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Roger Howarth Returns to General Hospital and Debuts His New Character

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Thursday was a special day for longtime fans of General Hospital and those of fan favorite Roger Howarth.  Today, Howarth returned in his new role on the ABC daytime drama series, who’s name is “Austin” and that viewers learn is a doctor, and that is all we know thus far.

General Hospital and Howarth previously noted that even though he was killed-off a few months ago as Franco Baldwin after he was shot in a struggle with Peter August (Wes Ramsey) that he would make his re-emergence on the canvas sometime in May.

Now with summer right around, Howarth is back.  When we first see his new soap incarnation of “Austin”, he comes to the rescue of Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms), who has gone into labor and found her way into the woods to escape the clutches of evil Nurse Chloe (Kimberly J. Brown) and Peter’s machinations.

And … as she just so happens to need a doctor, lo and behold there is Austin in the woods from what appears to be a hike, who ultimately helps deliver Maxie’s baby girl.  Trouble is, at the end of the episode, it appears that baby Louise might not be breathing.

In a summer preview for GH, in the brand new issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands this weekend, GH head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor teased, “Roger’s new character has an interest in a prominent Port Charles family.  He’ll shake up the canvas in surprising ways as summer unfolds.”

So, were you happy to see Roger back on GH today? Do you like that he is seemingly playing a doctor? Share your theories on his new character”Austin” via the comment section. But first check out, Howarth’s debut as Austin in the clips below.

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davlestev1
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davlestev1

I don’t get the point of this at all. First he was Todd from Llanview. Then he became Franco from Fruitlandia, and now he’s Austin from the Woods and a dang doctor to boot. The only way this works for me is it becomes a longstanding gag. Kill him every two years and BAM, he’s somebody new altogether. Waiting on that to happen would deffo keep me tuning in just for that.

Deb
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Deb

Maybe he comes back as Austin to take down Peter. It’s going to be confusing to the boys especially Cam

BBWSTL
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BBWSTL

Nope, because the writers made it seem that Austin doesn’t look like Franco to anyone. Franco is gone for good and Austin is a brand new character with no resemblance to Franco. SUCKS!!! However, I’m glad Roger is back. I guess there won’t be anymore FRIZ.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

BBWSTL
I have finally convinced myself that only the fans see any resemblance to Franco. Many actors have returned to a soap to play a different part, but usually after a few years, not weeks. The whole thing was totally stupid and uncalled for in my opinion. It looks to me as if it wasn’t only a bunch of viewers that didn’t like R.H’s part but also TPTB, for them to even consider doing this.

Sheryl
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Sheryl

I agree! They should have made it at least where the people in Port Charles recognize the fact that he looked like someone they once knew.

Leanne Sue Archer
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Leanne Sue Archer

Exactly! Could have been an amazing storyline. Now its just weird

Carol MOORE
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Carol MOORE

You summed it up perfectly! I totally agree with you!

Robin
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Robin

It would have been more believable if Maxie would have commented on how friggen much he looked like Franco!!! Has she gone blind???

Steve
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Steve

Similar to how Hamilton Finn has never been mentioned as looking like Silas Clay nor John McBain before him, the switch with Howarth’s characters will be handled the same way. Franco Baldwin bore no resemblance to Todd Manning. The main difference this time is the extremely short window (less than 2 months) and the fact the previous character (Franco) is still part of an ongoing storyline. Silas was in the ground for many months before Finn came along, and the OLTL characters were never referred to again once they were forced to depart. Maybe in flashback or photos, they’ll just… Read more »

Jeanie fechner
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Jeanie fechner

But that was further apart. Franco hasn’t been dead that long

Diana Krestel
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Diana Krestel

Is John McBain the name of Finn’s character when he was a vampire and Kelly Monaco was his girlfriend way back in the day? I don’t even remember what soap that was on.

Lync
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Lync

John McBain was when he was a cop on One Life to Live.

Steve
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Steve

Diana

You do bring up an interesting twist…

On “Port Charles”, Caleb Morley was the name the vampire went by. He was revealed to be Stephen Clay. The character occurred briefly on GH while Easton appeared as John McBain.

When Silas was brought on, he revealed himself to be Stephen’s brother (I think Lucy mistook Silas for Stephen and threatened him at Kelly’s if I recall).

So, while Silas resemblance to his brother was mentioned, there was nothing said that Silas looked like John or Finn.

C McGhee
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C McGhee

That was Port Charles

Wainna Ashton
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Wainna Ashton

Yes he was John McCain, OLTL.

