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This Week on General Hospital: Four Fathers! Four Bombshells! What Wlll Happen Next?

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Courtesy/ABC

General Hospital is fire this week with baby daddy revelations, the apparent murder of Connie, and so much more!  In this just released promo from ABC the voice over announcer relates: “Four Fathers! Four Bombshells!”

And with that, a clip of Jason Thompson as Patrick ripping into Kelly Thiebaud as Britt, a very upset Bradford Anderson as Spinelli tearing into Kirsten Storms as Maxie for her duplicity in the baby drama with Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) and Lulu (Emme Rylan) … who happen upon the conversation!

Then,  Sean Kanan as AJ trying to recall if he pulled the trigger in a drunken stupor and shot Connie, or not, and who should be there as his lawyer? ….  Diane played by Carolyn Hennesy!

So how do you think things will play out?  Will Patrick find out the truth about Britt’s baby? Is it going to turn out as many fans have been speculating that Britt is really carrying Dante and Lulu’s baby… to make this all the more dramatic?  Who do you think shot and killed Connie Falconeri, when AJ is the obvious choice, but Ava Jerome has the same initials as the black sheep of the Quartermaine clan?  Watch the promo, then let us know your opinions!

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Nancy
Nancy

How freaking fun is this??? Love my GH.

Theresa
Theresa

OMG I’m screaming!!! I can’t wait…. I think that Ava killed Connie, and that Britt is either carrying Dante and Lulu’s baby, or it is Britt & Dante’s baby where she just used his sperm & her own egg! that would be so heart breaking for Lulu, but it also would be a good story, I would rather it be both Dante & Lulu’s but you never know with soaps! General Hospital is so hot right now!!! love it! (I also have a big crush oh Derek/Julian! lol so happy he is Sam’s father)

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

Ava and A.J. would be too obvious…maybe Connie suddenly became Kate and shot herself with A.J.s gun, Maybe Monica came there to confront Connie for ruining A.J.s life and accidentally shot Connie (but has blocked it out of her mind. When A.J. is sentenced Monica will suddenly remember and blurt out the truth but will go free when its revealed to be an accident), or maybe even Alice like Mary F said in another post…there has gotta b a shocking twist and not the obvious. Plus i hope Britt is carrying Lulu and Dantes baby…but i do like your idea its Dantes and Lulus, or maybe Patricks and Lulus would be a good twist…

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

I met to say Dante and Britts…like you said

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

my mistake

Iakovos
Iakovos

Just please let the babies go with the right parents and there not be longterm secrecy and confusion. No switching!

Dynamite week!

Had to see Connie go. Love to see me some Diane. Please use this colorful character and the very talented Miss Hennessy!

Rose
Rose

What will happen? My head will explode because I can’t take this much awesomeness. I freaking love GH!

Tori
Tori

I am guessing the same as everyone, that Britt has Lulu and Dante’s baby. I think Ava shot Connie because it would be to easy to pin it on man child A.J. I hope this do not mean Ava’s days our numbered on the show I like her character, she reminds me of the old hollywood bombshells that would have men wrapped around her finger. This off topic but Julian is walking around town with no fear of being seen, I am wondering if the character had plastic surgery? considering there are a number of people in town who knew him when he was there before.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Hoping Britt is carrying Dante’s and Lulu’s child– not hers and Dante’s. As for who shot Connie– still think AJ and Ava are too obvious. Ava a mob daughter would not have been so sloppy– shooting Connie point blank range and then not stopping to make sure she was really dead before leaving– she ain’t that stupid. I still think it will be someone out of left field— I was thinking Alice the maid because her initials are similar to AJ, perhaps Connie was trying to write AG. Alice could have drove AJ to the Crimson because he was too drunk to drive or phone a cab. She could have walked in, to see why he was taking so long, saw AJ with the gun try to wrestle it away from him and it goes off shooting Connie. With Julian entering the picture it seems to soon to get rid of his sister– he needs her to help him laundry money through ELQ, so I am hoping Ava is staying– I like the character– Silias and Sam need someone to cause them trouble in their future romance– so hoping it is not Ava.

Shay
Shay

In the end, it just may be Julian who gets rid of Ava….for supposedly being siblings, there seems to be very little love or affection between them….only friction and dissention. And she does have moments where she is a true loose cannon, which may prove to be her downfall. It all comes off as really odd….does anyone else pick up on these strange vibes????

