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Rebecca Herbst Staying Put At General Hospital: Talks Negotiations, If Other Soaps Came Calling, and Enduring Fan Support!

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There’s no place like home and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) delighted millions of General Hospital fans today with the confirmation that she is indeed signing a new multi-year deal with the ABC daytime drama series!

After tense contract talks that had Herbst legions of fans in an uproar, the popular star of Port Charles will stay put in the role she has played for almost 19 years.  In addition, since Herbst contract was up this weekend, there will be no work stoppage and Liz will not have to be written out for awhile.

In an exclusive interview with TV Insider, Herbst opened up about her contract talks, if she was offered to come over to Days of our Lives, learning what her next storyline will be, and most of all her appreciation of her vocal fans who have stood by her through thick and thin.   Here are a few excerpts below!

Herbst on what the contract issues were:  “I can’t talk about the specifics, but I kind of equate it to this: When you work together with a company for this long of a period you become a family, and from that you fight like family. And we did fight! But a good thing came out of this. (Executive Producer) Frank Valentini and I had a lot of heart-to-hearts, and I have a newfound respect for him and for how much he loves the show. I walked into his office thinking nobody could love GH as much as I do, but I can see that he really, honestly, wants this show to do well. And he got to know me a little better, as well. We can now see where the other is coming from, and we had never had that opportunity.”

Herbst on if she was in talks with DAYS:  “I don’t know if I can comment on that. I will say that other shows definitely showed interest in me. They showed a lot of support for my leaving GH, if that’s what I ultimately chose to do. I just shouldn’t name any one particular show. The fact that I received interest from the other soaps only added to the speculation I was unhappy. Word got around. I guess when you’ve been on a show for nearly 19 years, other shows respect that.”

Herbst on her fans devotion: “They literally got me through the contract (talks) day by day. When I was doubting myself, and thinking that I might not be able to stay on GH, I would read their comments on the Internet and feel so secure in whatever decision I made. I knew it was going to be okay, no matter what. They sent flowers and cupcakes. Everything they did throughout the last two months has been remarkable. I wish I could hug them all.”

So, are you happy to hear it’s a done deal and there will be more Liz Webber and Becky Herbst on General Hospital? What do you think about her comments and thoughts on her contract talks, DAYS, and her legions of fans? Comment below!

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maddiehayes
maddiehayes

So glad Becky’s staying. To me, she is GH’s leading lady, not Kelly Monaco. It’s about time she got the respect (and salary) and storylines she deserves!

AJQ
AJQ

Did Becky really get respect though? Seems like Frank had no choice but to negotiate and give her a reasonable deal.

The relationship between a 19 year Vet and hugely important legacy and the EP as described is sad but not at all surprising given how Frank has run GH in four years.

The veteran actors put on a good face, especially the one’s that get screentime, but it’s obvious that many are resentful of Frank’s agenda; seeing all the new actors come on while so many Vets are discarded.

We’ve seen Steve Burton walk amid reports that Frank wasn’t willing to make concessions for his time and travel to NC, Sean Kanan given garbage story amid fat jokes and insults walking, Jason Thompson walking because doctor and legacy character Patrick Drake was not given any priority.

So they kill off AJ, they kill off Duke, Vets are used as bait and put out to pasture while more and more “stars” from other soaps are brought on and in the case of Michael Easton, laughably brought back. And in all of that, nineteen year Vet Becky is lowballed and given an ultimatum until it explodes in Frank’s face and he has to cave.

Becky is very diplomatic but no one believes Frank loves GH. He’s resentful that GH still lives as OLTL is dead. What he loves is his job, the power trip he’s been on for four years and GH only if it is filled with the likes of Howarth, Stafford, Easton, West, DeVry, Budig, Easton etc.

Love Becky, but Frank got overruled and forced into this and he doesn’t love GH.