Cheryl L DeFelice
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Cheryl L DeFelice

No John McBain was on OLTL

Debra
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Debra

Port Charles

C McGhee
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C McGhee

I thought the same thing. At least on other soaps they acknowledge it. But the resemblance doesnt seem to matter on GH at all.

Cherise
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Cherise

Great point. I wish they would decide to make it more believable by having Austin be Francos long lost twin. Now that Maxie hasn’t recognized him that wouldn’t work I guess.

Betsy
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Betsy

Perfect solution.

Sheryl
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Sheryl

Yeah, but they explained it. With Franco and Silas they have no link between the two characters.

Eileen
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Eileen

Totally agree. How could Maxie not comment that he looks exactly like Franco. I really thought that they were going to have Franco just play dead to trap Peter

Sarah B Griffin
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Sarah B Griffin

Maxie was in labor…

Eva Jackson
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Eva Jackson

my thoughts exactly — soon as she SAW him there should have been a mention or a look of confusion at least on Maxie’s face — i LOVE Roger but this is beyond stretching our disbelief

Janet
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Janet

That is so true, I thought the same thing;

Carmen
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Carmen

I totally agree. I was wondering why she didn’t say, you look just like someone I know. I thought maybe he didn’t die and would claim he was somewhere recuperating.

That’s the first thing I thought! Whenever a new c
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That’s the first thing I thought! Whenever a new c

That’s the first thing I thought! Whenever a new character arrives that’s played by an old actor nobody ever says wow you look familiar!

Janice
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Janice

I was thinking the same thing! I was waiting for Maxie to say, Are you Franco’s twin brother????

Donna
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Donna

I agree! I really think it’s stupid when they bring back a character as someone else. I didn’t like him as Franco and I won’t like him in this roll it’s just too ridiculous!

Brenda
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Brenda

It’s a soap opera a lot of people didn’t want Franko dead I’m happy he is back now waiting for Sonny to make it home. Don’t read in to it so much

Charlene Rogers
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Charlene Rogers

I am happy the actor is back! I just don’t care who he is playing. He is darn good. A Soap is just another genre to escape for a bit. I hope he is related to the Quatermain’s and continues to be a good person.

Annette Bedford
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Annette Bedford

I think he was great actor as being Franco I think it’s stupid to have him come back as a totally new character

Julie
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Julie

I know. Exactly what I thought. Stupid story lines. You would think she would be shocked

Cheryl DeFelice
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Cheryl DeFelice

Well they did the same with Michael Easton. He’s been 5 characters

Sharon Hayworth
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Sharon Hayworth

those were my thoughts too, and today Elizabeth reacted the same way, give us a break here!

Timmm
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Timmm

No one ever told Finn he looked like Silas either. That always bothered me. I mean, when Austin rolls into PC, Liz and Cameron have to feel as if they are seeing a ghost!

JB
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JB

This isn’t any different from when Michael Easton came back to the show and made his debut as Finn…after having played Caleb Morley/Stephen Clay, John McBain and Silas Clay. The show knows that the fans aren’t “idiots” and they have faith that we have the capacity to understand the business at hand.

Celestine Porter
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Celestine Porter

I love this. Ha Haaaa

maureen semenchuck
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maureen semenchuck

Leave it alone altogether, it sounds like a bunch of jealous people who don’t know what they want ,or like for that matter!

Donna Werth
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Donna Werth

I was laughing so hard when watching this new Roger with Maxie, but not when Louise wasn’t breathing…Donna

JoAnn
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JoAnn

I’m with you Donna..when Austin picked up that blue cloth and put it on Louise, I had a frightful flashback to Roger’s portrayal of pre-tumor removal, Franco! Glad it didn’t play out that way.

Diana Krestel
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Diana Krestel

I thought he was probably an angel.

Satan
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Satan

Believe me, there are no angels that look like Frodd!

Drema
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Drema

Awesome idea, Roger Howarth FOREVER! Hey GH, run a poll and let the viewers vote what career path we want him to follow.

Debra Holt
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Debra Holt

Roger by far the best actor of soaps. Love that guy

shortlee57@gmail.com lee
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shortlee57@gmail.com lee

AGREE

Sandra H Haddock
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Sandra H Haddock

nobody seems to recognize him, so he will be easily accepted as Austin. Franco really is dead/done – I think.

Laura
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Laura

Is this all a DREAM???? Who remembers Dallas?????

Satan
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Satan

Can’t be….

Dallas only threw away one season on the “dream” scenario. For GH to save itself, they would have to pretend like all of Port Charles has been asleep since February 2012. That’s one HELL of a long nap.

