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This Week On General Hospital: "I'm Lucas Jones. I'm Your Son!" Ryan Carnes Returns!

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This week on ABC’s General Hospital will make his highly anticipated return of Ryan Carnes in the role of Lucas Jones!

As fans of the series know, Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman) is Lucas’ adopted mother, while the very much alive Julian Jerome (William deVry) is actually his biological father! What will happen when Julian meets the son he never knew?  Will he cause more trouble for Bobbie?  And, will Julian accept that his son is gay?  Many unanswered questions that fans of the series are waiting to see play out!

Elsewhere, Morgan (Bryan Craig) is worried about his MIA missing mom, Carly (Laura Wright) and goes after Julian!  Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) gives Sabrina (Teresa Castill0) a talking to reminding her she is trying to pass off Patrick’s (Jason Thompson) child as someone else’s, while Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) seems to stumble upon them, and Kiki (Kristen Alderson) is on to her mother Ava (Maura West) for a secret she is hiding!

Watch this week’s preview of GH after the jump, and let us know what you think will happen between Julian and Lucas when Lucas returns to Port Charles?

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su0000
su0000

WOW & WOW !!!
This going to be awesome!!
,, excited !!!!

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

Why isnt the mental hospital looking for Heather?(she gets help to sneak out from security guards but the rest of the staff shouldve noticed by now she isnt there) Olivia confronts Franco and reminds him he is a killer…who is Olivia dating…Sonny, a mobster known for murder! Sonny calls A.J. a killer for murdering Connie…what a hypocrite…how many deaths is Sonny responsible for…countless!!! Meanwhile, i dont think Julian and Lucas will bond anytime soon…maybe Lucas and Felix will know each other?

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

There will be a chance Carlos is the father of Sabrinas baby…

su0000
su0000

Carlos knows they did not have sex..
If he did have sex with he would tell Sabrina it could be his baby, not Patrick’s but his baby, he can not do that because they did not do the deed..

Harry
Harry

Sonny will probably end up killing Carlos, Carlos will finger point the initials SC in his own blood and AJ will still get the blame!

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

suOOOO, your most likely right…

Becky
Becky

Olivia going to Franco’s room and being all bad ass was very random. And why is it that Heather can reach up and remove Carly’s gag, but Carly can’t use her own hands to do the same? Ha, ha, ha. One of the reasons we love of soaps is so we can pick it apart!

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

i enjoy picking them apart…thats part of the fun watching!

gloria
gloria

I was going crazy! Her hands are tied in FRONT of her, no reason she cannot ungag herself & with those stiletto shoes she could have kicked the hell out of the boathouse floor when Monica & AJ were out there, right? I, for one, am sick to death of Heather-she was actually kind of amusing way back when but this is over the top, even for a soap. Quit dragging her back out-we have too many storylines on this show & do not need anymore Heather, Scotty, Lucy or Kevin. Take Rafe, Molly & TJ too. All of these characters are a waste of screen time.

Johnny
Johnny

And why could Carly groan and screech and moan when Heather was in the room…yet she couldnt utter a sound when Monica and AJ were outside? I will accept all the latex masks and back from the deads and other soapy conventions…but when they do flat out stupid things like that…it totally takes you out of the moment. There is no gag that prevents a person from making a sound. If there was that big of a raccoon problem on the Quartermaine grounds….Monica sure has a lot to deal with. Carlivati is veering dangerously close to the dreaded James E. Reilly territory with some of his ridiculous non plot points. Thats not a good thing.

Tim
Tim

I think we tend to not question Heather and her Houdini like abilities because she is such an over the top cartoonish character we all love and put common sense a side?

su0000
su0000

Heather is not ‘ cartoonish” where do people come up with such nonsense…
… Heather is true ”soap campy” …

Daniel Lewis
Daniel Lewis

Can’t wait to see how Julian reacts to not only having a son and that he’s gay as well. I wonder how Julian finds out Lucas is his son.

Chaz
Chaz

Carnes looks amazing….gone is that cookie-cutter surfer dude look. Maybe time to record GH again since & will have room without Y&R.

