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GH Cast Delivers Power Performances In Aftermath Of Morgan's Death!

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Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital was one of the saddest we have seen in a long time, and with it brought outstanding performances by those in the Corinthos and Jerome clans on the ABC daytime drama series.

First, Laura Wright (Carly) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) delivered gut-wrenching moments. Viewers learn that after Carly found out that Morgan died, she was given a sedative to calm her down and to help her rest.  When she awoke the next morning with her mother, Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) by her bedside, Carly thinks she was having a bad dream, and she can’t wait for Morgan to get home to tell him how much she loves him.  Bobbie tells Carly to snap out of it, and that Morgan is not coming home.  Carly rushes downstairs where she sees Sonny’s muddied jacket.  Carly is now allowing herself to let the realization of what happened to Morgan start to set in.

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But later in the saddest moment of the episode, Dante comes to see Carly to hand her Morgan’s cell phone found in the wreckage, only she wants to know details of what happened.  Carly learns Morgan was the victim of a bomb explosion in Julian Jerome’s (William deVry) car.   Carly wants to throw up and needs air.  She starts to give details about how Sonny (Maurice Benard) wanted to seek revenge on Julian, but Dante tells her to stop talking about what she knows, or he will have to lose his brother and arrest his father all on the same night.  Dante is grief-stricken, angry, and beside himself.  While, Carly is trying to cope with the unimaginable – her son killed by a bomb explosion meant for Julian.

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In a heartbreaking turn by Wright, Carly looks all over her house for a charger to plug in Morgan’s broken cell phone, so she can listen to the messages on it.  When she does get the phone connected, she is sitting on the floor listening to the message she left Morgan, and just then Sonny walks in.  Maurice Benard playing Sonny’s pain, understated and in tears, watches as Carly lets him know that she knows that there was a bomb meant for Julian in the car that killed their son.

Chad Duell (Michael) proved once again why he can always bring the drama, when Dante tells Michael that his brother died, and via a bomb explosion.   Michael is wracked with quilt that he didn’t see Morgan spiraling out of control and that he should have paid more attention. When Sonny comes to the police station, Michael is irate and blaming Morgan’s death on Sonny.

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And in another stellar performance Hayley Erin’s Kiki, learned from her mother Ava, that Morgan died.  Kiki can’t breathe. She has been trying to reach Morgan all night and has been worried sick. She is also wracked with quilt over wanting to be with Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) over Morgan.

After she goes to tell Dillon what happened to Morgan, she can’t be with him and gets in the elevator and collapses sobbing.

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And Maura West showed the complexity of Ava, when she runs into Bobbie at the Metro Court. Bobbie confronts Ava and wants to know if she ever loved her grandson.  Ava replies, she did, and adds that Morgan was probably the only person who ever saw any good in her.  She cries.

Finally, Dante alone loses it in the interrogation room at the PCPD. Lulu (Emme Rylan) happens upon the scene, and we are reminded by Dante that when he first came to town Morgan was the first Corinthos he met.  Lulu hugs Dante.  At the end of the episode, Carly holding a picture of Morgan in front of Sonny, smashes it to the ground screaming, “You killed him!”

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Laura Wright, Dominic Zamprogna, Maurice Benard, Hayley Erin, Maura West, and Chad Duell each added to the high intensity of this riveting drama, while the audience gets to see their favorites shine with heavy dramatic material.

So, what did you think of the performances on Wednesday’s episode of GH in the aftermath of Morgan’s death? What moment broke your heart? Share your comments below.

 

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Callie
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Callie

Meanwhile Billy Miller stood there like a statue and once again decided not to emote. Does he even care anymore?

Marie
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Marie

Give him a break maybe its how gh wants him to act you ever think of that instead you come on here with negatively BM is doing great also

Sissy
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Sissy

I agree, I think Billy is doing a great job acting like JASON would act!

Maurice, Maura and Laura are doing an amazing job and breaking my heart.

dmr
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dmr

I’ve never been a fan of Sam and Jason; however, I was a fan of Jake Doe. NuJason is just so boring.

