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GH's Dr. Obrecht Presents: How To Recapture A Cassadine! A Refresher Course for Britt!

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Leave it to Chief of Staff of General Hospital, Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) to come up with a power point presentation of cunning deceit, and to get to the root of someone’s problem which generally involves eliminating the enemy in various ways!

Now Dr O wants to help her daughter Britta (Kelly Thiebaud) get back the man she loves … Prince Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher)!  So, what better way then to sit her offspring down and give her a refresher course on just who Nikolas is, what are his many assets, how things got screwed up in the first place between them, and just what the major obstacles are in getting Nikolas back are

When all was said and done, Dr O came up with one person who stand in the way of Britt’s happiness with Nikolas … the lovely nurse Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst)!

Watch “How To Recapture A Cassadine” from this week’s General Hospital after the jump! Then let us know, do you hope Britt manages to get Nikolas all for herself? Or, do you hope Elizabeth wins out? And what did you think of Dr. Obrecht’s power point presentation?

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Michael
Michael

I think it’s ridiculous that she is still chief of staff.

dmr
dmr

It is; but, she brings a lot of comedy to the show, which it was lacking for quite some time without the Quartermaine’s. To pay respect to the show’s history, a Hardy or Quartermaine really should be Chief of Staff. But, Dr. Obrecht is a very funny character, I think. She’s evil with a soft side for the people she cares about.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…Dr.O is a funny character and comic relief…she shouldnt be chief of staff but K.G. is a great talent and so entertaining i can look past that…

Timmm
Timmm

Yes, she is a talent and this is a soap but her antics at a hospital would not fly. They need to smooth her edges a bit and find her something else to do. Maybe open a coffee shop? She needs to be somewhere to be able to have run ins with other PC residents. Why not have her run as mayor? Luke raped Laura and he won!

su0000
su0000

It’s all only make believe …. 🙂

Harry
Harry

What? It’s only make believe? You take that back! Next think you’re going to tell us is that there really isn’t a Kelly’s where I go hang out with Mac and Felicia and enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich for three dollars?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

That isn’t the point. Of course its make believe, but its difficult to remain engaged with the overall story when there are these imposing elements that are just over the top. And it isn’t a necessary ingredient for comedy to still be a part of the mix to make it so preposterous and campy that the one and only response is a roll of the eyes and a groan. Particularly when the previous Chief of Staff, a beloved vet, was fired because her son was suspected of a murder he didn’t even commit. Funny to me were the scenes where Luke and cohorts are in disguises trying to pump some innocent for information. Funny to me is little Spencer and his loquacious vocabulary (although there too, they never know what enough is)… Dr. O is just too much. I turn her off now, even though I think the actress has some talent.

Timmm
Timmm

True but there is a line where you shouldnt continue to insult the viewer daily.

su0000
su0000

hmmmm ok
I want Britt to get her bitch back and kill Elizabeth ..

I need some excitement!!
and Elizabeth is as boring to watch as toenail clippings, no matter what is written for her she can’t bring fire/passion to it =boring …. 🙂

dmr
dmr

I’m with you. I love Britt and her wicked ways! I find Elizabeth very boring, as well as, Sam. Both speak in monotones. No excitement.

Harry
Harry

Sigh.

DidjaNoit
DidjaNoit

I know, Harry, it’s frustrating isn’t it? These calls for the original GH characters to be killed off so the new characters can replace them really hurts me as a forty + year fan of this show. It’s not enough to have all the major storylines driven by new characters I guess, they want the old characters completely off the show.

Every time I read one of these posts it drives home how few people really care about the GH that was on the air for the past 50 years, or the fans who love those characters who were there before 2012.

Patricia Dodd
Patricia Dodd

I have to agree. Elizabeth is like watching paint dry. Even when she has a good storyline she cant carry it off. Time for her to go. Bring on a Nina-like nurse to take her place. Now that would be cool. and Dr O will be hard nosed with her and it would be funny of course. Dr O does bring the comic relief to GH.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Please expound – what storyline has Elizabeth been unable to carry off?

