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Tamara Braun Debuts As Kim Nero On General Hospital: What Were Your First Impressions Of Her New Character?

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Who says you can never go home again, and when you do make it fun and interesting?

Well, that is just what Daytime Emmy winner, and the former Carly Corinthos, Tamara Braun is doing now that she has signed back on to be at General Hospital!

However this time, as previously reported, Braun is back playing a brand new role that of Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) mom, Kim Nero.  Viewers got their first glimpse of Braun in her latest Port Charles incarnation on Wednesday’s Thanksgiving episode of the ABC sudser.  And who does Kim meet first? Yup! You got it … Carly and Sonny (Maurice Benard), in a nod to her previously GH role, now played for the last 12 years by Laura Wright.

In story, after Joss (Eden McCoy) and Oscar go upstairs to check on Avery, the parents are left alone.  Kim makes it clear she knows that Sonny is involved in organized crime, which is why she claims she is concerned about her son getting mixed up with Joss.  However, she says she will step aside and let their little romance play itself out, as she is fairly certain it won’t last long, which in turns causes Sonny and Carly concern over her attitude.

A single mother, who is a doctor, Kim explains to Carly (when Carly presses the issue), that Oscar’s father hasn’t been in the picture for awhile, and it is a very complicated situation. When Sonny and Carly’s other Thanksgiving guest, Jason/Six (Steve Burton) arrives things turn intriguing when Kim looks upset and shaken, and says, “Drew!”

What were your first impressions of the character of Kim Nero? Excited to see how Tamara Braun folds into the story? Do you think the man she knows as Drew will turn out to be Billy Miller or Steve Burton’s character? Comment below.

 

 

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Bren
Bren

I hope steve burton is drew, I love billy miller and kelly monaco together

Rhonda
Rhonda

But Drew (Miller) can still be with Sam whether he turns out to be Jason or not. Personally, I don’t feel Miller and Monaco have much chemistry in real life probably because they’re close and comfortable with each other in real life. They lack the intensity that Burton and Monaco shared. But still, I don’t care who Sam ends up with

Mia
Mia

Steve was in Port Charles with a girlfriend named Courtney when Oscar was born so he cant be Drew. I guess you have to know GH history to not be fooled by her calling him Drew.

Harry
Harry

Mia’s right! But GAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Courtney. I hope the mere utterance of her name doesn’t bring back that vacuous, stupid character.
In my mind Courtney is on The Island of Forgotten Sappy Characters keeping Sparkle Pony (Sabrina) company. I think Emily is there too.

Shay
Shay

“The Island of Forgotten Sappy Characters?” Ah, that is just priceless, Harry! And your list of its residents is….oh…so…true! (On a somewhat related note….”Rudolph’s” annual appearance is right around the corner….Yes!)

Celia
Celia

He probably is, Bren….yet, who knows!!!! As I said TPTB can switch gears at any given moment.
Nonetheless, if Billy is Drew ( not saying he is??, LOL) , could the name Aurora mean something?
I realize it’s where Billy’s Jason and Sam were planning to relocate — in Aurora, NY…..but, what if such a city exists somewhere else? The place where THE Jason has been?

Jimh
Jimh

Kim should also turn out to be Nelle’s mom…they kind of look like each other imho…Oliver and Nelle could be half siblings with different fathers…while Oliver will be a Q…Nelle wouldnt be one and so she can still be with Micheal…but doubt they would go there!!!!

Shay
Shay

Aurora, Colorado? Or, maybe the name “Aurora” is associated with the person or protocol used to transfer those Jason memories to BM’s character. Then again, it could be a military codeword that was utilized during “Drew’s” stint as a Navy Seal!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hey, hey, hey, Shay…..
Good one!! Let’s just say, Shay ( HaHa) , the name/word Aurora may have some significance….
I am still not convinced Billy is Drew.
Howevahhh, the exchanged look between Billy’s Jason and Oscar was intense. Was it my imagination? This kid is turning out to be OK ( starting to warm up to him). Great eye contact and eye ” acting”…..as it is said, the eyes are the portals to the soul….or windows…whatever.
I just feel completely miffed over the easiness in which Jason2 has been repudiated and flicked off by many.
……my heart goes out to him. I hope his story, as it develops, is rewarded by a favorable ending.
As I said, Shay….Steve’s turnabout from man of steel to man with heart has impressed me ( albeit, I can see the iron fist, slowly re-descending); but, I will always favor BM.

Celia
Celia

@Jimh.
Hi, Jimmy.
Yes, it is quite uncanny how Nelle and Kim resemble each other. Your premise is a good one….especially due to the fact that TPTB need to find a niche for Nelle. What is her purpose now?
Why were she and Michael broken-up by this writing team? Was it to turn Nelle into the villainess she was meant to be? Yet, it makes no sense.
Remember when she first came to town we speculated Nelle may have been AJ’s?
All these images are going through my head…..is AJ, somehow, involved in this game of who’s who?…Lordy, Lord, Jimmy….exasperating, I say!! LOL.
So, what you are saying may have some truth—the reason Nelle is still around is to tie her to Kim? Works for me, Jimmy.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee,,,,As much as I have welcomed Steve Burton back to the GH canvas, I cannot help but share your sentiments about the near total lack of empathy and caring demonstrated by far too many for BM’s character. It’s actually been quite appalling how nary an emotion has been expended upon his behalf, save for Sam and Monica. The poor guy was dropped faster than a hot potato by the likes of Sonny, Carly, et al, without a second thought when St. Jason returned from the deadzone…Only now has it finally dawned on these geniuses that his twin is also in a similarly difficult and precarious situation! (Duh!)..Having said that, their so-called “revelation” has been wholly unsatisfying, given it was definitely a case of too little, too late from these forever self-centered, socially-inept clods.

Leah
Leah

I just love Tamara and would’ve accepted her back as Carly or this new character. There’s something Tamara has that really only Vanessa Marcil had previous to her which was chemistry with most of the male cast.
They both have that confident sexuality about them and in daytime, that’s gold because this is suppose to be love in the afternoon.

I’m not rooting for them to pair her up with any certain man or reunite her with Maurice Benard as a couple because they did that with Sarah Brown and it didn’t work. So, please GH keep an open mind and let Tamara play with the men on the show and see what works best for this new character.

