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Nick Stabile Wraps His Run As Temporary Nikolas On General Hospital!

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How many times can Nikolas Cassadine fall off a balcony, or get shot and fall out of a window? Seems numerous times on ABC’s General Hospital.

On Tuesday’s episode, viewers of the ABC daytime drama series this time saw a heroic side of Nikolas, who prevented a bullet from hitting his new galpal Ava Jerome (Maura West).

Instead, the dark prince grabbed a gun from his new arch-nemesis Valentin Casssadine (James Patrick Stuart) and an all-out tussle began.  As the men struggled, it was Nik who got shot and then crashed through a window in what appears to be a long and fatal fall off a balcony on Cassadine Island.

According to Soap Opera Digest, (in their latest issues on newsstands this week) that fall signals the end of the short-term run for actor Nick Stabile, who did an excellent job at filling in for Daytime Emmy winner Tyler Christopher, while he was on personal leave from the show.  No official word yet as to when Tyler will be back on screen inhabiting the role he made soap famous for over 20 years.

So, share your thoughts in the comment section below on Nikolas’ latest fall, and give some props to Nick Stabile for keeping Nikolas’ storyline burning bright and moving forward during his stint on GH! But first, after the jump watch the final moment’s of yesterday’s GH where Nik crashes through a window to “his death”?

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aria
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aria

i have to say i’m not a fan of temp casting when the original actor is out, but i have to admit i’m glad the story kept playing out, and both actors who have filled in for the characters of nikolas and maxy have done a good job, so kudos to them but lets get the originals back.

tori
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tori

I agree,I am a Tyler fan from the beginning but Nick did a great job filling in for him.

Denyse Collymore
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Denyse Collymore

I agree. Nick Stabile did a excellent job as Tge Prince but i do have to say we miss Tyler

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Awwww, I feel sad. Even though I was a bit on the fence about his acting (some scenes better than others yet I still enjoyed him as Nic) there is just something about him I REALLY like! Charm…don’t know what it is but i felt myself looking forward to his scenes. Perhaps as some have suggested ( and yes I know the cast is, dare I say it, “bloated”) they could come up with another role for him; he’s just that likable!

Rose
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Rose

Rebecca… As I mentioned to Su may be Tyler/Nik hired Nick S to throw off the scent of where Tyler/Nik was really hiding. He knew Jason would hunt him down …sorta a “proof of life” thing. That way we could have both Nicholas’s. Would have to be fake diamonds though.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Good thinking Rose…but…if you are right it could explain how the real Nic is alive if this one died when he was shot and flew out the window. Lol, then we’d still be minus one Nick (Stabile)! 😉

Omar
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Omar

Rebecca1, I so agree with you in everything you wrote..Something about this actor and his scenes with Maura’s “Ava” were really good..He was robotic at first but eventually he just took over the part.

Clearly Tyler is coming back and I am ok with Tyler but I am going to miss the job that Nick Stabile did..His acting was ok but his screen presence was even stronger than Tyler.

Cast him please in new role or a recast!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Yes, thank you Omar. That’s exactly it…his screen presence…I said this on another post but sometimes he was like a nervous stage performer. And STILL his presence was warm and charming! Hopefully we’ll see him again.

Patrick
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Patrick

it’s just really nice to see good actors … albeit replacement recast

dagnabit on writing

Nick Stabile and Molly Burnett kudos for bringing to life

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Patrick. Lol, love the “dagnabbit!” 🙂

Celia
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Celia

I agree with both of you. Love Nick. He just does it for me. Not so Tyler.
I also love Molly. She killed the Melanie role.
But she is not the coquette that Maxie is supposed to be. Doesn’t the role call for a cheeky chick? That’s who Maxie is to me….petite and sassy.

Margie
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Margie

He was terrific.

