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Sebastian Roche Returns To General Hospital As Jerry Jacks!

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Another baddie is involved with Robin being kept from her loved ones!

After Helena (Constance Towers) was behind Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) initial imprisonment and help captive via Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) over a year ago at the Crichton-Clak Clinic, it looks like it will be revealed that Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche) is now involved, yet again, and has Robin in a very dangerous predicament!

Nathan Varni, ABC Manager, Current Programming who looks after General Hospital related via Twitter this tease for Thursday’s episode “Will Jerry give Robin one more chance or is the clock ticking & time running out?”

Looks like Roche is slated to appear in several episodes for a short story arc!  The question is, how will this all unravel? What does Jerry want in all of this now?  Will Patrick  (Jason Thompson) save the day and finally find out the whole truth about where Robin has been all of this time?  Are you glad Sebastian is making a return? Comment below

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Iakovos
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Iakovos

Are the current writers cleaning house at GH and dispensing all this crazy villainy? I would like that even though we lose some talents. These zany plots (often repeated) are growing old for me.

Reagan
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Reagan

Agree that they are growing old. I think Sebastian is extremely talented & glad he is willing to come back to GH… but I’m kind of over Jerry and the repeat story lines.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I hope they bring back Heather Webber, I could definitely enjoy some Robin Mattson

Walter
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Walter

Yes, I miss her like crazy.
Oops, I said the word!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, yes, Jeremy!!!! I would love to see Heather and some of her more evil mischief. Actually I would love to see her and Dr. O go at it!!

Shay
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Shay

Absolutely, Jeremy! Heather has never been one to stay contained, no matter the nut bin to which she’s been incarcerated, so it really begs the question as to what her latest (offscreen) escapades have included. She would certainly not have been denied her beloved BLT’s for this long, so one hopes that her mysterious whereabouts are once again to be part of an upcoming storyline….maybe even as a Christmas surprise!

Patrick
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Patrick

her opening scene should be seeing her eating a BLT

and …out and about; free; reigning her magnetisms

she’s so good solidifying any scene she’s with… captivates and takes everyone with

Patricio
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Patricio

Agreed- isn’t Heather Grant-webber up at bat know?

Shay
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Shay

Thank you for your kind comments below, Patricio! Actually, “Shay” is just my self-given nickname, which I concocted from a combination of my real first and middle names, but knowing that it means “gift” in Hebrew makes me love it even more! Then again, my official first name apparently translates from ancient times to “(beautiful) princess,” so what more could a girl ask for? (And no, my parents were not aware of this when they chose it, they simply liked the sound of it, felt it befitting and decided it went well with our surname.) At any rate, my best… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hello again, Patricio! Your observations regarding the power to reinvent one’s self through a simple change of name were quite spot on, although mine was purely for the purpose of creating an online nom de plume…..I’m really perfectly content with my given one in terms of “real life.” But for those who elect to redefine their journey in a new direction with a fresh moniker, well, good on them! As for “Downton Abbey’s” approaching swansong, I believe it was decided upon for a number of reasons….first and foremost, it shall end at a time in history when that way of… Read more »

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

Robin will be rescued by Robert Scorpio and reunited with Patrick…the Drakes will leave together in the Witness Protection Program…Patricks new identity will be as a man named Billy Abbot and he will live in Genoa City…Robin will be do doctor duty in some other country…lol

Timmm
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Timmm

No, Robin goes to Genoa City with Patrick and works at Memorial, falls in love with Stitch AND I throw ANOTHER brick through my TV screen!

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

Make that a double brick!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

What are we going to do with Stitch, Timmm? There’s no indication that he’s leaving on the horizon; no impending illness forcing him to be seen as little as possible.
Well, at least today, I saw a little of Dylan’s human side. Fatherhood ( poor guy) does bring out the softness in him…..

aria
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aria

funny jimh, how bout robin like time said works at memorial but instead of stich falls for dylan? all kiddin aside, lets not put this in the universe, for all we know jfp is reading this an plotting to do just that.

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

Now thats a scary thought…lol

Timmm
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Timmm

JJ is a great villain. He is the male version of the “Dearly Departed” Helena! I recognized his voice in the promo from Wednesday. Great to see him back and I wander why he doesnt show up in more TV and movies?

aria
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aria

cimmm, you be surprise how much tv he does do, you can see him on some tv shows, can’t name them all, bt he’s been on the cw shows a lot.

Timmm
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Timmm

I’ll have to IMDB him, thanks aria.

