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Rebecca Budig Makes Her General Hospital Debut When Hayden Announces She's "Jake's" Wife!

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Holy Moly! That was quite the entrance on Friday’s episode of General Hospital by Rebecca Budig!

The former Greenlee Smythe of All My Children has returned to the daytime soap fold in her new role as Hayden Barns.  But as things were left on cliffhanger Friday, Budig’s appearance put a wrench into Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and “Jake’s” (Billy Miller) plan to move their relationship to the next level!  Nothing like doorbell interruptus, right?

“Jake” AKA Jason and Elizabeth decide they want each other, and as they are about to go upstairs to seal the deal, the doorbell rings at the Webber house and lo and behold who is standing there, Rebecca Budig.  When Elizabeth questioned who she is, Budig’s character replies she is looking for a man calling himself “Jake Doe” and that she is his wife.  Oh, yeah?  Doubtful!

Enter Budig whose new role as Hayden Barns was revealed in an interview with Michael Logan at TV Insider where the chat was quick to point out that “Jake” is Jason and there is no way he had a relationship with Hayden.  Budig replied, “Oh, right. Well, you will find out about Hayden’s motive very soon. (Laughs) I just don’t want the fans to hate me! Soap fans get very passionate.”

Many are betting that none other than Liz’s jilted ex Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) may be behind this sudden emergence of this woman throwing a huge wrench into Jake and Liz’s life whose timing was letter perfect.

Were you shocked at Budig’s entrance and who she will be playing?  Do you think Ric is behind her showing up in Port Charles … or someone else is? Comment below!

And,  make sure to check out the new ABC promo featuring Budig to the tune of Hall & Oates’ classic “Maneater” in TV Insider, and get ready for more Budig on GH in the weeks ahead, and below check out the final scene from Friday’s episode, and the sneak peek pick-up of it to air on Monday!

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CeeCee
CeeCee

Finally. I am so glad she finally stepped onto the GH stage. …..just love her.
However, I hope this storyline does not turn into another neverending mystery from Lalaland. Another tool for Helena to use in the taking over of ELQ? The Cassadines always end up being involved in every debacle…why not this one? All roads lead to Rome, afterall…
For some reason this feels like déjà-vu…as if I’ve said this before. I must be in the Twilight Zone….anyway, here I go again racking my brain as to how and when Jason/Jake was married to this , yet, other woman?….wasn’t he on ice? Oh, I get it…..another Cassadine travesty? Does Robin fit in? If so, how?…..sigh!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I believe Sonny sent her to break up Liz and Jake to help his brother Ric who wants Liz…finally, nuttin to do with those Cassidines!!!

su0000
su0000

I said.
Ric hired her to play Jakes wife to keep Jake away from Carly and from Liz.
That leaves Liz free for him and Carly/Sonny free of Jake too…
He killed 2 birds with one stone lol ..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Me wrong…su right…lol

Linda
Linda

I love Greenly, think she is going to be a great asset to the show. She was great on All My Children, she’s going to be even greater on GH.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think you’re right, Linda. I also think she will be redeemed eventually and act the good girl. She will do this when she falls for someone….Silas?…..or for Jake himself, and she will reveal all because she does not want to hurt him any longer.
If only Jake would remember…sigh!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Agreed…especially since she gets to work with Billy…. I really am unhappy with the current pairings….Jake and Liz ( yuck) Patrick and Sam ( I want someone much better than Sam for Patrick) and finally Carly and Sonny this time around seem a bit stale…they used to have great sexual chemistry…

LOL…maybe it’s me but I’m just not that into any of them!

Lawrence
Lawrence

I could care less about this character. TPTB is just making up stuff as they go along. There is no longer a true creative vision for the show.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You said it, Lawrence, as I’ve said a million times before, except that I, for one, am very happy to see Rebecca back on my screen.

Ces
Ces

I agree Lawrence.
I could do without another character on this show

dmr
dmr

Unfortunately, I agree with you, Lawrence. It’s too bad. The show has a lot of promise with some wonderful actors. It’s unfortunate that many times, we are not able to see storylines unfold in realistic time, or we hear about them unfolding behind the scenes. Many storylines are dropped. I often forget a lot of the characters because the viewers do not see them for weeks on end. The larger the cast gets, the more this happens. I’m about two weeks behind on the show, and I have no ambition to catch-up. I watch a little of each episode to see if anything peaks my interest. It’s too bad because I have watched the show since the ’80’s.

SiteAdvocate61
SiteAdvocate61

If Ric is behind her appearance then he moved rather quickly.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Good premise, SiteAdvocate. That’s brilliant!! What better way to cause dissension between Jake and Liz? A beautiful wife. He has no memory, sooooo……perfetto!!!!

Robert
Robert

I think Ric found her on that dating site. I forgot what day that was but at the end of the episode Ric had this look on his face when he received a ping from the site and you can tell, the wheels in his mind was turning so hard they were burning,lol. I am guessing she is playing a woman who has searched long and hard for love and has been burned badly in her search. My theory is Ric, offered her a dream man to shape to be her perfect man.

Shari
Shari

Yes I thought the same thing. He found her on the dating app that Molly was showing him.

Ces
Ces

Lol!
Glad to see Ric put that site to good use but really the “wife” thing is so damn overused that I’m over it.

Patrick
Patrick

I agree… Ces… it’s an overused ploy plot line

I have to eat crow… and step back… LOL… give prop to aka : Greenlee
CeeCee: she LOOKED darned GOOD

1. I am too the moon tho… if this gives us the dastardly evil maniacal Ric Lansing

intelligent drama

i still say… it’s a dream team… Ric and Carly

when Ric went to the metro court to have a drink… when he and Liz broke up… the “magnetism” between him and Carly bada bing

I have said enough… and this is a game set and match, for the win… if they eventually end up together…. LW’ Carly has been so dull… she comes alive and sparks generate with Rick Hearst’ Ric. GO their!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I was really hoping it wasn’t Rick because it was so obvious…thought it would involve Sloane blackmailing him. And…..Rick is a brilliant lawyer who was dumped because he tried to manipulate “Jake”. So what does he do in an attempt to get her back? Manipulate him again. Bright…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Everyone is so intuitive here…..You guessed right, Robert. At the time Molly approached her father about the dating site, I thought nothing of it. It went right over my head. I should have known there was a reason for mentioning such triviality.

