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General Hospital's Thaao Penghlis On The Machinations Of Victor Cassadine!

Photo Credit: Alan Mercer

Photo Credit: Alan Mercer

As if you thought this Cassadine would be a fine upstanding citizen?  Think again!  On this week’s episodes of General Hospital, viewers learned that Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) has been the master puppeteer, keeping Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough) around long enough at the Crichton-Clark clinic for her to finish her research and resurrect her dear friend Jason Morgan from his cryogenic state!  But … Good ole’ Vic has plans for Jason that don’t include Robin!  And just how did he manage to Robin away from her daughter and husband, when she was only an hour away from Port Charles?  By being the party responsible of having put Rafe (Jimmy Deshler) up to running Patrick (Jason Thompson), Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer), and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) off the road which caused the crash that ultimately led to death of baby Gabriel.  Victor has Robin right where he wants her … and now the tale will spin out from here!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the talented Thaao Penghlis at GHFCW 2014 to get his thoughts on the latest twists in the arc of Victor’s story, a preview of what may be ahead, what he thinks of Victor’s relationship with Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), working with Kimberly McCullough (Robin) in the those major revelation scenes, and how he is even taking the heat from some fans because of what Victor is perpetrating on Robin!  So, here’s what Thaao shared that is making watching Victor Cassadine, oh, so fun and maddening, these days!

What has it been like portraying Victor while coming and going off the canvas of General Hospital, and now to have what look likes a very juicy story?


THAAO:  I can understand the way they have brought me in periodically, because in order to make the story cohesive, you have to have had these times off so that things evolve; otherwise the audience is not going to believe what takes place … like people being revived again and that type of thing.  Miracles don’t happen overnight, and with this character for the first time, I am seeing something human. I love that, because I am always looking for the humor.  Because when you are, as they say, the villain, and if people are going to like you then you gotta have some fun!  You are going to be a challenge to the hero, and that is what I am enjoying doing now.  I suddenly went, “Wow!  What is going to be exposed at the beginning of September is wonderful!  Suddenly my character went: “I am a person.  I feel. I am having insights, and it’s not just about what I want and what I say goes.” There is a wonderful mystery that is evolving.   I was learning my lines the other night, and I was already in it and so invested in the story.  That’s how good it was.  I can say it’s the best stuff I’ve had on this show since the Ice Princess.  I am really excited for what is ahead.

So, now can we say that you will be kind of “recurring” on the show?

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THAAO:  It looks like roots are being formed with this character, so I would think so.  And on GH, you don’t really have a true villain, except Kathleen Gati’s Dr, Obrecht, and that’s a woman. The audiences are not used to having female villains as much as they are a male villain. I don’t want to sound like a chauvinist (Laughs) but male villains are much more interesting! (Laughs) They have a lot more power, let’s face it.  The world is full of them … and they are all men! (Laughs)

How would you define the relationship between Victor and Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati)?  Is Victor still smitten with her?  Does he love her? Of course, we never saw their back-story fully on-air.

THAAO:  I said to our EP Frank Valentini, so what happened to Victor … as I was the only one to survive, and I was put into prison, because I have no idea?  So I have to put it in my own head, and I can’t play what’s not there.  All I can do is have moments of what the lust must have been like between Obrecht and Victor, or what kind of sex we must have had, or what kind of passion we must have had.  Obviously, Liesl affected Victor more than he affected her!  She loves that crazy man, Cesar (Anders Hove)!  I think I am baffled, actually. (Laughs)  I love Kathleen!  She says, “I would rather have you!” (Laughs)  We have a wonderful rapport.  It’s a dance and it’s funny.  When I looked at her I said to myself, “Is this the type of woman I would go for?”  I thought:  “Kathleen is a lovely human being. She is a very dedicated actress, and she works very hard, and in the same way I was trained to do.”  So there are all the romantic things between Victor and Liesl, but what I am also discovering is … there is a threat there … a threat!


How was working in those just aired scenes with Kimberly McCullough (Robin) … where Victor is quite nasty to Robin while they are trying to resurrect Jason?

