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GH Nurses' Ball 2017 Part Two: James Patrick Stuart Steals The Show As Valentin Sings To Nina!

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On the second installment of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2017 episodes, Tuesday brought a surprise musical performance from none other than Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart)!  After not being able to get through to his wife Nina (Michelle Stafford) that he loves her and wants to be with her, and not Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), the guy takes drastic measures!

How drastic?  He goes backstage where Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) is touching up her make-up for her next outfit change, and offers up a seven figure donation for HIV/AIDS research in return for something.  What is that something? Getting on to the stage as quickly as possible to sing a song to Nina! After we hear an offstage voice that is supposed to be Liesl (Kathleen Gati), who has been now replaced on-stage during her regularily scheduled slot, Valentin sits down at the piano and sings one of On-Air On-Soaps favorite Billy Joel songs of all-time, “And So It Goes”.

As he sings, Nina watches on with tears welling in her eyes, as this man pours his heart out to her in the song, which ends lyrically that she would break his heart too, if they were to break-up.

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James Patrick Stuart wowed with his voice and his performance, and we must also give kudos to Michelle Stafford, who played Nina’s reaction to perfection. Stuart who has always been a multi-talented man has also made Valentin a bad boy misunderstood charmer that you kind of root for!  Later in the episode and following Valentin’s performance, Anna wants answers from him to save people’s lives as to who he sold the deadly chimera to!  Finally, Valentin reveals that he sold it to Helena Cassadine.

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Meanwhile, it is none other than Valentin’s daughter, Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) who unknowingly has activated the chimera with Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) standing by.  What will happen now that it is about to be unleashed at the ball?Jason (Billy Miller) is hanging around the ball after Sam (Kelly Monaco) departs to take care of their baby, and knows something is amiss with Jake (Hudson West) when his son decides to bow out of performing his magic act, when Jason confronts him about the chimera necklace.  Jake’s responses trouble his father.

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In other musical numbers: Brooklyn Rae Silzer was back as a crowd-pleaser leading the way in the Nurses’ Ball rendition of the Sara Bareilles tune, “Brave.” Brooklyn performed the number alongside Risa Dorken (Amy), Brytni Sarpy (Valerie) and Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina), and Eden McCoy made her Nurses’ Ball debut as Josslyn performed, the original song, “It’s Not Over Yet.”

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In a touching moment beforehand, Joss got her big brother Michael’s (Chad Duell) support via the phone since he left the ball to see Nelle (Chloe Lanier) in the hospital. He told her to keep the phone with her, and he would be listening during the performance. Meanwhile, Nelle woke up as Joss sang at the ball and Michael was by her bedside.

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And the continuing cliffhanger, which has been a great way to end each of the first two episodes of this year’s GH Nurses’ Ball … Sonny is closing in on the truth.

Andre (Anthony Montgomery) has received news from the lab that the crumbled pill at the bottom of Morgan’s pill bottle looks to be a placebo.

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It is all coming together for Sonny as Ava Jerome (Maura West) can’t let go of the fact that Sonny may be on to her, and the truth of what she did to Morgan is about to come out. When Carly (Laura Wright) questions Sonny why he is at the ball, he tells Carly that he finally knows what happened to Morgan.  We fade to black.

So, what was your favorite part of the GH Nurses Ball Pt 2? Share your thoughts on the second episode, the performances and the storylines in the comment section below!

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Mary SF
Mary SF

I am a fan of Billy Joel’s work, but I never heard this song before– it was hauntingly beautiful and fit perfectly with the story line of Nina and Valentin—so that was my highlight

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

The song came from Billy Joel’s album “Storm Front”. That record had the big hit song “We Didn’t Start The Fire”. I had the disc playing in my car last week and I remembered how the whole album was so good back when i first heard it. I have pretty much everything by Billy Joel but this song really is a showcase for how great his work really is.

dmr
dmr

Mary SF, I never heard the song before, either. I just listened to it on YouTube. It’s beautiful, will definitely be downloading it. I still have to see the first half of yesterday’s episode, too. I like Valentin. I think JPS brings such heart to the character.

Timmm
Timmm

The song is off 1989’s album, “Storm Front.” James did an awesome job!

su0000
su0000

I am so luvin Valentin..
The only story that hasn’t bored me to death is everything Valentin..
Anybody the messes with my Valentin will greatly suffer, I will smite them ! heh.