I’m excited, I’ve followed Tamara to AMC and Days as Ava and Reese and I’m so happy she made it home to GH where I first became a fan of hers. I loved how Kim let Sonny and Carly know on Day One that you can’t hide who you are or what you do from me. I like that she isn’t one to hold her tongue and I think she will be a formidable opponent for a few of the characters and that makes me happy because GH should have more strong women.

So, welcome back to my favorite Carly….I’m excited to see what’s in store for Tamara as Kim.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m excited with you – WHAT – a fun, post

I – LOVE – Tamara Braun

I’ve always said.. with: “… have that confident sexuality about them and in daytime, that’s gold ”

absolutely… because… it’s the male characters who should be responding to them.

that’s the position that Tamara characters have always come from. she just adds that much more

oy! I am receptive to the “twins” I just want SO MUCH for Billy Miller character to be “Drew” and goes and lives with Monica and wanted very much for BM character to go back to Liz.

alas… if Tamara was specifically screen tested to be with Billy Miller.. then I say

LETS DO IT.. because BM and TB have that innate sexuality that

well

Patrick
Patrick

PS: I read the latest SOD issue… and Tamara , mentioned that fan reaction is what “brought” her back

in whatever capacity it is… not that GH was looking to recast Laura Wright character. ( i’m over her ) I’d vehemently tell Tamara… pay no mind to who’s who.. and act your arse off… as only she can. so excited for you

Tamara is going to ACT on a whole ‘nother level. with Billy Miller

Harry
Harry

PATRICK, I have to admit, Tamara got on my last never as Carly.
However, she wasn’t irritating me as Kim. I think this could be good.

ppage
ppage

Tamara was great.

Michael
Michael

She was on screen for two minutes so it’s hard to tell so soon.

Sharon
Sharon

I hope Free is the one who played Billy Abbott. He is just not Jason.
Steve is the one and only Jason Morgan. I think when he sees her he(Billy) will start to get his old memories back. Then the real Jason can have his life back. I don’t like Sam with the one she’s with now and he is nothing like Jason

Jen
Jen

It was so great to see Tamara back on GH again! She looked amazing and her and Maurice still have chemistry in spades. I’ve always been a Sonny and Carly fan but I can’t help but want Sonny with Kim now.

Donna
Donna

I love that she speaks her mind! And I love that she called him Drew! Haha! She’s in my good books so far! I hope she keeps stirring things up in Port Charles and I really hope she continues to get under Sonny and Carly’s skin! Weeeeeee! This might be fun! :)))

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

I saw this coming a mile away. Drew(Billy) is getting a past life. He’s Oscar’s dad. Remember Helena called him soldier boy in the Jake story about the scarecrow. WE all know Jason was in Port Charles when Oscar was born in San Diego. Drew’s life is a mystery from toddler to 2 years ago. Kim thinks Jason is Drew cause according to this twin fairytale, Drew used to look like Jason.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

The only downside IMO is that the writers continue to create situations where the Quartermaines are entwined with the Corinthos family. I’m sick of it! All these years waiting for the Q’s to return to their vibrant, wacky, full house of crazy and it’s still all mixed up with what Carly wants. UGH! Also, why couldn’t the Q’s be expanding their family with girls? Does it always have to be another boy/man added to the fold (Oscar, Drew, Jason, AJ, Dillon, Ned, Michael, Jake, Danny, Leo)? Scout is the only biological Quartermaine in that family, and she is not old enough to go toe-to-toe with Olivia…yet.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

* “biological female Quartermaine…”

Patrick
Patrick

I’ve been “pressing” for Robin Christopher, ex-Skye Quartermaine to return… if they could bring back Lila Rae with –

Bam… Skye has all the playful, tease, and flirtatious energies to keep her “brothers” in line.

along with bringing so much intrigue with Skye herself.. let her be the NEW CEO of ELQ

that’s womanhood

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I love Robin Christopher! Plus, Skye was a redhead like Tracy. It’s time to bring the Quartermaine ladies bring glamour and excitement back to Port Charles (hopefully without all the mob stuff). Adding Skye to the mix could definitely liven up PC. Think of how she could interact with all the doctors at GH, Julian, Valentin, etc. And, instead of doing the boring thing of putting her at odds with Nina or Alexis, they should all become besties! Alexis needs some friends who aren’t associated with Sonny. Imagine Nina, Olivia, Alexis and Skye together having a great time while Carly just sulks…

Shay
Shay

Yes, Patrick and KansasGuest….Skye would definitely shake things up in Port Charles, but dear Lord, no hen parties for that feisty, ferocious femme! I cannot stand it when cool, sexy, independent babes with allure to spare go all in for the sisterhood thing…next thing you know, they’re reduced to lounging around doing the “wine o’clock” and grousing about men! I especially don’t want to see anyone, let alone the awesome Skye, being “besties” with the likes of Nutty Nina and Alcho-loving Alexis…those two are toxic as all get out and exactly the variety of females I assiduously avoid encountering at all costs.

Celia
Celia

That’s right, Karen…great memory. It’s those little remarks that sometimes hold the clues.
I always thought Helena was up to her eyeballs in this…..but, it could also be Faison—or both, working together. Helena is presumably dead; has Faison been doing her dirty work? Is he Andre’s experiment’s ‘funder’? Shay did say this would be the best possibility….Faison and Andre….the mad, mad scientists.
Helena had the most to gain from this diabolical ‘brew’….as I understand from her history with Alexis, the ultimate vendetta was a life of misery for Alexis. What better way to exact her revenge than upon her daughter, Sam.
We must also remember that Helena ‘anointed’ Sam with the Cassadine curse…is it materializing now? The curse of the two Jasons?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Love her! Absolutely adored her as Carly. I didn’t think anyone would be able to fit Sarah Joy Brown’s shoes and then Tamara stepped in and it was seamless. Perfect!

I’ve been looking forward to her return in any capacity and I’m just glad she’s back. I have confidence that whatever the writers have conjured up for her she’ll fly…

(kinda miss her blonde hair…but then she’d REALLY look like Nell’s mom!)

