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GH’s Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

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A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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Jimh
Jimh

Love Kathleen Gati…some might find her cartoonish-well that makes her my current favorite cartoon!!!

Celia
Celia

You better believe it, Jimmy!!….Kathleen is unsurpassed. She can play any part and give it her all…..I finally caught up. What a great performance. OMG….I am only sorry to lose her; yet, I know she will not go far.
I may be wrong, but, I don’t think Peter will give anything away.
Perhaps he has more heart and soul for which I have given him credit.
We shall see how far he will go with finger-pointing.
Also, as James R points out, Michelle Stafford is bringing it. I know you’re not into her, Jimmy, LOL…. you’re not the only one. Many don’t see what I, James and others see, I guess.
I love her! My favorite actress on soaps.

Jimh
Jimh

Im ok with MS-but anyway as Nelle comes to an end there is nothing left to keep me interested in GH…the show is mostly boring…i may tune in when Dr. L is in a scene if i am home at the time!!!

Celia
Celia

Oh, I’m sorry, Jimmy….I must have confused you with Harry!!!! Is it you, Harry? Do you like or dislike Nina? LOL….
Anyway, Jimmy….I know what you mean….once Nelle is gone we are left with what exactly?
I do like the Billy + Elizabeth whatever-comes-out-of-it thingy….other than that, it’s blah, blah, blah….same old, same old—-regurgitated plots ; recycled storylines….marginally re-modified. The Dr. Bansch/Kiki story will be hanging over our heads until the cows come home….soooo….
Even Maxie, who was once one of my favorite players, has lost her sheen….I liked her better without Lulu’s friendship!!!!
These two together have the power to cure my insomnia.
I will await Liesl with you, my friend.

Jimh
Jimh

Billy and Elizabeth could be great together..i may tune in once in awhile but not regular..there is nothing really happening in PC…

Shay
Shay

Or me, CeeCeeGirl! You know my less-than-generous views on Nina, chapter and verse! LOL! As far as Liesl’s recent antics go, Kathleen Gati was utterly superb and highly-entertaining….the only character worthy of my viewing attention as of late, as far as I’m concerned! But why was the incomparable Obrecht not afforded this honor solo??? She is always shortchanged when it comes to being accorded both the GH spotlight and the accolades that her consistently superb work brings to these threads… MS had her day in the sun a few weeks back with this designation and it was enough. Dr. O. deserved her own victory lap!!! (Especially since no one will ever play off this “Mutter from H#!!” as successfully as the much-missed Britt! Bring her back….)