Jamie
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Jamie

EXACTLY WHAT THE HECK KINDA OF CONTRACT DOES THAT ACTOR HAVE WITH ABC? Ridiculous! There are plenty of other good actors!

Satan
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Satan

Not Todd and not Frodd. That’s an improvement already. As to who he IS…. well, what are the odds that a doctor just happens to be hiking through the woods right when Maxie goes into labor (shirtless in May, no less??) So let’s hope he’s not also on the Whiny Heiny payroll, like the fake nurse is. Though it doesn’t seem logical that Frank Valentini would sabotage the latest incarnation of his pet by immediately tying him to the most hated man in Port Charles (who will be in Hell within a matter of days, given this flash forward scene… Read more »

rose
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rose

Satan…speaking of shirtless, it looks like Roger has been working out. He sure never showed that side of himself as Franco. Also I can’t help but feel there is some fantasy going on since Maxie escaped into the woods. Something otherworldly, not real.

Satan
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Satan

Admittedly I haven’t paid much attention to whether or not he’s fully clothed in all of his characters, but it’s my understanding from reading sites like this one, that Roger has a few tattoos on him, one of which includes his real life wife’s name. Now that could be problematic if two or more characters who aren’t supposed to be related turn up with the same ink. And a whole other problem if that ink has the name of somebody the character shouldn’t know. Maybe that’s why he wouldn’t show “that side” of himself before?? With the presumably clean slate… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

rose
Sorry, he looks the same to me, then again I thought he looked ok before. He’s still kind of pale skin, not as tan as you’d think someone would be hanging out with Mother Nature and the bears, which he acts like he’s been doing for a while. Can’t wait to see where this leads.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
Right again. Tell us that don’t know the Holts who they were/are. How did Austin find Scotty? They act like they already knew each other. How ironic for Scott to be representing Austin.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Why??? This was the perfect chance to bring him back as Todd.

Patrick
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Patrick

Hola… it crossed my mind… what an opportune time to see “Franco” return to the fold…. wait for it

Ms. Kelly Sullivan : ex Connie.

Deb
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Deb

I want Franco back for the boys especially Cam

Janice Tetrick
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Janice Tetrick

I was having a fit because Roger wasn’t back I was ready after all these years to kick gh to the curb the only thing I wouldn’t like is if there’s no connection from him to Elizabeth they always seem to take her man but I’ll take Roger any way I can have him!!!

Janice Tetrick
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Janice Tetrick

I agree I’ll take Roger any way I can see him!

Janice Tetrick
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Janice Tetrick

He should have been left with Liz and the kids it’s rare these days to see relationships last

Shari
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Shari

Really sad they ruined the BEST relationship (Franco/Liz) and family in soaps for this!

Deb
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Deb

I agree…the writers should be fired. The writer brought Franco back as Dr Austin now let him expose Peter. Now Cam will have it really bad.

Cbyrd
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Cbyrd

I agree.. Liz and Franco and family were pretty darn special.. guess GH is only partial to gangsters and not ifamilies.

Carol Mauder
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Carol Mauder

Exactly, I don’t get it. I am getting closer every day to quit watching GH, and I have been watching since I was 9! I am now 52.

Judy
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Judy

I couldn’t stand Franco and Liz glad they ended it

Donna
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Donna

Judy,
I thought I was the only one who felt that way! They need to do a better job of matching couples up. Also so happy that Finn ( who should have stayed John McBain on GH) & Anna broke up, that was a terrible match.

R Curran
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R Curran

I agree Franco/Liz Made the Perfect couple Couple and turned it in two a family. I think bringing him back as a doctor in the woods is crazy

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

You know there are many kinds of doctors and maybe he isn’t the obvious kind. Maybe he’s a tree doctor, ha, or a veterinarian, etc,etc.

Potatochip
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Potatochip

Thank god he’s no longer Franco!

Steve
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Steve

Based on the writers comments, could it be the Q mansion is getting yet another resident? Monica is certainly generous with her house that Alan gave her (because he was an idiot). One of my favorite Edward & Lila moments had him complaining about “the interlopers and hangers on” that stayed in the mansion. Sweet Lila replied “but Edward I love the interlopers and hangers on”. It is a bit off-putting how soon they introduced a new character (whose resemblance to two former characters will likely never be mentioned). So for Howarth and Easton, they both have at least Three… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Steve, thanks for that reminder of Lila and Edward moment as well as your other humorous musings.

Michael
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Michael

We once were subjected to a head writer that for the life of him, couldn’t help but kill off members of core families (specfically, the Quartermaines). Now we have head writers that can’t help but introducing new characters that have no familial connections to anyone.