Soaphound
Soaphound

I wasn’t watching regularly when she was on but Rebecca, I was very impressed. She was terrific–poised and strong. Just what Sonny and Carly need to spar with. I know her recognizing “DREW” doesn’t mean anything new, but for a moment I was hopeful that Sonny, Carly, Robin, Diane would have to eat their words and regret abandoning Billy/Jason (or “that guy married to Sam”, as he’s now known.) But no such luck yet.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Soaphound…Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Ha! It would be interesting if Steve Burton was Drew. Oh how worth it would be just to see Sonny and Carly tank. Diane? She was quite the biatch to him. And Robin? Not nasty…but rather insensitive/cold..considering he took her place in the elevator and risked his life to save her and her unborn child!!!!

I think upon fear of death from irate viewers they may have chickened out changing “history.” LOL…I’m ready to go with the flow however it turns out. But you KNOW I agree that Billy’s “Jason” has been hit hard. Really got to me when some said Billy’s Jason was “whining” etc. Funny how when characters have human emotions they’re condemned by part of the audience. I LIKE the reality of emotions thrown into the often fantastical situations. His reaction has made perfect sense to me. Whether he’s Drew or the original Jason Quartermaine (before Jason Morgan was “born”)…he’s always had more emotions that “Stone Cold.” They never “built” him to be identical emotionally; moreson the memories.

Yes! Tamara is great! She was such a beautiful Carly. Really elegant, model-esque…but tough! She just has a way with attitude…

I always feel funny ending in a question because you never know if the response is going to post but I’ll give it a shot. I know we discussed Nashville..but don’t remember…have we discussed Empire, too? I think it’s been really good lately…

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh Rebecca, it never ends. Yesterday when Carly FINALLY admitted that Billy/Jason has had the rug pulled from under him also, did you see Sonny’s face? Practically a shrug! He couldn’t care less. This is a friend? If someone had saved my life twice, and Robin’s, I hope I’d be more loyal, not to mention grateful! The way they worship SB’s Jason is pathetic and selfish. I’m fast losing hope that Billy will be treated better (though thank heaven for Monica); maybe Spinelli can offer some compassion. Off topic, I’ve not yet seen EMPIRE, though I’m a fan of Taraji, but plan to rent the past seasons, as I’m now doing with FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. Our beloved Rayna/Connie is really good on it and the entire cast is excellent. Don’t know how I missed it the first time around. Back to GH…if Billy is DREW, how about he and Tamara as a couple, with Oscar in tow? I think Billy being dad to Oscar would be adorable.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Soaphound…LOL. Those puppy dog eyes on Billy…gotta feel for him! That’s not to say I don’t like Steve Burton and his Jason. I do. I always have. And I think he’s been great since his return. But that doesn’t take away how horribly I feel for Billy’s character; I really feel such empathy for him. Billy, too, is giving an incredible performance as little boy lost…or big man freaking out…or boy/man so sad/scared/confused/hurt…holding on for dear life. Literally…in the sense of the life he’s built with Sam.

Yes. It does appear that, unless there’s a huge twist and Burton really IS Drew…then Billy will turn out to be Oscar’s father. I loved their scenes together today. I think it’d be good casting; they can definitely pass for father/son. And, Tamara’s Kim? This story really does repercussions all around. I’m conflicted. I actually love Billy’s character wtih Sam. They just seem so natural together. But Burton and Sam are great, too. And Tamara/Kim. She’s just so beautiful…but seems like a tough cookie. LOL…Tamara does attitude really well. But she can also bring on the tears…

Never watched Friday Night Lights. I’ve been watching Outlander and Poldar, Walking Dead, looking forward to Game of Thrones (last season). This Is Us is spectacular…good thing I have OnDemand. Nothing like a great show during a bout of insomnia! 🙂

Soaphound
Soaphound

Rebecca, sorry to keep harping on this but after today’s (Thursday) show, I need to vent. Carly now threatening Billy/Jason is bad enough, but I even hear strains of Spinelli (referring to Billy as “the stranger” and investigating Andrew on Diane’s underhanded orders) making hints of “illegal” use of Jason’s money to buy Derek Wells Publishing and even Scout’s being turned over to SB/Jason as well. Well, why not…the whole city is being turned over to him already. I know I’m overreacting, but not by much. I’m on Saint Jason overload. In the long run, BM will be better off as DREW and away from all these fairweather friends, but getting there is making me fume! Maybe that’s the plan?

rebecca1
rebecca1

There, there, Soaphound…put your head on my shoulder and just let it out…hahahah…just playin’! 🙂 Consider me your Billy/Drew (as we now know not Jason) hotline. I’m here for you.

Spinelli was annoyingly adorable, as usual. I love how he loves Jason. But he really was very sensitive to Billy/Drew’s feelings; much more so than all the others that spent the last two years with him…Carly, Sonny, Robin, Diane…those he risked his life for several times. But Spinelli? He’s got a heart of gold…

If no surprise twist occurs and all stays as it is: Steve Burton/Jason, Billy Miller/Drew, I think in the long run he’ll come to understand why those who turned away from him did. They felt that the KNEW that the real Jason was back and their joy at that overshadowed any friendship for him. Doesn’t excuse them; each one of them was completely insensitive and almost hostile. But now we move forward. As I wrote on another post I read somewhere else it’s rumored that Drew has anger problems. Perhaps he does/did. I’m thinking he pushed Franco down the steps, not the other way around. However, since he’s been in town living Jason’s life he’s been much more amiable than Stone Cold. So, interested to see how it all plays out. It’d be great if Oscar is his son (it’s going to be heartbreaking for him to realize Danny and Jake aren’t his sons). Ugh…painful to even think about it. But hopefully he and Oscar will bond. What will Sam do? I truly believe she loves Billy/Drew. Many want her back with Jason and their old life. I’m torn between the “twins.” I really do like them both and I think Sam has chemistry with both actors. But I HATE that Jason’s already back at the ready to work as Sonny’s enforcer…why would Sam, a mother, ever want to get back into that life again? Especially after she almost had a breakdown and practically killed Sonny to keep his business away from them.

And the plot thickens…

watsontml
watsontml

This is no surprise. I bet many figured out that Tamara would be Kim and Jason6 would be Andrew, Oscar’s father. Hope this is how it plays out. It would allow for BM to stay in the role of Jason and SB to stay on the screen as Andrew.