Hey Celia..
the Valentin character has a scent of ” Mr Morningstar (Lucifer ..
mmmmm both are irresistible !

dmr
dmr

I love Valentin, too. JPS brings such depth and heart to the character. I love Valentin’s relationship with Charlotte, too. What do I love most? How Valentin puts that annoying, insipid Lulu in her place, haha! Honestly, I like his relationship with Nina, too, because I think JPS and MS have chemistry and they show what couples endure during relationships-certain insecurities, jealousies, hurt, etc., all while still loving the person that is causing them that emotional turmoil. It makes you want to root for them.

Celia
Celia

Yeeees!!! Su, why didn’t I see this sooner? Agreed, they both stir, ahem….my senses. Ha!!

Celia
Celia

All I have to say is that James Patrick Stuart (my Gran’s maiden name, LOL) stole the show since the very first moment he walked on stage, not just by showing his artistry at the NB.
Good boy, or bad boy, there is something very endearing and humbling about him—a tangible, childlike pathos, yet so sexy.
His begging ( Nina) would have normally turned me off, for a man to humble himself so. But, by the same token, it takes a real man to go after his love and not give up.
As you say, su…..there is ‘the scent’ of Lucifer. An enigma. Good over evil and vice versa.
I do commend the writers with this character. I admire the way he is kneaded into a forlorn protagonist of yore, struggling with his good-bad inner self. A Shakespearean anti hero or a misunderstood one?…Perhaps, Milton’s fallen Archangel, where Valentin tries to redeem himself?
I am very much interested in this character, su. So, I hope TPTB give him the story he deserves.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’ve loved Valentin from the beginning…but I’m confused by your response, Su. Perhaps I don’t remember correctly but I thought you were disappointed that he wasn’t the dangerous, evil Cassadine that they implied he’d be???

Patrick
Patrick

I can’t have @su going soft. I need @ for the tell it like it is. ( help )

wink wink ( jean and shelley ) parade of fan recall… September , 2017 is their renewal. walk the plank and sink.

I think theirs still a chance that his dastardly will surface. like that simmering heat. so does Nina.

anyway… my main point… LOVE LOVE LOVE all the positive posts about … GH LEADing Man…. Jason Patrick STuart. whew! he’s the best.

rebecca1
rebecca1

haha, Patrick! yes…it does seem Su’s going soft on Valentin…hmmmm…. LOL! Can’t blame her! (or you). I love this complex, vulnerable yet seething-under-the-surface man too! But I have to admit I like his “human” side…don’t want to see him turn to the dark side. The mystery awaits!

su0000
su0000

hey rebecca1 ..

I am disappointed he is not as advertised, the devil incarnate 🙁

but, dahm! he is so sensually hot that I luvs him anyways ..

I still have hope his Morningstar side will emerge ..

su0000
su0000

hey Patrick ..
If I were Nina I would not let Valentin outta bed (( well except to make toast..
He is an all nighter man!!

but– he does have a darkside, I have to believe that 😉

Harry
Harry

Did any one else else hear Valentin refer to a “beautiful piece of chocolate cake”?

rebecca1
rebecca1

hahahah…I KNEW that was your comment, Harry, when it arrived in my inbox before I signed on here!. How I’ve missed you…(Addy…).

And please, bite your tongue that Valentin ever goes orange!

Boop
Boop

I agree.

rose
rose

This isn’t Broadway, so for the most part I’m just enjoying the Nurses Ball for what it is every year…a way for the cast of GH to highlight some of their other talents.

Unlike other commenters, I’m not worried about Lulu’s dress. Under the circumstances I think she looks really nice (and I’m not a big Lulu lover), as does Charlotte in her matching colored “gown.”

Then there’s the underlying currents of “drama” with Valentin, Nina and Anna…Jake, Chimera (sp?) and Helena’s long reach even from the grave…and of course Morgan/Ava/Sonny/Carly finale, I hope. This Morgan story, or should I say Carly and Sonny mourning, has just gone on way too long.

Hope to see more of Monica, maybe with Laura and some of the other “girls” like Hayden doing some sort of a number…would like to see Anna and Griffin waltz…Dr O. find her own way to perform after being unceremoniously bumped for Valentin’s 7 figure donation as only Leisl brillantly can. Just hope they do justice to David Bowie number since he’s one of my all time top favorites.

rose
rose

Thought Ned/Olivia, Dillon/Kiki, Epiphany/Felix, along with the other GH staff, did good tribute-covers of the George Michael, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen songs. But as much as I like Hallelujah I would rather have seen the musical part of the Ball end on a higher energy note instead this song…while meaningful, it can tend to be a little sad. Unless Dr. O makes an unscheduled appearance. I hope so, and we still save one more day!

Have been liking most of Lucy’s many gowns.