Satan
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Satan

Or even worse, they have familial connections that make no sense at all. As in Chase being the son of Jackie Templeton… who hadn’t been heard of since 1982, and really didn’t need to be heard of again. Let alone the ridiculous idea that Valentini’s other pet is now supposed to be his “father”. Though it’s obvious that Cyrus the Virus had that paternity test rigged (another one of those plot points that seems to have been left out there, unresolved, for months at a time)

Bostonnc
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Bostonnc

You don’t know who he does and does not have connections to… Good Lord, he’s only been on one day! I’m excited to have Roger back on my screen without him being a serial murderer or a rapist. That’s a win in my book!

Cindy Johnson
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Cindy Johnson

This just gets nuttier and nuttier. I can almost write this myself. I knew Nina will fall for’Mike’ aka Sonny..jason and Britt got close..”Brook Lynn up to her eye balls
On and on. I only continue to watch is it’s mindless brain fodder to watch before going to sleep.

Rodd
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Rodd

I have three days of GH stored up to watch this weekend, so I’m excited to see what will/has happen. Glad Roger is back. Not so glad he isn’t Franco ~ I was hoping against the odds, I guess. Now I’m really sad for the Baldwin family. I thought Elizabeth might get a happy reprise. I figure Austin is going to be a Quartermaine. OR, did Heather give birth to triplets and he’s Franco’s brother? Whatever, I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Rodd
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Rodd

Oh, I have another wild theory! Austin’s a doctor from Nixon Falls who is persuaded to move to Port Charles when it’s discovered that he is a Q or Baldwin. He won’t leave the small town until the clinic is stable and only if Phyllis, his highly values co-worker, (and Lenny) agree to go with him. Nina decides she’s finished her “business” in Nixon Falls and returns to PC. “Mike” gets Sonny’s memories back and decides he can run the small town of NF in a more peaceful fashion and decides to stay there; letting his family continue to think… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Rodd – love your “Mike” theory. If we could only have nice things like that. The characters in PC are so much more vibrant with Sonny out of the picture. Jason (and Britt) are can’t miss soapiness. Heck, Carly as mob queen is interesting to watch. If Phyllis (and Lenny) move to PC, one of them has to be related to Jordan. On the show for 9 years, we have no idea what Jordan’s maiden name is nor know anything about her upbringing prior to meeting the Ashfords. For whimsy’s sake, I’ve decided her maiden name is Simpson, which means… Read more »

Gail
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Gail

Love your remark about Ashford and Simpson. Solid as a Rock was one of my favorite songs by them. Thank you for the reference and the memory!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Steve, loved your comment. I did read somewhere that Phyllis is possibly related to Portia.

Rodd
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Rodd

Love it!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Steve
Hi, did not understand the Simpson reference but so glad it was cleared up. I thought that you meant O.J.

Denise Spencer
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Denise Spencer

He could be Rick Webber’s son since you guys made Jason a twin and we know Susan Moore only had one kid. Please stop saying Peter killed Franco, they fought over that gun so he could have shot himself. So much nutty stuff that could make better story lines.So much unfinished story lines.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Are the characters on-screen just not going to address the fact that Austin looks EXACTLY like Franco mere months after his supposed death, while his murderer is still running around a free man? This is lunacy.

At least when Michael Easton kept returning as new characters, it was addressed that Silas looked exactly like John McBain, and Finn looks exactly like Silas. Characters didn’t just glance over this with nary a comment.

Steve
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Steve

Hey Jimmy
The visual similarities between Easton’s characters were not addressed. Once John McBain (and Todd & Starr) was forced off the show, they were not mentioned again. And Kiki worked at the hospital with Finn yet never mentioned how much he and her father resembled each other.

Sharon
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Sharon

Maybe, just maybe it has to do with the memory transfers?? Jason did start out following in his parents footsteps as being a doctor!? Maybe he will be coming back with Young Jason’s memories? Dr Albright definitely has a hand in this situation if so. Or… Maybe there was triplets! I agree, this is getting a little too weird!

Satan
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Satan

“Young Jason” didn’t have his memories stored on a flash drive. He had them knocked out of his head by his drunken idiot brother.

I think they’re done with the brain mapping nonsense… unless Drew Cain comes back one day, and decides he wants his own life back.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
Per your last sentence, one can only hope. By the way, did that nurse make it to your gates o.k? That sure seemed like that’s where she was headed.

Satan
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Satan

Yeah… she fell down that hole… and kept going!

