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Jason Thompson Relates To GH Scrubs Fans: "You Kept The Fire Stoked For Many Years. I Hope You Enjoy The Next Month Of Story."

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

This past week saw major casting news confirmed in the soap world.  Five-time Daytime Emmy nominee Jason Thompson, who just wrapped his ten-year run on General Hospital, is indeed headed over to CBS’ The Young and the Restless as the new Billy Abbott.

But before he hit the airwaves in Genoa City, it looks like GH Scrubs fans may be in for a long awaited treat!  “Scrubs” is the name for the enduring and passionate fan base who have stood by the coupling of Patrick and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) all of these years. With Kimberly McCullough back on-screen in upcoming episodes the stage looks to be set for some major emotional drama for this long-suffering du0.

After it was revealed that his new soap home will be Y&R, Thompson took to Twitter to first acknowledge the General Hospital fans for their unwavering support.  Jason related:  “I will forever cherish my time at GH. Again, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support. #LifeLongFriends”.   Next,  he followed up with a tweet that previewed what may be to come:  “A special shout out to the #Scrubs fans!! You kept the fire stoked for many years. I hope you enjoy the next month of story. @whitewatercrew”

So, how do you hope the story ends for Patrick and Robin?  Are you encouraged by Jason’s tweet that Scrubs fans will get to see their beloved duo together and in a happy place …  or …  could it be that things will be left in an ultimate cliffhanger?   Share your thoughts in the comment section below?

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Melissa
Melissa

Ugh…too little too late…The Robin story is
a mess..and leaving like Steve for the competition
Boo….yep I’m bitter..

carrie
carrie

I totally agree Melissa! I am not happy either. I think they want us to give the new writers a chance the actors should do the same.

Renee
Renee

Feel so sorry for Emma!! I don’t want her to leave. But Geez a horrible experience with her so called parents. I was never a,scrub fan.
I watch Young n Restless too. They should Billy A. die. Don’t see Jason Thompson as Billy A at all. Not excited at all. The X GH producer Jill Farren Phelps who lured Steve Burton away has now hired Jason. She should have made a new character for him.

Linda
Linda

I agree, Renee, they should have just have Billy Abbott die, way too many tries and it just does not work..I watch both of the shows also and Jason just does not fit with the Billy character, IMO..I hope that fans are kinder than they were to Burgess tho..They were down right cruel at times with him..

CeeCee
CeeCee

I hope this is their last attempt at finding a facsimile of Billy A, Linda…..one who can carry the character through, and be accepted. He does not have to be a replica of Billy Miller, no comparison here; but enough of a personality to put his own spin on the character for us to assimilate some of Billy A’s characteristics. I think Thompson can do that. We have all seen it as he portrays Patrick, albeit I am not liking him right now. He is not being fair to Sam. And, although Sam can be quite distasteful to me, she is Jason’s wife. As such, engaged to Patrick or not, she has every right to delve inside her husband’s soul. Patrick is losing it, not that I blame him too much, but he needs to beware of calling the kettle black. He jilted Sabrina, and if Robin were to walk in right now, who’s to say he would not leave Sam flat? So much harder when the shoe is on the other foot.

Debi Morris
Debi Morris

Hopefully GH will send Patrick and Robin off in say witness protection happily with each other. The fans deserve that if they are both leaving. Please leave Emma with Anna, she is an awesome little ray of sunshine and a talented actress. Patrick and Robin will be missed.

Penny Sullivan
Penny Sullivan

I agree, Debi!

su0000
su0000

The reason Patrick was not set free from Robin, after she left was because of the Scrub Fans still wanting them together..
It killed off the Patrick character.
he should have reverted to is first years without Robin, a start over- a vivid dating Patrick, then Patrick would have been a really great character..
The scrub fans are the fault of Patrick’s demise, and the fault of the writers for catering to the scrub fans..

Robin/Kim wanted, by her request, to be killed off, go out in a bang..
It was a mistake to keep her alive/bring her back because of her fans not wanting her dead.. it just put the Jason character closer to his demise story wise.

davlestev1
davlestev1

su0000 i’m READY to see the new BillyAbbot..JT can cry with the best of female actresses and feel a moment just as well..CONGRATS Y&R..GH stole some good ones..you know how to replace them..LOL

Jules
Jules

If what you say is true, I, a Scrubs fan, would like to be FIRST in line to take the blame.