Tristan
Tristan

AJQ, I hope you read her entire interview. It is illuminating. She and FV had NEVER had a conversation about her tenure or her character. That Becky has a “new found” respect for him speaks volumes. What did she think of him before this? She clearly doubted that he loved GH! With a lovely smile, Becky threw at least 50 shades of gray at Mr. Valentini!

According to Daytime Confidential’s Jamey Giddens, his sources told him that “brass at ABC” had NO CHOICE but to recognize the fan campaign for Becky. Key phrase, “brass at ABC,” NOT brass at GH. The network intervened and went over FV’s head. Clearly FV no longer has control, and I wonder how long he will remain. This is an absolutely major PR disaster for GH, no matter how cheerily FV and NV welcome Becky back to this show, after attempting to force her out with a insulting low-ball offer, destroying her character, even symbolically blowing up her belief that GH was her home — which she clearly loves — by blowing up Liz’s house. And doing this while offering a four-year deal to Rebecca Budig, a new character and deal to Michael Easton. Michelle Stafford was even quoted, upon being hired, that GH made her an offer she could not refuse to play Nina. And yet, Steve Hardy’s granddaughter can be shown the door? I cannot imagine that the new head of ABC Daytime will not be going over all of FV’s decisions with a fine tooth comb, because clearly he doesn’t understand the show, or have its best interests in mind.

FV’s and NV’s days may well be numbered because they proved themselves to be willfully tone deaf to the viewers, essentially giving them the finger.

I am thrilled for Becky, and mightily impressed that she was willing to come back and negotiate with the network, after walking when receiving the “don’t let the door knob hit you in the back” offer from GH. Especially when it is clear that all the other soaps expressed interest in her! She also said that she has been loyal to GH, maybe to a fault. This time, at least, the network intervened and repaid that loyalty.

Patrick
Patrick

Hi Tristan:

I just thought it was so appalling… how Liz life just took a turn… that fast… for the worst, if you will

1. her house exploding
2. Jake in the car accident…
3.. jake having to leave… I thought we weren’t going to see Liz for a certain amount of time…. off screen in the Childrens hospital
4. Jason falling in love so fast with Sam… Sam can keep him.. Liz deserves better

I realize that negotiations were upwards of 2 months … and this site posted on February 8, 2015 that a contract had stalled.

I truly was worried… and dumbfounded that GH would take this long…

thanks for the insight … and sharing details

hopefully the writers have an APB to full steam ahead for one of GH finest

whew!

someone posted.. that perhaps Liz new house ought to be Robin ??? Anna has an amazing new place !!!! NICE .

as a Hardy… Liz deserves to keep her own home on that studio lot

Cheers to Rebecca Herbst… i’m ecstatic

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

Well said…i agree with all but technically ME is part of the GH family having played on the spinoff Port Charles…i do have mixed feelings about his return yet again as another character…i liked him as the brooding and somewhat mysterious John McBain but all the other characters he has played has failed…as for BECKY…didnt this happen before under a different regime?-fans protested when she was written off and she returned?…many soap fans turn out for various reasons….one is too many cast changes and too many newbies…for example i watched Another World-started at the beginning when it was mainly about The Mathews family…all stories revolved around them…then when the newbie Gregory family were introduced they failed because they had very little to do with the beloved Mathews family…over the years the Frames, Cory/Carringtons, Perini’s families were introduced but The Mathews stayed front and center and the new families and other newbies were always somehow involved with the Mathews or their friends…AW became highly rated and mostly in second place…by the 1980s that all changed…the Mathews and most of those other families were written offf…many newbies introduced constantly then dropped throughout the 1980s to the 1990s…AWs ratings eroded and was no longer a top favorite and cancelled in 1999…the show was a mess and barely recognizable…had the show stayed focused on The Mathews and other families i had mentioned and continued with the next generation it might still be on today….most soaps also had poor writing near the end as well…when GL,ATWT, SFT, LOL.The Doctors, and AW plus several others ended their runs most were barely recognizable to me-vets were sacrificed in favor of too many newbies that long time fans did not take to and tuned out…many fans lost interest in soaps all together because of too many changes…sure, there are more channels today and other things why people lost interest in soaps but still the number one reason i feel is the lost focus of the vets…look at Y&R-its numbers may not be the big numbers it had 20 to 30 years ago but they are at a healthy place to keep it at number one and thats because it keeps most of its vets front and center!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