Fanny
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Fanny

OH what fun…Sebastian is such a great actor… Jerry Jax is
deliciously NASTY to the core… Let’s see how they write for him…
if well thought out, this could be a very good storyline there’s plenty
of BAD blood between Robin & Jerry…plus other PC residents…
Hopefully he isn’t over Alexis either and goes after her as well.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Isn’t it weird, Fanny, that I like this guy? Jerry Jax is a devil, but I just can’t see him that way. The face doesn’t fit his dastardly deeds. Obviously Robin will extricate herself one way or another. Perhaps she will escape, or Jerry will be appeased and will release her….I doubt that, though. So the Drakes family unit will be reunited. Not pleased to see Emma gone. Now, my Fanny, love….I take back what I said about Jason not having any visceral strength or as su so eloquently put it; cojones. What he said to Liz was everything upon… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

@CeeCee….SWEETS, I feel the same way about Jerry always have..
It may well have something to do with his cultured accent, his elitist attitude,
his undeniable smarts, OH… And have I mentioned he can be extremely
charming. Not so kind when riled, bordering on cruel.. Hey no one ever
said he was perfect…..his brother Jax is better suited 4 that role anyway.
As you so well put CeeCee, Enfin et Finalmente ! New-found Jason took
off his rose colored glasses and put his big boy pants on❗️❗️❗️

Shay
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Shay

Oh, yes, CeeCee, I concur that Helena has most likely not reached room temperature, but I’m still only being cautiously optimistic because Jerry is known for his mind games, and if the past is any indication, not only do those practices extend to GH characters, but to the viewers, as well. There have been so many times I expected things to go one way with him, and then such is so not the case. He has always taken a special delight in taunting Robin and her parents, so at this point, I am trying not read too much into his… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…Oh, I almost forgot…I do expect Paul to be part of Jerry’s current inner circle of iniquity…it makes perfect sense, since Hornsby goes way back with Faison, and Cesar and Mr. Jacks were recent cohorts. Speaking of Anders Hove, wouldn’t it be such a kick to see him slip into Port Charles under the dead of night with his “daughter” Britta for a holiday family reunion ala Dr. O.????( ‘Twould certainly not be a “Stille Nacht” at ChezObrecht!!!!)

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, Shay; what charming dialogue….expressive play-on-words; “Stone Cold”! Talk about double entendres. You are a master ( actually mistress, but that word sounds disreputable, somehow, lol) of prose.
Absolutely, Shay. I am so happy and proud to get my Billy back. That is our indomitable Billy Miller and his unmatched charisma. His eyes, told so much. He didn’t even have to speak.
And, yes. Billy now owns Jason. He made the character his own. Veni Vidi Vici. Later, love.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Correction. There should be no comma in the sentence…”His eyes told so much”.

Patrick
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Patrick

@Fanny

you have slayed the truth; Jerry Jaxs locks you in

Shay
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Shay

“Delicious” is the perfect word to describe Jerry Jax, Fanny! I am always thrilled when Sebastian R. slithers his way back into a GH storyline! Having him be the miscreant holding Robin in captivity in Helena’s “absence”—I refuse to acknowledge her so-called “death” because I so want her to return another day….—is just a perfect twist, given his history with Dr. Scorpio-Drake. For the first time in an absolute age, I’m actually looking forward to upcoming GH episodes….cannot wait for the arrival of Robert…what a Christmas gift that shall be for longtime viewers!

Fanny
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Fanny

@Shay…Christmas gift indeed… Hopefully Kathleen G. gets
some well deserved AIR TIME as well.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, again, Shay.
I think there was enough proof for me to assume Helena is not dead. I thought I heard Robin ask to experiment on Helena’s body, to find a cure, is it? But, Jerry denied the request.
I also think that Paul may be involved with him. Is this the time when Scorpio rescues Robin, as jimh suggests? He’s usually right on the money, as is Timmm. Will Jerry succumb to Robert’s demands or will there be an outright war? The plot thickens, Watson! Lol. ‘Nite.

Patricio
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Patricio

You are so funny Shay. Is your name the Hebrew Shay? My isreali wife had me name my son Shay. It means “gift”

Patricio
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Patricio

We spell it differently

Patrick
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Patrick

@Patricio

“Shay” means gift

’nuff said

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, Patrick!