Harry
Harry

Rose, I agree with your every word. This Nurse’s Ball really was the best one we’ve seen in a long time.
Where was DR O? She puts on the best numbers while making us all chuckle.
I loved the tributes to Bowie and Michael but could have done without the cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Cohen himself said he wished folks would stop covering his song because no one gets it right. The song is meant to be dark, ironic, with the redundant utterance of “Hallelujah” conveying world weariness and a loss of faith. Yes, the Cohen song conveys how many of us feel right now, but the Nurse’s Ball is suppose to be about generating faith and hope–it’s in direct opposition to the meaning of that song. (can you tell that I am a life long Leonard Cohen fan?)
Other than these little quibbles, I thought the Nurse’s Ball was great fun. Putting Dr O on stage would have made it ascend to perfection. And while I loved Valentin singing, I wish he were not directing the song’s import toward that heinous creature, Nina. He really deserves a better muse.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry? “Heinous creature?” Nina? Nooooooo… I like Nina! I DON’T like how she’s treating Lulu; Lulu is Charlotte’s mother. Period. And, just like the abominable Carly, what right does anyone have to tell a mother (or a father) to stay away from his or her own child? Yes, obviously, if the parent is abusive, dangerous, etc. But Nina has no right, despite her step-mom role, to tell Lulu to stay away from Charlotte.

Aside from that “pesky” little detail, I think Nina’s great and is hopefully, finally, getting the life that was stolen from her. Unless Valentin is suddenly unleased to be an amoral monster (which I think I wrongly predicted might erupt if he continued to be spurned by Nina, betrayed by Alex, if Charlotte was taken away from him…etc) I hope Nina gets the love she’s been searching for since her “awakening.” I love the vulnerability between Nina and Valentin. Even after seeing his “before” pictures she didn’t recoil but supported him. Really sweet, complete love.

I love “Hallelujah” too. Always gets me. The Ball has seemed to end on somber songs the last few years…think “You’re Not Alone” which they jazzed up this year to open. But they choose these songs to emphasize the seriousness of illness, isolation, hopelessness, despair, etc. exemplified by how people feel who are diagnosed…the songs, though somber, offer support and friendship. In this vein “Hallelujah” is about joy, hope…As per Cohen:

. “It’s a rather joyous song,” Cohen said when Various Positions was released. “I like very much the last verse – ‘And even though it all went wrong, / I’ll stand before the Lord of Song / with nothing on my lips but Hallelujah!’ ” (While the published lyrics read “nothing on my lips,” Cohen has actually almost always sung “nothing on my tongue” in this line.) Though subsequent interpreters didn’t always retain this verse, its significance to Cohen has never waned: Decades later, when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he recited this full last verse as the bulk of his acceptance speech.

“I wanted to push the Hallelujah deep into the secular world, into the ordinary world,” he once said. “The Hallelujah, the David’s Hallelujah, was still a religious song. So I wanted to indicate that Hallelujah can come out of things that have nothing to do with religion.”

rose
rose

rry & Rebecca…Leonard had a way of writing lyrics that could be interpreted different ways. His themes are universal, and can fit your situation at the time. I think he was a master at this, whether he meant to or not. If you go to youtube you can view a great, live Cohen speaking at his induction to the 2008 R&R HOF…into by Lou Reed, Halleljah tribute sung by Damian Rice. Wow.

Thought it was really effective how they used “First We Take Manhattan” and “Hallejah” in the movie “Watchmen.” Very interesting, timeless view of terrorism, especially in lieu of what we are seeing happen now.

And it’s not just Cohen who can write cryptic lyrics. if you look closely at Bowie’s ‘Modern Love”, again someone looking for “answers” to some of the larger questions in life. Especially with “Heroes.”

Rhonda
Rhonda

What a talented cast full of a bunch of triple threats (they can act, sing and dance).
Amy might be obnoxious but that girl comes off as seasoned Broadway pro. I could see her starring in Hair or something.
I was soooooooooo happy they did away with Magic Milo but not so happy that there was no Dr Oberet.
All in all, it was a very good Nurse’s Ball.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Rhonda. Yes; agree. They’re all so talented and multi-faceted! I wrote a post about Amy but I guess it didn’t make the cut…She definitely has musical theatre about her. I actually could see her as the lead in Hairspray!

