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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!!!

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On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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In story, after part of the secret is out that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not really Nina’s bio-daughter – Nina, who has had everything she believed in fall in on her, tries to regain her strength to go back to Wyndemere to face Valentin, and move out of his house.  Once there to get her things, Nina tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that where she goes is no longer his business.

 

Valentin admits that he was looking for her daughter which caused this whole situation, but he also does not admit his part in the Sasha cover-up and that he was the one paying her to portray Nina’s daughter.  He even goes so far to insist that Sasha’s actions were all her own.  Nina still does not believe him.  After she packs her bag, and heads for the door. Valentin tells her that his life is meaningless without her. Nina basically says, “True, that” in so many words … and makes her exit.

Next, with sunglasses on, Nina returns to the workplace at Crimson where she finds Sasha with Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucy (Lynn Herring).  She calls security and tells them all to get out.  Sasha then spins a yarn, much to the chagrin of the audience, knowing that if she implicates Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Valentin, Nina would be devastated.  So, Sasha says she acted alone and faked being Nina’s daughter, when she was contacted by her attorney, and she was in cahoots with the guy … until he suddenly died!  What!?  Nina looks very suspicious… and throws back that how would Sasha know how to change three DNA test results.  Sasha had an answer for that – she had a friend who works in a lab do it.   Nina still believes she could not have done this alone without Valentin.  Then, in a heartbreaking speech, Watros as Nina shares how she has lost everything: her daughter, her marriage, hope she even had a daughter in the first place, and the list goes on.

 

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And … let’s not forget Tuesday’s nuptials, which we gave our review and recap previously here.  It is there that Nina is first blindsided, and the betrayal, rage, and hurt displayed by Watros was all top-notch.  Here is Nina finally marrying the man she loves, whom she had to allow herself to come to trust all over again so she could be with him, even with all of the warning signs around her.  Not only does she have Lulu (Emme Rylan) spoil her nuptials with exposing the secret of Sasha, but then has to process the deception  which means to her that maybe she never had the child she so desperately wanted and believed she had all along.

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Let us know if you agree with our pick via the comment section below, and what you thought about Cynthia’s work in these key episodes.

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In a brand new video ditty posted by the folks at GH, Stuart is seen combing the hallways looking for his portrait along with the other major stars of the ABC daytime drama series .. problem is … it’s MIA! Something James takes notice off.

Then, in a time-jump (LOL), Stuart finally gets his big moment when he officially joins the ranks of the cast with his photo being unveiled right next to Maurice Benard’s (Sonny) picture.

The tweet accompanying the video relates: “Contrary to Valentin’s opinion… @japastu is having the best week ever.”   Of course, the tweet refers to Stuart’s character who has just had a disaster-filled wedding to Nina (Cynthia Watros)

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