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Grab Your Hankies! Was This John Ingle's Last Scenes as GH'S Edward Q? Watch the Video!

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When we ran our interview with Jane Elliot (Tracy) last week, and teased what General Hospital executive producer, Frank Valentini said in Soap Opera Digest about the return of John Ingle as Edward Quartermaine for a key scene on today’s episode of the ABC soap, we expected some heart-tugging moments, and boy, did GH deliver!

In what could be the ailing Ingle’s last appearance on GH,  series head writer, Ron Carlivati tweeted, ” Don’t miss the return of the one and only #johningle AKA Edward Quartermaine today on General Hospital!”  The scribe also tweeted an image from the episode here! pic.twitter.com/tpl9BWvo

However after the episode aired, Carlivati took to twitter again and stated, “Okay, who cried when Edward Q gave Patrick & Emma the thumbs up today on General Hospital? I’m man enough to admit I did!”

The scenes in question involved the amazing Jason Thompson, Jane Elliot, Leslie Charleson, as Patrick, Tracy, and Monica,  and of course there was little Emma, who along with Edward, were integral to the hankie-filled moments.

After the jump, watch today’s emotional scene from General Hospital with John Ingle and let us know your thoughts!

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leena
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leena

I don’t watch the soaps anymore since OLTL was cancelled. But when I saw this article pop up on facebook I had to take look. I love JOhn ENgle, he reminds me of my own grandfather. Makes me so sad to see him so frail. Wishing him all the best. Soaps brought joy to my life from my childhood, so to see them end and to see my favorite characters leave reminds me of the years passing me by.

God bless him!

Heather-Marie Love Bold & GH
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Heather-Marie Love Bold & GH

heather-marie here. i think i cry both eyes drench on my pillow,laying back relax at night watching on soapnet,and daytime at 3 eastern,regular time,and i am still crying again seeing this morning before work again,on soapnet,for him to RARELY SPEAK that prove 2 me,i think he is maybe more ill then we believe. i feel sad,but i know he will be at peace,in heaven by his beloved real life wife,and him and LILA had the BEST relationship,for the older couples/seniors,and i will forever remember him with smiles nothing less.go wipe the rest of my tears now,head to work to enjoy… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

You don’t know what you are missing. The dream team has done it again at GH! I liked FV and RC alot at OLTL, but loving them at GH, and I being a former GL fan didn’t watch and vowed never to watch GH! The show is simply incredible

Sheila
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Sheila

John’s appearance on that show was the most emotionally stirring moment, I have seen, on any soap, in many years!

General Hospital is truly coming back! It was a long time coming.

God Bess John Ingle.

Andrew
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Andrew

WOW, could not be more poignant. And that is Edward, and John Ingle has been a great Edward over the years.

Leticia
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Leticia

It was so nice to see John Ingle on GH today.  It felt bitter sweet to me. John’s character has been a hughe part of General Hospital’s history.   My hats off to everyone that has contribute to making General Hospital THE BEST show on ABC.  

Leticia
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Leticia

Please fix my typo Huge.

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Loved this scene and love what Jason Thompson had to say about it on Twitter.
He said when he looked at John Ingle he was not acting –his expression was real life and you could see the emotion on his face. BEST SCENE EVER. Little Emma was adorable when she asked if they would get to see Mommy. Congrats to GH for more must see TV. Thanks

Eva
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Eva

I CRIED LIKE A BABY SO FREAKING SOBBING!!! AMAZING WORK BY PATRICK THE LITTLE GIRL AND EDWARD *SIGHS*

Scott
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Scott

He’s definitely on his way out. The poor mam is not what he used to be. 🙁 I’ll miss him dearly, though!

susan M.
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susan M.

He looked very frail…………

Scoobydum
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Scoobydum

Such a classy moment. Well written and impeccably acted. This is an example of what Soaps can do best.

Bethy
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Bethy

I adore John Ingle and it breaks my heart to think of General Hospital without him. He brought a warmth and comforting presence to GH. He is like the grandfather I never had. *sob*!

dg
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dg

They played the emotional angle really well. And it had great impact. If John is retiring I will miss him. But unfortunately none of this makes up for the shameful way the quartermaines and all the other older,established vets have been treated on this show. As a 42 yr viewer this isnt enough to make me forget that over the last 12 yrs or so the core families and history have been gutted from this show. It started with the Guza/Phelps regime when they decided to worship Maurice Bernard and the Sonny character. The Quartermaine’s were killed off and those… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

OK…. here we go. CARLIVATI is in the process of returning GH to his heyday. I posted on here yesterday I believe, the GH of today, is more like Gloria Monty’s GH than anytime since she left. It is not going to happen overnight. I have the patience to watch what transpires…I do not want to see GH go the way of OLTO. Already there have been returns of the past, both storylines and characters. JMO… Also, my anniversary will be April 1, fifty years ago I started watching.

Beth
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Beth

As I replied during the night, it was a short answer. For those that have watched since day one, we have seen so many ups and downs with GH. I recall in the late 70’s “Luke” got so much hate from a certain group because it was called the Luke and Laura show., Everyone cannot be happy all the time. Guza and Phelps killed the Qs. But then again, did they really, as Jason is in fact a Quartermaine. EVERYONE has a right to their favorites and those they could so without. That being said, as Maurice B said last… Read more »

J.R.
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J.R.

AMEN to every word of your post!

