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GH's Rebecca Herbst Shows Appreciation To Her Fans: "Thank You For Taking The Time, On A Daily Basis, To Make Me Smile."

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General Hospital’s nurse Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst) certainly has had her share of problems in her personal life over the last year.

First, trying to hold on to the man she loves, Jason (Billy Miller), without telling him who he really is, and now facing for the second time, her young son, Jake (James Nigbor) fighting for his life!

Actress Rebecca Herbst who has been receiving kudos from many GH fans, took to Twitter today to thank them for their unwavering show of support for her performances. Many were also recently vocal that Becky did not receive a Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination in the Lead Actress category from her peers.

Herbst shared to all the fans this message:  “Thank you for taking the time, on a daily basis, to make me smile. Your kind messages always fill my heart …XOXO”

So, what did you think of Becky’s acknowledgement of her fans?  What have you thought of her performances of late in the latest twist and turns in the Elizabeth and Jason saga, and now Jake saga?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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tim S
tim S

Good Actress… When I watch her.. I never think of her as she is action.. she is a class act… she just needs to stop doing the bad things.. get with Franco.. I like them together!!!

Rose
Rose

Actually I want Franco to stay with Nina. But maybe he could rekindle Liz’s interest in art as therapy or a hobby. At one time when she was with Lucky she wanted to study art and had her own little studio. I think this could be good for her.

Also, since one day we will get past this Jake/Jason storyline one way or another, since she is Steve Hardy’s granddaughter, I’d like to see her “stature” in GH society reflect that. Maybe ask her to help coordinate the Nurses Ball adding in a GH founders memory skit, along with more of a star-studded cast than last year.

Harry 1
Harry 1

I want Phyllis to stay with Todd, too. Opps, I mean I want Franko and Nina to remain together as they fly off to Timbuktu forever and ever.
They have got to be the most pointless and boring couple in daytime history.
Clearly some executive suit harbored some fantasy of a Todd and Phyllis coupling.

Patrick
Patrick

“…one day we will get past this Jake/Jason storyline one way or another ”

too funny

rolling… LOL

to think … i’m still heavily vested in this… ???

fandom

hey just making the cheering section full

su0000
su0000

Rebeca.. big luvs !!
Now- Liz. Stop being a self pity wimp and go get your man..
Sam is a fly on your shoulder, slap her off !

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

Your comments are laughable to say the least …. Liz Has absolutely nothing over Sam!!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

the thing that bothers me… is at the end of Friday ep:

Jason is at the hospital with Liz and little Jake

yet before you know it…. he’s at Liz house in the basement… as ????

a lovelorn figurine ?
a messiah ?
a bold machismo willing Sam to get UP and fasten her HOT boot strap and dig into herself… and steel that much more of her sure self
a sexually charged deity of such magnitude…
a “ghost” love story yet to unfold

I hate when serials do this…

as we muster up more courage for Kelly Monaco

ACT

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I would like to see Liz stop chasing Jason. Let him chase her. He pursued her when he was Jake, he’ll come around again. And if he doesn’t, who needs him? There are plenty of guys who’d like to be with Liz, that new doctor hottie maybe. k One thing I’ve noticed, Jason has never had to chase Sam. She’s always been ready, willing and available whenever he wanted her.

Harry 1
Harry 1

Maddie, I don’t understand why either Sam or Lizzy, who are both beautiful in their own rights, think Jason is the ultimate door prize.
I think Jason (no matter who is playing him) is about as exciting as a cold bowl of porridge and he is really much ado about nothing.