Patrick
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Patrick

let’s say; it’s Roger Howarth time to “earn” his keep. he developed’ NOTHING as Franco. WASTED YEARS gone by… at our expense. generated no ratings. his fan base is OLTL leftover. STAR dropped eon ago…. hey

give Michael Easton a hug… how does he manage to belong

K
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K

I was curious as everyone I’m not sure why they insist on having a actor that they like and keep killing them off it’s like nine lives of a cat I read up on the soap but no I don’t watch anymore not sure why they keep playing musical chairs with him and the actor Michael Easton ?

Shery miller
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Shery miller

Yes i am glad he is back. I just want maxie to get away from that nurse.

Betty janks
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Betty janks

I was confused. Did Maxie not think he looked like Franco?? Weird.

Betty janks
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Betty janks

I was confused did Maxie not notice he looked like Franco?? #weird

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

First I thought Austin was In Maxi’s imagination, everything was so cut and dried so to speak, even the umbilical cord, did she use her teeth? The whole thing was ridiculous. It says he has ties to a prominent family, the Q’s are the first to come to mind. Austin will probably wind up at GH and meet up with Elizabeth. Do you think she’ll notice the Franco look-a-like sans the scruffy look, Maxi didn’t blink an eye.

Steve
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Steve

Ever since Sam gave birth to Scout without taking off her pants, I’ve given up on the show making childbirth anything close to reality. As Austin was hiking, maybe he had a pocketknife?

Satan
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Satan

They rarely show umbilical cords being cut on TV unless it’s a prime time hospital show with a big effects budget. But most hikers carry knives with them for any number of reasons, and a hiker who is also a doctor would probably have a decent “first aid kit” with him. It does seem unlikely that nobody would notice his resemblance to Frodd, but maybe that’s a good sign that they’re trying to put that ridiculous character in the past completely. Once his murderer, Whiny Heiny, is in Hell where he belongs (which will be soon, by all indications) there’s… Read more »

Funny
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Funny

These writers are the worse I just hope someone sees this real soon.they are losing viewers everyday.i would have liked it if somehow they brought him back as Franco.this storyline is ridiculous.

Donna Werth
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Donna Werth

Not losing me. Been watching since 1969, when our son was born.

aria
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aria

I don’t know what to make of this yet, its bizarre that they are going in the direction of EVERYONE pretending he doesn’t look like Franco, but I’m jumping the gun here cause I don’t really know how they (GH) is going to play this out. Its hard to imagine why they got rid of Franco and all that history if the rumors are true that the show had to get rid of the character because of his past(serial killer) and couldn’t bring in Todd for his past too(rapist), appearantly Disney put their foot down, surely the show isn’t gonna… Read more »

Geegirl
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Geegirl

I love that Howarth is back and playing a doctor. So glad he was there to help Maxie and her baby. But, please bring Sonny back home to his family.

Gloee
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Gloee

I will take RH any character they write for him….Todd and Franco were bad guys who were redeemed. Maybe they want to give this new character a clean slate who knows I don’t know I’m not a writer of soaps…. Just glad he’s back… I think it’ll be fun to see what they have in store for him….

Carol MOORE
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Carol MOORE

No! I wished they would have left his character of Franco alone. Do not understand why they did this.

Ramona Estay
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Ramona Estay

I hate that they took a good story line with Elizabeth and the boys then tossed it away.
Some i know quit watching.
I am confused as to why they did that? Were the writers tired of Franko? Did Roger not want to play franko?
What is the point.

Gloee
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Gloee

I’ll take RH anyway I can get him as Todd Franco whoever…. He’s been a favorite of mine since I used to watch one Life to live… This new character has a clean slate so who knows what will happen but I’m excited to see what that is call Roger!

Angela L Walker
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Angela L Walker

Why doesnt Maxie recognized that the dr looks like Franco? ( confused)

Woodro
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Woodro

I think Dr. Austin ????? Will be the new chief of staff at G.H.

Willie Grady
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Willie Grady

I’m glad he’s back he will always be Todd to me great actor.

Sally singh
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Sally singh

Maxie talked too much its sounded fake. Roger I’m happy to see.

Paula Skinner
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Paula Skinner

I want Franco back from the dead everyone comes back back from being dead why not Franco plus hecut his hair to shórt . Or you could of brought him back back as Todd . Don’t care for his part now . Still love him though always every since One Life to live he’ll be Todd to me always .

Paula Skinner
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Paula Skinner

We want Franco back

Steve
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Steve

Not everybody does. I grew to tolerate Franco (mainly because Peter took his place as the main character that shouldn’t be on the show).

As Franco, Roger had great chemistry with the characters around him (Elizabeth, Cam, Scotty, Liesl).