Stylish
Stylish

Lucas is all grown up and so much hotter than before. They can’t possibly be planning to waste this hot man on the likes of Felix or Brad. I’m all for Lucas being a gay man, but not with either of those two clowns.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I actually like those “two clowns.” Felix is hilarious, bright and completely loyal…and Brad is has gone from evil to sorta endearing as he tries to do the right thing to win Felix.

gloria
gloria

Agree. Felix is precious & I have come around to Brad (can’t believe I said that, ha!)

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…I know (regarding Brad), right?

Stylish
Stylish

Those two clowns can do whatever they want as long as they stay away from Lucas. They are both out of his league.

rebecca1
rebecca1

oh Stylish…we don’t even know how Lucas will be portrayed yet…personality-wise. If you’re just talking looks…well, by all means, be superficial. Felix is an educated person, a nurse, a loyal friend, a compassionate human being. As a fictional character…I think anyone they pair him up with should consider themselves lucky.

Shay
Shay

Not to make this a “Revenge” thread, but it is awfully difficult to keep a scorecard as to whom is good or bad on that show! Everyone is pretty suspect, although I do consider Nolan to be a sweetheart (albeit a devious one!) and the jury is still out on Patrick….I think there is much more to him than meets the eye, and who he is really playing has yet to be determined. That being said, I do believe that there is a sincere bond between those two, but their various loyalties tend to keep both on their toes, clever boys that they are!!!! All I was implying was that I find them to be quite an attractive, intelligent and intriguing duo…not the usual stereotypes, which makes for an interesting and enjoyable viewing experience. As for the GHers, well, they have been played for laughs…and displayed some truly deplorable behavior, too. Brad was a sleazy creep from Day One, and Felix is most annoying and often downright rude in his non-stop worship and defense of the babymama, not to mention his less than compassionate attitude toward Robin, which is totally disgusting. Many of us find neither Mr. Cooper nor Mr. DuBois to be very endearing, and that is not based simply upon their less than stunning appearances, but their really rotten actions. Warm and fuzzy they are not, so let’s stop pretending that they are really great guys!!!!! I wouldn’t wish either one of them on Lucas, no matter how he is portrayed!!!!

Shay
Shay

Well, rebecca1, at least we can heartily agree about AJ….he has gotten a bad rap and been seriously underutilized for the past six months or more, and he deserves so much better….but I guess that is the extent to where we have any sort of simpatico. You seem to be fixating on the physical attractiveness of my “Revengers” and yes, they are extremely fine on the eyes, but perhaps the word I would use to really capture their essence is “sophistication.” It’s what I was grasping to express about why Nolan and Patrick impress me and the GH pair, not SO much!!!! There are many people in this world who are not physically blessed, but they have a certain je ne sais quoi about themselves, whether they are good or bad characters is not the issue, they just possess that special factor, and that is what I was saying that I hope Lucas emulates. I want him to be a well-rounded, interesting, worldly individual with multi-layers…not just another stereotypical buffoon as I view Felix and Brad as representing. Of course, the fact that Mr. DuBois is so wholly attached to that “Cinderbrina” debacle is just another reason for my great derision regarding him. As you are quite aware, I despise that entire storyline with the now-unwed babymama who was just “champing at the bit” (tip of the hat to Harry, there….) to be the next princess of Port Charles, so yes, my “Sappy animosity” does extend to Felix, since they are joined at the hip. (Should be getting pretty crowded there, what with Carlos, Brad, and said bambino, but I have yet to see any indication that anyone is vacating that limited space….) At any rate, my intention was not to debate who has or has not a virtuous persona, per se, that could be done for days on end…although I have certainly been less than impressed with the motives and methods of the “two clowns”…..it was simply to agree with “Stylish” and his assessment about possible partners for Lucas. Actually, I am hoping with all the dramatic plots facing Mr. Jones that romance will be the last thing on his mind for at least awhile…yet I have no doubt that your beloved duo will trip over themselves in one foolish attempt after another to grab the attention of the “new guy!!!!!”

