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GH Nurses' Ball 2017 Part Three: The Emotional Conclusion On Lives Lost; While Lives Are On The Line!

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The third and final installment of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2017 brought with it an emotional ending, juxtaposed with two major cliffhangers, as well as performances of songs from the late David Bowie and George Michael who passed away last year.

In story, after Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) admits to Anna (Finola Hughes) that he sold the chimera to Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and that he did it for dollars to help pay for his reconstructive surgery and to set him up financially and for freedom, Anna pleads with him to let him know if he knows where it is. He tells Anna to stay out of his life and to go to Cassadine Island if she wants to retrieve it.  Valentin won’t discuss this any further with Anna as he wants to make things right with his wife, Nina (Michelle Stafford).

Meanwhile, Jake (Hudson West) sees Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) and Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) playing with the chimera canister and orders them to stop!  He even gets testy about it which Nina witnesses.

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Sonny (Maurice Benard) has told Carly (Laura Wright) someone tampered with Morgan’s meds leading up to his last manic episode, as Curtis (Donnell Turner) surprises Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) with a key to his hotel room!

Onstage, Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) showed her singing and dancing prowess along with her on-screen love Wally Kurth (Ned) as their characters performed “Faith” by George Michael.

Anna has now made her way inside the ball and in front of Jason (Billy Miller), Liz (Rebecca Herbst), Andre (Anthony Montgomery) and Franco (Roger Howarth) reveals that the chimera is a biotoxin that was sold to Helena Cassadine! Jason is very worried as backstage Jake hides the chimera inside his magic trick box.

Now inching closer to the truth, Sonny and Carly corner Lucy (Lynn Herring) outside the ballroom where she admits she saw Ava (Maura West) throwing out the pill bottle in question in the trash, and that’s how she found out that Ava and Morgan were having an affair again!  Scott overhears the conversation and runs to Ava to let her know Sonny is on to her.  Meanwhile, she is about to take the stage due to her generous donation in Morgan’s name for HIV/AIDS research.

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Kiki (Hayley Erin) is able to get out of her shift at GH and shows up and surprises Dillon (Robert Palmer Watkins) at the last minute to be a part of his performance of David Bowie’s “Modern Love”.  Robert Palmer Watkins delivered an entertaining number as a geek nerd transforming for the woman he loves.

All roads have come together for Sonny and Carly as they have figured out Ava is the one who switched Morgan’s pills. When Lucy introduces Ava to make her generous donation, she is MIA.  Ava had hightailed it to the warehouse to get some cash, and a passport and to get out of the country.

Backstage, Helena Cassadine appears and tells Jake he did not keep up his end of the bargain.  She then adds to the little boy to make all of Port Charles disappear with his magic act.

It’s time for the grand finale and a somber Lucy announces its time for the closing number of the Nurses’ Ball.  Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) and the other nurses perform Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”  The performance is done with remembrance of those who have lost their lives to AIDS, with candles encasing the stage and candles for the audience.

In one of the most heartfelt moment’s of the ball, Robin (Kimberly McCullough) appears on a monitor on-stage speaking to the attendees that while we have made strides there is more that can be done to help the fight against HIV and AIDS.  She says she is grateful to not only be alive, but expecting her second child. The audience is extremely moved as they gather around the stage as the cast including a hankie-moment shot of Genie Francis (Laura) honor those we have lost.

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GH ends the ball with one of their effective trademarks, cutting from the action at the ball and matching it in story with the song lyrics onstage as we witness: Ava packing a gun as Sonny and Carly find her, Curtis sweeping Jordan into his arms as the two are finally going to make love, and finally, Jake appears and tells his mother, Elizabeth, that he is ready to do his magic act now. We fade to black.

What did you think of the final installment of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2017? Were you moved by the closing number? Are you excited to see how the chimera and the Ava storylines develop? What was your favorite moment in the final episode this year? Comment below!