Patrick
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Patrick

Thanks for bringing the distinction…. because Jake Doe was phenomenal… who even remembers that?

If Billy Miller continues to be his version of nuJason… then we are all in wasteland… it’s like wow…. he even makes Sam look better… and that’s a lie

the writing is on the wall… their is absolutely no chemistry between the THREE STARS : Billy Miller / Maurice Benard / Laura Wright

joanne smith
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joanne smith

for the first time, Billy Miller acted like the REAL Jason, his performance until now was so wrong all over the place. the joking, smiling, constant PDA’s were inconsistent with the character of Jason Morgan. i wanted to reach through the tv and shake Billy Miller so often just to tell him, “Jason remembers who he is, why aren’t you acting like Jason?” . perhaps you don’t remember SB as Jason Q….well i do. he was a snooze of a character….so boring. then the writers of that era, made him Jason “M” after the accident and SB was suddenly a… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Joanne, I appreciate much of what you’ve analyzed here. I’m a huge Billy fan and feel that he’s tried to inject some more humanity into Jason. Probably more than the powers that be are looking for. What I don’t get is why an actor of proven talents and audience appeal AND 3 Emmys isn’t allowed more input into his character. I get the feeling he was allowed much more expression on Y&R, hence his real personality and charm AND humanity showed through. I still support him and enjoy his work, I just wish he looked happier. What do you think?

Harry
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Harry

Okay, yes, Spinelli called Steve Burton’s Jason “Stoneface” for a reason. However, Burton was able to emote just using his eyes when hit with a devastating loss. He broke your heart while grieving the loss of loved ones such as Emily, Edward or when Sam’s baby died. Burton showed without telling and yes, he emoted. I happen to be a great fan of Miller’s. He really pulled it in when dealing with his daughter’s death on Y&R–he is capable of breaking our hearts. That said, Miller’s performance was lukewarm and ironically enough, left me cold. I expected more of him… Read more »

JK
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JK

LOVE BILLY MILLER……….NOT IN THIS ROLE………..HOWEVER, I AM SURE HE IS PLAYING THE PART THE WAY GH WANTS HIM TO PLAY THE PART…

Patrick
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Patrick

GH needs to cut their losses… and NOT renew Billy Miller contract… and FIRE Kelly Monaco

let’s see them ride off in to the sunset on their motorcycle…. c’ya

let’s see how much apples and oranges stem

share the wealth and get more diversity… this may be the hour of distraction and relish…

what an opportune time to change … prior to this storyline… of Morgan MIA… I certainly didnt’ read Oscar

Patrick
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Patrick

oy

not just a Debbie downer – I celebrate GH and DAYS

these two shows are far and away better than the top 2 @CBS

Timmm
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Timmm

His contract is up soon, he wants out! He may be “Acting” robotic like “Jason” but he showed no emotions with Michael which is not accurate at all.

su0000
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su0000

Laura Wright (Carly) is a phenomenal actor, she doesn’t get the credit she deserves..
All, the Corinthos are the best of the best actors.

Ok, folks.. remember I said this so I will win the prize..

== Sonny did NOT put or have the bomb put in Julian’s car ==

((( they will never write/have Sonny kill his son )))

Fanny
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Fanny

My feelings exactly su0000, it wasn’t Sonny’s doing!

Tivette
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Tivette

I agree it’s not Sonny…but is it possible that Alexis hired someone in her drunken desperation to get her life back and be rid of Julian?

Patrick
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Patrick

OMG… finally a worthy thought… and HUGE distraction from all the laud going on…. it’s Alexis…. for all the posting I’ve shared on NLG… can she truly beat to a different drum? it’s like come on !!!!! she’s a grown woman… the way she even acts with Sam and Molly…. “are you drinking” she went ballistic and over the top… when Julian came to collect his last box of things if her mob history is that fargone… that she as a lawyer doesn’t recall all the goings on in Port Charles that she hasn’t made peace with her choices and… Read more »

Lisawigg
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Lisawigg

I believe it was Hornsby that tried to kill Julian

dmr
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dmr

Agreed on all ends. It will be another rival family or enemy, one the audience has never heard of and has no emotional ties to.

