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GH Says Goodbye To Edward Quartermaine And The Beloved John Ingle! – What Did You Think Of The Thanksgiving Episode?

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On yesterday’s Thanksgiving episode of General Hospital, the creative team of head writer Ron Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini had the task of how to properly give longtime viewers a proper send-off to the patriarch of the bickering and dysfunctional Quartermaine clan, Edward, while at the same time paying their respects to the beloved John Ingle who passed away in September.

In an episode, that we dare say, you had to have reached for the hankies by the end of it, was chock full of emotional moments – big and small, trips down memory lane, and powerful performances, that paid homage to this legacy character and for many on-screen their treasured colleague.

Where do we begin?  How about with the heartbreaking and touching performance of one of the best of the best, Jane Elliot (Tracy)!  The scenes were Tracy is alone in the family crypt realizing she is the only remaining member of the Quartermaine clan as she stares at the names of Alan, Lila, and now Edward were a startling realization not only to Tracy, but to viewers that the original Q’s are all but gone.  And in yet another heart-tugging moment, Ned (Wally Kurth) shows up and hugs his mother who is struggling to come to terms with her “daddy’s” passing.   Tracy tells Ned she believes Edward was the glue that held the family together, and wonders what will become of the rest of them.  Ned reveals to her, that it is she that is the toughest one of them all.

How wonderful was to see both Wally Kurth and Robin Christopher (Skye) again!  And each had some very tender scenes remembering their times with Edward.   And how about little Lila Rae?  And when Skye takes the little one to see  Lila’s namesake in the family crypt?  Or, Ned leading the remaining family in a toast, “To Edward!  There will never be another one like him!”   That toast was preceded by a stunning montage of clips of John Ingle as Edward, which at that point, we reached for the hankies.

Of course, a Quartermaine Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without the ruined turkey dinner, and this time thanks to Heather Webber (Robin Mattson) taking Skye hostage at knife point, the feast was decimitated.   But not before Heather got her hands on Edward’s will.  And after she was carted back to the loony bin, after Alice saved the day, she left us with a cliffhanger shouting, “I know something the Quartermaines don’t know!”   This means … that this story is far from over, and only the beginning!

After the traditional bickering and infighting between all the Q’s, and the pizza place they normally order from being closed, mysteriously a stack of pizza boxes shows up at the Q’s front door!  And it is at this point that the GH writing team out did themselves!   We see the back of Edward watching over his family.  And when little Lila Rae said she wanted to eat, the Quartermaine clan recited in unison’s Edward’s famous turkey day line, “First we sing, Then we eat!”  And as the spirit of Edward began to sing “We Gather Together”,  the rest of the family followed suit.   But if that was not enough, there was one more touching moment to reveal!  We next saw the backs of Edward and his beloved Lila in her wheelchair beside him.  They were finally reunited.   And as the family begins to indulge in Thanksgiving pizza, we see Edward and Lila, who has now gotten got out of her wheelchair, hand and hand as made they make their way up the Quartermaine staircase to heaven together.   That was followed up by the in memoriam title card which read:  “In Loving Memory … John Ingle 1928-2012.”

So soapers, what did you think of GH’s Thanksgiving tribute episode to John Ingle?  What were you favorite moments?  Did you reach for the hankies?  Share your thoughts here!  And if you want to see the last segment of yesterday’s episode one more time, here it is below!

 

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Melissa
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Melissa

It was a beautiful tribute, I seriously cried through the whole episode. It was hard to say goodbye to John Ingle and Edward Quatermaine. Ron and Frank & the writers did a wonderful job RIP John Ingle & Edward Quatermaine.

dove
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dove

Edward Quartermaine And The Beloved John Ingle! – it was the best love end how him and beloved wife walk up the stairs.

MK
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MK

The last scene was so perfect, but what would made it better was Alan and Em at the top of the stairs (Like Dixie welcoming Palmer to Heaven on AMC IN 2010).

I also notice the character of Edward was 94, and JI (84) was playing 10 yrs older because DL’s Edward was 2 years younger than DL. Lila and Edward were the same age.

I hope they bring back the spirit of Steve Hardy during the 50th anniversary.

Ginger
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Ginger

I thought it was perfect. Beautiful tribute to the Q’s and everything they represented… Thanksgiving will never be the same in Port Charles. I did cry & laugh.. and i got a little angry when i realized that they killed off a Q unnecessarily (Alan). Anyway i t was a perfect tribute to Mr Ingle.