Harry
Harry

Thank you for articulating it for me, DidjaNoit, and so well too! Yes, all I could do was sigh reading posts which wish two perfectly sane, interesting, albeit not perfect, female characters whom we’ve watched grow up, to die to make room for campy cartoon characters. Sometimes my exasperation reaches such a point as to to render me to exhausted to respond. I like how you phrased your sentiment because it was predicated upon love and respect of a show we’ve been watching since we were latch key children. See, it’s not about hate at all.

Timmm
Timmm

Liz seems to have connections on that show because she is average at best and continues to have a job. Shake up the character or have Dr. O put a cap in her!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Britt and Nik will eventually become a couple…im sure she will find a way to use little Spenser to her advantage and make Liz look bad in Niks eyes…this Britt, Liz and Nik triangle is what they should have originally done with Patrick…me thinks tptb now realize this so they decided to redo it with Nik…

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Does this work in real-life? Because I’d love to score a nice guy with Dr. O’s abilities!

mgb357
mgb357

Love these moments that advance the storyline.

Fanny
Fanny

Storyline silliness aside, Kathleen Gati is an absolute GEM as Dr.O.

KM
KM

Perhaps the show should just cut to the chase and have both women mud wrestle over Nikolas.

I’m not big on either woman for different reasons. Liz is too passive aggressive for my tastes. She leads Nikolas on and then jumps into bed with anyone else handy as soon as Nik shows any interest. I don’t honestly get what Liz is trying to achieve.

Britt OTOH is a way too much a weak willed pawn of her cartoon Mutter. Since scheming and lying are what caused Nikolas to dump her in the first place is she really stupid enough to believe another one of Mutter’s elaborate schemes will fix things?

Both women seem to be more motivated by beating the competition than they are by any genuine feelings for Nikolas. That doesn’t make either rootable to me particularly when Nik just come off as oblivious.

Didn’t care for the power point presentation gag either. It’s was way too heavy handed and cartoonish for my tastes but it will probably land them on The Soup yet again. Although my mud wrestling idea would probably achieve the same result.

Virginia
Virginia

I agree with you, KM, Mary SF & Brian. The story line is getting old and the writers are treating the viewers like children; Dr O. is a smart woman but no way should she be head of the Hospital. She out rules the board [how is that possible?] Elizabeth & Britt should grow up and handle their own business. I know it’s just TV but please give the viewers a little more credit. I am tired of Maxie too, she used to be “smart” and could see ‘a Levi’ coming from a mile away. Have good weekend Peps!!!!! Talk to next week.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Not only have they dumb down Maxi but Tracy too…

Patricia Dodd
Patricia Dodd

I so have to agree with jimh and Virginia. The sure did dumb down Maxie and Tracy. Both women would have been able to see into their significant others ploys rather quickly. Does Maxie think she can not live on without Levi to tell her what to do? And does Tracy want love so bad, she cant see thru Fluke’s character? Its sad to see two intelligent beautiful women turn into dumb girls.

Harry
Harry

They have also dumbed down Olivia (and there wasn’t a lot of room for that descent) as well as Anna, Alexis and Carly.
What do Traci, Alexis, Carly, Maxie, Olivia and Anna all have in common? They continue to sacrifice their intelligence and innate instincts for the sake of these horrid men.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Honestly what made Britt and Nik interesting was they had this Taming of the Shrew thing going on. Having grown up in the Cassadine family Nik was one step ahead of Britt and his love was transforming her– then they dumped that turned Nikolas into a love blind wimp who couldn’t see Britt lying to him— and now she is reverting back to type being the Britch trying to trick him into loving her again—

that story is so over done– wish they went back to the original thing vibe– the one where Nik who had seen all the deceit and lies in his family could spot a con game a mile away– the Nik who had a pair and wasn’t such a passive bystander so easily duped.