THAAO: That has been interesting stuff to play.  Kimberly was not feeling well the first day we worked.  I had a sequence with her that was so primal.  When I say “no” to her, something came out of me, some sound!  I think I even shocked the crew! (Laughs)  I shocked myself at the way it came out!  It came out of nowhere, and so then I pulled it back in.  You know, Robin is a very vulnerable character. So, I have to watch how to play with her, whereas with an Obrecht type character you can move her around, and throw her on the bed, or whatever.  (Laughs)

Robin is one of the most beloved characters on the canvas in the history of General Hospital, and so to have Victor double-cross her when she is trying to do good and save Jason, could earn him the “Most Hated” Award! (Laughs)


THAAO: Robin is a sacrifice in a way, and she serves her purpose in all of this, and people are blaming me for getting Kimberly off the show!  She wanted to get off the show, because she wanted to direct.  It’s one of those things where fans are saying: “You better not get rid of her because I am coming after you!”  And I am going, “Are they for real these people?”  I have had a few threats.  You look at it as the actor and you are going, “Ah, it’s only a script.”  You look at these people who take the stuff so seriously.   It is amazing how analytical the fans can be, and in-depth when they think up, or of, the storylines.  But overall, it’s been an interesting time coming back to GH … someplace I never thought I would ever be coming back to again.

For more with Thaao on his real life travel adventures and more make sure to pick up a copy of his memoir: Places: The Journey of My Days, My Life.

Now let us know, what did you think of the reveal that Victor was responsible for running Patrick and Emma and Sabrina off the road?  What do you think Victor plans to do with Jason?  What do you think about how Victor used Robin?  Do you hope Victor and Dr. O have more intense scenes together?  What do you think of Thaao’s comments? Weigh-in below!

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Love love love Thaao Penghlis !!!
Love the Cassadine!!

I hope Jason will come back a killing monster and kill Robin, dead..
Mangel her and suck her blood out like a monster killer!!
And then eat Robin so there is no way of her return.. (burp & bflush! I like that 🙂

And no, I do not hate Robin she ain’t real to hate..
she is an irritant and very hard to tolerate, is all..

i love love Thaao Penghlis too and like the role he is playing as Victor Cassadine
General Hospital is my faveorite soap i look forward to watching it everyday

Do you belong to some cult?…just curious…lmao

no he is just really Re-Ron.

Agree..I do NOT hate Robin, but PLEASE kill this character off..She is just SO damn BORING..Ever since she was on years ago playing a little annoying girl and now, its just been boring like there is no tomorrow with this actress..Just kill this character off..I thought i was the only one, thanks su0000, you prove me right!!

Robin isn’t boring, never was. I’m not a robin fan, but don’t hate her. Her story is interesting ever since she came to PC. There is not need to say kill her off. She didn’t do anything bad to have her killed like some others have. Her story line now is stupid but still she doesn’t deserve to die. If you want her to leave than that’s your perogative but to die. BTW.. She’s not real. She isn’t going anywhere . She’s been on the show since she was child and if she wants to go and come she’s earners that right. She’s do info nothing different than other actors have done in soaps.

You know, I love Thaao. he was so great back in the Ice Princess days and of course he is the great Tony DiMera. The man is absolutely a fantastic and I mean a fantastic actor and a soap icon. But I couldn’t get past his first response without shaking my head. Talking about a cohesive story, allowing things to evolve, what is believable and things not happening overnight.

Sorry, but this entire story is so convoluted and full of holes and contradictions and things actually do happen over night. Robin has been working away for months and then pulls an all nighter after Patrick leaves and has a breakthrough. Please.

And then you just pop open the lid of what looks like a tanning bed, grab a very flexible arm that is supposed to be frozen, shove a needle in it, when you’re not a doctor, and that’s it.

Male villains are more interesting, viewers aren’t used to female villains, female villains don’t have as much power? Is he kidding? Helena Cassadine anyone? Lord watch some old clips of the person you are resurrecting.

