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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
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Jimh

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

Celia
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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.… Read more »

Jimh
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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
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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… Read more »

Jimh
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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
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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.… Read more »

Celia
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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… Read more »

Shay
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@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,… Read more »

Celia
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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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

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

James R. Poissant
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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.

Linda Moeller
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Linda Moeller

AGREE!

Steve
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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… Read more »

Linda Moeller
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Linda Moeller

Kathleen is THE best.

Laura moore
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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
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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
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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
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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
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B earl

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

Thomasine Robinson
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Thomasine Robinson

Extradinary!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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

dmr
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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
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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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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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