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well they are not warm and fuzzy toward one another I did pick up on that. But not all siblings are– or perhaps she is not a Jerome by blood, but an adoptive child so he doesn’t really see her as his sister sister. There is definitely a back story there we don’t know about yet. Guess we will just have to watch and find out–

mark
mark

OMG this show is Must See TV I am loving every minute! LOVE YOU GH!

mary
mary

Me too GH is great. Bradford, Kirsten and even Ellie is great..Hate to see Connie go, I hope Diane gets to stay longer. Let Spixie keep their baby

Rob
Rob

I hope they didnt write Ava into a corner now! I cant wait for Robin to come back so we can see less Sabrina.

Shay
Shay

IF ONLY…….

todd
todd

I hope it is not Ava or AJ. I am loving Maura West! I don’t want her to go to jail. I hope it was Starr….lol

Mary SF
Mary SF

I love Ava too– now with Julian in town it wouldn’t be much of a crime family without duh — a family. Everyone is saying Ava did it, but maybe because I like the character I just find it hard to believe someone as smart and as cunning as Ava would shoot Connie face to face and just leave without checking to see if she was dead before leaving the body. I believe she is capable of murder, but this just seemed to sloppy for a gal like Ava who plans every move so carefully.

su0000
su0000

I think they struggled and the gun went off..
And nobody does time on a soap unless they are leaving the show..
If it is Ava, she will get off, no doubt of that.. she has a long term contract..

Shay
Shay

As I’ve said before, I don’t see either Ava or Julian being all that careful….I think they are getting their kicks putting themselves out there, just to see if anyone catches on. So far, other than Connie, not so much…c’mon people….it’s staring you right in the face!!!! Duh!!!!!!!

Mel
Mel

Can’t wait for Robin’s return & Sabrina to take a hike she is boring!

~TJ~
~TJ~

Just love being on the edge of my seat for GH time! No guesses…not with the writers we have at the helm..they always have a twist.

su0000
su0000

whoopie!!
This is an awesome pile-up!!!!
love the 4 daddies and the coming 4 BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM !!

Christy
Christy

I think both Maxie and the Britch are having/had Dante & Lulu’s babies, and Maxie & Spin’s never was. Not sure who killed Connie… AJ is a given, especially since he can’t remember when he was blind drunk. And Ava is a given too, just cuz she’s evil. Julian was at the hospital, so wasn’t him…. only reason Ava would have done it was if she came in on Connie trying to figure out if Derek was Julian, but she would have had to come in to the office and gone over to see the computer to see what Connie was doing… and Ava didn’t mention to Julian that she was looking for him (when she arrived at the hospital).

so many twists! love it!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well I think it is almost impossible for a woman to conceive a baby on the same night she miscarried another one. Our hormones are designed to prevent that kind of thing from happening. So I think something is amiss here. I believe Britt lied about Maxi being pregnant with Lulu and Dante’s baby in the first place and then gave something to Maxi that would eventually mimic a miscarriage so they wouldn’t find out she planted the egg in herself— that is the only thing that makes sense to me.

randy
randy

o,k i said from day one britt has dante and lulus baby old news….as for connie ,,,heres my scenario,,,aj leaves drops the gun,,connie picks it up and kate comes through..shooting connie…thats whythe shot was in the tummy…..now in true soap style,,,aj eventually will remember going back to get his gun and seeing the other personality doing the other personality in,,and will search for evidence to clear his name,,,of course this will only be if maura wests character ava doesnt catch on ,,if it doesnt then she did itlll

Mary SF
Mary SF

I thought the same thing– that the stress of being almost killed caused her to disassociate and one of her alters came out and killed her— but then that whole writing the letters AJ in the blood threw me– if she wasn’t writing AJ, what was she trying to write that would apply to her alter Kate or the other Connie?
I think Ava has taken off and since they linked her to Silias– one of their pet characters, it doesn’t seem likely she will be the killer–
I am hoping it will be someone so way out there that no could guess it in a million years– those are the best kind of endings to these stories. I just hope we don’t have a serial killer on our hands– hate to lose anymore characters.

randy
randy

mary it could come out that connie was trying to warn sonny bout ava and julianne
jerome…a nd j

Patrick
Patrick

no one seems to be mentioning….

that letter that was addressed to connie… sitting on her desk… and/or Julians’

I don’t know from where…

that has to be telling…. something.

tessa
tessa

you all are forgetting tht the gun was found on the quartermaine’s property by morgan. so the killer of connie can’t be one of her alters. it has to be someone else other than aj. the killer being aj is too obvious. maybe alice (whts her last name anyway) or ava jerome. didnt ava come to the boathouse to see kiki? she may have dropped the pistol on her way to the boathouse or on her way out after her little talk with morgan.