To me it is irrelevant whether or not Frank loves GH. From virtually every business and casting decision the man has made in his four year tenure with the show he is nothing short of completely inept. In what other business or corporate environment could someone make the disastrous decisions this man has made and still be in their job four years’ hence?

Mikey dorton
Mikey dorton

Amen!!!……

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

Maddiehayes, I so agree with you! Enough with Kelly Monaco, already! Rebecca’s character has a long history with the show. I remember when she was just a kid, living with Audrey. When she was raped in the park and Lucky rescued her. Am I the only one who remembers how horrible Kelly Monaco’s character (Sam) treated Elizabeth? Remember when Sam stood by and watched little Jake being kidnapped? She didn’t tell anyone because she hoped with little Jake out of the way, she could have Jason all for herself. How about when she came to town to get even with Alexis? Yes, I am so over Kelly Monaco and her character. Enough with the black leather jackets!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Judith, of course I remember when Becky first came on the show! Liz&Lucky were such a sweet, innocent romance. Too bad it was ruined so BADLY. I loved Liz&Jason as well. Sam was such a tramp when she showed up in PC, honestly! Bouncing from Jax to Sonny to Jason. I’m sure Kelly Monaco is a very nice person, but her character, Sam, has no class! I have not forgotten her history. Nor have I forgotten that Elizabeth would have married Jason if it weren’t for his “career choices”. And Jason pushed Liz out of his life to protect her from those choices. Funny how he didn’t seem to care about protecting Sam. With Jake, GH had the perfect opportunity to reinvent Jason, help him get out of that mob lifestyle and change his life. Perhaps be with the one we all saw him falling head over heels for, Elizabeth. But no, gotta keep that Jasam thing going. Even if it makes no sense. Fine, just give Elizabeth a good storyline. And if Jason’s gonna just end up with Sam, please get Liz out of this storyline hell. She deserves a storyline (and man) of her own.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thanks for that back story, Judith. I am not into Sam, at all…..but, many are….have these fans forgiven her trespasses, or completely forgotten or ignoring them?….Miss goody-two-shoes. And Liz is the villain?
I am so glad TPTP took Liz off that path of self-destruction and the destruction of others. I love the actress and the new redeemed character.
It now seems that Sam is as sainted as Julian, Carly and Sonny. I suppose the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I wonder how Jason will feel about Sam, once he reclaims his ‘Quartermaine’ memories. Jason Morgan knows Sam as she used to be; but, does JQ?

Tristan
Tristan

Agree, though I put these ladies in a collective leading lady category: Liz, Anna, Laura, Tracy. These are the heavy hitters who interest me. And Carly, when she is not gushing over Sonny.

I don’t dislike Kelly Monaco, but she is not a particularly strong actress, and whatever strength Sam has as a character is diluted the second she sees Jason.

GH has the best female cast in daytime. Male cast is really lacking. Best male cast on daytime is probably Y&R, with heavy hitters in every age group.

su0000
su0000

It was all turned into a big stink (mainly by the fans, themselves) ..
Rebeca was never on the verge of leaving GH.. it was contract negotiations, that is the way the are making deals..
Soap fans are by far, at times, their own worst enemy LOL with crazy rumors, exaggerations and so on of bunk to start a chain of panics (gotta love ’em all 🙂

I had no doubt Rebeca would stay on..
( she most likely will grow out with GH, like Jane/Tracy <– lots of luv..