C
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C

Based on what we know right now, Sonny is responsible. He put out a hit on Julian and it backfired. So what if he tried to call it off, he set this into motion.

That said, of course, we’ll eventually find out that it wasn’t Sonny’s fault after all because the show is always giving him a get out of jail free card. Literally, in the case of AJ’s murder.

Katiebelle
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Katiebelle

I also agree. Sonny wanted an “accident” to take care of Julian. A bomb could not be conceived as an accident, and would automatically make Sonny the obvious perpetrator. It has to be someone else.

aria
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aria

what do you mean she doesn’t get the credit she deserves (laura wright) she’s got an emmy already, should she have an Oscar too?

Rose
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Rose

Su and all…Just curious. Don’t car bombings only take place when the ignition turns on, or they turn the radio on, or open the door, etc? Why would It take several miles of driving Julian’s car for it to blow? On the other hand I don’t think Morgan would set something like this up. But who? So I do have trouble thinking Morgan was in the explosion.

Timmm
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Timmm

Sonny’s mobster buddy probably has a car bomb app!

Harry
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Harry

I also agree with Suooo. However, it is perfectly fine that Sonny is grappling with guilt–his violent life has come full circle. Let us not forget that Sonny, while in a manic state of confusion, shot Carly in the head just as she was giving birth to Morgan. Morgan was born in a swirl of violence and he allegedly died in a swirl of violence. It’s come full circle–Sonny’s vicious cycles, so I love that he feels guilt. But yes, Sonny has frequently mentioned how Lily’s father killed his own daughter by planting a bomb meant for Sonny. There is… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Harry, I just want to tell you how brilliant your assessment of Steve Burton’s Jason was to Billy Miller’s. Its all in the eyes! Great observation.

Alan
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Alan

Of course Sonny isn’t responsible — even when he IS responsible it’s someone else’s fault (like when he killed AJ and it was all Ava’s fault).

Steve
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Steve

In addition to the fantastic acting, credit must be given for the outstanding writing this week. Having Bobbie interact with Ava and showing the Q reaction were excellent ways to work in the vets.

Haley Erin’s performance highlights how much she has grown as an actress since the low point of Silas’ death. Impressive.

Best GH episode of the year, by far.

Harry
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Harry

Steve, I do agree with you on all counts. I had forgotten to mention Hayley’s (Kiki) performance.
She was also outstanding.

Dan
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Dan

I’m in tears myself after watching today’s episode. Haven’t felt this genuinely emotionally moved about anything on GH since the death of Duke last year. GH always has and still to this day has the best cast in daytime. The quality of the writing comes and goes, has its ups and downs. But this was a case where the writing, the acting, everything came together perfectly. My hats off to Jean & Shelly for a brilliant story. They get crapped on by most of the people that post here, but I like what they’ve done with the show since taking… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I admit I criticize the writing but this week so far the writing has been great. Like you said, the acting and writing came together and it has been brilliant. I am so happy Bobbi was there for Carly. It frustrates me when Bobbi, Monica and Laura are missing when their children need them most. Case in point, Maxie. She could use her mother or Mac right now! And yes, Duke and Griffin would have been magical together!

Harry
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Harry

I agree with you, Dan. GH has really delivered this week. The church scene with Griffin and Sonny served us up some damn fine writing and acting. However, I was frustrated that as Sonny spoke of seeking vengeance and as Griffin reminded him that vengeance is the Lord’s. with the thought that no one sought vengeance for AJ’s death. Sonny murdered AJ in cold blood and got away with it. Also, it’s hard to fathom that Sonny is so dead set on seeking revenge on Julian for killing Duke. He and Duke didn’t actually share this great Bromance like he… Read more »

JMER
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JMER

It has surprisingly been a good week of shows. It seems ever since Anna returned and put Paul in jail, the show has been moving forward after months of transition and a rough summer. I hope all the discussion of morality and killing between Griffin and Sonny is there for a grander reason than just an amazing scene. I really love what Jean & Shelly have done with the show so far. I think it’s taking a lot longer for them to rework the show than most head writers and fans have not been patient enough with them. For whatever… Read more »

Gayle
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Gayle

Great acting! Wonderful performances by all-particularly Chad and Laura! Wow!

