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Patrick and Sabrina FINALLY Have Sex On General Hospital! – What Was Your Reaction?

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On yesterday’s episode of General Hospital, amidst all the  dramatic action, there was  time for some lovin’ when Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina Santiago (Teresa Castillo) finally made love for the first time.

In the scenes, we also learned that Sabrina had a former high school and college sweetheart whom she left to go to nursing school and start a new life.  Might that bit of info be a key bit of casting down the line to break up Patrick and Sabrina. We think we should keep that in our back pockets for now!

But back to the big moment, finally Patrick and Sabrina hit the sheets, and shared a tender exchange after.  Now, the big question is, are GH fans now also finally on-board with Patrick and Sabrina as a couple to root for? Are you still having a hard time seeing Patrick in bed with anyone but his “dead” wife Robin?

Watch the scenes starring Jason Thompson and Teresa Castillo after the jump, and then let us know what you thought of it all?

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Rcraig
Rcraig

I threw up.

Jules
Jules

I refuse to acknowledge it actually happened.

Scrubs forever….I don’t care what anyone says. Robin WILL inevitably return and this chick will be a distant memory.

Kate
Kate

Don’t be so sure. I think it definitely has to do with the status of Jason’s contract and whether or not he’s leaving or staying. From everything I’ve seen and heard, Kimberly doesn’t want to come back full time and seems to be having success in her directing career.

Patrick
Patrick

for what it’s worth…..

what really hits home and resonates….

Hiv positive – aids relationships. do happen… and are in and around our lives.

this was televised – and, SO WELL DONE. Love and Romance with EVERYTHING inbetween these two FINE actors…. speaking about Patrick and Robin.

so… as we’ve all been watching for generations…. and NOW Decades….

I’ll wait for Kimberly McCullough to make her return to GH… and see her and Emma… with or without JT’ Patrick….. ideally this family re-unites.

it’s that white picket fence/snow globe aura and effect. it was magical.

Lisa
Lisa

barf!

Daniel Lewis
Daniel Lewis

I like this couple and not since EJ and Sami or Will and Sonny on Days have I liked another soap couple. Why did Sabrina have to bring up Felix afterwards?

madluv4ya
madluv4ya

She’s pretty-just kinda funny lookin without her glasses.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

She’s a lot better looking then that ugly Starr/Kiki! I don’t get why anyone would be attracted to her!

Kimberly
Kimberly

Too soon on the first date. They are moving to fast. It was sweet but way to fast.

Pen
Pen

It’s not like they just met; they’ve known each other for a good year. I’d hardly qualify that as “moving too fast”. *snort*

Bonnie
Bonnie

I agree, Sab on the scene last September. Technically was a first date, but they have known each other a while. I am sure Patrick was more then ready. Sexy…hum she is not.

David J.
David J.

Eww.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I am def on board. Truth is I was getting sick on the Robin/ Patrick storyline after she left. I get that the fans loved them together but she has “died”.. so Patrick thinks. I hope this storyline will be a good one with both of them happy!

Pen
Pen

Ditto. It’s really nice to see a sweet, romantic kind of courtship and relationship; not everything has to be sturm, drang, angst, and intensity. It’s good to show different kinds of relationships, and I really enjoy these two together.

Kimberly
Kimberly

I still think it was too soon.

Kate
Kate

I love them. Jason and Teresa have a delightful chemistry on-screen. The scenes this week were great.

Petra
Petra

I’m with you on this one and i hope there having a Love Child …

Cathy
Cathy

Robin is alive and that’s her husband and child. .Perfect nurse can go find her own man. she never fit with a adult man. Enough said.

Kate
Kate

Disagree. I think they are delightful together.

louisa
louisa

Finally? It was the first date. And eww…they have no chemistry and creep me out.

Cathy
Cathy

They just dont fit for me for many reasons i.e he moved on too fast, they look strange together, she acts like a preteen, etc… mainly their lack of chemistry

Deb
Deb

No chemistry, in my opinion.