CeeCee
CeeCee

OI think Liz has seen the error of her ways and eased on the chasing. Sam picked up where
Liz left off. Sadly, those boots cut the race short.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry.
Gee, Harry. How do you know how exciting Jason is? Lol…….I would think both Liz and Sam have had a taste of him. He must have something satisfying to offer. I like cinnamon in my porridge.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Harry, I quite agree! He’s a good looking guy, but most soap guys are! But his connection to Sonny all these years makes him quite the loser. Maybe if he pulls away from Sonny’s orbit and goes more the Quartermaine route, he will be interesting. But what I’ve seen so far is same-old, same-old. CeeCee, LOL re: Sam’s boots. I had to laugh when she tripped over them and then proceeded to flounder all over the basement floor for a week, seemingly unable to find the stairs.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, there, my friend.
I know, right? Poor Sam. We may poke fun, but it’s not so funny when accidents like that really happen. I mean well, Maddie. But, sometimes my twisted humor rears its ugly head. It’s not real, so, in that context, we may have a little fun kidding around.
I must agree with Harry, to a degree. Billy Miller in Y&R mode is a completely different person in GH mode. I never realized how unintelligible his speech was. Yet, I like him so much. I overlook many flaws.
I honestly think Jason should get a fresh start, but, as you say, a Quartermaine. I have always believed that. And his ‘discourse’ with Monica sinched it. Nonetheless, he should be free of any romantic entanglements, at this point. I think TPTB are making us vacillate a bit. We see Jason working a good relationship with Sam and we say to ourselves, ‘oh, ok, this could work”…. But, by the same token, we are now presented with a tragic situation shared as Jake’s parent; Jason and Liz. This, too, sort of pulls us toward a renewed affection/relationship between them.
It could be this is the hierarchy’s intention….see our reaction and then decide what route to take?
I don’t know, Maddie. At this point, I can actually see Jason with either women.
I could go on forever, LOL…..snow day…no school. Later, my friend.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Jake has got to be a clone…somehow he is not the real Jake…or he has been brainwashed by Helene and her goons.

Aria
Aria

Nothing can make stop being a Liz/Rebecca fan I simply love the charater and the actress I m so happy she’s on more and I hope it stays that way.

Nicole Hugue
Nicole Hugue

Luv Liz/Rebecca reason I watch general hospital a great actre

Abby Setzer
Abby Setzer

Wish she would retire……..

Tristan
Tristan

Becky is very classy. ThIs comment is not.

Harry 1
Harry 1

What Tristan said.
Yes, of course I was disappointed with Miss Lizzy’s actions regrading the Jason reveal. However, she let us know her motivations and what drove her to such desperate actions. Moreover, those of us who have loved Lizzy since the day she unexpectedly appeared in Grandma Audrey’s house, wearing short shorts and ordering pizza on Granny’s credit card, have loved her since she first crossed the Port Charles threshold. We watched rebellious Miss Lizzy play second fiddle to her inferior and most insipid sister, Sarah.
We also watched her waiting in the park in her red dress for Lucky to show up in the park before the Sadie Hopkin’s dance only to be raped. This led to one of the most touching and sweetest romances in daytime history–that is, the subsequent romance which transpired between Miss Lizzy and Lucky.
We stand by Lizzy despite her transgressions because we know she is going to punish herself worse than her nemesis ever could. But we also stand by her because Rebeca Herbst is an amazing and nuanced actress. Over-the-top scene chewing actresses (not going to mention names,lloking at your, Michelle Stafford) could learn a lot from Miss Rebecca as far as the art of subtlety is concerned.
And finally, and forgive me for dwelling on the external, but RH is positively ageless and continues to glow henceforth with her youthful and ethereal beauty.
It’s almost scary how this actress does not age without showing any signs of having any work done.
All I can think is that that portrait in the attic is not looking too well.

Tristan
Tristan

Love Becky and Liz. Consummate, subtle actress. Often maligned on other boards because of the ludicrous “fan war” that GH keeps stoking. And really, does anyone think Jason is worth it? No matter who is playing him, Jason is a character I cannot abide. The most one-dimensional, endlessly propped character in GH’s history, bar none.

What I love about Becky is that she totally sold this awful story, despite the assassination of her character that resulted, and despite her own belief that the storyline was totally OOC for Liz.

The internet hate for her has been fierce and unrelenting, with many of the “Jasam” fans actually calling for Becky herself to be fired. I think this “thank you” to the fans is because she is receiving support from them, despite the calls for her firing and the hope that Liz’s last scene will show her being burnt at the stake.

Patrick
Patrick

@Harry 1

I want to give you a hug, smile, and toast Rebecca Herbst – ageless – endeared in our hearts… Liz

I was only going to post… as it’s so late…just how much I love my Liz.. and more to follow

as I’ve recently posted… this character REELS with the whole cast

2015 was Liz STAR banner turn… I can’t imagine , from here on out.. she’d be any different… just that much more

Dylan
Dylan

AWESOME post Harry!!!!! Every word true!!!

Harry 1
Harry 1

Thank you Patrick and Dylan.
And Tristan, you are right about those misguided JaSam fans.
There does seem to be disconnect in their minds which makes it so they cannot distinguish between reality and fiction. These are the sorts who give us soap viewers a bad name.
And here is the rub–Kelly Monaco and Rebecca Herbst are friends.
KM does not appreciate the bashing of her friend in the name of Sam. In fact, she hates it as does Laura Wright who also has had to call out some rabidly angry fans on Twitter. Some folks really need to get a grip.