Batgary
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Batgary

Perfect. Just perfect. A fitting farewell to the great John Ingle and Edward.

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

perfect show…………..GH is on top all the way. No complaints what a perfect ending to a loving greatly appreciated duo on GH…Eadward and Lila…..the most loving couple of many fans………..GH should be #1 something is way off with ratings……..way off.

Curacaoman
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Curacaoman

Having had Stuart Damon so recently on the show, why was he not included? And why do we need to see the Sperminator?

Bonnie
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Bonnie

I agree, they could have had Alan there also. Alan see’s A.J. and is apart of the festivities, he follows them up the stairs but slowly walking behind them.

Humm Sperminator?? Would that be Sonny? have not seen the show yet.

Ces
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Ces

Loved the tribute to John Ingle and the Quartermaines getting together (wish there were more of them brought back like Jimmy Lee!!).

The only part I didn’t like was Heather Webber sneaking in – seemed contrived and I don’t think Heather would have taken that chance to go in there and get caught.

I also wish Luke was around for Tracy.

heidi
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heidi

Well done… not perfect but very close!!! I too wish Luke could have been there. I also think there is a way to have had Alan there. Alan could haunt Tracy again to help make her be the strongest of them all. I too would like to have not seen Heather there, but I see the reason. I am curious where the pizza came from and what is in it! Not sure they should have eaten it. Couldn’t they call Kelly’s and see if Shawn would deliver. Loved having Ned back and wish he could stay for a bit. Couldn’t… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

would have been funny if they said Ned flew in from Salem 🙂 Love that Wally can do double duty and wouldn’t it be great if he could come back for good? His scenes with AJ is just what the Q mansion could use!
I don’t get the Skye thing at all since I remember her from AMC mostly but oh well.
The end was beautiful!

susan M.
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susan M.

Very well done! It’s an end to a legacy. One orginial Quartermaine left…I will miss all the fights & disagreements they had threw the years..They were a BLAST! I liked seeing Ned. I haven’t seen him in years.. I wonder if he will stick around for a while. Who will take over ELQ now? Tracy or A.J. , maybe Ned, or Michael..With all the fights they had they still loved each other very much! I liked the last scene when Edward & Lilia were going up the stairs together & lilia got up out of her wheel-chair….Great scene! And all… Read more »

Molly
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Molly

Beautiful…

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Okay- I only started watching GH like a week ago, but the writers did such a good job of supplying just the right amount of background info on the characters and their relationship that it wasn’t difficult for me, as a newbie, to feel emotionally connected to these characters. I thought the ending was beautiful that I cried. It is one thing to craft a episode to touch long time fans, but it is a remarkable they did it without making newer viewers like me feel left out. I might have missed some of the in jokes, but for the… Read more »

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Welcome to the newbie!!! This is the greatest soap of them all!

Rodd
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Rodd

SPOIKER ALERT: (If you’re reading this prior to watching Edward’s death play out on GH) Just watched the last two days of GH dealing with Edward’s death. Tear-stained cheeks. That about sums it up. It was beautifully written and imaginative; a great mix of vintage Edward clips. The detail that went into shooting this was spectactular; from the hands of the actor playing Edward on his deathbed, to the one playing Edward’s “back” as the family remembered to sing before eating. And then to see such close resemblances playing Edward and Lila going to the stairs and walking up into… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Wonderful episode my gosh put Robin Christopher/Skye back on contract is their anyone more stunning!

jon
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jon

Loved the flashbacks

Nicki
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Nicki

Love love love love GH!!! Love Heather Webber and can’t get enough of her. Great actors., writing, BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Laurie
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Laurie

I cried like a baby at the end…Lol…so beautiful… well done GH, so well done. Im sure John is smiling up there and Im sure his family thought it was beautiful as well. Just the best , so classy…GH is #1 for reasons like that writing…

aria
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aria

I cried, it was so beautiful, so sad, so rich. love the ending, really a tearjerker.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

I like that Edward “mysteriously” delivered the pizza. It’s like he knew he needed to provide for the family one more time.

I also like that Lila returned and was able to walk upstairs. The new writers did a fantastic job at researching the Q’s Thanksgiving tradition.

Andrew
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Andrew

Research for the writing team of a soap should be a snap – there’s tons of resource material available- but I think a lot of writers just don’t care or don’t think that we, the fans, do. Between all the Robin/Duke stuff, Edward memories and the Thanksgiving song, it’s clear that they’re doing their homework.. and in turn, we respond positively and with enthusiasm (and I’ve been singing it’s praises to all my friends who I know have watched in the past). After watching Ron’s work on OLTL, I tend to trust that he knows what he’s doing (more often… Read more »

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

A very fitting tribute. Loved every moment. Farewell Edward. You are missed.