Get that Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara dynamic going with those two– then we will have something, summer passion at its best, but watching–love starved female- Britt- fight the too good to be true heroine –Elizabeth— for the love of witless man– Nickolas— well all I can say to that is YAWN

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yes, give us a Rhett(Nik) and Scarlette(Britt) type romance and we will give a damn…lol

KM
KM

Nik was never one step ahead of Britt that I saw. If anything it was Britt who was always one step ahead of Nik with her lies. That doesn’t really fit with the Rhett/Scarlett dynamic where he saw thru her from the beginning but loved her in spite of her flaws…or maybe because of them.

Remember the Rhett quote “”I love you Scarlett. Because we’re alike. Bad lots both of us. Selfish and shrewd but able to look things in the eye and call them by their right name.”

I can’t see that coming from Nik who sees himself as royalty at all.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Perhaps that wasn’t the best example. In the very beginning Nik didn’t just accept everything Britt said or did at face value. It was very brief because they had him fall in love with her so fast, but before he did, he seemed to understand her rep and was cautiously willingly to give her a break. So the potential to have Nikolas tame Britt was there. Not because he was bad too, as in it takes one to know one,but because he was raised by the same type of family Britt was– and if he could see through his family and laid down the law with them, he should have been able to do that with Britt and her mother. But instead they made him clueless.
So my point was instead of making this a typical triangle they should make Nik a bit like Rhett Butler. If Britt goes after him, this time should make him smart enough to see right through it. But find despite her lying ways he is drawn to her and wants to be with her– on his terms, not hers. That would make this romance interesting again, a bit like Cass was with Lila Roberts on Another World if you ever watched that soap.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

A fellow GWTW fan! I agree. Rhett is a realist while Nikolas is too much like Ashley IMO – a dreamer who always falls for the damsel in distress. But, Elizabeth is no Melanie, who was a truly good person. Elizabeth is just pathetic. If the rumors are true that Billy Miller may join GH as Dillon Quartermaine, I hope he turns out to be the Rhett of this romantic quadrangle and ultimately wins Britt into the Quartermaine clan. They desperately need a doctor and some youthful zaniness in their family. Michael is nice. But, too much of a straight arrow. Clearly he inherited Lila’s genes. Bring the Q craziness back to GH & the manor!

Patrick
Patrick

“…Nik was one step ahead of Britt and his love was transforming her– then they dumped that turned Nikolas…”

oh shucks

I was so looking forward to seeing Brit get along, come along, becoming…. with Nicholas as more than just her strong knight in shining armor

REALLY nice post MarySF….

it’s got all the makings and trappings of a love and romance stir

brian
brian

As wacky as Dr. O being chief of staff is… I love it. She adds so much to the show, in my opinion. I love her acting !

Jules
Jules

Why do GH scenes/episodes get features like this on websites, but the other four shows rarely do? For the most insignificant of material, GH seems to be the darling on the web that can do no wrong and must be showcased for everything they do.

What about the shocking twist at DAYS that Sami knew about EJ’s tryst all along and is now partnered with Kate? Or Gabi going to prison and all those wonderful goodbye scenes? What about nuBilly’s first appearance on Y&R? Barely a peep anywhere about B&B shooting overseas. And yet time and again crap like this from GH gets highlighted. Nina, Sabrina, Luke, Ava, Madeline, Olbrecht…I don’t even know three quarters of the characters but I do now because they’re talked about everywhere. Everyone has their favourites but bias is clear all over the web. I have my own and I’m just as guilty. I wish soap sites were a little more balanced in their reporting.

boes
boes

Interesting point. I don’t understand it either. DOOL is miles better than GH IMO. I’m no fan of the cartoon antics of GH these days, at all.

This site, though, is pretty even-handed IMO. Michael Fairman does his best to bring us the news and the hot spots from all of the shows. Maybe GH is more accessible than the other shows? I do think this is the best of all the sites – Mr. Fairman’s interviews and articles are the real deal, at least I think so.