Celia
Celia

Hey, Shaybelle,
There are so many instances—-everywhichway one looks–that are soooo incredibly off the wall and frustrating, I want to bang my head against the wall; but, I fear a big, giant headache.
On one hand, there’s Jordan, who calls Sonny Mr Corinthos….I don’t get it!?!?!? He’s a criminal, yet he’s given so much deference as one would an honest, upstanding citizen. In what real? He talks about Nelle as if he walked on water. Perhaps, I missed the part where Sonny parted the Red Sea?
I miss Britt also….I’ve seen her on TV commercials ….few movies, as well…” Love at First Glance”, to name one….
You know what else I don’t understand, Shay?
Liesl has the perfect psychological reason to remain on the show…..she was/is so fraught with pain at the loss of her son, she suffered temporary insanity?
Unless she WANTS to leave, TPTB can remedy this….as simple as getting the holy one, Sonny out of jail. Pardoned after a nano second spent there? Sure!! For murder?
I am not excusing Nelle, but she is obviously mentally ill…..since childhood and no one took the time to help her. She must have shown some ‘strange’ behavior, for lack of a better word.
And, I have had it with Michael. Those stupid, quasi-frigid puppy-eyed stares do not work…..not very good at playing the bad guy—pardon the oxymoron.
I cringe each time he refers to Sonny as, “my dad”, or when Sonny calls him, ” my son”.
Furthermore, I feel nothing for Carly….
Why, oh, why is it always Jason to the rescue? Mighty Mouse should’ve run to his beloved wife’s side to save the day. And, there you have it. LOL.
Ciao bella.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…I long ago abandoned all hope that Sonny would be regarded as the low-life thug he really is rather than Port Charles’ most upstanding citizen deserving of love and devotion by all in his midst. That’s the meme the show is sticking with and those of us with a whit of common sense and an abundance of high morals who care not to get with that program are left out in the cold. Just as so many other off-kilter things with GH never fail to remain the same, such is the Corinthos faithful partyline…we can debate its merit or actually, lack thereof, until the cows come home….it won’t change, period. In fact, that aptly describes so many characters currently on the GH canvas…so many are reviled whilst all we ask is the return of our old favorites, and our pleas are largely ignored. It’s akin to loathing a particular food and being forcefed it daily in double and triple doses in order to make us eventually accept the unacceptable…that method doesn’t work for me, and I suspect the same can be said for you….such efforts only make one more recalcitrant to whatever it is this soap seems to be shoveling! Having said that, Dr. O. was a fabulous character with great potential portrayed by a powerful, uber-talented actress in the form of Kathleen Gati…yet, even with all that going for her ever-fascinating Liesl, she has been unceremoniously swept aside for the most banal of cast members. Moreover, her long-awaited scene with Robert Scorpio was an afterthought played out in the middle of a crowded PCPD background…even this pivotal scene wasn’t afforded the privacy spotlight it warranted. Instead, we were treated to more of the same nauseating drivel with a Maxie-propping Nina who once again is getting off scot-free for her psycho behavior, as Obrecht is carted off to the hoosegow…disgusting!!!! The only saving grace to this scenario would be if “Mutter and her Schatzie, aka Britt,” were to be reunited in jailed captivity. Now there’s a scenario that would be a joy to behold! As for Nelle, she is one of the soapworld’s premier nutcases….superbly acted by Chloe Lanier…she could have been Port Charles’ next Heather Webber had her reign been longer…the gift that keeps on giving!…If only she were to remain on GH, I should have liked to see her institutionalized beside the psychopathic legend herself…what a team brimming with mirth and mayhem they could have made! Instead we get the monotonous “Carly Chronicles” at Ferncliff…um, no thanks!

Celia
Celia

Hey, Shay,
I love reading your posts…..
One thing, though….you think Maxie is propping Nina? Hmmmm…brain food, that!!
I never thought Michelle/Nina; or any character the actress plays needs propping by anyone….least of all Maxie.
It pains me to say this, but Maxie has become more of a nonentity, at this point; and, she is the one who needs ‘lifting’ to remain relevant.
But, I will grant you, ma belle amie, that we will never be of one mind when it comes to Nina….
As far as Nelle? Yes, Heather would have been the perfect precursor….they do share the same diabolical fixations.
The writing, Shay, is so sophomoric, it’s hard to affix any rationale to Nelle as a person. She is so out of touch with reality, how could she have pulled off living amongst those of “normal” ilk?
How coincidental is it for Nelle giving birth in the middle of nowhere and Dr O shows up after being involved in the same accident? Oh, yeah….it’s a soap.
Now…..do you remember when I said that Brad and Lucas adopting a baby was too much of a sudden coincidence? As I said, somehow Nelle’s baby would be instrumenal within that adoption.
I may be so wrong here, but it looks like Whiley suffered from SIDS ……I am not really into babies dying on soaps, or anywhere else….., Nelle’s baby will take its place. ….do not know how….but, I think this is where the story is going.
I still think the writers made a big mistake by not giving Liesl an insanity plea. For a little while. A short sojourn…..then, bring her back healed? I do not know how sane, but better have her kind of insanity around, than not at all. LOL.

Celia
Celia

That should read….in what realm…not real.
LOL.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

This is no surprise. Kathleen Gati is a powerhouse and Michelle Stafford does handle her scenes with the right amount of emotion.

Steve
Steve

Don’t know how Liesl could stay on the canvas after this, but it would be a shame to lose her. Kathleen Gati is, beyond a doubt, Frank’s best non-soap hire in the 5 years he’s been at the helm. (Mark Teschner probably deserves kudos, too). Let’s hope she is not written out just to save another character that isn’t working.

Stafford gets bonus points too, as she’s at her best when playing borderline crazy.

It’s actually smart that this plot is taking place while Finola is on her summer hiatus. That element of the storyline would have distracted from Gati and Stafford’s performances.