Patricio
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Patricio

Hi there Shay. Thank you for the holiday greetings for my family. I love that you created your own name. So many of us are given names we don’t like. When my wife became a U.S. CITIZENshe was given the opportunity to change any or all of her name. Many people at the ceremony did. It was kind of great. I remember I sat next to a young beautiful woman from Africa . Her name was Nzubecki Obo. Pronounced Zubeki. She asked for her name to be Pamela Williams! She said she wanted her name to be as American as… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Fanny….You totally nailed the reasons for Jerry’s undeniable appeal despite being a veeeerrry bad dude! Mr. Jacks is a throwback to the sophisticated, smooth criminals from exotic places that regularly inhabited Port Charles back in the day….long before Sonny and his unsavory ilk became par for the course!!! Anytime Jerry comes to town is a propitious occasion, indeed! I agree that it would be exciting for him to take up residence for awhile, too….no matter how many times he prevails, he always has some sort of unfinished business on the horizon…..like finally putting Sonny Boy in his place! (Would love… Read more »

avril_lee
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avril_lee

Yay!!!

Ces
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Ces

Yawn! Same old villian, different day. Not impresses with this lame Robin story. Glad it will all be over soon.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

Agreed. A contrived afterthought of a resolution to a poorly conceived and ill-planned cartoon story-line.

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Couldn’t have said it better!! Well, maybe I could have, but not as succinctly!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Well, Jerry hasnt been on in a while and they have to tie him in with Helena but I do agree that I am glad this whole story where Robin is always captured and for months or years no one questions WHY she isnt with her child. Love Kim but goodbye, follow your dreams honey!

Cesca
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Cesca

Amen Timmm, wrap it up!

Patrick
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Patrick

i truly want this to be the last time we see “Robin”

and with the sendoff fans LOVE about “Scrubs”

end

I said that earnestly… with Emma staying with Gramma Anna… i’ll relent

Ces
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Ces

Patrick, Would be nice if Emma could stay but she really belongs with Patrick; the one constant in her life. Hate to lose a talented little girl but I’ll survive

Madluv4u
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Madluv4u

Ditto!

Cathy
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Cathy

Robin’s story isn’t lsme. She has no story. Patrick’s story or lack of story with another forced pairing is lame.

su0000
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su0000

hi Cathy ,,
What is really lame;
Jason’s revele story was about Liz, Sam, Nik, Hayden, It was all about them and poor Jason was benched waiting for a turn to come into play.. LOL

Jason’s reveal should have been some great adventures for him trying to discover himself..
He should have been on an intriguing journey with twists & turns, a mystery finding himself.

Instead the snooze queens wrote him sitting home with Liz doing nothing.
now that ^^^^ was sinfully lane !

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnn……..
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……..

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, James….I can hear you from all the way over here!! LOL.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hi CeeCee!

I don’t mean to be such a naysayer. This Jerry Jacks might have been interesting in his first series of appearances years ago, but I quickly tired of his constant (empty) threats. Each subsequent appearance is just more of the same, hence my yawning.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones this holiday season!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

James, dear friend. I did respond, but I do not see the post. What I meant to say was ; I AGREE WITH YOU. And, I hear you loud and clear. By no means would I consider you a naysayer, not you. I love people who tell it like they see it. We all feel the ‘enough is enough….same old same old’ sting. But, Jerry, Helena, Heather, Dr O and Faison add the ‘ridiculous’ to any story. Yes? I really do hope these characters all converge in one place and give us a Christmas show we will never forget. Later.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you for your reply, CeeCee. And I definitely LOVE your ideas for a special Christmas show! Please take care, Friend!

Shay
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Shay

Si, CeeCee! It would be an absolute laugh riot to see this bunch of merry miscreants getting their Christmas freak-on all together in one place!

Maureen Lynch
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Maureen Lynch

Ugh ! Not again. Just get this story line done already.

su0000
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su0000

Luv Jerry Jacks !!
He and all the great ones are gone 🙁
And– The Cassadines were one of the most suspenseful families, ever.
GH has been gutten of the, twist&turns, shockers, surprises, mystery. humor and on the edge intrigue 🙁
I’d bet most all know how and what will happen with Patricks bye bye..

It would be great if Jerry/Sebastian would stay on!!

and– I’m looking forward to seeing JT, again- soon as Billy.. I think this story, Patrick leaving) goes on until January sometime and Jason’s revel will have ended (then what’s next, I wonder for 2016..

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I love Sebastian. He’d be a great playmate for Franco, lol, though I’m loving edgy but now based in reality Franco. Still, they’d play odd each other well. Too bad “Jerr

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Translation…They’d play off each other well. Too bad Jerry is only back for just another short stint.

