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GH Nurses' Ball 2017 Part One: The Opening Number, Sonny Inches Closer To The Truth, The Wizard Of Awesome's Deadly Weapon!

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The highly-anticipated GH Nurses’ Ball 2017 kicked-off on Tuesday’s episode of the Daytime Emmy-Award winning Outstanding Drama Series.  The ball which first debuted back in 1994 is a staple of the soap opera.

On opening night of the ball, Nina (Michelle Stafford) is back anchoring the red carpet arrivals along with Extra’s Mario Lopez.   Viewers see how the arrivals of certain Port Charles finest emotionally torments Nina, including: Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), Lulu (Emme Rylan), Anna (Finola Hughes) and Ava (Maura West).

While the glitz and glamour is happening at the ball, Sonny (Maurice Benard) is at home with the bottle of Morgan’s supposed lithium pills pondering what happened to his son before his death. Michael (Chad Duell) stops by and delivers Morgan’s journal per Sonny’s request from Carly (Laura Wright).  Sonny refuses at that point to go the ball.  When he looks in the journal we seen an entry from Morgan that he is taking 600mg of his pills. That prompts Sonny to call Andre (Anthony Montgomery).  Andre says he noticed that too as far as the dosage, but he confirmed that the pharmacy dispensed it properly.

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The good doc shows up at Sonny’s, where they come to the conclusion that if Morgan took half of his recommended dosage at 300mg, would it spiral him out of control?  Andre says no it wouldn’t.  Sonny notices residue at the bottom of the pill bottle and tastes it and then both Andre and Sonny come to the conclusion that something is amiss.

Andre rushes off to have it tested.   Sonny then watches the arrivals of the red carpet on TV, and sees Ava there, who he finds out gave a huge donation to the ball in Morgan’s name. Sonny is livid, and later at the end of the episode shows up in this tux to the ball, much to the surprise of Carly.

When it’s time for the opening number, our emcee, Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) sets up that the ball would not be possible without the wonderful nurses of GH.  And in a twist on their opening, a music video begins on the screen in front of the attendees featuring singing, and dancing on the hospital floor with Epiphany (Sonya Eddy), Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Amy (Risa Dorken) and more.  As the song continues with dancers, we later reveal the nurses live on stage at the ball and coming through the crowd to join Epiphany on stage.  The tune this year was the annual closer, “You’re Not Alone”.  Only this time GH tweaked to be a rousing dance number!

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Elsewhere, while Jason (Billy Miller) is having trouble shaking his nightmares of Helena Cassadine and his family, he needs to get a drink where he stumbles upon the chimera necklace that Anna had in her purse, which is now dropped on the floor outside the ballroom.

Backstage, Jake (Hudson West) who is preparing to take the stage with his magician act, now has two assistants for the routine – Emma(Brooklyn Rae Silzer) and Charlotte.  As “The Wizard of Awesome” prepares for his act, Jake shows the young girls the tube with the chimera emblem on it that he says will be the finale of his magic trick.

So, what did you think of part one of the Nurses’ Ball 2017? What was your favorite part? Comment below!

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Suz tm
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Suz tm

Enough already with Sonny and the meds! The shows focus on him makes me want to tune out! Where are Laura, Kevin, Monica, Finn, Hayden???? I know we will have performances by some of the other missing characters, but really?
The focus of the show needs to change.

dmr
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dmr

I was wondering where Laura and Kevin were, too. Laura was probably relegated to babysitting Aidan, or something. Also, Monica, where is she?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Laura’s there with Lulu…she’s been there the whole time….Kevin? I have no idea why they paired this couple up if they weren’t going to show them. Pointless. I love Kevin and I think they’re great together but either Jon Lindstrom doesn’t want the gig or the powers that be are too cheap to pay him. If it’s the latter they need to cough it up and bring him back full time.