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Dana
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Dana

The closing number was truly beautiful.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Some of it was an improvement-music over last year but it didnt feel anything like a real fundraiser…and Monica and Lucas not there-people connected to the hospital? but of course Sonny/Carla and Nina had to be with all their drama?…No Dr. Liesel played by an actress with musical talent???…it was better than last year with some good music but one who never tuned in before wouldnt know it was an aids fundraiser..i would liked the opening been a black and white set of the original nurses station with the old theme and characters acting like Steve, Jesse and Audrey-it begins… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Another year of NB gone, and once again, oh no, no Dr. O.! What an absolute travesty!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

it sure was a travesty,…and an unforgivable one!!!

Celia
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Celia

Devastating, Shay., no Dr. O….another one gone….another one bites the dust ( my beautiful Freddie).
Is KG on her way out?

On another note, Shay; the Chimera symbol is finally starting to make sense. As I had said, a Chimera is an illusion, made up of many parts, I likened it to Frankenstein’s monster–made of many different ‘human parts’. Anna told Andre that Valentin’s explosive creation consisted of many strains, thus, the name Chimera.
I am, somewhat, pacified. LOL.

Shay
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Shay

Tell me about it, jimh!!!! I’m still totally steamed that the highly-artistic skills of Miss Kathleen Gati were once again ignored in favor of more amateurish acts….This woman is a phenomenally talented performer and should be given a platform for sharing both her acting and musical gifts whenever possible!

Celia
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Celia

Valentin telling Anna to take a hike and not look back?
No, seriously. I thought Robin’s speech on HIV was very moving, albeit I did not watch when she and her then, boyfrind ( was it Stone?) went through a very dark time.
It was the best conclusion to ‘celebrating life’ by raising money, the reason for the Nurses’ Ball.

Shay
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Shay

Honestly, the only NB “appearance” I thoroughly enjoyed was Helena’s! I still hope we will see her—sooner rather than later—“somewhere, out there!” Perhaps on Cassadine Island????

Shay
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Shay

That was a nice touch with Robin’s taped appearance, CeeCee, which leads me to suggest that next year if the showrunners once again feel compelled to put on this extremely pared-down event, how about more of those video cameos from those too many unheard from legacy characters we still know and love??? It would seem at this point to be a pipedream to ever have them actually revisit Port Charles in the flesh, but even a filmed update from our old favorites would be better than nothing, and shouldn’t put too much of a dent in the obviously reduced budget.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Kimbo is always great. Perfect touch.

dmr
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dmr

Celia, The 90’s was when General Hospital was on fire, with Sonny and Brenda, Ned and Lois, the Quartermaine’s, and Robin and Stone. If you are interested and have the time, watch a few segments on YouTube of Robin and Stone. I wish that the TPTB did a few flashbacks of Robin and Stone during this year’s Nurse’s Ball, especially since Robin was not really able to attend. Their love story and his death was told so beautifully. Claire Labine was a writer and producer then, I believe. During her era, the show was just unstoppable.

Celia
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Celia

Thank you so much, dmr. That’s what I hear…GH had the best cast, at that time, and the most thrilling stories.
I did ‘educate’ myself some, but, as the old adage goes, “you hadda be there”, albeit Shay is the greatest narrator. She’s my main source. LOL.

Shay
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Shay

I’m still wondering where all this Valentin stuff is headed, too, CeeCeeGirl!….So many questions, so few answers! I made mention on a different thread of the need for Nik’s return since his absence leaves a huge hole in the Cassadine clan’s saga( in response to one of your posts about Tyler Christopher…hope it makes it online! I swear, I have written so many detailed replies to you over the past few days in reference to certain characters, and practically none has materialized. Ditto for those sent to Timmmbo…..you two must think I’m ignoring you, but I’m not!!!!) As for Sean… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….These days I find nothing about GH to be cohesive or pacifying…it’s just one sorry mess after another!!! Although I initially had high hopes for James Patrick Stuart’s Valentin and whatever mystery and mayhem he could possibly bring to the GH canvas, I’m now just as bored with his saga as all the others….especially since he was tethered to the downright unnecessary Nina instead of playing up on the obvious, off-the-charts chemistry he shared with Finola Hughes and her Alex/Anna duo. Soooo…basically we’re still stuck at status quo. But speaking of that Mary Shelley creation, there was an excellent British… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I feel you, Shay. I was content with where the Valentin story was going, but, the confusion still persists in my head. I must have a mental block. I am having a hard time following where all this is going? Is Valentin a bad guy or not? Was Nik’s death contrived, with Valentin as an accomplice? Was it all for show? And, now he is off to jail? Yet, Anna feels remorse for his plight? But, but, but….didn’t he just help abort/stop the Chimera’s dissemination of its bio-chemical poison? That should count for something!! Moving on…LOL. Thank you for the… Read more »

