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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!

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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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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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