Laurie
Laurie

New castings don’t bother me. I say bring it on! See how it goes. Just cut your losses if it doesn’t go well and carry on.

In the promo video for Monday, she says something like “oh, there you are”, but how? She wouldn’t recognize him since his facial reconstruction surgery.

I just hope this sl doesn’t turn into a 3+ month ordeal like w/Helena who shouldn’t have been onscreen for more than 3-4 wks. She just left, now here’s another obstacle to Jake&Liz. If this evolves into helping Jake regain his memory then fine. Especially since he seems to have forgotten he may have 1. Perhaps she will be a new love interest for Ric, who I assume probably found her online & sicked her on Jake in record time! Maybe even Nik. Not everyone has to be a love interest, but I can’t imagine she wouldn’t be, depending on her contract.

Patrick
Patrick

I know right: she said…. “even with the facial reconstructive surgery, I still recognize you”

???? huh?

Liz clearly asked her… how did you know this ? and how to find him at her place

LOL

writing ….

step up

regardless… the tiger beat gooey eyes between Jake doe and Liz… (does work) if we have to pic and choose between Liz, Carly, and Sam…

NOW ??? it’s with Hayden

the GH production team… simply have got to GET nuJason… a mind of his own … have him firing the shots… and STOP reacting …

he needs shutz pa… balls… a commando of his senses… a whet Billy Miller

and we thought Amelia Heinle was so bad with?

I love Victoria and Billy

just saying

either move or get his memory back to the Quartermaines… till the story is driving his appetite on all cylinder

just saying

Billy Miller has all the tools

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, Laurie…I bet it will turn out to be another dragged-out plot.
A few posts ago, a viewer suggested that Rebecca would be one of Spencer’s doctors….possibly hooking up with Nik? I really would have liked that scenario better…
Just let poor Liz get on with Jake….all she needs to do is sleep with him once….all buried-memories fwill be flooding back for both…..C’mon, now, writers.

Betty
Betty

Jake dose not be long to Liz he is SAMs Liz is mad to kept him from sam

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Betty
Why are you answering over a year later, Rebby?

CeeCee
CeeCee

I mean over half year, later….way past that, don’t you think?

Jojo
Jojo

It saddens me, after all of these years of watching that GH has been reduced to nothing but a Hollyoaks wannabe … but without believable story, realistic cinematography. RB should have quit while she was ahead. ABC doesn’t do soaps any more and GH is the proof.

su0000
su0000

umm
GH the only ABC soap has gotten a ‘million’ new viewers since RC&FV took over..
GH is the only soap to bring in a million viewers..
the other 3 soaps have have not come close to doing that lol

GH is by far the best soap for entertainment 🙂

Nonetheless; it is not for everybody..
One needs an open mind and a sense of humor and to be cool very cool to ‘get’ GH..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeaheeeee, for Su. You were soooo right, su. Congratulations !!!! When you’re right, you’re right.
Rick did hire Hayden.
Now, promise me one prediction…have a certain oversexed and over the hill mama cut it out…disgusting… Sorry, Harry…just could not resist…my fingers have a mind of their own…freedom of fingers(speech) and all….

brenda
brenda

Have you seen the ratings suooo? Two weeks in a row of all time lows.

I love gh
I love gh

I love this soap! The current producers/writing team are operating under much different conditions than the 80’s team. They have a much smaller budget, they have to shoot episodes at twice the speed to save money, and they don’t have the same network promotions backing it. Even under these conditions, they try to tie history in with current, new story. It’s not an easy situation to be in, all the while knowing that each quarter could be your last.

Thank goodness for Cartini. They saved my soap. If not for them, we simply wouldn’t be watching it anymore because it wouldn’t be on.

Shari
Shari

Yes! I agree! It was about to be canceled like OLTL and AMC. I may not always love all the storylines but I like it better now that I did 5 years ago.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Could be tied to Sloane and Helena…they don’t want Jason…it’s going to be difficult to think of him as Jason…to me he’s jake who used to be Jason…I think they want this woman to confuse him even more, create a whole past with her that he never had, in the hope that he’ll stop searching for the truth. Maybe they’re betting on the possibility that he won’t remember/find out he’s Jason unless Nicolas tells him, which clears the way to the ELQ takeover.

su0000
su0000

it is Ric and possibly Sonny..
Ric wants Liz and to get rid of Jake he hired someone to play his wife..
and for Sonny, to keep Jake away from Carly ..

it is scheme to get Jake away from their women by having his wife show up LOL

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I think that’s a possibility…especially since Rick was checking out the singles sites. But I’m still leaning toward Sloane via Helena…

Patrick
Patrick

I wouldn’t say… Liz, Carly, and Sam are “fighting” over him…. yet

but… they are certainly vying for his attentions

but.. thee awestruck little boy blue… OH for lack of a better term… his endearment for treating these “ladies” just so…

LOL.. his lamenting to any one who will listen if any one dares mistreat Carly, Liz, or Sam….

LOL… now he has to contest with Hayden as well?

give me a break… show some balls… muscle… machismo… A MAN

where ? LOL… Jake Doe isn’t faring as well as Steve Burton in this situation

writing

Biller Miller has been on the show since, October 1, 2014…. near 6 months later… and we’re still waiting for front row seats

having him in and around Sam, Carly, Liz… and Hayden… with no reactions plausible for Billy Miller

get his mind UP… and way in the commando mode

LOL

get a job
get to the quartermaines

schlep
libido required
wreak havoc
mob tease
dr. for hire

TIME

Kady
Kady

Can’t they ever let Liz be happy? We finally get the kiss with Jake and the promise of something more and the PTB throw a wrench in it? Wouldn’t there have been more at stake had they let Jake & Liz go upstairs together? Liz and Jake have great chemistry, let’s let them play it out.