Kevin
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Kevin

No offense to Mr. Stabile, but thank goodness! I could not buy him as Nicholas for one second, and FF through all his scenes with Ava…

su0000
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su0000

I luvs Tyler Christopher..
But—-
I also luved Nick Stabile,, I really enjoyed his portrayal of Nikolas,,
I will miss him I wish he could remain being Nickolas 🙁

Rose
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Rose

Su…I still like Tyler but I feel much the same way as you about Nick S. He is great with Ava. And he had a good a Cassadine look. It remained to be seen how he would be with Spencer. Wish there was some way he could still be worked into the story. Maybe it will come out that Nik/Tyler actually hired Nick S to he could throw everyone off the scent of where Tyler was really hiding.

su0000
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su0000

Hi Rose..
I’m more attractive to Nick Stabile than to Tyler Christopher..
If I had a choice which one to take home it would be Nick..
And–
it was fun, entering to have something/someone different to watch and oogle lol.
Both the substitutes are now gone and I had a good time with Maxies more grownup more sophisticated Maxie, I will miss that/her, also

(( I like your idea to keep Nick))

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

He was good in the role. There are so many Cassidines coming out of the wood work, maybe he could come back as a cousin. I am glad to see Tyler coming back. I love his scenes with Spencer. They have wonderful chemistry together. But on a side note, Nicolas must be a cat with 9 lives. How many by times csn you fall from a window overlooking rocks and live through it. But after all, it is a soap opera

Celia
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Celia

You and I both, su. This is one intriguing, brooding actor. Sexy and enigmatic. Something about Italian men, su…..everything!! Yum!!
I will miss him.

su0000
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su0000

hi CC ..
yea! yes!
I really liked looking at Nick Stabile 😉
hope he can stay on..
0oooh I found two good ones from me– voice to text;
attractive=attracted
entering= entertaining
ehhh I’ve seen better LOL …

SAVE Nick Stabile !!!!

Celia
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Celia

PS, SuzieQ.
I t would be wonderful if Nick could somehow stay….with Maura as his ‘bestie’. But, how?

More importantly; and on another vein…..do you remember when Elizabeth first met Hayden’s mother? Remember when both Lizzie and Hayden called “Mother”, at the same time? Remember when I said the woman was also Lizzie’s mother?
Well, I am more than sure now, Hayden and Lizzie are sisters.

Rose
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Rose

Celia…After today it looks like Hayden and Liz are sisters. And just look at how Hayden’s mom had a fainting spell at the mention of Heather Webber.

Celia
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Celia

Now, you’re talkin’ su, my friend. Who else but we girls know what a man is, or should be, right?
Keep Nick Stabile. That’s a catchy refrain, su.

Celia
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Celia

@Rose. Yup. I said it from the moment Robin Riker walked in on Lizzie’s and Hayden’s ‘fistifight’. Hayden uttered, ” Mother!”. And, Lizzie intoned, “Mother?????!!!!”. It was just timed so well ( good job writers), it meant something. But, as I keep repeating, Rose: no one really pays attention to my ‘guesses’ since I still continue to insist Kiki is Nina’s. LOL. Hmmmm. I am a little confused about the ‘Webers”…..is Liz adopted? Oh, well, Rose….I am intrigued. I wonder if Hayden and Liz are full sisters? Fraternal twins?( fraternal is used for both male and female non-identical twins). Daughters… Read more »

Skp53
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Skp53

I have really enjoyed Nick Stabile’s “Nikolas.” I’m sad to see him go.

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

This wasnt the real Prince Nik so his fall does not count-lol…Nik Stabile would had made a fine AJ Q…this story is just so-so ok but not exciting…i see no chemistry between Parker and Kristina nor do i see it with Kinki and Snorgan-lol

Letemeatc8ke
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Letemeatc8ke

What?!?! PRISTINA are off the charts hot!!! There hasnt been a lesbian couple on air since Bianca and, well I can’t recall her wife’s name. Don’t you think it’s about time this part of the populous is represented? There are plenty of “boring” couples on soaps so that’s not a good enough reason:-)
Anyway, I like em.

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

Alexis and Parker might have worked better…

Celia
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Celia

I don’t usually like the combination of names, of couples….but, I must give you this one, Letmeeatc8ke….good one.
PRISTINA….

Celia
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Celia

It was Maggie Stone. Were Bianca and Maggie (Elizabeth Hendrickson) married? Can’t remember.