Suz tm
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Suz tm

They do need to cough up the money for Jon Lindstrom. He has been on only once the last few months, just to sit and listen to Lulu babble. Can’t be satisfying as an actor to come in for that. . That’s a big problem with the show, no consistency with storyline . Characters off screen for weeks at a time. I was really enjoying Kevin and Laura, started watching again and now nothing for months. Why would they pair Genie with Jon if he is not available? I am baffled.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Genie Francis made a Christmas cd with her brothers. She has a lovely voice. Why didn’t she walk the red carpet and perform?
What a “dead” Nurses’ Ball–where’s the excitement or even the momentum, pray tell?!&^%$#

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Remember when Sadie Grey sang at llanview’s funerals on OLTL OMG #PRECIOUSLORD.

Shay
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Shay

@Nancy…Per your Met Gala comment: Certainly for some, the point was to be comically bizarre, and I suppose that Caroline of Kennedy’s particular lampshade-inspired party frock could have been intended as a salute to this year’s event honoree, Rei Kawakubo/CommesDesGarcons, but judging by most of the other attendees, the standard garb was still pretty much a tossup between traditionally gorgeous designs or as much revealed skin and as little actual fabric coverage as possible…I mean, really, the back-in-the-day hookers in Times Square donned more than a lot of these chickadees! Upon further research, I did discover a definite few other… Read more »

Jenny
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Jenny

I like new black female nurse!! I hope she becomes recurring and gets a story!

Steve
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Steve

Deanna does seem very likable.

If they want to tie her to the canvas, make her the daughter of Bryan & Claudia Phillips (Scotty & Laura’s pals from the early 80s)

Shay
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Shay

@Steve….Not a bad thought, but I think she should have been Epiphany’s lil’ sis!!!! It seems a shame that this longstanding GH character has never had any family other than her son, Stan…especially when they bring on black characters right and left that have no historical connection to the GH canvas! However, speaking of Claudia, it would be oh-so-nice to see her return to Port Charles…Laura and she were such good friends back in the day! Time for a “catch-up!”

Steve
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Steve

@Shay… I agree Epiphany should have more family. As Milo has apparently joined Alice and Rosalie in the characters dropped without notice department, Phip can use a connection. Might be too late to connect her to Deanna though.

I’ve read a few spoilers that they’re bringing on a son or daughter for Curtis that he never knew about. Not sure of the age group. Josslyn could use an age appropriate friend.

Shay
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Shay

@Steve….I’ve never understood the showrunners’ dismissive attitude toward Epiphany….this character is so substantial and full of potential, well-connected with fans and an established favorite, not to mention, a superb candidate as both one of GH’s moral centers and a matriarch of her own extended family….it makes absolutely no sense that her lack of presence has become backburnered to the point of virtual non-existence, except when it’s time to bring her back to sing!!! In the past five years, we have repeatedly seen new minority players brought onto the GH canvas, and why they have never been given status as part… Read more »

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

Me too!

Steve
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Steve

While I was never a fan of the character, it will be interesting to see if Sabrina is mentioned at all. Both Felix and Michael had opportunities to bring her name up, but so far nothing.

With the moving of the traditional closing song to the opening, something tells me this year’s ball will end rather abruptly.

Poor Emme Rylan, I know they’re hiding her pregnancy, but that gown!?!?

Harry
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Harry

GASP! Bite your tongue! Don’t even utter the S word in public, don’t even think it or she might come back!
I had to laugh when they rolled Lulu in. Weebles Wobble but they don’t fall down.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yeah, you said it, Harry! Looked a bit like that “cloud” thing that Rhianna wore a year or so ago, didn’t it? 🙂

Shay
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Shay

I share your deep sense of horror, Harry! My most present fear is that we are going to have some sort of sappy salutapalooza to Sabs since the NB was once her raison d’etre—well that, and being Port Charles’ #1 majorly annoying and useless character for what seemed an absolute age—be it in the form of a montage of her “greatest hits,” a holographic appearance or even a ghostly visit from the great beyond. Needless to say, I hope that I am wrong, wrong, wrong!!!!

dmr
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dmr

That gown is fashion road kill! There is no hiding her pregnancy, or at least, they have done a terrible job at hiding it. You can clearly see that she is very pregnant.

