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GH’s Ava Has Been Cleansed By Fire & Ready For A New Start! What Did You Think Of The Avasode?

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Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital served up the standalone Avasode featuring Maura West (Ava Jerome).

In story, Ava goes under the knife to restore her face and remove the last of the burns she suffered in the art warehouse fire quite some time ago.  Once again, West delivered another multi-layered and riveting performance. While under anesthesia, Ava goes on a journey and in essence an attempt at a rebirth.  During her self-discovery trip, she encounters many angry residents of Port Charles, who she wronged in one way or the other.

Laura has some choice words for Ava for selling out Nikolas and Spencer. Ava recalls Nina wanting revenge on her from taking her husband, Silas. Let’s not forget Nina taking Ava’s baby right out of her womb!

Later, Morgan shows up at Ava’s door.  He is alive and survived the car explosion, but says someone is after him.  Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Bryan Craig made a return for this episode, and once again delivered in his scenes opposite Maura West.

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After summoning all of Morgan’s family and more to the art gallery to make an announcement that Morgan is alive, he is nowhere to be found.  Instead, Ava gets a visit from a bloody Connie Falconeri (Megan Ward) reminding Ava that she shot her, because she knew about her plan to pass off Kiki as a Quartermaine, not only because Connie knew that Derek Wells was really Julian Jerome.

In the key moment in the episode, Ava lashes out and confronts everyone for their sanctimonious attitudes towards her when they each have done terrible things in their own right.  Those people would include: Sonny, Kiki, Julian, Nina, Carly, etc.  Throughout the episode Ava continues to see a dark-haired girl who is later revealed to be a grown-up version of her daughter, Avery.   The young woman calls out her mother for her misdeeds. However, Ava fires back that her soul has been cleansed by the fire, and ready for a new start, while she refuses to be defined by her past.

In the present time, Griffin and Ava celebrate alone as Ava’s face is restored.

So, what did you think of the episode? The performances of Maura West, and Bryan Craig?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Carol
Carol

Performances by all involved were wonderful especially Maura. When viewing the flashbacks of Ava with blonde shorter hair, she looked amazing. I really thought that for the big reveal with her restored face they would put her hair back to blonde for more of a stronger impact.

Debra m
Debra m

I was disappointed in the episode. Not Maura’s fault. The writing could have been better. The actress playing Avery, was that Maurice’s daughter? She looked alot like him.

Bobbie P
Bobbie P

That wasn’t Maurice’s daughter for she was played by Celesta Deastis!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

This episode did a great job in showcasing Maura West’s talent, as promised!

My only regrets?
1. Sonny and Carly were included… yawn… puke… [items thrown at TV]…
2. It was only a dream state in which Ava told off these jerks (above and others)…

Fanny
Fanny

As usual Maura West delivers. Ava a tattered soul, searching for redemption
hence her involvement with padre. Forced to face follies & foes, will she
Constru this as a simple nightmarish episode during her op….or travel the
road of accepting responsibility for her major gaffes.

Celia
Celia

Hey, Fanny,
I agree with everything you said…. Her major gaffes were bigger than Colossus. LOL.
Nonetheless, I believe she has accepted responsibility. Maura is meritorious of an Emmy—yet, not everyone will agree. Sometimes we do change our minds about a character after witnessing
a “change” where he/she displays certain nuances which compel us to reconcile those virulent thoughts we may harbor toward a character.
But, obviously, we are not all of the same mind…..as we have seen on this site, many are very dismissive, to say the least. Opinions are personal, and as such, they differ. I accept that.
Also, I agree with Carol….Ava/Maura needs to go back to being a blonde—she suits it better.
Later, my lady.

Fanny
Fanny

@Celia aka CeeCee aka SWEETS…
ABSOLUTELY agree ….Maura should return to her glory blonde day’s.
She can even try out platinum blonde a la Monroe or West.

Fanny
Fanny

P.S. Definitely Emmy worthy… Should be a compilation of the 10 best scenes
Performed by a single actress…I honestly believe she deserved to win last year..

Soaphound
Soaphound

Other than seeing incredibly sexy Bryan Craig, I was disappointed in the episode. Too much back and forth…I nearly took a Dramamine halfway through. And was anything resolved?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Didn’t impress me either.

Mary SF
Mary SF

If this was the show’s lame attempt to redeem Ava not sure that it work– it seem more about Ava defending her actions rather than repenting from them– I guess how they write the character going forward will tell whether Ava has really changed or is trying to appear she has changed because that will get her something- because in the end Ava has always been one of the most self absorbed characters on the soaps today

Shay
Shay

Very well put, MarySF! I remain as unconvinced of this character’s supposed reinvention to the side of right as do you. Quite frankly, the entire Ava-centric effort seemed more an unnecessary, self-indulgent bid for yet another Maura West Emmy nomination than a worthy standalone GH episode of substance. Color me not impressed by either the scenario…….or the transparent reason behind it.