Satan
Satan

That’s not what that scene meant at all.

Kim recognized Jason as “Drew” because she knew Drew back in 2003 when he looked like Jason, and she had no idea he had a twin brother. Since she’s supposedly been in town a few months, she could have literally walked right by the real Drew on the sidewalk and not recognized him, as he now has Billy Miller’s face. And because Drew has no memory of his own real life, he wouldn’t have recognized her either. Hopefully that will change if he spends some time with her. And hopefully she will NOT waste time thinking Jason is her lost love & Oscar’s daddy.

Harry
Harry

Well said, Satan. I think the GH writers threw that out there as a red herring.
I think the only acceptable outcome will be for Burton’s Jason to turn out to be Jason Morgan. I realize a lot of folks harbor this belief that Miller’s Jason was Jason before the car accident and Burton’s Jason is the Jason who existed after the car accident. This possibility initially made sense to me, however, I then realized that such a scenario would have to twist and distort the past stories and wouldn’t pay fidelity to character history. There’s some insane rabid fan movement out there in Twiiter land shrilling about how Miller must be the real Jason Morgan and anything otherwise would be a slap in Miller’s face. This is nonsense. Those of us who saw Miller play Billy Abbott know the role of Jason Morgan is ill suited for the bubbly, energetic, charming Billy Miller. In fact, if they really love Miller they should be happy for him being able to shed the heavy snake skin that is Jason Morgan. This would be liberating for Miller who would finally be able to break free of the Stonecold persona. Then he can can wake up and start being the life of the party again.

Mia
Mia

Exactly. Maybe folks need to go on YouTube to find out what Jason was doing in 2003. For starters, he was in Port Charles!!!!

Celia
Celia

True that, Satan….but, what if, by a twist of ‘fate’, this imbroglio is soooo up there on Mars, that the two Jasons are not twins?
I suggested this from day one; yet, I buried my head in the sand because many naysayed my comment……I am no expert on all that is GH….sooo…..
Your reply makes all the sense in the world, and I agree….but, GH is not the real world. The atmosphere has its own unworldly, physical elements, with its citizens having their own mental elements, LOL.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry…Aside from the fact that we learned today that Billy Miller is Drew (unless there’s STILL some surprise at the end of all this)…of course he could have played Stone Cold in all the character’s stoic glory. It doesn’t matter what role Billy Miller played on another soap…or how exuberant his last character was. He’s an actor. They play the role as its written. Robin Williams played Mork…and he played dramatic roles equally well.

Billy doesn’t have to play the “life of the party.” It’s a new role. I’ve heard Drew might have “anger issues.” It would seem odd because it’s Jason that went psycho on Franco; not Drew.

watsontml
watsontml

And Oscar would be a Quatermaine to boot.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I think Oscar been a Quartermaine could be very interesting story-wise because he could interact with a lot of different characters on the show.For example i could see Monica reaching out to Oscar because he could be sort of her grandson because she could think of Jason and Drew as both her sons.

Patrick
Patrick

I am so delighted with Leslie Charleson’ ACTING as Monica Quatermaine

DELIGHTED w/ how LC always hits her mark

the audience is never let down… by how well played and received Monica REELS

IE: @Andrew – your post below

“with Drew, the show can do whatever they want with him”

which is giving Billy Miller a clean slate… outside of his wowsah LOOKS factor… and imagination wild… the reviews have been a mixed bag… I will never let up on just how much BM and Sam LACK . no real drive.. especially when; as a couple.. they are not even the slightest believable as a Happy in love sexual couple. perhaps when they are in matching black garb ? throw in leather jackets ??? the giddy troopers actually laugh and find their sense of humor ?

UGH ! PLEASE people

Billy Miller deserves a whole new lease on life… his employment @GH nosedives…

WHO of the two TWIN has the better chance to ACT

all the surprises turns and twists are not heightening any one REAL experience already played out for 21 years of Steve Burton @GH. what’s he going to do ? offer him an “Oscar”

Billy Miller with Tamara Braun
Billy Miller with Rebecca Herbst

so Steve Burton will end up with the fab four … to languish

Carly and Sonny and Sam w/SB Jason.. will stomp around Port Charles

oh well… we’re used to that.. ho hum… no drive drama for the lackey’

was Roger Howarth ‘ Franco supposed to be much more tolerated accepted and reigned in to support or prop ? who knows.. because he’s still the forgotten misunderstood one..

what’s the point in Jason 1 or 2 to befriend him? so Liz is stuck terminally

it’s going to be a great time.. if GH gives Billy Miller a new character.. as most all fans care about

wouldn’t it of been great.. had GH given Michelle Stafford and Micheal Easton the same opportunity.. oh wait they ARE

Frank and Shelley continue to shellack and wear thin the cast as a whole. save for their fab 4 and pet(s)

Franco / Nina / Dr. Finn are not fully fleshed out characters… our loss

heres hoping.. that GH will give the audience what we care about.. The Q familial will strengthen

Monica / Ned / Steve B / Drew w/ Tamara Braun

i’m more excited by the prospect of Kim and Oscar… WITH Billy Miller

with Monica

YES

Harry
Harry

Love this comment, Patrick. Of course I agree with your every word,. Yes, Miller’s Jason and Sam are completely lackluster on screen.
And yes, Monica has been compelling and touching playing the mother who is not torn between two sons, but rather, loves them both unconditionally while recognizing and appreciating their unique character traits.

Jimh
Jimh

Tamara should had been named Cassie…Cassie on GL was played by Laura W.,..this would had been an inside joke…we would had Laura who had played Cassie on GL playing Carly now on GH and Tamara who played Carly NO.2 on GH is back on GH playing Cassie opposite Laura who was once Cassie on GL now playing Carly against Tamara playing Cassie who was once playing Carly on GH-lol

Jimh
Jimh

I almost confused myself-lol…HAPPY THANKSGIVING Micheal Fairman and to all posters!!!!!!!!

Jimh
Jimh

So my second guess was right…Kim is Oliver’s mom and Patient6 is the father but really Drew is and Drew is Jason’s twin and Drew will be Billy Miller!!!!…So Kim(Tamara) and Drew(Billy) will be the parents..thus making Oliver a new Q????????????