MissySnow
MissySnow

I am sure there are strangers calling for you to lose your source of income.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Liz has done some nasty things…….only proves how good Rebecca is at her craft. And, she’s beautiful.

Melita Pitts
Melita Pitts

I am a Jasam fan-however,I respect the job that Rebecca Hearst has done with this difficult storyline!!! In fact,back in the 1990’s somewhere I believe,there was talk of firing Rebecca Hearst!! I was one of numerous fans that talked them into keeping her-and I’m glad I did!!! I wished she had gotten nominated for the Daytime Emmys-I think she got robbed!!!! I’m mad at Elizabeth,but I love Rebecca Hearst!!!

Lana
Lana

I love RH! I haven’t always loved the story line but she has been phenomenal in it.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Exactly, Lana. Not a favorite character, but, boy, can she act!!

Shannon
Shannon

Becky is a class act! Her graciousness is only surpassed by her talent & beauty! Wish we could give her a well-deserved Emmy but our loyalty & devotion will have to do!

And her scenes today at Jake’s bedside & with Carly show, once again, why she is the crown jewel of GH

Scoma60
Scoma60

I adore Becky and Elizabeth is my favorite GH character. Liz has been needlessly thrown under the bus so many times. Regardless of the writing Becky never fails to sell whatever she’s given. For 18 years her talent has turned a flawed character into someone endearing and relatable.

My dream is for GH to probe Liz’s abandonment issues.IMO they are the root of her bad choices.She doesn’t feel truly lovable. After getting to the bottom of that I’d love for her to find a strong stable and loving relationship. Lucky & Jason are toxic for her. Would love a love story with the new doctor. Dr. Griffin Munro & Elizabeth Webber,RN could be the Steve & Audrey .

Trudy
Trudy

Great ideas.

B&B Fan
B&B Fan

She knows without her fans she has NO job. Got her job back many years ago because her Fans rally for her.

Harry 1
Harry 1

Why is this comment even necessary? I mean, really?

Tristan
Tristan

Why, Harry? Because people seem to love the thrill of being mean, while also being anonymous. The internet seems designed to allow our worse selves full expression, with no “personal” consequences.

Dylan
Dylan

It’s not necessary at all!

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Truly, Harry–especially since the fact that she almost lost her job had nothing to do with her performances or her popularity and everything to do with ABC’s underestimation of both.

And need I point out that she’s hardly the only performer on soaps with a large and vocal fan base who contribute to keeping her employed?

Shay
Shay

@Harry1….Is that a rhetorical question? There are a lot of comments that strike one that way….especially when deranged soap fan syndrome comes into play….some people are simply far too invested in certain characters, and it does appear that the line between reality vs fiction becomes blurred. The Liz and Sam advocates are a prime example of this, even though we fortunately don’t see their ongoing war here so much as on other websites. (Most posters at MFSoaps appear to be pretty even-handed and fair-minded when debating the individual merits of these two ladies.) Personally, I like both RH and KM in equal measure….each brings something special and unique to their roles and rather represent the yin and yang of Jason’s romantic desires. Their decade-long love tug-of-war over this enigmatic character’s heart is an eternal struggle that seemingly shall never reach a definitive end, and that’s what keeps things interesting, especially if one is impartial and can see the positive aspects to Jason’s relationships with both women. Having said that, I’ve never understood or condoned obsessive fandom for any soap character or actor….particularly when one dares not ever criticize another’s precious beloved. Believe you me, I absolutely adore (with a capital “A”….) Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary and Dowager Countess Violet…to me, they are utter perfection, yet that doesn’t mean that I’d throw an unhinged hissyfit were anyone to besmirch them or disagree with my rose-colored views of them….I mean, that’s just bat guano crazy, isn’t it???? Quite frankly, whenever I see anyone defend their soap pet too vociferously, I envision their home bedecked with a shrine to that character, and all I can think is just light another candle already, be done with it and spare me the histrionics! LOL. At any rate, I replied to your query at the Michael Easton thread, even though it didn’t make it online….and I said, please, by all means, do join in! Your remarks are always a joy and delight, my #1 Harry! (No offense intended to the “Other Harry”….)

Tristan
Tristan

Possible problem for we Liz fans. Another site is reporting that — from multiple sources — BH’s contract negotiations with GH have hit an impasse. And yet, and yet…Michael Easton’s 4th new GH character, all the non-starter characters brought in by this regime…What goes on??

BH’s Liz is the last link on the show to Dr. Steve Hardy, and they would let her go????? If they do, after treating Jason Thompson so cavalierly, I am not sure how I can continue to invest in a show that is so poorly managed.