I’m getting the ending I wanted 3 years ago. I don’t care what happened in between- “killing the character of Patrick”, as you so believe. I’m letting all that go. finally, my favourite couple will be safely off screen where I get to fantasize a happily ever after. I had 7 great, albeit rocky at times, years with them. It’s time.

And no, KMc never wanted Robin to be killed off. That is completely untrue.

su0000
su0000

hi Jules..
Robin did want to be killed off;

snipit-
TVSource Magazine;

”In an interview with The Daily Beast, McCullough revealed that after deciding to depart the show in the fall of 2011, she suggested to then-executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, that GH kill the beloved character.”

Kimberly McCullough (Robin)
Daily Beast;
After attending a prestigious directing workshop for women at the American Film Institute, McCullough asked Phelps to write her off so that she could pursue her directing career. Wanting closure for herself and the character, McCullough suggested that Robin die because it wouldn’t make sense for the surgeon who has won the hearts of fans with her fight against HIV to leave Port Charles without her husband or child.

((Jill left shortly after and RC and FV killed Robin off via her wish ..

Jules
Jules

I can’t post the link here because it’s not permitted, but you can see on youtube in 2012 at their (with Jason) Brokerage event that Kimberly specifically says she would have been devastated if they would have permanently killed Robin off. She always wanted to feel like she could come back and that the tie wasn’t permanently severed.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So that’s the reason: “The Scrubs fans wanted them together.”
I’m remembering (in my nightmares! lol) that certain of us fans wanted the Laura and Luke together–we got Fluke (and the disastrous 52nd anniv. show) instead.
So much for THAT theory, I guess, huh?

Linda Sterbuck
Linda Sterbuck

I hope they replace Patrick with another actor. If they don’t replace him then let Emma stay with Anna. I would hate to see Brooklyn lose her job. She is such a sweetheart.

mary
mary

I would like to see the robin part just be done with. Jason and Kimberly have moved on from GH and time to let them go. But not Emma she is one hell of an actress reminds me of Kimberly when she was little

Harry
Harry

I agree, Mary and I love Robin. But her constant comings and goings have taken a toll.
Celebrity Laundry is posting that there is a rumor that Michael Muhney will be a Patrick recast. This is only a rumor and I won’t believe it until I see it here first.
But that would be amazing casting. Michael Muhney would not play Patrick like a big giant sponge.

Martha
Martha

Scrubs going off together would be wonderful but please oh please figure out a way to leave Emma on the show. She and Anna are pure gold.

Joe
Joe

Jason now can go play with the woman who almost killed GH jFP have fun as she burns that house down before Sony steps in.

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

Pat and Rob will leave with the help of Robert Scorpio-witness protection program like i said before…Emma should go with them…some scrub fans cried Robin would never abandon her child so if she stayed with Anna you would have both parents abandoning her this time…but if Helene is really dead there would be no need for the witness protection program…so my next guess is some health type epidemic in some other country and this time Robin and Patrick leave together to help but leaves Emma with Anna so not to risk her getting ill?

Dawn
Dawn

They better leave together. 3 years of getting screwed is enough.

tim S
tim S

Amen… it will be a good happily ever after. .they deserve it.. I trust the writers will be true to both of these characters.

su0000
su0000

hi..
Soaps never ever have ”happy ever afters”
I think no happy ever after’s is the soap opera’s #1 rule– no happy endings..
We will see ..

((soaps are dramas of tragedies, after all )) LOL 🙂

lisa
lisa

too much damage. if they are not going to recast Patrick should be killed off saving his wife and child. Emma please stay. love that actress!

nyca81
nyca81

I hope Robin & Patrick stay together even if they have to disappear leaving Emma behind with Anna

Lex
Lex

So glad Robin and Patrick are getting their happy ending.

Sam and Patrick never grabbed my attention like Scrubs did.