Shay
Shay

Right back at you, jimh! Even if it is belated! My bad…..

Jimh
Jimh

Shay…better late than never!!!!

Fanny
Fanny

@Jimh…HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND TO U & ALL THE LOVELY POSTERS
ON THIS SIGHT. Jimh that was a mouthful and FUNNY!!!
Your right…Kim (Tam) & Drew (Billy) will undoubtedly be Ollie’s parents…

Shay
Shay

@Fanny…Amen! And a blessed Thanksgiving weekend to you, as well, lovely lady!

Aria
Aria

Well it’s clear she had a relationship with drew and that would make Oscar their offspring and guess what? Clearly a Quartermaine, looks like the family is growing again. I’m loving it, damn she came throwing some shade right away. Welcome back Tamara…

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Dear God, no!!! I can take Tamara in a new role but I’m not sure I can Steve as Drew. This has been so hard for me trying to be impartial as to who’s Jason and who’s Drew before Steve came back but now that he is, i can’t take him as anyone other than Jason. The show really is that good now though.

rebecca1
rebecca1

James R. Poissant…Jason and Drew are twins; Billy’s character looked like Burton before the accident. Thus, Kim thinks Steven’s character is the man she was involved with, Drew.

I still think Billy is Jason Quartermaine; Steve is Jason Morgan. (who was born Drew.) Then, they were switched. Billy lived as Drew…until now.

LOL. It’ll all work out one way or another. And hopefully we’ll have two twins stay in Port Charles and Oscar…and we will see the Qs rise up from the ashes. (If only somehow AJ came back, too.)

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hahahha…I don’t know where “Steven” came from. It just typed itself onto the page! Steve. I meant Steve! 😉

Harry
Harry

She looks even better now than she did years ago while playing Carly, I think I am going to like Kim.
Interesting she called Jason “Drew.” I can only imagine it’s because Miller’s Jason had the same face back when Kim knew him. Burton’s Jason doesn’t remember Kim so that could be telling.
Of course if they manipulated Andrew’s memory banks they would not have him programmed to remember Kim so honestly, we viewers don’t know what to think at this point.

k/kay
k/kay

You will find out this next week according to the writers they have decided not to drag it out because I personally think MB runs the show over there Burton will stay as Jason but this does not cheat Miller out of tons of storyline he seems to finally be awake again the old Miller I adored on Y&R

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

In a way maybe Billy Miller would rather play Drew than Jason because as of now Drew is like an open book since we know nothing about his past.So the show could come up with anything they want about Drew’s past without having to rewrite anything that the viewers already know about Drew.As for Jason, the show is sort of in a corner with him because they can’t rewrite his past since the viewers know Jason’s past.So with Drew, the show can do whatever they want with him

Fanny
Fanny

Beautiful & Talented

Karen McCreary
Karen McCreary

I loved Tamara as Carly and was so sad when she left, however I have grown to love the “new” Carly. I like her chemistry with Sonny and all the male cast and I think she has become the main mother like character to all the males on the show. Don’t screw it up GH and go back too far.

Janette
Janette

LOVE Tamara Braun!! Intrigued by Kim Nero. Hope they let it play out and see which male she needs to be paired with instead of forcing it.

su0000
su0000

ok–
It is far from the end reveal..
We will be lead and trolled into- he is no he is no he is until the game ends..
What is now will turn, and then turn again..

All this which is which is becoming stupid LOL ..
I ordered 20lbs of crow, for the reveal feast.. ahaaa!

This game will turn when Heather enters and until then wear yourselfs out following the pied piper and be thankful we’re not Lemmings 🙂 !! bwaha!

(( Franco is a Q twin;) …..)

rebecca1
rebecca1

triplet.

Celia
Celia

Hey, su….recovered from turkey day? Exhausting!!!! LOL.
All we know so far is that the two Jasons are twins. I trnd to think, as I said early on, Drew is Steve—that’s the twist.
Nevertheless, somehow Franco has/needs to fit in here. The picture he so “eloquently” painted, is a tell-all; otherwise such a big stink would not have been made out of it…..to the point where Crooked Andre just had to have it.
I introduced Franco as the third piece to the puzzle—-did Susan ( whom I do not know) have triplets? I pushed Franco as a triplet, but who knows? None of us is sure of that…..all speculation.
I, also, said that Heather and Scott are not Franco’s bio parents—what is the secret? Is there a hidden mystery which only old-time fans/vets can figure out?
Methinks Scotty hath protested too much when Franco wanted some questions answered, but, as usual, some poo-pooed the idea.
You and I were the only ones who agreed with the Franco ‘insert’ from the get-go……we shall see. I don’t particularly trust TPTB to switch gears a’ la helter-skelter, at any given moment.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ha! Suuuuu…I know I said way back that it might be a COMPLETE twist and Franco was actually a Q…like he originally thought and went to the triplet theory. But now am back to Billy and Steve as twins…but poor Franco will get screwed in the end when Liz leaves him. I soooo hope that’s not going to happen. But as I’ve said previously she’ll be pissed he lied to her (forgetting her own lies in the past) and turn away from him.

What I think makes this story so well done is it keeps us guessing. And even though a lot of us are sure which way it’ll turn out…I think we still have a tinge of doubt.

rocky83
rocky83

GH has truly become an embarrassment of riches !

Jimmy
Jimmy

Hopefully Kim will get a job at General Hospital and stick around long term, there are so many potential people she could be paired with. Obviously Drew will be Oscar’s dad, but there’s still the question of which twin is Drew and which is Jason.

Having Tamara back is awesome, I just hope they’re able to formulate long-lasting story for her character and not have her turn into a dud like Nelle, Nina, Hayden and other new characters they’ve brought in recently.

soapgal
soapgal

I think its way too early yet to say much about her character , I think her best character on a soap was when she played Ava V on Days , who knows , maybe Kim Nero be an obsessed crazed wack job like Ava V lol

Sw
Sw

Loved having her back “home”… her Carly was my fav and reminds me of when I loved gh the most. Welcome back!! Please oh please don’t screw this up writers!