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

It was transparent she would stay…lol

Tristan
Tristan

No it was not Jimh. You should read the articles on Daytime Confidential about leaking her contract information, and what insiders revealed — not BH or anyone associated with her — was “an insultingly low-ball offer,” after which receiving she told them she was out the door. It was Nathan Varni PMing her contract negotiations info to anonymous fans — who outed him — that probably got ABC involved, because of it sparked major fan backlash. According to Jamey Giddens at DC, network sources told him that the network itself could not ignore the fan backlash, hence they began renegotiations.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Tristan.
Lol, Tristan…in Jimh’s defende; he was being sarcastic. Su is wont to use that word quite often.
Most of the time she is right. Jimmy was only parroting her, not necessarily agreeing.
Hey, a Jimmy, I knew what you meant, lickety split.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Defense

Tristan
Tristan

Sorry Jim. I get the joke, now!!!! It should have been readily transparent!

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

but…. it took one month and 3 days to alert her fandom

if only… GH or DAYS coulda woulda shoulda hire Michael Muhney

davlestev1
davlestev1

I GASP agree with this comment 100% su0000..own worst foot in mouth enemies

clh
clh

And she started the whole stink by her out of the blue “message to fans” on social media to begin with.

Tristan
Tristan

You are extremely uniformed! But ignorance can sometimes be bliss.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree su. its just like in sports, these guys threaten to leave and may even have other offers but never intended to leave, just looking for a bigger paycheck. Thats life.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Happy to hear she is staying!

Vicki Black
Vicki Black

She needs a good storyline. The perpetual victim is old, old, old.

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

Its ok she stays…better than getting a newbie…lol

Timmm
Timmm

Oh Jim, can you imagine how many people would be complaining that the new actress was NOT Rebecca!

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

Depends on the actress if it was me…sometimes recast work better than the original in some rare cases….i always believed Susan Seaforth Hays was the best recast ever when she began on Days as Julie 5 decades ago.

CeeCee
CeeCee

How true, Timmm….how true!

Jen
Jen

Wonderful, wonderful news!

Nikki
Nikki

I am so happy she’s staying in. She’s a great actress and I’m not surprised other soaps we’re interested. Bet ya one was Y & R.

Tristan
Tristan

If you read the whole interview, she makes it clear it wasn’t just one soap; in fact , it sounds like all three contacted her. Yay Becky!!!!!!

elm51
elm51

i have been a fan of her’s since she came on gh – i am elated that she is staying – she has tremendous acting abilities…………….

Jane
Jane

That is nice to hear.

Charday
Charday

Glad she’s staying. I like all sides of her GH character (schemer, victim, loser, sweet, motherly, etc.). A really believable actress.

Patrick
Patrick

“…she is indeed signing a new multi-year deal ”

Bam ! ’nuff said

Multi-year … is all I need

2015 will forever be the year Liz catapulted

I can’t – wait – to see all the potential pairings… with Griffin Munro and Franco

More Please !

Tristan
Tristan

Agree! Looking forward to more Liz and Franco, and anticipating Liz and Griffin! We are on the same page.

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

Tristain…in my comment to su about it being transparent-that was a little inside joke between me and su who used the word under a different post.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Griffin and Liz…I think that could work. We shall see, unless Brad gets his hands on him first. Was my imagination working overtime, or does Dr. Brad have the itchy hots for Dr. Munro?

Tristan
Tristan

Hey Jim. I finally got the joke.

Patrick
Patrick

Hi Ceec:

“itchy HOTs” just went in to the annuls of infamy

I would imagine… that Brad… considering his playboy “past” was probably reprimanding himself … aghast… but imagination stirred

LOL… oh to be emboldened… and “come hither”

Griffin Munro leads the pack of lust incarnate

oy! GH is certainly taking us with; first w/ Carly next it’s Maxie
is it only a matter of time… till Griffin and Liz dance

this is dream come true… imagination feast

KUDOS to Brad.. evenso… he was chutzpa libidinous appetite

GH… I mean really… does every man have to go thru Carly… first.. right oughta the gate… THIS SPOILS the audience pleasure… she stains and ruins

Mikey dorton
Mikey dorton

So so so thrilled!!!!!

