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GH Nurses’ Ball 2020 Concludes: Nelle and Julian Face-Off and the Nurses Perform the Finale

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Let’s just get some things straight right at the top, Lynn Herring as Lucy Coe will also be the best part of the Nurses’ Ball.  Whether you have seen the same antics over and over again, it wouldn’t be the staple event without her sincerity, panic attacks, hilarious moments and hamming it up, playing in-front of the camera (as it was this year for the telethon-version) or in front of the attendees as in past years.

In addition, two performances came out of the annual event in its pared-down version as our favorites:  William Lipton’s (Cameron)original song “The Places We Could Go” performed with Sydney Mikayla (Trina) and Eden McCoy (Joss), and as we mentioned in our recap yesterday, James Patrick Stuart’s performance as Valentin sings his heart out.

Now on to the action on Friday’s GH as the ball came to a close:  Nelle (Chloe Lanier) has left the ball after slitting the throat of Brook Lynn (Briana Lane).  Meanwhile back at the Q’s, Julian (William deVry) has grabbed Wiley after chloroforming Monica (Leslie Charleson), and sends Nelle a text that the job is done.  She goes to meet him,

Dustin (Mark Lawson) and Lulu (Emme Rylan) find Brook Lynn backstage and she is rushed to the hospital.  Something tells us with a throat injury if she wakes up, she won’t be able to talk, therefore not being able to tell the authorities of Nelle’s plot.

Robert (Tristan Rogers) has great news for Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), who is bickering with hubby Ned (Wally Kurth).  He has located Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) for her and has away to sneak her in to see her son, but they must leave tomorrow morning for Geneva, and he has to go with her to ensure there are no problems.  She is overjoyed and Ned is jealous that he cannot go and that Robert is.

Tying the ball together with its original intent, Anna (Finola Hughes) addresses the TV and digital audience by telling them how the ball started and about her daughter, Robin living with HIV, and as had been the theme throughout this year’s ball episodes – continuing to thank the frontline workers for all they do to save our lives – a nod to their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Liz (Rebecca Herbst) tells Franco (Roger Howarth) that all this flirting that is going down is just Ava (Maura West) and Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) trying to use them as pawns! Remember, she overheard Ava tell Nina (Cynthia Watros) that if Nik cheats, she will receive a hefty pay day.

Michael (Chad Duell) and Willow(Katelyn MacMullen) leave the ball and their phone duties early to be with Wylie.  When they arrive home, they see Monica passed out and not knowing what happened to her, while Willow tells Michael, Wylie is MIA.

The final number of the ball is performed by GH Nurses Deanna (Dioni Michelle Collins), Amy (Risa Dorken), Madison (Madison Malone), and Epiphany (Sonya Eddy) as they sing “Falling”-   a song written by Madison Malone – as they sing its message, the citizens of Port Charles exit their posts on the phones as couples leave with each other, while others are alone, yes, we mean, Valentin!

Now on the docks waiting to meet Nelle, Julian has a flashback of Ava telling her brother; he will never get from out from under the thumb of Nelle and her blackmail if he doesn’t get rid of her.  Soooo … when he meets up with Nelle on the docks, he pulls a gun on her!

What did you think of the conclusion of the Nurses’ Ball?  What do you hope happens to Nelle and Julian next?  Did you have a favorite performance this year? Comment below, but first re-watch the closing number.

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My favorite performance was definitely the teens. William Lipton does an amazing job writing and performing a song each year. Very talented. I kept wondering, though, where Dev (?) was. Did he start the private school after all?

Wasn’t crazy about the closing number. Sorry.

A lot happened at the Nurses Ball Telethon and since new episodes started airing. I can’t help but wonder if they aren’t speeding things along to make up for the lost months and get the stories where they should have been at this time.

Angela
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Angela

Congrats GH great job given the restrictions!!! Sorry the Chase performance was cut, he was so good last year! Loved Ava & Nic. Performance wise loved them all accept Ned & Olivia; he’s a singer that’s more fitting for GH of old..only thing that would have made it better would have been if they made it a real fundraiser. Kudos to writers & production team!

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I am sure the performers did their best.Lucy is the most tiresome person ever and always, on stage or off. I think Brook Lynn’s face was slashed or her vocal cords and she may not be able to sing again.Nelle being like a cockroach, never dies. She’ll survive Iam sure. I think Julian will go to Sonny and fess-up as a last resort to save his butt.Who thinks that Monica as a Dr.should have been able to tell she was drugged and didn’t just fall asleep. I sure wouldn’t have left my child with that old woman, poor thing can… Read more »

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That “old woman” is a doctor. She’s the most capable of all of them if there was a medical emergency. There was no reason to think there’d be any violence or break-ins. Wouldn’t have mattered who was babysitting; Julian came up from behind and drugged her. Could have done the same to anyone.

Love Lucy!

rose
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rebecca1…Agree with you, and notice too many of these kind of negative comments towards characters and actors happening lately.

