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GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 Part Three: Trouble Looms For Ava, Cameron’s Heartfelt Song, A Liesl & Franco Duet

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Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the third installment of the Nurses’ Ball 2019 and this time there were several musical numbers to discuss, as well as story points moving forward.

Obrecht was back and in her full glory and that meant great news to GH fans to see Kathleen Gati appear on the Nurses’ Ball stage again.  However, Dr. O brought with her a friend, none other than Franco Baldwin (Roger Howarth) who joined Frau Liesl in a rendition of the Barbra Streisand/Barry Gibb duet “Guilty”.   The combo, obviously a play on how they do bad things to others (or have), and they have nothing to feel guilty about!  Then, there was that drop the mic moment, literally!

Cameron (William Lipton) has shown up at the Corinthos’ home to give Josslyn (Eden McCoy) a video message from Oscar (Garren Stitt) that he was holding on to per Oscar’s dying request to give to Joss.  Before he leaves, she asks Cameron to stay and watch it with her, but he tells her she should do this alone.  Later, Josslyn watches the video on her laptop.  Contained in the video is Oscar saying how grateful he was for their time together and that he hopes she will lives life to the fullest, starting with singing their song at the Nurses’ Ball.   Next, Josslyn comes down the stairs of the house in her gown ready to honor Oscar and she heads out to the ball.

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When Joss arrives, Cameron is now taking the stage.  William Lipton performs a song he wrote called “North Star” against the backdrop of emotional images of the friendship between Cameron, Josslyn, and the late Oscar.  (You can watch it below.  It was one of the highlights of the ball thus far)

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Lipton took to his Twitter account after the outpouring of kudos and support after his performance aired expressing: “Thank you so much for all your kind words for the song Cam was singing at The spotlight should be at the GH writers who inspired me to write this song. Their words in the script were so beautiful.”

Ava Jerome also took to the stage as the marvelous Maura West performed “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” as only Ava J. would do! A sultry chanteuse is this Port Charles bad girl, whose night may go from a cool performance to a nightmare now that a gloved figure has knocked out Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), which only leads to one conclusion .. serial killer Ryan is back.  Will Ava get her vengeance and kill the guy, or will someone else?

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Elsewhere in story, Finn (Michael Easton) proposed to Anna (Finola Hughes) on-stage at the ball, and though it was a typical bumbling clumsy moment from Finn, it was all the same endearing, especially when Anna says “yes” to his proposal.  Later, the two spend some alone time where Finn explains why he chose the ring he did; harkening back to when she was blackmailing him in Europe (It was a Monaco blue sapphire he chose, and Monaco was the place where they started their unlikely pairing).

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Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) tries to warn Sam (Kelly Monaco) about Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), but her parents Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) come to her aid, and then Sonny once again threatens Shiloh.  Later, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) gets a call from Diane Miller that Nina (Michelle Stafford) overhears.  On the call, Willow mentions her baby’s father is in Port Charles.  Nina learns Willow had a baby, and Shiloh looks at Willow.

Laura (Genie Francis) and Curtis (Donnell Turner) are rescued in Canada, and Laura calls Kevin’s cellphone but it goes to voice message to warn him about Ryan heading to Port Charles.   Meanwhile, Curtis calls Chase (Josh Swickard) and tells him that Ryan Chamberlain is alive. and on his way to most probably the Nurses’ Ball.

So, what musical number did you enjoy the most on Tuesday’s Nurses’ Ball?  What did you think of Anna and Finn getting engaged?  Shiloh overhearing the news about Willow?  Josslyn receiving the video message from Oscar to perform at the ball? Comment below.

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su000
su000

The ball was better today..
One act, I did like. (good one)
Dr. O and Franco..

Ava was good, as always..
Cameron’s song, I didn’t like the tear-jerker, not at all. That depressing crying stuff isn’t for me.
AHA – I’m not a soap masochist lol

No doubt Jordan will get dead Kevin’s kidney yuck ..

Jimh
Jimh

Kevin is really Ryan like i warned viewers

su000
su000

That is a good twist– but- are the writers that good AHA!

Harry
Harry

But Ava can’t sing!! I swear that stage isn’t big enough to hold Ava’s ego.
Everyone else was really good and professional.

su000
su000

No one sang well, none..
Dr.O was the best talent by far..
All the songs stunk lol
they were from the 40’s or somesuch era..

So, all in all, everyone rang a zero.
but== none are professional singers, so by that, they weren’t all that bad, considering.

Kay
Kay

I can’t believe you are watching this how embarrassing from the dress to the makeup to the awful singing ! Hide under a pillow ! The fact she got dropped into that storyline is embarrassing enough ! Very sad ! Genie does not need the money just exit ! They are still by all accounts not writing for her stop being so desperate still insurance whatever but do not humiliate yourself anymore Genie

Harry
Harry

Kay. Forgive
My confusion, but do you mean Maura West? Genie didn’t perform at the nurse’s ball.

Kay
Kay

MW the pet of the show why I quit watching so I guess I should quit talking about it! That’s why I was sooo darn glad that JMW got the emmy

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

su, I was a bit squeamish watches Ava on that piano! 🙂 And I admit that I DID squirm a bit watching the very “intimate” performance. Is it just me?