Steve
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Steve

Kudos to Emme Rylan actually. She tweeted a picture of her backstage with Kelly Monaco hiding under the dress. Now there’s a great sense of humor!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m still waiting for it to begin, Steve! We have an expression here in the South–“slow as molasses” that fits the bill.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Is not slow as molasses they’re just embarrassing the entire canvas trotting long missed characters out because they refuse to pay their salaries and don’t know how to write for more than ten characters month to month. Our soaps are just that over melodramatic drama that’s only missing the Power Rangers to swoop in and save the city.

Shay
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Shay

At least it wasn’t nearly as bad as Caroline of Kennedy’s recent Met Gala sartorial sin…Her best-described-as-bizarre couturial concoction made her appear as if she were trapped inside a Chinese lantern comprised of three different kimonos she undoubtedly brought back from her stint as US ambassador to Japan…..and that she were about to launch straight up into the sky at any given moment a sudden gust of wind should materialize! This particularly epic fashion fail was so egregious it had to be seen to be believed! Really, Lulu’s moored-Hindenburg-inspired ballgown may have been a designer disaster of “magnificent proportion”—just like… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

But wasn’t the choice of dress SUPPOSED to be bizarre –according to the “artsy” theme as discussed by the director of the gala?! In that case “Lulu (and Caroline K.) fit right in 🙂

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Glad to see the Ball is off to a good start. Loved hearing “You’re Not Alone” for the opener.

dmr
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dmr

I have always loved the Nurse’s Ball, since the 90’s, when TPTB spared absolutely no expense whatsoever and EVERYONE in Port Charles was invited. I am happy to see that the show continues to bring the Nurse’s Ball to us, even if it is on a lower scale. What makes me laugh, is that Emma is able to solve the Ana/Alex mystery in about a nanosecond and the “Dimpled Don” thinks to taste the pill residue in Morgan’s pill bottle and basically pieces together Ava’s involvement. Yet, the keystone cops, AKA, the PCPD, have stared at the empty pill bottle… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You said it–“awkward.”

Shay
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Shay

To answer your last question, dmr? A big, fat NO!!!! The only red carpet commentary I care to hear is from Brad and Britt….those two “arbiters of style” and their catty pronouncements were utterly hilarious…JACKPOT!!!! (#BringBackBritt!!!)

davlestev1
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davlestev1

SHAY..why is there a red carpet? Never understood it. Even Port Chuck denizens have to know the only reputable or close to family are the Quartermained. Why on earth would ANYONE tune into a mob funded gala?? DROP the carpet shag!!

dmr
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dmr

I like Brad best when he is paired with Britt as BFFs. They would have made a great red carpet team, very Joan Rivers-esque.

Shay
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Shay

Excellent point, davlestev1!!!! In its current form, the red carpet coverage is nothing more than an obvious, umpteenth attempt to make it look like Nina has an actual function in Port Charles! (Didn’t work…never has, never will….) However, since there are next to nil bona fide dignitaries left in town to “arrive,” it does rather beggar belief that this waste of time and money has been allocated toward this hollow custom in what has become a virtual non-event financed by the worst of the worst. The entire concept has become truly mock worthy….hence my request for Britt and Brad!!!….At least… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

I laughed when Sonny deduced that the powder in the medicine bottle didn’t taste like lithium – like he knows the taste because must chew his lithium pills when he takes them every day, LOL 😉

Shay
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Shay

“Tastes Like Lithium”…..Is that anything resembling “Smells Like Teen Spirit?”

davlestev1
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davlestev1

You know what makes these shows so unreal..the fact that day in and day out IT’S NOT ABOUT DOCTORS AND NURSES!!