Bobbie
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Bobbie

Awesome ball Michael. Tell everyone involved it was thoroughly fun, exciting, suspensful and I just had a blast!! Kudos to all!!

Steve
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Steve

How do have a Nurses’ Ball without one doctor performing?

We got what we wished — no striptease!

Are we going to get an Ava on a meat hook moment? Carly forcing her to sign over all rights to Avery? Gee, Carly, AJ doesn’t look so bad compared to what Ava’s done. Of course, she’d never admit that.

sandra
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sandra

Who the heck wished for no striptease??? I kept waiting for it 🙁

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Me. So sick of those men with their cookie cutter, waxen hairless chests.
They do nothing for me.
Also happy there was no cheesy Sabrina and a dress-less Lucy.
My only complaint was no Dr Oberet.
The incredibly talented KG gets almost no storyline all year long and her one chance to shine and to strut her stuff is the Nurse’s Ball. What a waste.
I am not only disappointed for us viewers, I am disappointed for her. She must have been so sad about not being included.

Shay
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Shay

No Magic Milo and his corresponding “Wands!”…check. No Lucy Coe striptease…check. No Alexis in her usual choice of cleavage-baring eveningwear….CHECK!!!! (Double check…) Overall, three great signs of improvement from previous NB events! Please continue these trends next year, along with employing some of the other suggestions loyal GH fans have offered up in these reviews/critiques for the 2017 effort.

dmr
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dmr

Steve, Sonny’s actions are always justified. Remember when Carly drugged AJ and poured vodka all over him and left him in an alley? Somewhat similar to what Ava did to Morgan. Ava used Morgan’s illness to try to cause him to have a breakdown. Carly used AJ’s illness to also benefit herself. Yet, Sonny and Carly conveniently forget all of their past transgressions. Honestly, Morgan was such a useless character. He was an entitled, spoiled brat. Saint Sonny, the wonderful father that he is, slept with his son’s lover, and killed his other son’s biological father.

Phil
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Phil

So, I know everyone loved Valentine’s number, but the final performance was IMO the best performance of the entire show… with the opening number being a close number of course that is because Emma outshines almost every adult at that performance! She is definitely a performer that one!

su0000
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su0000

I FF through the song and dance lol I watched them for the first 15 seconds and had need to FF. I did watch Olivia and Ned and Valentin .They were good . I know most all enjoyed the the dance and song and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Loved seeing Helena once again! I wish she will have some great scenes but I doubt that will happen 🙁 A good thing; the pill story is at its end I can only hope the mourning of Morgan will finally end, also. Ava had better come out of this strong and… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

su, I agree–Ned and Olivia were good–and a fun number. Agree again: Chimera a total fail. How may holes can you count in that story line?

Celia
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Celia

You’re right, su. The Chimera story was a debacle. Obviously, it isn’t going to go off. There still is a lot of confusion surrounding Jake and Helena. If she’s in Jakie’s head; if he’s hypnotized or in the arms of Morpheus ( as I mentioned in a dream-like-state), who sent him the canister?
Well, at least the name makes sense to me, now. Is this the end of it? The writers can’t simply leave it like this, can they? Sure they can. They did just that with Flukie Lukie.

dmr
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dmr

I loved Valentin’s number. I thought it was the best number in the show. Honestly, I thought his version of the song was better than Billy Joel’s! It had so much heart poured into it! Ned and Olivia were cute, too. I always love Ned as Eddie Maine. The other numbers, ugh. They kind of made me cringe..
Sick to death of chasing scarecrows in the woods, watching the kid draw, and this damn chimera. Who cares? SO dumb.