Ces
Ces

Right? They didn’t even make it an evening without a damn imposter surfacing.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m waiting for “a turn” of events surrounding Jake Doe

seeing some viability with Liz… his best get to date… would have been something

any thing

it’s near time over

Billy Miller does not do reaction …. well

his turn at taking charge with steam manned up ballsy comedic timing feelings abound

are his forte

enough of this patsy little turns with each of the women…

where is his man

CeeCee
CeeCee

Right? What Liz needs to do is use her wits. With Carly’s help, they can piece the puzzle together.
Hayden’s sudden appearance should be suspicious…why now? This is so dumb. What’s to stop Liz and Carly investigating this contrived story and verify the validity of the documents?….C’mon , guys…move your butts.

W. R.
W. R.

Should be interesting to see how they explain her showing up. What with him having his face completely reconstructed. No one could recognize him. They had no information about him so that they could begin a search for anyone he might have “left behind”. Then there’s his fingerprints which have been sent through the databases and came up empty (except for matching Jason’s, but that was “fixed”). She acted like she recognized him.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

In actuality I think anyone who knew him should recognize him. He should have the same voice, mannerisms, core values, eyes…c’mon…if a loved one had facial reconstruction wouldn’t we still somehow know him/ her. That’s why this is ridiculous because yes, a wife, a mother, an ex girlfriend, a couple of best friends…they should all know by now.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, the imposter Rick hired is getting antsy….when will the “bribers” ever learn. It would follow that the “bribee” will always come back for more…..like a leach.

Lourdes
Lourdes

I think Nicolas has something to do with this. Probably from talking with Sam, he senses that Jake and Elizabeth are getting to close and since he knows it’s really Jason, and he’s keeping that from Sam. For some reason, he’s trying to keep everyone from finding out or worse. Remember, he still loves Elizabeth.
He’s just gonna have to keep her (Rebbeca Budig) on a short leash. For everyone’s sake.

Just please don’t make her into a whinny witch like Greenlee was!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I swear… Nicholas is at the forefront for reel

Fluke and Jake Doe are dimming

yesterdays ep: i was actually feeling sorry for Anthony Geary… as he’s behind the door… as Patricia daughter is telling Lulu and Tracy that her mother is dead

were we required to laugh with Spinelli as his joust with Nathan’s muscles and bootylicious bod made an entrance… even I felt for the actor who plays Nathan

what happened to the one who dropped his towel on Anna… Sloane

prop time : Maura West and Michael Easton : Ava and Silas… GH for all their shenanigans.. had better pull an emmy out of this… she certainly is

Tyler Christopher has stepped up to the plate… GH … do not waste his timing… his turn at… feature him controlling dastardly… in charge… his take of the pie… all the rest be damned

I love his acting… his screen presence is magnetic

mfarris70
mfarris70

I don’t think Hayden is actually known by Jake at all. She’s an assassin sent by Helena to get rid of Soldier Boy now that he’s useless.

Timmm
Timmm

I didnt watch AMC. Is there a chance that Hayden turns out to be Greenlee? Could her character have a connection to Port Charles?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sure, Timmm. Why not? Pine Valley and Port Charles share a few common characters, such as Skye Chandler, Anna Devane, her sister, Alex, and nephew Aidan. So why not Hayden/Greenlee….interchangeable? LOL.

richard
richard

Unfortunately, as much I would love to see Greenlee Smythe in PC, I believe PP still own the rights to AMC characters, so Greenlee couldn’t show up without the current brass getting sued. I have been suggesting since AMC went off the air, that Vincent Izzary and David Hayward need to show up in PC!! Could u imagine him going up against Obrecht?? And his past with Anna Devane?? And then throw Greenlee, his ex wife in there as well…..ahh one can dream…….

Timmm
Timmm

Thats what I thought. Frank and Ron seem like huge soap fans and they did dig up Delilah from Ryan’s Hope. Why not Greenlee from AMC?

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

The PP lawsuit prevents use of any AMC and OLTL characters until that lawsuit is settled. It was only then that we started seeing Frank and Ron mention the Alden family from LOVING and introduce Delia from Ryan’s Hope, and Franco mentioning to Félix that he had a threesome with a blond named Ally (Laura Wright) and a redhead whose name he didn’t remember (Jocelyn, played be Lisa Lo Cicero) from THE CITY. It felt to me like Frank and Ron thumbing their nose at PP by proving they can use characters and history from SOME shows of ABC’s past, if PP wouldn’t allow AMC or OLTL anymore. Greenlee falls under that AMC bracket. Technically Alex and Aidan Devane would too, since they never appeared on any soap BUT AMC. Common family history probably wouldn’t make them fair game for GH, because GH allowed AMC to use Anna once Alexandra Devane wasn’t cutting it for AMC anymore. Characters that originated on other soaps and only existed on those soaps are probably exclusive to that series. Skye, which I spoke about later on down the page, is probably the exception.

I have ALWAYS thought David Hayward would be perfect on GH, considering he’s an unscrupulous and ambitious doctor and shares an extensive history with Anna Devane who is now firmly reestablished on GH. I wanted David to come to GH to take over the hospital, replace Monica as chief of Cardiology, if not Chief of Staff, and reclaim Anna, while stirring up all sorts of trouble and conflict with Patrick, Silas, and the nurses. I can’t think of any other character who would more seamlessly assimilate into the show, honestly.

Beyond that, I NEVER cared for Ryan Lavery, but technically, he is related to Duke Lavery, which Anna revealed when she was on AMC. So I guess he could stand a chance at surviving on GH. But I don’t see a lot of job prospects for him, as I’m still not sure what the hell he did for work on AMC for all those years. I just remember the failed IncredibleDreams.com site.

Patrick
Patrick

only if this gets us Vincent Irizarry … the former Dr. David Hayward

CeeCee
CeeCee

David was a ‘civilization ‘ all his own , wasn’t he, Patrick? Are we sure he’s not another Cassadine brother?