Laura moore
Laura moore

Two talented and accomplished actors doing more than justice to an improbable and contrived circumstance. Hope Liesl and Nina remain as part of the story canvas. This will give the writers the opportunity to get rid of some characters who have outdated their welcome.

Rob
Rob

I fell in love with Kathleen Gati on the Halloween show 3 years ago when she sang ” Is that all there is”! What a talented woman,! I will miss her!

Soaphound
Soaphound

How great were these two women? This is an example of how brilliant acting can overcome even the most melodramatic story. I just hope this isn’t the end for Liesl, though she definitely needs a LONG rest. Kathleen Gati has always been a favorite of mine. I still laugh when I think back to the episode when she was hunkered down at Elizabeth’s house, devouring the kids’ cereal, declaring “They taste surprisingly fruit-like”. And, of course, her classic performance of “Wilkommen”. Too bad Emmy voters can’t take the hint.

Celia
Celia

Yes, Soaphound…..I never tire watching Kathleen or listen to her speak. How can one performer have it all?
She and Michelle are incomparable, Soaphound. They work so well together…not a wasted moment. Every movement, every exchanged look, every word is precise, laden with meaning. They don’t even have to say much….it’s like being there in live audience.
Sadly, we will not enjoy such interactions between them any longer….
From your fingers ( typing, LOL) to the soap-gods’ eyes, my friend…..”….hope this isn’t the end for Liesl…”

B earl
B earl

They should send Liesle to Ferncliff to give Nurse Mary Pat a run for her money.

Thomasine Robinson
Thomasine Robinson

Extradinary!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Loved it! Kathleen, Michelle AND Wes did a great job! Kudos!

dmr
dmr

I love this duo, Dr. O and Nina! They are “killing it!” Now, only if they would kill #Peter, this storyline would be the best storyline of the year!

Rodd
Rodd

Powerful actresses! I wonder if this will mean Kathleen’s Obrecht will be sent off the canvas? I know some people think she’s over the top, but I found her to be a welcomed relief ever time Obrecht did something. And in Kathleen’s hands, Obrecht never failed to entertain me.

Since Michelle is on contract, I never feared that she wouldn’t come out of this smelling like a rose. She gave very infused performances, as always.

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GH Preview – Week of March 25, 2019

All roads lead to Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), and you can put Willow (Kaetlyn MacMullen) in the mix now that it has been revealed she used to be in Dawn of Day and as she confesses to Chase (Josh Swickard), that she had Shiloh’s baby.

That would mean that Willow believes the baby Brad (Parry Shen) and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are raising is hers with Shiloh! Willow finally admits the truth to Chase, but says that she must leave town as to not jeopardize the safety of her baby.  Chase tells her he will keep her safe and to stay in town.  Will she give their romance a fighting chance?

Meanwhile, all of Port Charles is reeling from the news that Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) knew that his serial killer twin brother, Ryan was alive and that he was treating him before his escape from Ferncliff and trading places with him.  Will Laura (Genie Francis) ever take Kevin back?  Will Ava (Maura West) continue to hope that she can end Ryan’s life herself, if he survived the fall from the bridge in Niagara Falls?

And ,something is not right with Dante’s (Dominic Zamprogna) homecoming.  We saw that he has scars and marks all over his back, which leads one to believe he was tortured while in captivity and on his mission.  Will anyone see that Dante needs help desperately?

Check out these teasers for this week’s GH’s and the latest promo for the soap below.  Then, let us know what storypoint you are looking forward to seeing the most via the comment section below.

MONDAY MARCH 25

Shiloh pushes his limits.

TUESDAY MARCH 26

Dante is startled.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27

Sonny is discouraged.

THURSDAY MARCH 28

Anna admits the worst is possible.

 FRIDAY MARCH 29

Julian compels Ava to seek help.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Dante Comes Home; But He’s Tortured In More Ways Than One

Lante fans got their long-awaited reunion, of sorts, on Friday’s episode of General Hospital which also leaves viewers with a major cliffhanger as to what has happened to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) since his time away from his wife, family and friends.