I was surprised they killed off Franco, but appreciate Roger’s talent. Despite the decision not to mention his resemblance to Franco, I’m actually intrigued by how Austin will fit in.

Edith Hallford
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Edith Hallford

I am going to trust the writers with this new character Austin. I like the look and fact that Howarth is playing a doctor. Hoping he is a good guy. Looking forward to more story line coming. To those upset with this new character Austin in looking like Franco, wake up people in real life have look alikes. Get over it.

Pat
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Pat

Bring back Franco and bring back Sonny. Sonny been gone way too long what up with the writers

Susan Bagdon
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Susan Bagdon

I’m so glad Roger is back. But I loved him since Todd. Now he and Maxie are back, Hmmmmmmmm. Can’t remember them together on One Life to Live, but I’m glad they are match. Thank you General Hospital.

Peggy Oguin
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Peggy Oguin

I like that Franco is back period. I hated that he was killed off. Maybe he’s a twin after all, to take revenge on Peter, that would be great.

Elvis Lee
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Elvis Lee

To me, he will always be Todd

JoAnn
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JoAnn

Just glad Roger is back. Was that Peter’s hired helicopter shining down on Maxie or did Austin have a real impressive Mag light..lol

Emily
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Emily

I love having RH back and will wait to see how this plays out. Just have another ? –What has happened to Jackie and Finn’s (Chase’s ?) father. With Chase,so ill why are they AWOL? Also re: Sonny. Is the Nixon Falls PD so backward it never occured,to them to take,Mike’s prints to see if he is in a national criminal registry to identify this stranger with no memory or last name.makes no sense, especially since he has been on their radar since he washed up there.Too fsr fetched even for a soap opera. But I still love the show.… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

I know budgets are tight, but unless Kim Delaney and Gregory Harrison were off shooting other projects, Jackie and Gregory’s lack of screen time this past month has been glaring.

That said, if the choice was then or having most of the Scorpio family at Sean’s memorial, I’ll go with the latter.

Kimberly A Lummus
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Kimberly A Lummus

I want Franco back with Luz and Sonny back with Carly. If you were going to bring back Roger Howarth you had no reason to kill his character off. Not like you were losing viewers because he played Franco. Bring Franco back and bring Sonny back.

Darlene macdonald
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Darlene macdonald

I love Jason and Brit togeather YEs

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

JoAnn
I wondered about that too. This has gotten so coo-coo, I expected to see the three Wise Men.

Su000
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Su000

Violet–
Roger/Austin is Not a doctor-
It’s a bluff introduction.
Roger, will be someone but not a doctor..
That’s totally my take; time will tell.
I will be right or wrong lol

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO
I was thinking that he might be from Dr. Steve Hardy’s family, who you probably don’t know as he was one of the original characters.

Satan
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Satan

Not likely to be a member of the Hardy family, since Elizabeth didn’t recognize him. One would think she would have known one of her own relatives. It’s not like his face was mangled, as it was when she had a similar scene back in 2014 when a badly injured “Jason” (actually Drew) was brought into the hospital.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
Hi there. I posted my idea before Austin was brought into GH, of course you are right, but then again she didn’t recognize her own husband did she? Ha,ha, just being silly. Has Petey arrived yet? And why hasn’t the idiot Finn even questioned the idea that Peter was faking throwing the vial away or that it could still be on him or in his suitcase, etc? One more thing is hearing Peeta, Peeta, Peeta, it’s driving me nuts!

Jeanie fechner
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Jeanie fechner

Ridiculous bringing back person that just died.

Jewell
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Jewell

Bring sonny back expose nina she gets on my nerves real bad, trying to get back at carly.when nina said I’m going home did she mean PC she’s scared sonny needs to remember who he is and for somebody tell him the name he is going is by belongs to his father mike. Portia should be ashamed going after the commissner exs while all the time she’s feeling her out if the commissner is still in love with her ex. Cyrus should die just like peter should but before chase gets the cure he needs .michael and willow should stop… Read more »

Jeanie fechner
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Jeanie fechner

Ridiculous bring back person that just died recently

Vickie
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Vickie

Yes!!!! Looking forward to him shaking up the landscape. -0- unredeemable past! Great actor. Excited to meet the new character.

Dl
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Dl

I don’t like this at all, it’s ridiculous to bring him back as someone else, it so confusing. Franco was a good character and he was good with Elizabeth

Janice Tetrick
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Janice Tetrick

I’m just so happy to see Roger back before I stopped watching gh I’ve been watching since it began!

Bob
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Bob

So glad to see Roger Howarth on my screen and curious to see where this goes. Let’s give the story a chance, people!