Lisa
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Lisa

I just hate the fact that our beloved daytime actors do not receive the credit or respect they deserve from the rest of the television industry for their magnificent performances. Why do the soaps have to be separated out from the “evening” Emmys? Clearly today’s GH episode was a perfect example.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

I an so sorry I missed this episode. Sounds like Emmy worthy performances. Definitely will watch today!

Timmm
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Timmm

I think a lot of the time its because of the material that gets the attention is the evil twins or the back from the dead stuff. Even the actors will do talk shows and make fun of all their marriages and murders. The stuff with Morgan’s death is great. Maxie getting BJ’s heart was legendary but it never gets talked about. However, when stars like James Franco, Liz Taylor or Donna Mills do GH, they always walk away impressed with how much work is involved and how talented the daytime actors are.

Marie
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Marie

Gh has outstanding actors that are slaying this s/l they had me in tears since Friday

Tivette
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Tivette

Amazing performances by all the cast…and I think Jason was appropriately being stoic for Sonny and all. Kudos to Maura for showing such a complex series of emotions from fear to self-recriminations to abject horror at the realization of what she’s done and underneath it all, her unrequited love for Morgan. Love the writing and looking forward to all the fallout and who really was responsible. Stellar storyline and acting!

Patrick
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Patrick

NICE !

abject horror at the realization of what she’s done and underneath it all, her unrequited love

so well said…. that’s a lot of REEL…

Maura West

Patrick
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Patrick

the Jerome women have had their lot chock full of recriminations and “crime”

LOL…. oy… all at the expense of the dullard Corinthos

Kiki…. along with mom Ava… RULE

it’s a tour de force acting troupe…. along with the sublime Avery.

I can’t even prop one over the other… I love them both… equal pairing

Kiki and Morgan
Kiki and Dillon

Hayley Erin… you ARE the best

Debbie Amaral
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Debbie Amaral

Best acting as always. Laura should get an
Award for her acting. I cried with her. Dante needs to
Pick a side. Thus oh I might have to arrest my father
Is stupid. Great show.

dmr
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dmr

The keystone cop, Dante, needs to be removed from the case.

Lulu
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Lulu

Dante is a poor police officer ; when his family is involved in incidences , he allows them to go to extremes without intervening.

Marie LePore
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Marie LePore

I think the whole cast is wonderful in their own way, Carly is a fabulous actor…She brought me to tears. Carly made her grief so real, it really tugged at my heart….and at the end, with Sonny breaking down….the ultimate. I love GH and have been watching it for more years than I care to admit to….Love you all!!!!

PennySoap
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PennySoap

This is the stuff that keeps me watching!

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

Days like today remind us that “GH” has some great actors who do fantastic jobs when they actually have good material. More, please. (And I agree: It will turn out the bomb was planted by someone else. Boo.)

Patricio
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Patricio

Really showing their acting chops. The director did a great job with this episode! Watching Sonny telling Carly though the window. We could not hear the words but we didn’t need to. The director made us feel like neighbors or friends who should not be with a couple sharing this Bravo.

Also Ava’s realization through short memories was brilliant , each flashback hurting her deeper. Great work Ms. West.

Timmm
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Timmm

Sonny, Carly, Dante, Michael, Kiki, and Ava put an acting clinic on! Again, the writers are writing and I once again commend them. It is great stuff. Carly on the floor with Morgan,s cellphone was just heartbreaking. My FAVORITE part is at the end of the scene at the police station, everyone leaves the room except Sonny. He stares for a moment and lets out a big sigh, and CUT! It was perfect. That simple gesture told the audience that Sonny knows that he messed up big time AND his life will never be the same as he tries to… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

The actress that plays Kiki has improved a lot since she first started I don’t have to cringe anymore nice to see someone young realize they need work and really improve.

