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GH Nurses' Ball 2016 Part Three Comes To Its Emotional Conclusion As Lives Are Touched & Lives Hang In The Balance!

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General Hospital pulled out all the stops as the 2016 Nurses’ Ball concluded in its third installment leaving many viewers weeping as the Emmy-award winning drama series pulled at the heartstrings, while being a launching pad for several mysteries and storylines ahead.  If you have not seen today’s episode do not read any further.

In part 3, we pick up where we left off with Brad (Parry Shen) waiting on stage for his wedding ceremony to Lucas (Ryan Carnes) to begin.  Lucas is a no-show, and just then Amy (Risa Dorken) realizes Lucas gave her a message to tell Brad, but she forgot!  Next, the groom tries to reach Lucas by cell, but he is not answering, so Brad thinks Lucas may have wedding jitters and second thoughts. Lucy (Lynn Herring) pulls Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) and Kiki (Hayley Erin) to the stage to perform their number sooner than expected, while they kill time while everyone is trying to locate Lucas.

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Next, Robert Palmer Watkins performs Shawn Mendes hit single, “Stitches” alongside of Hayley Erin’s Kiki.  Watkins was terrific in the number showcasing his vocal talents, while Erin was the perfect sidekick.  As the lyrics played out and touched the lives of those couples and non-couples attending the ball, it is clear that Dillon and Kiki’s attraction just went into full bloom.  Morgan (Bryan Craig), who is on leave from the hospital for the night wants to see Kiki following her number, but is devastated when he walks in on a kiss between Dillon and Kiki.  He then wants to leave, and so Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) accompany him.

Meanwhile back at GH, Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) finds Lucas out cold near her hospital bed and calls for help. Griffin (Matt Cohen) and Finn (Michael Easton) arrive on the scene and try to save him.  Just then Lucas’ phone rings, and Bobbie answers and tells Brad to get to the hospital ASAP.  Next, Lucy makes a speech about the awesome nurses at GH, and then in a cute number: Lulu (Emme Rylan), Epiphany (Sonya Eddy), Valerie (Brytni Sarpy), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and Amy become “Epiphany and the Haunted Starlets” and perform the disco classic, “Doctor’s Orders”.

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Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) has gone to Wyndemere after having it out with Hayden (Rebecca Budig).  There is now a thunderstorm in the background as Nikolas texts a photo of diamonds to Hayden and tells her to come home.  Jason (Billy Miller) is also furious at Nikolas and heads out of the ball, followed on his trail by Sam (Kelly Monaco).  At GH, Brad arrives just as Lucas flatlines! But Lucas gets his heartbeat back and is put on a ventilator. Griffin then discovers a needle mark on Lucas’ neck.  He asks Finn (Michael Easton), if he knows anything about this.  Brad says there have been two other mysterious deaths in the hospital and wonders if what happened to Lucas could be related!

Then we come to the emotional conclusion of the Nurses’ Ball, which starts with Robin (Kimberly McCullough) taking to the stage and addressing the crowd about the latest strides in HIV/AIDS research.  She relates there is a new medication to prevent HIV.  However, Robin goes on to say that according to a study, infections are on the rise in certain groups, and most prominent among them in gay men from low means (poor or homeless).  She then speaks of how her former boyfriend Stone was a young man from a low income, and it has been 21 years since his death.  Robin says her full name and hopes that one day while she is will alive, they find a cure. Anna (Finola Hughes) watches her daughter speak filled with tears.

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Next, Amy decides to take the stage to perform the signature Nurses’ Ball closing anthem, “You’re Not Alone”.  But as she sings it, another voice begins to sing along, and it is none other than Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), who has shown up at the ball. Felix is shocked and thrilled to see his bff, and so is Epiphany.  Sabrina brings Epiphany to the stage to join in the song.  But while the women are singing the lyrics we cut to an emotional Brad at the hospitsl watching Lucas fight for his life as Bobbie reaches out to him, and they hold hands.  Back onstage, after Lucy is given flowers via Felix, and does not lose her dress … the ball comes to its conclusion.  In the entrance way, Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) arrests Sabrina for aiding and abetting the late Carlos.