Celia
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Celia

As far as Lopez, it’s anybody’s guess, dmr. But, I think Nina was chosen to partner Mario because her separation from Valentin was not yet made public; therefore, it was the best ‘out’, if you will; the perfect excuse for Valentin and Charlotte to enter unaccompanied by Nina. BTW–MICHELLE killed that delicious, purple number. Lulu reminded me of Ursula on ice ( from The Little Mermaid) in a salmon-colored concoction with no beginning and no end, just gliding along without any semblance of having feet under that parachute. Horror of horrors!!! Poor Emme. I bet she was so uncomfortable wearing… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

And, I enjoyed Ned and Olivia to no end. I was wowed!!……really taken aback by Lisa….she’s not only beautiful, but what a performer!! I know Wally is an excellent singer, but Lisa was a welcomeed surprise.
Loved those white skinnies and black top…just my size and style, LOL. Great ensemble.
Plus, her gown was perfection….less is more!! Good show.
I, also, thoroughly enjoyed Dillon’s and Kiki’s musical skit…..Sooo cute and talented.

Celia
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Celia

Welcomed

Timmm
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Timmm

Its too early to tell BUT, so far, so bad! I couldnt stand Morgan when he was on and ALL I hear about every show is MORGAN! Its the Nurses Ball and the main story is Morgan, Sonny, Carly and Ava! What about AIDS? The opening number was cool but the scrubs were ugly! AND, no Brad or Lucas? ABC never listens to what the fans want with this Ball but its better than nothing. Oh, and something else than can ignore, the red carpet, it is horrible! Just have a body cam focus on each guest as they enter… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Or better yet, how about Billy Bush, Timmmbo??? I hear he’s looking for work…probably could have been gotten on the cheap! LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

Shay, I feel so sorry for Billy Bush! What did he really do? Yes, he is or was part of the liberal media BUT he was a young kid trying to make a name for himself! He was in the presence of The Donald, a imposing celebrity billionaire! Billy giggled at Donald’s crude comments like a school boy who heard his gym teacher use vulgar language. Remember Pat O’Brian? He said much worse and had a substance problem and was given other chances. What about the women who co-hosts 20/20? She has struggled with alcohol and is back at her… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Agreed. Stone and Robin flashbacks always welcome. Why not focus just on the Ball and the fight against AIDS. I would have much preferred that, over this crap TPTB call drama. I am SO sick and tired of the “Morgan Hour.” I could not stand the actor or the character when he was on-air, now, I have to sit thru and hour and deal with the petulant narcissist off-air.

Harry
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Harry

I do agree with you about Billy Bush. Frankly, the man was just doing his job. As Forrest Gump said,”That’s all I have to say about that.”

su0000
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su0000

0oooh gawd!!!
The opening number was so lame that is was cringeworthy..
It was a High School song and dance performance.
ahaa I felt like was viewing it from the gym.

I know the actors are not professional song and dance peoples but still the performance/direction was totally lame.

I hope they/producers will pick up their game and at the least put some effort into the ball.

Lulu’s dress ahha haa!
It looked like a decorated Hindenberg !

Anyways, the dance number will be remembered. Perhaps they’re saving the best for last.

Phideaux Xavier
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Phideaux Xavier

“…the performance/direction was totally lame.”

Oooh, cold! 😉

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

Girl, why don’t you just delete this wonderful program from your DVR? Your posts are consistently negative and critical. Why waste your time watching a show that you hold in such low regard?

su0000
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su0000

hi JasonLovesGH ..

DVR lol if I miss whatever I watch online..
and-
I love the show/GH it is the writers I have problems with, they stink and the world should know of the suckyness bad writing.
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the opening number was lame..eeeewwwww! lol

side; have you ever watched the worst movie ever produced – Plan 9 From from Outer Space’ ??
I have watched it 9 or more times, now you know why I still watch GH 🙂

Patrick
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Patrick

Mario’ – make’up – woah he looks like he has lipstick and eye liner what are we channeling here? too much information —— oh my god… no they didn’t Lulu has gone Momma Smurph. roaring LOL. no matter how I try to get in to her. something always crashes. argh! that Christmas wrap . hose her down. ———– the most cringeworthy – I want this over in the worst way. any thing Jason and Sam do; with Jake and Franco. BLECH ! ——- two loud ROAR – for Lucas and Kevin . if FAN POSTS are more about these two… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

on the 5/19 ep: it was thee treat and feast Maura West of ole bringing down the unheralded queen… Carly tour de force it just made Carly one note that much more realized.. how she stomps about town doing the same act. just no longer exciting, is she? i’m not looking forward to what I saw… the preview.. that Ava has Sonny and Carly in a showdown? and it may be to the detriment of Ava character. which will only raise that much more the distaste ire rankle and blech ! done in by F/J/S another thing while i’m at… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

have to put out their.