Dan
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Dan

I said the same exact thing to someone I was watching the show with, Jim! He would have made a good AJ Quartermaine. Not that Sean Kanan and Billy Warlock weren’t also good in the role. But that’s the kind of vibe I got from him, that type of character he’d be good playing. Great minds think alike Jim, lol!

Timmm
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Timmm

This show is so scattered right now why not bring Nick back as AJ and have him make Sonny a new azzhole! Someone needs to tame Fonzie!

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

Yep…

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Damn, but I do miss the character of AJ!!!

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

Me too..

Timmm
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Timmm

Aaron WILL walk in on Krissy and Parker. its an easy soap prediction!

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

so true…

Celia
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Celia

Hey, guys,
So, as the Sonny story goes, it was he who caught his daughter kissing ‘ze professeur’.
Watch out Parker!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey Jimh…I think kiki has chemistry with Morgan AND Dylan. Morgan us the sexy angst-ridden dude which can be alluring for a while, Dylan is the really cute, sexy, crestive , stable guy who brings out the lighthearted fun in kiki. They’re obviously keeping kiki and Dylan temporarily apart but have made it obvious they’re pining for each other. I agree with you on Parker and Chrissie. I literally cringed. Too mother/daughter to me. IF Alexis had been gay she and Parker would have made quite the power couple! I actually like Christina with Aaron (name?) She’s never had a… Read more »

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

Morgan is ok but to me a find a bit childish,…great minds think alike…i found Parker/Kris too mother/daughterish as well…a shocker twist would have had Kristina walking in and finding Parker and her mom Alexis in bed together!!!

SJP
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SJP

I thought Nick S. did a terrific job! Would like to see him come back as a different character. Still waiting for Chris Tyler to return.

AJ
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AJ

The lack of information regarding Tyler’s return seems odd. When Kirsten Storms left temporarily, her return was quickly discussed. This quiet is concerning – even though Tyler seems to be Tweeting GH appearances. I just want to know that he IS returning. Don’t care when – let that be a surprise.

Patrick
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Patrick

yeah, it’s disconcerting

I just love his presence…

it would seem to me… that in all his 20 year status with the show

he’d be more deserving of his goings on

I can’t lose another husband material

I just don’t get all the attention lauded the characters of Sonny and Jason

i’m really excited about Valentin…. bump them up… Cassadine herald

GH ! get Laura mixing

Tyler Christopher character is being built around…. one can hope

can’t imagine in the past 20 years he’s been another but a soldier on the show

MISS him
gotta KEEPER

Patrick
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Patrick

another but a soldier on the show

can’t imagine in the past 20 years… he’s been ANY THING but a soldier for the show

jov
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jov

the same happened for rebecca herbst when she was discusssing contract talks. we didn’t hear anything for weeks. she apologized and said that was the way it had to go. tyler christopher is in contract talks and would not be able to give out information until is over. i think that that is the reason and not unusual given his contract run.

Melissa
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Melissa

Guessing this is basically the leverage ABC is using against Tyler. Return or don’t. We’ll either kill your character off or find a way to resurrect you if you choose to come back under our terms. The cast is so bloated I’m beyond caring about who comes and goes anymore.

mwah
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mwah

have adored nick stabiles acting for years and throughout the soaps. he will be immensely missed. his chemistry with the ava character was impeccable. praying that they bring him back in another role. tyler is also a great actor and long overdue for that emmy win. 2 keepers.

Celia
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Celia

MWAH (moi?)…..greatest moniker yet, on these boards….clever!!
Agreed. If I start talking about Nicola Stabile ( Italian version of Nicholas), I will never be able to stop. I do not know this man, personally; but, who cares?! He is everything a man should be….LOL.

Patty
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Patty

I adored him as Nik and I so wish him back some how soon on anything. But happy to have the main nick back too.

robbie
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robbie

I will miss him and applaud his performance in a difficult situation

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

OH NO !!! I was just getting adjusted to “Temp Nik”. I wish Nick Stabile the best of luck on his next acting gig.

Paige Adams
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Paige Adams

I have been a huge fan of Nick’s since he first appeared on Sunset Beach! I hate to see him go. He did a fantastic job replacing Tyler.