Wondering if Liesel didn’t have time to rehearse and perhaps that’s why she was cut from The Ball. Her real-life son and wife just gave birth. Maybe she was too busy helping out before/during…she hasn’t been around too much in general.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, Rose. I’ll look for it on youtube. Never saw Watchman. Have the graphic novel but have yet to read it…

Why are there no B&B discussions on this site? Kinda frustrating! LOL…I want to talk about it!!!

jenny
jenny

Here the good and bad of Nurses Ball:

Good: Perfomances great! My picks of ranking-Emma and others doing Brave and I was surpised that the actress who plays Amy and that Lexi Ainsworth could sing so well. Next would be Joss’s singing-another surprise that she sings so well. Hope GH finds a way to bring back karoke or some other way for singing to happen more. Remember when The Floating Rib was Jake’s and they did karoke? Maybe they can bring that back1 And yes I liked Valentin’s singing too but he ranks third in my choices.

Also good is the suspence of the Chimera-is it a bomb that is going to off and if so when and who will be hurt or worse?

Bad-sorry but the whole figuring out Ava switched Morgan’s meds story is dragging out too long-even though the truth supposedly comes out I really don’t care. Just get it over with so I can watch other stories I like 10 times more.

Oh and I don’t like the new lawyer aka Sonny’s newest bed partner. How come I got a sinking feeling she is going to somehow wind up moving to PC despite her saying every other sentence she needs to go bacj to CA. Oh and for the love of all things sacred don;t let her get preggers by Sonny! PC is littered with enough spawn from the Magic Penis! How about Sonny checking into PC for a vasectomy pretty please?

Lulu’s gigantic dress which is so big it a wonder it fit into the ballroom without pushing everyone else out. I could say more but from comments I have read elsewhere it has all been said before.

How lame to not have Robin come to the Nurses Ball after she flew all the way from CA? Why did she come all this way then? Just to escort Emma to town? Gee Emma came for visits before alone so why not this time if Robin wasn’t going to the ball? And would it really have been that hard for Robin to sit in the audience and perhaps make her tradional keynote speech? It not like she was being asked to sing or dance?

And others who were no shows-how could Alexis and Molly not come especially since Kristina was performing? And what about Monica who is now Chief of Staff at GH not come? And other GH staff members who didn’t show-Lucas, Brad, Finn, Hayden-and he new nameless black nurse who we been seeing lately?

All in all this was a good NB-not GH’s best mind you but it makes the grade for good entertainment.

Jenny

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agree re newest bed partner for Sonny!

Lana
Lana

Jenny you need to clean out your ears. That singing was horrible. Lexi couldn’t hold a note with autotune so I can only imagine how much worse it was without it

Shay
Shay

Not a bad rendition of the Billy Joel tune by Mr. Stuart, but I certainly didn’t appreciate the “bait-and-switch” nature of his “usurped” appearance at the expense of Dr. O….I hope this doesn’t portend another year without Liesl’s—and the sensational Kathleen Gati’s— performing presence! Also, well-done you to Joss!!! Girl can sing! Other than that, not impressed at all so far….could have really done without the other banal musical production numbers, especially since I had so desired to be spared of that hokey “You’re Not Alone” for the umpteenth time….up-tempo or otherwise! Still waiting to be bowled over….

dmr
dmr

I hope Dr. O somehow upstages the show and does a triumphant number! I LOVE Kathleen Gati and her talents are so wasted on this show!

Shay
Shay

Another year of NB deep disappointment for diehard Dr. O. fans….sigh!

Timmm
Timmm

JPS did a nice job singing William Martin Joel’s hidden classic! BUT, having Valentin sing makes him weaker than ever! Helena couldn’t bear to even say his name and he is on stage singing and playing the piano! NOW, if this was the classic sixties Batman show with Adam West and Burt Ward, after the great Maestro performed his musical piece, the piano would have omitted purple laughing gas, knocking out all the guests and Valentin would have stolen everyone’s jewels and carried Nina back to his hideout! HA HA HA!

Harry
Harry

I felt outraged for you, Shay.
Dr O’s dark humor and saucy performance was sadly missed.
The Nurse’s Ball gives her the rare opportunity to show us what she’s got and they don’t allow her any stage time? OUTRAGEOUS!
Timm! I love the Batman and Robin TV show. It’s on TV Land and I still watch it from time to time.
PS I thought the Burt’s Bee’s plugging was odd and awkward.

Shay
Shay

Thank you, Harry…I really am highly perturbed that immense talent as brilliant and eclectic as Kathleen Gati’s was once again relegated to the trash heap in favor of other acts which lacked the professional caliber that this engaging woman brings to everything she does. Personally, I found the entire event wanting!…I’ve seen better high school productions…actually, I’ve been in better high school productions, having spent my entire youth in the performing arts! Holy Mediocrity!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ugh. They plug a different sponsor each year. It’s so obvious and breaks the fourth wall…but I guess if advertising dollars contribute to keeping our show on the air…we gotta deal. Sigh. (I do like Burt’s Bees, though.)

rebecca1
rebecca1

and I must say that lip color DID look great on Valerie!