Kate
Kate

Chemistry is subjective. What you don’t see, I and many others definitely do. I really enjoyed their scenes this week.

mmc
mmc

i like them together & hope one day they’ll end up married with babies of their own.

Dee
Dee

It’s about time. I love them toogether as a couple. Hopefully GH will keep it that way……for a while at least.

Kate
Kate

Me too! Love them together as a couple.

Dee Dee
Dee Dee

I love Patrick with Sabrina. I think its about time he moved on him and Sabrina fit in away him and Robin didn’t. With Sabrina Patrick seems easy going and with Robin he seemed to always uptight.

Cathy
Cathy

He was never uptight with Robin . Robin challenged him and made him a better person. Unlike now where he looks so ridiculous and doing this probably because everyone forced him into it.

Kate
Kate

Couldn’t disagree with you more. I didn’t pay too much attention to Patrick when he was with Robin because I’m not a fan of that character. To me, he was much more watchable in the aftermath of her ‘death’ and now with Sabrina. I enjoy their storyline and their chemistry is delightful.

Dimples02
Dimples02

Loved it! Loved the scenes before and after the sex. Those were the best!

Patrick
Patrick

This is… Not a good look. On anybody.

Annie
Annie

I just saw it as a stupid s/l. for so long they played her like a HS girl with her first crush and now we’re to believe she’s 27 and had a long term boyfriend. It just makes her look dumb. I don’t really see any chemistry between them and I got the feeling it’s like he used her to just satisfy a need–who talks about their gay roommate while having sex with the man you’re supposed to be in love with

jolie
jolie

It was BEAUTIFUL. I loved it. I thought it was sweet and sexy, I also thought it very respectful of patrick’s feelings for robin, I hope this couple last for a long time. I think they would be a great super couple now that things have changed between luke and laura.

Cheryl
Cheryl

Horrible. They have no chemistry.

Kate
Kate

Chemistry is subjective. What you don’t see I, and many others definitely do. They are adorable and I loved their scenes this week.

Cheryl
Cheryl

LIke you said Kate…suibjective…but I noticed you rebut everyone that doesn’t agree with you. Maybe you should just enjoy them for now, I really don’t think they are going to last much longer.

alex
alex

it took a year for them actually get together , they were friends first and even then anyone with eyes could see he cared about her , KM isn’t coming back . Let Patrick be happy

Cathy
Cathy

Actually Kimberly is coming back and Scrubs are still the story. I saw him treat her like a little sister. He wouldn’t be dating her if people didn’t tell him to.

Kate
Kate

How do you know that Scrubs is still the story? How do you know that Kimberly is coming back? Everything I’ve heard and read is that she is having success with her directing career and doesn’t want to come back full time. I think it definitely has to do with the status of Jason’s contract and whether he leaves or stays. Either way, I have never seen Patrick forced into anything concerning Sabrina. He cares for her and definitely not as a little sister.

alex
alex

no she isn’t cause she busy through 2014 directing thank you , no one told him to . Patrick is grown and can make his own decisions

Susan
Susan

Suckbrina is too immature for Patrick. She acts like a damned immature teenager with a childhood crush. Why show us Robin being alive if she wasn’t going to eventually return? Suckbrina and Britch can take a long walk off an extremely short pier. Robin needs to return and get her family away from these two childish bitches.

m. johnson
m. johnson

A big disappointment…Patrick, Robin and Emma are the Super family and no one can take their place….please please bring them back……

Dimples02
Dimples02

Welll, aren’t you sweet! LOL

Mooshun
Mooshun

It was pure perfection. It was sweet, hot and passionate. Can’t get enough of Patrick and Sabrina! One hot good looking couple!

