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Jessica Tuck On Wrapping Up Her Run As GH’s Cassandra: "I Think I’m Going Down!"

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This week, General Hospital and longtime One Life to Live fans saw one of the finest actresses to grace daytime screens, Jessica Tuck, make a soapy exit.

Tuck, who came to GH to play drug-trafficking Cassandra who had ties to Valentin (James Patrick Stuat), and was the target of Anna (Finola Hughes) and Finn’s (Michael Easton) plans to bring her to justice, wound up in serious coma after her nefarious activities.   Those included at the end of her reign of terror: holding Anna and Valentin hostage, and drugging poor recovery drug addict, Finn.

One Life to Live fans recall Jessica as Megan Gordon Harrison, whose love story with Jake (Joe Lando), and the character’s eventual death was one of the most heartbreaking in daytime soap history.

On her exit from GH, Tuck told Soap Opera Digest (in the latest issue on newsstands now) about the longevity of playing Cassandra: “I never really knew what her deal was going to be or how long I might be there.”  She went on to say, “I was on borrowed time.  There was a flurry at the end of the scripts and I said to my family, ‘I think I’m going down.  I’m getting really evil and awful.”‘

Jessica expressed to SOD how much she appreciated the opportunity to work on GH, and again with her longtime friend and GH EP, Frank Valentini.

In story: After Finn explains to Anna that while he was drugged, he jumped Cassandra, but had no memory of stabbing her with the needle which rendered her unconscious with a drug overdose, Anna revealed to Finn that he didn’t kill Cassandra, because she was found in an alley and was in critical condition in the ICU at GH.  Later, an upset Anna visits Cassandra in the ICU, where it looks like she may do her in herself.  However, we are later told the WSB moved Cassandra to a facility and into custody, where she may never recover.

So, what did you think of the ending of Cassandra’s story? Were you hoping GH would keep Jessica Tuck on the canvas longer?  Comment below!

 

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Jimh
Jimh

There is new evil in town and it was Cassandra….she could easily take over for Helene Cassidine!!!!….So who is Faison’s other son…if older than Nathan i hope its Finn…can you imagine Anna’s reaction that she is falling in love with Faison’s SON!!!!

Kgs4227
Kgs4227

I think Faison’s other son is Peter Wells. The new COO of Aurora Media. He pushed Lulu hard to get her to do a story in Faison, why?????

Celia
Celia

I’ll buy that,Kgs….except that Finn is too old to be Faison’s son….
…oh, golly gee…what am I saying!!….Sam is Julian’s daughter, looks more like should be his wife…..it’s a soap….a world without physical dimension…
…the universe does have, at least, ten dimensions. Perhaps GH and all of soapdom have not been accounted into the physical field yet……a place where we defy age.LOL.

Shay
Shay

More like a place that totally defies logic, CeeCee!! Realistically speaking, Julian would have been all of about six when he fathered Sam….I know Alexis covets men who are younger and full of sexual stamina, but that’s just ridiculous!!!!

Glinda Dixon
Glinda Dixon

I hope not…..

Nikita Byrd
Nikita Byrd

Yes… great point …u are correct I hope you’re right

CRAD
CRAD

That would be a great story line for Anna & Dr. Finn together and then discover he’s Faison’s son.
GH need to get rid of Nelle; she’s useless and time is up.

CRAD
CRAD

Characters need to be reviewed and their purpose such as Nelle.

Judy AngelAn
Judy AngelAn

I agree, get rid of Nelle asap. She is a total drain on the show.

JK
JK

PLEASE GET RID OF THIS CHARACTER…..WASTE OF TIME….