The part I loved is that he has no idea of his back story, where he’s been for the past 30 years, his relationship with Obrecht, he has to put it in his own head. Unbelievable. Just verification that Cartini are making it up as they go along and have no idea what they’re doing. Good Lord, how do you give an actor motivation, what does he draw from if he doesn’t know anything about his character? What an unbelievable mess this show is.

@GH50….I am also a huge fan of “Victor” from his Ice Princess Days! My word, TP was such a smoldering presence on GH during that Summer of ’81….way too old for me, but that didn’t keep me from my admiring his exotic good looks and dashing demeanor just the same!!! Hence, I was absolutely delighted when he returned to the Port Charles canvas (albeit decades too late for my taste!) but I have felt cheated thus far, not being apprised of his backstory and whereabouts since his all-too-brief appearance as my favorite Cassadine during GH’s heyday. While I love the notion that he has a history with the deliciously diabolical Dr. O. and perhaps even fathered her son, I am truly hoping that this iconic character (and actor) will get the attention to detail and screen exposure that he truly deserves this time around. Despite his gracious comments regarding the genesis of Victor’s journey back to GH, I am also wondering if the current regime will do him justice, or give him the same short shrift in storylines that so many of our fondly-remembered legacy characters have suffered in recent years. All I do know is that whenever TP graces the show with his regal bearing, we are treated to an elegance and worldliness that has been sorely missing from present day Port Charles, so I will make it a point to savor every dastardly moment in which Victor is involved. Hopefully, that will be for quite awhile and on a most regular basis!

GH was at its best in the early 80s…back then i rarely missed an episode…i shut the phone off and i wouldnt even go to the bathroom until the credits were over…lol…now im not too much in a rush to get home to watch and even take occasionally naps when the show is on(but thats also partly due to my poor health of late too)…once in a full moon GH will have a great entertaining episode that keeps me glued like the good old days and then there are the episodes that make me wonder why i watch…if tptb would balance the show by trimming half the cast and write with better continuity in the plots like they did over at OLTL this show could be just as addictive to me as it was back in its golden years…i dont want a MEGA SOAP as has been allegedly rumored…i want back those fantastic stories, the fun and humor, the battling Quartimaines, the romance, the medical stories like B.J.s that tug at your heart…i want to be entertained on a daily basis by the GH i used to know and love…and not every now and then…not this sad barely recognizable mess of a show…i will continue to watch and support GH(i do find good moments sometimes) with the hope one day it will return to its former glory!!!

I also want a backstory shown in flashback detailing how they met and the romance of Dr.Mutter and Victor Frankenstein…lol

I so agree with everything you are saying…and female villians can be just as cool…i guess he doesnt realize Helene is a female…lol…other great female villians were the late great Beverly Mckensie as Iris on AW…Robin Strasser as Dorian on OLTL and Rachel on AW(also Victoria W. as Rachel)…and Eileen Fulton as Lisa on ATWTs just to name a few who entertained us for decades with their deliciously villainous roles…!!!

jimh…sorry you are in bad health…I know that soaps and other shows people get absorbed in are great escapes from reality.

As for GH and its heyday; yeah…GH and OLTL and going alllll the way back to Dark Shadows…they were all great for what they were. But they’ll never be that again…as we won’t be who we were back then or sit and watch perhaps with people who have passed since then. Sigh. I’m feeling philosophical today. But what I’m trying to say is I think the shows were written for that era…and if we look back on the now though they were engrossing they were so corny…LOL…and they still are! But, they won’t be replicated.

Today’s audience is different. Television is different. Soaps are dying off…so we, the fans left of the few shows left have not yet broken the daily soap habit! i think GH is good. I don’t compare it to those old days…most of the characters we loved back then are gone; the ones that are still here are older…and I just don’t think we can ever get back the feeling we had when we watched back then. The “battling” Qs are gone. Even if they add to the family…it won’t be the same. Sonny and Brenda…even if she comes back to the show…won’t be the same. Luke and Laura that so many still desperately want? Done. And if by ANY chance they reunite them in the end…it’s not the same.

I’m enjoying the current stories. I try not to think of what’s past…because the past is gone….