Kate
Kate

I loved their scenes this week. They are adorable together. 🙂

Georgette
Georgette

I found it pretty disgusting. Patrick has been reduced to banging the babysitter. Sabrina is so immature that it actually seems perverted. When she blurted out that she was 27 and has has ‘lots of sex’, I had to wonder if TPTB had finally realized how poorly they were writing this story and tried to correct it. However, images of Sabrina and Emma dressed in the same nighties at the Nurse’s Ball, and the images that conjures up, as well as other scenes like Sabrina falling asleep in the sofa wearing a princess crown and Patrick smiling down on her as if she were another child of his are seared into my brain forever. This story has a very creepy “Lolita” element to it. I wonder why TPTB have chosen to give JT such a horrible story, He had unprotected sex with a co-worker and as far as we know, she is pregnant with his child, but sleeping with another co-worker who is/was his babysitter and has been plunged into newbie hell with Felix and Sabrina.”Uncle Felix” (what?!?!?! What about Uncle Mac and Aunt Felcia, Grandma Anna, Liz. etc) teaches Emma to be disrespectful and nasty. Just awful.

Patrick
Patrick

Lol…. ie: banging the babysitter.

I appreciate bluntness and candor.

it’s time for this story to be what it has become…. without Robin. ie: my take is down farther.

JT’ Patrick has diminished in our eyes….? what happened to him? The writing was awful… I was cringing for this syrupy epi to go away. eat another cupcake.

anyway – to wrap it all up…. ie: I’m betting that Brit is carrying Lulu and Dante’s child…. and Maxie does in fact have hers’ and Spinellis’. Lulu has a boy… and Maxie has a daughter…. so you see… their future is set.

chevjuls
chevjuls

The employer always sleep with the help.

alex
alex

she’s not the help , Grown up

Jennifer
Jennifer

I am so on board with Patrick & Sabrina as a couple it was real sweet watching them Have there First date to see them take there time & not to rush to Have sex Patrick made Sabrina feel want & love I am a big fan of Patrick & Sabrina

Marcia
Marcia

I loved it! It was nice that they talked to each other before and after. Just really, really liked that Patrick and Sabrina got together. There is chemistry between these two characters. It is time for Patrick to move on. Thank you GH…very tastefully done!

Elhu
Elhu

I truly like them as a couple, and am rooting for them. I look forward to their relationship blossoming, even amidst the obstacles in their way (which I am sure will at some point include the ex-boyfriend mentioned yesterday), but that is all par for the course in soap opera land. I really think Sabrina fits well with Patrick and Emma.

Cathy
Cathy

Robin is alive and is his wife and Emma is Robins child. Sabrina doesn’t fit at all.

su0000
su0000

Patrick and Sabrina had sex? All I seen was ,, they were kissing and and then in bed maybe naked maybe not..
If it was supposed to be hot and sexy, it was not..
It a not much of anything that seen, just kissing, no heat no passion no sex…

AMC; Pete & Colby’s sex scene (oral sex) the before play and after was HOT and I had no doubt they had some wild sex (Pete to climax)

Patrick and Sabrina sex … 2 thumbs up
Patrick and Sabrina sex/whatever it was .. 2 thumbs down

su0000
su0000

undecided..

susan M.
susan M.

I don’t care for them as a couple. It’s miss-match in my opinion. I guess Robin isn’t coming back anytime soon? They make a much better couple! For one instance I thought Robin would appear all of a sudden and see Patrick in bed with Sabrina. That would have been something to see!

jimh
jimh

Sabrina should move in with Patrick and let Felix deal with Britch.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

For me….it was just meh. It was sweet though.
For those of you who think this was too soon being their first date…think again! While it may have been their first “official” date – they have known each other for a year now AND they have been a together as bf&gf for about a month now.

Cathy
Cathy

It has not been a year at all and she was crushing for the first few months which make it worse.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Fine, it has been nine months since Sabrina joined GH – not a year. Her crushing on him shouldn’t make it worse!
The nurse’s ball was in early April, so they have been a couple for two months now.