Rhonda
Rhonda

I think mud would look great on Valerie. That girl is gorgeous.
How would you like to be Lulu of the giant spinning top watching your husband’s ex lover prance around on stage looking so hot?
Was it that imperative that Lulu be part of the Nurse’s Ball? It was ridiculous with her rolling around the ballroom looking 10 months pregnant and with everyone pretending not to notice.

rebecca1
rebecca1

We agree again, Rhonda. The actress who plays Valerie is gorgeous…thought so from the minute she set her funky/hip self in town. You probably know this but she’s actually a model, as well.

Shay
Shay

@Harry…I’ll second your motion…Nina truly is a “heinous creature!” Oh, and I appreciated your particular analysis on Cohen and his music. I’ve never been a fan, but I do agree his “Hallelujah” is one of the most overused songs of this century, especially this past decade…it seems to be omnipresent, even in the most inappropriate places. The only way that this selection could have been adequately covered would have been by Dr. O. herself, perhaps in harmony with Helena???…You couldn’t get more “dark and ironic” that that, eh????

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

If im not treated to our beloved mutter Liesel i’ll have to go back to therapy!!!

Celia
Celia

LOL.

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

Wow! I had no idea how talented Mr. Stuart is! Bravo! Now I like Valentin even more, if that was even possible!!

Patrick
Patrick

I’m reaching to the heavens …

gobsmacked and to the moon

long live the best leading man; who owns…. OWNS; GH

i’m not saying he’s thee best… he simply has all the serial recipe .

the Quartermaines will always reign supreme

the #1 family in my book @Port Charles. Valentin / Nina / Charlotte

Steve
Steve

JPS continues to amaze. If only they hadn’t made Valentin kill Nikolas and shoot Kevin.

If we don’t get to see Liesl perform, that, combined with her being responsible for Finn’s specimen tampering might signal KG’s time in PC is ending.

Celia
Celia

I have a theory, Steve. Would you believe it was Helena or Faison in a Valentin -mask?
Agree about Liesl’s fate.

Steve
Steve

If Ron C were writing the show, Celia, the mask would be in play. Jelly don’t go for the over-the-top plot twists like face masks.

The only way Valentin could be redeemed is it’s revealed he helped Nik fake his death and that he wasn’t aiming at Laura when he “accidentally” shot Kevin.

Blind items and many sources say Michael Easton (Finn) is out. What that means for ReBu and KG remains to be seen.

Celia
Celia

Thank you, Steve. Always clearing things up for me. I don’t pay much attention ( or can keep track of) the ‘changing of the guard’)—-I should know when the writing changes hands. My bad.

Patrick
Patrick

I just watched Dr. O – kinda peeved that GH would carelessly, and even reckless with two characters who bring so much presence, intelligence, and just overall intrigue

Brad and Dr. O

all to prop Finn and Hayden . who, still to this day… have no meaning… and do not generate one iota of interest.

rebecca1
rebecca1

@Steve…wow! I didn’t read that about Michael Easton! I have to say I never took to his character; too quirky. But I’d still miss him. Perhaps he can finally come back as John McBain. Wondering if he’d even be interested in doing that. He’s got so much going on…his graphic novels, independent films, etc and as much as I’d love to see OLTL characters come aboard only IF they were kept in character and not ruined.

I hate the comings and goings…

rebecca1
rebecca1

@Steve… oh…and to eleaborate…for example. I was looking forward to Hillary Smith as Nora making an appearance on GH but was completely disappointed. She didn’t feel like Nora to me…out of context…away from Bo, Matthew, etc. At least if they had brought Bo along with her…dunno…maybe they’d say he had old friends on the police force there or something…we could have gotten some of their lovable, romantic rapport.

have no idea if you even watched OLTL (don’t remember if you ever mentioned it) so my points might be completely moot for you.

Steve
Steve

&rebecca1

Here’s what you do when don’t find the rainbow’s end…

I can sing you the rest of the 80’s theme song from OLTL and watched with my mom Karen’s testimony on the stand (how my mother let a 10-year old watch that!) so I’m rather versed on OLTL history.

Yes, Nora could have easily said that Bo and Mac had worked together on a case or two. I did not like the way the writers insinuated that Nora took Olivia’s case as a payoff from Valentin. Nora was always above reproach. I did appreciate that the writers gave TW a line that made you think Olivia & Alex Olanov could be one in the same, but left it vague.