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Guess I jumped the gun. I wrote my comments on part two.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I guess when Shiloh dies, it will be Sonny who will be accused, since he’s been threatening him lately.
As an afterthought, do we think Dr.Byrne and Scott have the same hair stylist?

Colin
Colin

I always love the ball. Just some random thoughts. Um…Franco? Cute and all that you’d sing with liesl your buddy. Do you remember that she shot your wife about 4 years ago! For that matter…does Elizabeth? Not sure a supposedly reformed serial killer should be jumping up on stage with a fellow sociopath and singing Guilty. What was gimmicky and cute under Carlivati 5 years ago sometimes doesn’t sustain for the long haul.

Why don’t Kevin and Ava tell EVERYONE in their immediate circle about their plan to flush out Ryan??? Wouldn’t it be better to have EVERYONE in on it so they know what to expect?? Keeping it as a secret only manufactures drama and anger aimed at Kevin…which is counter productive to the goal of getting Ryan!! Stupid move from normally smarter characters.

That kid Cameron has positioned himself as a MAJOR talent and heartthrob. His baby faced cherub looks are so deceiving! His acting is great And his singing voice is beautiful! The song was a little long…but I think him and Joss could be a supercouple…if they both stick around.

I like that young black nurse. She is SO cute. Why did they not make her Epiphany’s daughter? It would have anchored them both in more of a family way. I enjoy any screen time she gets…she is so bubbly and cute.

Josh Swickard just keeps getting better and better! He has chemistry with everyone…and I like him with willow. I alSO like Michael and Sasha. I don’t know what the plan is for her character but I like seeing a fun side of Michael…and they have mad chemistry!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Franco and Liesl’s duet was the best of the whole ball. Kathleen Gati really is a goddess!!!

Harry
Harry

Kathleen has a beautiful, pitch-perfect voice. And Ava had to follow that? THUD!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Loved young William Lipton’s song. He’s a natural! And he wrote it too? Wow, impressive! He’s a keeper!

Harry
Harry

He’s good! Not my cup of tea but I’m not a fourteen year old girl.

Timmm
Timmm

No Frisco Jones:

Cannot stand Babs Streisand BUT her and Barry Gibb live doing “Guilty” is a classic. Franco and Liesel, NO!

I dont think ONE note was on key to Ava’s song BUT she did look good!

Cameron has a future. He is acting better, handsome and will sing better. But for now, no Frisco Jones!

Rodd
Rodd

I find myself really enjoying the Nurses’ Ball this year! All of the performances have really great. “Chase” was fantastic, though I didn’t understand the dancers and him constantly referring to their cellphones. ~ Guess I’m too old to get it. Loved “Liesl” and “Franco’s” duet. I suspected he was going to perform when he made up some story about “Lucy” needing him backstage…as if. “Cameron’s” song was the highlight for me. It was fantastic and I loved all the pictures of the friends and family flashing on the screens. “Ava’s” number was kind of weird choreography-wise for me, but still “Ava”. Not having seen Wednesday’s episode, I can’t help but feel that that martini she drank at the end will be drugged. We’ll see…

DMRR
DMRR

Loved Dr. O and Franco. Loved Ava. Tired of Ryan (poorly written), Paxie (just, YUCK), and Oscar (NuMorgan).

Harry
Harry

I am afraid all of the praise has gone to Maura West’s head because that lady cannot carry a tune to save her life. Following on the heels of Dr’s O’s seamless, pitch-perfect performance, it was an embarrassing spectacle to watch.
West can act (albeit a bit too hammy for my taste) but she can’t sing, can’t dance.
A triple threat she is not.

Shay
Shay

Yes, Harry!…Dr. O’s rendition of “Guilty” was absolutely amazing!!! In addition to her “pitch-perfect” vocal performance, she also looked the part of musical diva to the glitzy hilt! The only things missing from this unforgettable scenario were some priceless reaction shots of utter incredulity at her temerity from Scorpio and Anna…THAT would have been the icing on the proverbial cake for me! As for MW’s Ava….exactly what you said! And I must add that I found Franco’s contribution to Liesl’s richly-deserved star turn equally as wooden and awkward….though he did clean up very nicely! Whilst I get the intended dark humor that these two legendary GH evildoers feel no guilt for their prior antics, I think Valentin would have made for a better dastardly duetting duo avec Obrecht…James Patrick Stuart CAN carry a tune with the best of them and is a real showman…Then again, the only person who could have truly done justice to that song with Liesl would have been her once-beloved Cesar! (Or maybe even Fluke???) Regardless, Kathleen Gati’s immense talent made this NB worth watching! Well done, Dr. O.!

Patrick
Patrick

a triple threat is not needed on thee SHOW

where IS it?

I am embarrassed for thee ACTor’

WRITERS’ are so bad

the fact that we have to weed things out of this dire blow

4 years out of here. I champion CAUSE IT HERE STINK

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey Harry,
Agreeing with you re Maura West. Take care!

Satan
Satan

A psychotic “doctor” and a “reformed” serial killer singing a song written by the Bee Gees??

Now THAT is a song to file away in Hell’s Eternal Torment Jukebox!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

(Smile!)

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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