it’s the most fun when – ANY – character meets Carly eye to eye

drum roll… womanhood… spot on

Martine and Ava stood up. isn’t it that much more

dag! after Carly walked in on Sonny and Martine. Sonny looked sucker punched and immediately started drawing blanks…. that’s all the proof you need.. how oft he kowtows to Carly. just doesn’t mix, any more.. if ever

dmr
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dmr

Lulu was fashion road kill! LOL!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think Mario Lopez is a nice touch of realism to the “red carpet.” The gowns are gorgeous!!! My favorite is the black and white that Liz is wearing, next Nina’s. Some of these gowns are so stunning they’re nicer than what “celebs” wear at real events. However…Lulu? Oh my gawd!!!! If you added wheels to her feet she looked like the carriage from Cinderella! Surely there must have been some beautiful, flowing gown that could mask her pregnancy that didn’t make her look like she should be bounced into a basket. Cute, though, that Charlotte’s dress color matched hers…… Read more »

ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET
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ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET

I really loved your take in most of your commentary, especially what you said about poor Lulu’s pumpkin carriage lookin emsemble- I couldn’t have described it better especially when you said “if you added wheels to her feet” ha ha ha. I’m sure hope it wasn’t Ems choice of dress. Since I’ve been watching this soap from it’s start, I haven’t been impressed with the Nurse’s Ball for quite some time. But I did love Valentin’s, Ned and Olivia’s performance. The rest has been underwhelming as has been the talent. I can’t stand the new Amy (actress). The writers should… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Thank you, ABC SOAPS VET FROM THE GET (whew! that’s a mouthful! 🙂 ) I agree with you somewhat on Amy. The problem is they introduce characters and then drop them so if their intro is poor or undeveloped…or in this case an attempt to recreate the “vibe” of the original Amy it understandably falls flat. Someone else suggested they should have made Amy the daughter of Amy Vining. A niece, perhaps? Then it might have endeared us to her. Objectively, she’s cute, bubbly and as I’ve mentioned somewhere else on this thread, I do think she’s talented. Very well… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Rebecca, I cannot find your post in which you offer a contrary opinion to my own as far as The Nurse’s Ball cover of the Leonard Cohen song is concerned. Where did it go? Well, I appear to be lost yet again as I have a lousy sense of direction. Yes, I am that person who gets lost leaving the doctor’s office while looking for the exit which leads to the waiting room (there’s an existential metaphor in there somewhere). In any case, your rebuttal was so well written it made me change my mind about GH’s use of “Hallelujah”.… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

What is WRONG with my brain lately? Time to double up on the Ginko Biloba
That’s have a GREAT summer, not have a nice summer.
See what happens when I try and sound all young and cool? I always end up tripping on my shoelaces.
In any case, have a GREAT summer, everybody.

Alan
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Alan

My favorite part was that thing they had Lulu wear to hide the actress’ pregnancy. It was right out of SOAPDISH…

Shay
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Shay

Yes, Alan….if the wardrobe people were aiming for the comical touch, then they succeeded magnificently. But honestly, the only two real fashion knockouts were Finola and Becky’s characters…looking as sleek and sensational as ever! By the way, would it have been too much to ask that some of the men bother to shave before this “big event?” (Rhetorical question….) Apparently, the answer is yes, but their casual hirsute looks really didn’t mix well with this formal black tie occasion!

Alan
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Alan

I would add Michelle Stafford to the best dressed list. Everything from her hair to her dress was perfect.