And on a cheery note…how bout those Mets! 😉

I agree with you 100%..GH is a “hot”mess this summer…LOL

Totally agree Omar!!! Stupid and absurd storylines

I love that Victor and Patrick don’t like each other it would be a great storyline if Victor has Patrick and Sabrina son all this time and made them think the baby is dead but I don’t like that Victor hurt Patrick and Sabrina and Emma and baby Gabe because he want to keep Robin in line to do her job if her family was in trouble it has none to do with Sabrina. So what is Victor going to do to save his own skin when people find out that he hurt Patrick and Sabrina and Emma and kill baby Gabe it would be funny if Victor tell Patrick and Sabrina their son is alive somewhere to see what they would do a about it and how to find their son.

Actually, the fact that Victor is the one who orchestrated “Operation Roadkill” makes me admire him all the more. I only wish his plan had been more effective by divesting Port Charles of Sappy’s presence on a permanent basis, as well. As for all the people hoping that “Gabe the Babe” is coming back, all I can say is that when Robin fibbed to Patrick about Jason’s “death” being attributed to multiple organ failure, I breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that if that were a situation even she couldn’t reverse, then at least the “rent a runt” would not be making a repeat appearance either! It is often said let sleeping dogs lie, and that is also my motto for this tedious tot. Let him remain in the afterlife…..he’s already had his fifteen minutes…..and then some.

I love Thaao, he’s Awesome. I do hope we see more of him an Robin, and they get Helena resurrected. I’d like for Jason & Stavros too, but mainly Helena, she’s one of my favorites. Can’t wait to see more of this!

I think it was a dirty trick how Victor Cassadine got all of Robin’s work and research under false pretenses. He threatened her family at the expense of her marriage to make her do the work. Then when he sees the results, he gives her the bums rush to get rid of her while keeping all her research notes and the serums she created.
The fact that he got Rafe to run the car off the road was purely evil. He indirectly caused the death of a baby. All of that shows his ego centric thinking. Victor Cassadine is thinking only of his own family and not caring what happens to the families of others. The car accident just shows how far he will go to get his way.
Thaao Penghlis is the man for this job. He makes the character believeable. He shows the character’s inner longing for his family as well as the iron will to make it happen. He can make threats, guarantees, of what he will do or make happen if he doesn’t get his way. Never cross a Cassadine whether they’ve had their coffee or not. The fact that he had fathered a child with the icy Dr. O lets you know there is more to him than meets the eye.

What I like about this storyline is that both characters were true to form. Cassadines should never be trusted to reveal their entire hand, and Robin was too arrogant in thinking she had any sort of control over the situation. If she had consulted someone who knows the Cassadines about Victor’s proposal, she would have known to read the fine print. But, she’s never been like that. Robin may be a good person. But her hubris is that her ego, like many brilliant doctors, makes her think she knows the right answer before everyone else.

Victor played her like a fiddle. He lured her with weird medical needs, which is her Achilles’ heel. She didn’t even think to question the obvious, like why did Victor even have Jason in the first place? Why did he want him to survive? And, why does he want his relatives reanimated when he’s top dog right now without their interference?

Sometimes I’m more interested in how the actor comes across in an interview than what he or she has to say about his character and/or story line.

In this case I was surprised at a few things; I think Thaao did come across a bit sexist…I don’t think the best villains are necessarily men. Literature and film are full of femme fatales and evil bitches. On GH alone both Helena and Dr. O are just two examples. And I’m not sure if I were an actor playing a love interest if I would admit publicly that I wondered if I’d be attracted to my co-star…perhaps I interpreted that wrong but somehow it came across as too much information.

As for crazy fans who threaten actors…that IS off the wall. It’s one thing to get immersed in a story; it’s another to actually approach an actor and at the least dangerous spectrum blame him or her for their actions on the show…and the other end of the spectrum have to deal with some psycho “fans” who actually do threaten actors if they’re not happy with the outcome on the show. Scary stuff… With that said, it also came across as rather condescending to me to say…to us actors, “it’s just a script…” which of course, in reality is true…but to put it in such terms sort of takes away the fun of getting immersed in characters when actors seem nonchalent about the whole thing…

I felt the same thing listening to Kimberly on MF’s talk show interview. Didn’t listen to a lot of it, but I remember thinking when he asked her something about what Robin was doing or going…does it bother her she said with a laugh, “well, no, because it’s a character; it’s not real…” something to that effect.