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I think it’s too soon to judge the character of Kim Nero.However i do think the character is interesting because she’s not afraid to voice her opinion about certain things.Plus even if Kim turns out to be bad i think her saving grace might be that she loves her son.So i’m wondering if going forward Kim takes actions to make her son is happy even if it makes people unhappy.For example maybe Kim takes steps to make sure the Jason she wants to be Oscar’s father ends up that way.

Dot77
Dot77

I loved Tamara as Carly but Laura Wright nailed Carly the moment she came on screen. Interesting storyline. Jason/Jason too. Hope that doesn’t get dragged out forever.

Satan
Satan

And just as this Devil predicted, Kim instantly mistook Jason for her old boyfriend Drew (I’m assuming “boyfriend” applies here, since it doesn’t sound like they were married, given Oscar’s previous mentions of his father).

Hopefully she will believe Jason when he tells her that he is not Drew, then somebody can bring her to the actual Drew, and maybe she can help him find at least that piece of his life. If Drew can establish where he was in 2003 – San Diego – and where he went after that (given the time, I’m guessing he shipped out to the Middle East) then that might lead him to fill in the blanks between there and when he was turned into a popsicle on Cassadine Island. Kim might also have some knowledge of where Drew was BEFORE San Diego, at least to some extent. Doubt her knowledge of his life goes back to Frodd & his crazy “mama” Betsy.

If the writers are interested in telling Drew’s true backstory – and NOT wasting time with Frodd perpetuating a false narrative that Jason is Drew and Drew is Jason, then Kim could be an essential part of telling the story. And she’s also a doctor, so that could help with the people who are always whining about “not enough doctors” in the GH cast.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

I’m wondering Kim thinks Drew is dead or something.That could be why Kim didn’t want to talk to Oscar about his dad since she think he’s dead.Also if Drew did ship out maybe it was before he learned Kim was pregnant and so he didn’t know he had a child.Also i’m the fact that Kim is a doctor means she interact with a lot of different characters on the show and not just a certain few.Plus i don’t think it was revealed what kind of doctor Kim is.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Kim is an OBGYN. Rumors are predicting a special connotation or foreshadowing about that. Oscar may not be her bio son, etc. Guess we’ll see.

Patrick
Patrick

I like your post… about the time period… for BM Drew ? would explain how Kim thinks he’s dead ? or went MIA – in the middle east

HOPING – he was serving as a doctor.. which would explain another connect

plus their son – Oscar

they have shared interests !!!

Celia
Celia

Yes, Patrick and Andrew Hass…..Kim and Drew may have both been medics.
But, after today’s episode, I am still in limbo.
Did you guys think the charged scene at the PD went too smoothly? Something’s not right!!!
Gimme a break, Spinelli: thou hath spoken?
I care not what the man-of-all-trades’s ‘facts’ are—–not satisfied. It will take a lot more than the debacle we witnessed today.
And, to add insult to injury, I wanted to ‘smoosshh’ Carly’s smug Cheshire Cat smile right off her back-stabber’s face!!! And the way she hung on to Six’s arm left me fuming. Well, la-di-da for her.
And her puppet husband affecting that innocent look was soooo inadequately played….Lordy, Lord—-I cringe.
Oh, how I wish for the presumed Jason Morgan to be Drew—-not because of Steve; I do I like him ( I LOVE Billy, LOL)….but, just to throw all those do-gooders off their kilter. Ha!!
On the other hand, better to be an American hero ( navy seal), than a murderer. For this reason, I do hope Billy is Drew.
Yet, my heart bleeds for him.

Celia
Celia

Oopsies…meant to say ; the suspense-charged scene.

Andrew Hass
Andrew Hass

Whoever took Drew may not have wanted anyone in his life looking for him.So maybe they faked his death because if people thought he was dead they wouldn’t go looking for him.Also i keep thinking that eventually it’ll be revealed that BM Jason is the original one and SB Jason is Drew.Yes i know Andre said he was sent to Port Charles to watch over Drew but all he had was someone telling him that Jason he was sent to keep an eye on was Drew.So maybe whoever the mastermind is his or her plan was to send Drew to take over Jason’s life now.Plus since most everyone has accepted SB Jason as Jason the rug could be pulled out from under them later when it comes out he’s really Drew and that they turned their backs on the real Jason.

su0000
su0000

I know nutin, nutin of a Tamara .
Kim/VTamara is a Newbie !!!
I like new, so I’ll give her a chance and see what she gots !

Shay
Shay

Didn’t like her then, don’t like her now…..no matter the character! I especially do not appreciate the notion that TB will most likely be paired with BM and that Oscar will apparently be his son. This is hardly a shocking choice for the bio-daddy…..After all the build-up to this reveal, I was hoping for something much more epic and dark! Overall, I could have done without another newbie character when we were just getting to the point where we were actually using the legacy ones after such a long while.

Timmm
Timmm

Thanks Shay, hope your Thanksgiving was fun and you got to slow down a bit?

Shay
Shay

Not as of yet, Timmmbo, still on the holiday fast track, but hopefully, I shall be getting a respite in the next few days.,,,and catching up with my favorite MF posters!

Celia
Celia

I’m with you, on this, Shay…
Regardless…….I was thinking ( aside) that since we were graced with the pleasure of Liesl’s all-encompassing presence ( oh, joy and thank you, soap-gods); and, because Maxie and Nathan are
‘enceinte’, we will, likewise, be regaled with the identity of Nathan’s bio father…..grandpapa ( or Grossvater) will want to know as much as Grossmutter.

Celia
Celia

Another post vanished, Shay……I echo your words, as I was never into Tamara…..of course I did not know her as Carly, but I knew her as Reese on AMC, and Ava on Days. Can’t deny her talent…..just did not like the characters she played.
As far as BM, I have had my misgivings from the onset, albeit my ideas are constantly parroted, LOL…..right or wrong. Phrases, idioms, punctuations……
I repeat, anything is possible……even the impossible task of infusing the real Jason’s plasma into the fake one…..it is a soap, afterall…..the twist is making us believe the obvious which is not really the obvious.
This is a mental labyrinth where the paths lead nowhere except for one…..no one will find it until the PTB are ready…..and ‘they’ cannot be trusted because the ‘path’ will change, at will.
I believed Franco was the twin….I think that’s still a possibility. As far as who’s the real Jason? ‘Tis a gamble. I say BM……..