GHFan70007
GHFan70007

Happy for her obnoxious fans, maybe they will be less annoying now but more than likely they will just find something else to complain about.

Aria
Aria

I’m so relieved. Now let’s get her into more scenes with newbie griffin , ASAP !

Mike
Mike

What I don’t understand is why anyone would be fool enough to even want to risk losing Rebecca. She has always given 110%. There’s never been a time I can even point to where she wasn’t fully present and acting her heart out. Never mind that she is one of the few actors out there that has chemistry with literally anyone and everyone. How many men has Elizabeth been linked to and not one of them felt like a dud pairing – Lucky (all three different versions), Nikolas (both versions), Rick, Jason (both versions), Zander, Patrick (even though they weren’t really together), AJ – i mean, any one! It’s just a shame that she has never been lead actress on this show. It seems like she always gets the B stories, rarely the A stories that tend to go to any actress playing Carly (not that they haven’t been good, but come on – almost 20 years on GH and still finds herself way too often in the supporting role).

Patrick
Patrick

“RIGHT ON”

???? Frank Valentini…. seriously !?1? it took a month and 3 days.. plus; to renegotiate with your best

“…Never mind that she is one of the few actors out there that has chemistry with literally anyone and everyone. ”

Frank, there would have been a major uproar, had you not did the RIGHT thing

period

Tristan
Tristan

Patrick, there WAS a major uproar. It wasn’t FV, but the network that did the right thing. That is how dicey this was.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thanks, Patrick. But, my phrases pale in comparison to your turn of poetic words.
Yes, Brad has a wandering eye. So sad for Lucas.

Kady
Kady

I agree. She has chemistry with everyone and always gives 110%. I’ve never seen her phone it in, even if it’s a convoluted storyline. Thrilled she has a multi year contract! Looking forward to seeing her interact with Michael Easton.

Joanmarie Kasten
Joanmarie Kasten

So happy – I am a big fan of Becky. She just acts her ass off.

Carole
Carole

As far as I’m concerned , Becky is the MVP of the show! Now they can give her a house as nice as Carly’s and a good story! I kind of like the friendship between her and Franco. Team Becky!!!

Patrick
Patrick

Happy Dance…

like this read and most

MVP ! MVP ! my dear Ms. Herbst

I love whats going on with Liz and Franco !

Tony
Tony

Part of me thinks: oh that lady is high maintenance; but then I think: girl, squeeze those corporate producers to get more out of the deal..Why not?! Glad Becky’s staying. Now if only they could plug in Rachel Ames once a month in scenes with Becky, it would soften the character and make her more relatable. GH is always on the verge of making Liz as cookoo as Sharon on YR. And that doesn’t have to be this character’s trajectory: she can achieve some integrity. Not with Jason, though. Drive a stake through it. They missed putting Liz and Patrick together after Robin.

CMD
CMD

Glad she’s staying! And I hope there is more Liz/Franco in my future.

Lorraine
Lorraine

No sir I’m not happy she is staying. General Hospital is being held hostage by four actors who get everything they want. She is not respected at all. She should have went to Young and the Restless where everyone is someone and not just the had picked pets. If she got what she wanted, good.

Melissa
Melissa

Great, great news. Now let’s give Elizabeth a new home, a new man, and — heck — even a new promotion at GH!

Timmm
Timmm

She should move into Robin and Patrick’s old home.

Melissa
Melissa

Yeah, I had that thought too!

CeeCee
CeeCee

LOL. It’s probably on the market, right, Timmm? …..Lizzie’s for the taking. Perfect idea you have there, Timmmy. Housing problem for Liz and boys solved.

downtownla
downtownla

I agree. Liz (Becky) is essential to the show’s identity, heart and soul. I’m not holding my breath, but it would be great if they did bring back Audrey (at least every now and then), but also Liz’s sister or brother. And it would be good to bring back Lucky, too. I think the Liz and Lucky pairing centers the show, as well.

