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OLTL’s Patrick J. Gibbons Shows Up On General Hospital: Will Wyatt Ultimately Be Peter’s Ticket To Freedom?

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If you caught Monday’s episode of General Hospital, and the tweet tease from the series executive producer, Frank Valentini, a very familiar face to ABC’s One Life to Live fans popped up!

Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) was cast in the role of Wyatt.  A young boy who stumbles upon the kidnapped Peter (Wes Ramsey) in the cabin.

In the episode, Wyatt announces he is part of the “PC Pioneers”, Squad #8 other wise known as the “Raging Raccoons.”  He tells Peter he was practicing his bugle to earn his bugle badge when he heard Peter shouting.  Wyatt continues that he found a key under the mat and unlocked the door to the cabin.

Peter begs him to not leave and has a way for him to earn another badge.  Wyatt is not sure whether to believe the guy, but then Peter begs Wyatt to bring a grown-up back to the cabin with him,

With the fireworks about to happen for the 4th of July, Wyatt leaves Peter behind, and says he might bring him back some smores.  However, he forgets his bugle.

Will Wyatt come back for his bugle and thus set Peter free, or will Peter use the bugle as a blunt instrument to club Liesl (Kathleen Gati) over the head with it and escape?

What did you think of seeing Patrick J. Gibbons on yesterday’s GH? Bring back memories of little Sam Manning?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Susan
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Susan

I love him. I was hoping he would be staying much longer, in a contract role, and that he would need art therapy with Franco. I was so excited to see him, but then kinda bummed, it was only a Day role. I love this kid.

Andrew Hass
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Andrew Hass

GH could also bring the character of wyatt back if they see the viewers liked him.Also maybe Wyatt tells someone about finding Peter but no one might believe him since the story might seem crazy.

Jimh
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Jimh

I thought he looked familiar…good to see him again…can he be a bad seed child and knock off Peter by striking him with that bugle…let him be a serial killer and have him go to Port Charles and kill off some more…he could be the reason i will come back as a full time viewer-lol

Shay
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Shay

Yes, Jimh…GH could do with a few evil little devil spawns to make mischief in Port Charles…I loved that spooky little guy who played Stonecold Junior Jake to a “t,” not to mention, the now twice-removed actress from the current Joss who once portrayed that “Child of the Corn”-loving youngster…she was a real treat!

Jimh
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Jimh

i miss those child actors too

Rodd
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Rodd

I didn’t recognize him! He was really good as Sam on OLTL. On GH, I thought the kid was quirky and funny. It would be fun to see how he plays into this story.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Seeing as how fast soaps move these days, Peter should be free soon instead of the way it was in the glory years when characters would be captive for months on end. To get back on the subject, I do hope Wyatt tells someone at the fireworks so Peter can get help getting out of the cabin.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Scout badges? This kid doesn’t even have any common sense, let alone a conscience. Compare his “smarts” to Spencer Cassadine for a good laugh. I’d be surprise if he could spell “wolverine”.

PatrickFan
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PatrickFan

Did you mean to type that you’d be surpriseD? Well, at least you spelled wolverine correct. Work on your grammar next 😉

matt
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matt

i think its very juvenile of you to comment on anything less than his acting abilities. LET ALONE commenting on a CHILD’S conscience and smarts. Sounds like we all know who is lacking the common sense here.

tata!!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Well, gee, Matt, Franco had the common sense to protect Drew from a predator and he was about the same age. Save your insults for someone else.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Seriously, Matt? Since when can we not comment on a character that’s poorly written? No one’s criticizing the young actor. And by the way, Franco was about the same age when his common sense and conscience kicked in to protect Drew from a sexual predator. Guess it depends on the child.. or the writers.

Joe
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Joe

Perfect response to Soaphound’s comment. Bravo! The actor has done a fine job. I waa so gladto see him again. He has a special bond with franco aka Todd Manning!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Just hope the kid doesn’t come back while Dr. O is there. She’ll eat him for lunch!

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I loved him as Sam Manning on One Life to Live. He was super cute and so natural. I loved it when Sam rescued Dorian from Echo. I’m very happy to know that he’s still working as an actor. I wish Patrick a very long and happy career.

Mister K
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Mister K

Anyone else hoping that we can have Mr. Howarth start playing a dual role…and bring back ( gulp ) Todd Manning. He’s an incredible actor who’s talents are far underused as Franco Baldwin. To the OLTL haters out there, I for one would love to see more of the OLTL characters used on GH. Let’s prove the network execs they are wrong.

Marianne
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Marianne

I would as well. Missing Melissa Archer, Erika Slezak and Bob Woods. Would love to see them on GH.

Maria
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Maria

I loved seeing Patrick back on screen. I can’t wait to see his scenes with Roger Howarth. I really hope they put Patrick on contract playing Wyatt.

su000
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su000

The Wyatt character is not very bright.
I do not know of a boy his age that would be that totally numb-brained.
At times things are too stupid and make my brain bleed.

Satan
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Satan

For Hell’s sake, I know the OLTL fans are still hoping for a complete hostile takeover of GH (and with the “Frodd involved in every damn storyline” thing, it’a already halfway there)

But seriously, this kid?? Even by child actor standards, his performances are cringeworthy. This kid really had a contract role on OLTL??

JLH
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JLH

Patrick is as adorable as ever. It’s been great seeing him and knowing he’s still acting.

Delwin Simmons
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Delwin Simmons

I knew it was him. I love oltl.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

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.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Cameron Mathison Joins General Hospital

Big casting news! Daytime favorite, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children) is heading to General Hospital.  

Mathison, who will finish up his run as co-host of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family when its final season ends in August, will be joining the ABC soap opera.

No word yet on what role Cameron will play and when he will debut.  Deadline broke the news of the newest GH cast member,

Throughout his acting career, Mathison has earned two Daytime Emmy Supporting Actor nominations in 2002 and 2004 for his work on AMC.

In a statement on joining the legacy series, Cameron said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the General Hospital family!  Incredibly grateful to (Executive Producer) Frank Valentini and the writers at GH for including me in such an iconic show.  I feel like a kid at Christmas, as I’ll also be continuing making Hallmark movies and be part of that family as well.  So so excited… thank you!”

So excited that Cameron is coming to Port Charles? What role will he or should he play? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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