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Michael Blake Kruse Exits General Hospital as Rory Gets the ‘Hook’

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On Friday’s General Hospital, try as they might, Finn (Michael Easton), Portia (Brooke Kerr) and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) were unable to save the life of Dr. Rory Cabrera after he coded.  Thus, the ‘hook’ killer claimed another victim.

At least, the big-hearted officer got to have one last goodbye with his girlfriend, Trina (Tabyana Ali) before he passed on, leaving a guilt-ridden and devastated Trina behind.

But the death of Rory on-screen, means we have to say goodbye to actor Michael Blake Kruse who debuted in the role of back in March, and has been a spoiler, or shall we say, a thorn in Spencer Cassadine’s (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) side, since Rory was capable of sharing his feeling with Trina, while Spencer kept tripping himself up.

Kruse shared his “Rory’ post-mortem and goodbyes via social media on Saturday.  Michael expressed: “Many thanks to everyone who sent me supportive messages in light of Rory Cabrera leaving the GH Canvas. I enjoyed playing the character and valued his essence.  Yes, he was unsophisticated and naive but at least he was genuine.  In particular with Trina, he was always sincere and had her best interests at heart. That has to count for something Sprina fans.”

Michael went on to say about his GH alter-ego: “Rory was a mediocre cop, at best, but Port Charles isn’t the easiest down to police. He was also equipped with a holster from the 70’s, no radio, and no bullet proof vest.  Above all, I had the pleasure of working with some incredible people and have a newfound respect for everyone involved in daytime tv.  It’s easy to critique but not easy to create. All my love and appreciation to the fans who have been supportive along the way.”

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Prior to the statement, Kruse took to his Instagram Story on  Thursday night and Friday with a post announcing his exit. In it, he shared a photo from the ABC soap opera dressed in Rory’s officer blues with two x’s over his eyes with the tag: “R.I.P. Rory… You gotta be quicker than that.”  Throughout his time on GH, Michael always showed grace and humor on social media.

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Friday’s GH also featured a heartbreaking performance from Tabyana Ali as Trina goes through sorrow and grief upon Rory’s death.

During his GH run, Michael has also been one busy actor appearing on Chicago P.D. and shooting roles in motion pictures and more.  So, be on the lookout for more of Kruse in the months to come in several projects.

What do you think of GH deciding to kill-off Rory? With the information that supposedly Esme was at Wyndemere at the time of the murder, who do you think is now the prime suspect, if it’s indeed a woman with a hoop earring as new evidence indicated?  What did you think of Taybana Ali’s performance? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I thought the character was unnecessary.

It’s beyond ridiculous that at GH, patients are wheeled out right in the middle of the corridors for everyone to talk to and cry over, as well as people discussing PHI with virtually anyone that walks in off the street (“How’s he doing?” “Well, he has…”). But what I noticed was Gregory Harrison giving a look for just a split second, as if he knew something.

whynot
I guess We were thinking the same thing.

The character became expendable after the actor landed more lucrative roles and went recurring. Rory was a little more than a background player with little character development. Kruse did a decent job with what he was given. Rory was neither a doctor or detective as written in the first paragraph.

As for Ali – maybe I’m just not seeing it. Wasn’t moved by her performance. It’s tough to portray grief at such a young age. It wasn’t as bad as Kiki’s reaction to Silas’ death, but Hayley Erin greatly improved after. Here’s hoping history repeats itself.

On a positive note, I’ve really come to appreciate Tanisha Harper’s take on Jordan. Of course the chem-test with Easton might be the road to boredomsville.

OG Steve, I’ve really enjoyed reading your insightful, spot on comments. I agree with your every point. However,I want to point out that Michael Eastman has not been allowed to have any sexual chemistry with his love interests since coming to GH. I did not realize he and Lizzy had not been intimate until she said so when discussing the paternity of her fake baby. ME is incredibly adept at steamy sex scenes as seen with his work on OLTL. There was one scene where Detective Michael McBain had sex with his boss, police chief Evangeline, against the walls of the interrogation room. They were hot! Evangeline reminds me of Jordan and I could see these two being hot together. They just have to let ME do his stuff- the writing for him has been just incredibly limiting and suffocating.

Hi Jill
Thanks for the kind words.