Patrick
Patrick

why oh why, do fans give a hoot about Michael Corinthos’ … you would think from his lineage… Quartermaine, corinthos’ and Carly herself… Michael would be ALL that and a bag of chips

he’s so flatline… and Nelle is truly a waste of time

IT”s TIME for Michael and Nelle to head of in to the sunset – never to return

Shay
Shay

Exactly, Jimh! Cassandra perfectly fulfilled the role of icy “b*+@# goddess” that Port Charles has so sorely needed since Helena’s hasty departure. I really adored her cool and classy demeanor and thought that her arrival brought with it such a panoply of prospective plot possibilities, including the tantalizing notion that this lethal lady was, in fact, a bonafide Cassadine! In the near future, I truly hope that Cassandra indeed emerges from her supposedly hopeless coma and returns with a vengeance, ready and refreshed for a new nefarious caper, perhaps one that doesn’t include the scourge of drugs attached to it! Just as I have oft repeated in reference to Britt, my sentiments regarding the crafty Cassandra can be summed up with the singular request of “Bring her back!”

Gail
Gail

Agreed!

Rachel Weiser
Rachel Weiser

I. Wouldn’t mind seeing another character like faith.. I miss the old sonny n Jason stories.. They were so thrilling and really kept u in suspense..

Jimh
Jimh

Yes…bring her back!!!!

Liz
Liz

Yes!

vinman
vinman

Jimh….I think Faison’s son is Peter August (Wes Ramsey) &Laura Wright’s (Carly) real life bf.i think he is setting up for confrontation w/Faison through Lulu.Maybe it’s all tied into the “supposedly killing of Nathan….Faison’s other son.
Just my suspicion. …ps…alway enjoy your comments and your love for “soap”…especially soap opera sl’s from long ago.

Celia
Celia

Sounds soooo good, vinman….most plausible assumption yet. He does seem to be very vested in this. Do you think Faison has any inkling Nathan is his son? Look out Dr. O if he does!!

Kate
Kate

Wow that would be awesome

Kendra J Cunningham
Kendra J Cunningham

Nathan don’t know he’s Faisons son…Nathan is the one they are referring to.

Celia
Celia

No really…..there is supposedly a second son.

Steve
Steve

Faison’s other son is obviously Peter. The last name of August is a clue. In the manuscript, the son is listed as Octavius, which was another name for the Roman emperor Augustus.

Now, as for who Peter’s mother is… since he is a publisher, let’s assume that runs in the family, and mom is actually Quinn (Jennifer Bassey’s character).

conniemac
conniemac

super impressed with your deductive skills. never dawned on me about the name august. well done.

Celia
Celia

Same story over ar DOOL. I said exactly the same thing about Stefan O, just a few days ago. These storylines are so parallel, one wonders, “What the heck is going on?”
Octavian ( or Octavius–Latin, Augustus)

JK
JK

GREAT THINKING……YOU SURE COULD BE RIGHT!

rocky83
rocky83

GH should really find a way to keep Ms. Tuck, she was truly entertaining to watch. I agree that the show is lacking a Helena type, Jessica can surely fill that role.

Linda Podell
Linda Podell

Absolutely!! Keep her!!! Let’s find out that she, too, is a Cassadine. CASSANDRA CASSADINE!

Steve
Steve

She would need to be Helena’s daughter (not by Mikkos as that would make her previous affair with Valentin incestuous). Thus, not a Cassadine

Shay
Shay

Perhaps Petros Cassadine is Cassandra’s father! Remember him? He was Mikkos’ meek lookalike cousin who turned up in Port Chuck after the Ice Princess debacle. That would make Valentin and Ms. Pearce more distantly related.. albeit still incestuously joined in the biblical sense, but, hey, given this crazy clan, anything is possible!

Linda Podell
Linda Podell

She would still be a Cassadine heir, which Helena would have made sure of. Too young to be a re-cast. But very convincing bloodline. Probably grew up with Helena in some fashion. Ergo, the personality. We need Jessica!!

Skeptic
Skeptic

She looks like the actress that plays Helena, Constance Towers. I’m sure they thought of recasting Helena, but since Constance recently appeared in flashbacks, they didn’t want to disrespect her. I think they have too many older actress villains on the show. Why not have more nice older ladies, or at least give Monica more screen time?

Steve
Steve

Recast Helena? Constance happily shows up whenever the show asks. She can still appear in flashbacks.

Monica is now on more than many contract players, so that’s a good start. They should keep Lesley in PC, too.

Dory
Dory

Agree there. Jessica Tuck, when in OLTL, I see remember her dying days. I cried so much. I will never forget that day when she passed with Jake by her side. I wish she would have continued at GH for a longer time.