Best of luck to JT on Y&R. I’m sure he’ll do great.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So am I–it’s about time!
PS Loving that Mac showed up–it’s a no brainer–Anna and Mac working together–and finally TPTB (read writers) gave Anna her brain back. And Finola and Mac looked hot and ready to rock, didn’t they? Now I am waiting for Robert to show up!

su0000
su0000

ohh gee..
Of course Patrick & Robin will walk off into the sunset with Emma, after somewhat kind of drama of survival., they survive..
During that time Jason will get his memory back, due to being involved with Robin and Scorpio/ the action will bring him back.

Anna will be happy to have Drake family back together.

Sam will be sticking her nose into everyone’s business and totally annoying me, to get Jason to love her, again.

Liz and Jason will be ok.. Jason will understand why Liz did what she did because even when he finds out and gets his memory back, he loves Liz and their family.
Then for the coming 8 months it will be ”who will Jason end up with boring.

Helena is alive and she being the Queen of the Cassadines, will work her magic to save the Cassidine fourton and their hierarchy..

Tracy will get ELQ back but not before Jason gives his shares to whomever and a long story to get them back.

Sonny will get Avery back but before a long story blame game and in the end Sonny & Ava will be on friendly terms sharing coussey..
Carly will have her jealous fit time and push Sonny into Ava’s arms.

Dant, Lulu and Val are insignificant in the realm of GH yawn..

Franco & Nina will bring the only intrigue/excitement..
Franco will, well he should, bring his bad bad bad boy out to play with Jason.. and they will be written to become good with each other..

Carlos, Sabrina & Michael will be written into the big snooze.

Paul mauling Ava made me barf ; just wanted to mention that YUCK!

all-in-all,, J&S will bore the bejesus outta me in the coming year; numbers will fall ..

((I miss the master of twist & turns, the intrigue, the humor, the surprising shockers, the on the edge stories/plots of RC)) GH is now void of the above, sigh ..

su0000
su0000

Please, everyone- enjoy the ‘autocorrect’ have a laff or 2 at the ”smart” of it 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

“Jason” and ELQ shares. the one thing that pissed me off; when Jason blurted out to Nicholas… that his 12 shares will be ( i think ) returned to Tracy and the Quartermaines… and therby giving the Q’s the majority back in the fold. so… it’s now here nor their… for Nicholas Cassadine Empire? I hope not! and yeah, i’m in the minority… Tyler Christopher as a bad boy is FUN period I am so annoyed tho… (will Nicholas ever get his chance to one up or bring them down a peg or two) Sam and her super sleuthing… snore to no end in sight Hayden… another obvious entanglement with Tracy ??? I had hoped for more inrigue with Hayden… besides her obvious “blackmail”… and Nicholas ! is still LETTING Hayden control him…. Man up Nicholas… w/ Laura Jason vs. Nicholas… it can’t all be one sided… for Jason… WRITERS give Nicholas some power almost seems like Nicholas attempts to enrich the Cassadine Empire is going nowhere! all because they seem to want to prop : Jason, Sam, and the Q’s Michael / Sabrina / Carlos : LOL… this could turn out to be the best thing going… next up…. after Nicholas I love Carlos… I can’t even pinpoint it… well… I can… and it’s that latin flavor that embroils and catches Sabrina : she’s a lovely woman… ( and yes, I’ll go their ) I’ll use the race card… (GH; diversify) people of color… I am totally smitten with the idea of seeing love sees no color modus operandi. Latin flavor / Puerto Rican influence…. Carlos and Sabrina are a HOT couple! feature marquee solidify Jeffrey Vincent Parise is acknowledged for his talent… i’ve read alot of his GH co-stars praise… he blends in so well and carries all his scenes and brings an excitement and tantalize I don’t know… what do you think? are we seeing a ride off in to the sunset for Sabrina and Carlos? I get that feeling and… it will be so dissapointing of GH goes this route… Yay! Nina and Maxie (plus Franco?) ARE in fact, showing promise! LOL… did you see Julian… taken with Nina… after Maxie make-over ??? !!!! I saw it.. and I am giddy and to the moon… if these are the first remnants of Michelle STafford… coming OUT and doing her best stuff… ala ex-Phyllis… it has to be this way… to prop her character to the leader of the pack!.. Leading Lady! stratosphere to the top Dante / Lulu / Valerie : LOL… this couple is done… fried! as in who cares ? I WILL give prop and kudos to the actress playing Valerie… she slayed Lulu… telling her off! and yes, Dante just stood their… but I was cheering on Val for not letting Lulu rant and rave… hasn’t Lulu jammed the bubble gum machine ie: SCRUBS i’m waiting with baited breath on how this is treated… just a pure sham the last time Robin returned…… Read more »

su0000
su0000

hey Patrick,, you are right on !
I miss RC’s humor !!
I miss RC’s mysteries, the whodunit
I miss TC intrude
I miss Rc, the Master of twist & turns, the on the edge suspense
I miss RC’s surprise shocker – the WOW moments..