Harry
Harry

Jules, you make some good points, and I am afraid I can’t answer your query as to why a minor scene such as the one above garners so much attention. Kathleen Gati is the current it girl of soaps–she is the darling of soap writers, head GH writer and producer and GH fans. I am in the minority when I say that for me, Dr. O is like a jalapeno pepper in that a little bit goes a long way. Yes, clearly KG is very talented. I don’t dispute that collective assertion. However, I think Dr. O is too campy, over-the-top and cartoon villainish. It’s getting to the point where Port Charles should be called Gotham City. She has committed a wealth of federal crimes and is not only not indicted, she is remains the hospital chief of staff. In small doses, I would enjoy this character more. She reminds me of the character Cloris Leachman played in Young Frankenstein, and I fully expect to hear horses’ neigh when someone says her name.
Finally, I have never seen any shades of nuance of subtlety come from this actress. Anthony Hopkins said that playing the scary Hannibal the Cannibal from Silence of the Lambs was much easier than playing the quiet and emotionally repressed butler from Remains of the Day. Over-the-top is easy, it’s playing those quiet moments which are the most difficult.
I know, I know, it’s only a soap and my expectations are too high.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Not sure if you are speaking about this site, because except for the Sami thing– this website featured all those topics– nuBilly on Y&R, B&B shooting overseas, Gabi going to prison— and I’m sure that Sami thing will get mention soon as well. I can’t speak for Mr Fairman as to his reasoning in choosing which topics and stories to focus on, but back in the day, before the internet, I find he has chosen topics and stories that would be consider water cooler topics. The kind of stuff soap fans used to discuss the next day at the office with their friends and fellow soap fans. GH because it so camp has more those type of moments. That would be my theory why they get more press at times

janet
janet

I like Britt. This is a little over the top, but Dr O is way over the top. I like all three Nick, Britt,and Liz.let the fun begin. I also agree Dr O should not be running a hospital, especially GH. The job should be Monicas. Dr O should be in jail throwing one liners at Sonny. They are a pair, and they both need to pay for their sins.I have stopped watching . The show is really a sham of before.The evul are the evulest that have ever evuled.GMAB.

Charday
Charday

Dr. O and Britt are amazing. My two favorites of the “new” GH characters the last couple of years.

Patrick
Patrick

excellent pair of “newbies” to be celebrated… couldn’t agree more

I’d throw in some Brad

I simply adored Kelly Sullivan as Connie.

GH deserves to have won an emmy for best casting

I guess Carlos is no where to be found… he shouldn’t have been the scapegoat for Ava crime…. he deserved to be on the show

bringing on Ric Lansing is sterling…love how much presence he creates

now we’ve got Michelle Stafford

woah, and now possible Billy Miller

GH has so much going on

how to fill them all in

Charday
Charday

I like Brad, too. I hope Britt snags Nicholas back from Lizard.

Timmm
Timmm

Great additions but I was sad to see Kelly Sullivan go. We lost her and picked up those two dimwits, Levi and James or whatever his character is being called, this week!

Harry
Harry

I have an idea–Erika Slezak (Viki from OLTL) needs some work. She is a lovely incredibly talented actress who is not done yet.
Would she not make an excellent chief of staff? Moreover, let her be some distant relative of Edward Quatermaine’s–maybe a niece or a second cousin.
She could move into the Q mansion and take over GH and provide some realistic competition for Monica.
Dr O can wander the secret walls of the Cassadine island like Helena. Dr. O is at her best dwelling the shadows, on the fringe of society.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Great minds think alike, i too suggested E.S. as a Quartimaine relative(also as Laura on Days) but i think id prefer her more on GH…rebuild the Qs…i miss that part of the show…i love K.G. and i wish they make her less campy and cartoonish…she reminds me of Natasha from that old cartoon …the one from Rocky and Bullwinkle!!!

Harry
Harry

Yes, Jim, another great idea of yours. They ought to hire you as casting director.
No one is better at fighting the bad girl or buy than ES. And yet when she goes head to toe with a villain or her nemesis, she remains spirited, intelligent and not sickeningly sweet. I would love to see her go head to head with Dr. O not to mention Traci. I could see ES in that white coat.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

lol…i dont think any soap would want me working on their show because id probably be constantly going head to head with TPTB!!!

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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General Hospital

GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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