Patrick
Patrick

Randy… that’s so good.

would that we could see Kelly Sullivan playing this out… for the drawn out process… and yes… Connie/Kate would deliver.

it would have been an opportunity for the audience to be treated to stellar acting… in the embodiment of

heidi
heidi

Truly awesome!!! Loving GH even more than before!!! So many great possibilities!!! The performances are fabulous!!! Can’t wait for the next show!!! So many great surprises!!!

Thank you GH!!! Why this show is not #1 is beyond me…!!!

su0000
su0000

I feel that Franco will be highly involved in the Connie death story..
I think he witnessed the shooting, and the game begins!!!

CharmedJunkie
CharmedJunkie

Franco has been at the hospital on the roof the whole time. I dont think it would have been possible for him to witness the shooting. I hope Ava did kille Connie and gets caught. That will give Julian the opportunity to turn from his evil ways and become Sam’s father and Alexis’ new man. Leaving Sonny, once again, BMOC (Big Mafioso On Campus) 🙂

KELLY&MICHAEL FAN
KELLY&MICHAEL FAN

I hope the film noir chick killed Connie…. She be able to get away from my Sam and Silas
If she done it…

How do everybody like Julian Jerome

rebecca1
rebecca1

Love him!

Lisa M
Lisa M

Now this is the GH I know and love. All this drama makes me excite. I do not think it is AJ or Ava. Those are obvious choices. It will probably be a twist we never saw coming.

bj anafan
bj anafan

GH has been great this week. I’m loving it.

And Chad has been fantastic in his scenes. I said he just needed a chance to get away from “Kiki” to show what he’s capable of. I hope they don’t have him going back to just making goo goo eyes and making out with his girl friend again.

And Spinelli was fantastic today too. What a fantastic display of talent in his scenes. Can you say EMMY?

I love all the mysteries that are coming to a head now. Keep it up writers!

su0000
su0000

I love it too!!
but- now that we were thrilled with the high drama reaching its peek, hereafter there will be a lot of complaints over nothing spectacular happening because the stories will have to develop for some time until we get the BIG THRILLS again/ takes time to get to that point..
but!!!! it will come again, and when it does it will awesome!! 🙂 worth the wait!

randy
randy

with robin coming back this fall the luke and laura story needs to go full forward,,,now other storylines will heat up as these climaxes play out ,,do i daree say it general hospital is allmost as good as revenge,,,and thats saying a lot.

Patrick
Patrick

– Kelly Sullivan – Roger Howarth –

props to Connie – AJ – Ellie.

it was riveting good stuff…. just watched the last 2 epi

Kelly Sullivan…. what a consummate professional. with ease, even in death, she shared with the audience her skill at playing script and talented why she’s one of the best to grace daytime. I was riveted, even knowing Connie demise… she reeled in skillfully… her love for Sonny… “I knew you’d get here.”

props to Olivia… tears for the winsome twosome…. Connie and Olivia. She’s never more real when she’s with Connie. once again… Olivia displayed more acting chops… yes, it was tears, in anguish, but her realness in losing her cousin…. was heartache… watching the demise of two stalwart actors feeding off of and reading each other… was on par natural. This treat.. is going to leave a gaping “whole”. Oh, GH.. tell us you knew this was going to be an obvious remiss on your part. A glaring err

Roger Howarth… He is bewilderment… He is dark mystery… He is childlike… He is sexy… you’re in his arena… he’s emotional without faltering… you can’t not want what he wants… LOL… OK

He treats the audience… those who are in constant wonderment. it’s disarming to share your take.. so it’s OK to leave well enough alone… and just enjoy his ride.

it’s not even what you think…. I never watched OLTL… saw his part of Todd on GH… saw him as Paul on ATWT… and now he’s Franco. dang I like that he’s back, without that blond hair… I posted that Franco is lucky he’s Roger Howarth… I can overlook that he’s Franco.. because of RH acting abilities to transport his fans. so? irrelevant… hey.. that’s why soaps capture from day to day.

props to AJ – dang! wasn’t he just as good… when under the gun…. not even saying a word… but… playing his confusion… blacking out? parlaying his position… what an opportunity for Sean Kanan.

props to Ellie – “i’m not giving up on you without a fight”. she clearly calmly stated her position in the secret of Spinelli’s baby. who doesn’t want to see and hear the truth… “I Love you”. albeit, with baggage and untold truths. oh man… it’s soap and drama unfolding that fans identify with Ellie is cute… refreshingly interesting… and her loyalties shouldn’t be reamed to the extent that she got it from Spinelli.

once more… on Olivia… this was bar none… her best “vision”… ie: seeing Connie outside the elevator… and… her scenes with Alexis… in the mourning… loss of… and at the crime scene… you see the loss of an actor….

ie: Kelly Sullivan.
ie: Eileen Davidson.
ie: Michelle Stafford.
ie: Jeanne Cooper.
ie: Chandler Massey.