Good comment on Easton and the lack of chemistry with some of the GH women. I’d argue that he and Kelly Monaco had some when John McBain (Michael was his doctor brother who married Marcie) first appeared in PC.

And yes, Easton exuded lots of chemistry with Renée Elise Goldsberry who played Evangeline. More not so much with Melissa Archer’s Natalie.

Easton does have great onscreen bonds with Finn’s onscreen family. He also does the friendship route very well with Alexis and Tracy.

I’m sick that they killed Rory off but happy that MBK has so much going on outside GH. Best of Luck!

Rodd,
Loved him on Chicago PD but was hoping for a permanent role now that Jesse Soffer is gone.

Olivia Jerome is the hook …. Ava sister that hate her and sonny

Lester Wright,
You could be right, but haven’t seen her in years so why the heck would we be interested now, and don’t remember but did she hate her sister enough to try killing her?

She hates Ava, but she doesn’t even KNOW any of the other victims. Also she’s locked up, so not a likely suspect at all. She barely knows Sonny, for that matter.

And the only valid purpose Olivia Jerome could serve right now is to explain how she found a gravely wounded Morgan Corinthos after he was a victim of the bomb she placed in her brother Julian’s car, and how she arranged for somebody to nurse Morgan back to health, though with a new face and a new identity programmed into his brain.

And she probably better serve that purpose before Morgan has sex with his own sister!

Satan,
If you are referring to Dex, I read he is possibly a long lost son of Sonny’s, but Morgan, who knows?. I have to say I do like Dex better than Morgan, but there again Ava’s involvement had a lot to do with that.

Really upset with GH over this decision but glad to hear he has lots of other projects!

I think the hook killer will be Eileen. Or Esme’s nanny, but we don’t know her at all so that would be weird….

Who is Eileen?

Eileen is the deputy mayor that’s doing Victor’s dirty work. Hopefully, it’s not Heather but ADA Jennifer Arden (annoyed that she lost the Trina case).

Sad to see him go. He was a sweetheart!

Yea unneeded character.

Michaela,
In your estimation maybe, but are those of us that thought he was a very worthwhile character.

I was not moved—I am usually attuned to how deaths on soaps/movies affect the immediate characters, as I tend to cry over the slightest mishap—-I usually feel it to my core—-but, “Trina” left me numb—nothing. Why? The acting was less than mediocre—Just my opinion.
I am thrown by the accolades given to Tabyana. Forgive me, but the scene was terribly executed and uninspiring—she’s not a good actress. Her performance did not touch me—-
It definitely cannot compare to the truly heartbreaking attainment by Eden ( Joss) when Oscar died. The girl was outstanding—she mourned without overacting—-her pain pierced my heart.

Aye-aye-aye, Celia. I don’t know what to think. I bought Ms. Ali’s performance but I’m used to overacting (three 100% Italian grandparents and a Scottish/Irish fourth). But the big problem remains… Spencer. These two just DON’T, WON’T, CAN’T possibly make it — they simply don’t click. It happens even to great actors; Maura West was a trainwreck on Y&R because she was always mismatched. And Avery Pohl’s Esme will act Trina right off the T.V.! BTW, Spencer needs to get his post-prison hair cut or styled. And poor Cameron’s long locks seem out of character. The Elizabeth pregnancy/affair with Nikolas is by FAR THE MOST RIDICULOUS, ADDLE-BRAINED plot in many years. I can’t bear watching it!

LOL, Soaphound—I’ve been smack in the middle of Italian, familial drama and gesticulation since I was six—-I’ve known my husband and family that long—The difference is, it comes naturally for Italians and I love watching all their gestures—sometimes no words are necessary—just watching their facial and body expressions tells a story—-or the verbal expressions such as ..bo’ ( or boh); macche’; “ma vai a spasso” etc. are something else!! The Scottish? My grandmother is a riot with a sort-of-clean potty mouth to boot.LOL.
As I said, Ali is a little green—-she tries too hard—that’s the problem. But, be that as it may, my only worry is; she and Spencer as a couple.——Speaking of Spencer—-I can see him with an Elvis pompadour— yeah!! The style is back!! Can you picture it? And, with any girl on his arm other than nuTrina.
I know what you mean about Elizabeth’s fictitious pregnancy— A tapestry of a travesty. The irony would be if she were really pregnant with Finn’s baby. Have they slept together lately??
Maybe, the writers’ scope is to ship Esme to Cassadine Island after giving birth, thus making Ms Lizzie the baby’s Mom—Just a thought—-albeit, Avery steals the show each and every time. I wish there were a way for her to stay put—-the writers should work their magic and think of something—the devil made her do it?
I feel so badly for Cameron—sweet kid whose girlfriend is stabbing him in the back—-I’ve always loved Joss, but I’m losing respect for her—-she should just fess up and tell him she’s got the hots for Littlehands.