Jason has now shown up at Wyndemere, the storm is in full force, and the lights are out.  Sam arrives soon after and hears a crash and glass breaking.  The viewers see a bloody and seemingly lifeless Nikolas on the rocks.  We fade to black.

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Kudos to GH for making the Nurses’ Ball a must-see event with plenty of heart and dramatic turns.  What did you think of the final episode of this year’s Nurses’ Ball?  Did you reach for the hankies?  What was your favorite moment?

What will be the fates of Nikolas and Lucas?  Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first watch two of today’s featured musical numbers below.

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Christy
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Christy

Can anyone tell me, is Risa Dorken (nurse amy), is this actress a stand in for Kristen Storms? Aside from obvious physical difference ( she’s taller

Tim
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Tim

No,what makes you think that?

Christy
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Christy

Weird, the entire message is not here. I was saying she looks like Kristen and sounds like her, but I know GH is produced faster than the old days so not sure they use stand in’s anymore. I read she is supposed to remind us of Amy Vining, but she is like Maxie 2.0 to me.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Lol Christy. I greed with you before you added the rest of your comment (see mine at 5:12) but I didn’t think you meant literally! Though they’re similar in fun/hyper-esque ways and have similar, pretty faces…the difference in weight would never fly as body-conscious, fashion- conscious Maxie. That’s not to imply people of all shapes and sizes can’t be as well, but that’s not the way Maxie is portrayed. All that aside, how can she be a stand-in if she’s standing right beside her!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Lol, Christy. They do have a similar face and Amy’s, shall we say, over-the-top personality is a bit like Maxie…though Maxie’s calmed down a bit. Funny how Maxie doesn’t see herself in Amy, but I see what you mean!

Tim S.
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Tim S.

Her character is very similar to Lucy years ago…

Harry
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Harry

Christy you deftly moved around the issue of weight differences but I caught your meaning. HA! I for one am happy GH is using women who are not size 0s Amy and Robin are the sizes of the average American woman and they are healthy and attractive. I think we can thank Lena Dunham for a growing national movement toward body acceptance. However, I do have a bit of an issue with Epiphany’s weight for two reasons: 1. She is not just large, she is morbidly obese and is frequently out of breath 2. She is a head nurse and… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

“Doctor’s Orders” was a joyfully nostalgic throwback to the disco era. Nifty choreography and Sonya is a vocal powerhouse. Kudos to all the ladies.

Christy
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Christy

I wished Richard Simmons had shown up on that number! That would have been a hoot!

Tivette
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Tivette

Gripping and heartening…not a dull moment! Kudos to all for such great performances. It sure looked suspicious that Finn stashed a rather large syringe in his pocket just as Dr Griffin walked into the scene…may be a misdirect. However it sure seems someone wants to make Finn look bad. LOVED Anna, Robin, & Emma. Lucas & Brad have to be OK. And, I suspect Nicolas’ fall will put Jason in a bad light…a set-up maybe? Anyway, I loved it all! Great cat fight with Carly and Ave, too!

Patrick
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Patrick

the e-mail Nicholas sent hayden… “I bet you wished I were dead” not berbatim… but close enough and having Jason show up at the right time… just a plot point which all boils down to…. piss me off… how far Nicholas character is just not the same… from the start of J and S tenure… they have downgraded Tyler Christopher’ Nicholas… it’s all about Jason it’s all about this dumbed down story of the “War of the Roses” storyline… that doesn’t do anything.. but feature the Cassadine in a bad light I pray that whatever is going on… be it… Read more »

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I agree Patrick!

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

Great Thursday episode of GH. The last three days have been on fire. A little bit of everything you could ask for in one hour. I thought the body that would be discovered would be Lucas but in a good twist it turned out to be Nik. I also thought the person being arrested would be Julian or Alexis but in another good twist it turned out to be Sabrina. GH did a good job this week in throwing us off with the published spoilers cause it made for two moments that I didn’t see coming. Kiki and Dillon were… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I was thinking Jerry Jax is behind this but I love the Starvos theory. Also, Valentin has not been seen yet. I pray they cast him and its Michael Muhney!