Tristan
Tristan

I would LOVE to see Rachel Ames (Audrey) at least once a month. I adore that woman!!!!!

Rodd
Rodd

I am absolutely thrilled! It was a very wised decision.

NELLIE
NELLIE

Maybe they will do a 360 with this florence nightingale has multiple children with different men. when are they going to put her and Nicholas out to pasture at Windemere.

CeeCee
CeeCee

AHHH, Nellie. Isn’t that the motif; the going theme at GH? Most of these women have multiple children with different men….and vice versa. We cannot cast stones on any particular one.
They have yet to put Alexis to pasture; so why Liz? Alexis has twenty years on Lizzie….she’s still hoppin’.
I like Liz more than not, but, I’d rather listen to her speak intelligibly than some others. Her speech pattern is quite decipherable.

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

Sometimes it has to be about the fans, and when it happens that the character is such a long-term favourite and the actress consistently stellar then the show should thrive.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Wise words, Patricia. I agree.

Timmm
Timmm

Okay, I’m assuming she got a pay raise? Now lets trim the fat and cut that weird black guy from Jordan’s past, Jordan, Morgan, Nina, Franco, Sabrina, Nathan and Dante. Sign Ned, Robert, Scotty, Mac, and Dr. Mayes to contracts!

k/kay
k/kay

Varni who ever he is needs to be gone to discuss a actors contract on Twitter and no she is not a Diva you absolutely do not know what a sweetheart she is I do! If JFP had stolen her to play Mac I would have been thrilled!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, Kay,
Do you mean Mac, as in Catherine’s granddaughter? (Y&R). Wow! I would have loved that! Never thought about it, but, Rebecca would have made an ideal Mac.
I wish TPTB would bring Mac back as the sole heiress, instead of ‘Dumbon’.

Ari
Ari

Congrats to Becky for standing her ground and negotiating the contract SHE wanted. When will GH realize the value of this woman ! I’ve waited what seems like forever for them to give her a real meaty storyline. Yes she acted her butt off the last year + and practically carried this dreaded Jason return story, but it never really was about her winning in the end, and that’s what her fans are STILL waiting to see happen. The character of Liz is way over due for a Win, let’s hope that will be in the writing for her soon To be honest, I was kind of hoping she would leave just so that TPTB would see just how many viewers would drop GH in a blink of an eye. I was curious to see the rating spike for whatever show she would have gone over too. Guess we’ll never know. But I do know this, if they write better for Liz or more true to character, I’m sure many of her fans who had given up hope would return in a heart beat!

Patrick
Patrick

HONESTLY

I was truly ready to bolt… take that Frank Valentini

LOL.. much to no ones chagrin… I’d have nested back in Genoa City

ps: I don’t even know.. just who… that character was… he was a blond curly haired doctor… in Port Charles

I thought… at last… fans should be celebrating this.. Liz has found her own man.. but that didn’t last long.. HE was perfect.. I was smitten

he turned out to be a bad guy…

so… now… we can only hope.. and insist

that Griffin Munro.. or Franco… sweep BEAUTIFUL Liz Hardy off her feet

and her heart can leap … onward and upward.. with NEW

no more going backward…

Jason isn’t good enough
let Jason and Sam.. languish and bore themselves

let Jason shudder at his stupefy and quicksand with Carly and Sonny

Liz leaps with her heart full

Patrick
Patrick

ps: the blond curly haired doctor:

Ewan Keenan… as played by Nathin Butler

he was PERFECT

so all the naysayers would stifle… this was Liz first man who wasn’t attached to someone else…. REALLY

Liz will get her OWN … Griffin or Franco

dag! it’s so easy to let go of Jason

Vicki
Vicki

Thanks to ABC we get to keep a true CORE family member on the show-NOW just get her a story AWAY from Sam and everyone will be happy and maybe allow Liz to just stay friends with Franco and also Nina and MAYBE allow her to develop a NEW relationship w Griffin or Michael Easton’s DR character.