Shay
Shay

Oh, tell me about it, CeeCeeGirl! I replied to both you (and the fabulous Phyllis!) on the Britt thread after a very hectic holiday weekend and my efforts proved equally for naught! Same old, same old….but hey, at least we can celebrate the return of our favorite ferocious femme, Dr. O.! All hail Liesl!!! Kathleen Gati has certainly not disappointed…I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every sublime moment of her reappearance in Port Charles—thus far! So many tantalizing tidbits thrown about by this simply smashing shady lady!! Yes! Sounds as though perhaps much of our previous supposition regarding Faison, Helena and our dastardly doctor may finally be coming to fruition! Could we be upon the cusp of learning the true identity of Nathan’s bio-daddy? (How I wish our dear Thaao’s “Victor Cassadine” could drop in for that big reveal…) Getting a Christmas visit from Britt and her “Freaky Fa?” (Not exactly traditional yuletide cheer there, but too much fun!) And what of the coolly cunning Cassandra??? Please, please, please let her be part of this crazy clan! It’s characters like these that make GH worth watching again after such a long, horrible dry spell when MonkeyBoo vids were more entertaining than the recycled daily drivel we were being served up on a most unpalatable platter. Now the majority of episodes are like a wonderful gift—save, of course, for those usual annoyances I cannot mention often enough! Spinelli’s little surprise guest turn yesterday was a real treat. Always heartwarming and welcome to see his cheerful countenance! As for the “Q a Deux?” I’ve arrived at the place where it seems that Billy shall not be the original issue “Stonecold,” but then again, is it too obvious? Are all the clues we’ve thus been fed nothing but red herrings? All I do know is that I don’t desire to see Kim Nero with either one of the twins…she just does nothing for me, and I’m getting to the point that her son makes me feel the same way, since I don’t care for his mother. Kind of like Franco…maybe those two characters can get together once the dust settles over this who’s who conundrum, since I still don’t believe–and very much hope–that Scott and Heather’s motley spawn is anything but just that! (And speaking of, it wouldn’t go amiss for another Heather sighting..”BLT Time,” anyone?????)

Celia
Celia

Yes, Shaybelle….I must admit, I am looking forward to seeing the Britt, Faison and Liesl ‘fracas’….bring it on!! ….rock ‘n roll, baby!!
The best trio on GH.—-
We need the diversion…..not liking the sanctimonious Griffin, albeit he is right about Julin. I cannot abide by this character ( though, I do like William).
And, to take it further, I hope Alexis sticks to her guns and will not capitulate to her nether regions. Ha!! But, I ask, if TPTB’s plan is not to put tese two together, why bring him back?
Alexis needs to regain her self-respect—-prove, mostly to herself, that she is strong….please do not do women, in general, a disservice. It’s insulting. It is a soap, yes….but, examples must be set…into the future….not regress into a past where women were a thing….a possession.
Unfortunately, and sadly, there’s still too much of that—many women live under their counterparts’ thumb.
The Two Jasons’ Dance is getting to be insip. The thrill is gone, Shay—-has become bland; and, all those predatory, scavenging vultures circling Billy/Drew(?); eying him as carrion turn my stomach—-especially Carly, with her cloying claw possessively clutching Patient6’s arm. Why is bull-dog-turned-puppy-dog Sonny ok with that??
I know you like Spinelli, but, he gets on my last nerve. ‘Spina’ means thorn in Italian…Spinelli means ‘little thorns’…..the name fits him well, for me, Shay, LOL. He is a thorn in my side.
Why does everyone listen to him, mouth agape, all agog, as he preaches? Was he such a respected character?
As far as Kim? Shay, mia amica, we are outnumbered. I do not see what everyone else sees. Perhaps I will change my mind…..she must WOW me. So, I shall keep my peace, for now…LOL.
And, yes….I’d love to get a few minutes of Heather.

Celia
Celia

Eyeing….so many typos, Shay.
PS. So, we know, according to Liesl, Victor is not Nathan’s father….we talked about this at length, you and I; yes? Who else? I wish he were; just to see Thaao on GH–he is so ‘misused’ on Days, as of late!! Sigh….
Is Liesl a fairly new character? Has she always been an absentee character? Just appearing occasionally, as needed?
Who else could be a contender? Faison? That would make Britt and Nathan full siblings.
Is it possible for the ‘funder’ to be completely unrelated ( not familially, but relating to The Jasons) to Helena and Faison? Could the ‘funder’ be the fiend, who sired Nathan?
I would have said a Q; but, the fact that Liesl said the Daddy is the worst of the worse rules that out. Or does it?
Is there a Bela Lugosi hiding in the Q’s proverbial, (ossuary) closet?

Shay
Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl! You asked about Liesl? Oh…. she first popped up around the 50th anniversary year of GH when all the mask weirdness with Duke and Faison commenced. She was initially seen in her “Little Swiss Clinic of Horrors” when Robert, Anna and Luke passed through the place on their caper looking for Faison and Robin—and Obrecht actually put Scorpio in a coma for over a year which prevented him from telling the others that he has seen his daughter alive and well before she was moved elsewhere, after it had come to light that AJ had been in that institution during his exile from Port Charles and had seen some of the criminal goings-on to which he testified in return for getting him off the hook for his own legal misdeeds. That sort of began the ball rolling with the strange and wonderful Dr. O. Apparently, she was only supposed to be on for an episode or two, but Anthony Geary took a real shine to her immense, quirky talent and talked her up to the showrunners to give her a larger role….so credit where credit is due for that good deed!! As for the mystery of Nathan’s biodaddy? Round and round we go….Unless there is another Cassadine crackpot stashed in that proverbial closet just waiting to emerge, the only other recent baddie to really make his sinister mark has been Jerry Jacks….there simply aren’t any other candidates that I can imagine fitting the bill that Liesl once so chillingly described….I mean, he is a psychopath and very proudly so! I honestly believe that Valentin was the intended object of Nathan’s paternity way back when, but since that character has been redrawn from scratch, it seems that a “Plan B” papa has been chosen and for my money, it will indeed be Jerry….which could be too much fun when you think about it!