The love and kiss kiss and nosey people of J&S have offered no, no intrigue none at all SNOOOOZE ,,
— RC would be kickin azz with Nicholas and the Q’s/ Jason
Helena would have never be withering weak with tubes up her nose, she would have been delivering some hard drama, some dangerous thrills,
Jason would be stronger and becoming somewhat dangerous..
Franco would be delivering subtle bad bad boy humor in a dangerous way ..
Lulu, Dante and Val would be knee deep in deceptions and nasty betrayal, they would be interesting..
Sonny would not be a limp love guru, he would be handling Ava.
—-^^^^^^^^ I MISS RC !!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Did I read that correctly? Did you say “Nina and Franco will bring the only excitement”?
Well, bite your tongue–yet again!

Shay
Shay

@nancy dillingham…..Apparently, some people’s definition of “excitement” varies greatly from ours!

Harry
Harry

Patrick once was a character who made things happen but through terrible writing he became a character to whom things happened. I totally understand why he’s leaving.

Jen R.
Jen R.

Have the reunion,have them go off for awhile,recast Patrick,think up a reason Robin cannot return,then Patrick and Emma come back to town. As stated earlier Emma could stay with Anna while Patrick and Robin go off on that long awaited trip/honeymoon.

I like Emma and Spencer,it’s cute to see them together.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Just read Soapzone’s news and gossip for the week. Looks like Emma WILL stay back with Anna
PS You’ve got it just right, Harry, per usual, re what should happen to the characters.

aria
aria

my wish is for little emma to stay, can’t believe we have to loose her too, hope they find a way to keep her around, but its doubtful, so i’ll miss her, as for jason thompson, just like steve burton, adios, see you never, unless you return to GH.

su0000
su0000

hi aria..
I highly doubt the writers will split up the Drake family..
The 3, the family belong together..
Emma is hardly ever seen, anyways..
Anna can not play mother to Emma and have Emma in her
whirlwind dangerous life.. not a good place for Emma to be and turning Anna into a do nothing grandma would kill the Anna character..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“The three belong together,” eh? Well, I thought Luke and Laura “belonged together,” as you say–what happened there? They were ONLY the most romantic, exciting couple that ever was written on GH–and they “saved” the show from cancellation to boot (along with Gloria Monty and the writers, of course).

Fanny
Fanny

My wish as well…Anna & Emma R perfectly paired…
As I mentioned before…Anna has too large a home
to live in it alone.

CeeCee
CeeCee

And, a large heart, my sweet lady.

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee…Sweetheart, how true that is… She’s pure of heart &
as much as Emma,Patrick & Robin belong together…I sincerely
wish she stays in Port Charles with Anna.
Hope you and your family had a blessed thanksgiving..happy &
healthy as it should always be.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you, Fanny….likewise, mon amie.

Rose
Rose

Fanny…Anna and Scorpio had their times they were MIA when “sweet” Robin was Emma’s age. However, many times when you are the grandmother, you do a way better of parenting than when you were the Mom. It’s not the perfect family scenerio, but until Patrick and Robin do what ever they are going to do, I’d like very much to see Emma stay with Anna if she’s going to stay in Port Charles. Besides Anna, Emma has a community of people who care about her. And I’m sure Spenser will never leave her alone in the park again. And who knows, maybe her dad will come back as a re-cast Patrick Drake.

Fanny
Fanny

@Rose…. This would be a perfect scenario for Anna like a
“Do Over” of sorts….