Jimh
Jimh

i agree…

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agree with you. Can’t redeem “unredeemable” characters.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Mary SF…

This is just my take but: I don’t think the episode was meant to be about Ava defending or repenting. It was a psychological journey into her guilt, which she has harbored for a very long time. She showed some remorse, not much, but some, over AJ and Connie. But Morgan? She was destroyed in her unwitting part in that. She certainly didn’t mean for him to die (she cared for him so deeply) and, while I think ALL of these actions were abhorrent they are certainly no more so than Carly and Sonny, her mortal enemies…who have possession of her daughter.

As for being self-absorbed, Ava, herself, has questioned her own vanity asking herself if fixing her outside would wipe out the ugliness she sees within…should she pay for Morgan’s death by wearing what she considered ugly on the outside/her face? Much more introspection than we’d ever get from Sonny, Carly…and of course not a shot of remorse ever from pathological Faison or our supposedly dearly-departed Helena.

I find Ava to be likeable and in her insecurity vulnerable, someone struggling to be better, who WANTS to be better…and who is… in my opinion, better than Carly.If, however, she returns to a one-sided LOL, “evil-doer” she may take her place beside Carly in my eyes. Though she’s never as smug..only one time recently when she lashed out at Alexis for no apparent reason…for wanting to help Julian in jail. Made no sense for her to react that way and in that moment she lost all my sympathy. But then it returned. 😉

So, for me, her defending herself wasn’t to absolve herself of her crimes, but to show the guilt, the remorse…and the utter frustration that I, too, feel: that Carly and Sonny are never called out for their hideous crimes, while they make her out to be the pariah. She was screaming inside her head at the hypocrisy that they would call her soulless, selfish, a murderer, someone who hurt their son…and yet, they seemingly forgot all their crimes (including AJ which I would have loved for her to throw in their face)l

There are three types of “people” on GH..the truly good as in Laura, Monica, our beloved LIla and a few others. Then there are the truly non-redeemable…Helena, Faison (LOL, in my book Carly) and then we have those that straddle the fence…Ava, Julian, Jason, Franco…characters who are criminal yet have a conscience and seem to be, at one time or other, tortured and conflicted by their choices. Which make them interesting.

If they were all good, we’d be watching The Brady Bunch! 😉

A belated Happy New Year!

su0000
su0000

I want the REAL Ava back !!
I’m so sick and tired of the redeeming of great characters.
Ava is a Jerome as is her brother.
Both have been turned into boring stagnate saints with drab personalities/wallpaper.

Ava and Julian used to rock it but for some reason, the writers are catering to the holy coumity of fans and eventually it will kill off the soaps that desperately need intrigue, adventure and spellbinding drama that only the good/ bad layered characters can bring, and that’s the excitement.

GH has not one, not one, exciting character and that includes the devil himself Valentine= false advertising.

I do not want the Nun Ava, I don’t want to sing along to Ava Maria, I want the great Ava Jerome!! She was two sides of the coin switching back and forth.

( even Sonny has been pussyfied, shameful)

Give me some bad boys to hate and love to pieces..
And she which the old bitching hag Carly is wearing very thin.. She is not scary she gut retching annoying..

I want my GH back!!! not this junky PSA junk..

K/kay
K/kay

Did not see it but I guess Kelly pooped in franks Cereal where was SK ABC better start reeling this guy in or talk show or game show is on the horizon maybe that’s what they want

Celia
Celia

Do you know the version of Ave Maria, in Latin????—-just joshin’, SuzieQ.
I think you have a point….as I had intimated, is Ava being redeemed because of Griffin? The irony here is, Griffin is excommunicated….regardless of how TPTB present his leaving the Church.; regardless of the fake priests/bishops/monseigneurs ‘they’ bring as a cameo appearance, does not change canon law…..neither here nor there , Griffin is a good person, Christian, if one goes that far.
However, I do not appreciate the offense on my sense and sensibilities about my faith that is presented in a ‘shady’ light. That’s all.
Even if you look online, you will find misinformed facts.
I am curious to see if the ‘new’ Ava will make as much of an impact as a cleansed, reformed ex Mob Moll, or will she replicate Rosetta Cutolo? …..pulled the wool over the authorities’ eyes, and everyone around her…
Looking forward to what the writers have in store for her.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey there, su0000,”
Don’t believe there is much chance of seeing “Nun Ava.” Now I would go for “None Ava”! 🙂 🙂

Ric
Ric

I loved it, anything she does is great! Maura West is an amazing actress.