David
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David

Yes Jerry was back today but the real scene stealer was Brooklyn Rae Silzer who plays young Emma. That girl is an amazing actresses. Her scenes today when Sam left and Robin told her she couldn’t come home, were heart breaking. The emotion felt so real and that young girl deserves a ton of praise for her performance in those scenes today

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Indeed. Tissue-worthy performance.

su0000
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su0000

I want all the below to return.. They were the thunder & lightening of GH !! (GH can never be the same, never 🙁 Ted King / Luis Alcazar Thaao Penghlis / Victor Cassadine John Ingle / Edward Quartermaine Tristan Rogers / Robert Scorpio Vanessa Marcil / Brenda Barrett Stuart Damon / Alan Quartermaine Sr Stephen Nichols / Stefan Cassadine Rick Springfield / Dr. Noah Drake Jon Lindstrom / Dr. Kevin Collins Jay Pickett/ Det. David Harper Stephen Macht / Trevor Lansing Linda Dano / Rae Cummings Bruce Weitz / Anthony Zacchara Ignacio Serricchio / Diego Sanchez Alcazar Anders Hove… Read more »

Amy
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Amy

John Ingle passed away in 2012. Aren’t Trevor Lansing and Stefan Cassadine both dead?

su0000
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su0000

hi Amy, I know they are passed..
but they are missed and made GH great 🙂

Fanny
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Fanny

That’s quite a list… I’m on board for ….
Ted King, Ingo R, Brandon B, Constance T, Anders H,
Tristan R, Vanessa M, Stephen N… They have a few
Gems on the show that DON’T get Any air time, like
Kathleen G… Whatever happened to William Devry’s
Character of Julian??? I feel they neutered him!

su0000
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su0000

LOL .. hi Fanny.
Yes, as I have said, and you— Julian has indeed been ”neutered” and his balls are in a jar next to Sonny’s and Franco’s tumor..

J&S have been ‘snipping’ most all the men, working their feminist wilds!
And- It’s a shameful sin seeing the now love-in Unics withered and on knee..

Rose
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Rose

Fanny…hadn’t thought about Julian that way but you are so right about him being neutered. Just like they did Patrick. I don’t want Julian ( or anyone for that matter) to be part of the black gun market like Ava has gotten herself mired in with her blackmail-pact with the devil to keep Avery and her libido calm. But I did sense a longing on his part of missing the action when he started piecing together Ava’s suspicious behaviour lately.

Fanny
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Fanny

@Rose…absolutely Patrick as well…Like yourself, I sense Julian’s
restlessness of late…& how uninterested he wanted it too look, as
he keenly listened to Sonny tell Ava he knew the truth of what she
has been up to. Julian will be dragged back in (relatively easily)…
when Ava is in over her head.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Girls….let’s talk about OLTL. Every time I think of that soap, I get a feeling of homesickness;….know what I mean?

Shay
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Shay

@Fanny….Why on earth wouldn’t Julian be restless? His most pressing task this week was setting up a Christmas tree and then rolling around the floor beneath it with the randy Alexis! (Kept hoping that mighty pine would tip over and land on Ms. Davis!) Playing “Clark Griswold” and servicing the always-insatiable Alexis could hardly be satisfying substitutes for the high-octane criminal activities that formerly occupied this once-alpha male mobster!

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Love your list… that would be great!

Shay
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Shay

John Colicos is also deceased.

Reagan
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Reagan

If Nichols came back as Stephan, I would add a return of Mary Beth Evan’s as Katherine. I could see her playing w/ Nic’s mind again, having another fling w/ Stephan, & even another fling w/ Mac. But they are both doing well over at DAYS again, which is great to see. Agree with your list. 🙂

Patrick
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Patrick

Ted King
Brandon Barash
Jon Lindstrom
Linda Dano

Shay
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Shay

@Patrick….”Felicia Gallant” should have purchased “Crimson” and arrived in town to run the fashion mag since Prospect Park wouldn’t allow Rae Cummings to set foot in Port Charles!!!!

su0000
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su0000

Rae Cummings could go wherever she wanted just not as her OLTL or even AMC characters..
It was bad for the actors to lose their loved characters..
hmm wonder who holds the characters, now… it’s been a long time since I even thought about it.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I always welcome a visit from Jerry Jax. Also loved Jonny Z returning (please do us all a favor and dispose of Valerie. Thank you.)