Beth
Beth

I like Robin and Patrick, though I can’t say I’ve watched GH regularly over the years, and I thought Jason Thompson’s tweet was very sweet. When you’re a fan of a couple and your soap has messed with them in some pretty stupid ways, you appreciate one of the actors in the pairing cheering on the couple and appreciating the fans. I thought it was classy, and I might even tune in just to see Scrubs if GH does right by them.

Wilda Kerney
Wilda Kerney

Beth, you said that very well. My understanding is that little Emma will be staying on with Anna. What gets me is that everyone with their “opinions” haven’t realized that what ever happens to Patrick is already done, written, and in the can! Which means that anything we write or argue about can’t change what has been already done. Jason Thompson has shot his last scenes, we just have to wait and watch how it plays out.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey Wilda, I think the majority of us DO recognize that “Patrick is already done, written, and in the can.” However, we like to share our opinions, don’t you?

Candy Lou
Candy Lou

i hope they get back together and if he is leaving then the two of them should go off happily ever after. Emma should be with them too, but i love the little girl on GH. but they are a family

joann
joann

Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

joann
joann

I hope she explains what happened and that he will be willing to listen. She was tryig to protect her family. Hope they all leave together.

Anita
Anita

I’d like to see Patrick & Robin reconnect, even if they don’t leave Port Charles together. I’d love to have Robin back, and tho I hate to think of the family split up, I really want Emma to stay !!!! She’s a precious one & should be part of Port Charles well into the future !!!

luisa
luisa

don’t really care recast him, he’ll be back

Walter
Walter

If we lose Emma, maybe Brooklyn could come back as a new character?

Jeannie case
Jeannie case

Can’t wait to see a HAPPILY ever after if he’s gotta go at least give us a SCRUBS ending worth waiting for!!! I love Jason Thompson but I can’t see him as Billy Abbott Jill Faren Phillips Ruined Billys character along time ago GH couldve made a good storyline for Patrick without another woman SCRUBS will forever be my favorite COUPLE so let’s hope the writers give us what we want!! Good Luck Jason but you should’ve never followed Jill she’s gonna mess you up just like she has everyone else’s character on Y&R look at poor ole Sharon & Nick they should be together and happy but she’s made that a TRAIN WRECK!!! No wonder she’s gone from GH

Jeannie
Jeannie

Hopefully they find away to keep Emma on the show! Great little actress!

Judy R.
Judy R.

I have never been a “Robin” fan….I think she was a better actress when she was 5 years old ! However…Jason Thompson has been one of the best GH adds in decades…very talented actor and “Emma” is an absolute doll and has a very promising career, she is extremely talented !!!!!! I’m having trouble understanding why Jason Thompson would leave GH for another soap ?? I could understand if he was moving to prime time which would be easy for him because he can really act !!!!!

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

It’s funny that there seemed to be such a huge fan outcry against the storyline in that many felt Robin would never leave her daughter, Emma. And now there seem to be a lot of calls to have Robin and Patrick leave town — but leave Emma behind. I get that there’s affection for the young actress, but storywise I really don’t think it would satisfy.

Timmm
Timmm

First: There will be no recasting. Think about it, they left Robin off canvas for so long if they were interested in keeping the Drakes on the show it would have happened and it didnt.

Second: If they were going to recast Patrick it would only be if Kim was staying and she is not. Besides, Jason Thompson was great and I’m willing to bet a new actor wouldnt please most of the GH fans. Let it go!

Third: We love little Emma BUT she belongs with her MOM and DAD! we have been saying this for years! Let her go! She can visit Anna from time to time so she grows up in front of our eyes like Robin did.

su0000
su0000

Hi Timmm..
I agree.. there will be no recasting of Patrick..
Outside of sparse friends he has no ties to GH Port Charles, any longer..
There is nobody, there is nothing for him in Port Charles to even give him a story.
the Patrick character has been a placeholder since Robin left..
A recast would be a huge fail …

Yes, Emma belongs with Patrick oh and Robin too..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey, how about bringing Greg Vaugh back as Lucky (a role he once played) now that he has left DAYS–THE SPENSER FAMILY BELONGS TOGETHER ALSO–LOL. (Is there an echo in the room?)