Shay
Shay

@rebecca1….Who can really say why one viewer takes to a character and another finds them instantly insufferable? It’s certainly not as simplistic as saying you like someone based upon whether they are good or bad in nature. There are “good” characters that I adore and cheer (Anna and Mrs. Hughes on “Downton Abbey,” the late Lila Quartermaine, Alice and Spinelli on GH, plus other examples too numerous to mention) and there are bad characters in which I revel and love (such as Port Charles’ Dr. O. and Heather, plus “Revenge’s” Victoria, etc.) All I know is that this “Sobby” situation is one that has truly ignited very vociferous responses on both the pro and con sides. I have never loathed a role/storyline on a soap as much as hers….and that does extend to others in her orbit, so yes, that also offers a clue as to some of my antipathy toward Felix. Both annoy me to no end, and not until I started reading a lot of other soap comment sites did I realize that I was in such crowded company!!!! I have tried (apparently in vain….) many times to verbalize the hows and whys of my objections to diehard fans of this actress, character, plot, et al…all I can say is that some seemed to have truly bought into this highly improbable and from my viewpoint, ridiculous fairytale, and are enchanted by the whole idea of this silly girl who would be more at home on a Disney sitcom than an adult soap opera. I’ve never witnessed a more immature, out-of-place and predictable year of pablum in my life than where the “Putrina” pairing was concerned, and after finally achieving the much-desired Scorpio-Drake reunion, to arbitrarily throw in a completely unnecessary, insulting and ludicrous pregnancy just took the cake for a lot of us….to even have to witness this latest travesty is enough to make me want to hurl or at the very least, shut off the show! (I’ve skipped it twice in the past week because of this absurd content….) So, yeah, maybe it is inexplicable to those such as yourself who passionately defend this particular part of the GH saga which has sent normally mild-mannered people into such a sarcastic and snarky snit, but it just is what it is….a visceral, honest and at least for me, isolated but perfectly reasonable reaction!!! As for the original premise of pinning the “clown” label on Felix and Brad, I again say it is more a matter of their actions and attitudes, not appearance or level of attractiveness, but for those who do find these two goofy guys to be endearing, I suppose that elucidation will not suffice. All I can add is that I just hope that the return of Lucas shows a different facet of the subculture to which he belongs…one more dignified, gracious, professional and serious, that’s all. Having said that, it has been an enjoyable experience debating with you, since we seem to have quite a… Read more »

Shay
Shay

Totally agree, “Stylish!” (Your name says it ALL!) I much prefer Nolan and Patrick on “Revenge” as a couple. They are sooo easy on the eyes, classy, intelligent and urbane, plus no one can beat Mr. Ross’s sartorial and verbal eloquence! Here’s hoping that Lucas follows in their footsteps and avoids the laughable behavior of “those two clowns.” (Although I did like Brad’s taking to task Felix’s nosy, obsessive behavior regarding other people’s business!) P.S. Is it just me, or does Mr. DuBois remind anyone else of “In Living Color’s” Antoine Merriwether???? Two snaps up!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Haha! I love how the definition of who’s a “clown” and who’s “worthy” comes down to looks. Shay, if you’re using Patrick as a standup example of who’s worthy I think you need to take another look at the show.

Yes, I LOVE LOOKING at him; he’s gorgeous! And I LOVE Nolan…in every regard. The two of them together are quite the eye candy. But “classy?” Patrick is a murderer who’s betrayed Nolan more than once. So, yes, while I need my fix…and I love seeing what’s going to happen next…and also secretly hope that Patrick turns out to be a good guy…at this point I’d find it a tad of a stretch to put any accolades on him other than beautiful.

“Mr. DuBois” is Sabrina’s Nolan…and while he’s not the “looker” (in my opinion) that Nolan is…he’s no clown. He’s less slick on the outside (although he’d beg to differ!) but he’s a quality “character.”

Truth be told? I wouldn’t mind seeing some new “hottie” come to town to pair up with Lucas…who doesn’t want to see gorgeousness multiplied? But I resent the clown reference to these two other characters…yeah, they’re fun and silly…but they’ve got depth, heart and quite a bit of intelligence.