CeeCee
CeeCee

What?????!!!!! Rebecca has fans because of her stellar acting . She is not a favorite because of her fans….just the opposite is true. This woman can convince anyone blue is red and white is black; and vice versa. That’s because she is talented; not because of how many fans she has. Bah!!

Monygrl
Monygrl

Rebecca Herbst has been doing a phenomenal job with the material this past year. She had brought it every single day, with a subtle acting style that shows everything she is feeling with just a look. Do I feel she was overlooked for an Emmy nod? Absolutely. But the gracious way she congratulated the ones who did, and the way she acknowledged the fans show her class and innate kindness

Melody
Melody

Met her and her husband several years ago and she took time to talk and take pictures with everyone.Great actress. Beautiful inside and out.

cc
cc

She is, without fail, a class act. I adore how she communicates with fans, but above all I love her for always putting in the work.

I’m happy to be seeing her character front and center- I hope it continues. I am grateful to these writers for acknowledging the character’s many layers- good and bad- and for establishing new relationships for her as she says good-bye to old ones. I would be lying if I said I didn’t hope for a sexy slow-burn relationship with the new doctor. I think a well-built hospital romance is exactly the next thing this team should pursue, and she needs a well-earned change of pace!

Trudy
Trudy

Yes, Liz needs a romance and making it a hospital romance would go a long way toward resurrecting GH.

CeeCee
CeeCee

How about the new doc; Munro? They are both stunning…..

Trudy
Trudy

Cee Cee
They really are stunning. Liz and Anna are my faves. I want Liz to star in her own story and not just prop Jasam.

Rose
Rose

I’m not ready for Liz to have a new romance as a consolation prize after all the lies and chaos she has caused. Hasn’t she had enough “romances” and kids over the years with different guys? And certainly not with the new doctor. As far as I’m concerned she has a lot of redemption to go through, along with some self esteem building.

CeeCee
CeeCee

When you put it that way? Yeah, Rose. I think that because Rebecca is up there in the stars for me, I forget Liz’s despicable actions. Yup, she foes ned to go through some sort of Devine transformation. Her son is in hospital; plus, she thinks he started the fire and tried to kill Sam. That is punishment enough for any mother. Soon.

Melissa
Melissa

The most solid actress on daytime. If GH EVER thinks of letting her go again they should be DEEPLY ashamed.

Tracy
Tracy

Becky Is unfailingly gracious, positive and respectful, regardless of the nature of the feedback she gets on social media. Her professionalism is inspiring. Elizabeth’s story this past year has taken the character through the wringer, but as always, the actress has been shining. She portrays every good, bad and ugly moment of Elizabeth’s life with such conviction, I’m completely invested in the journey she’s on, and I’m looking forward to seeing what her future holds. (I’m surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed the Elizabeth and Franco scenes we’ve had. The characters make the strangest bedfellows, but Becky and Roger and the writers make their interactions both truthful and entertaining.)

Shan
Shan

She is the best in daytime and most under valued!

She alone keeps me watching GH. Love you Becky!!!

Maryann Stenzel
Maryann Stenzel

Rebecca has always been one of my faves……….she is an awesome actress and she deserves a daytime emmy,

Susie
Susie

Liz is everything to enjoy and the drama she brings is the reason soaps have 50 Year fans! Liason forever! Rebecca does it so well! She was robbed of an award!

maggie glass
maggie glass

BECKY HAS DONE an outstanding performance and and receive an award. All
The hard knocks unhappy moments she has. I am a diehard fan since the mid sixties .My heart goes for you. Hopefully 2016 will bring you love and happiness.

Patrick
Patrick

“…All the hard knocks unhappy moments she has ”

I certainly agree… and I think this.. is because GH “knows” that as an actress she can beautifully play this out… time and again

yet… we nonstop root for how much her character pulls at our heart

may as well rip it out in fact

how tortured we ( LOL ) are for her in fact

I guess that’s the ride… because we’d have seen her happy ?

she carries the fans with

she won’t let up if we don’t

what a ride.. what a treasure… double treat… actor and audience feast

Tristan
Tristan

Patrick, be prepared…Another site is reporting that Becky’s contract negotiations with GH are at an impasse. I bet they want to put her on recurring, after ruining her character. After what happened to JT, I am really not prepared to lose our last link to Steve Hardy.