I thought I was the only one who thought the actress who currently plays Trina wasn’t up to the task. She is heavily lauded and beloved on soap Twitter, and so I figured I just wasn’t getting it. And I want her to be GREAT! But she tends to always disappoint me.

LOL, Jill–doesn’t it feel great you’re not the only one who does not place this opaque actress on a pedestal? She does not shine. But, mostly, she does not educe empathy…at least, not from me.
I’m not a Twitter ‘member’, or on any other social media venue except for this,—however, she probably has many fans who like her.
Nonetheless, it feels great on my part, as well, that I’M not the only one. I doubt I will ever like her—she just doesn’t have the right “make up” —only my opinion.

Agreed with all you said. Serious overacting by Trina. She dated for Rory for how long? And didn’t love him anyway. This Trina does not do it for me. This character has dominated the show all year it seems. I am over her love life storyline & the Hook. Joss & Oscar-wow. I can still get emotional over Eden’s performance.

Yeayyyy!! You see what I see, Gloria!! NuTrina is so off kilter for me–I cringe whenever I see -her .Cheshire cat smile, and beyond.
And, yes—I am done with her constantly taking center stage, as the damsel in distress—“look at me, look at me—it’s all about lil ole me….and the Hook’s gonna get me…” . I could appreciate it if it were Esme—she’s just so outer-worldly ( pardon tge pun).
Then, there’s Mrs Robinson ( excusez-moi, hmmm DOCTOR Robinson),who is a doc with tools of the trade in all aspects of medical specialties—as is Finn.
I don’t like Carly, but, at least, Laura is an amazing actress—she never bores me—except for scenes with annoying “Drew”.

Celia…I like Drew! :))). Not Carly. And am bored with Spencer and Liz with their daddy problems ruining their lives. Grow up. Get over it! Other than that mini-rant :)))

LOL, Rose—well, we agree on Carly—“me no like” her either. I’ve never been into Mathison–even opposite Sweeney ( Hallmark), whom I love!!!
As far as Spencer, I get what you’re saying—yeah, and all the drama with Liz, too. The never-ending-daddy- issues story.–Merry Christmas–❤️.

Hi Celia…Well, more drama on GH. Now to find a new Nickolas. It’s going to be busy. I’m going to concentrate on Christmas. You have a Merry one as well.

Rose, Drew is so bright, sunny and well… motivational. I fully expect to see him wearing a wireless microphone while ordering the citizens of Port Charles to walk across burning embers. He doesn’t seem so much like Carly’s lover, but more like her motivational therapist. This begs the question- why are the couples on GH so sexless?

Harry…Can’t figure why he’s even attracted to Carly anyway. It will be interesting if/when he finds out Carly paid off his contact to lie about Willow’s mom. I might call it non-passionate instead of sexless if I read you right. Have a good holiday! :)))

Agree with your comments 100%

Thank you–Happy and healthy Holidays!!❤️

OOOH NO OOOH NO!!!
Now Trina will be with Spencer ..
Trina #1 was perfection with Spencer..
Trina #2 is gawd-awjul with Spencer..ISH-
and they look ridiculous together..
like he’s dating a 5th grader..
worst match ever…
Seriously bad casting..
And-
before you throw a shoe..
Trina #2 is a beautiful girl, a good actress,
and if playing a different role she would be awesome,
but not a good Trina.

You said it perfectly, Su000. Even Meryl Streep can’t always overcome being miscast. That’s why Bette Davis never played nuns and Audrey Hepburn didn’t play schemers. Just doesn’t work.

Soaphound,
Hey! Just want to wish you the happiest of Holidays and the best New Year.

And to you, dear Violet. Hope you and yours stay happy, healthy, and warm. Maybe 2023 will bring us the best year in soap opera history. It could happen if they ditch Diane Jenkins!