Celia
Celia

Poor Jessica….always dying. She died on DOOL, too.

Margi
Margi

I totally agree!

Linda J
Linda J

I agree Miss Tuck should stay in the part of Cassandra she would make a great Helena cassadine type which GH really needs.

Lisa K
Lisa K

Really wanted to see Cassandra together with James DiPaiva’s character!!! Couldn’t Dr. David at least consult on her case?!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

That would have been great! But they made her too evil. Her run was too short–and, unfortunately, the character was not fleshed out nor given shades of gray. Too bad!

Linda Podell
Linda Podell

They can still do that. Especially since she in a coma. So much material there! I’ve always been suspicious of Dr. Beck.

Debbie
Debbie

It would have been great to see her paired with James’ character, specifically since they both play on OLTL (along with Roger Howarth – Franco).

Soaphound
Soaphound

I’m with you, Nancy. Such a powerful actress could have been given a character with more shading, not just an uncomfortable mix of horny and evil. At least Liesl has had the chance to grow beyond just gorgon status.

Patrick
Patrick

OMG – what happened… did Anna and Finn.. RUN in to each other arms ? love fest … have the best sex?

ewwww !

I SO HOPED that Cassandra would have taken Finn down. god of god… let Finn do something REAL and meaty.. like truly show us what drug addiction is like, and wallah he’s ambulanced to Ferncliff sanitarium… he’s such a stand alone character.. as in has no development with any one… and that INCLUDES ANNA. just no meld with any on @GH. what’s the point of him on the show.

Michael Easton HAS TO GO

JLH
JLH

It was great to see her on screen again–and I agree with Lisa that it was sad we didn’t get to see at least one scene that had some DePaiva/Tuck interaction.

su0000
su0000

NO no no NO!
Jessica Tuck/Cassandra was a step in for Helena!
No one can ever replace the great Ms Towers but Jessica was excellent !

OK–
Cassandra is Not dead she is in a coma.. that is good news.
I feel she will return!
She is awesome and the best villainess that GH has had since Helena, we can’t lose Cassandra she was the Only excitement GH has had in a year or more.
I luvs the Cassandra character!

(( she ain’t dead!!))

Lynda Zaharias
Lynda Zaharias

My comment is for Sam and Drew.
Jason is old news.
Please keep Sam and Drew together.

Peggy Singleton
Peggy Singleton

Yes I thought she would be there longer. But they didn’t kill her off. Maybe one day she will be back. Jessica is a very hood actress , we are gonna miss her..

Rochelle Woody
Rochelle Woody

She needs to die or at least be unconscious for 5 years.

Mari
Mari

Agreed.

Linda Podell
Linda Podell

Yeah!!!

Katherine Griffin
Katherine Griffin

I love the storyline and I love what they’re doing with it now and what they’re leading up to keep up the great work I can’t wait to see GH every day each and every day of the week it gets more exciting everyday

Carolyn Willis
Carolyn Willis

It was nice to see her again, but she was too evil so I wanted her to die or go to prison, not just disappear.

Brenton
Brenton

Agree! I like the idea of her perhaps being related to Helena and continuing and her reign of terror for a long time to come! She really is too good an actress to lose and her character presents a myriad of possible storylines.

Shay
Shay

I share your enthusiasm for GH’s best villainess since Helena supposedly slipped off this mortal coil!!!! Hopefully, both shall soon make a triumphant return to Port Charles and be revealed as mother and daughter! Until then, Dr. O. will simply have to assume the heavy-lifting in the “evil-doing femme” category! I trust she is the right lady for the job and will do so with her usual unapologetic aplomb!!!!!

Skeptic
Skeptic

I think she’ll be back. Maybe they can have Jessica and Constance on at the same time. Cassandra looks like her daughter.

Maggy F
Maggy F

What she said. (Seriously, I couldn’t have said it better.) She’s going to play the doctors, escape and wreak havoc on Port Charles. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday and soon.

PennySoap
PennySoap

I So Agree!