Sometimes I ‘d rather not hear or read an interview…it’s too much reality from an actor, who…is really just doing their job. And when they come across that way, it ruins it for me…

On the other hand, when they seem immersed in their character and the story…then I feel like we’re on this ride together and it’s somewhere worth going…

Had to reply here…i know what you were saying…the past is gone and GH will never be the show it was 30 years ago(actors died, retired moved on but i wasnt saying bring back those characters from 30 years ago)…i can easily see that its not they 80s but i dont see why it cant be similiar in some way with the next generation…im not an Olivia fan but i see good chemistry with Ned and together they could become the next Monica and Alan…Olivia and Ned could fall in love, get married and move in the Q mansion…Monica married Alan and still had feelings for Rick Webber and Alan become insanely jealous…well Ned could become insanely jealous like Alan because Olivia still has feelings for Sonny…the return of Neds daughter Brooklyn could come to town as a Tracy type troublemaker…so it is possible the next generation of Qs could continue the bickering Quartimsines…a better heart transplant storyline would involve Molly…after the car accident it would be learned Molly was in serious need of a heart transplant and Rafe would be the donor…not a rarely seen Alice and a short term character like Mickey Diamond…it wouldve been more involving if Molly was the one in urgent need of a new heart and Rafe the donar(as long as drugs didnt interfer) and as for Luke and Laura, i could see Nathan and Maxi filling those shoes as GHs next super couple…so you see we could relive those good old days through the next generation!!!

I understand what you’re saying jimh. Actually, I do like Olivia and Ned together…I had forgotten that she had a connection to Lois so that’s an interesting thing in and of itself in that Sonny’s not her only Bensonhurst connection; Ned is too by association. And, I’m beyond happy that Ned is there at all! I know he’s on another show so I’m surprised he’s been putting in time at GH. I hope it’s going to be on a regular basis.

I also understand what you mean about building on the Qs…I’d like that too. But I still feel that soaps have evolved with the times…and a lot of us watching were younger then too…and soaps don’t hold the same magic they once did. Not for me anyway. What I mean by that is “back in the day”…soaps were all the rage…now…they’re relics from the past still hangin’ on. LOL. And so I enjoy the day to day walk thru this fictional town and its fictional peeps…but I don’t expect to get the adventure that it once held.

All in all, don’t get me wrong. I’m one of those fans who hopes GH…and whichever soaps others enjoy…continues on for years to come. I, for one, still love the ride, even though it’s different. I don’t think we could “relive the good old days” as you say…I think it’s a new day…LOL…and ya just can’t go back home! 😉

@rebecca1…..It sounds as though you have never visited TP’s Twitter page, because if you had, you would be well aware that at times he can be rather outspoken and provocative in his views. I find it to be part of his considerable charm, but for the uninitiated, I suppose it can be unsettling! However, I do have a different take on his comments questioning his character’s “attraction” to Kathleen Gati’s Dr. O. I don’t believe he was being disrespectful to the lady or her sex appeal, but was as part of his acting process wondering out loud how he got to the point of being associated with this very strange but enchanting creature. When first we saw Victor back in the day, he was your typical wealthy playboy with a taste for willowy blonde starlets, namely the lovely and luscious Tiffany Hill, who later became involved with Robert Scorpio and finally, Sean Donely. Since Victor was sent to prison after his short stint on GH, we never learned any more about his life since that time, and apparently, neither has TP….it sounds as though he has tried to fill in the blanks with very little help from the showrunners (surprise, surprise….) as to what sort of romantic journey led Victor to encounter the most unusual Liesl and put them into a situation intense enough to have him still carrying a torch for her all these years later. And I must admit, I am wondering, too, and am looking forward to that answer while seeing two of my favorite characters mixing it up together in the future, particularly if Nathan is Victor’s son, as many of us suspect. As far as the perceived chauvinism thing, well, I was not offended in the least….I applaud anyone who has the guts to say something that is off the beaten pc path these days!!!! Overall, I find TP to be quite daring, oh so erudite and a most wonderful addition to the current GH canvas…he is most definitely a true original!!!!