MamaDee
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MamaDee

I don’t really care who Roger Howarth becomes, I’m just happy he is back. Maybe this time he’ll be around forever. He is a very accomplished actor. Even though Austin may have doubts regarding Maxie’s agitation and peril. His expertise and humor shows through. ‘Thank you GH/Roger for introducing us to a new, appealing character.

aria
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aria

I see heather paying a visit soon and she will then confess just like her cousin Susan she also had twin(it runs in the family) and this Austin guy will be Franco’s twin. There you have it, and his full name is Todd Franco Austin.

Peg
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Peg

I never accepted him as Franco. It doesn’t work when they bring the same actor back as someone else. I guess uses they were a twin, but they would have to look similar. He did not work as Franco.

Cecil James
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Cecil James

I’m so glad Franco is gone because Friz sucks lol but RH is back as a new character Austin Holt Jimmy Lee Holts son which means he’s a Quartermaine according to the rumor mill and he’s playing another cousin of Jason and Drews since Franco is their maternal cousin.

Satan
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Satan

It’s a “rumor mill” now?

That theory started right here on this board. And it came directly from this Devil.

Cecil James
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Cecil James

Wrong they originated from several sources at the GH studio.

Satan
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Satan

Hope you didn’t read that over at soapcentral.com That site has been stealing my material for years, after their authoritarian mods on the Di$ney payroll banned me from their site because I dared to criticize the Valentini/Carlivati regime when they attempted to turn GH into OLTL in 2012.

Nobody was saying that before me. You can bet your soul on it.

Victoria Jenkinson
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Victoria Jenkinson

Its so weird and unbelievable to see Howarth play someone other than Franco in GH. Maxie seems to have forgotten Franco ever existed since Austin has the same face of Franco & she dosen’t see the resemblance. Its going to take a while for me and I’m sure others to get used to him as Austin and not Franco. What were the writers thinking?

Su000
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Su000

No way—
Roger/“Austin” is Not a doctor–
There is something else going on, but no way will he be a doctor..
I’ll be disappointed if he would be a doctor–
but, naww he’s not a doctor.
it’s a fake/bluff introduction..

Cecil James
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Cecil James

I’m glad that Franco isn’t there anymore but RH is now a new character Austin Holt Jimmy Lee Holts son which means he’s a Quartermaine according to several sources and he’s Jason and Drews paternal cousin just like Franco was their maternal cousin plus Friz sucked.

Carol Lewis
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Carol Lewis

YELL YELL YOU KEEP BRING HIM BACK AS A DIFFERENT PERSON! OK!! BUT WHAT ABOUT SONNY CORINTHOS WHEN ARE YOU ALL BRINGING HIM BACK? I WILL STOP WATCHING GENERAL HOSPITAL!, AND THEN YOU LETTING NINA GET AWAY WITH TO MUCH! BEING SONNY HOME TO HIS FAMILY AND BACK RIGHT ON GENERAL HOSPITAL! WE BEEN WAITING ON YOU ALL TO ALL BRING SONNY HOME CARLY NEEDS HER HUSBAND HOME YOU ALL ARE MASSING UP GENERAL HOSPITAL LIL. DO YOU ALL KNOW ” AND I’M GLADE YOU ALL PUT MY JASON WITH DR. BRITT WESTBOURNE BEAUTIFUL COUPLE! SO PLEASE BRING SONNY HOME… Read more »

GH_
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GH_

It was revealed that cousins Susan and Heather gave birth at the same time at a clinic in New York, Susan had twins, Jason went to the Quartermanes and nurse Betsy took Andrew. Maybe Heather also had twins, nurse Betsy took Franco and a rich family took her other son Austin to replace their baby that was stillborn. Jason and Austin are cousins and will get along. Jason was headed to be a doctor before the car accident, Austin did become a doctor. Of course he will get a job at GH and meet Elizabeth. And Finn, just because it’s… Read more »

Christine Cunningham
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Christine Cunningham

Love to see Roger back on GH, missed him. Love all the characters he played. He’s an outstanding actor. Welcome Roger back. Can’t wait what ur new storyline going to bring exciting.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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General Hospital

Briana Nicole Henry on Her Decision to Exit GH: “I Decided It Was Time to Move On”

On Monday’s episode, GH viewers learned that Jordan will need to start dialysis and treatment at a specialty clinic in Albany from kidney damage and suffering renal failure.  But on Tuesday, fans of the ABC daytime drama series learned that Briana Nicole Henry has left the show, all her decision, according to her post on Instagram.