Celia
Celia

Okay, so, Cassandra will wake up from her coma a different person. Perhaps she had a tumor, LOL, and whatever trauma she experienced, dissolved it? Hey, it’s a soap; where black is white and vice versa.
….That way, we will have a brand new, revised edition of the character.
Seriously, I, too, would have liked to have had a salvageable Cassandra; somehow, someway.

Laura Velez
Laura Velez

What hoping Cassandra turned out to be Helena Cassidines long lost daughter. That would have been a really cool twist. Will definitely miss Jessica, loved her on One Life to Live love her on General Hospital.

Debra
Debra

She’s good and I am a Jessica fan, but Andre Hoves is
The GH villain of all times.

Timmm
Timmm

I vote for Grant Putnam!

Kate
Kate

Constance Towers is the ultimate villainess you’re right no one could ever replace her, even the original the late, great Elizabeth Taylor could not hold a candle to her

Lynda Stewart
Lynda Stewart

I really enjoyed the anticipation she brought to General Hospital. Excitement from day one. If you could only get rid of some of those story lines that go on forever as fast as you got rid of her good story…

Patrick
Patrick

THIS IS IT ; why else are their 168 HITS… Jessica Tuck is a shoe in

“…I really enjoyed the anticipation she brought to General Hospital. Excitement from day one. ”

she was poorly conceived.. she had us all wondering what was going to become of Finn and Valentin

argh! the opiod crisis … ruined her right their… from the start. did they just decide to quash this… ??? and thereby ENDING this fan favorite ?

of course.. the fallout and/or bloom if you will… OY

Anna and Finn ? GET REAL….. year 2018 is when Anna and Finn make out?

she looks too old for him… and when she has to reign in her personality chutzpa intelligence… to fit FINN who’s Shelley and Franks pet. FINN from the time of his debut… has done not a damned thing to elevate his belong. what for ?

Role from: March 13, 2012 to March 20, 2013 – McBain
Role from: May 13, 2013 to August 5, 2015 – Dr. Silas Clay
Role from March 21, 2016 to present – Dr. Finn

he’s been on this show 5 years… and has had minimal impact. NADA

THIS IS NOT a good time at all for Anna Devane.

got sidetracked… Jessica Tuck energized GH.

WOW did GH drop the ball on this one… perhaps they dropped this story until they could get a better grasp at all the talent they have w/ Jessica

it certainly wasn’t that much fun watching her fawn all over Finn. now we are being treated to this BS in the new year 2018.

Finola Hughes is not generating any heat. NOT – HER – FAULT

Ruth
Ruth

No, I don’t think she’s coming back. She’s not fit for the part, she mean:) She does not quite excite me to watch GH?

John
John

I agree, she is not dead and I hope she comes back. Great villain.

Diana Trevino-Reynolds
Diana Trevino-Reynolds

I hope its Valentin

Stscey
Stscey

I didnt like that storyline I am ready for some love story lines

DebL
DebL

I like Ms.Tuck but I’m kinda glad she is gone.
I think Faison’s son is the new editor of Aurora.
He keeps encouraging Lulu to find Faison and it makes sense, would be a surprise to many.

Sara
Sara

I am glad she is gone. I have watched general hospital for 38 yrs. This show is not one life to live. It was canceked for reasons. General hospital needs to work on bringing back the original roots. Cassadines, Quartermaines, Spencers, Corrinthos, and the mob. Bring back Nickolas. Tyler Christopher.

Shay
Shay

@Sara….I absolutely share your disdain for the overabundance of OLTL alumni who have materialized in Port Charles through the years….most of their introductions have been stunt castings or downright unnecessary characters that added little to the GH canvas. However, I do feel that Cassandra was a truly different creature….she could have been a superb long-term evillainess in the mold of Helena, and given Jessica Tuck’s uncanny physical likeness to the incomparable Constance Towers, would have made a most convincing offspring of the Ice Queen herself! Oh, what I wouldn’t give to see those two return to town as the mother-daughter duo from H#!!.