Actually, I looked it over very quickly after reading this interview. Don’t get me wrong, Shay…I welcome all things Cassadine. I like Victor, in all his eviltude…he’s soft spoken and elegant which belies his dark side. He’s actually the embodiment of a vampire…looks like he could be one of a certain age…he charms and allures…then comes in for the kill.

However, what I’m saying is a few of his answers hit me in a negative way…

First about his attraction to Dr. O. I still think he was talking about himself…whether he would be attracted to her. I think that was a bit cloudy…though in the end he wound up singing her praises…

When he mentioned the fans who take it too seriously…I think the “ah, it’s only a script” part annoyed me. Of course it’s only a script! Any sane person, LOL, knows they’re watching TV. But I’d still rather not here an actor who plays the character verbalize it. Don’t know if that makes sense. In the same vein I mentioned Kimberly who answered one of M. Fairman’s question on his radio program…asking if she was bothered by the way Robin’s been acting…or something like that…can’t remember now. Her first response was, “no, it’s just a characer.” See…I don’t want to hear that. If I’m going to suspend my disbelief then don’t break it for me.

That’s a fine line…Every actor, film/TV etc does interviews…we read about them, watch them on interviews, listen to their interviews…so that wall is broken. But I also appreciate when the actor takes their role/character seriously. That they’re into it. Once I think that it’s just a paycheck or they’re removed from it…it kinda ruins it for me when I watch them…

ugggggggg…hear not here!

I can certainly understand your drift on how some of TP’s responses seemed rather negative, particularly those regarding Kathleen Gati, but having said that, I am still very much looking forward to those two working together again. Both have that really intense, worldly quality, no doubt inspired by their own very interesting and cultured backgrounds. I failed to mention before that having worked for so many years with Leann Hunley as Anna on DOOL also probably furthered the actor’s comfort zone with beautiful blonde leading ladies, and so it may be a bit of a stretch to be imagining himself with someone so vastly opposite to that norm….Dr. O. is definitely of a different breed, although I think there are times when she looks quite alluring…I love when she is all glammed up! As for actors’ remarks about it being “only a script or character,” well, I suppose that is true, even if it sounds a bit disappointing to hear that notion verbalized! I particularly think that perhaps Kimberly’s response demonstrates not only her weariness with acting (in general) but more so, the way GH cast members are being very reluctant and non-disclosing in their interviews these days. After having witnessed the vindictive behavior Sean Kanan and Jack Wagner suffered for being candid with their displeasures regarding their characters and storylines, it seems as though nobody else wants to go there!!!! Can’t blame them…..

THAAO: Robin is a sacrifice in a way, and she serves her purpose in all of this, and people are blaming me for getting Kimberly off the show! She wanted to get off the show, because she wanted to direct.
It’s one of those things where fans are saying: “You better not get rid of her because I am coming after you!” And I am going, “Are they for real these people?” I have had a few threats.
-////- You look at these people who take the stuff so seriously. It is amazing how analytical the fans can be, and in-depth when they think up, or of, the storylines.

ahaha haaa! there are the crazy ones, for sure.. frightening they are..
There should be a crazy soap fan physiatrist ..

The ones who take this fictional BS overly serious and into their real lives need help or a life outside of their tv soap world. .. 🙂 aha..
sheesh ”threatening the man” really! … good lord help those wackos !