Timmm
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Timmm

She has. Some criticize her because she cannot cry correctly. Hey look, I’ve seen people who cry look like they are laughing! Give the girl a break! I like her better than Kristen, for sure.

Lulu
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Lulu

I have no sympathy or empathy for Sonny! Reaping what’s sown is a monster even if some fans believe that he didn’t have it done. Maybe , he stopped it in time or maybe not. Sonny’s character has been exonerated from too many crimes; I’m still having problems with his release for A.J.’s murder.

Timmm
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Timmm

Lets talk about Michael. He did forgive Sonny for killing AJ. IF he does the same for Morgan Michael is a weak individual. He should be living with grandma Monica! Sonny should be dead to him, regardless!

Still a fan
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Still a fan

This here is what daytime soaps are all about. Telling great stories and some of the finest acting. This single episode should win many Emmy awards.

Phyliss Wood
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Phyliss Wood

so true.. Timmm.. could not have said it better, but must add Jason/Billy Miller was exceptional as well .. all the actors amazing.. keep it up writers.. thats what our GH writers wait for… Amazing scripts and stories.. thats when the audience can truly watch them shine.. Bravo

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

You know what I love about Laura Wright? It’s that when she has scenes where she is supposed to cry, she really is pouring waterworks on us. Her nose gets so red that you know it’s the real thing. I noticed that about her when she played Cassie on GL and had to show emotion in Richard’s death scenes. I remember how her acting blew me away and it still does to this day. she is one of those actresses who could be doing so much of a bigger thing but she gives us her powerful talent on soaps and… Read more »

Vicki
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Vicki

James, great observations….Laura Wright is amazing.

tony
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tony

I’m sorry but this is tired. They’ve done this story and aftermath with Robin and many others. It’s very easy to play surprise death and trot out the vets. They mishandled Cragi’s character for the entire run. And the fact that Julian’s still around. Terrible.

dmr
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dmr

I agree about Bryan Craig. Wasn’t a fan. The car bomb storyline was done exceptionally well in the 90’s when Lily was in the car, in the “clink boom” episode. Nowadays, it’s rehashed material; however, the actors did a great job with the material (Laura, Maura, and Maurice, especially).

Lulu
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Lulu

You mean that you aren’t upset that Sonny still exists?

robbie
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robbie

It’s a better episode than we’ve seen in a while.

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

I have been a Maura West fan since her early days on ATWT. She is the main reason (along with my Y&R faves Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford), I tune on occasion. Billy Miller was wonderful as Billy Abbott, but not being connected to the history of Sam and Jason, I can take or leave the couple and I feel Mr Miller isn’t I into the role the way he was when he was on Y&R. As for Maura West, she gave a flawless performance. The show as a whole was excellent. The cast really gave gut wrenching, heart stopping… Read more »

Sheena Farmer
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Sheena Farmer

Omg it was very sad I cried and cried

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I totally agree, soap Queen forever. But I’m convinced the fault does not lie with Billy, but with the conception of who Jason actually is now. At this point I’d say leave it up to Billy to find his own way. Sometimes when an actor is that creative, he can do a better job fleshing out a character than a writer. He didn’t win 3 Emmys by being an enigma, which seems to be the box they’re trying to write him into. Unless they just don’t want him to be as “adored” as Sonny or some other possibly jealous cast… Read more »

Sherry
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Sherry

I felt really bad for Carly she really loves all of her children & is very protective. Laura Wright gave a stellar performance.

Lulu
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Lulu

Maura was superb!

Daisy
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Daisy

There has been a lot wrong with GH for a long time, but this week has been a shining example of everything RIGHT with GH. This week every episode has been firing on all cylinders with no stop in sight. I agree with posters above, GH has some of the most talented actors in television. And this week their talent has been displayed at every turn. I’ve been mesmerized by the writing, the production, the camera work, and the acting has been outstanding. A shining example of what these talented people are capable of when they get material that challenges… Read more »

Lee Barrick.
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Lee Barrick.