In story, Lulu (Emme Rylan) goes into panic mode when it appears someone is breaking into her home.  When Dante walks through the door her shock turns to happiness.  She runs into his arms and they kiss.  Dante feel guilty for not being there for his wife, when she needed him most – after she was attacked by Ryan – and apologizes for leaving her and not being there to protect her.  Then, Dante gets a call from Frisco, who congratulates Dante on a job well done in terms of his assignment to bring down Raj and his undercover work.

After escaping Turkey with his father, Sonny (Maurice Benard), and heading home to Lulu, something seems off.  While they have a happy reunion, complete with making love, there is clearly a sadness in Dante’s eyes.  We get a glimpse as to why, when in bed with Lulu, the camera pans to his back and we see multiple scars on his back, which would indicate he may have been beaten while being held in captivity during his mission.

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Zamprogna reveals what’s to come this week on all-new episodes of GH, which will illustrate how troubled Dante has become: “He’s trying to hide how disturbed he, in fact, is from his experience (abroad).  He’s so happy to be with his family. He missed them. He wants to be with them.  But as happy as he is to be back, there is something wrong that needs to be addressed.”

In the Sneak Peek for Monday’s episode, General Hospital released a clip, where Dante is seen and heard repeating, “I will complete the mission” and then appears to have shot Lulu.  But is this all in his head?

As viewers know, Zamprogna is back for a short run on the show, and not back full-time.  This week, also saw the talented and popular actor receiving another Daytime Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category.

So, what have you thought of Dante’s return thus far? Do you think he is suffering from PTSD … or something else? Are you happy Dom received an Emmy nod for his performances in 2018? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.   First, watch the sneak peek for tomorrow’s GH.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Michael Fairman Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2019

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If you missed Wednesday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman‘s sixth annual Daytime Emmy Award Nominations special, you can listen to the replay of the episode right here!

To kick-off the 46th Daytime Emmy Award season, Soap Nation Live! welcomed several of the just announced nominees (the nominations were revealed earlier in the day on CBS’ The Talk) in the major daytime drama performer categories to get their reactions, and thoughts on going for gold at the upcoming May 5th ceremony.  In this two-hour plus lively and entertaining podcast that was originally live-streamed, you can hear the excitement and joy from the actors and their support of one another and their work in the daytime community as they celebrate their nomination.

Joining Michael in-studio was his very special co-host, Days of our Lives, Arianne Zucker (Nicole), as well as NATAS’ SR VP Daytime Emmy Awards, David Michaels.  In addition, former DAYS star, Shawn Christian (Ex-Daniel) was in-studio with the trio, and often popped on to the mic and bantered with some of his longtime pals who received Emmy accolades.

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During the broadcast Michael, Arianne, and David chatted with many of our favorite soap stars who shared publicly for the first time what scenes they submitted that earned them a nomination from their peers, and more.

Emmy-nominated guests included: Outstanding Lead Actress nominees: Maura West (Ava, GH), Laura Wright (Carly, GH) and Marci Miller (Ex-Abigail, DAYS), Outstanding Lead Actor nominees: Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R). Billy Flynn (Ex-Chad, DAYS), and Tyler Christopher (Ex-Stefan, DAYS), Outstanding Supporting Actor nominees: Max Gail (Mike, GH), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Greg Rikaart (Leo, DAYS), and Bryton James (Devon, Y&R), Outstanding Supporting Actress nominees: Beth Maitland (Traci, Y&R) and Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS), and Outstanding Younger Actress nominees: Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle, GH).

During the live broadcast, listeners were able to ask questions of our guests, or co-hosts.  At the end of the episode, one lucky caller won our “Game Show Daytime Emmy Trivia” and received 2 VIP tickers to the upcoming GH Fantasy Event, “Teals Got Talent” in Philadelphia on May 4th to benefit The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation featuring GH stars: Michael Easton, John J. York, Lynn Herring, Kathleen Gati and former GH favorite, Rebecca Budig.  In addition, the lucky caller won 2 tickets to the fan seats at the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy ceremonies in Pasadena, California on May 5th.

And …  if you are interested in attending this year’s 46th annual Daytime Emmys in the fan seats, here is where you can also purchase your tickets.

Now below, settle in and press play and listen to our replay of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman’s Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2019.   Then let us know, what was your favorite part of the broadcast via the comment section below.

Listen to “Soap Nation Live Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2019” on Spreaker.

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