Patrick
Patrick

oh, most definitely

if not a Cassadine

I’d take him as a DiMera as Peter Blake… or a brother of Stefano, for DAYS!

Patrick
Patrick

PS: Vincent Irizzary

can you imagine if he was Stefano younger brother…. @Days

he’s a doctor… and working at the Salem Hospital, perhaps if they made him incognito… ??? I don’t know.. any thing to see Mary Beth Evans involved

AND

Kayla falls IN Love with HIM

YES

MATCH

Christy
Christy

I read that Elizabeth is suspicious of the “wife”… I hope E figures out that Rick hired her, and quickly. Rick is a predictable little jerk.

Ces
Ces

Stupid. Predictable. Already been done several times ….. really, couldn’t the writers come up with something more interesting than a wife in the picture? Doesn’t Jake have enough women in his life at the moment?
I’m Bored already.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

I didn’t see it, but were they really going to have sex? She was just in bed with Ric a few weeks ago. Elizabeth is not a slut yet they love making her look like one. Why do they have to rush this?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I wouldn’t think she was a slut if she and Jake got together. These people are adults; they’re not having one night stands. She was with Rick because she genuinely loved him and she was overwhelmed at his return. However, she has already known “Jake” for months and had already developed feelings for him. Perfectly natural for them to want to be together now that she’s no longer with Rick.

dmr
dmr

Elizabeth always seems to get a bad reputation-for having 3 children with 3 men, moving into relationships too quickly, etc., etc. The poor girl has been celibate for years it seems (well, before she rekindled things with her ex-husband, Ric) and has been very unlucky in love. Carly has 3 kids with 3 different men, as does Alexis. Alexis was in bed with Ned on NYE, and now is with Julian. I like Elizabeth with Jake, Nik, and Ric. Look at Carly. Look at Sam. Elizabeth is a Saint compared to those two. She hasn’t always been my favorite character; but, she’s grown on me. I do like her friendship with Jake.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Most likely they are going to put Jason back in Sam’s orbit, so for them to rush Elizabeth and Jason is unsettling. I find it rushing because just weeks ago she was in bed with Ric, irregardless of the fact that she has known “Jake” for months – she was still in someone else’s bed. That is not romance to me. That is bedhopping. I hate that they do this to Elizabeth.

Also, it was not that long ago she was with Nikolas and not long before that it was AJ.

Finally they give Elizabeth some story and they try and rush her into bed with another paramour. Elizabeth is worth more than this!

Jeanne Meurer
Jeanne Meurer

Yes, Liz is a saint compared to Sam and CArly. How could Jake love Sam in the future, after having been with Liz. It would be a tough act to follow, after Elizabeth. Liz is one one the best young actresses around on daytime. Jake/Jason should feel very lucky to be opposite her. RC and FRank should put their heads together, and see the wonder they are creating on the GH set.
Jake just lights up at the very sight of Liz and vice versa. Why would RC want to spoil this romance for the GH fans. Sam and Jake dont have the same connection, even though they might have been married ages ago. So what? Whenever he looks at Sam, its like a friend, nothing else. So RC, stop dilly-dallying and give the fans whast they want, Jake & Liz

Michael
Michael

It would be cool if she wad indeed Greenlee. I am a bit confused with the whole Prospect Park situation. Is it over as they Mentioned Skye several times. With her connections to OLTL and AMC are they able to do that?

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

GH was the last soap the character of Skye was a contract regular on, and for something like 7 years and appeared several times in the years after her departure from GH. I’m assuming that’s why she is fair game for GH to mention, while there’s a complete block on mentioning any AMC and OLTL names on GH until the lawsuit is settled. Certainly we’re not in the loop on all the legalities, but Skye was most recently, and possibly for the longest continuous time, a GH character. Just did a little research… Christopher played Skye on AMC for 4 years. The character returned (with Carrie Genzel in the role) on AMC for a year. Christopher brought the character to OLTL for two years (1999-2001) and then crossed the character to GH, where she worked from 2001-2008. She returned for appearances on GH in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The 2012 appearance crossed her back with OLTL characters she previously interacted with (Todd/Blair), and she left Port Charles with Blair and Tea to investigate the Tomas/Alcazar mystery. But Skye’s technically been a GH character since 2001, which is… 14 years now. LOL, time flies. So I’m guessing that Skye is fair GH property since she’s been a GH character since before Prospect Park even existed.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thanks. Great synopsis davidevansmith.
You and I share the same feeling toward Ryan Lavery. Everything about that guy gave me the creeps. His blood-relation with Duke, re-enforces that strong visceral feeling of repulsion…LOL.

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

LOL CeeCee….. I liked him early on when he was a smarmy con who knew he was sexy and fit and used it to seduce the wealthy Gillian in the sauna, but beyond that, when they started building the whole series around him as a leading man but couldn’t get a real family for him off the ground was just kind of weak. He was Patrick Lavery’s son, then he was Chris Stamp’s, and then OOPS he was actually Lavery’s after all. Just a mess. After a while when the shirtlessness stopped I really had no use for him. Overblown and overestimated. And he overenunciated everything and considered it acting. No use for him. Glad you agreed!

Patrick
Patrick

@davidevansmith

Robin Christopher, is a foxy sexy intriguing actor and her turn as Skye never lessened her presence

GH needs her
Julian needs her
ELQ needs her
Carly wants to fight
the Quartermaine legacy would maintain and pull

beyond measure is quantifiable lovefest

CeeCee
CeeCee

Davidevansmith conclusively convinced me that Hayden could not be Greenlee. I accept that.
More to the point, I think Jake’s wedding ring will be the tell-all story. I believe it’s a replica? Or is it fake ????? Maybe? I do not know Sam/Jason history with the ring. I am confused. But, the ring will be the mystery solver. Is Jake’s ring supposed to match Sam’s or something? If so, then Sam will see it on him or in one of those pictures and voila’……

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I agree, Patrick. Would LOVE Robin Christopher back as Skye at GH. Such a misstep when they didn’t even bring her back for AJs funeral!