As for ME, after 5 different characters, it’s time to move on. As intriguing as McBain is, this show needs more doctors – not law enforcement.

rebecca1
rebecca1

@Steve! Ha! Well done…I wouldn’t remember the song…only if I heard it!

I know, I know…but I don’t want Michael Easton to move on… (pout)…unless you meant McBain needs to move on. I really don’t get why it’s been so difficult to write for MB…he did so well on OLTL and as Caleb. He’s sexy as hell and has incredible charm. I’m holding out hope that they don’t get rid of him but somehow light a spark under Finn! He is a doctor…and could become vital if they let him.

Steve
Steve

@rebecca1

The problem with both Silas and Finn were that neither were a part of a core/legacy family. ME could’ve been a good Steven Lars.

Once Jason came back on the scene, KeMo was destined for that pairing. Silas and Ava worked as friends (not a couple). The character basically ran out of story.

Finn showed promise through his friendship with Tracy. Now that she’s gone, his only connections on the canvas are Hayden and Monica (and the lizard). If he stays, they’ve got to give us a reason to really care about the character.

Mister Media
Mister Media

That was a really great performance by James Patrick Stuart. Some of you may not know that music runs in his family. His father is Chad Stuart, half of the duo Chad & Jeremy, who had a bunch of hits in the 60’s as part of the so-called British Invasion in the aftermath of the arrival of The Beatles. I liked all of the performances on today’s show. Long live GH!

rose
rose

Mister Media…Thanks for the info about JPS’s father being Chad Stuart of Chad & Jeremy. I did not know. Maybe that has a little bit to do with the way Valentin played to Nina, much his dad’s style, even if it was a Billy Joel song.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Didn’t know that about his father. Thanks for the trivia! Love it! Yes, t’was a good performance–playing piano AND singing. Go!

Shay
Shay

And the other half of the duo, Jeremy Clyde, launched an acting career after his initial musical success with Chad….(even though they do still perform together on occasion.) I’ve often spotted him in British tv shows and movies.

Celia
Celia

I had no clue, Shay. No wonder…. his talent shows!!
James was also, Dixie’s brother, Will on AMC.

Caren Karkas
Caren Karkas

do you know where Lexi Ainsworth (Christina) got her outfit she was wearing for her performance at the nurses ball?

Thank you

donna
donna

What song did Jocelyn sing and who is the original singer? Great job! Love the ball every year!!! Thanks

Timmm
Timmm

The performances were really good today. I love Billy Joel and am happy to see one of his songs surprisingly performed quite well by Valentin.

The side stories sucked! MORGAN MORGAN MORGAN! I am so sick of this character! I got him off my screen but he will not go away!

Then there is CRYchael running to Nelle’s side. Snore Snore snore!

Valerie looked beautiful. Her dress was gorgeous. Why not reboot her and have her do something else on the show other than being a cop. Lets forget the whole Dante thing and have her work at the Metro Court and fall in love with Sonny. [Just kidding]

Morgan860Farantino
Morgan860Farantino

#JAMESPATRICKSTUARTNURSEBALL2017 was incredible.
James P.Stuart as Valentin Cassadine singing the most beautiful rendition of a lovely song like that was top-notch not near perfect but PERFECTLY done. I am re-watching it a few x, and will all year off and on, only the 1 scene with this handsome talented, “Bad-boy turn good charmer.” The tall lovely NINA has to forgive him.Heck, i would! LOL but not for a “cheating on the physical level with another nope.”i would take him back for the “emotional-connect thing going on with ANNA!” Heck they did not have sex, or nothing like that. He clearly love nina.
1 of GH best performance,scenes ever, he clearly love and is “in love with her.”

I have chills still watching it over again today, what a great scene.I hope nina take him back. I love Nina,Valentin and Charlotte,and i hope they make it.

Morgan860Farantino
Morgan860Farantino

To Timmm lmfao on “your morgan morgan morgan comment”i so agree. UGH .

But i am happy it is all out now and AVA the killer of CONNIE/KATE and the loser who change a patient pills is below even her to do this,and i am happy sonny know.

Tristan
Tristan

Wow: this is Tony Geary/Luke Spencer redux!

As we all remember, Geary’s Luke was brought to GH as a short-term, non-contract villain to cause problems for Scotty and Laura. Geary’s talent and charisma exploded off the screen, making him an unexpected star. The show was re-built around Luke, and his evil deeds were “whitewashed” by rewrites.