I whole heartily agree they all played their greif excellant. As a mother I lost my daughter over a year ago and felt all those emotions to a tee. The writers and actors really showed how loosing a child is the worst excruciating pain a parent could feel. Also she was bi polar and looked to Maurice as example. Ive been watching GH for 53 years and this episode was. Excellant.

JK
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JK

THESE ACTORS HAVE BEEN GREAT………ALL EMMY WINNING PERFORMANCES!!! THE SHOW HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING -……CONGRATULATIONS GH FOR A WONDERFUL STORY .

Mateo
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Mateo

Standing O to the cast of GH. By far one of the most spectacular and talented casts in the industry. Right now I am still wiping away tears from watching Ava deal with the death of Morgan. Maura West manages to convey so much depth in her portrayals of so many characters. I have followed Maura West everywhere she has been. She is one of the few ladies in daytime who knows how to bring it EACH and EVERY time. The story was just a great story from the time they introduced the concept of Morgan being bipolar. Bryan Craig… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

When sonny told Carly and they both dropped to the floor crying

Patrick
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Patrick

the powerhouse performances are once again weighed on Ava and Kiki

two of the strongest women on the show… with guts character aplomb… to continue carrying the show

even when it seems like they may never get their share of LOVE

stand alone acts

Sissy
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Sissy

Hayley Erin has made a huge improvement since she started as Kiki….great job!! Your hard work is paying off!

Ana Boal
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Ana Boal

Carly was amazing . I love Sunny and feel so sorry for him.
I hope it won’t take months to figure out what Ava did.

Patrick
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Patrick

Laura Wright : APB / STAT to wardrobe

please … if you want to ease on down the road… with character driven

let’s be statuesque…. check your pumps flats or heels

you move like a john deere tractor

is it because you tower over Maurice Benard

you should be able to pivot streamline your bod

take a look at Claudette / and/or Nina back in her Y&R days

before you even open your mouth… you’ve mowed every one down.

Phil
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Phil

Amazing job by all!!!!!

Jason Loves GH
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Jason Loves GH

This episode is definitely Emmy-worthy. I loved it. Laura Wright especially was magnificent! I’d like to also take this time to say kudos to GH for its updated opening credits. I love the new pictures of the cast…especially Finola Hughes! Finally this gorgeous woman has a picture that does her justice. Good job! Lastly, can someone please put the extremely annoying Sam in her place? I’m weary of watching this skank walk into other people’s homes and start ripping them for their misdeeds and shortcomings. Really, I was hoping Elizabeth would bitch slap her out her front door when she… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

So much of this storyline rings hollow for me. As always the biggest problem with the story (and the show in general) for me is the writing for Sonny and Carly. The man is a career criminal whose lifestyle has resulted in his family being hurt time and again (he shot Carly in the head when she was in labor, he shot Dante when he thought he was just an undercover cop and not his own son, Michael was shot in the head as a result of an attempt on Sonny’s life) and Carly has made a career out of… Read more »

John
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John

Brilliant writing,Brilliant performances! I predict Outstanding Lead Actress Category to be dominated by GH actresses !! And this is Domenic Zamprogna year – he is so underrated !!

clb
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clb

GH delivers again. Emmy powerhouse! Congrats to all but will miss Bryan Craig’s character of Morgan.

janeway
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janeway

Wow, this story is really pulling out incredible performances from everyone involved!! But I have to give props again to my fav, Dom Zamprogna. I love that he has material that is getting him some recognition for the talent that he is. Dom moved me with Dante’s quiet intensity and real, raw emotion. I love how Dante tries to be strong for everyone while his heart is breaking, and Dom captures that perfectly. To me the standout scenes were the ones with Dom and the always terrific Laura Wright. Dante and Carly have never been the best of friends but… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

I believe it was Paul Hornsby.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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