grace but maybe Good Witch on Hallmark channel. I’m not ignoring some of the more difficult stories. Just taking a time out for a while, and watching my diet of bad news and it’s frequency to be better for the heavy stuff.

But getting back to the white van…this type of sickness, hate, anger, or whatever has no borders either. And it’s just one thing after another. Gotta make you think how easy globalization, social media, and too much aiming low instead of high has fed into this. But too late now, Pandora’s box is open.

As for GH yesterday. Feel bad for Mike, but he has obviously got to be watched more closely for everyones sake including his own. Ava…as Avery’s mother can’t fault her for wanting more time with her daughter and fearing for her safety. But I can fault her on how she spoke about Mike in front of him. Then there’s the holier than thou Sonny and Carly…enoughs been said about them so I won’t add my dislike when it comes to Avery.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Dear Rose, Just want to say that I always enjoy reading your posts. Always well-written, kind and thoughtful. Appreciate you, much.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Speaking of flowers- has anyone seen that Corpse Flower blooming in Tucson? You can google it and there is a live feed- it really is a site to behold-any the setting-with flowers and butterflies and hummingbirds-most delightful. Rarely blooms- up to ten years-and supposedly a most foul bouquet-but I would love to visit and get a good sniff myself.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

@ Rose. I think Shay is referring to all the “flower girls” from Downtown Abby. I have so enjoyed Suits, which will end this week, final two hour show, culminating with the wedding. Of course Megan will be walking down the royal isle with her bonny Prince Harry next month. FYI, they are doing a spinoff with the woman that previously owned the practice, and I hope to see some familiar faces.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

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

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

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

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

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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