I love them unequivocally

su0000
su0000

if you want a complete list you’d have to go back to Mona Tyler Kane and Phoebe English Tyler Wallingford and then up to date ..
it would be a very long list )of female actors..

Rodd
Rodd

Another Perfect Storm at GH! SOOOO looking forward to these stories playing out!

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

Some days GH is must see tv; other days, the show sucks big time.
I hate what has been done to the AJ character. AJ should have been brought back as someone who has grown and matured and learned something from all his failures.

I am not, nor have I ever been, a Sonny fan. I don’t see the fascination women have had for him decade after decade. I find him contemptible and certainly not redeemed by those once-upon-a-time dimples which had women swooning years ago. The character has fallen into a morass of ineptitude. He has learned nothing over the years. What he and Tracy have done to AJ with their actions and as importantly their words is beyond contempt. I really hope MIchael turns his back on Sonny and works to take ELQ away from Tracy.

Third time is a charm. Or so it is for Kate/Connie. She has been shot in the belly 3 times: Michael did it in the alley and left her there; Crazy daddy Zachara did it at her wedding; and now by whomever. I really hope it is not AJ.

I would love to see a scene where Sonny tries to intimidate Alice into testifying against AJ and she body slams his skanky butt to the floor then holds him down with her foot.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I LOVE AJ…and I loved his character before as well. I’ve posted this before but I never saw him as evil….I saw him as lost, misunderstood and insecure…always in Janson’s shadow. I was beyond frustrated with GH of old when they took Michael away from him…Carly thought a mob boss and a life of violence was safer than the Q’s? The fact that Sonny and Carly tortured him emotionally and physically as he fought to get back his son was beyond painful to watch for me.

So now, in his “new” incarnation…he is STILL misunderstood, condescended to, insulted, berated…why? There is NO justification for any of the writing…the characters all of which are flawed…those criticizing him are either in the mob, lying corporate skanks, backstabbing friends, cheating on family…and yet everyone looks at AJ like he’s the loser and they’re all above him.

With all that he’s come back to prove himself…he’s tried desperately to show he’s responsible, to be a loving father to Michael, to run the company and make his son and passed grandfather proud…and then he gets what he perceives as everything ripped away.

He, for me…is one of the most poignant characters, if not THE most…and I hope Michael and Elizabeth (and Alice…and whomever else can rally to his corner) stick by his side.
Kudos to Sean Kanan for making AJ so sexy/vulnerable…

Shay
Shay

I agree! “AJ” is a treasure, but instead he is treated as trash!!! I’ve always considered “SK” to be fascinating, and loved to see him return to GH. Perhaps this is because one of my college besties hails from his hometown and knows his real-life parents!!!! Toooo cool!

Gertie
Gertie

I have been tuning in and out of GH since 1969. Was glued in my college years for the Luke and Laura heyday. Not a fan of the Robin or Felicia characters. Thought Tamara Braun was the bomb as Carly although Laura Wright is pretty good. I miss Ted King and now Steve Burton. I love Nancy Lee Grahn and Carolyn Hennessy and Maurice, of course.
I’m glad I found your site Michael.
I just wanted to say that I was shaking my head the other night thinking that I have tuned in and quickly tuned out the last several years, for Brenda’s return and a few other stories BUT I have actually been watching it DAILY the last couple of weeks!
GREAT STUFF!! Keep it coming GH!!

Christy
Christy

of course maybe Connie was going to write AJ didn’t shoot her…. could Morgan have done it, telling her he was going to pin it on AJ, who was passed out drunk on the floor of her office then? of course AJ is jumping to the conclusion that he shot Connie… I’m guessing it’s Ava, but would think Connie would have just put Av or Ava, not the gal’s initials knowing that anyone would think AJ Quartermaine. But it’s a soap, so anything is possible.

Marisa
Marisa

I think you are correct. I think she was indicating Ava Jerome when she wrote AJ.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

Photo: JPI

Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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