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

Let’s just give Maura West the Daytime Emmy now and call it a day! Bravo!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

In my opinion, Maura should always win a statue every year she’s on daytime. I’ve loved all her characters she’s played and she really does give it more than everything in her perforrmances.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Whoa! Hold those Emmys, partner!

toscanti
toscanti

Fantastic! Bryan Craig (Morgan)is must see and plays so well opposite Maura West (Ava). Emmy worthy performance!

Debra m
Debra m

I agree. Ava had much more hot chemistry with Morgan then Griffin. He is too good. The character needs more of an edge. Wish Maura would go back to her blonde hair. That orangey red shade is awful and distacting.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hold those Emmys, redux!

Jules
Jules

Maura was fantastic!

The episode was not.

I enjoyed the Megan appearance though. That was surprising.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Couple of thoughts:

Maura was great. I really felt Ava’s self-entrapment…the house of horrors of her conscience.

It seems as if the writers are appeasing those of us who want someone, ANYONE, to put Sonny and Carly in their places but doing so only in Ava’s mind is frustrating for me as a viewer. She needs to take that knowledge and shove it in their faces when she’s awake. She needs to point out that what she did to Morgan’s meds was not with the intent of killing him but an attempt to protect her daughter from what she feared would be an unstable, troubled life. However, it was Carly and Sonny who tortured Monica’s son, AJ, who ripped his son from him, made him believe he’d fallen off the wagon…to protect Michael. And then they killed him. Both Sonny and Carly will go to any nefarious level to protect their kids…so how dare they accuse Ava of doing the same…etc, etc…it needs to be shouted!

Bryan Craig stepped right back into Morgan’s shoes without skipping a beat. Terrific actor; he deserves to come back.

Megan as Connie was a bit off for me…though I loved her in the role originally and am happy for her that they invited her to do the part. Seems like she was unjustifiably let go the first time. I preferred her over the too-tough Kelly Sullivan’s rendition.

Was disappointed they didn’t bring back Sean Kanan; seems like the bad blood was between him and Ron. He was a pivotal character who she helped destroy in the end.

All in all a good way to show that Ava Jerome is a conflicted, multi-faceted character. As is Julian..as opposed to the pure evil that was Helena, is Faison and seemingly Cassandra (who I believe we will see again at some point).

I think it won’t be long before Ava has to tackle with Griffin and Kiki’s growing attraction. Started out innocent but it seems they may be heading down that road eventually. Is that a good thing? Repeating the mother/daughter competition? With Ava and Kiki…could be. Perhaps Ava will fall back to the dark side and wind up with the shady land developer…

Oh. I can’t stand the disloyalty that Kiki shows to Ava and Julian (I have no recollection of Julian ever being anything by kind and helpful to Kiki…especially when Ava was in a coma) and yet she looks at him with disgust instead of pointing out his good points…but yet she has deep affection for Carly and Sonny. Same with Sam who rejects her own father but is besties with Carly and Sonny. Why is it Michael can forgive ALL that Sonny and Carly do but Sam, Kiki, Molly (whose dad, Rick, is no saint either…he did threaten to kill her dear Aunt Carly…) can’t seem to do the same for their family. Next time Ava takes a trip down the echos of her mind she needs to ask THAT!

Phyllis
Phyllis

I love GH. Any actor, any SL. Good to be reminded the misdeeds people do. At 60yo I sometimes forget. Hope GH is on forever.

cmp874
cmp874

I loved the episode! I knew of Maura West, but I did not watch the other soaps that she appeared on. It wasn’t until I saw her on General Hospital that I had gotten to see her practice her craft and she is spectacular! The wise GH viewers knew talent when they saw it and took to this fine actress very quickly, even if her character did some pretty vile things.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I didn’t see MW on any other soaps–but must say that I’m not enamored of her acting or craft–a bit histrionic for me–and I don’t feel anything for the character; she doesn’t engender any empathy or identification for me.

cmp874
cmp874

You must have missed her performance then, when Nina held Ava captive during which Ava went into labor. I think that performance was probably MW’s best while appearing on GH. Even though Ava is a vile character, I felt sorry for Ava while that was going on. However, to each his/her own. I am still glad you watch and support GH.

dmr
dmr

I feel that way about Carly..

rose
rose

I thought the “Ava show” was really well done. And Maura West was wonderful. Reminded me of Dicken’s Christmas Carol when the ghosts of Christmas past came to visit Scrooge. Is she redeemed? Don’t think she can completely get rid of some of her worse tendencies.

Glad to see Griffin is on her side…at least for now. He is also going through his own life change since he realized he could not fulfill the requirements of being a priest. At least he quit the priesthood, instead of others who had their own flaws that were covered up or not exposed.