T
T

I read a recent interview about Melissa Archer’s supposed exit at DAYS. “In recent years, DAYS has formed a really bad habit of casting big name female soap alums, then ditching them after plot driven stories fail to catch on,” it read. What about GH? All they do is bring back fan favorites (Felicia, Lucy, Kevin, Laura), cast big name actors and actresses from other soaps (Michelle Stafford, Donna Mills, Emme Rylan), it seems just for the buzz, and then never show them after they’ve done their purpose. When was the last storyline that Felicia, Lucy, or Kevin were in that was actually worth watching? And what about Nina, Madeline, or Lulu? I sincerely hope Budig hasn’t signed a contract with GH. With the way this show operates, she’ll drive story for about two months or so, and then disappear or be shown less than five times a month!

CeeCee
CeeCee

My personal feeling about Archer, T, is that we expected the same character, Natalie, to be Serena. I, for one, surprised myself ….I truly dislike Serena. The character has not caught-on. Therefore, you are so right when you say that bringing these big soap names On screen, comes to nought. I was so used to seeing archer as Natalie that it is hard to accept her as the Serena character. Especially, if said character seems devious. Now, another dubious Aussie made his debut. Yeah, he is a hunk….but, I don’t like him already….again, just as GH, a storyline to be had without piecing the others together….thus, leaving us resting in limbo with all the unfinished storylines. My head’s in a tizzy , trying to keep up.

CeeCee
CeeCee

PS. The same could be said of Michelle Stafford. Nina is/was not well accepted…her introduction as a looney-tune(s) among the hypocritical inhabitants of PC killed the character before Michelle could showcase her talent.

Patrick
Patrick

i’m fraught and angst ridden

Melissa Archer : Serena
Sarah Joy Browne, Madison
Kassie DePaiva, Eve

women we love

befuddled that the writing regimes didn’t or are not capitalizing on these sizzling characters

I don’t think a save Eve campaign is on the horizon… as much as people disdain her written portrayal… she’s still frontburner

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Patric,
So true, Patrick. TPTB have completely ruined these soap icons for me.

dmr
dmr

I agree, the character of Serena is not engaging, nor was Jordan. Serena’s scenes always appear very awkward to me. The storyline is b-o-r-i-n-g. I am tired of Eric-as boring as watching paint dry. All he does is preach his “hollier than thou” rant or ream out Nicole. Tired of Nic’s “apology tour of 2015” too.
CeeCee, I agree with you about Michelle Stafford. The mannerisms that she employs for Nina appear very awkward and odd-“little girl” like to me. The character was shoved down our throats at first glance, then sort of dropped somewhere along the line.

T
T

I agree! That is what I am saying! Talented actresses and characters such as Michelle Stafford (Nina Clay) and others were shoved down our throats, and got cut somewhere along the way. They brought Stafford on, practicaly advertising some great big storyline, and currently she’s seen less than five times a month– doing absolutely nothing. It bothers me the way the show brings on (somewhat) talented actors and actresses, that are said to be Portraying “killer new roles,” and wind up being– well– duds! Hope the same isn’t to be said about Budig.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

what a crock of bull…. etc… etc… etc…

referring to the 9 1/2 weeks “special” between Nicole and Dr. dullard dumb down Jonas…

I have had it ! livid that the character of Nicole has to schlep and dumb down
as many a fan know… Arianne Zucker is capable of being her own woman… ballsy tough shrewd and able to get a man who wants her

so over… her small frying it with Daniel, Eric, and Brady…. TRY HER WITH RAFE… if DAYS can’t get Christie Clark back permanently… or hire a new EJ or Peter Blake… get Nicole a mature intelligent sensual fired up LIFE

roflmao : that scene with Shawn Christian “shaving” especial was sickening… furthering the idiot Dr. Jonas

I’m near over Eric as well…. I haven’t made up my mind yet about Serena… moreso because I want Eric to get a life… and that doesn’t seem to be happening…

Eric and Daniel are being so upstanding…. “hollier than thou” frigid
Brady is sleeping with someone who’s what ? 20 years younger then he?

I’ll take Lucas, Rafe, Victor, Sonny, Paul, John, Chad, Stefano, Justin over the three that have taken too long to care any more

Ravello
Ravello

Prospect park defaulted on payments to ABC (and everyone else, huge list of creditors) so ABC certainly owns the characters but I doubt they will use any AMC characters as long as the nuisance lawsuit lingers in the courts. Prospect park was a total joke, they failed totally.
I don’t watch GH but tuned in to see Rebecca, she looks great.

lizzy
lizzy

You don’t have to be too smart to figure out that this is Rick’s doing. He found her online and is paying her off. I suppose now we will take the next two years for everyone in Port Charles to figure it out. This show is getting old. We still don’t have Luke figured out . . . and no one has picked up on Spinelli recognizing “Stone Cold” so Jason is still Jake and now we have to deal with Jake’s “wife”. A Rick never changes his spots.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I guess I’m not too smart, lizzy…LOL. I really don’t give it my all when Molly and her father interact. I always get the feeling that the acting is forced. No warmth…there is a distinct disconnection between these two….as there is between her and TJ. What I mostly notice is how more and more beautiful Molly gets each time I see her on screen…..she has the most perfect facial features, this girl has!

CeeCee
CeeCee

How much more of Luke must we ingest? Suffer through? Look at his creepy face, and his combed-over hair? His lewdness?…..making advances toward his own niece.!!!!!…….ewwww. He must be someone else reincarnate. The devil?