SuOOO,
Would like to wish you Happy Holidays, Cali Is finally getting cold and some rain. I just had to agree with you on this Trina. I really don’t care for her, either with Rory OR Spencer. She acts like a 16 yr,old.

Violet..thanks for the greetings! 🙂
I hope Santa will be good to you and bring you all your heart desires.
00ooohh if you have been naughty, coal for you AHAA HA!
New Trina has been a horrible casting mistake..
Spencer is a strong actor and needs the same as his partner..
And- I can’t imagine Trina and Spencer kissing, eeekkks no..
Or worse yet- doing the nasty..
They are a dreadful pairing..
A friend, that checks out a lot of soap boards-
told me most all are saying much the same as us–
I hope Trina will be recast and Trina is placed in a role suited for her–
(((( I don’t know their real names so- Spencer and Trina will have to do LOL)))

I agree, SUOO!

Rory had potential as a character, but the writers didn’t do much with him, other than have him sitting shirtless at the pool as often as possible, which I’m definitely not complaining about, lol.

And of course his death opens up even more questions, like who was that mystery guy laying dead on the floor that not a word was said about, or why did Rory have the earring? The Hook Killer story has me wondering and guessing, that’s for sure.

I thought Tabyana Ali was very moving in portraying Trina’s reaction to Rory’s death. She’s obviously not as experienced in those type of scenes as a Maura West or Genie Francis, but I thought she did very well. It moved me, I know that. That’s my gauge on whether emotional scenes worked or not.

THANK YOU, Dan. I was beginning to think I imagined that corpse! I thought maybe a crew member was caught napping and they missed it in editing.

Dan,
I assumed after by what Jordan said to Dante or someone, it was another cop. That whole scene was crazy. I know Rory went to that apt. because of the address he copied but why did Dante and the others go there? It was like the whole thing was out of sequence or whatever they call it.

Dan,
What a dummy I am. That earring was so big I thought it was a bracelet.

Violet…You are not too far wrong. If I remember right didn’t Ava say whoever attacked her was wearing jangeling brackets?

It was inevitable that Rory a decent guy would be sacrificed for a useless,
spoiled, entitled guy like Spencer. What the heck Rory saw in Trina is beyond me anyway. This way she only has to feel guilty for a while, not her fault she didn’t love him but it was selfish leading him on when she knew how much he cared for her,
It’s too bad he was dragged out in the hall and put on display so he couldn’t die peacefully with some dignity in his room.
Meanwhile the twit Liz is still protecting and holding back information about Nick and Esme. I think Heather is the Hook, she has keys and the run of her facility. I just can’t figure out why. I’d say she was protecting Esme but she seemed truthful about not knowing about her when Ryan told her. I just know the Reveal will be some stupid thing out of left field.

Violet, they do this with EVERY story…drag it out until we lose interest. How long since vengeful Carly found out Willow’s maternity? And, at this point, the “hooker” could be Oprah Winfrey and I wouldn’t care. The Elizabeth pregnancy story is beyond ludicrous, it’s insulting. Anyway, my best to you and yours for a safe and happy season!

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Ryan Paevey Makes Statement on Why He is Stepping Back from Acting While Being ‘Grateful to General Hospital for Giving a Green Actor a Chance’ and ‘Hallmark for Changing My Life’

GH and Hallmark fan favorite, Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan West) wanted to clear the air after numerous reports and rumors had him quitting acting altogether and what that meant for any future projects in Hollywood he may have had planned.

Paevey released an exclusive statement to Heavy.com where he shared what is going on in his life. Back on June 19th, Ryan deactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts and he may have deactivated his Instagram account on Friday as well, or as of this writing.

For Ryan, the decision to change his current life’s trajectory came after a series of events; chief among them moving closer to home to take care of his ailing mother who is battling lung cancer and social media scammers.

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Here is what Ryan shared: “Hey everyone…so first and foremost, I am a bit apprehensive that I even have to make a statement like this. I am certainly accustomed to a certain degree of gossip, but the past few weeks in particular have gotten out of control with speculation from third parties that have taken my words and expanded upon them to meet their narrative, or flat out misrepresented my words or misconstrued their meaning. I have always been an open book, and one who speaks his mind truthfully and directly, and it is unfortunate that we live in a world where social media makes it very easy to twist one’s words; I am often unaware it is even happening until someone from my team messages me in a panic, and so I feel it best to make a formal statement through HEAVY.”

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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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