This is exactly the same situation with James Patrick Stuart as Valentin Cassadine. He was intended to be a short-term, non-contract villain — murderer of Nic, for heaven’s sake — who is becoming hugely, unexpectedly popular, especially with female fans. The song cinched it, as clearly the writers know what they have in him: a smouldering, tragic, romantic, anti-hero.

FIrst: when will this actor be put on contract? Second: Nic needs to be alive so that Val remains viable as a character.

However, in building his storyline, the writers have trashed what I think was his most interesting relationship: with Anna Devane. Stuart and Finola Hughes have amazing chemistry. But now that all has been explained — it was Alex not Anna who did Val in — there is no reason for Anna and Val to be in each other’s orbits. She has no sexual attraction to him. This is the real disappointment with a storyline I have frankly loved: the cat and mouse game between Anna and Val. All is now explained and they needn’t share scenes anymore, as Anna (unlike Alex) has no desire to bed Val for whatever purpose, or ruin his marriage to the emotionally unstable Nina.

If this is the end of Anna and Valentin, I will lose some interest. Val and Nina are very good together, but I am not invested in Nina, as I am invested in Anna. This is Anna’s best story IN YEARS, and JPS is FH’s best acting partner since Tristan Rogers and Ian Buchanan (during Duke’s initial run in the 1980s).

Sooo, like other fans of Anna and Valentin, this seems a dead end to what was a fascinating “dance” between the actors.

But, cheers to Mr. Stuart for making Val the most interesting male to surface on GH in YEARS! Now, can TPTB give him a contract????

Harry
Harry

Tristan, yes, yes and yes.
Anna and Valentin have a deep connection and their chemistry is through the roof.
Throwing her twin in the mix just deflected and yes, kind of ruined their story.
Moreover, I watched AMC when Alec Merrick was on and she was a very sweet, albeit fragile, character.
They turned her into a shrew for no apparent reason. Valentin comes alive when in Anna’s presence and vice versa. They have rumblings of a supercouple but as you assert, that is going to be difficult now with the Nina/Alex debacle.

Shay
Shay

The character of “Nina” is a debacle unto herself….and becomes one for any male to whom she hitches her wagon! ‘Tis a real shame that Valentin is now the one shackled to that shrew when he is utter perfection with Anna!

Tristan
Tristan

Harry, indeed: Anna and Valentin do have super couple promise written all over them!!!! Nina is far too unstable to function as his great love in any storyline. So, I remain mystified about whether there IS any story left for Anna and Val, after so many of us were seduced by their chemistry. If not, WHAT A WASTE!!!!!!

Gloria Monty would have seen this and, bam, created a slow, luxurious build for Anna and Val, gradually unearthing the secrets and depths that both characters have. Anna is deep. NIna, on the other hand, is all out there. We know her. Her entire adult life was spent in a coma. Now, she is trying to live life and create a persona, where none existed, or was extinguished mid-development. But…there is little left to learn, hence she is not a rich foil for what lies beneath the surface of Valentin.

If Anna and Valentin are over, all I ‘ll say is: this constitutes one of the biggest fails of modern GH history (and there are many fails). When you discover gold, you don’t leave it in the mine and settle for mere tin.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Nina is no more damaged than Valentin…she spent twenty years of her life in an actual coma…Valentin lived the majority of his life as an outcast…though productive and brilliant spurned and probably celibate until Alex slept with him. In my opinion that’s the beauty of their bond, two lost souls who found each other, understand each other and accept each other. Valentin, like Nina, lost his way. And now ‘they’re found.”

Sigh… 🙂

su0000
su0000

hi rebecca1 ..
yes yes yes!!!
I agree with you, right on !!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

well thank you, su!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Now THAT”S what I’m talking about! (Gotta Have) Faith with “Ned” and “Olivia”! Should’ve started with that up-tempo number! Good on them!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Kiki and Dillon–TOO frenetic–would have been more enjoyable with a bit less “business” on stage with them. But a cute couple, nonetheless.

Patrick
Patrick

“…As he sings, Nina watches on with tears welling in her eyes, as this man pours his heart out to her in the song ”

just a full on serial recipe of dream and – heart – pull

this reaches

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Finale–very moving! Genie and other cast members seemed moved also. Kimberly’s remarks poignant and perfect.
Final review of Nurses’ Ball 2017—way too choppy for any sustained impression–some nice moments and a fine ending.

k/kay
k/kay

Well I have watched it and I have not been happy with GH for a while but I thought they did a nice job some of it cheesy but you take the bad with the good. I do not if you played the drinking game every time they said Morgan or the pills you were indeed intoxicated. As for Ava you go girl get you a good lawyer those pills have went thru how many hands? All circumtantional evidence my darling MW deserves better then this I personally think she has done this show a favor taken out Morgan and Connie! Go Ava next on your list the little mobster and his shrieking wife. Does Carl ever shut that trap??

k/kay
k/kay

Carly ! Oops

JK
JK

EXCELLENT SHOWS!!!! CONGRATS TO THE MANY TALENTED PEOPLE OF G.H.