Linda
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Linda

I liked the Hallelueh performance and the Kiki and dillon dance. too bad Liesel didnt get to sing with her sensational voice.I Iiked most of the dresses except for Liz’s and Lulu’s. Lulu ‘s dress looked like a jello mold!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I know I felt sorry for the actress playing Lulu lugging that dress around– I know they were trying to cover up the fact she is pregnant in real life– but their choice only made it more obvious– not sure why the character had to be a the ball at all–

Shay
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Shay

Actually, it reminded me of a huge salmon aspic…

Celia
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Celia

LOL…or, a giant cream puff.

Timmm
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Timmm

She could have snuck FIVE people into the Nurses Ball under that gown!

Shay
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Shay

Actually, Timmmbo, I don’t think Lulu could have found five people who cared enough to go to such lengths to attend the NB! Let’s face it, this once exciting and glittering high- class event has become a decidedly-downmarket “do.” (Or rather, “don’t!”…..)

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Really? I loved Liz’s dress. I think it was my favorite! Lulu dressed up in Cinderella’s coach however is another story…(no pun intended!)

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Lizzy’s dress was the best one, in my opinion.
She is an absolute stunner, that one.
Yes, Lulu was Cinderella’s coach and a giant pumpkin at the same time.
Was it absolutely imperative that Lulu be there in that hideous dress from Maternity Hell?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

PS What is “Liesel” doing still on the show??!! Away!
Just how many evil characters can TPTP put on one show?

Shay
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Shay

At least Liesel is “exquisitely evil,” Nancy! (On par with Constance Towers’ icy cold Helena!) Kathleen Gati shows how it should be done, and she also has demonstrated impressive comedic chops and immense musical skills. This lady is one talented and versatile performer and why she has been allowed to languish away in the GH “records room” instead of seeing some action front-and-center on the small screen is a question that really begs to be asked-and-answered, especially in light of the fact she has been unceremoniously denied a richly-deserved place on the NB stage for two consecutive years running.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Overall one of the better NB’s- so glad did not have to see men in their underwear — my main pet peeve was the editing. For example we had Valentin and Anna having this really dramatic conversation back stage– then there is this musical number and Anna is sitting there beside Andre smiling away during the performance— then commercial then Anna and Valentin are backstage still in conversation– another one was Sonny just tells Carly that Morgan pills were tampered– commercial– musical act– Sonny and Carly are there smiling enjoying the number– commercial– back to the conversation– Really Carly finds… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, as I said, WAY too choppy.
One question: why did Lucy stand in the audience rather than on the “stage” most of the time? And, oh boy, what a paucity of audience.

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes, it should be a show ONLY and no storylines!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

That’s a even better idea– have one episode focused solely on the performances instead of dragging it out three days– avoid all the silly stop and go, stop and go which results in problems in continuity– from your lips to FV ear’s — show only will make the whole NB far more enjoyable as a once a year treat and break from the “drama”

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I don’t know; I think the show in general has been really, really good…I’m enjoying the entire chimera story and the intertwined stories. The nurses ball however…was lacking for me. Seemed like less entertainment than in the past. Individually, I liked all the numbers. I was a little disappointed in Kiki/Dillon. They were soooo cute together last year. This year Kiki did nothing but dance around Dillon. Would have liked them to have interacted more. Also missed seeing Franco, Liz, Sam, Molly, Griffin up on stage. Seems like they just skimped on the acts. Very impressed, though, as always by… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hi Rebecca, I agree re Ned–and re the “lacking” in the Nurses’ Ball. 🙂

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey Nancy…Ned’s so cute, isn’t he? I did read however that he and Olivia are going to be featured less as he’s on his way back to his other show. Nooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I was afraid of that!)