Celia
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Celia

Love your post, Jay. You covered everything thoeoughly. It does look as if Jason has done Nik in and, he will probably be blamed.
Nonetheless, could Raymond Berlin ( is he dead?), or Hayden’s mother have done the deed? They want their diamonds back? LOL.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Quite the comprehensive post, Jay! To be honest I hadn’t thought about any of your theories…had other things on my mind so I didn’t get to the whodunnit stage in my mind yet! Good theories!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Overall, the Nurse’s Ball was, sadly, again, lame. Poor Lynn Herring (Lucy) tried with the wooden dialogue given her. With the exception of Wally Kurth and Brooklyn–and, of course, Kimberly’s emotional speech, summarizing what the Nurse’s Ball has been about al lthese years. Why? And during sweeps, with all the talent available, couldn’t they have done better? Another big disappointment! (Sigh!)

Timmm
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Timmm

Better than what Y&R offered. Their sweeps stories sucked!

Guest
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Guest

Well, I will say it it was better than the past two years because for once I felt like they FINALLY went back to what the Nurses’ Ball was about HIV/AIDS awareness. [at least , I lost track on the amount of times they mentioned HIV/AIDS] the past two years I think I could count it on one hand. It was that sad. I do think they need to rewatch previous # s again ..They were so professional ,, Quality acts!! Loved each one [ even the ones that seemed on the fly were – perfection.. The #NursesBallNeedsWendyRiche The Opening… Read more »

elizabeth
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elizabeth

Loved Robin and Emma and Ned. I also am really starting to like Kiki and Dillon. I never liked her character before even when Kristen Alderson was playing her. This is the first time I actually like her.

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree. Not to piss off oltl fans but I was never impressed with Kristen! Haley is finding her groove and I like it!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I did enjoy the Nurses Ball as always but 2 things were highly absent this year that did give me a little bit of a pang in my belly. That would be Kathleen Gati not performing because she is so fun to watch when she tries to take over the ball and the other gripe I have is that Lucy didn’t end up in her underwear on stage. To me that was a staple every year the Ball was shown when she would somehow have her clothes off her. What’ll be next? The Quartermaines will get turkey on Thanksgiving instead… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

And no Richard Simmons! Boo!

Harry
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Harry

Damn, we were almost safe but then Sparkle Pony comes trotting out to sing that insipid song.
So, we get Disney but no DR O? While I hated Dr O as the chief of staff, I enjoyed her plotting with her boyfriend Faison and her campy, over-the-top performances on stage, There is no justice.

Timmm
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Timmm

I love Robin BUT her speech wasnt that good. She would state a fact and then laugh and then get serious with her message. It was strange! Dillon and Kiki’s song was really good! Robert has content on Youtube. He can sing! Haley, well I am really warming up to her and her portrayal. I hope Lucas lives. I smell Jerry Jax! Cannot stand Sabrina BUT she was good with Ep and Amy. By the way, I see Amy as a Meghan Trainor type of singer. I would like to see her cover Meghan at next years NB. She is… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

His name is Curtis

Wifey
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Wifey

Can somebody please tell me where I can find the dress Maxi, Lulu, Valerie, and Amy wore in their Doctor’s Orders number?

Celia
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Celia

Maxie’s dress ( by Jovani) was to die for, eh, Wifey? Looooved it! The embroidered floral illusion was Sexy as heck!!!!! That dress is definitely my pick. Everyone looked her best. I particularly liked Rebecca’s gown, as well. Big, bold flowers are all the rage.

Timmm
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Timmm

Windams!

Harold
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Harold

My suspicion is that we have not in reality seen Nicholas Cassadine in a very long time.

Tim
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Tim

The nurses ball was one long Aveeno commercial.

Timmm
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Timmm

Tim, more product placement if they spend more money on cast and sets!

Melissa
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Melissa

Really good performances. Loving Kiki and Dillon as a couple! Glad Lucy got to keep her clothes on!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Kiki and Dillon make a perfect couple. They look beautiful together and have great chemistry, which means setback for Morgan.

Rose
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Rose

Just RE-watched the entire #NursesBall week and went through SEVERAL hank-ies! Best NB to date.

The ENTIRE cast & crew brought their ‘A’ game to the NB performances and had FUN, right through to the finale (with my hankie close by

Rose
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Rose

Oops…the rest of my post disappeared.

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The ENTIRE cast & crew brought their ‘A’ game to the NB performances and had FUN, right through to the finale (with my hankie close by. ;)). KUDOS to Frank Valentini, Jean Passanante, Shelly Altman, GH Writers.