Patty
Patty

Loved Valentin , Jocelyn and both Q brothers and olive !!

Lee (Phyllis)
Lee (Phyllis)

Loved James Patrick Stuart , my favorite performance! Missed Anna and (someone) performing the Tango. Would have loved to hear Kathleen Gati sing again this year. Missed Emma singing, she is such a talent. I was puzzled to hear Dylan sing without Kiki…… he sang and she just danced/walked around. Why didn’t they perform a duet?? Most disappointing for me…. Robin didn’t show in person. More actors could have performed, they had a lot of dead space. The fans like to be surprised by the actors showing off their God given talents.

Steve
Steve

In recapping the ball, there were some fine performances, but many questions abound:
1. Was this the first year that the performances took a seat way behind the reveal of ongoing storylines?

2. Does Becky’s new contract state she doesn’t have to perform in the NB? It seemed strange that she was the only nurse not in the opening or closing numbers. Even JZ lip synched her way through both.

3. Was anyone else annoyed by the overuse of auto tune?

4. (Maybe most important) This was the first year that no doctors performed. Griffin? Liesl? Andre? On a show called General Hospital, could we be down to only 2 Doctor characters on contract?

5. Can WK & RPW perform together next year? They’d knock it out of the park!

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Wonderfully entertaining episode of GH! I just love the Nurses Ball so much! The two big stories had strong cliffhangers, some major movement, and are about to climax at the same time! The next two days will be must see TV! I was happy with the three music acts on this day. We had two strong ballads and one pretty fun number. I enjoyed the opening performance with the four girls for what it was. A cute catchy feelgood upbeat group number. Loved my favorite Corinthos kid, Kristina, working the stage in those cute overalls. I am happy to see Krissy not stressing for once and just having some fun. Please start writing for Lexi again! Your daytime emmy winner for best young actress! I always like getting these rare appearances from Valerie, who was looking hotter than ever during the performance, and liked her scene with Krissy in the dressing room even despite the product placement. Emma? What can I say about this little doll? Super adorable in her performance! Eden McCoy isn’t just a talented young actress (that was perfectly casted as the daughter of Laura and Ingo) but she is also a pretty good singer to go along with it. I remember her very first episode was in the fall of 2015 during the hospital wedding of Sonny and Carly. She played the flute so they’d have some form of music. I really liked her performance on this nice tender ballad and felt it worked well in the romances of Sonny/Carly and Michael/Nelle. I am not a fan of teen scenes on soaps, but Joss is the character to build one around cause Eden is a beautiful skilled actress. She knows how to project the right emotions and sell a scene as it’s meant to be played. Holy Mackerel! James Patrick Stuart stole the show with that outstanding touching romantic ballad! Wow! This impressive actor and the complex character he plays are both multidimensional. I was blown away by how good James sounded and felt like those lyrics really fit well with Valina’s current state. She would break his heart, too, if they were to break up. He sold his musical talent perfectly and projected his character’s feelings perfectly. Yes! What a great day to be a Valina fan! I am so very pleased that Valentin is still fighting hard as hell to win back Nina and not giving up so fast like some other men on GH over the years. This was such a grand romantic gesture of him pouring his heart out through song to his wife and what a perfect cherry on the top in his determined unwavering pursuit to not lose the woman he wants. Valentin would not be denied on this day and cut a check to Lucy to make it happen. I have loved watching the transformation of this great new couple in Valina. The sexy blazing molten hot chemistry starting last summer and has also turned into a more sweet… Read more »

Steve
Steve

Very thorough analysis. Eden (Joss) is a real find. They have to SORAS Cameron now as Joss needs someone in her age group.

Like Kimberly Mc before her, Brooklyn S is so good. Emma can never be SORASed!

MLouise
MLouise

Enjoyed reading all the comments about the ball. I have replayed Valentin’s song a dozen times. Loved his version of the B. Joel song.

Can’t wait to see if Ava gets out of this situation. I’d hate to see Maura West leave the show. Have enjoyed her acting since she was on ATWT.

Patricio
Patricio

I have always thought the song he sang was Billy Joel’s greatest composition. This actor did Mr. Joel proud !

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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