Patrick
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Patrick

I REAL’ly and – truly – commend…. laud even

Nick Stabile &
Molly Burnett

bang up good dang job…. as temporary recasts: ie: Nicholas & Maxie

marishka ruth embreus
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marishka ruth embreus

agreed… wish they’d stay!!!

toscanti
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toscanti

Nick did a Fantastic job as Nicholas. I wish him much luck and success.

Belle
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Belle

I loved Nick; I never fast forwarded through his scenes , I fast forwarded to his scenes. I’ll miss him because he and Ava were good together. I agree that the writers should bring him back as A.J. or someone relevant .

Jason Loves GH
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Jason Loves GH

I thought he did a great job in the role. I’ll miss him.

Dan
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Dan

Nick Stabile gave a good effort, I give him props for that. I personally never bought him as Nikolas, cause Tyler is so ingrained in that role for me after 20 years. But he tried, that’s all you can ask. I look forward to hopefully seeing Tyler back soon, and this story continuing to play out, whether this was a fake Nikolas as others have mentioned, or whatever direction they’re going in. I love what they’ve done so far. James Patrick Stuart has been tremendous as Valentin thus far. Definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Nick on the show in the future… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Dan, you said it perfectly and I completely agree.. only one thing bothers me about Nikolas’ heroic fall. That idiot Jordan will no doubt arrest Jason for it.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Lol Soaphound!

Ces
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Ces

Unlike Molly Burnett’s Maxie … Nick Stabile did a really good job as the Prince. He has enough screen presence and suave demeanor to watch and enjoy. It helps he had Maura to act off too! Good job !! I am anxious to have Tyler back …. And Kirsten!!! All I do is ffwd thru this Claudette/Nathan crap. Hopefully when Kirsten returns she’ll get something better to do & with a worthy acting partner!

Phyliss
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Phyliss

I think Nick Stabile did a great job playing Nicholas Cassadine..It would be nice to see him come to GH as another character.. really enjoyed watching him although I miss Tyler so much,and as others await his return

marie28king
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marie28king

I’m very excited that Tyler Christopher is in and sad thatNic Stable isl leaving he did a very good job playin Nichols he make it his own .

Leslie Martin
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Leslie Martin

I thought the Prince Nick replacement was excellent….but the Maxie one not so much.

Traci
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Traci

I really love Tyler miss him a lot. I think that him and Ava have really good chemistry on stage presence. I really think the writers need to step up a notch bc the story line is starting to get boring. Step it up GH writers or you going to lose long time viewers.

JK
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JK

HE DID A TERRIFIC JOB!!!!! HATE TO SEE HIM GO…

Ell
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Ell

Nick would be great as a permanent replacement for Nickolas Cassadine!

marishka ruth embreus
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marishka ruth embreus

agreed..hope
he gets another tv job soon!!

Lisa hauser
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Lisa hauser

I really love Nick Stabile and I am going to miss him. He’s a true talent . I’m not for adding to the cast. But get rid of the useless characters and create a role for him. He had me loving Nicholas again. As soon as Tyler returns back to hating Nicholas

Susie
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Susie

I hate when a character is replaced with another actor. That being said, I was just getting used to the new Nicholas. His love scenes were more interesting than previous Nicholas. Just my opinion. Wasn’t sure I ever really liked the old Nicholas that much anyway. I’ve only been watching the show since last year. I started watching when I hear rumors of Sonny getting killed off. I used to watch him in another soap years ago with my grandmother. Anyway! Glad Sonny’s still around and looking better than ever… and yes, now I’m hooked 😉

Tivette
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Tivette

Stability did a WONDERFUL job, and I must say he had a great way of portraying Nik! Will miss him and hope to see more of him…maybe they’ll bring him back as someone else later on?!

Lisa
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Lisa

i didn’t buy Nick as the character. I longed for Tyler to return. Can’t wait to see his beautiful face!

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

Bottom line: Is Tyler Christopher coming back or not?

Crimson151
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Crimson151

He did a nice job filling in but was definitely NOT Nikolas to me, only Tyler is Nik for me and I hope he returns soon but GH did a good job with the temp recasts for Nik and Maxie. I could see him as AJ Quartermaine back from the dead, easily though if this cast wasn’t already overly bloated.