Reed
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Reed

Rose, I hope all is well with you. I have my favorites, of which you are one! If I recall correctly, you were doing part-time at a bookstore (and Rebecca was/is in publishing, I believe). Well, until the shutdown, I was always fond of saying that although my name is Reed, I could count on one hand how many books I’ve actually read. That can be said no longer. After bingeing a half-year of episodes, I must confess that I found books. Nothing to improve the intellect, mind you, but it’s a start (Baldacci, Coben, Connelly, Sandford, and John Hart—really… Read more »

rose
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rose

Reed…What a lovely reply. Yes, I have been working part-time at a large bookstore. But even in this era of “revered businesses” it has also affected the bookstore in a very sad way for those of us who look at them, and libraries, as repositories of the best ideas, genres, and thoughts writers can offer to each other. Staff and customers must now wear face masks and gloves and carry disinfectant wipes. Conversation and being proactive with customers is not encouraged, staff can’t touch the book a customer is looking for but point at it. If a customer is finished… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Rose, it was great to hear from you! Yes, the new normal is getting old—even my returned library books have to quarantine for 72 hours! Wipes before water—I bring Lysol to the gym and not my water bottle, and that’s for my scheduled appointment! The irony of the romance novel genre still going strong, yet the soaps can’t seem to sustain, let alone expand their audience. Soaps were among the first back into production and to broadcast original episodes, or in the case of Days, never missing a beat, and yet ratings declined across all four shows. It’s incongruous! As… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

the show are alas, in the same order: 1. Y&R 2.7 2. B&B 2.4 3. GH 1.9 4. DAYS 1.6 article states that ALL 4 soaps dropped… however.. it seems Y&R has finally met Titanic… is this because of home schooling? article: “…While Y&R returned to its #1 position, it was watched by just 2.7 million total viewers (a new low). The show is down a gut-punching one million viewers over the same time period last year. Y&R averaged just over four million viewers the week of April 20 when it last featured first run episodes.” that is so huge…… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Patrick, good to hear from you. Yes, after a quick “trust but verify,” it was you that first alerted us to the disappointing ratings for all four shows–sure doesn’t bode well for our beloved genre. Is Quibi’s 7–10 minutes of content really our future? If we’ve truly become so vapid that TikTok and cat videos constitute entertainment, I predict a boon for booksellers—although not of the brick and mortar variety, because of course, we’ll have to read them on our f’ing devices! Still ecstatic to have GH back, albeit subdued by the constraints of Covid. They clearly scaled back Ava’s… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Has “Nurse Madison” ever been on the show before? Nice that she wrote a song – but frankly it did not stand out. Did Josh Swickard have a performance that was edited out? Michael & Willow mentioned one, but nothing was shown. So Brook Lynn never got to sing her Deception launch song before she was slashed? Show missed a beat or 2 by not having Lucy mention that. While the show gets credit for a novel idea (telethon), it seemed a lot of time was wasted on Lucy reminding everyone about it. As for Monica and Julian, (1) she… Read more »

aria
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aria

Couple things that caught my attention, I alway wonder why Brooklyn never sang on the show, and now that she’s been stab in the throat, you know she won’t be singing anytime soon, it was always weird she was all talk yet hardly ever sang at all. young Cameron is really a talented kid, he stole the talent part of the show, sorry Valentine, even though I now like the character this song this year wasn’t really my thing, And Ava throwing shade at my fave Elisabeth, well, it was funny but shady. Now how in the world are Julian… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

aria, you made a lot of observations and most of your points I agree with. I would like to see a WSB spy that no one knows about except the viewers until the ta da moment, maybe someone like Brando. We still don’t know much about him and what he and Cyrus had to talk about the other day when they were alone.Jordan is too scared to be effectual and allows Cyrus to use her as his puppet. I also missed Alexes and Laura, hope they aren’t sick with the virus. I am hoping when Dante returns he’ll bring his… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

It was explained over and over that Franco’s “dark side” was caused by his tumor…not some violent streak that can return. He’s proven himself ad nauseum…helping Jason save Carly, letting Jordan use him as bait to catch Ryan,and having his brain fried to save Cam. We also know he was a good kid…saved Drew from being molested.

The writers should have Liz say what I just explained when Jason or anyone questions if Franco is returning to his old self. Otherwise,,it seems like they’re contradicting or forgetting about the tumor explanation.

Davy
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Davy

I agree. Many of the profile pictures are not flattering. What’s up with that?

Celia
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Celia

Please, writers: no hurting Wiley!!!! Somehow a child always pays the price to lunacy!!
Another thing? Stop the teasing–why is Nina cushioning Willow’s vulnerability? Who is Nina’s daughter? Willow? Sasha? Nelle? Triplets? Maybe she had a boy who is yet to be introduced? C’mon–let’s get this done—-

nik
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nik

I hope BLQ will be able to tell that Nelle did this awful thing to her and that Nelle is stealing Wiley. Give this girl a pad and pencil, please.

Reed
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Reed

I’m not a song and dance guy and the only way to get me to Broadway would be for a Rangers game. And as for watching TV talent shows? Maybe if I was staring down the barrel of Julian’s gun. Having said that, hats off to the kids! William Lipton (Cameron) really is a talent. The show has done it before with great success, they should go all-in on his musical talent and propel his character in that direction—he’s that good and has that much stage presence. Wally Kurth (Ned) never disappoints, his performances with Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) over the… Read more »

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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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