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

Another great episode of GH! Chock full of huge story drama and more delightful performances and sweeps worthy cliffhangers. Bravo to everyone involved for giving us another memorable Nurses Ball! “Modern Love, Walks beside me, Modern Love, Walks on by, Modern Love, Gets me to the Church on Time, Church on Time, Terrifies me, Church on Time, Makes me party, Church on Time, Puts my trust in God and Man, God and Man, No confessions, God and Man, No religion,God and Man, Don’t believe In Modern Love” Woo-Hoo! My favorite pop song by David Bowie being performed by my favorite… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

WOW – you, really, nailed it on Kiki and Dillon. straight up… LOVE these two. “…The soapy longing that they were doing before their number, the joyful exuberance they showed after their number, and the sweet scene with their arms around each other watching back at the hospital. ” i’m smiling, LOL, in wonderment. these two actors are killing it. wishing that was me “30” years ago. PS: All Points Bulletin to any and all writers from the 4 serial. serial recipe here gosh darned it yeah.. I certainly recall … and will watch again… when he swooped her up… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree about loving these two (kiki and Dillon). They are perfect for each other and I really hope this is one couple that lasts! Robert Palmer Watkins is fantastic! I think he’s got a great voice as evidenced by last year and this year (and his own music). He blew this number out of the park! The boy can dance too!!! I still think, though, this didn’t showcase “kiki’s” talents. She’s gorgeous, adorable, evokes joy when she smiles that dimpled smile. And I agree, they light up the room! But, just watched the clip again. It was “Dillon’s” number.… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Ned and Olivia is another pairing that just fits like a glove. ”

what a BLAST ; of playful flirty Ned and sensuous Olivia.

from what I’ve read in the most recent SOD issue. if read correctly.

we are promised a summer chock full of fun and exploration of Ned n ‘Livia.

who can beat that

Wally Kurth just stirs a lot
I’m so glad my lady love Cousin Olivia is BACK where she belongs; in front

I fell in love with Connie and Olivia as the besties BFF cousins ! argh!

lots of romance please

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, yes–agree re Ned and Olivia pairing. Two successes–Laura and Kevin and these two. Unlike Nina and Valentin–uh, no–just no.

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Ava’s very cryptic words to Kiki “felt” like their last interaction together. ” hold the tears … because damned it all… dam break. THIS IS WHY fans can never get enough Maura West. and watching Kiki and Dillon reaction spells it all Ava is the tops I just want this story to end… WHY ARE WE ; the audience suffering through this trio… Carly / Sonny / Ava. Carly and Sonny do not hold a candle any where near Ava caliber. I will continue to bellow the love Ava shows for her daughters is insurmountable. when GH decides to AIR… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Amazing post, Jay Trotter. You never disappoint. As I said, Ava, Carly and Sonny are criminals—I see no difference within the inner recesses of these blood-sucking characters.
But, as artists, I have yet to find a match running shoulder to shoulder with Maura.

And so, the redemption of Valentin starts. All he needed was a bullet through his viscera: behold a hero!!
I can’t say I’m not happy. Go Valentin!!

Celia
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Celia

Spoke too soon, did I? LOL.
I think Jason a d Valentin should partner up in fighting crime. They were soectacular together at the NB.
Well, it’s a thought; and, it would be a step forward; not two-steps back as the brilliant, rusty brass (pardon the oxymoron) inhabiting the PCPD routinely take.

Suz tm
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Suz tm

Missed Monica, she is chief of Staff
Kevin, Laura’s significant other and doctor at hospital
Finn, Hayden, doctor and financial advisor for hosp
Lucas, Bobbies son, Doctor at hospital

I could go on…..

Shay
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Shay

Just another day in the life of “General Gangsters,” Suz tm!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

🙂 🙂

Steve
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Steve

Tradition was broken — Lucy kept her clothes on. As great as LH looks, perhaps it was finally time.

Why don’t we get a bedroom scene with Curtis and Jordan? I’d rather see them go at it than Sonny and a day player.

Shay
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Shay

Than Sonny and ANYBODY, Steve!!! LOL…Time to retire the Don Juan of Port Charles in favor of a younger candidate.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

They seem to be going in the no clothes off for anybody as witnessed by the lack of Magic Milo dancers, too. Lucy has a great body for any age! But the “act” got played out. I think, from the small sampling here that viewers might have been happy that the male dance routine was cut, but I liked it. There was justification for it in that it was a traditional (well, I think it’s just been a few years…not sure) dance number that was sexy yet all in good fun. Lucy’s dress always coming off for silly reasons just… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Once the affair with Dante ended, they seeed to forget that Valerie is a Spencer. One scene of her sitting at the table with Bobbie and Carly would have sufficed. BS is quite stunning and Valerie had lots of story potential, but since he arrived, it always seemed that Curtis and Jordan are end game.