Babygirl
Babygirl

I have been watching Lizard since I was Jake’s age and I have
always loved watching her. She had grown so much over the
years, and she is an amazing actress. Keep going strong and never give up. Liz fan faithfully…

Terri
Terri

I love this actress and character. Not crazy about her storyline but very few actresses could keep me watching like she does with her tortured portrayal.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Believe me, Terri. I know exactly what you are saying. Rebecca is a very captivating personality. As I always say, the fact that Liz can make me ‘despise’ her actions so much, proves what an excellent actress Rebecca is. I can’t sing her praises enough. Why was she not nominated? Shame, right?

jeremy
jeremy

Love Ya Becky, you are Awesome 🙂

Jeanne Meurer
Jeanne Meurer

Liz Webber has been awesome in every scene during the last year. She must be placed in the Emmy nomination category.It would be a total insult to us her fans, if she is left out.
Are the people in question blind or deaf? She has been the backbone of GH since she first aired, and has only grown awesome with time.What are the PTB waiting to see from her?
Howe much more is she expected to give? All I can say, is they favour less talented actresses in her category and are propelling them forward.. If Liz Webber fails to win her emmy this year, it will be biggest travesty of justice, the Soap World has eery seen. Shame on the PTB.Becky Herbst belongs at the very top. Keep your personal feelings aside, and give her, her just due. – Thanks

Patrick
Patrick

“… Howe much more is she expected to give? ”

I know, right ? I get fed up! I can’t go politically correct all the time !

seriously! fandom be wary

the writing is on the wall… the camera KNOWS

it’s pulling show

Jason / Liz / Sam

argh!

I can take peace … that posts… if GH isn’t giving Liz firsts… no 2nds no 2nd fiddle.. no left over

Liz will reign… be it Franco… or the new doc, in town…
Rebecca Herbst generates magnate and generates TUNE IN…

MissySnow
MissySnow

Kudo’s to BH for taking an OCC writing of her character over the last year and selling it day in and day out!

Lease
Lease

Rebecca herbst is why I watch gh. her character is a representation of what life is today. A single working mom struggling with everyday life and Rebecca delivers that flawlessly. Rebecca has chemistry with all the male characters she has worked with. She was also part of a super couple that gh never considered a couple. Rebecca has recently been working with Billy Miller and has had amazing chemistry with him even through a year of her playing a role that was untrue to her character.Rebecca won an Emmy for her portrayal of a rape victim and has many more nominations through the years and I believe she will have many more. She will always be a Emmy winner to her fans. God bless you Becky.

Patrick
Patrick

1996; Days of Our Lives; Dana Winthrop Role;Jan 1996 -Dec 1996

“I” had … no idea… she was on DAYS !

I love these little nuggets

I adore this lady… ( her character portrait)

Rebecca Herbst imbues an innate sensibility … a humane travel that shares a heart to heart

I don’t know how else to define

I do not think she’s dependent on men… I do not think she uses men… I’ve never seen her character use men for her own draw

you’d think she was flawless

you’d think she would hurt more ?

but we don’t want to see that….. ever

she poignantly paints a mesmerizing enchanting person relative

Patrick
Patrick

OK

OK

she shared with Nicholas , at the last Nurses’ Ball

she was so consumed with fell in love… with Jake

even after she was told… it was Jason

her heart was full
her heart with soul knew nothing more…. she loved with all her being

I will share ; @Maddie Hayes ; “… He pursued her when he was Jake, ”

what a scene and setup… this nurse… doing her job…

was she weak ?
was she vulnerable?
was she sure?
was she being a player?

she had no ulterior motive, other than feeling

woah… to watch a beloved character

it was captivating ! ? ! ?

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Lauren
Lauren

Becky is very classy. She did a good job this year playing the crazed Liz. I personally have never been a fan of the character, but I cant say a bad word about Becky.

melissa volz
melissa volz

love Elizabeth on general hospital she’s doing such a great job thank you so much .please lrt have lucky back he makes her happy and she deserves to be happy and please don’t …send her to Fairview

Mari112
Mari112

Love Rebecca she’s an amazing actress, as for Liz hate the character what she has done this past year is pretty unforgivable

k/kay
k/kay

Her co star Kelly Monnaco said it best girl you were robbed! The daytime Emmys are stuck on stupid!

jaybird369
jaybird369

k/kay…oh, I agree!!!!! And it just gets WORSE every year!!!!! Dumb as hell.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I hope this isn’t related to the rumored impasse in her contract discussions.

Seriously can they PLEASE JUST get rid of Frank Valentini and give the job to someone who actually wants GH to succeed!

Tammy
Tammy

she amazing actress hope she don’t leave I wont have to watch show anymore ,

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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.

Photo: ABC

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.

Photo: JPI

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!

Photo: JPI

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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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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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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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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