Mary SF
Mary SF

If they were a real life couple maybe the issue of timing wouldn’t matter, but for me, the point of a soap is to get your audience emotionally invested into the story line. And in this point, it was too fast.
If you think of some of the greatest soap love scenes over the years, it was usually between a couple whose pairing took years to build. We watch them go through all the ups and downs, the chemistry builds and so does the sexual tension. But in this case they went from a student nurse who should be in her early 20’s having a crush on an older doctor- to him suddenly realizes he was in love with her and now she nearly 30, which makes no sense.
That is why a lot people feel it was too soon, as a viewer I never got a chance to care about them as a couple- to understand why they are in love, to experience the process with them, so I don’t care if they had sex or not- it wasn’t a love scene- it was a sex scene– and sex scenes are not why I watch soaps. But sadly that all we get now a days. Not a prune- just like a bit more romance before the steamy stuff that’s all.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I definitely agree Mary, it was too soon based on your argument. I thought we would see more romance between them before they hit the sheets.

Dan
Dan

I like Patrick and Sabrina as a couple, and I thought the scenes were very well done. Nice to see some love on GH every once in a while.

JJ
JJ

Zero chemistry!!! So unrealistic that Patrick would go for her…

Kate
Kate

Couldn’t disagree with you more! Chemistry is subjective. I think they have tremendous chemistry. Love them together.

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Considering most soap spouses wait a few weeks to a few months after the death of a spouse to move on, I think this was really great. And I don’t count the one time with Britt. Patrick needed to move on, and he has a really nice girl who has no connection at all to Robin.

Cathy
Cathy

She might not have a connection but they are propping her using Robins family and friends. She is a girl and Patrick is a man with a young child. Patrick looks like a perv

DaniJ
DaniJ

Sabrina is a child! this story line is beyond revolting. In the GH group i’m apart of 98% of the people hate sucky and just want robin back. and if we can’t see her yet then let Patrick be alone. or put him with Sam until Jason gets back.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

How is 27 a child?

Kate
Kate

27 is not a child. She is younger than he is but why is that wrong? Just because she took care of his child, doesn’t mean that she is a child herself. I think Patrick and Sabrina are great together and look forward to seeing them more in the future.

Tali ( not Smith)
Tali ( not Smith)

I’m not entitled to post a reaction, as I stopped watching GH almost 2 months ago. Boring and forced.

susan M.
susan M.

I still like watching GH…I don’t find it boring . I hope you change your mind you are missing some good stories.

Rob
Rob

It was painful to watch, they have made Patrick a douche. When he asked her “whats a lot of sex” I wanted to throw my remote at the TV.

He knocked up Britch and he is concerned about Sabrina?!?!?

BRING ROBBIN BACK AND SEND THEM OFF INTO THE SUNSET, then get rid of Sabrina. She acts like a high school girl, its just gross.

Fire Cartini
Fire Cartini

It was disgusting. Patrick looks like a predator. And suddenly having dialogue that she is 27 and has had a previous relationship doesn’t negate what we have watched for months. She couldn’t even look at his naked chest a few months ago.

Sabrina is just like Britt. Using a child to get close to Patrick. She just goes about it differently.

And I have to feel bad for Jason T. He goes from most likely winning an Emmy to this childish story where he is attracted to a babysitter who acts about as old as Emma.

There was a way to do a Patrick moving on story but this wasn’t it. I hope one day Robin rides back into town to save Patrick from GH: High School Musical.

ces
ces

I thought they had chemistry when she was first crushing on him but this pairing now seems really forced and awkward.
What was all that foundation and glitter she was wearing on her eyes? Or is it bronzer? Too much – probably stained Patrick’s sheets.
I also could have done without the porn music in the background.
Idk … This match is NOT hot, it’s just sorta lukewarm.

susan M.
susan M.