Celia
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Celia

As much as I admire and love Finola, Shay, I thought her gown was ill-fitting. Did you not notice how it did not sit well on her rear? Bad couture. It was too big for her. Beautiful gown—definitely her style; but, not ‘adhering’ to her body.
What can I say about Rebecca/Elizabeth? In my opinion, she is the most naturally beautiful woman on the soaps.
Her gown was exquisite in its simplicity….a perfect fit. She looked ethereal….and, wore that creation well.

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…My impression of Anna’s gown was only from a quick glimpse…I didn’t take a long gander at the fit, just the style itself….same goes for Liz! Theirs were the only two fashion selections I found to be remotely attractive, but of course, that probably had to do with the actresses as much as the dresses themselves! Honestly, I fast-forwarded through as much of this event as possible, because I was bored silly, extremely disappointed with the acts and thought most of the apparel resembled cheap promwear.

Celia
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Celia

You’re right, Shay….it was hard to get a good glimse. The dress was gorgeous…the top part fit to perfection. It was the part around her derriere that was a little baggy–should have been more form-fitting.
But, who cares, right. She’s beautiful, nonetheless.
I know you are not fond of Nina, but Michelle’s dress was like a second skin ( only purple, lol)….she shone in it..
Her body was made for that style…loved it.
But, Liz certainly stole the ‘fashion show’.
Let’s not forget the men…Curtis!! Oh, my, Curtis!!!! Straight out of an Italian ‘Uomo’ magazine.
And, Nathan and Griffin: what can I say?

Shay
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Shay

Yes, CeeCeeGirl, Liz “stole the fashion show!” She was utterly flawless, although I think I still preferred her Audrey Hepburn-esque pink princess gown of last year…or was it the year before??? For me, the past few NB events have been such a mish-mosh of nothingness, I am having trouble recalling. But the lovely Becky Herbst can quite literally carry off anything, probably even a burlap sack! LOL…At any rate, Finola also shares that quality, by and large…it is a shame that her dress was not altered to hug her enviably-slim silhouette, but perhaps it was on loan and could not… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I have to say, Shay, that I really liked Olivia’s dress–and it fit her well, also.
And how about that attire when she performed with “Ned”? Didn’t she do justice (more than) to those white pants?? 🙂

Shay
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Shay

@Nancy…Yes! Lisa LoCicero looked wonderful, then again, she usually does in any outfit “Olivia” wears! She’s always had a great figure…both before and after her recent pregnancy, and those white skinnies she donned were utter perfection…I think they were actually the star of the NB!

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

I thought the opening number was magnificent! It was fun, fresh and the remixed version of the song was fabulous. I’ve watched it at least 10 times. Hooray!

Sidebar: the 2 dudes dancing on the station behind Epiphany in the picture featured above are some serious eye candy, particularly the one on the right. He makes my knees quiver. If this dude can act, Mr Valentini please put him on contract and pair him with Lucas (where is he, by the way?). Talk about some sizzle! 🙂 (I’m over Brad.)

Patrick
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Patrick

I hope you are posting about the bearded guy… in the opening number. that caught mine

Steve
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Steve

I concur about the background dancers. Hot!
Sad thing is they’ve had more screen time than Ryan Carnes has for the past few months.

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

I liked the fact they mixed things up with the opening nurses performance.

ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET
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ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET

I’ve been totally underwhelmed by the Nurses Ball in past years since taken over by new regimes. Aside from the fact that they are over-produced, there is very little talent to speak of, and no real, raw energy.
I will say that the exception and greatly appreciated difference this year, was Valentin;s piano playing and beautiful rendition of a difficult to vocalize Billy Joel song, the blending of Ned and Olivia great singing and dancing act and being pleasantly surprised by Joss’s lovely voice and performance.
The rest was ho-hum. I will always love anything Emma does.

ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET
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ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET

I forgot to mention that I love most of the gowns and costumes worn for this year’s ball, and Elizabeth’s was especially stunning. They could have done better for Lulu.

Krista Ramirez
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Krista Ramirez

They need to show Monica. Let her have a life, including a sex life .

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Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

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Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

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For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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