Shay
Shay

@Timmm…..How right you are that Emma belongs with (both) Patrick and Robin! Today’s episode certainly made that abundantly clear! I realize that there are many viewers who are enamored of this little miss, but she has always come off as a bratty, whiny, overbearing annoyance to me…..hence I would love to see her off with her parents for a quintessentially “happily ever after” ending for the entire Drake family unit. As you say, Emmae can always visit Anna in the future if she is considered to be that indispensable to viewers….furthermore, I cannot imagine any suitable scenario that would leave her in her grandmother’s custody, as it has been strongly suggested. This child already has huge abandonment issues, and to reunite her with her mother for perhaps a New York minute, then suddenly place her with Anna, would be cruel—to say the very least! The only way it would make sense would be if her parents were killed or in imminent danger, and that would surely not constitute a happy ending for the Drakes, now would it???? Quite frankly, I’m a bit perplexed at the notion that Patrick can depart Port Charles, yet leave behind his supposedly beloved daughter…….I really hope that Dr. Drake’s final GH chapter has a real rhyme and reason to it so that it rings true, and is not predicated simply to provide an outcome that will satisfy a certain group of fans that loves a pint-sized, and not exactly essential, player.

Timmm
Timmm

Having said that Shay, MAYBE Emma is better off with Anna! Did you see the other day when Patrick sent Emma off to a sleep over? Mind you, the girl was just snatched a couple weeks ago in the park. Patrick opens up the door, says goodbye to the little angel and closes the door behind him! Why the hell, even if she had never been taken before, doesnt he walk her to the car OR at least watch her get into it safely? DUMB!

Sophie
Sophie

Have been a gh fan for fifty years. It has been painful for me to watch the storylines deteriorate in the last few years. The stories have gone from fantasies to pure absurdity that I can’t follow or have little interest in doing so for the most part. I DVR regularly and find it tedious to go through them all. I’m just not enjoying them. The show is a part of my life but I’m so disappointed in it.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

A long-timer here, also, Sophie!

k/kay
k/kay

My wish for 2016 is that GH & Y&R will use their casting department and quit running thru the parking lot poaching actors it has grown tiresome. FYI Just because your ratings our up does not mean the quality of the show is.

Jones
Jones

Seriously Y & R get your own actors and actresses quit taking them from GH !!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Mark Teshner’s casting in days of old used to be spot on–not so much, anymore, I’m afraid.

JB
JB

Does anyone know if the executives at GH have said anything about what will happen to Emma?

Rose
Rose

I can’t see how they would keep her around if both parents are not on screen. But maybe if we are lucky they can have her visiting her grandma since Anna is still around.

Eileen
Eileen

Yay! I knew JT loves his scrubs just as much as we do. Long love Patrick & Robin and their daughter Emma.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

If GH is smart, they should write the character off with Robin for a while….wait and see how things “shake out” with Jill & Co….

If he has a 2 year contract, he will be running back to GH by then….and then perhaps GH will get some good writers back and create a great story line for him to come back.

DomSmythe
DomSmythe

Robin is a legacy character and KMc a phenomenal actress. She has survived thru various writing/producing regimes because of her talent, charisma and chemistry with all of her co-stars. She was part of three supercouples: Robin & Stone, J&R and Scrubs. In short, she’s a legacy character.

Patrick and his portrayer JT was compelling as part of Scrubs, but otherwise uninteresting. There’s a reason Patrick was on screen less and less after KMc left in 2012. Frankly, Patrick is not important enough to recast.

Scrubs fans got a few great years (2005-2009), but also some bad, OOC storylines. For e.g. why Patuck cheated with Lisa was never well written or explained. He was truly happy with Robin and had fought for her after her postpartum depression. And both the postpartum and Lisa storylines were too drawn out. Then Robin’s exit flip flopping from possibly getting AIDS to being kidnapped/ dead?!! Later we fans were supposed to believe Robin would leave her family for Jason? Or that she’d lie to Patrick after so many storylines showing the futility of keeping secrets? We didn’t buy it. I’ve always believed writers can write creatively whilst keeping characters believable and grounding drama in reality. A couple can face adversity together, not always between themselves.

The Scrubs ending was technically satisfying but lacked the dramatic truth of their long history and buildup. For JT I’m glad he left for he had nowhere left to go on GH. For KMc I’m glad she’s thriving in a parallel career that offers her more creative control than being an actress in GH.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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