Shay
Shay

He really is a putrid piece of work, isn’t he, CeeCee? I’m not calling the man— formerly known as Luke— “Puke” these days for nothing….I truly cannot wait until this nauseating storyline highlighting his utter depravity is over….I’m past caring why this miserable miscreant did the disgusting things he’s done…..as far as I’m concerned, there is no viable excuse for his atrocious antics. I just want this revolting mess to be fini, and the sooner, the better. P.S. Naughty girl….I read your above comments about our favorite object of derision…. you just couldn’t contain yourself any longer, could you? (Hey, neither could I, as my post to you on the previous thread attests….I alluded to said sexcapade-interruptus and the resultant meltdown that occurred simply because Patrick saw a tad more than what everyone else in Port Charles has been subjected to on a near-daily basis for years….Had this happened to a more virtuous and modest character, I could have understood their humiliation, but c’mon…..this is a woman who’s been as brazen as it comes when it’s down to showing her wares!)

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi Shay,
You know, I truly try to put Nancy’s role as Alexis in perspective. She is following the directions of TPTB. Does she have a say? Probably. What I do see is that other characters that age keep it covered. I suppose with the growing extinction of soaps, there’s a shortage of roles for said actress and her ilk.
Contrary to the belief that I don’t think people of a certain age do not engage in sex is a fallacy. I do not live under a rock. However, women of a certain age should have a certain amount of pudor, whether playing a role or not. Keep it in your bedroom….let loose, man!! LOL.
The only conclusion is that Alexis does not see herself as a woman approaching sixty, the writers feed the ego…..which is great, to be young at heart. I just find it offensive to be subjected to her “wares” as you put it, Shay, which are an undeniable example that the law of gravity is all around us…LOL…..you know? Flapjacks. Uh, oh. I did it again.
Aging gracefully means choosing the right wardrobe, with class. I think she is so pretty with a great body, but she ruins her look by stuffing it into tubes…..such as sausage casings. She really needs a stylist.

Enter Sam….really? Where is this, —–my gosh…Mom, please, what are you doing…I can’t look —–coming from? So innocent and virginal…..poor thing !!
The strange thing is. I like Alexis/Nancy, so I am not trying to take pot-shots here. I am dead serious, and I also think that TPTB should ‘hand out’ roles accordingly.

CeeCee
CeeCee

GH was interrupted today…a building in the city collapsed…poof, just like that. Wow! I hope no one is hurt. We do not know much yet.

Anyway, I watched the rest on my iPad. And, oh, my gosh, Shay….little Danny was stuck in bed between dumb and dumber. This kid is a baby, but here’s Patrick, talking to him as if he were talking to a 12-year-old about a science project. Really? No way is a little child that age going to ask, ” Are you my daddy now?”. He does not remember having a daddy….technically, he has never had one. So, how does a baby even think of asking that? Did his mother speak those words about Silas to him, mayhap?
I really wish the writers would not do this. When I see innocent babes in these disturbing settings, my stomach revolts.
Poor kid, how many more men is Danny going to see come in and out of his mother’s bedroom until his majority? Am I the only one who thinks this is not good food for a healthy child’s brain?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Kudos to GH for showing Alexis rollin’ around with her man! As Nancy said in an interview with Michael Fairman regarding sex in the afternoon with more mature women “…Frank and Ron…they don’t judge that way. Now there’s much more even representation. I’ve never worked on any show with so many women in my age range. It’s incredible. Back when Frons was running things, it was only Jane Elliot and me and they were ignoring us. We were the original walking dead.”

So fun to see Sam walking in on her parents…lol…none of us would want to see our parents “together” regardless of our age or theirs! Very realistic “embarassment.”

As for Alexis and Julian…not sure I’m feeling their chemistry any more as a couple. I actually liked her better with Ned! Either way, great to see more than teens, tweens and everything in between having a relationship. In the midst of daytime’s fantastical stories…the representation of gay love, adult love, interfaith, interracial love…is a great advance for the genre, specifically GH. OLTL always had Vicki and Dorian involved in sexual and/or romantic stories. ‘Bout time GH caught up with more realistic stories in all demographics. Great job, writers!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Shay, I did get your very well-received response….loved every word…. Ate it all up with a spoon….LOL. later.

Shay
Shay

Well, CeeCee, to no great surprise, my lengthy response to your insightful commentary failed to make it to post….for some reason this particular subject gets us into hot water more often than not…LOL! At any rate, I hope my reply at least landed in your inbox (Yes? No?) since there was much food for thought indeed included in it…..

Shay
Shay

No, CeeCee, you are definitely not alone in your reservations about young Daniel’s questionable exposure to his mother’s sleepovers….I was thinking the very same thing. However, at least Sam and Patrick had completed their “activities” and were clothed….just imagine if that adorable little munchkin had wandered downstairs to that house of ill-repute, I mean living room, whilst his insatiable slag of a granny was getting her freak on with her latest toy boy. That poor kid would have been scarred for life at the sight of her stripped down and acting like a pig in heat!! (Wouldn’t we all…LOL! Although apparently not, as there are obviously frustrated individuals out there who are getting their vicarious jollies watching such trashy antics transpire. Really says a lot about the people who consider that to be uplifting entertainment.) At any rate, I am thoroughly disgusted by the low-brow escapades almost constantly portrayed on this show by so-called “mature” adults….you would expect this sort of behavior from the more youthful players, but most of them demonstrate far more restraint and class in their love lives than their elders….as for those who regard—and applaud— showing this sort of stuff as cool and progressive, all I can say is that since the show runners seem to so adore “The Golden Girls” maybe they should take a page out of that sitcom’s book, and realize less (much less…) is more. Despite much discussion about their happenings in the boudoir, we were blessedly spared of the sight of Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia doing the nasty….thank God for small favors!!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

“Hello? Is this the censorship bureau? Yes, this is the Self-Appointed Director of Smut Control and I’d ilke to register a complaint! There is a woman…on a SOAP OPERA who is OVER FIFTY…yes, you heard me right, OVER FIFTY…engaged in a RELATIONSHIP! Not only that, she KISSES him ON SCREEN, once was seen WEARING HIS SHIRT in the morning!!!!! wait! theres more…sometimes…sometimes, I’m so sorry, I just can’t even get the words out it’s so filthy…sometimes, she shows CLEAVAGE! Yes, about an inch or two!!!!! What? What else??? Well…did you hear me???? She’s OVER FIFTY!!!! and she’s seen flirting with the man she’s dating, kissing him, giggling like a school girl…what?…what else? Well, as IF that wasn’t enough, she was seen on his lap, fully clothed, being held and kissed…and her GROWN DAUGHTER walked in…UNEXPECTEDLY because she was supposed to be out for the night!!!! It gets worse and worse. The fifty years old boyfriend, father of her daughter, tried to teasingly comfort her mortification at being caught. I can’t take it, can’t take it, can’t take it…wait, just give me a second, I’m hyperventilating…Can you please DO SOMETHING!!!!!?????

