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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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Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

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Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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