But then again I like Sabrina. And some others don’t…

rebecca1
rebecca1

By the way for those who don’t watch REVENGE, the Patrick we’re referring to here is from REVENGE, not the Patrick of GH.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I always find it funny when someone categorizes one character as bad, evil, unscrupulous, or as you put it Shay…having “rotten actions.” How many times on GH has Tracy, Carly, Sonny judged AJ? A manipulatiavve bitch, a woman who slept with her mother’s husband, and a murderer…judge AJ…and there are fans who agree with them!

In the same vein…back to REVENGE…almost all the characters, with the exception of Jack and his new girlfriend…ar devious. I LOVE Nolan…I think he’s the best! But Patrick? He killed a man for him mom…and just bashed Nolan in the head for her. So…yeah, he’s gorgeous…talented…more than great to look at…but in terms of character I’d still say Felix on GH is a “better man.”

Yes, Felix has been played to some degree for comic effect…but I think he’s evolved. When they first introduced him he was so “back-in-the-day” stereotypical…but he’s shown how caring he is…toward Sabrina and his sister…I don’t find him to be intrusive…I find him to be Sabrina’s rock. Even his attitude toward Brad…he loathed him for his “dastardly deeds” but had empathy when he realized there was more to the guy.

So, let’s call it what it is. Those who want to see Lucas with someone else are talking strictly about looks. And that’s fine. Just own it.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Well of course Nolan and Patrick are sophisticated…the entire show centers around the extremely wealthy, /Hampton crowd…all are beautiful, polished…that’s the vibe of the show.

What we’re talking about “here” is GH! That’s peanut butter to caviar (though I MUCH prefer peanut butter!)

When/if GH runs a gay character ala Patrick and Nolan, then yes…it would seem that a comparable partner would be logical. I just took note that at the start of this thread these two guys were referred to as clowns. Brad? Ya…until his recent revelation and attempt to become a better man. But I really wonder if Felix and Brad looked like Nolan and Patrick if they’d be called the same. And I also wonder why such bitterness towards Felix, who again, is a good person, caring friend, brother etc…He’s lovable if nothing else…but so much more.

Spinelli was the same. Goofy but a wonderul character. Sabrina? I’ll never get the venom toward this character. All you’ve said Shay is that she is trying to replace Robin, move in on Patrick…just said she’s “chomping on the bit to be the next princess…” How? She’s is SO good…that she didn’t even use the baby to break up Patrick and Robin!

I fail to understand you. You write beautifully…you express yourself wonderfully…but your understanding of character is what I find baffling.

rebecca1
rebecca1

@Shay….Believe it or not I do understand some of your feelings regarding the Sabrina storyline…I never saw her as manipulative…ever. And I truly don’t think she was written that way, nor do I think there’s an iota of manipulation in her. THAT’s where I have a problem understanding your “wrath” toward the character.

Initially written young/wide-eyed innocent? Yes. Perhaps portrayed as a young girl with a crush on an older, out-of-her-league doctor? Perhaps. But…I still feel they matured her emotionally…and I do feel she’s a very empathetic worthy character. But I certainly don’t feel everyone has to like her…as nor does everyone like everyone in “real” life.

Felix and Brad? We’ve exhausted that topic…and each other (LOL) on that topic.

I too appreciate your intelligence and well thought out responses. I simultaneously find it amusing that we’re debating “soap” people! It really is amusing…

Ahhh…those wicked, silly guilty pleasures….soaps.

😉

Shay
Shay

So, in essence, we will just agree to disagree on the Sobby/Felix/Brad thing and call it a day! After viewing your other postings on different programs it would seem we can find much more in common than debating a few daytime characters! It is a hoot that we can be so passionate about “people” that don’t really exist, but then that’s what the soaps are all about (day or night)…drawing us in, and they have! At any rate, did you find it odd that nobody else much commented on this ongoing conversation? I thought it would have actually garnered a lot of other opinions…especially from some of our favorite regulars, but I guess they decided to just sit back, relax and let the two crazy chicks keep at it…LOL! Oh well….until next time, and I’m sure there WILL be a next time!!!! ; )

rebecca1
rebecca1

yep…I expected a tad more hostility and venom. quel disappointment!