Ha…lol…ahhhhhhh…

CeeCee
CeeCee

I do believe the soap gods are to blame for this…..not so much the actors. I don’t know, Shay. Do the actors have a say?
I would think that ‘having fun’ in the living room of a house inhabited by many, including children, where anyone could walk in at any given time, is so crass and tactless. That is all I carp about…not the sex itself. I don’t care if it’s done in the kitchen sink as long as one does not run the risk of being caught in the act. The mortification and humiliation alone would kill me.
None of us has ever ‘caught’ our parents going at it…..my parents were/are mindful of the fact that the baby (my youngest sister is sixteen, LOL) roams the house…and, that we all have keys to their house.
Furthermore, children do watch soaps with their mother/grandmother, as many of us did, growing up. Perhaps I missed it, but I do not remember being exposed to that….seeing younger or older characters in the throes of passion.
It is what it is, Shay. So, let Alexis have her make-believe fun…have Julian fan her flames and scratch her itch…’ain’t gonna’ last…..
I suppose it matters not for either Alexis or Julian that they got into bed soon after each had slept with someone else. The blasted sheets were still warm from their latest illicit tryst.

Aaaanywaaaay……for the first time since Michelle Stafford appeared on the GH stage, her fashion sense made an appearance. That is the Michelle I know. What a bod! I know, I know, you are not a fan, Shay. But, I do know you must have appreciated her ensemble.
So, now what? She and Franco are free? Is that for real? I am so thrilled (I’m sure you have much to say about that.LOL.) to finally seeing them, not only as a couple, but also to finally watch them do what they do so impressively well.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….While I do take issue with GH’s so-called “Soap Gods” for the ongoing ridiculous behavior of the character of Alexis—be it unleashing her overly-active libido in inappropriate settings/manners to donning skanky attire—I cannot help but believe this is done with the blessing and full approval of the actress in question. I think she absolutely relishes these antics and eats up all the attention…negative or otherwise….that her questionable onscreen conduct brings. Perhaps she fails to realize that her character’s performance invites such ridicule? (That would be hard to buy, but self-delusion can be a powerful thing…especially if you are surrounded by “yes people” stroking your ego.) On one hand, I find that concept to be pitiable and pathetic, but on the other, it doesn’t abrogate the responsibility to protect the young’uns from viewing such “adult” situations, both the fictional and real-life varieties. In terms of soap love scenes of the past, yes, I can recall some that were pretty “vivid,” but they were usually done with tasteful flourishes and lush production values….candles, music, and in mostly private settings like a plush boudoir or secluded cozy cabin…maybe even a nice bathtub full of bubbles? LOL. Now the “hook-ups” just seem so base, basic and hardcore….seldom any real romance or proper building to the “big moment,” well, at least in reference to GH, save for the year-long wait for the Maxie/Nathan coupling….I don’t watch any of the other daytime offerings. All I know is that you certainly don’t witness NLG’s contemporaries like Jane Elliot, Finola Hughes, Donna Mills, Kathleen Gati or Leslie Charleson cavorting in such a disgraceful way, so it is obviously not considered required behavior for soap actresses of a “certain age” on this show—excepting those playing Bobbie and Floosy, of course…thank goodness! I love and respect all these aforementioned ladies, and while I would certainly welcome any of them to find new loves and physical “companionship,” I would expect that we would see vastly different scenes than those we’ve been subjected to featuring the sleazy legal eagle. I’m just totally worn out with the tacky escapades of Alexis…in addition to being appalled by her in general, I’m simply finding her to be so lackluster…..today she looked like a disheveled, drowned rat, as if she had just emerged from her latest assignation, thrown on her poorly-fitting get-up and gone on her merry way, plus she sounded so condescending….I just wanted to put a sock in her obnoxious gob. Additionally, you literally could see the jealousy seeping out of her pores at Olivia’s expectant condition….I so want Julian to find out the truth about her child’s paternity so that they can get together. And on that subject, I hate that Franco has such sensitive info to hold over Ms. Falconeri….as you would surmise, I’m really not enchanted by the notion of Nina and him being unleashed upon the Port Charles public, let alone set up in luxury at the MetroCourt as their base of operations. And while MS’s wardrobe was an improvement… Read more »

PGP
PGP

Anything that gives me less Kiki is fine! This actress is horrible!

Patrick
Patrick

she’s certainly not paving her way to longevity or stardom

intolerable

and I so agree with posts that find the writing of Kiki and Morgan wrangling on the strength of character disposition for imbibing… alcoholism

I don’t even want to see Eve reunion with both her daughters… only with Avery… who may well have the cure Eve needs

Patrick
Patrick

*Eve = Ava

CeeCee
CeeCee

This Kiki reminds me of the Abby who replaced her on Y&R . What irony.
I did say I would not judge….that I would give her a chance……I did…..a deplorable actress. She’s young…will probably improve, but has such a bland personality, I see the writing on the wall.
It seems that many were not taken with Kristen as Kiki, but she was outstanding compared to Hayley. Everything about this girl, as Kiki, is wrong. The way she is written goes against everything that is “Kiki”.
“My” Kiki had a noble heart. She would have never worked with Morgan digging up ways to destroy Michael, regardless of the circumstances. Two wrongs do not make a right; that would have been oldKiki’s thought process….not at all like this here; there; everywhere brainless child.
For her to side with Sonny is inconceivable and incomprehensible to me. She would prefer Carly to be a constant in Avery’s life? And Sonny? Plaeeeeze!!!!! Morgan is no better.
Not long ago, Kiki was madly in love with Michael…..left Morgan for him. How does one betray the guy she had supposedly loved so much? That sort of personality speaks ill of a character. Bad mistake having Kiki make a complete one-eighty overnight, writers.