Shay
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Shay

Yes, MBmomof3, if juicy JohnnyZ were to bump off the revolting Val-Chops, it would be a Christmas wish come true!

su0000
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su0000

They should put Sam and Val in a cage match/
huego-todo !!!!

lol 🙂

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Christmas cage match! Sam might be petite, but she could totally take Val. As long as that mouth-guard stays in and no biting. Lol.

Patrick
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Patrick

@MB LOL

that mouth-guard clearly has to stay on

i adore this site

or… if my fan means… behead and give my Liz a nudge…

Shay
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Shay

OMG, MBmomof3….your “mouth-guard stays in and no biting” comment was pure genius! I concur that Sam has the right stuff take on Val-Chops and emerge victorious…she’s one petite powerhouse, although I would suggest that perhaps a better match would be one in kickboxing between Liz and Ms. Morgan…..can you just imagine those two going at it in their respective stiletto-heeled boots? Nurse Webber’s been sporting some great knee-highs that have to be at least 4 inchers, and Sam usually goes with the 5-inch platform style….so either of their footwear would pack a considerable punch with a well-placed strike to the… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Too funny, MB. Not only does Valerie need a mouth guard; but also an Hannibal Lecter mask would do her well. I had to scream when I heard Johnny call Valerie a ‘knock-out’ . It kind of distorts my idea/image of beauty.

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

A knock out…i hope Johnny knocks her out of PC…lol

Shay
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Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl! Just the other day, a friend of mine texted me and said Val-Chops reminded her of a “jacked-up mutant insect,” and I have to say, I was most impressed with that description, considering her exceptionally long-limbed frame, extremely narrow mid-section and exotic, but exaggerated, facial features! Maybe “Cadet Spencer” has a future in sci-fi flicks!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I was actually starting to feel a little bad for all my Valerie snark. I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t stand the sight of her. I don’t even think it’s the actress’ physical appearance as much as her performance and the fact that the character is a sk@nk (not to mention waaaaay too much screentime). That being said, I find it odd that Dante was totally ready to go through another round of IVF with his beloved bride literally days before sleeping with his wife’s COUSIN, again! He is a total creep now in my book. I… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Su…you’re a bit of a sentimentalist. Love your list. Might add Carlos.

Patrick
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Patrick

CARLOS ! is a MUST HAVE

to see Carlos and Sabrina… ignite; laugh; share; their significance… puerto rican style… sexual; matter of fact… dance

steal the show

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Carlos needs to shower first, Patrick. Yucky!!

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL

@Rose

yeah… isn’t that calling the kettle ??? black , is it?

su ??? we love your stance

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Did I missed something? I thought Robin had already figured out how to bring dead people to life at the Clinic– Jason, Helena, and whoever RKK was playing– so they kidnapped her for what? To make a new and improved version of the drug? I would cry if this wasn’t so lame— another story thread that an old writer started and new writers have failed to seamlessly weave together. But Jerry had her before at Cassadine Island so I guess it makes sense he has her now — poor Jerry the villain they trot out when all the other ones… Read more »

DYLAN
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DYLAN

Yawn. Jerry was tiresome on his 17th return from the dead. This is one character I have never “gotten”. He has no motivation for being evil. He is just evil for evil’s sake. the throughline of the character has never made sense either. If he has all the money and resources to keep a doctor hostage for years….why does he need ONLY that doctor? Why doesn’t he just hire renowned doctors to do the research he wants? I hardly think Robin Scorpio, from little Port Charles, is the most brilliant doctor in the world. And probably a person being held… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think sometimes people try to analyze soaps using real life as a Gage. That works in some areas only. I just accept Jerry’s a villain. I don’t need to question why. He’s sort of the anti James Bond. Suave, well-dressed, well-spoken, dashing, quick witted, sardonic. Charming…but evil. As for Robin…she studied at a prestigious medical school in France I believe. When she returned years ago to find a cure for Jason’s brain tumor..,I think it was established back then she was brilliant and an extraordinary researcher. If we analyzed why anything happened in these fictional towns we should question… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Soaps are from a make believe world..
anything can happen that is not of our world..

Patrick
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Patrick

Jerry Jax is SEXy

CeeCee
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CeeCee

OH, Patrick, Patrick! What shall I do with you?

Dee Koper
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Dee Koper

No. He is too brutal. With everything happening in the world today, I would like to see the show lighten up instead of going to the dark side.

I’ve watched for 50 years. I just hate the same couples, saying the same stuff to each other every day, then the next day. Same stuff ! Can’t we move story lines along a little faster?

It was a big let down about Jason reveal. He should have started to remember stuff on his own.

Move the story lines faster. Thanks

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Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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