Gloria
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Gloria

I thought Nick Stabile did a fabulous job. I would love to see him in a permanent role on the show. His scenes with Ava (Maura West) were great. They have tremendous chemistry. Kudos to Nick. Hope to see you back soon.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I must admit, I enjoyed Nick Stabile ten times more in the role of Nikolas Cassadine; he made him more likable in the role. Never really been a Tyler Christopher fan but, that is what comes when you temporarily recast a role.

SS
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SS

If GH can bring back Easton for 4 or 5 different roles then I think they should bring back Nick Stabile as AJ. He would make a perfect AJ. They brought back Carlos as a way to get Anna off the hook from being a murderer so bringing back AJ would allow the show’s second coming of Christ, Sonny Corinthos, off the hook for murdering AJ. It would also lesson – to a VERY small degree – the hypocrisy this garbage of a show throws at us every single day simply to primp this one-note Sonny character. I readily admit… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Its funny because when Tyler fell out the window I thought that would have been a good place to have him off screen and have Valentin secretly kidnap him and when Tyler returned, reveal this. They went a different way and now it is Nick Stabile who fell out the window and I assume will live and Tyler will reprise the role. I am hoping Nick Stabile is rehired to pay someone else [Probably not on GH unless your name is Michael Easton!] or Y&R signs him on to play Luca’s brother who shows up in Genoa City to avenge… Read more »

Tim S.
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Tim S.

He was good.. Love the way they had both of them fall out of the window.. .lol.. Looking forward to Tyler’s return…

Johnell Hughes
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Johnell Hughes

I think Nick did a great job!! Kudo’s to him

Mo
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Mo

As one who normally dislikes “replacements” I must say I instantly liked Nick. His acting was stellar and his Gerald Butler like looks were a plus! I could have embraced him as the “new” Nik easily.

BBest
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BBest

Nicholas Sabile, has done a wonderful job, he has already got many of us calling the GH, hotline wanting more. Possibly another character. RH was cast twice, and ME, three times, why not make room for him. Get rid, of the old baggage like Amy, who adds nothing to the show. Never mind Valerie. He stepped in and did a great job, in the short while, he was our Nik.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

I’m kind of bummed about Nick Stabile leaving GH. And, I’m EVEN LESS EXCITED about that Tyler Christopher dude returning to GH ‘whenever’.

Just saying……….

Celia
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Celia

Just saying with you, Jay.

Margot Turner
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Margot Turner

All I can say is that the original Nicholas better come back soon, just have him laying on, or holding on to the balcony below the others can rescue him as they escape! Just a thought…

Lois
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Lois

To: Michael Fairman

Would you be allowed to do an interview with Stabile? I’d love to read one and have his thoughts playing Nik. Such as how long between being contacted and first tape day. How did he prepare? Who helped him around and helped him get used to things at the studio? Well, of course you know what to ask.

Thank you.

GRANTLOVER!!
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GRANTLOVER!!

I was a bit turned off when I saw a new nickolis but this actor did a fantastic job.

j9
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j9

Darn it! I really enjoyed this guy in the role. Talk about just stepping in and doing a fantastic job! Bravo!
If GH doesn’t snap this guy up as another character soon, I hope he gets on board with either Y&R or even B&B! Agreeing with other posters: this guy has screen presence!

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

I want to be fair: Today’s episode (Thursday, July 21) is the first one I’ve totally enjoyed in ages. Loved the Franco/Lucy/Scott stuff, liked the Naomi/Liz/Hayden stuff, and I even liked Jeffrey Parise’s new character! I hope the writers can keep this stuff going.

k/kay
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k/kay

Does anyone know what is the status of TC?

mike
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mike

Tyler who?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I’ve actually been enjoying the show, but I agree with you. I loved seeing Scotty…(I love the character and Kin)…Lucy, Rick..hope, but doubt, we’ll be seeing them regularly. Carlos’s twin? I’ll reserve judgment til the story unfolds…maybe the doc twin was killed and this is really Carlos!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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