VIRGIE
VIRGIE

Yes, she was playing a good role in being the bad guy. Trying to mess with Nina husband and daughter. Somehow someway they should of drag it out a little more and I would of like it if she would.of got caught at the plant where she was making the drugs. She had the upper hand with Finn cause his vision was bluer. She did a excellent job in her role. nice

Shay
Shay

I was really hoping Cassandra would go full-tilt psycho and bump off the useless Nina in an attempt to recapture Valentin for herself! Now THAT would have been fun! She also would’ve made a great bedmate for Julian…especially when the green-eyed monster that is Alexis reactively emerged! And if Cassandra did indeed prove to be Helena’s daughter— as many of us have surmised—how utterly moreish it would have been for her own offspring to kill the spawn of the woman Helena herself murdered…and with the same dagger??? Oh, that would have been toooo poetic!

Jan
Jan

I love Jessica Tuck (Megan Gordon) I just struggled with the story line.
Having loved ones struggling with addiction is heart breaking, I guess watching the real villains of drugs (the sellers) profit from what they take from families, just hurts so much!
Do what soaps do best, find a way to bring this superb actress back to the canvas, but perhaps not as Cassandra, or… a Cassandra that has seen the light!

Betty
Betty

Good bye! Not good for the daytime audience…

Thank you in the New Year!

Linda Kay
Linda Kay

Jessica Tuck has ALWAYS been one of My Favorite Daytime Actors !! It was Great to see her on GH, too Bad they ONLY MADE CASANDRA Evil with no chance of Redemption. GH Writers; You missed Your Chance of getting some ACURATE INFO OUT THERE REGARDING THE OPIOD CRISIS !!!

becky ramsey
becky ramsey

Hate to see her go liked her character. But I tell you bored too death with Sam and Drew. Let get Sam and Jason back together. Don’t like Sam being so BORING!

Did Inscoe
Did Inscoe

I’m hoping that she will be revealed to be Helenas daughter by Raison, good the way she was “killed” off, Helena, too always disappearing before her death could be confirmed, only to rise once more!!!!

Debbie
Debbie

Isn’t Nelle enough? I really hated Helena and likewise Cassandra. Just too evil!

Glynda
Glynda

I’ve always enjoyed Ms Tuck when she plays the ‘baddie’ on any soap. She does it with such an innocent look when she is playing the role until she is found out and then she can switch instantly into the most ‘evil Queen’ persona right before everyone’s eyes! Always such a pleasure to watch her! I’m so sorry she will be exiting the GH canvas! I was hoping the show and the writers would be using her as the ‘new’ evil troublemaker — like the former matriarch of the Cassidine family. GH needs to have that recurring ‘evil’ character to add tension to my favorite soap. And Ms Tuck plays that role with such grace until she reveals her evil heart when she really shines in this role! Surely GH writers can pull one of their famous ‘not really dead’ storylines and keep her on the canvas to continually be stirring up trouble for all the ‘saints’ on GH! Maybe she could cause trouble for Elizabeth and her children (especially Jake), or Lulu and her children. Please GH! Keep Ms Tuck on as the new evil matriarch on GH!

Patrick
Patrick

GET IT @GH.

GAVEL.

“…I’ve always enjoyed Ms Tuck when she plays the ‘baddie’ on any soap. She does it with such an innocent look when she is playing the role until she is found out and then she can switch instantly into the most ‘evil Queen’ ”

well written @Glynda

I was struck with Jessica Tuck…. OK I never watched OLTL… so here I am realizing her potential. T-A-L-E-N-T

Heidi-Anne Coughlin
Heidi-Anne Coughlin

Jessica Tuck is an Amazing actor!!! I hope she comes back to life soon to breath life and her amazing talent to the GH canvas very soon. She was really intriguing, believable, genuine and I want more!!! Welcome back Jessica! Hope to see you soon!!! You were missed by me!.

Bobbie42
Bobbie42

I too wanted to see a scene with Jessica and James. I am thrilled that her character is in a coma. There is hope she comes back

Patrick
Patrick

she didn’t need to be so evil… and written in to a corner… as soon as she landed.