Shay
Shay

I agree with you, CeeCee, that the actress portraying nuKiki is unspeakably bad….she is simply not credible as the same character that KA played without the usual flair as her Starr, but at least with a modicum of decency and basic goodness. Of course, this entire Avery storyline has gone so far off the tracks to nastyland that one has nobody for whom to root other than that precious little baby who is being handled like a piece of prime property that everyone covets. No characters are taking the high road here…it’s revolting! Hence, as much as I am not enjoying this Kiki recast, the biggest problem is with the writing….ditto for the new RB role. Even though I never watched her on AMC, I was well-aware of this actress and had no preconceived notion of how I would respond to her. However, using past experience as a guideline, I certainly had no great expectation for her character to be even remotely interesting or engaging since that is pretty much par for the course whenever a newbie is brought onto the GH canvas, and lets just say that—once again—Ron C and company have not ceased to disappoint.

PGP
PGP

I agree and I LOVED Kristen as Kiki not as much as Star, but still miss her alot!

Thad Bosley
Thad Bosley

Ouch. I sure how that Rebecca Budig steps it up in future shows. Her work in the first scenes with the characters of Jake, Liz and Rick was FLAT and UNINVOLVING. Now some of that could be the really poorly crafted dialogue, but her uninspiring performance is certainly not helping engage this viewer.

Shay
Shay

I hear you, Thad!…..Or was that just the resounding thud of yet another awful— though much ballyhooed—character’s debut ? These big name stunt casting bombs are becoming a habit…..as if the epic fail(ure) of Nina weren’t enough, now we have nuKiki, too! Will Cartini never learn? (Rhetorical question….)

Thad Bosley
Thad Bosley

It’s no different in the scenes today. I just see an actress PHONING IT IN. Boring, flat, uninvolving, monotonous (as in monotone)

CeeCee
CeeCee

I thought Rebecca performed as a pro. I found no fault in her acting……the writing is okay too…..it’s the storyline that will turn into another bust.

Shay
Shay

Degenerate is an excellent word to describe Ric, CeeCee!!! Along with sleazy, depraved, amoral and utterly reprehensible! In my estimation, he is so tainted that he makes Sonny look like the good brother, so that should tell you something about the kind of history he has….certainly one that should make any sane woman run in the opposite direction….why the lovely Liz is repeatedly taken in by him is totally beyond me. As you have observed, Carly is not nearly so gullible where he is concerned, so I’m with you in cheering her on in this situation. I guess you can tell I’m no fan of this freak…..whenever he has occasion to leave the GH canvas, it’s cause for celebration…..I’m always happy to see the back of him, but alas, like a bad penny he turns up time and time again!

Shay
Shay

The storyline is definitely doing RB no favors. Additionally, the fact she is being used as the means to drive a wedge between the long-awaited coupling of Jake and Liz will only serve to make her unpopular, too, not to mention that she has thrown in with the reptilian and repugnant Ric. Certainly a more flattering and clever role could have been created for this particular actress? She has only just arrived and I already cannot wait for her to leave.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Definitely, Shay. I was so excited to have RB back on TV….I loved her as Greenlee.
‘Tis true; a storyline has the power to kill a character for viewers.
I wasn’t aware that Rick was a degenerate. He seemed ok when I first saw him come on stage. He walked the extra mile to engratiate himself to Liz. He did seem sincere. But, I suppose this is how he operates when his sight is set on something or someone….must be in his DNA; uhmm, Sonny?
However, considering his astuteness, how does he think he will he get away with this imbroglio? I suppose he knows what bumbling idiots run the PCPD….and, he must either be very confident that his plan will not go awry….and/or, by the same token, that Liz, Carly, Jake etc. will not question Hayden’s duplicity…..well, thank goodness for Carly’s suspicious nature. This is the one time I will ever, probably, applaud her….LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

In Rebecca’s defense, Thad, the word ‘monotone’ refers specifically to sound or voice, which could be monotonous. But, Rebecca does not have a monotone voice. She is not Sam. The story may be redundant and monotonous, yes. But not Rebecca. She has spunk….look into her eyes…you will see little devils with pitch-forks dancing in them…LOL.

Pat
Pat

I agree with the person(s) above who stated that the current pairings are not cool. Sam & Patrick. Liz and Jake, Sonny & Carly. GH is starting to lose me after MANY, MANY years of being a fan. I have taken breaks every so often and think maybe this is the time for another one. I always come back& manage to figure out what is going on even after months. I sure do hope Maxi and Nathan make it work !! This LUKE thing seems to be dragging on also. Something needs to “kick” things up on GH that is for sure! .

Stacy
Stacy

I can’t figure out who Rebecca Budig is playing.

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THURSDAY NIGHT: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom, Y&R’s Beth Maitland, DAYS’ Freddie Smith & Soap Favorite, Linda Dano

On Thursday night, November 15th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with a brand new episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his very special guests: General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and beloved soap vet, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia Gallant, AW, Ex-Gretel Rae Cummings, OLTL, GH, Port Charles, and AMC) who will be appearing with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in Hallmark’s The Chronicle Mysteries next year, for this entertaining 90-minute broadcast.

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soapy prize, a Days of our Lives swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture of Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.

The November edition of Soap Nation Live! will be streamed live right here at Michael Fairman TV.   Come back prior to showtime Thursday night, and just look for the post for our broadcast and listen-in.

You can also listen to all past broadcasts and the new live-stream of Soap Nation Live! via Spreaker’s Soap Nation Live page

Portions of Thursday’s all-new episode can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

If you have a question for any one of our guests that you would like potentially posed to them during the live broadcast; you can post them via the comment section below, and we just might ask your question on the air!  We hope you are looking forward to the show.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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