Lynn A
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Lynn A

Oh please! The new regime has had nothing to do with the decimation of the Q’s! They are doing a wonderful job bringing GH back to where it once was! This is the summer, which means the teenagers get big stories so the show can hopefully gain new viewers for generations to come! Yes it was the Sonny show for many years, but many great storylines have come from all of that! Please don’t forget! It wasn’t just Sonny all the time! If we didn’t have Sonny, we wouldn’t have Alexis, Carly still in the mix as she is, wouldn’t… Read more »

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Right on dg right on!

Christine
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Christine

I read about this on another site. Boy does he look thin. He reminds me of my deceased grandpa with that hat on. 🙂

I sure hope it is not the last we see of him. It must be so hard for him at 84 and having had his wife pass away earlier this year. What an amazing man and career he has had.

rose
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rose

Seeing John Ingle, et all ,during this scene was wonderful and heartwarming. Hoping he is feeling better soon, and that we won’t be losing him for long. Besides, GH needs Edward and Monica.

susan M.
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susan M.

So true………………………………….

anita
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anita

It was a perfect episode, yes, I cried.

su0000
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su0000

Wonderful scene.. It was very heartfelt..
GH has become so awesome with so many emotions.
There are tears, laughs, thrills, surprises and heartfelt touching moments / true soap writing/story telling, a mixture of lives and happenings..
All presented with great suspense that keeps me on the edge.
John Ingle, while retired, will live on. He has brought us many years of greatness.

aria
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aria

i miss him hope he can appear more often.

MK
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MK

then on the GH Facebook page, someone said that Ingle died already. Hello he still lives. step back!

But if this his last scene it goes back to the final scene of Steve Hardy, he looked so frail and thin with a raspy voice. It was with Sarah Brown’s Carly. Ruby’s last scene was with Bobbie and Kelly’s and she looked bloated and only a had a few lines. Mary Mae’s final scene was brief and her voice was raspy. A few months before she talked to Stone about Death and was memorable.

Gail
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Gail

I thought the same when Edward was on today. Tracy needed to hear those words from him and GG
needed for him to be a hero once again. THANK YOU John Engle for superb acting. You carried out your “wizardrey “this from the start. God Bless you! !!!

Ray
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Ray

I cried….

susan M.
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susan M.

Heart-warming !!!!!!!!!!!! This is the GH I like & remember!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

heidi
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heidi

Well done by all! So very touching! Love them all!

John Ingle is a trooper and a very talented actor and I hope this isn’t the last we see of him. He has had a very tough year and I wish him the best!!!

John, Jane, Jason, Leslie and little Emma were fantastic!!! Thank you for a great episode… they have all been great lately… but this one was truly exceptional!!!

Please keep GH on for another 50 years!

susan M.
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susan M.

I second that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ethel
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ethel

those scenes where just phenomenal & tugged at my heart so hard……yes i cried & i am crying now watching it again……….. as a viewer since 1963 there are not too many scenes that have affected me like this!

David Larsson
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David Larsson

I was in tears when I watched these scenes. Heartbreaking. Brilliant performances by all involved. I do hope John Ingle gets better soon. GH can’t lose another Quartermaine.

Sandy
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Sandy

I cried seeing John Ingle’s scene and I must admit I teared up just reading this article. Truly great scenes.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

I just love John Ingle and his greatest character,EQ that we all love him so much.. I didn’t know he was there for last time.. I almost cried from Soapnet(I was gone all day long with my family,sorry,ppl.. 🙁 ) also I pray for real life person,Jerry Lawler who just recently heart attack from RAW from other night.. I feel so deeply in my heart to John Ingle and Jerry Lawler. I love them dearly as great people.

Paula Kate Prince-Meserole
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Paula Kate Prince-Meserole

Praying for you Dearest John Ingle.

Susan
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Susan

Michael

John Ingle scenes yesterday were great. You missed Tracy’s monologue at the end about Edward joining his beloved Lila in heaven.

Type in Patrick Drake 9-11-12

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Mr,. Ingle is a trooper and immensely taltented. What he tells in such few words and motions! It will be sad to see Edward go whern that time comes, and I hope GH marks that occasion and allows us to grieve the loss and to celebrate Mr. Ingle’s contributions.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Hoping John Ingle’s health improves. I love his portrayal of Edward. Great scenes and an awesome episode all around.

Thoughts and prayers for Mr. Ingle. His body of work has certainly left his fans hoping for more.

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree…………

Lisa Lindsey
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Lisa Lindsey

I can’t stop thinking about John Ingle… Edward has been one of my very favorite characters for so many years. The way he comes off so ornery, but really has a soft and loving heart. I’ll miss how he calls the women he cares about “Dear” and how he always kept the people we’ve lost with us. He always spoke of Lila and her roses, Emily and their memories, Allan, even old Jason. He had a love of family and wanted to so badly to keep the Quartermaine’s together… No matter how ch they fought. What’s Thanksgiving on GH without… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

I hope his heath improves.. I wish him all the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The backbone of GH…

Christy
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Christy

I hope that wasn’t the very last to see him… my DVD didn’t record that day, but I did get to see it on TV at work fortunately!

Cindi
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Cindi

This sequence remains one of the most profoundly touching things I have ever seen – anywhere. Not just on daytime TV. I will miss seeing John Engle tremendously, but know he is with his wife now, and Edward and Lila are up in the stars, together, where they belong. RIP John, you are TERRIBLY missed down here.

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According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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