GH and Port Charles and the people who live and work there arent fictional….they are MY FAMILY and are ‘REAL! REAL! REAL!’…lol

I’ve said it before….bring back Stefan Cassadine please!

agree KMB…loved him! He WAS Cassadine…and made that castle where Nicolas lives a magical, creepy, interesting lair…

victor would probably freeze him. te he he

I did not watch GH in the Ice princess days and know nothing about this character. After Luke raped Laura and GH made them a romantic couple I did not watch for many years until Luke and Laura were off the show. So when the Cassadines were on the first time, I did not watch. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I find the on again off again Robin story lines stupid as the character is not acting like herself at all (not coming to help her husband when his baby died, not seeing her daughter- to maybe, maybe help Jason???) I don’t know what will happen. Since I have no positive feelings about this character from before, and after the reveal, I guess he’s a number one evil creep and I find him scary. I don’t know how you could find that funny. His scenes with Obrecht are somewhat funny. I will probably fast forward whatever he does with Jason, I probablly don’t want to know, esp. if he makes him a killing machine or kills him. Since they showed photos of Steve Burton and we’re 999% sure it won’t be him, I find that super stupid on the part of the head writer and executive producer. The way Victor treated Robin- like a monster/jerk.

i hear you on that luke and laura crap. I never could see how a rapist and victim could ever be made into a romance… even that rate aside, I never got into them as a couple. Love Luke, tho!

i kinda remember the ice princess and this character, but you can still find videos online if you want to catch him from way back when…. back when we were all a lot younger! ha!

Oddly enough, Lin, during his initial appearance as Victor back in the ’80’s, TP was the least scary and intimidating of the three Cassadine brothers. Mikos was the eldest and the madman behind the whole Ice Princess scheme, and Tony was more the business brains….he had been the one to schmooze and gladhand the denizens of Port Charles along with his cohort, eccentric madcap heiress Alexandria Quartermaine. But Victor was the hot, romantic one….still dangerous, yes, but oh so handsome and dreamy! I’ll never forget his appearance on a yacht in a Polo shirt (or perhaps Lacoste…) and shorts! Oh my!!!!

I think it is funny that people are haters of Robin…aka Kimberly! She doesn’t write these terrible storylines…goofy people, this is TV and not real life Kimberly is a great actor as others are but remember the writers write the storylines not the actors they act out what is on their scripts by the writers. Get real!

Not really haters…just her storyline as you said its the writing and Kims off and on appearance…i dont hate the actress or character…just tired of them!!!

Thaao is daytime soap legend and a great actor..But this entire storyline sucks..In fact all the storylines are just downright ridiculous, dull, silly and lingering with no reward..GH is in a bad place this summer..Hopefully by fall it will get better..I still and will continue to tune in.

Just not feeling this story line at all. Miss the genuine humanity. It may be there cloaked in all this fantasy and strangeness but really, I would rather it be not so difficult to find. Had hope GH would not become so over the top during this renaissance. It only gets worse for me.

Agree..No humanity and a hot mess of a storyline.

Thaao I liked on Days. When I watched some of it. I am sorry that TIIC of this show think its great to demonize the characters who don’t toe the mark. Kim and SK come to mind. KIm wants to do other things. So they try to make the fans hate her and think she is awful. Robin that is. The only thing this story does for me is make me wonder why. Personally I don’t think Jason could ever be any more evil than he was under Guza. Kill for money ??? Kill for money, kill for pleasure ? WTH is the difference, the victim is still dead. FrankenRon Frankenstein? I know one thing .I have no interest in watching. The show doesn’t make any sense and the way its put together I don’t get it. In some ways lots of them really , the show hasn’t changed All the mobs etc and all the faces we know but the storylines stink. Makes no sense and now Threesomes .I’m old this doesn’t interest me at all. Thaao is not a soap fan .Helena was the best villain,

We don’t need 3 somes filler story, we need story lines that connect characters and not have so many small stories that start and then dropped for weeks at a time. That said still a big fan. 🙂

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Confronts Ava for Sabotaging Her Relationship With Sonny and Signs the Divorce Papers

Looks like Nina (Cynthia Watros) and Ava (Maura West) are back to be each other’s sworn enemy number one. By the end of the Monday, April 22nd episode of General Hospital, the women know where they stand with each other after Nina goes in on Ava accusing her of wanting Sonny (Maurice Benard) all to herself, while her marriage has been on the rocks.