WOW did she ever… to generate all this , that quickly

I am enamored by James DePaiva… this could have been so good… and YES
what about Scotty ?
what about Kevin?
what about ….

she didn’t even have time to dance

Zale H.2
Zale H.2

I agree with su0000…she is the female version of Faison and will be back to wreak havoc on all those that crossed her. The only thing I wish GH did when they brought Jessica on, was to make her a long term character. ..she’s a great actress. Do I see another “twin” somewhere down the line

Elaine
Elaine

So happy to see her go. There is enough evil in Port Charles without adding more. She did the part justice but she’s not a long term character.

Linda
Linda

I didnt like this storyline and am glad it has come to an end. She could never replace the evil Helena as a villaness.

JoLynn
JoLynn

I loved seeing Jessica again. She did a wonderful job as Cassandra. I hope they will bring her back. GH needs a villain, she was filling Helenas shoes nicely.

Cheryl Abernathy
Cheryl Abernathy

Please bring back Cassandra 2x

Carrie Nauseda
Carrie Nauseda

I was a huge OLTL fan. OLTL Had some great characters and actors and I do miss them. That being said Gh also has great actors & characters that we barely see as it. GH cast keeps growing and we see less & less of our vets. Gh needs to focus on its own cast. We dont need new faces GH fans want to see more of our old crew, Spin, Epiphany,Max, Milo, Mac, TJ, Molly, not to mention we never see the kids. I love Jessica but would so love to see GH ‘s actors that have been put on recurring more.

Beth Perez
Beth Perez

I did not care for her character. She brought little to General Hospital. The story line was not necessary other to to bring Anna and Finn closer.

ronnie chitwood
ronnie chitwood

With her being in a coma she can alwaYs awake I mean they come b@ck from the dead. Yes she was rmtoo too evil but they could make her Hele as long lost dauvhter. She was great but i muat say she was superb as Vicky Lord$ daughter and finding out she haxd Lupus than dying from the disease was heartwrenching especially for me as a out the same time my brother passed away from Lupus.

Sbe a a supurb actress and GH would not do justice i. Letti g ber go!

Cheryl Abernathy
Cheryl Abernathy

Please bring Cassandra back

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

I think Peter August is Faison’s other son. He has the publishing connections. I think Dr Bensch has something to do with the Russian clinic too.

Brian
Brian

Should have kept her on longer. She was a good actress. I like Sunny he is getting boring. Cassandra would have been a perfect fit for GH.

Lisa Bain
Lisa Bain

So glad she’s gone. Didn’t care for her on GH. I would fast forward thru all her scenes.

Leilani
Leilani

GH should keep Ms. TUCK! She’s an amazing actress and always out does her character!! I loved her on One Life to Live and is an added bonus on GH. I’m a fan of GH, OLTL & MAC since the 60’s!!!

Leilani
Leilani

AMC not MAC, PLEASE!

Psychosid
Psychosid

No I believe that the guy at aurora is the other son ,that is why he insisted lulu does the story because she will find faison.

Gloria
Gloria

I really enjoyed seeing Jessica Tuck back on screen. I agree with an earlier comment about giving her some air time with James DePaiva. For us OLTL fans it would be fun to watch. Tuck did an excellent job playing the villain. Her final scenes with Finn were great. She could totally be the next generation Helena.

Satan
Satan

Absolutely non-redeemable character. She sold poison & threatened children. Even Val the Bastard couldn’t stand her.

That pretty much guarantees a lack of longevity for such a character. Jessica did a good job portraying her, but that doesn’t mean she should stick around.

Of course this is Port Charles, so she could always have a NOT evil twin pop up, right?

Julie
Julie

I’m glad to see her gone when they took her off but I do see her returning in a later scene to start mores
Start more trouble later.

Brenda. Ogletree
Brenda. Ogletree

Yes. The ending could have been a little better.

Steve Ott
Steve Ott

She could return. She’s only soap opera dead, and she’s not dead she’s in a coma. There is an outside chance she could come back.

Lisa p
Lisa p

Did not like Cassandra. Never liked Helena either.

Jenny DeDario
Jenny DeDario

She had a lot of potential, but they kind of cut her character short, made her too evil too fast. It was shame, because I thought she had real potential to be the new Helena. But nice work, Ms. Tuck!

Phefe
Phefe

I do not like Nell she is a little “B” hopes she has a miscarriage, she has done too many nasty things to Carly.. Time for her to go…..