Patrick
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Patrick

I’m so glad.. there are posts that enjoy Valerie

seriously.. I thought between her and Kiki… hotted it out.

the writers along with Frank… just nixed Valerie character

i’d much rather have seen her and Curtis make a go of it

at least these were new characters who caught on

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Afraid TPTB are going to make them boring–like they do all other couples.

Celia
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Celia

I agree with you, Steve, re Valerie. This Spencer girl is in limbo. Why not explore her past; her paternity? As uninforment and ignorant as I am on GH’s history, I would love following that storyline.
TPTB have enough Spencers in their collective laps; get busy…I’d rather watch that than follow an elusive, pointless Chimera story.
I assume all the mythical hoopla was a means to connect Valentin to Helena? Was he under her influence when he shot Nik ( if he’s really dead) and Kevin? Where is he, anyway? Laura is so patient. LOL.

Patrick
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Patrick

this dime store “B” movie has got to stop the recriminations threats and play on words as voiced ( roaring laugh out loud ) by GH top draw the lackey and dullard , however they imagine their star… Sonny and Carly. PUKE will someone please fork over… some extra cache for Sonny to .. at the bare minimum… NO MORE SEX SCENES, ever… get him an upper lip. it’s a farcical cartoon to watch him he man how on top, only he, thinks, Sonny lords. this is an insult to , whom i’m reminded of when… I see Sonny.. with… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

“This dime store “B” movie has got to stop”…..LOL…That’s putting it mildly, Patrick!!!! “NO MORE SEX SCENES ever”….Double LOL and I second that motion!!!! (P.S. Loved your most apt Nick Tortelli reference…I think Harry has also used that one before…great call regardless!!!!)

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I missed those nuances–drat it! 🙂

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I loved Morgan! I hated that Ava replaced his pills; but I LOVE Ava, too! And I understood, as completely, totally, indisputably and despicably wrong as she was to change out his lithium…why she did it. She was desperate to see her daughter happy! Kiki was almost killed for taking a bullet for Morgan. She was threatened when he lost it and took her to the cabin (not intentionally to harm her but while experiencing an episode). Point is…Ava did no more than Carly did to AJ back in the day! Carly STOLE Michael from AJ and thought it safer… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Carly is the biggest hypocrite in PC. She and Sonny did horrendous things to AJ with little remorse.

Even looking at it from another angle, after seeing all Ava has done (including playing a key role in AJ’s death), Carly should now realize AJ wasn’t THAT bad in hindsight.

Poor Avery, everyone related by blood has done some horrible things (except cousins Lucas and Leo). Reserve time with Dr. Maddox. (Oh wait, that didn’t work so well for her brother)

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, there ARE other characters on the show, aren’t they? Who decided these 2 would have the lion’s share of scenes and s/ls?

Steve
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Steve

When Ron C left, the edict from Varni and Valentini was that MB and LW were the stars of the show. Michael quickly reverted to Sonny’s milquetoast lapdog and Dante again turned a blind eye to his father’s misdeeds. One of the best things Ron did during his tenure was his approach to the Sonny character. For a good while, Sonny played a supporting role in Connie’s story. While the decision to kill AJ for the final time was misguided, the payoff of the fractured relationship of Sonny and Michael was well written and acted. Sonny even went to Pentonville,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

The same people who placed the ill-fitting Nina front-and-center on the GH canvas, Nancy!

janet
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janet

The way this show goes. I wanted to see some of the N.B. What comes on. Sonny and Carley screaming and threatening Ava for the same things they have done for years. I want to thank Jelly, I get to just go to the gym. Problem solved. I don’t know why ,unless they are hoping no one will watch, but all Scummy and snarly all and every day. certainly helps me to do what my doctor says. Go to the gym.I didn’t realize Lisl didn’t get to sing, what a bunch of idiots. The most talented singer on the show… Read more »

Krista Ramirez
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Krista Ramirez

Where is Kevin these days?/ Maybe they should get Laura and Andre together.