I have never been a Morgan fan, but I thought Morgan/Bryan coming back was very effective. Wonder if this is a one episode appearance for him only?

But wish they had Kelly Sullivan playing Connie, and AJ/Sean back to back up Ava when Sonny and Carly played their usual holier-than-thou attitudes.

dmr
dmr

I agree with you, about Morgan. I was never a fan of the actor or the character; however, I think for the one episode, the appearance worked well. I wish that Ava mentioned how The Dimpled Don murdered AJ, too.

elm1951
elm1951

all i want to know is why tptb/writers felt that the character of ava deserved a stand alone episode?? there are other characters that deserve that honor – i mean who in the world is she besides an unredeemable villain which is jmo – i have been watching gh since the beginning and all i could do was smh………………………..wow

Alan
Alan

Maura West was amazing as usual.

As for the writing, not so much. The episode was choppy and clearly a dream so any sense that it might have been happening in real time (and therefore any subsequent suspense) was gone minutes into the episode. I would have preferred for Ava to have gone into surgery at the end of Wednesday’s episode and have her wake up at the start of Thursday’s show to create the illusion that the events occurring were real. And who didn’t see that “twist” at the end with the bartender being the Avery in Ava’s dream? For me, the whole thing felt like the show’s attempt to create an Emmy reel.

And of course what would a GH episode be without the show propping up Saint Sonny — this time with him preaching that Ava was worse than him because he is honest about his crimes. If he’s so honest and forthright maybe he needs to honestly tell Jason that he killed his brother…

Timmm
Timmm

Not a fan of the character of Ava BUT Maura was great, Bryan was actually tolerable, LOVED Connie, the original resurfacing AND the actress who played Avery was amazing! Find her a role! It reminds me of GH50 when they found Chloe Lanier [NELLE] who played young Patricia Spencer so well!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Looks like TPTB are doing to Nelle’s character what they did to Ava–making her amoral and one-dimensional. Too bad. Would have been much more interesting if they had made her more complex. The young actress has much potential in the right hands with the right writing and direction. Sheer evil is never interesting or engaging.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Well, here’s a novel idea indeed: They could have given Genie Francis a stand-alone episode before sending her off to the black hole–taking care of Spencer for 6 weeks with his two (huh!?!?) broken legs! Say what??????????????

K/kay
K/kay

She is on recurring which means she is gone

K/kay
K/kay

A nice lady but they treat Tristan Rogers the same way good luck SB can’t save this show no matter how much he thinks he can. By the war he was released from his contract from y & r Sally had the good sense to show him the door

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

There goes the last reason for watching GH! So wrong! So long!

Satan
Satan

Good to see Morgan Corinthos and the REAL ConKate again.

Aside from that, the episode was exactly the steaming pile of dragonshit I predicted it would be.

Nik
Nik

Did not like it because it had no conclusion, did she get her face fixed? GH used the wrong “Connie” to haunt Ava. They use the first actress who played Connie not the one Ava killed. They should’ve brought back Ava momma, I am sure Ava dogged her too.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

This episode was incredible, one of the best “GH” has done in a long time. Great acting by Maura West and great writing by the staff. It’s the first episode that I watched bits of for a second time in years, if not decades.

Satan
Satan

Nothing character Ava gets her own episode. Two days later a true GH legend gets kicked out the door.

Tell me what’s wrong with this picture.

Time to fire Frank, and purge all the interlopers from this show and make it fucking General Hospital again.

Shay
Shay

From your fiery lips to the Soap God’s ears, Satan! The Ava-centric episode was a complete waste of time which could have been better dedicated to the real stars of GH…i.e, those who made it great in its heyday, not the force-fed newbies the current showrunners insist upon shoving at us with every possible scenario they can seemingly cook up!

Ricky
Ricky

It is amazing to me how these so called GH “fans” are always bashing this show. I enjoyed the episode with Ava. I had no idea that “Connie” and “Morgan” were coming back in the episode. Great secret. I enjoy all of the episodes. GH is on fire. I don’t see myself fast fowarding thru scenes anymore. We need to be like sports fans: Stick and root for your team whether they win or lose. That what real fans do. You can’t please everyone all of the time. I’m sticking with GH.

dmr
dmr

I love Maura West; therefore, I love Ava Jerome. Maura just owns the room when she enters it and I loved the episode. I thought it was really interesting and I loved how it involved so many characters, and the young girl who played Avery really spooked me at the end!

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Unimpressed with how the writers crafted this one. Seemed like filler that could be shown on a holiday. Poor writing seems to lead the way at GH these days. Writing out Genie Francis is a huge mistake.

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Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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