Patrick
Patrick

it seems that fans are reading in to… the last part of promo

their is Michael Easton… w/ Sam and Lulu

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Great news.

Rebecca Herbst made the right decision in staying with GH and a lot of promising stuff looks to be on the way.

This friendship with Liz and Franco really works and it would be a great storyline if he helps her rediscover her passion for painting/art. There is a potential fresh new pairing in the works with the hottest man on the show in the soulful likeable Griffin. I kinda like the idea of Nurse Webber and Dr. Munro being GH’s version of Derek and Meredith from Grey’s. I reallly think they are about to SORAS both Jake and Cam based on some recent casting news so Liz will have more story there as well with two teenage boys. I also beleive they’ve done a good job of redeeming Liz so it’s time to move on from the past year of story and into a new direction. The other added bonus in staying with the show for Rebecca is that Christopher Whitesell and Janet Iacobuzio are back on the GH writing team. They were there back in 1997 when the Liz character was introduced to the viewers so they can add a noteworthy prespective that others on the staff can’t.

Trymeidareyou
Trymeidareyou

I’m THRILLED by this news! I was so sad and ready to leave GH even though I’ve watched it for 20 years. Becky IS Elizabeth Webber and Elizabeth Webber is GH. All that’s left is to make her a lead and give her all the front burner stories she can handle. That’s how you make GH a top soap!

LONG LIVE QUEEN ELIZABETH!

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Julexis Goes To Therapy

On General Hospital, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) was able to convince Julian (William deVry) to attend therapy with her to help her better understand her issues with men and relationships, which all of have been tainted by the destructive relationship between her father Mikkos Cassadine and her mother.

When Julexis sits down for the session with Dr. Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), things take a bad turn when Alexis starts explaining to Julian why he is there, while Julian feels it’s just an attack on him, and their past, especially when it comes up how he held a knife at her throat on the pier and tried to kill her. Julian tells Kevin that everything he did was to protect his family from his crazy sister, Olivia.

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Julian is ready to storm out, but Kevin suggest they implement more structure to the session to make this work for everyone.  It’s clear Julian does want to help Alexis, and/or also come to understand something about himself and their relationship, and why it splintered.  When asked by Kevin why Julian felt encouraged to pursue Alexis when he first came to town; knowing he was a criminal and she was on the right-side-of-the-law, Julian with tears in his eyes says, “Redemption.”  Julian says he fell in love with Alexis, but also liked the idea of proving and becominga better man.  He then says that both of them were trying to break the cycle of violence from their pasts, and he wished they had both been able to do so – in a heavy-dose-of-reality moment for Julexis.

The session ends, and Julian and Alexis walk to the hospital elevator, and he agrees to go to more sessions with her, saying that they both have issues to address so they can move on with their lives.  Alexis thanks Julian and offers one day to repay this favor.

In these scenes, William deVry and Nancy Lee Grahn brought the heartfelt emotions and the internal conflict that has made Julexis a dynamic duo on GH.   Now with Julian seemingly moving on with Kim (Tamara Braun), and Alexis wanting a fresh start, will these joint therapy sessions enable them to do that  … or perhaps can they resolve the issues that have plagued them, and move on with each other, and grow from it?

So, do you think this is the true end of the road for Julexis?  What did you think of the performances of Will and Nancy?  Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Chase and ‘Janelle’ Two Sides To Every Story?

On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, viewers were given more of the back-story between Chase (Josh Swickard) and Nelle (Chloe Lanier) told through a series of flashback from their disparate recollections.