A miss-match!

ces
ces

yeah, awkward, forced and really — what man wants to hear over & over & over again “I never thought you’d go for a girl like me” Geez, have a little more self-esteem.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I have to agree. I thought it had potential, but it has stalled since Patrick realized he had feelings for her.

ces
ces

Yes, that is exactly where it lost it’s oomph – that night of the Ball. That exact moment he said he had feelings for her, the whole thing just fizzled. Crazy.

Patrick
Patrick

#1. The first time….. should never have happened in Patrick and Robins’ house. let alone… their wedding picture… which Sabrina picked up and looked at.

#2. the shared cupcakes…. oye! too much sweetness to go along with her effervesent pre-pubescent…. demeanor…

#3. the dialogue was too much…. him asking if she was a virgin…. she’s in la la land.. everything is new again…. beautiful…. yikes! tread softly with this one.

————

yeah, the show must go on!

for Romance’ sake… and their were a few moments…. thankfully… they’re only a fraction of what the show is.

Puhlease… more Connie and Olivia! These two cousins’ rock it for me.

I must add…. thank you Duke… you had me laughing out loud… with Emma.

Cathy
Cathy

Duke and Emma were the only good thing for me .

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Thumbs up on the Patrick/Suckbrina comments!!!!

Jovin
Jovin

I cannot believe that the show went to all the effort to get Ian Buchanan as Duke and his most um, notable scenes in the last 3 months have been stealing a jar of relish and cross dressing for no reason. I would not be pleased if I was him.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Oh Mr. Fairman- has all the romance left your soul? In the old days, one would have said Sabrina and Patrick finally make love or they finally gave into their passion for one another. Now it’s they FINALLY had sex- as if the actual act was more important that the reason for engaging in it.
In the old days, some soap couples would be together for years before they made it to the bedroom. And when they did the whole thing was better because there was some build up of the chemistry and sexual tension. If this short time from the Nurses Ball to now seems like a lengthy time for a couple to hop in the sack, well, I might give up on daytime television because obviously everyone has forgotten what real romance and love is about.

Cathy
Cathy

Imfeel the same way and that is why I don’t buy it was love. I see Patrick still in love with Robin and trying to move on becauseof Emma. If it was love NO one would have to tell Patrick to move on.

Kate
Kate

No one has said he’s in love with her. The quote was that Robin told him in the DVD to find someone to love, who loved him and loved Emma. And he felt as if he’d found her. He never said, “I love you.” to her. I think the potential is there…. not yet but on it’s way.

Lawrence
Lawrence

It wss too boring

chevjuls
chevjuls

Why should’nt Patrick not be with Sabrina, his wife is not coming back,Britt impregnate herself with Dante and Lulu sperm and Sam is stupid. To me
Sabrina is the only sane one to be with Patrick right now, everyone else is
insane, mobster ex-wives, order hit man and so on and so forth, get my
pitcure!!!!!!!.

Cathy
Cathy

Kimberly was always coming back and FV confirmed it and she recently said story not over.

Kate
Kate

From what I’ve heard, any return Kimberly makes would not be long term. She’s having success with her directing career. I think it has to do with Jason’s contract and whether he stays or goes.

Jake
Jake

I am not a Sabrina fan…she is boring. I think Patrick should be with a better character that can act. I think the girl that plays Britt plays that part well. This is only my opinion.

TxJojo
TxJojo

Loved the entire week! Beautiful, loving, funny and sexy! It’s time for Patrick to move on and he has found someone who will love him and Emma like they should be. Those who don’t get it, well that’s your thing.

Cathy
Cathy

This was just another hookup. patrick was into it with Britt and stupidSabrina and Felix thinking Britt forced him. Sorry but their is no chemistry which is why it is forced and propped. How many times are they going to say Robin would approve. sad what has happened to Patrick just to be with a childish nurse.Sorry Patrick’s heart will always belong to Robin and can’t wait for her to return.