Celia
Celia

Thank you, Shay,
You have explained much. I wonder if this time around we will find out who Nathan’s father is?!?!
I found it weird that Nathan never really showed any interest in finding out, at least, I have never seen an ‘intense’ episode between mother and son on the subject of “Daddy”.
As far as Valentin being the father….I did think he fit the bill at the beginning. Now; he seems to be too passive….involved in mysterious dealings, which will most likely add up to nonsense.
Yet, who knows, really!!

Shay
Shay

You’re welcome, CeeCee! Just to clarifiy, I no longer think that Valentin will be revealed as Nathan’s father…On paper, he was once the perfect candidate, but that was before he appeared in the flesh in a much different guise than we originally expected. Nor will it be Faison…that would have been Liesl’s dream come true…bearing “Cesar Jr.!” Lol….No, the paternal bloodline for Nathan most likely shall lead to Jerry Jacks because I cannot see the writers coming up with a more exotic twist to this mystery….at this late date, expediency is of the essence and for that reason alone, Jerry is the man! Plus, Sebastian Roche is about due to darken Port Charles’ door yet again…it’s been too long since his last visit! By the way, I also answered your other post directly above the other one here…seems to have disappeared. Hmmmm….

Celia
Celia

Well, Shay, at least, we two are not the only repliers whose posts are swallowed by the soap phantom.
I guess you’re right about Jerry Jacks…..I know he’s a baddie, but he doesn’t turn me off as certain other characters do, LOL. And, neither does Faison, actually….I never tire of him or Liesl. What a couple!! The pair fills my heart with…with …gee, I don’t know. Mirth? LOL.
And, you are right about Faison. He wanted a son so badly, Liesl would never keep a son borne of their loins ( LOL), their own creation from him; Faison, her life’s obsession.

Nik
Nik

I am wondering if “Kim” is a good girl or bad? Is she attempting to say Jason is Oscar’s daddy? Is Dr. Bensch good or bad?

Remy
Remy

A classic beauty!

Good to see Tamara back home. She looked very comfortable in Sonny’s home too, almost made me think that Laura was playing Kim.

Timmm
Timmm

To bad Ingo is gone. Jax and Kim could have hooked up. Carly is jealous, she leaves Sonny, steals Jax, Kim and Sonny live happily ever after, for awhile!

rose
rose

But it will be fun reunion to see ex-Jax with ex-Lois/Quinn from when they were on GH. They were great together. Another GH loss.

brian
brian

Love her. GH is going to be the # 1 soap soon !

and then…..our gone but not forgotten ABC soaps might reappear ! ?

rebecca1
rebecca1

doubt it… 🙁

brian
brian

Rebecca 1…

KEEP THE FAITH !

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Brian…I like your positive attitude. I hope (LOL, but I’m still doubtful) that it pays off!

Celia
Celia

I wish, brian!! A dream come true?!

Dean_Morgan
Dean_Morgan

Tamara has always been a strong performer and I imagine Kim will be an entertaining and interesting character. What is Kim’s past with Drew? Will Oscar turn out to be his son?

Charday
Charday

I barely remember her as Carly, but she’s a beautiful actress. She had a good first episode. What I loved most about the Thanksgiving episode was the ending where everyone gathered around Monica Quartermaine at the mansion with pizza. A GH tradition!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I was so disappointed when she left GH the first time. I’m hoping they don’t make her evil…somehow involved in the twin swap as some swirling theories around the internet are saying. If so, she’d eventually have an end date. I’m hoping they can make room for her on the canvas long term. Would hate for her to exit again. She’s THAT good!

Mary Ryan
Mary Ryan

Tamara has always been a strong performer and I enjoyed her 1st. sceens… I was impressed with her acting ability…It was present front and center…

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I hope I can stand her better on GH, than the two parts she played on DOOL, as Nicole’s sister and Tripp’s mother, and Kayla’s tormentor.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

When I first heard Tamara was returning to GH, I lacked enthusiasm because the role of Carly when she played it was Carly in her loud and reckless days. I must say I’m very impressed with how Tamara is play the role of Kim Nero. I think it will be an interesting character, even though there’s predictability in the full scope of her involvement with Drew coming to light.

Jane Jetson
Jane Jetson

Anna is Kim’s mother.

Faison’s son and the Traitor are NOT the same person. Yeah, Peter August is Faison’s son and Nathan is also his son, but that’s simply an aside.

Valentin said Anna had a daughter and the plot never said the Traitor was a male.

Drew disappeared from the Navy Seals in San Diego around the same time Jason was ‘killed”. Coincidentally right after he met Dr. Kim Nero. Peter August and Kim Nero showed up in PC at about the same time – around the time when Jason was escaping and then finally free from the clinic in Russia.

Kim was working for her Dad, Faison, and her half brother Peter to create a sleeper hit man. But she fell in love and became pregnant. But was it with Drew or Jason? Remember Jason was never suppose to escape. Instead of following thru on Faison’s orders and killing Jason, she secreted him away to Russia. She’s the Traitor. Oscar is Jason’s son, not Drew’s. It’s also why Kim is not jealous of Sam, Sam is with Drew.

Also, I suspect Peter August is a Cassadine. Product of Helena and Faison.

Cesar (Caesar)
August
Nero.

Think about it!!!! I’m right. 😉

Lin
Lin

I think that Tamara Braun brings the entire show down she has no acting skills what so ever she is like a bug you want to squash I have to fast forward when she comes on so I won’t vomit

Breaking News

GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

Courtesy/ABC

MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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ABC Names William Burton As The New Head Of Daytime

Over the years there have been several changes to ABC Daytime, and now comes word over the last 24 hours that William Burton has been promoted to Senior VP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC.  Burton starts in his new role immediately.

Deadline first reported the executive level move by the network.  Burton had previously been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime since earlier this year as SVP Daytime following the departure of former Daytime head Rebecca Campbell.

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Those duties have now been formalized in Burton’s expansive new role,  In terms of General Hospital, the creative aspects from the network are still being handled by ABC head of current programming, Vicki Dummer.  Burton has been behind the business operations of ABC Daytime including the daytime drama.

In addition, Burton will oversee the creation and production of syndicated programming across ABC platforms including the upcoming daytime talk show from Tamron Hall that is in development for a potential debut in the fall of 2019.

So, share your thoughts on Burton being named the new head of Daytime for ABC via the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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