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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)

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).

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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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
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Jimh

Kevin is really Ryan like i warned viewers

su000
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su000

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

Harry
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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
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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
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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
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Harry

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

Kay
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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
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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
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Violet Lemm

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

Violet Lemm
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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
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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… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

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

Harry
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Harry

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

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Harry
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Harry

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

Timmm
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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
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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… Read more »

DMRR
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DMRR

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

Harry
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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
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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… Read more »

Patrick
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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
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nancy dillingham

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

Satan
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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
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nancy dillingham

(Smile!)

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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