😉

k/kay
k/kay

Off subject but I am throwing it out there but now that Silas has a wife in a coma I read on line. Is this Michelle Stafford waking up? Just thought it would be funny if Phyllis went into a coma on Y&R but woke up on GH. Lol!

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

I love it!

rachie
rachie

Its getting interesting again! The problem I have is how does heather look so good and miraculously heal from being stabbed and buried maybe shes one of lucys vampires haha. There has never been a convincing story for heather even jerry jax suffers a little before he comes back heather never does. I hope lucus comes on and gives julian hell it would be fun to watch someone not cower down to him for once.

gloria
gloria

Is he the same guy who last played Lucas? He doesn’t look familiar to me.

Chaz
Chaz

Carnes originated the role. Then Drake Hogestyn’s step-son, Ben, played the role.

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Avatar610

Ryan played Lucas circa 2005, and then Drake Hogestyn’s son took over the role for a while before it was written out.

aria
aria

new year and same people in the forefront, its sad they couldn’t start the new year by putting someone like Rebeca Herbts front and center. i’m tired of sam, carly and sabrina as the female leads they are so whiny and on way too much..

Rodd
Rodd

I’m excited for what’s coming.

But one thing that bothers me is that I keep seeing these 15-16 second commercials on this site but don’t see them on TV; that’s where they belong. Is ABC running these ads??? I sure hope I’m just missing them and other people are seeing how wonder this show is.

Rodd
Rodd

“wonderful”

ricardo
ricardo

I want lucas and felix, to have a romantic relationship. Also make julian jerome gay too, that would be a huge twist. julian is one hot man. lol. william devry is hot and masculine, i love that, about him. my boyfriend is hot good looking and masculine too lol. William is a wonderful actor, Also i love ava jerome, maura west, what can you say, brillant actress. thats why, she has 2 emmys.

Tim
Tim

I enjoyed the actor who played Lucas in the past and it is nice to see this guy reprise his role. He can act, he looks like Julian, and he is gay. I am not but coming out is so common now, it is part of society and should be recognized in soaps.

I tip my hat to Carlos. He was one dimensional. Now, suggesting they run off and raise Patrick’s baby shows how much he loves Sabrina. Having said that, it is not in Sabrina’s character to lie, especially to Patrick. Another “Whose the daddy” story line? PLEASE NO!

Nice to see AJ around town. Him and Robin? YES!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m really not liking Ryan back as Lucas already. Ben would’ve been a nicer choice. But I’m excited for his return anyway. Hope he’s paired with someone new.

And yes for Ava! I love her. She’s going to destroy Port Charles and rule it as her own. #TeamJerome

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Avatar610

I just want the writers to FINALLY give A.J. much-needed happiness!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Yes! Agree!

Shay
Shay

Or at least a much-needed storyline! And I don’t mean another trip to rehab!!!!

Cindy
Cindy

There goes Felix again sticking his nose in Sabrina’s business! I think she is wrong because Patrick (or anyone for that matter) deserves to know they are a daddy, as does the child, but it is none of Felix’s concern what Sabrina does. Some people think he is her great friend but he is just a buttinsky as Brad told him; plus he promised he would not tell Patrick and he opened his big mouth. Does anyone else think that Lucas and Julian look alike??

janey
janey

I’d like to see Ava leave the show. I enjoy entertainment in the afternoon. I see a fine line between evil and entertainment. Ava is on the wrong side of that line. Brad did terrible things and Felix wanted him to fix some of it, to be a better man. Before he actually hits the better man line he starts sleeping with Lucas. Brad may be improving, but not enough to catch Felix. Sabrina has been nothing but sweet through the show. So I have no idea where all of your nasty remarks and ideas are coming from. Suffice it to say, I hope none of you have children of your own.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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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.

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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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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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