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours.

Jeffrey Anderson
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Jeffrey Anderson

It was very touch ending, I had hankie with me, just in case I did cried to the very ending story lines are very powerful scenes… Thank you,J I. U can R I P for now

Marisa
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Marisa

Bravo!!! Well done!!! A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man and actor. John always delivered a great performance. I was in tears. The writers delivered a touching ending while still keeping Edward true to character by working his mischief from beyond.

Dan
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Dan

It’s been a long time since something moved me on GH as much as Wednesday’s show did. It was just one emotional scene after another. But the symbolism of Lila standing up out of her wheelchair, and her and Edward walking up the stairs into the light together, that was one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve ever seen. I was reaching for the tissues after it was over. How could you not? It was a fitting farewell for the Edward character, but also a proper goodbye to Lila as well, since her death on the show in 2004 never… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

AWESOME!!!!

jenny
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jenny

Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s episodes had me in a big wet puddle of tears…Tuesday got me with AJ not being able to say goodbye to Edward (damn you Tracy) but even more with baby Daniel grasping Edward’s finger was so sweet-and Monica breaking the news that Edward had passed away and his last word was Lila.. Now for Wednesday…I could have done without Heather’s lunacy (I loved her return but now she is starting to grate my nerves) especially on this episode. Loved seeing little Lila Rae meet her family-GH should bring Skye and her back for keeps to help… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

Agree about Heather. She has become a cartoon character now; a gimmick. I wish she wasn’t in this episode at all. Too bad because Robin Mattson is so talented and I loved the earlier stint.

Loved the rest!

Andrew
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Andrew

Yeah, agree here too. Love Robin Mattson, but she’s become unbearable. Give her a rest, show, and let us miss her.

Darlene
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Darlene

Perfect good-bye.

Andrew
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Andrew

All I can say is “WOW”!!!!!

Joe
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Joe

It was a beautiful tribute and send off and it made me cry. The writers got it RIGHT and the actors were spot on perfect!

Beacon
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Beacon

Robin Christopher must join full-time. She has that glamor/mystique of the old Hollywood.

Andrew
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Andrew

I’ve never quite cared for the character but I have to admit I really warmed up to her on Wednesday.

Whose daughter did she end up being? I think she was sort of claimed by every major ABC soap family at one time or another.. 🙂

Mary
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Mary

Very well done R.I.P. Mr. Ingle and the beloved Edward Quartermaine……good job to all…..writers,cast crew, etc…..

LLATWTFan
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LLATWTFan

I loved it! It was a beautiful tribute to both Edward and Lila. It was respectful to John Ingle and Anna Lee. One of the best I’ve seen.

gloria
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gloria

Wow. I did not get to watch until today & between Wednesday’s B&B w/Stephanie & Brooke, Larry Hagman dying & now this episode. I could just start crying & never stop. The GH episode was wonderful, wish Sam & Danny were there for the “dinner” I just about died when Ned showed up! LOVE him, so funny that he came from “Salem” Skye is as gorgeous as ever & yes, it would have been great to have Luke there too. I am SO glad to see the Quartermaines back! I just wish Edward could have known about Jake & Danny,… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

LOVELY….Ending. Good job everybody.

Teresa
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Teresa

I also thought it was a beautiful good-bye. I watched it several times thanks to DVR. Great Job GH Team.

Judith
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Judith

It was spot on. Ron Carlivati and his writing team were nothing short of brilliant! I cried at various times throughout the episode. When Traci was in the family crypt talking about her father teaching her to drive, I really broke down. It brought back my own memories of my father who passed away in May, teaching me to drive. My favorite was the ending. So incredibly done with Edward singing and he and Lila walking up the stairs to heaven. Just BRILLIANT! The old GH is BACK!!!!

Christy
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Christy

it was funny and touching – and the Heather/knife at Skye’s throat and the scream, the family running and the family discovering the meal ruined… again and magically lots of pizza show up (I know Edward must have ordered them ahead of time!) I kept thinking it was like “CLUE”. What fun!

It was the most delicious Quartermaine Thanksgiving ever!

and it was touching they had old footage and then, wow, the look alikes synced up with Edward singing and then Edward and Lila talking and walking upstairs again…

that was something!

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Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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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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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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