THANK YOU, Michael, for the FABulous rundown of the week! xox

rebecca1
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rebecca1

awwww…I know what u mean. 😉

vinman
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vinman

Liking Dillon&KIki alot….like the slow build up….never cared forherbefore..
Is it me or when looking at Dillon (RPWatkins)….I see a great resemblance of Johnny Z (Brandon Barash….especially in his eyes and smile.

Dylan
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Dylan

He looks like a 20 years younger Frank Valentini. LOL. WHY does no one see this??

Dylan
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Dylan

For the most part, impressed. I LOVED that Obrecht did NOT get to hijack the show. I find her numbers disturbing, dark, and creepy, and they do not fit in with the theme of the Ball in any way. I LOVE that Lucy did NOT end up in her underwear!! It’s been 22 years, that gag was fun, and maybe resurrect it in a year or two, but it was nice. The male stripping act has got to go. So does the song We Are One. It was touching the first time, repetitive the second time, cloying the third time,… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

100 percent agree!

Harry
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Harry

No, Dylan, not too hard at all. I thought your observations and commentary were insightful and spot on.
I also scratched my head at the sight of Lulu and Valerie singing and dancing next to each other. I mean, if they have to be in the same number, could they at least not be positioned next to each other?

Bonnie
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Bonnie

The NB was to short this year and they cut corners. No dress changes, less acts. Though Dr. Orders was one of my favs next to Emma and Ned. Did anyone notice Emme, she was so good at dancing, like a cheer leader! I don’t care for Amy she is nothing like Amy Vining.

Rodd
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Rodd

Day three was really enjoyable for me. I really liked Dillon & Kiki’s number. RPW can really sing, which I already knew, and I was glad to hear HE can really hold her own with him. The ladies’ “Doctor’s Order” number was really great with the power-house SE leading the vocals. I wasn’t expecting Sabrina to show up, so that was a nice surprise. The three ladies sounded great together. As someone already mentioned, there was the shadow of someone standing on the rocks near where Nicolas laid. At first, thought Nicolas was trying to rig the window so he… Read more »

jacque
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jacque

With the exception of performance by Ned & Emma, Nurses Ball was terrible.

Jane
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Jane

I hated the Rap idea, the show fell short to me, just didn’t think it was that great.
the new Jake was the only part I liked with Franco. Once again Liz got crapped on and Sam looked better in her street clothing then that dull dress.

Janet Byrnes
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Janet Byrnes

I made myself watch all in a row, Nice to see Robin with her family. Don’t get me wrong ,I love Emma,and I think she is a natural, but she cannot sing. I FF all of Carly except when Ava told her where to put the tape..I don’t like Ava but when it comes to her or carly. Ava wins. This was the worse ball yet. I don’t like Dr.O. but she is the only one on the show that can sing. I STILL get the idea that TIIC are doing their damndest to get this mess cancelled.Back to not… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

I can’t believe the show wasted an opportunity to let Kathleen Gati perform. She’s been the best part of the last few Nurses Balls.

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

I was quite disappointed that there was no number for Kathleen Gati. I hope she is presented with another opportunity to sing sometime throughout the year. I did not like the song that Hayley Erin and Robert Palmer Watkins sang, but I did like their singing. Wally and Brooklyn were adorable. She has a nice, appropriate 10-year-olds voice. “Doctor’s Orders” turned into a memorable number and nice showcase for the ladies. Sadly, there was a lack of excitement (remember Britt and Brad dishing the red carpet while they watched on TV), a lack of cohesion in the presentation and the… Read more »

Charday
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Charday

Why was Dr. Monica Quartermaine, chief of staff, not at the Nurses Ball?

wendy
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wendy

The nurses ball 2016 , was the worse one ever. I was extremely disappointed with it . Day 1 was the red carpet , and the very weird opening number. Day 2 and 3 were the nurses ball but a very watered down version. There was no Kathleen Gati performance , no kelly monoco, no haunted starlets , And magic milo , was very weird , as this year, they added women to their act, as dancers. wtf ???? In all , there were only 5 performances . There were no ” WOW ” moments.though I love kiki with Dillon,… Read more »

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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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