Barb Maas
Barb Maas

I could not stand Cassandra. So glad she is gone.

David
David

Faisons other son Is Peter the Aurora editor that’s why he asked Lulu to try to find Faison. Plus if you remember he’s also the guy that shot Nathan doing the escape of Faison

Karen Turner
Karen Turner

Enjoyed Seeing her Agian Loved her on ill All great to see the older actor and she played that part Amazing hope to to see her back I’m sure We will at Some point I Hope Anyway

GG
GG

The door has been kept open, she’ll be Back for sure

Rocky
Rocky

No!!! I started watching GH again just for Jessica Tuck. I too was hoping for her and James Depaiva to reunite in at least one scene. Boo GH!! Bring her back ASAP!

Jam
Jam

I think the older brother could be Franco.

Satan
Satan

Well, a depraved serial killer being the son of a treasonous psycho terrorist like Faison would certainly make more sense than him being the son of Scott Baldwin – a somewhat sleazy lawyer (who will feel right at home here in Hell) but hardly one to pass on a lunatic gene.

But the last thing they need to do is put Frodd at the center of yet another storyline. He was the stinking pile of dragonshit that messed up the otherwise well done return of Jason.

And I’m not sure that even Faison would have put up with Heather.

Judy
Judy

Yes I was hopping they would keep on longer

Davette lewis
Davette lewis

Its about time a woman was portrayed in organized crime. Drugs and sex trafficking is full of women. GH needs to really keep this story and a female organized crime boss.. A Great rivalry for sonny and jason.

Maryann
Maryann

I like Jessica tuck. They should have kept her longer. Could have been a good story line for GH.

Angela DeJesus
Angela DeJesus

I really didn’t get her storyline. She seemed to be a little to comfy in Port Charles with her hoity-toity attitude. No offense, glad she has made an exit. So when is Morgan coming back ? And…..can we get rid of Nelle and get Michael someone to love for real???

Satan
Satan

Morgan will be back just in time for the May sweeps. Bet your soul on it! (It’s not gonna happen in February, because they’re obviously making that all about Faison)

Susan Chapman suzow
Susan Chapman suzow

I think she should could come back as a twin, and
As a new cop, a love interest / a mayor!

Patrick
Patrick

IS IT OVER ? already ?

I’ve seen two good scenes that make me want her more

1. that metro court scene with Jessica Tuck and Michelle Stafford… hair pull and which woman on top. that was full on REEL. that was just the tip of the iceberg .

are we going to say coulda woulda shoulda … is she going to relapse and coma out?

2. that scene with HER @ Michael Easton. when she read him the riot act.. about him and Anna going down. just prior to her blowing all that fairy dust in his face and he was rendered motionless and should have been given MORE DRUGS … because we dont’ need him. he’s uninteresting… always has been .

is this the case of coulda woulda shoulda ? I am just getting intrigued and , wallah, the writers quashed this way too soon

ALL FOR THE heroics and bash in the head each audience member.. that they simply must fall in love with the forced pairing of Anna and Finn.

Mari
Mari

Not seeing this pairing as a Long lasting one. JMO

kathy
kathy

I liked her but I willing want Sam and Jason back together I don’t like seeing Sam with Drew they are not right together so when is Jason and Sam getting back together. I hope it is soon.
Love GH

Sandy Lukehart
Sandy Lukehart

Ooooh, so evil, but such a Great actress!!! Thanks, Jessica, for playing such a “soapy” part, giving us someone else to get angry at. Last we know is that the WSB took you somewhere, right?? You could sure resurface again. It’s happened before…!!!

Patrick
Patrick

OK – that’s good. Jessica is worth the wait it out and see.

Whew ! this was the silliest of SHORT SHORT storyline ? what was it for ?

as silly and short as it was… kudos to Jessica for “working” her scripts. she generated a lot of appeal… without giving us any thing… what was she truly like ?

lots more questions … and what coulda been

I thought this was going to be drawn out and WHAT ? flesh out Finn ? no that’d be too tasking.

at least it brought Valentin and Anna back , for a bit.

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Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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