A Daytime Emmy nominee this year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category, Briana shared the news on her departure expressing: “I suppose it is that time isn’t it. As I celebrated my third year of being on General Hospital yesterday, I also watched my last episode as Jordan Ashford air. People kept asking me how it felt to have ended my time on the show, and it wasn’t until yesterday that it really sank in, as I watched Jordan’s goodbye to her family and knew the tears you saw were real tears between not just colleagues but friends. I decided it was time for me to move on from @generalhospitalabc and I got nothing but love and support from everyone involved. Not to mention was given the most beautiful send of that left me quite literally shaken.  I’d like to take a second to thank every single person in my @generalhospitalabc family that helped me make GH my home over the last three years, especially @fvalentinigh . From the crew, to my cast mates to our security guard Emma, there were multiple people on any given day that brought such a smile and warmth to my heart.”

Briana finished her post with, “When I started GH it was my first opportunity as a series regular, and to get the opportunity to throw myself into Jordan for the last three years and work with some truly incredible actors has been an honor. Thanks for holding space for me to grow. I am a better actor because of the time I spent within those walls and will forever be grateful for the way the show nurtured and challenged my ability.  To the fans, it took me a while to win you over, but once you saw my heart you made me feel so much love. I hope I brought something unique and honest to your beloved character of Jordan Ashford, she’s one helluva woman. Until next time loves 👋🏾.”

This will be the second Jordan to exit General Hospital.  The role was originated by Vinessa Antoine, and Henry took it over for the last three years.

So, sad to see Briana leave GH? Should the show recast? Comment below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Jason asks Carly to Marry Him and She Responds “With All My Heart”

The stage is set now for General Hospital’s Jason/Carly/Sonny/Nina story to explode as things heated up between longtime friends and former lovers, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) just as Jax (Ingo Rademacher) is in Nixon Falls pleading with Nina (Cynthia Watros) to come clean and tell “Mike”(Maurice Benard) that he is indeed, Sonny Corinthos.  Here’s what went down on Friday’s episode …

Back in Port Charles, at the demolished former “Jake’s”, Carly and Jason’s old stomping grounds, Carly and Jason share a kiss. Carly says she can’t believe this is happening after letting him know that all of her old romantic feelings for him are starting to come back. Apparently that is true for Jason too, as the ABC daytime drama series finally reaches back into the history of these two characters who were in love, before Carly slept with Sonny.  Back in the present day, Jason asks Carly to marry him, and she responds, “With all my heart.” But now, Carly is starting to feel more excited about what started off as a business arrangement between the two of them to retain the Corinthos family hold over the five families and the territory in Sonny’s absence.  Carly says she wants their wedding day to be about them, and later they can come to Jake’s just by themselves.

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In Nixon Falls, Jax (Ingo Rademacher) is trying to get through to Nina, who has admitted her duplicity to him and how she has fallen in love with “Mike”.  When Jax informs her that Carly and Jason are getting married, she thinks that’s great then she and “Mike” can have a future together.  Nina wants Jax to just forget this conversation, and seeing Sonny, and do this for her; after all she went through in losing her child, Nelle, and her relationship with him. Then Jax asks her to think about Donna and Avery and Wiley, his children and grandchild, who don’t know he is alive and will never get to know him. Nina cries that Jax has won, and that she will tell “Mike” the truth in private (but something tells us, she is going to make “Mike” walk-in on Jason and Carly’s nuptials, so that she has a shot of keeping him all to herself by the betrayal he will witness).  Jax says he is not leaving Nixon Falls till she tells Sonny the truth, but she somehow she still got him to leave through her pleading to let her do this alone.  As Nina thinks “Mike” is walking in the front door of the Tan-O, in walks Peter (Wes Ramsey)!

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Meanwhile, Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is rushed to General Hospital unconscious with Portia (Brook Kerr) not far behind, after being trapped together.  More bad news is revealed when Austin (Roger Howarth) gets the blood results back for Jordan and tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) that Jordan’s levels of carbon monoxide are 58% which is not good for someone with one kidney.  Austin relates that if Jordan’s kidney function doesn’t improve, they’ll have put her on dialysis.  TJ (Tajh Bellow) comes to see his mom, and sits by her bedside in tears.  Later, Curtis breaks down in tears holding Jordan’s hand to come back to him, and she opens her eyes, as Portia walks in on the scene.

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Three of the five families plan to take over Port Charles and split the territory after their secret meeting, where they plan to blow up a warehouse while Carly and Jason are distracted and at their wedding; the families also received a message from Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) while in prison.  Who will stop the “hit”?

So, what do you think of Carly and Sonny getting close? What did you think of the performances of Laura Wright, Steve Burton, Cynthia Watros, and Donnell Turner within this episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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