In story, at Nina’s office, Ava shows up to see Nina and says she is sorry about what happened with Sonny and that he reacted the way he did, acknowledging that is was over the top, even for Sonny. Ava says she’ll smooth things over, but Nina says she now understands how manipulative and transparent Ava really is.

Given their horrible history, Nina goes in on Ava and how she should never have trusted her. Nina wants to know how long has Ava had this agenda dating all the way back to telling Nina to turn Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew (Cameron Mathison) into the SEC. Ava says she never told her do to that, but Nina wants to know how long Ava has been playing her for a fool.


Ava says she moved in with Sonny to keep Avery safe and she wants to be on good terms with Avery’s father, Sonny. Nina thinks she likes being in Sonny’s inner circle. Ava tells Nina if she goes to him about her advising Nina to call the SEC on Carly and Drew, it won’t work.  Sonny still considers Nina a traitor and he will think she’s lying because she’s so desperate to win him back. Ava says if Nina would stop blaming everyone else that maybe Sonny would respect her.  Nina says “like he does you?” Ava says Sonny not only respects her, but he also counts on her.

From there, Ava launches into why she and Sonny understand each other, after all, Sonny is a powerful, turbulent, and sometimes violent man. She goes so far to say if Nina wanted someone to just sit by the fire with and play with their grandchildren, she’s got the wrong guy.  Ava then talks about Mike from Nixon Falls (Sonny with amnesia) and how Sonny hid the darkest parts of himself from Nina back then, whereas with Ava they are the same similar creatures, so he doesn’t have to hide anything.


Nina wants to know just what Ava wants with Sonny? What is her end game? Ava responds that they understand each other, in ways she can’t with Sonny. Nina tells Ava she can go ahead and have it all and signs Sonny’s divorce papers. Ava walks out with the documents, while Nina in tears at her desk, takes off her wedding rings and has her assistant come in so she can messenger the rings back to Sonny’s address.

The episode and these scenes featured great performances by Cynthia Watros and Maura West. You can check some of the scenes below.

Now, let us know, what is Ava’s next move? Is she going to become Mrs. Sonny Corinthos? Do you like Ava and Nina as enemies? Comment below.

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Ellen Travolta Makes Another Return to General Hospital

If General Hospital’s Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) nuptials are on, you didn’t think Grandma Gloria Cerullo would miss out on the festivities, now did you?

Casting news from Soap Opera Digest reveals that Ellen Travolta is back taping scenes that will air the week of May 13th on the ABC daytime drama series.  When viewers learned that Carmine Cerullo, was also on his way back to Port Charles, now in the face and body of actor George Russo, it only made sense that Grandma Gloria would join Grandpa Cerullo. Look for them both mid-May.

As most people know, Ellen is the older sister to John Travolta. She first make appearances as Gloria back on GH in the mid-90s. Most recently, she returned to the Quartermaine mansion to meet up with daughter, Lois (Rena Sofer) and granddaughter Brook Lynn for Thanksgiving in Port Charles in 2023.  Michael Fairman TV interviewed Rena Sofer and Amanda Setton late last year where they shared what it had been liking working with Ellen, who remains very close to Sofer in real-life.

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Amanda shared: “We fell in love immediately. What’s crazy is my maternal grandmother was Grandma Gloria. I had her till I was 30 and we were so close. She was really like a second mom to me. So, when I got this script and I’m reading “Grandma Gloria”, it was so bizarre. And then in meeting Ellen, she looks like my grandma – same haircut, same high cheekbones. It really did feel like I had a few days with my grandma. It was very, very special for me. Ellen is sweet, prepared, professional, talented and funny to boot. So, it was one of the best weeks I’ve had at work. I hope she comes back. My fingers are crossed.”

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Now, we can’t imagine Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding day to be smooth sailing, in fact, expect just the opposite, but could it be Grandma Gloria who is ultimately the hero or the calming voice of reason for any pre-wedding jitters? Stay tuned.

So, glad to know that Ellen Travolta will be back for Brook Lynn and Chase’s big day? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

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