Aquinta Ancrum
Aquinta Ancrum

PERFECT CHEMISTRY, BEAUTIFUL, PURE PERFECTION, SEXY, SWEET, HOT & PASSIONATE everyone is watching GENERAL HOSPITAL because, of Patrick and Sabrina. Massachusetts and I like this couple.

WE WANT MORE Patrick and Sabrina, Patrick and Sabrina, Patrick and Sabrina, Patrick and Sabrina, Patrick and Sabina, Patrick and Sabrina, Patrick and Sabrina, Patrick and Sabrina, Patrick and Sabrina!!!!!!!!!

Gina G.
Gina G.

I am disgusted with Patrick sleeping with Sabrina. She is too immature and young for him.

If the show wanted me to root for Patrick to move on they should have never showed Robin alive.

Marie Platt
Marie Platt

I didn’t like it at all. I don’t like Sabrina. Even though they said she was 27 and experienced she doesn’t act like it.

Maybe her and Britt should hook up and free Patrick and JT from the mess of a storyline.

Jen M.
Jen M.

One word: Gross

Clare Donohuse
Clare Donohuse

Hated it. Patrick is no longer Patrick. He is playing a bland, boring character to fit in with Sabrina. He has no passion, no life, no nothing since Robin died.

Bring Robin back. She is the love of his life no matter what Ron Carlivati tries to say.

And quite frankly I am tired of the many soap journalists who refuse to call out the pimping the show has done with Sabrina, yourself included.

Marie
Marie

They have absolutely no chemistry and this is the worst pairing they could have picked for Patrick. All of a sudden Sabrina is now 27? You can’t rewrite 9 months worth of story where you have her acting like a junior high school kid and turn it around with two lines of dialogue because you know that is a big problem for the pairing.

Also, what do they really even know about each other? Can either of them name 10 things they know about each other? The whole thing has no depth. When Patrick dated Robin, there were long conversations about their lives. Their first date had Robin telling him about Stone, he told her about his father and mother. That went on for months as they learned about each other before they finally slept together and you could tell that it meant something to both of them even though they were not ready to admit it. The story built, you had time to get invested. Why would I invest in this pairing for Patrick? Just because she is nice and likes Emma? Nope.

Also, how do you have a pairing with two perfect people? Sabrina is so sugary sweet, she is totally boring. I would have much preferred a pairing for Patrick with someone of age like Sam or even Elizabeth. Both of those would have made much more sense than the insipid Sabrina. I really need them to free Patrick from this story. His story looks like an episode of Saved by the Bell.

Jason Thompson is too talented to be wasted like this. It drives me absolutely crazy. He needs a good story that is actually about Patrick.

Patrick
Patrick

I have been pleading to the “heavens” – inherently… anyway… for a Patrick/Sam pairing.

these two have so much in common… ie: husband/wife MIA… supposedly dead…
both… with child…. Emma/Daniel.
both… sensitive and definately passionate… at least that’s what we remember.

and YES… Adult.

loving romance tender hearted – both of them.

Kelly Monaco Michael Easton
Kelly Monaco Michael Easton

Im not a fan of Patrick and Sabrina

BUT IM WAITING FOR SAM AND SILAS!!!!!

AND A BABY GIRL!!!!

Loralee
Loralee

Loved the Patrick and Sabrina scenes the past four days! Have always wanted them to be a couple and I think that they set the whole storyline of them up great. Cannot wait for more of them! They have been a fresh air, GH has been lacking romance for awhile. Hope they keep them together for awhile!

heidi
heidi

I like them…but it was too fast. They will be great together given the chance to be together more. tHey have only been together a few minutes as two people dating. It was handled much better than AMC’s recent sex scene.

I enjoyed the scenes with Emma, Duke and Anna more!!! That little Emma is too cute and I wish we saw more of her!!! The looks on Duke’s face were priceless!

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Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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