At the PCPD, over the phone, Chase thanks his former police partner, Abby for sending the files he had on one … Janelle Benson.  As he peruses through the files and sees the image of Nelle contained within it, and a postcard from Florida, Chase flashes back to his interrogation room and meeting suspect ‘Janelle’, when he was working as an officer in Maine.  Nelle was being questioned in the drowning of her fiance’ Zack..  Chase asks why the upset ‘Janelle’ chose to vacation in Maine instead of Florida.  She says it was so Zack could put space between him and his disapproving family.  However, ‘Janelle’ does admit going kayaking was her idea.

Next, she cries that she had to make the decision to try to save Zack from drowning, but thought maybe she might die too, so she decided to save herself, and not go in after him, in what was an impossible situation to be in.  Abby questions ‘Janelle’ about Zack changing his will right before they headed off for their vacation.  ‘Janelle’ lets it firmly be known that it was all Zack’s idea to change his will.

Chase believes ‘Janelle’ is innocent, but Abby thinks Janelle is played the helpless victim card.  Chase decides to release Nelle.  Later, Chase remembers traveling to Florida, because Nelle was reportedly being harassed by Zack’s family.  When he got to Florida, he recalls staying in a motel, and was set to meet up with her at a diner.  However, ‘Janell’e surprised him while he was half-naked in a towel and the door of his room.  Next thing you know, things get hot and heavy as she seduces him.  Chase flashes to them hitting the sheets and being in the throes of passion, and promising to take care of everything for her.

Meanwhile, Nelle and Michael (Chad Duell) are talking at The Floating Rib.  Nelle admits to Michael that she has a past with Chase, and her fear of him trying to bring her down now that he is in Pot Charles.  She says that Chase would do anything to get ahead in his career.  Michael asks if Maine was truly the last time she saw Chase.  She says it wasn’t, and says he followed her to Florida.

Now, as there are two sides to every story, Nelle flashes to coming to visit Chase at his motel room; where he is only wearing a towel . In her version, she portrays Chase as the instigator.  She start to cry and tells Michael that in her gut she knew that something was off about Chase, but she felt like she was drowning inside and he was her lifeline. Nelle says Chase became obsessed with her.

Then while alone, Nelle remembers how she was able to get Chase to go out to the store and get her some water after their hot sexcapade.. Once she is all by herself, Nelle calles the police to report misconduct by an officer at the motel.  Meanwhile, Michael has headed over to the PCPD to confront Chase.

So, which version of the story of  Chase and ‘Janelle’ do you believe? It appears Nelle has done a number on Chase. What did you think of Chloe Lanier’s performance where she can go from portraying the victim in a situation, to an evil bitch, with ease?  What do you think of Josh Swickard as the PCPD’s main cop, now that Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) is on his way out of GH?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH Preview – Week of June 18, 2018

This week on General Hospital, as Carly (Laura Wright) is being drugged up with anti-psychotic meds at Ferncliff, it’s Jason (Steve Burton) to the rescue.  Carly’s bff finds a way to infiltrate the state mental institution. Meanwhile, Carly had been talking to Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), who says he will help her through her ordeal emotionally.  But is Carly really seeing Kevin, or is it just a figment of her imagination?

Elsewhere, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) seeks out her ex Julian (William deVry) as she tries to come to terms with the root cause of her issues with the men she chooses to be in her life.  Julian, who has gotten closer to Kim (Tamara Braun), now has a chance to try to help Alexis and make up for the ways in which he hurt her.  Could this be the beginning of the patching up of Julexis, or the final straw?

Sonny (Maurice Benard) has just learned that Mike (Max Gail) moved the body buried at Croton. Where did Mike take it?  How will this have future implications?

Here are more teasers for the action coming up on  GH:

MONDAY JUNE 18

Obrecht covers her tracks.

TUESDAY JUNE 19

Nelle reflects on her past.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 20

Michael confronts Chase.

THURSDAY JUNE 21

Nina demands answers.

FRIDAY JUNE 22

Valentin’s romantic gesture back fires.

So, what story point are you looking forward to playing out this week on GH? Let us know in the comment section below.

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