Timmm
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Timmm

What do you have against Laura? Andre has less life in him than a plastic GI Joe doll!

Shay
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Shay

Tell me about it, Timmm! Like one shrink beau is as good as the other for our Laura??? No….she had excellent chemistry with Kevin and if his character can’t find his way back to Port Charles, let’s just leave her to her own devices for a bit longer until a suitable match can be found. After Luke and Scotty, this character needs a dashing Scorpio-like dude (you know, like actually Robert Scorpio!) or maybe a successful businessman…solid and respectable!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, no, Krista, LOL. When I see Laura, I get this sense of motherly comfort—she’s so peaceful, almost angelic…..love her to the moon and back!!! I have been an avid fan for many years ( Days, Y&R). She is so real.
Andre’? He is a mannequin—so mechanical. I can see him in a Haberdashery’s window for the elite. So stiff.

Celia
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Celia

PS.
Sorry, Krista, I need to correct my ‘covfefe’, LOL. I do love Genie/Laura, but from Y&R, and now, GH. But, I have seen many clips of her work on Days .
For some reason I always mistake her for Mary Beth/Kayla on Days….I can’t figure out why, LOL.
I admire both these ladies very, very much.

Shay
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Shay

Hey, CeeCeeGirl….To err is human, to “covfefe” is divine!!!! LOL…

Celia
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Celia

@Shay. Hey, hey, hey,Shay, I like that, “to covfefe is divine”. The soaps should adopt that new word? A gaffe? LOL. Perfect for all things criminal; especially for Sonny–on whom will he blame his future trials and tribulations? I wonder if he does “coffee” business with the Macedonians? Channeling Alexander The Great, Shay. Lest I forget, how well Sonny slithered himself a’ sang froid, out, as to why he was in Ava’s hospital room, with Griffin……takes honed talents of manipulation, n’est-ce pas? And, while I am on the subject of French? Why does Valentin speak the language to Charlotte? The… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Andre? I still think they might get him together with Anna. Or at least that’s where the attraction seemed to be when they first gave us Andre/Jordan/Anna. Anna seemed interested; Andre seemed drawn but ultimately fell for Jordan.

As for “solid and respectable”…can’t get much more of that than in Andre.

Timmm
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Timmm

JELLY did it, the Nurses Ball was good and sometimes great! ALL the musical numbers were great! I loved JPS’s rendition of an album cut from Billy Joel. BUT, I equally loved Wally and Lisa singing “Faith.” AND Robert Palmer and Haley doing David Bowie was awesome! I am probably in the minority but I didnt miss Lisel or the hunks stripping. The side stories were lame. Amy and Nathan talking together was just to give them something to do. Paul should have killed Amy and Nathan should be off camera with Maxie. Speaking of killing, my hope is that… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I didn’t miss the striptease, either. The viewers should turn MORGAN into a drinking game! Sick to death of hearing about that useless character. I didn’t care for the actor or the character while he was on-air, and care less about him, while he is off-air. Such a punk.

Steve
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Steve

How does Charlotte stay so thin? Every time we see Lulu interact with her, she pries her with sugar. After the NB, she mentions she has more cookies she ate on her last visit. When Lulu picked her up from school, they went to the MC for ice cream sundaes. And they first bonded over scones!

Valentin is no better, sending the girls for chocolate cake at the NB and buying them cookies at Kelly’s.

Please give that girl some carrots or a healthy snack once in a while 🙂

Celia
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Celia

Too funny!

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Ha ha ha! Steve, RIGHT?
One day Charlotte had cookies and hot chocolate in Nina’s office, then she went off to have hot chocolate and cookies at the Metro Court then she went to Kelly’s and also had cookies and hot chocolates. Her “papa” came to pick her up and said they’d go home to have hot chocolate and cookies at home.
This was four times within an hour’s time!

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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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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!”

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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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